• Mar 4, 2008
Click image above for live shots of the production Scirocco

Walking around the Geneva Motor Show this morning, we spotted the production 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco . Actually there were three of them: A white one and two red examples. Although not as outrageous as the IROC Concept, it's still a wild looking ride. The Pokemon snout is gone, and surprisingly, so is the double-decker grille. What is left is a hot little coupe that basically looks like an Audi A3 three-door with styling more reminiscent of something from Alfa Romeo. A squashed R32 is another way of thinking of it, but in a tasteful way. The new coupe will be in European showrooms by late summer starting at 21,750 euros in the home market. Full press release after the jump, but enough chit-chat, check out the pics.


Press Release

Volkswagen in Geneva: international debut of the new Scirocco
Sporty and innovative – The Scirocco with adaptive chassis control and 7-speed DSG

Versatile and affordable – The legendary two-door makes its comeback
Wolfsburg / Geneva, 03 March 2008 - Volkswagen is putting on a spectacular parade of new models in Geneva with a host of international product debuts. Taking centre stage will be the highlight of the show, the new Scirocco – a completely re-engineered all-round sports car. Another vehicle being showcased at Lake Geneva is the Golf TDI Hybrid. This concept car runs on just 3.4 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. The 150-PS Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel, also debuting in Geneva, represents a technology leap for automobiles run on natural gas. Other Volkswagen world premieres will be the extremely fuel-efficient Sharan BlueMotion (6.0 litres per 100 km) and the four-wheel-drive Golf Estate 4Motion. The Passat CC will also be on display for the first time ever in Europe.

It's back: 34 years after the first Scirocco was unveiled to a waiting world at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting a new Scirocco for a new era at the same venue. Now as then, the coupé is inspired by the fascinating idea of creating a sports car for every day of the year at truly affordable prices. And that is the essence of the Scirocco: the successful marriage top technology and low running costs, dynamic performance and high comfort, a surprisingly spacious interior and an uncompromising sporty design.

As the Volkswagen Group's Chairman of the Board of Management, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, commented: "What we have done with the Scirocco is to put the kind of sports car in our showrooms that people have dreamed of owning. A dream that a good deal of motorists – in spite of all the high-end engineering we have integrated – can actually afford." The Scirocco will be launched Europe-wide in late summer with prices in Germany starting at 21,750 euros; other countries will follow over the course of the next year.

With its Golf TDI Hybrid, Volkswagen demonstrates the potential inherent in the combination of a high-tech diesel engine, an electric motor and 7-speed DSG technology. On show for the first time in the world at the Geneva Motor Show, the concept car consumes no more than 3.4 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres. The powerful full-hybrid Golf TDI Hybrid can be run either in internal-combustion mode only or in mixed operation – the powerful yet thrifty combination of TDI and electric motor. The car is also designed to run on emissions-free electric power only. Power transmission to the front axle is managed by a 7-speed DSG gearbox. In city traffic, the automatic stop-start system will even switch off the turbo-diesel when the vehicle is stationary.

The Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel being premiered in Geneva marks the beginning of a new era for natural-gas-fuelled automobiles. Until now, passenger cars powered by eco-friendly, low-consumption natural gas have tended to be "mild mannered". The Passat changes that once and for all with its 110-kW / 150-PS TSI engine. And yet the direct-injection turbo engine in the Passat, specifically designed to run on natural gas, consumes no more than 5.2 kilograms of gas per 100 kilometres. The Passat and the Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel are due to be launched on the market around year-end.

Volkswagen is continuing its BlueMotion campaign in 2008. The latest model in the series is the Sharan BlueMotion on display for the first time at the Geneva show. With an extremely low average fuel consumption of 6.0 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, the Sharan BlueMotion uses 0.7 of a litre less than the "conventional" model. By the same token, CO2 emissions are reduced from 177 g/km to 159 g/km. These are first-rate values for a seven-seater van with up to 2,610 litres of cargo volume and a permissible gross vehicle weight of 2,510 kilograms. This Volkswagen is driven by a 103-kW / 140-PS TDI engine complete with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The BlueMotion option is available in combination with the Trendline and Comfortline equipment packages. Deliveries of the vehicle are scheduled to commence this summer.

