• Apr 6th 2009 at 3:28PM
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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco – Click above for high-res gallery

Word leaked late last week via an official-looking dealer communiqué that Volkswagen had finally decided to pass on bringing the Scirocco to the U.S., but to the best of our knowledge, nobody has gotten first-hand confirmation that the sporty hatchback will not make it across The Pond – until now.

We just got off the phone with Tom Wegehaupt, Volkswagen' of America's public relations coordinator, and he has given us an on-the-record confirmation that the car will not be coming to the U.S. Apparently, the business case just couldn't be made for the car, what with fears of the model cannibalizing sales of the forthcoming GTI and the health of the auto market.

We imagine that other factors were at work too, including the sour economy at large, America's historic aversion to hatchbacks, the short shelf-life of most sports-car models, and so on. Either way, if you want a sporting hatch from Wolfsburg, it looks like you're going to have to slake your performance joneses with something badged G-T-I.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh.
      It probably wouldn't have sold much here and I'm sure all the people complaining about it would have gone out and gotten something else anyway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM, Chrysler and Ford combined to single-handedly destroy the hatch in the USA (with their pos Vegas, Pacers and Pintos)! I figure they created their predetermined -to-fail monstrosities because they foresaw the future success of smaller foreign automobiles. That way they assure themselves that Americans will continue to buy gluttonous land-yachts out of simple pride-coated, class-envy. [/conspiratorial rant off]

        If we could all think for ourselves we would instantly see that awesomeness of the hatch.
        s13hybrid
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, the people on here have different tastes (usually) than the rest of the population. The hatchback (and wagon) loving crowd on the net is much to small to make it worth bringing something like this over.

        But for the hatch/wagon loving group on here (me included), it sucks that it is not even going to be available, whether or not we would buy one or opt for something else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK I had spoke to someone in VW US Headquarters this morning and was told that although there may not be a business case they are still considering a "Special" version of the Scirocco to come here to the US, wonder what that means???
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Atomicbri:
        A "special version"??? Why would they say that? My word VW flip-flop like politicians. I mean it would be cool... but would this special version be like the special, Polo super-size, sedan version for USA only?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, VW FTL! The only car with man testosterone in it and I was quite interested and looking forward to see this thing is person. What a shame, hopefully 4 pages of Autoblog comments will change their minds.

      --RS
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am mad now! I was hoping to trade in my Golf for this car, was planning it, now looks as if they won't bring it here. But oh yes VW, by all means offer us the Routan and a Beetle that is over 12 years old, but do not offer a cool, really great looking car. I mean come on VW really...I was just starting to think that you all had done your homework and were gonna start offering up really great cars. I mean you make it in Europe where it sits alongside the GTi, with no problems in sales.... SO I really do not understand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Being an American sucks sometimes. Do WE have anything Europe wants?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That really sucks. My first and second cars were Sciroccos, and I really miss them. I have an 08 Rabbit S and an 09 Tiguan SE but was really hoping to add a Scirocco to the stable. The other thing VW needs to offer is better packages. I wanted a decked out Rabbit (Not a GTI, stop pushing the upsell), yet the options were limited. I took Karthoum 18's, Votex and iPod in the center console but thats all they offer. Luckily it was one of the few with a full mfd screen. It goes in for a new VW touch screen navi soon and some sport springs, I might add a new steering wheel with controls and the highline mfd. Why couldn't you sell me the car I wanted in the first place? I don't want to look like the neighbor, i want the Individual program here.

      Good luck getting a dealer to even talk to you about upgrading the wheels, etc. Finally I found Derek at Commonwealth and he got me what I wanted.

      I hope that Focus RS info was true, I like to see hot hatches, wish we had the Cosworth here back in the day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pointless car. We don't need a rebadged GTI that looks like a frog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *sob* I was really holding onto a sliver of hope that this would be coming to the US.

      The current GTI it too ugly for my tastes (I hate the current grill). The 2010 with the Scirocco front end is nicer, but it's still no Scirocco, that thing is the sexiest hatch ever made.

      I guess that leaves me with the duller C30.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @Marc-O

      Exactly. If Americans hate hatchbacks then who has been buying SUVs and crossovers (both bloated hatchbacks) like mad for the past 15 years?

      VW, you screwed the pooch big time with this decison.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok that's fine. No Scirocco, no VW purchase from me! There's nothing else they make that I want.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why not just call THIS the GTI! no one remembers the Scirroco anyway and this car is distinctive enough that it can stand as its own model rather then a trim level of the Rabbit

      btw, own and LOVE my MK5 GTI and was hoping to park one of these next to it in a few years =^(
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...until next week whent he next 'off the record' phone call results in a "yes, it IS coming",

      wash, rinse, repeat.

      i wish they would bring this instead of the 3 door golf/gti/whatever, and leave that car to be the 5 door version, imo the best looking car vw has made (as far as the VW line only)
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