Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO Wants the Scirocco to Return to America

Volkswagen will primarily rely on cars like the 2011 Jetta and 2012 Passat to reach its ambitious 2018 U.S. sales goal, but another model — one more tuned for enthusiast tastes — may potentially reach our shores. According to a recent report, VW’s executives may be looking to finally bring the company’s latest Scirocco sports coupe to the U.S.

After killing the model in 1988 (and axing its successor, the Corrado, from the U.S. in 1994), Volkswagen hadn’t offered a true coupe until reviving the Scirocco with a new third-generation model in 2008. Despite prior models proving popular in the United States, the Scirocco wasn’t exported to the U.S., but Volkswagen’s new U.S. CEO, Jonathan Browning, seems interested in bringing the new car to the New World.

“I’d love to,” Browning recently told USA Today. “We were not able to make the case to bring it in this (product) cycle, but in the future, I’d love to see it here in the U.S.”

While it appears there is corporate interest in bringing the model here, die-hard Vee-Dub enthusiasts will unfortunately need to wait a few years for the model to arrive here (or spend a considerable sum bringing one to the U.S.). Seeing as the current Scirocco is three years into its life cycle, we wouldn’t be surprised if VW’s U.S. product planners even wait for the next iteration, which is expected to launch in 2013 or 2014.

Those dead set on a performance hatchback from Volkswagen, however, need no reminder that there will be a hot hatch destined for our shores in the meantime. The performance-tuned, all-wheel-drive Golf R has been confirmed for a U.S. launch in 2012, and shares most — if not all — of its mechanical bits with the European Scirocco R.

Which brings up an interesting point: given the Scirocco shares its platform and many of its powertrain offerings with its Golf and GTI siblings, is there still room for the model — essentially a Golf wrapped in slightly swoopier sheetmetal — here in North America? Could the coupe serve as a viable part of Volkswagen’s aggressive North American sales goals, or is it simply a car pandering to a small niche? Much as we’d love to see it stateside, we’re interested in hearing your voice — send us your thoughts on the Scirocco in the comments section below.