Rumors were true: No Scirocco for USA
Volkswagen announced that due to weak dollar the 2009 Scirocco will not be sold in USA. Too bad!
"The exchange rate is the only reason for not selling it in the U.S.," Detlef Wittig, the German company’s sales and marketing chief, said last night in an interview at the Geneva International Motor Show. "This car would fit the U.S. market but at the current exchange rate we wouldn’t make any money."
The dollar’s fall to an all-time low against the euro this week has made Volkswagen’s need for a U.S. plant all the more critical, Wittig said. The Wolfsburg, Germany-based carmaker has "in these last days started the selection process by looking at various locations all over the U.S.,’’ he said.
The Scirocco made its debut two days ago at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be offered with four TDI and TSI engines, all of them charged and therefore just as torque-strong as they are economical and low in emissions. The three TSI (gasoline direct-injection) output 122 hp, 160 hp and 200 hp. The Scirocco’s common rail engine (TDI) develops a power of 140 hp.