As of now, Volkswagen is offering the Golf Estate in a version with permanent four-wheel drive. This automobile is designed to enable as much as 100 percent of the engine torque to be transmitted to the rear wheels should extreme circumstances require. This gives the Golf Estate TDI 4Motion the best possible grip even in the most adverse conditions. The 4Motion system is coupled with a fuel-efficient, high-torque TDI engine that delivers 77 KW / 105 PS. The Golf Estate TDI 4Motion accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.9 seconds, has a top speed of 185 km/h and consumes just 6.0 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. An attractive advantage for drivers with towing requirements is that the Golf Estate TDI 4Motion is permitted to tow as much as 1,500 kilograms on gradients of up to twelve per cent – that's 100 kilograms more than its front-wheel-drive counterpart.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Archnight, you are right about the Scirocco, the GTI and the TT. Each of them has a different target group.

      And, as Luiz says, Scirocco is very different in design from other VWs, and looks so much more sporty and beautiful, thanks to Da Silva, the new chief designer of the group. Germans are good in engineering, but Italians are better in design. So here we have the best of the two worlds. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      The problem is older people having a nostalgia for what the Scirocco was, this is was not the intent of VW. They are looking to attract a younger generation of buyers who usually don't even give them a thought. For what they offer it's way over priced and they could get something faster, sportier, & more powerful for the sameprice. With competition coming from every manufacturer to produce more powerful sporty models to attract younger buyers VW has to truly step up their game. If they sold it stateside the engines would more than likely be tuned to produce more hp than those on the Euro market and probably priced well below the GTI, as the dedicated sport model of the pack. The GTI/A3 are too grown up for most buyers and neither possesses the slick low profile look most are customers are seeking when shopping for a sports car or sporty vehicle. The GTI/A3 are both to be remodeled next year and as we all know with a remodel comes the price increase, but there will most likely be added features (most likely the same 2.5T from the TT-RS base (250hp) and the current R32 (320hp) to keep them above the Scirocco lineup) to make up for it, but they are still tall, family oriented hatchback/wagons. From what our European friends here have been telling us this car will be priced below the GTI around $19-21K in dollars, which I have been saying would be the case for the base model. I would expect the same 2.0T (200hp) from the GTI stateside and if there is a second version I would expect a 2.5T/Quattro version (270+hp) starting at $26-$28K, for those who want more power. I know many will say but that will defeat the purpose of the Audi TT, you are sadly mistaken. If I am looking for a luxury car (mostly for image and wealth perception), I wouldn't cross shop a lesser brand just because the offers may be a bit similar. I've done this several times, many of us who have driven TT's will tell you it's not like any other VW on the market. With the 2.5T TT-RS (365hp) making it's way to the market I think Audi is already covered.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The styling is amazing. I actually think that I NEED this car!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Here's an idea!! Since the A3 is about to be remodeled, take the Scirocco put an Audi face on it, stretch it, add two doors and more aggressive spoiler package. That way it won't cannibalize precious GTI sales and you have an all-new model with driving dynamics similar to cars already in the Audi lineup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      for $20K this car is H-O-T.
      why can the germans produce an affordable car with great styling but the japs and americans produce cheap fugly cars?!?!??!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Present:
        Honda Civic Si
        MazdaSpeed 3
        Mazda MX-5 Miata

        Past:
        Acura RSX Type-S
        Chevy Cobalt SS Supercharged
        Dodge Neon SRT4
        Ford Focus SVT
        Toyota Celica GT-S
        Toyota MR2 Spyder
        Subaru Impreza WRX

        They can build 'em, all right... the problem is America doesn't buy them. We keep voting with our wallets for bigger, fatter, taller, and softer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im so glad VW's dropping the whole gaping grill thing. Most new concepts look like they're swollowing flys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First VW rebadged a Dodge Caravan... now they have reworked a Renault Clio!

