Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn was among the company's top officials on hand for the worldwide press debut of the 2011 Jetta in San Francisco recently where Wintercorn annonced that the company hopes to increase electric and hybrid car sales to 3 percent of global production by 2018.
To meet that goal Wintercorn announced that new Jetta will be available in a hybrid version starting in 2012.
Initially the Jetta will come to the United States with two gasoline engine choices followed by a diesel engine, and eventually a hybrid power plant.
Volkswagen is also about to roll out a brand new hybrid Touareg. You can check out a first drive video of that SUV vehicle HERE.
The hybrid Jetta is part of Volkswagen's overall goal to surpass Toyota as the world's biggest car manufacturer by building both hybrid and electric cars.
“Our goal is clear and ambitious,” Winterkorn said in Palo Alto, California. “Volkswagen will be
the automaker to mass produce the electric car for everyone.”