19 August 2008

Oh, Tease Me. Again. Please.

Just Give Me a Happy Ending.

While looking at my Facebook CarIQ news thread, I read two stories that interest me a great deal. Hopefully, I'm not being toyed with yet again.

First there's this from Motor Authority:

Volkswagen Passat CC Gold Coast Edition debuts at Pebble Beach
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

The special edition Volkswagen Passat CC Gold Coast was unveiled over the weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and is set to arrive in U.S. showrooms towards the end of the year. The car comes with a special grille and premium tri-coat paint finish with a mix of gold, brown and silver tones.

Other features include a new spoiler and 19in propeller style wheels. Inside, the car is outfitted with four ergonomically formed sport seats wrapped in leather, a three-color combination of Latte Macchiatto (no, we are not making these names up) and Cornsilk with Bronze Piping on the seats and matching accents on the dash and door trim.

Despite its faltering car market and presently weak economy, VW will need to boost sales in the U.S. if it hopes to rival Toyota in the sales race as promised by CEO Martin Winterkorn. That should be made somewhat easier with the CC’s debut, because the CC sedan is expected to be one of the first VW model in years to be more popular in the U.S. than anywhere else. VW marketing chief Detlef Wittig has said the company expects 60% of CC sales will be in the U.S. alone, and production of the car is expected to top 300,000 units over the next seven years.

U.S. models will miss out on a number of luxury items that will debut in European spec model to ensure the car’s price tag remains affordable - which is most certainly will be.

The CC will come standard in the U.S. with a 2.0L TSI engine with 200hp (147kW) and 207lb-ft of torque, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission . Available optionally is the flagship 3.6L FSI, rated at 280hp (206kW) and 266lb-ft of torque. The 3.6L FSI comes standard with the six-speed Tiptronic transmission. Other markets will feature a base 160hp (105kW) 1.8L: TSI model and two diesel variants developing 140 (90kW) and 170hp (110kW) respectively.

The Gold Coast edition debuted at the Pebble Beach event gets the 3.6L TFSI engine, equipped with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox with Tiptronic. The standard CC comes to U.S. market in the fourth quarter of 2008, with a starting price under $27,000.

dminmem's note: While the Gold Coast looks nice, I'll have black, please.

Then there's this from eGMCarTech:

The Volkswagen Concept R from 2003.

Volkswagen working on an affordable roadster and coupe

Volkswagen has reportedly resurrected plans to build an affordable, mid-engine coupe and roadster to help it reach its target of selling more than 5 million cars by 2018. According to Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen will have a concept version ready by the LA Auto Show in November.

Winterkorn said that if the reaction to the concept is positive, the car could hit showrooms as early as 2011.

“It is the fifth time in as many years that we have created such a car but this time, more than any other, the signs are looking good that we will get a production green light,” a senior source at Volkswagen told AutoCar .

Power is expected to come from a 1.4L TSI 4-cylinder engine producing 168-hp and a new 1.6L TDI diesel engine producing 125-hp while returning a fuel-economy of 52mpg. Both will be mated to a rear-wheel-drive architecture and a 7-speed DSG gearbox. 0-62mph is expected to come in about 7 seconds.

The unnamed car is expected to be built on an aluminium spaceframe form Audi, which AutoCar says could bring about the R4. Rumors of the Audi R4 have been killed by execs numerous times but with this Volkswagen model, Audi could also see a version with 4-cylinder engines producing up to 211-hp.

Source: AutoCar. Posted using ShareThis.

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