• Jan 19, 2007
Audi has raided the castle at Wolfsburg and changes are in store. New boss Martin Winterkorn has ordered that the new Scirocco, Golf and Passat be presented for scrutiny. Rounding out the new royal court at Volkswagen will be a coterie of raiders from Ingolstadt, among them Walter de'Silva. de'Silva will be tweezing the look of the new cars until Winterkorn is satsified. Also, the petrol-powered V10 returns to the Touareg, giving back a unique offering and hopefully enticing sales. We're not sure what Mr. Winterkorn doesn't like about the styling of the new cars, but we're hopeful that de'Silva will be allowed to stretch his legs and stun us when the re-designs start trickling out. As Winterkorn consolidates and centralizes power in Wolfsburg, we're sure to see bigger changes coming out of Volkswagen and its brands. We're all for it - what's the worst they can do, screw up? Judging from de'Silva's portfolio, that's not bloody likely.

[Source: Germancarblog]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      First of all, I think the new VW designs are good. Granted, not amazing, but they are good. But they are definitely not ugly or horrible as some have said. Well, maybe the Jetta was not executed well, but the Golf/GTI and Passat are good, sound designs.

      Second, what de Silva has done with Audi is amazing, grilles included. I am confident (relieved, in fact) that he's tweaking some of the designs. Can't wait to see what he can do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are we talking about a later restyle, or are they are going to delay the launch of the new cars?

      The delay doesn't sound right...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, hopefully they are redesigning the Jetta, Golf, and Passats. I can't stand the new look. They look like every other Honda, Toyota, Ford, Nissan, etc, out there. With the old pre 2005 look, you new it was a VW. Now, you can't tell. The old look was so much better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      who'd want to buy a VW anywhay. he might as well resign frrom VW and get with a brand with less quality issues.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Winterkorn has done an excellent job with Audis, I trust that he will do well with VW as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The writer of this article seems to be a fan of de Silva. We should keep in mind that he designed only one really beautiful car, the Alfa Romeo 156. He then copied the rear lights to all the other brands he later worked for and made the radiatorgrilles far to big (Audi). I hope he will keep his fingers (or pencils) from the VW-design, as it was just getting better for the first time in many years.
      Alan Gregory
      • 8 Years Ago
      Having been the owner of two Toyota products that were purchased new. None were perfect, and they were true Toyotas from Japan not the American made.

      89 Celica GTS steering rack bad at 11k. ac never could be repaired to work longer than 3 hours of continous driving. Interior light problems. Factory cruise control never worked (not port or dealer installed) got rid of car at 18,000 miles.

      Got a 91 GTS, starter bad at 3,000 miles required being towed. Transmission had to be replaced neutralized while accelerating. Used oil between oil changes 2 quarts every 3000 miles Toyota rep said this is normal and not excessive. Alternator bad at 38,000 miles 675.00 alternator had to come from dealer no aftermarket or remans allowed.

      Now I have owned three Volkswagens the Jetta and New Beetle. Just recently took delivery of a 2007 New Beetle. I have yet to have any problems with any of them. I drive these cars hard and they take it.

      It was sad that Volkswagen designed the new Jetta and Passat to look so much like the cheaper Toyota Corolla, and Accord. But thank goodness they kept the Euro upscale interior fit and finish.

      So I have not seen any quality problems yet, as I did with the Toyota brand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now about that horrible reliability and build quality record which spans across VW's brands... Style only get yous so far in the smart consumer's book.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Eh, I love the new Audi grilles. They're rather impressive.

      On the other hand, I can't stand the current Jetta and Passat, and I much preferred the previous Jetta/Bora and Passat. That goes double for the Passat--the previous Passat was an absolutely beautiful design, and the current one is just ugly.

      I do, however, like the current Golf/Rabbit quite a bit. It's amazing how much removing that ugly trunk and changing the grill improves the whole design.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe VW can review the proposal for this car which was killed off in favor of the ridiculous green machine design.

      http://www.autobild.de/projektor/galerie.php?artikel_id=10233&pos=0