Volkswagen Scirocco to launch in Australia 2011

Volkswagen's sporty two-door Scirocco is coming to Australia.
Volkswagen Australia will widen its appeal even further in 2011, with managing director Anke Koeckler confirming the Scirocco sports coupe is "a matter of when, not if".

Speaking to Drive at the launch of Volkswagen's new pocket-rocket Polo GTI, Koeckler declined to say when Australians should expect to see the coupe, but didn't rule out a surprise arrival in 2011.

"I knew you would ask this question," said Koeckler. "It's an amazing car, and I love this car as well - that's why I'm working on that.

"It's probably more a matter of when [it will arrive]," Koeckler told Drive.
Quizzed further on the timing of its arrival, Koeckler grinned at the suggestion of a 2011 release.

"Could be," she said. "We're going to work on that. I know its a great car, and I know you guys are looking forward to it."

The turbocharged Scirocco is based on the same underpinnings as Volkswagen's Golf, and, as Drive has previously reported, VW has been tentative to bring the coupe in alongside the GTI for fear of sales cannibalisation.

When it does make it to Australia, the Scirocco isn't certain to be available in multiple specifications - the most likely candidate for Down Under being the top-of-the-pops Scirocco R.

That model outguns VW's quickest Golf with a 195kW power output, and manages a hefty 350Nm of torque (the Golf R uses the same engine, though in a slightly detuned form at 188kW and 330Nm).

Koeckler confirmed that Volkswagen's soon-to-be-released micro city car, the Up, won't be appearing locally in 2011.

Koeckler said the Up (if that's what it is to be
called) would be a struggle to justify for local sale, with high costs of manufacture limiting the possibility of a sub $15K city car from the brand.

The replacement for the New Beetle (which is likely to simply wear the "Beetle" moniker) may also struggle to make an appearance before 2012.

Koeckler did, however, confirm the release of several key new models for Volkswagen in Australia in 2010 - including the all-new Passat (1st quarter), Jetta (3rd quarter) and Touareg (mid-year).

2011 model the new Volkswagen Scirocco


Italy’s national colors are also represented in the interior. White and black create the basic theme, similar to the exterior car color. The seams of the Recaro racing shell seats, steering wheel, front armrest, gearshift lever trim and floor mat edging are designed in the colors of the tricolor. Inside, nappa leather in “Deep black” and “Berry white” is applied to the uncompromisingly designed racing shell seat. The shell seats are upholstered with a deep black leather in carbon look. An eye-catching feature here is the conspicuous yet refined contrast of low and high-gloss elements of the carbon structure. Interior accents also consist of genuine carbon composites. The footwell features aluminum pedals specially designed for this vehicle.

Volkswagen’s latest design study, the Scirocco Studie R, premieres at Bologna and is inspired by the Scirocco GT24 which raced to success in its class at the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race earlier this year. Finished in white, the Studie R has contrasting high-gloss black detailing and styling accents in red and green to the wing mirrors and on the ‘Bologna ‘08’ badging, paying homage to the Show’s host nation.

Three large air intakes at the front aid cooling to the uprated 2.0-litre 270 PS engine, while a front splitter is designed to minimise lift. The rear is dominated by a large rear wing and a distinctive revised rear bumper which incorporates a diffuser and twin oval exhausts. The Studie R is fitted with racing-derived sports suspension and four-piston brake callipers sit behind specially developed bespoke polished five arm, triple spoke 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside the cabin, the Scirocco Studie R is upholstered with black and white nappa leather and complemented with low- and high-gloss carbonfibre trim. The Italian-inspired red and green design accents continue on the seams of the Recaro seats, steering wheel, armrest, gearknob and floor mats.

From car racing to the street: In May 2008, two Scirocco GT24 race cars finished first and second in their class at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring track. Now Volkswagen is presenting a street version of the race car at the Bologna Motor Show: the Scirocco Studie R has a 198 kW / 270 PS engine for everyday practicality, yet it still delivers aggressive propulsive power. This power is distributed by a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. Adapted directly from car racing are the coilovers, four-piston brake calipers and a sound-optimized exhaust system.

Visually, the concept car emulates the racing version to a great extent. An homage to Italy: the tri-colors of the motor show host country are represented by green, white and red elements of both the exterior and interior.

Volvo S60 Launched In Australia 2011

It’s About Volvo has unveiled 2011 Volvo S60 for Australia market with pricing for all sedan variants and can see on all car dealer of VolVo. The all-new Volvo S60 is “The most dynamic, most emotionally involving car we’ve ever manufactured, a striking sports sedan that shows Volvo’s passion for cars. Yet it is very much a true Volvo.” said Alan Desselss, Volvo Car Australia Managing Director.