      HA HA HA
      • 6 Years Ago
      With the exchange rate for the euro to dollar (1:1.52) ratio currently where it is at the moment, that 19K Scirocco would actually be almost 29K stateside. The A3/GTI are both about to be remodeled, why not just make two different cars this time. Turn the A3 into something similar to the rest of the Audi lineup and make it a true sport hatchback, so it competes against the Volvo C30 & other small entry level luxury cars. The GTI to most is known as the tall family oriented hatchback and the A3 is nothing more than a glorified re-badged GTI. Since the new Scirocco essentially has a few of the features that are common to an Audi, give it an engine upgrade (2.5T Quattro 250-280hp) in base form (along with the modifications in my earlier post), price it around 31-32k and let the masses go crazy getting them off dealer lots. This also leaves room for top line 3.2L, 3.6L, and 4.2L Quattro versions, which would also sell at much higher price points. They all would still be sharing the same platform but now the Audi A3 would truly standout as the only true hot hatch in the crowd and they might even steal some sells from EVO & WRX STI buyers if done
      right. I love the look of Audi's but sometimes they do fall short of the competition. Having gadgets is great but if your going to price them in the same realm as the power players (BMW, Mercedes, Lexus), your better have the balls to back it up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the Opel/Saturn Astra 3 door, which I think is in it's 4 year of design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So we won't get it here in the states.

      The dollar is so weak right now it would probably cost $30,000 here for a base model anyway...but still, I wish we got this car.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I just have to laugh at "Homeboy" saying the dollar and the euro are 1:1. If only that were true. And it was, in 1999.

        1 euro buys you $1.52 as of today. Ouch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        sith33: What homeboy was trying to say is that CAR prices these days translate pretty close to 1:1 when converting announced Euro pricing for the European model to dollar pricing for the US model on a model that's sold on both continents.
        • 6 Years Ago
        guys you are misunderstanding homeboy
        what i get from what he said, i think he meant that if it's 22k euro it will be 22k dollars in US
        it's like playstation 3 on release it was 599 (and 499) in US
        and 599(and 499)in Euro. Some companies do that.
        It's not a conversion of currency, just some kind of price thing they do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No. If VW will sell it in the US it will cost you guys $21 000 for the base model. The Euro and Dollar have a 1:1 ratio.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you are completely wrong..

        21,750Euro in Germany are with 19%VAT... currently all VW cost in Euro price more as in $

        Example

        GTI Germany 25,000Euro
        USA $22,000

        this car will cost somewhere between $ 18-20k in the USA
        • 6 Years Ago
        These $18-21K price conjectures are very uninformed. You guys do realize the Scirocco's base motor in Europe is the 1.4L TSI, right? A Golf Lux with the TSI costs 20k euros. That means the Scirocco is more expensive than a similar Golf. Also, if the Scirocco were to come stateside, it would come with the 2.0T, meaning its price would be comparable, but slightly higher than, a GTI.

        This makes complete sense too, because a Scirocco contains parts that are far less amortized than a Golf's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      asdf
      • 6 Years Ago
      See, that wasn't so hard, was it? I constantly hear people complaining about how Americans refuse to drive small hatchbacks. Its not that all of us are against driving hatchbacks, its that we're against driving small, ugly cars that look cheap inside and out. Maybe if car companies want us to drive small cars they should try to make one that doesn't look like an economy car. This one actually looks decent.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The VW Scirocco was one of the most stylish and best handling Volkswagens ever produced. This new version looks like a sleeker variation of the Volvo C30, rather than an updated Scirocco.

      But the new Scirocco's design does veer away from the 'stubby' look of so many of today's cars. Plus, its a sporty, well-built hatchback. If VW can sell these in the U.S. starting at 22K, the company should have a major hit on its hands.
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