Vw may bring back Scirocco, Phaeton to U.S. to challenge Toyota image

Vw Ag, the Europe largest automaker may bring back the Scirocco coupe and Phaeton large-sedan to the U.S. as it aims to sell 1 mil cars by 2018 in the world’s second-largest car market.

“We will be looking for opportunities” to return the Scirocco to the U.S., Jonathan Browning, VW’s U.S. chief, said Thursday in an interview in Washington.

“We will reconsider bringing the Phaeton back to the U.S. in the next product cycle,” he said, adding that a decision hasn’t been made yet.

Vw withdrew the $92,360 Phaeton, from the U.S. in 2006 after it flopped. In the U.S. market, 1,433 Phaetons were sold in 2004, but just 820 were sold in 2005, leading the company to announce that sales in the American market would end after the 2006 model year.

As about Sirocco, Volkswagen America head honcho Jonathan Browning said:

“I’d love to … 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.”

Unfortunately, we may have to wait a few years before that happens.