2010 Volkswagen Golf R and GTD Confirmed For 2nd Quarter 2010, Amarok 4th Quarter, Scirocco Still Under Consideration Photo:

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Mike Stevens | Feb, 12 2010 | 7 Comments

NEWS FROM THE 2010 Volkswagen Golf Wagon launch: Volkswagen Australia Managing Director Anke Koeckler confirmed to TMR that the second quarter of this year will see local debuts for the Golf R and Golf GTD, while the Amarok will land in the fourth quarter.

While that may be good news for hot-hatch, diesel and ute fans, the popular Scirocco - and its higher-performance alter ego, the Scirocco R - are still on the wishlist.

"For sure customers love the car, but we have to consider where we could position it (the Scirroco). We would never launch a car where there is 100 percent substitution (with other Volkswagen performance models)," Ms Koeckler told TMR today.

"We have to have additional volume, and new customers."

In Ms Koeckler's view, the Scirocco R has the potential to stand as an alternative to the likes of Porsche and the Audi TT: "if the customer is looking at those two, they might also consider the Scirocco".

Unfortunately for Volkswagen fans waiting on the Scirocco, the business case for an introduction into the small Australian market is still to be made. The impression today, however, is that Volkswagen Australia seems to be warming to the notion.

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