For the sytling Volvo S60 be include a rabbit out of its hat with its new styling direction. While maintaining the brand’s signature styling elements, it is now pushing into fresh teritory with unique fluid designs unlike anything it has offered before. The new S60 is not only a radical departure from the outgoing model, but it also – along with the XC60 and updated C30 – offers an indication of the Swedish manufacturer’s future design direction.

Volvo Cars’ Design Director Peter Horbury said “Every single line in its design is there to transport you both physically and emotionally,” and also said “Its profile radiates so much coupe feeling that the rear doors come as something of a pleasant surprise when you examine the car close-up.”

Volvo S60 with a four-dour coupe look be has features a C-pillar that reaches right to the tail-lights and a belt line that climbs and terminates in a high rear deck. And also flowing character line that runs along the profile of the S60 is described as a ‘double wave’, designed to give the car a lower, stronger stance.

Mr Horbury said “I call the design of the S60 a great evolutionary step. If you look back at the previous generation S60 (which was launched in Australia in 2000), the lineage is clear: the rounded nose, the fastback rear, and the sporty proportions,” and also “That S60, and the S80 that went before, began the current Volvo styling direction, which took classic Volvo cues but made them more modern.”

For interior Volvo S60 has more extrovert attitude than before without losing any of its practical Scandinavian roots and brings up to a whole new level when it comes to the integral experience of colour, form, material and technology. Despite the four-door coupe styling, the new S60 is very much a genuine five-seater. Knee space in the rear seat has increased by 30mm, the rear seat splits 40/60 and the boot opening has been made 107mm wider than in the previous-generation S60. The S60 offers 380 litres of storage space in the rear.

The new S60 will feature the City Safety system as standard equipment. With City Safety, the car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops, or if he or she is driving too fast towards a stationary object. The system can lessen or even entirely avoid low-speed rear-end impacts at speeds up to 30 kilometres an hour.

Details: 2011 Volvo S60:

For 2011, the Volvo S60 is only available in one model: the T6 AWD. This model is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 Volvo S60 is available with either a performance-oriented dynamic suspension, or a comfort suspension. Dynamic is the standard suspension for the S60, though comfort is a no-cost option. For $750 you can add Volvo’s FOUR-C active chassis which gives drivers three suspension settings to choose from: Comfort, Sport or Advanced. This option bridges the gap between the comfort and dynamic standard suspension setting by offering the best attributes of both in one package.

S60 Performance - 8.4 (Very Good)

With a standard 300-horsepower engine and a well sorted suspension, the 2011 Volvo S60 certainly achieves its goal of being the sportiest Volvo available. However, reviewers agree that there are sportier options in the class.

S60 Exterior - 9.5 (Excellent)

The press likes how the new S60 looks. It blends the look of modern Volvos with the “four-door coupe” design philosophy that many European automakers are using.
S60 Interior - 8.7 (Very Good)

Hailing from the same country that gives us IKEA, Volvos are known for their stylish interiors. The interior is filled with quality materials and looks stunning, but reviewers have their gripes about the excess use of hard buttons.

S60 Safety - NA

Neither the federal government nor the insurance industry have crash tested the 2011 Volvo S60. However, safety technology on the S60 goes beyond what the competition offers.

S60 Reliability - NA

The 2011 Volvo S60 comes with a five-year/60,000-mile

Audi Launched A8L in India

The Indian unit of Germany based leading luxury car maker Audi unveiled the super luxury sedan ‘A8 L' in the Indian market on Friday. The car was launched at Audi India’s largest showroom located in Delhi with a price tag of Rs.89-lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Sporting a 4.2 litre petrol engine, the all new Audi A8 L is capable of delivering a peak power of 372 HP. Speaking to reporters, Audi India’s Head Michael Perschke told journalists said, “Audi A8 L will allow us to further build upon the tremendous growth potential that the Indian market presents. With Audi witnessing record sales in 2010 to achieve exceptional growth, we believe the new sedan will continue to spur demand in India, and set benchmarks in a segment where we have been defining automotive excellence the world over.”
Further elaborating about the new variant Mr. Perschke added , “A perfect culmination of comfort, style and performance, the new luxury sedan comes with light aluminium body, powerful and highly efficient engines, superior design and an elegant interior.”

Audi India, which is currently the third largest luxury car maker in the country, is aiming to become the largest car maker in the Indian market by year 2015. “We are looking for over 50 per cent sales growth this year as we gear up to launch new models in the country. By 2015 we aim to be the No.1 in the Indian luxury car market,” Mr. Perschke said.