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From our perspective, the reborn Volkswagen Scirocco is a handsome (if squat) little thing. Yet design-wise, it's always struck us as uncomfortably close to the Golf three-door hatchback with which it shares its basic underpinnings. That aesthetic kinship may be part of the reason why Volkswagen has steadfastly refused to import the Scirocco to North America, seeing as how the Golf doesn't regularly set the company's sales charts alight, and it's less expensive.

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Do you miss the opportunity to buy a Volkswagen Scirocco? You're not alone. Of all the Volkswagen Group products offered overseas but not in these United States, the Scirocco tops our list. (Though we understand there are plenty out there pining for a Transporter van.) Discontinued in its previous iteration in 1988, the Scirocco made its triumphant return to the market in 2008, but with the global financial crisis setting in around the sometime, Volkswagen wasn't up to spreading itself thin enou

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Volkswagen Scirocco R – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Hyundai Veloster out testing – Click above to watch the video after the jump

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Volkswagen Scirocco GT24-CNG – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen Scirocco by day, video game controller by night – Click above to watch video after the jump

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VW Golf R and Scirocco R - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen Golf R20 and Scirocco R track-side -- Click above to watch video

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Click above to watch the video after the jump

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Germany only gets its own top-tier international auto show every other year, with the Frankfurt Motor Show alternating with the Paris salon. So when the circus rolls into town, you can bet Germany's giant auto industry will embrace the opportunity to reveal their latest. Audi's tipped to unveil its A5 Sportback and revised A8, Mercedes is expected to unveil its new E-Class Cabrio, BMW the new X1 and 5-Series GT/Progressive Activity Sedan... even Opel is anticipated to unveil its new Astra in Fra

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Volkswagen Scirocco – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen Scirocco – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for high-res image gallery of the VW Scirocco Study R

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Volkswagen Scirocco

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Click above for a gallery of the Oettinger Volkswagen Scirocco

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Click above for new high-res gallery of the 2009 VW Scirocco

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