VW Promotes The Jetta GLI’s Manual Transmission As An Anti-Theft Device

While many thought the manual transmission would have gone extinct by now, numerous car manufacturers continue to offer vehicles with a stick shift. These cars, such as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, are often targeted towards car enthusiasts but VW has now started to promote the GLI’s shifter as a security device.

In a new commercial released by the company, a pair of friends are shown driving the punchy Jetta variant through some city streets. When they pull over and park, the driver opts against locking the car, much to the dismay of his passenger who asks “Aren’t you gonna lock the car?” The driver’s response? “Nah, it’s a stick shift.”

As the friends walk off, the passenger replies “What are you talking about?…You 100 percent about that?”

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What’s particularly funny about the commercial is that immediately after the two are shown walking away from the unlocked Jetta, text appears on screen which reads “Legally we have to tell you that you should always lock your car, so you should lock your car.”

It is a little strange to promote the Jetta GLI’s transmission as being some kind of anti-theft device but there have been numerous reported cases of vehicle thefts being thwarted by the burglars’ inability to drive cars with manual transmissions.

Beyond the Jetta’s inclusion of a stick shift, it is made particularly appealing to rev-heads thanks to a punchy 2.0-liter TSI engine delivering 228 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. The car also includes a VAQ torque-sensing limited-slip differential, sports suspension, and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering.


  • robotlogic

    An anti-millennial device…..

    • AintYerPa

      You beat me to it…

    • Jason Miller

      Not so fast. Technically I’m a millennial and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Quite enjoy my Elantra Sport 6MT…

      • AintYerPa

        Would you say that you are an exception to the rule? Or is the generalization wrong? I’m genuinely curious. Cuz I’ve never met a Millennial that doesn’t run in fear from a manual transmission…

        • Jason Miller

          Maybe a little bit of both. I am of course an exception but I feel like everyone over generalizes. Those of us born in the 80’s are probably more likely to know how to drive a stick than those born in the 90’s or later.

          • AintYerPa

            Its funny – I don’t necessarily consider people born in the 80s (early 80s anyway) to be Millenials – maybe its because I was born towards the tail end of Gen X… but you make a good point. As time goes by, fewer and fewer vehicles are stick-shifted (unfortunately)… Fewer sticks, less opportunity to learn… I’m certainly glad I learned!

      • robotlogic

        Great to hear, but you fall into the 0.1% that can category.

    • performante

      I guess I’m a bad millennial, because I’ve owned a bunch of manual cars.

    • Thunderbolt

      Milennials with education know stick shift, it’s the uneducated thieves that don’t.

    • getoffme

      Too bad you raised one.

  • Ben

    They ain’t lying….

  • john1168

    Well, they’re not wrong, judging by some of the videos I’ve seen on YouTube 🤣

  • klowik

    The Ad is a bit racial, why is always the black guy being the bad guy?


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