• Oct 27, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Volkswagen Scirocco

Volkswagen has heard our cries and is reconsidering its previous decision not to offer the Scirocco in the States.

Back when the low-slung hatch was launched in March, VW was insistent that the Scirocco would never find its way to U.S. shores, fearing that it would cannibalize sales of the GTI and that the strong euro would make it far too expensive.

Automotive News spoke with V-Dub spokesperson, Steve Keyes, who said the outcry from enthusiasts and the apparent popularity of the Scirocco in Europe has VW execs rethinking their initial decision. According to Keyes, "There's no real decision yet," and that if the Scirocco would be made available in the U.S., it would be positioned "a little bit differently." Two words: do it.


[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      There is already one running around Tampa. It is such a beautiful car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      bring it! GTI's price will fall and we'll all be able to enjoy the ultimate hot hatch at bargain prices!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the Wabbit is the ultimate hatch: kill me now, please.

        For little more cash one can get a MS3 - for a little more cash, a WRX, which will wipe of the proverbial floor with a GTI. Heck, there's also the Mini Cooper S, the Cobalt, among many other vehicles.

        Considering those options, I'd pass on the Wabbit, no matter the price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The GTI's price didn't fall wenn they released the Rocco in Europe - they both sell for nearly the same price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes Please!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it arrives, this car won't decrease the cost of the GTI, because it won't be in the same ballpark. Remember reading that part of the article that says it will be 'positioned differently'? That means it will be a lot more expensive than most potential buyers could get excited about, because they definitely won't position this car down market from the current and upcoming GTI. If they price it out of the hot hatch league and into the likes of the new 370Z, it won't be competitive enough to sell. Keep the price low or its a dead duck, and as much as I want that to happen, it likely won't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With 2010 Mustang and Camaro being V6 only and no more Corvettes, I am sure they see an opportunity to sell the fastest car in America.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bad auto info & you're pimpin' AT&T? Your one helluva "car" guy... thanks for showin' up :( :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      My guess is that this will only come fully loaded and in limited numbers. VW and BMW never give us folks in the US any of their low end (meaning less equipped and smaller engines) models. For example, BMW shipped us the 128i but with its big v6, its pointless to be an entry car. VW needs to bring the smaller engines for other people to afford it.

      I also feel VW is doing better than Toyota since VW doesn't have any US Plants ( well not now) that are affected by currency rates, maybe they should delay
      this and just make them in Europe.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey, Woody,

        BMW doesn't make a V6. They're all straight sixes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know about that. Look at Toyota's industry...it has several facilities operating in the US where companies are going bankrupt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I also feel VW is doing better than Toyota since VW doesn't have any US Plants ( well not now) that are affected by currency rates, maybe they should delay this and just make them in Europe."

        The way I understand it, it's more beneficial to automakers to build in the US right now because of our economy. The weak dollar essentially lowers prices to those using the Euro as their standard currency. IE: if it took .80 Euro to buy a dollar before, it's now taking .75 Euro to buy a dollar now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank god I'm expecting mine to arrive before they start taking orders from US cause else, as usual for VWs, I would have to wait for ages for mine to be build.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does it feel like the US market is in an abusive relationship with Euro car makers?

      We're always like "but we love your cars. Come back. We promise to buy them this time."

      They're always like "OK, we'll send you just few to see how it goes. But we'll make them unaffordable due to the fact that they are completely optioned up."

      Then they don't sell and they're like "you lying whores! You said you wanted us, and then you went and bought Mazdas! We're taking our hot cars out of the market. Look what you made us do! We don't like hurting you, but you leave us no choice. Why do you make us hurt you!?!?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Quote from Aki: -
        "That we'd somehow relish the idea of spending $40-60k for a Passat" -

        Ss, where is this $40-60K Passat you speak of?

        As it stands now, the most expensive Passat barely reaches $40K and that's very well-optioned and also with AWD.

        If you are going to talk smack, at least use accurate info.....................oh wait
        • 6 Years Ago
        *Perfectly* stated, sir.

        I have nothing to add and will, instead, sit back and admire your point some more.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's only because VW in its infinite stupidity keeps thinking upmarket for the US. That we'd somehow relish the idea of spending $40-60k for a Passat. An affordable VW? Unacceptable!

        If they tack a lot of garbage on it (I hope they go in the other direction), I hope they'd include AWD as in the R32.
      • 6 Years Ago
      7 speed dry double clutch + twincharger, for the 'low' end.
      7 speed wet double clutch + ea888 2.0T for the high end.

      This fake dollar rally could be a short term godsend.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Give me a Scirocco in that green color you've got for less than the GTI and I'll take it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh..... please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please...
        • 6 Years Ago
        ,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please...,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please...,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please...,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please...,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please,please, please...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Let me, let me, let me
        Let me get what I want
        Lord Knows it would be the first time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if they don't than VW would hold the best looking car they have from the US market
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