VW Scirocco - Australian release update

VW Scirocco - Australian release update

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Pommygranite

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13,018 posts

198 months

Thursday 16th April 2009
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I contacted VW about the Scirocco's release. I got this rather pleasant response. Good on VW for actually responding:


Thank you for your email in relation to the exciting new Volkswagen Scirocco

The Volkswagen Scirocco is currently in the planning stages to be introduced into the Volkswagen vehicle range available in Australia.

I am unable to provide a firm release date as the vehicle is currently undergoing the various tests to ensure the vehicle is able to withstand the Australian conditions.

If the vehicle passes these tests, which we are hopeful it will pass, the Scirocco will be released in Australia either late 2009 or early 2010.

I suggest you keep in contact with your local authorised Volkswagen retailers sales department whom I am positive will be in the best position to keep you abreast of any new information as it becomes available.

Alternatively, periodically check the Volkswagen website, on which all new Volkswagen vehicles are announced on.

You can obtain your nearest retailers information via visiting our website, www.volkswagen.com.au and selecting the ‘contact a dealer’ tab.

I hope this serves to answer your query however, if you wish to discuss the matter further then please don’t hesitate to contact me on the number below, Monday to Friday, 08:30 till 17:30 (EST).

ajg31

1,455 posts

189 months

Thursday 16th April 2009
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It looks a nice motor

Pommygranite

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13,018 posts

198 months

Thursday 16th April 2009
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Yeah its another one on my every growing list of tempted cars.

Would like a Golf Gti but this just seems slightly more casual.

Off to the UK in 2 weeks so gonna have a look at one there.

Also gonna drive at 140kmh but i know what a fearful speed this is and i might just die.

ajg31

1,455 posts

189 months

Thursday 16th April 2009
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Pommygranite said:
Yeah its another one on my every growing list of tempted cars.

Would like a Golf Gti but this just seems slightly more casual.

Off to the UK in 2 weeks so gonna have a look at one there.

Also gonna drive at 140kmh but i know what a fearful speed this is and i might just die.
140, you should be locked up, hung drawn and quartered, buried, dug up again and burnt for such a crime in civilized times.

Speaking to my Dad it seems that nearly every 60mph zone where they live have been changed to 50mph ones. Soon be a reduction in speed on the motorways frown

Colonial

13,553 posts

187 months

Friday 17th April 2009
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I'd love to see that here. Great car.

toomuchbeer

877 posts

190 months

Friday 17th April 2009
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Heres an old story
carsguide said:
Volkswagen is keen to tap back into this emotional section of the market with the release of a replacement under the same name.

The new Scirocco made its international debut as a concept under the name Iroc at the 2006 Paris motor show (a shortened version of the name).

Although the company describes Scirocco as a sports coupe, it is in fact a three-door hatch with seating for four people - but with individual seats for the rear passengers.

Based on the Eos rather than Golf platform, it is officially available with a selection of four diesel and petrol engines, including the new Twincharger.

They range in power from 90 to the 147kW, the latter being the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine from GTI.

Volkswagen said the new coupe will be offered with numerous “innovative” technologies such as an adaptive chassis control system.

It all sounds good but Volkswagen Australia believes the car deserves a more powerful engine for this country to match its premium, sporty persona.

Unfortunately, this stance puts it at odds with Volkswagen's global strategy for the car.

Volkswagen Australia boss Jutta Dierks said unless she can get the car with the right engine and specification levels, it would not be a paying proposition.

Ms Dierks said it was the most difficult model she has had to tackle since arriving here to run the company in 2005.

In this time, sales of Volkswagen cars and commercial vehicles have more than trebled here.

Ms Dierks revealed this week she has spent months arguing the case for Scirocco with head office, making several trips back to Germany specifically to discuss this vehicle.

Scirocco is likely to appeal to buyers of Golf GTI and R32, sparking fears in North America at least that it could cannablise GTI sales.

GTI is incidentally the company's biggest selling Golf here.

Taking Scirocco further upmarket with the addition of a 3.2-litre V6 for example would not only reinforce the car's sporting credentials but put some distance between the cars.

“I would love to have a more powerful one [engine], but that's all I can tell you,” she said.

Ms Dierks added, however, that the final decision on whether to import the car rests with her.

“To be honest if we can't fit it into the position we think it should be in then we won't bring the car in,” she said.
From the reply you got, it appears she's said yes.............

and can you breath at 140kph? hehe

Pommygranite

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13,018 posts

198 months

Friday 17th April 2009
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Well i was up for a Golf Gti but if they bring this in i will be very tempted with a white scirocco.

hmm, I think that i might have to do a 'custard test' of the 140kph in case any aussies believe you cant travel that fast without imploding....

Colonial

13,553 posts

187 months

Friday 17th April 2009
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Pommygranite said:
Well i was up for a Golf Gti but if they bring this in i will be very tempted with a white scirocco.

hmm, I think that i might have to do a 'custard test' of the 140kph in case any aussies believe you cant travel that fast without imploding....
According to my last speeding fine you can. It just costs you 3 points and $200 odd in cash.

Whoops. no. Wait. That was doing 138. If I was doing 140 I would shirley die. They stopped me just in time.