Since its market launch in 1974, the Volkswagen Scirocco compact sports coupe has been the most successful Volkswagen in its segment: 795,650 vehicles were sold up to 1992. Currently, the third generation is being manufactured.
On Friday 6th August 2010, at the Volkswagen Autoeuropa - Automoveis Ltda. plant in Portugal, just two years after its market launch, the 100,000th third generation Volkswagen Scirocco rolled off the production line. Andreas Hinrichs, Autoeuropa Plant Manager, said: "The Scirocco is one of the most important cars that we produce. For myself personally, it was a moving moment."
The celebrated model is a Volkswagen Scirocco R 2.0-litre TSI, in Rising Blue Metallic, with a Titan Black interior, radio navigation system, Park Pilot and a tilting sunroof. In southern Portugal, with 3,000 employees, Volkswagen produces the Volkswagen Eos, the new Volkswagen Sharan and, since 2008, the third generation of the Volkswagen Scirocco.
With its attractive design and sporty appearance, the Volkswagen Scirocco leaves a lasting impression. In 2008, it claimed the AutoBILD Design Award and was named Car of the Year by Top Gear magazine.
The Volkswagen Scirocco is looking just as good in motorsport as it does on the open road: already in 2008, the racing version of the new Volkswagen Scirocco occupied top ranks at the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring. In its first time at the competition in 2009, the Volkswagen Scirocco GT24-CNG (natural gas) won in the alternative-drive class.Published 11 August 2010