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The last generation Volkswagen Scirocco coupe didn’t make its way across the ocean to the US, but thanks to hints from VW’s North American CEO, we now have hope that the newest generation model will be offered here in the States.
“That’s a piece of the lineup that I would dearly love to see here,” said CEO of VW Group of America, Jonathan Browning when asked about the newest version of the Scirocco.
The Scirocco coupe was last sold here in 1988, and was only produced until 1992 when it was replaced by the Volkswagen Corrado. When the car was reintroduced in 2008, there was to much risk for Volkswagen to export them to the States thanks to the recession, and the fact that the Scirocco would likely steal sales away from the GTI.
A facelifted Scirocco coupe is expected sometime in 2013, and hopefully when the car is revealed we will find out more about VW’s sales plan.
When speaking with Automotive News, Browning also revealed that there is a chance the diesel powered Volkswagen Alltrack might make its way to North America as well, as it was displayed at the 2012 New York Auto Show strictly to gauge customer reaction in America.
[Source: Automotive News]
Volkswagen is considering bringing the Scirocco back to America says Jonathan Browning, the new man at the helm of the German automaker’s U.S. division.
The previous generation Scirocco coupe was sold on these shores, but production ceased in 1992. In Europe, VW resurrected the model in 2008 but it wasn’t offered here, due to the likely cannibalization of sales from the GTI.
The sudden push to bring back the Scirocco is due to VW’s goal to triple sales in America to one million units by 2018. To do this, it is rolling out specific new models designed and priced for the U.S. market, like the new 2011 Jetta and 2012 Passat. However, it is also looking at bringing over some more emotional performance models as well as a way to help build brand recognition and brand loyalists.
In Europe the Scirocco is sold with several engines, including a turbocharged 1.4-liter, a turbocharged 2.0-liter (like the GTI) and a TDI engine. There’s also the strong possibility that VW could give the go-ahead to sell the Scirocco R (above) in North America with a 265-hp version of the 2.0T engine and AWD.
In addition, Browning has also commented that Volkswagen will look to bring back the Phaeton flagship sedan when the vehicle undergoes its next overhaul in a few years time. The $100,000 Phaeton was sold here briefly, until VW axed the model in 2006 due to slow sales.
We love Volkswagen‘s new Scirocco, which is why we hate to see this happen to one of the cars. During last week’s Scirocco R Cup Race at the Norisring in Nuremberg, driver Dennis Rieger appears to hit the inside wall on a turn, sending him up on two wheels. Unable to steer properly, Rieger’s car seems just about to flip as it slams into the wall on what appears to be the front straight. Luckily Rieger wasn’t seriously hurt in the accident.
The Scirocco R, for those who don’t know, is the hard-core version of the new Scirocco, boasting a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine to makes 265-hp and 258 ft-lbs of torque. VW doesn’t sell any of the Scirocco models here and has no plans to for fear it would cannibalize sales of the GTI. Sadly, we have to agree.
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