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    What does GLS and GLX stand for anyway?

    ....anybody know :???:

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    GLXtra options?

    GLSome options?

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    Good Questions,

    I would assume that the GLX is for Luxury?
    Anyone?

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    The GLS used to have a 6cyl motor, but I don't see that option anymore. So I guess there is an even bigger difference then before. My GLS is a '99 and it's a 6cyl. I don't have leather and I only have 15" wheels. I think the '99 GLX has leather and 16" wheels. I don't know what else was different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trlyka
    The GLS used to have a 6cyl motor, but I don't see that option anymore. So I guess there is an even bigger difference then before. My GLS is a '99 and it's a 6cyl. I don't have leather and I only have 15" wheels. I think the '99 GLX has leather and 16" wheels. I don't know what else was different.
    The GLX also has:
    Power seats (w/driver side memory)
    Automatic cliamate control
    Auto Dimming rear view mirror
    Electronic folding side mirrors w/tilt down on passanger side for parking

    I think that is it.

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    In past VW models (Jetta specifically), the GL model was the base, GLS was the luxury model, and GLX was the sports-oriented model. I don't know if they actually stand for anything, and I don't know if those classifications still stand.

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    I doubt any of the trim designations actually stand for anything, especially when base models are starting to have trim designations that previously adorned the high-end luxury trim.

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    gran luxury is probably where it originally derives from but I doubt it has much to do with it nowadays. Maybe you should ask VWoA. I'm curious.

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    i really want to know myself, besides the packages and trim and whatnot, what the X is compared to S, I did that with my V70 (V stands for versatility, the 70 is the bodystyle)

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    FYI, in Europe Passats are called Firstline, Comfortline, Trendline and Highline (Firstline=GLS, Highline=GLX).

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    my '99 is a GLS but the seats are neither leather nor powered, climate control is not automatic, and the motor is a 1.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick
    Firstline=GLS, Highline=GLX
    Not exactly, but close enough.

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    I always thought GLS stands for "Goes Like Stink"! 8)

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    Remember the Mazda GLC of the late 70's and early 80's - they were coined "Great Little Car." My dad owned one until it hit 200,000 and it was reliable, cheap, and fun to drive.

    So I would say GLS would be "Great Luxury Sedan"
    Don't know what GLX would stand for though.

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    everyone knows the X means eXtreme! Duh! :-P

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    Hyundai uses a 'GLS' designation. The Ford Taurus uses a 'GL' designation. It throws me off everytime I hear a commercial for them.

    But thats a good question. I wonder what 'GL,' 'GLS,' and 'GLX' mean in Volkswagen terms.

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    Great Load of Shit = GLS
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    and now we have the return of the mighty GL trim level.!!
    Don't know that there is any actual word association to the letters now, as say there is for GT.

    I know for a while the V6 could be had in GLS or GLX trim level, leather could be had in gls or standard in GLX. Basically GLX became a fully loaded model choice, whereas GLS meant start wit hbasics then load er up. if you wanted a V6 5 speed, I believe you had to load up a GLS as auto was standard on glx.

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    i read an article about all those meanings once, but don't remember. :oops:

    I guess GL will be base
    GLS = GL + std
    GLX = GL + luxury

    :???: :???:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirare
    gran luxury is probably where it originally derives from but I doubt it has much to do with it nowadays. Maybe you should ask VWoA. I'm curious.
    That's what GL used to stand for, and was the top-of-the-line trim. DL would be a "deluxe" trim, and so forth. But these days, the base models are getting designations that they don't deserve (base Korean car is a "grand luxury" model; don't think so!), and really don't mean anything anymore.

    Though most likely they're used because people recognize them as having meaning, even though they no longer have anything to back up the badging.

    That said, my GLS Passat is nicer than my old GL Volvo, but the Volvo was the "luxury" trim, my dad's DL wasn't near as nice (lower radio, cloth seats vs. leather, etc.). My Passat is as low as Passats go (for 2002 anyway ), so it's missing many "luxury" features from the GLX (leather, climatronic for example), so doesn't merit a GL-type designation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirare
    everyone knows the X means eXtreme! Duh! :-P
    It does? :wink:

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    So what about my W8? I got gipped on letters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trlyka
    The GLS used to have a 6cyl motor, but I don't see that option anymore. So I guess there is an even bigger difference then before. My GLS is a '99 and it's a 6cyl. I don't have leather and I only have 15" wheels. I think the '99 GLX has leather and 16" wheels. I don't know what else was different.
    My 99 GLX came with 15" Alloys.

    Quote Originally Posted by NoneRock
    The GLX also has:
    Power seats (w/driver side memory)
    Automatic cliamate control
    Auto Dimming rear view mirror
    Electronic folding side mirrors w/tilt down on passanger side for parking

    I think that is it.
    GLX also came with a moon roof and an AT was "standard" though I have heard you could get them with manuals if you had a lot of patience.

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    Grand Luxury Standard

    Grand Luxury Xtra

    :???: :???: :roll:

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    I would guess GLS is the sports orientated and the GLX is the luxury model. At least in the UK we have it a bit easier:

    s = base
    se = luxury
    sport = guess!
    v6 4mo
    w8 4mo

    although not many 1.8t's come with the options most of you guys get as std (leather,hid's, etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOSswitchB5
    GLX also came with a moon roof and an AT was "standard" though I have heard you could get them with manuals if you had a lot of patience.
    Auto in VWs have almost always been a 'option' with the exception of the 4-Motion models. If you look at the sheet that hangs in the rear window, while the car is at the dealer, you will see that auto is a 'charge option' with a price associated with it. Reminds me of the 'option' for air conditioning in my '00 Jetta GL.

    Typically though, the majority of GLXs in the States came with the tiptronic installed through MY '00. VW knows the majority of the buyer in the States simly like to 'steer' as opposed to 'drive' their car. So yes, it was, and probably still is, difficult to get a GLX with a stick but I do have one. Patience was key though as I talked to about 10 dealers. Finally, Burlington VW agreed to work with me and got it from Gene Langham way up in Connecticut in trade for a Jetta GLX.

    Joe

    Edit - Hmm, just looked at Edmunds.com. Looks like and 5-Speed Auto was standard equipment in '99 on the GLX as were 15" alloys. I stand partially corrected.

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    IIRC, GL originally stood for Gran (or Grand?) Luxe, GLS Gran Luxe Sport, and GT stands for Gran Turisimo.
    These are pretty old designations that were used on a variety of European makes.
    VW's use of them seems fairly random, however...

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