Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Dropped From 2017 Lineup | Edmunds

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Dropped From 2017 Lineup

HERNDON, Virginia — The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid will be dropped from the automaker's 2017 U.S. lineup.

"It was selling slowly, especially since fuel prices are so low," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen spokesman in response to a query from Edmunds.

Car shoppers will have a choice of just four 2017 Jetta models: S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium.

The hybrid was one of the most expensive Jetta models in the lineup. The 2016 Jetta Hybrid is priced at $31,940, including an $820 destination charge.

Volkswagen said it "simplified" the Jetta lineup for the 2017 model year. It is on the way to Volkswagen dealerships now.

The base 2017 Jetta S model adds 16-inch steel wheels as standard, along with a rearview camera, LED daytime running lights and two-tone cloth seats. Pricing has not been announced yet.

The end of the Jetta Hybrid comes as car buyers are trading in hybrid and electric cars for SUVs at a higher rate than ever before, according to a recent analysis from Edmunds.

About 22 percent of people who have traded in their hybrids and EVs in 2015 bought a new SUV.

"For better or worse, it looks like many hybrid and EV owners are driven more by financial motives rather than a responsibility to the environment," said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds director of industry analysis.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Monday pegged the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $2.30, versus $2.77 a year ago.

Edmundssays: Car shoppers will still find small hybrid, electric and alt-fuel vehicles to choose from at dealerships. They include the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius.

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