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Volkswagen unleashes new Scirocco but makes no plans for export to U.S.

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Forty years after the nameplate was originally introduced, Volkswagen has announced it will debut a new Scirocco at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show in March. The Scirocco is available with six different turbo direct injection engines offering more power and up to 19 percent better fuel economy.

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The external characteristics of the new Scirocco include its newly designed front and rear sections with redesigned H7 or bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights. The rear and now swiveling VW logo was designed as a handle for opening the boot lid. The interior is equipped with sport seats and a leather sport steering wheel as standard, while the sports car also features new materials and colours. New technical features include the Dynaudio Excite sound system developed specifically for the Scirocco and the park steering assistant (ParkAssist). Also new on board as standard are auxiliary instruments (charge pressure, chronometer, and engine oil temperature) which pay tribute to the original Scirocco.

Volkswagen produces the latest Scirocco at its Portuguese plant close to Lisbon. The sports car will be launched initially in Europe from the middle of August. Shortly afterwards, the other high-volume markets such as China, Argentina, Turkey, Australia, Russia and South Korea will follow. The Scirocco ceased production in 1992 but was revived in 2008. The latest generation has not been available in the United States.

There are two Volkswagen dealerships in the Palm Springs area. Volkswagen of Palm Springs is in Cathedral City and Coachella Valley Volkswagen is in the I-10 Auto Mall in Indio.