2013 Volkswagen CC - rear three-quarter viewIt appears that despite slowing sales, Volkswagen isn't ready to give up on its dapper CC sedan yet. VW of America CEO Michael Horn says that a sleek, new design is being worked on and could be here in about two years.

Horn tells Motor Trend that there are two ways for the next CC's design to go at the moment. One of them would be a four-door coupe with a fastback hatch design like the Audi A7. He didn't indicate what the other possibility was.

Units sold in North America may even be built locally. "With the cost of production going up, we're looking at the business case, but maybe there's another option, of waiting 2-3 years and getting the CC built here in the US or in Mexico," Horn says. He goes on to note that the same might happen with assembly of the next Tiguan as well.

The CC has always been the fancy, more stylish brother to the Passat – in fact, it was originally known as the Passat CC. But with that extra flair comes a wicked price increase. At the moment, the two models differ by over $10,000 in their base retail prices, a reality that has likely has something to do with the fact that the current CC is still built in Germany and is based on the far more costly European Passat, not the larger, lower-cost North American architecture.

Sales have been sluggish for the CC recently. In April, VW sold just 946 examples, down 42.8 percent, and sales so far this year have totaled 3,920 units, down 31.7 percent. That's about a tenth of the numbers of its sibling, which itself isn't doing as well as Wolfsburg would like.

In the MT piece, Horn also comes close to verifying our suspicions about the Golf Sportwagen. When VW sent out photos of the new wagon, some of them included the 4Motion badge, yet no all-wheel drive model has been announced. While he didn't confirm it, the CEO admits an AWD variant is likely to make it to North America.


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      • 7 Months Ago
      I own a 2013 CC and there is no need for a standard v6. My 2.0t is quicker than my friend's 2011 328. To be as well built, quipped, and good looking for about 35k is a winning combo. As for the looks, I thought the original CC was a stunning but dated very quickly. The refresh really made it look much more expensive. My only gripe really is the suspension. Absolutely terrible on bumps and uneven surfaces.
        RocketRed
        • 7 Months Ago
        I have the VR6 and I agree. It's not worth the weight. My wife as a 2.0T B6 Passat Wagon and it's just as quick to 30 or so and feels more nimble. Of course when you stretch the legs o the VR6 that thing hauls, and it sounds awesome.
      djrroar1
      • 7 Months Ago
      You can buy a nicely equipped 2014 CC for less than $30,000
      ufgrat
      • 7 Months Ago
      Perhaps they shouldn't have "improved" the much better looking previous model.
      SpaceGhost
      • 7 Months Ago
      The CC is too expensive for what you get. The lack of a standard V6 is a further slap in the face. 200 hp for a midsize car is a joke and to pay an additional 10 grand just to get a typical 280 Hp engine which for VW requires premium fuel to achieve perfectly explains why no is buying this budget (sarcasm included) 4 door coupe.
      Hello, Brian
      • 7 Months Ago
      Sales are slow because it it no longer competitive. It is still good looking, and the interior materials are still a notch above the segment, but the chassis is old, and that fact quickly becomes apparent once you get it on the road. It bobs and weaves a bit too much, yet there is a a good amount of road noise and impact harshness. People in this segment are probably looking for a bit more interior room as well.
        RocketRed
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        VW does not market the car at all. That could be one reason. It's invisible in VW marketing. VW also has not moved to put the modern bits people expect now --- -lane avoidance, side-view cameras, self-parking. That stuff is available in other CCs that roll off the same line in Emden, and these features are not exactly loss-leaders. This is just the usual VW approach of ignoring development of products it sells here. I don't know what you mean about bobbing and weaving, but it is thumpy on rough roads. I mark that up in part to the heavy 18s and the infamous Conti Pro-Contacts. Yes, the car is dwarfed by the current "mid-size" cars. Actually it's more like a Jetta than a B7 in size. It's a shrunken B6 passat, which was replaced because it was too small for this market, so yes it's too small per se.
      knightrider_6
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is awesome news. By sharing body panels with A7 they can cut down on manufacturing costs. CrapWagen needs to save every penny it can to survive in this market.
        J
        • 7 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Butthurt, drunk and stupid is no way to go about life, son. - Vernon Wormer
      Carlos Cruz
      • 7 Months Ago
      "getting the CC built here in the US" Tread carefully, we already know what it's like to do business it in TN and ain't nobody got time for those shenanigans.
      Dfelix70
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is a nice-looking car but for the V6 4Motion, I just cannot see paying almost $50 large for a VW.
      Eli
      • 7 Months Ago
      If they used real leather in the base model instead of vinyl, sales would improve significantly.
        Carlos Cruz
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Eli
        I don't see that as an issue. My parent's bought a 4Runner with vinyl and swore it was real leather until I showed it them otherwise. Mainstream customers don't care, those who do upgrade. People who have problems with that like you and me present such a small percentage that it would cost more to appease us than the amount they'd make back in additional sales.
      EvilTollMan
      • 7 Months Ago
      This car was really a game-changer when it first came out. But boy has it remained stagnant! And that mid-cycle refresh did not help, it actually made it look less unique.
      ForcedInduction90012
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hell yes
      VDuB
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nice. Please put a TDI option....
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