SAN FRANCISCO – How much is a soft-touch dashboard worth to a VW Jetta buyer? Not as much as additional rear-seat legroom. Such decisions were made by Volkswagen Group of America Inc. in a bid to make the redesigned-for-’11 Jetta more affordable and also more appealing to American consumers. Michael Grobe, technical project manager-Jetta, is loath to say VWA engaged in cost-cutting. The auto maker simply looked for tradeoffs that “made sense,” he tells Ward’s here during a Jetta media ...

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