Wolfsburg launches teaser campaign for its forthcoming CLS-apeing four-door
3 December 2007

Volkswagen’s new model onslaught will continue late in 2008 with a brand new VW designed to tempt fleet buyers away from their Vectras, Mondeos and 3-series saloons. The debutant will be a four-door saloon-cum-coupe that takes its inspiration from the Mercedes CLS, but should be available from around £25k, and will be called the Volkswagen Coupe.Autocar has known about the existance of this car for a while, but only this morning confirmed its name. And Coupe is a bold call from VW, considering that so many potential customers will expect a two-door construction from a car so-named.This news, and the pictures you’ll find in our gallery, were taken from a microsite just launched by VW, which invites potential customers in nine EU states to register an interest in the car. The shots show the car’s grille, shoulderline and C-pillar up close, and suggest that it’s been designed to reference both the Passat and the larger Phaeton saloon, as well as the Eos coupe-cabriolet.The Coupe will run on slightly modified Passat underpinnings, and it's expected to be offered in high-spec guise only. There's likely to be a choice between 270bhp V6 and 200bhp four-cylinder petrol, and 170bhp four-pot turbodiesel power, with the more expensive options getting 4Motion four-wheel drive.Many within VW will be keen to get the VW Coupe to market, it having been one of three models sent back for review by incoming chairman Martin Winterkorn in January 2007. So when will we finally see it? The microsite advises users to expect more information about the car in early 2008, which could signal an unveiling, probably in production form, at either the Detroit or Geneva show.

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3 December 2007

I don't get it.

What was the point of this article?

VW have made a car with sporting pretensions - they've called it a coupe. It is based - like every other model from a volume manufacturer - on another model within the product base.

What was the point of this article?

I don't get it.

3 December 2007

More like, what is the point of VW offering yet another car in its range that doesn't make sense?

With the Golf, Jetta, Passat and (never selling Phaeton) why introduce another saloon into the mix?

4 December 2007

I know what you are saying Kee Law but my point relates to why has Autocar given us a 'no news' article - that is - it says nothing!!

I don't get it!!

4 December 2007

I think this article was written for women. Women like choice, unfortuneately if you give a woman choice, she can never make her mind up. Better to tell them it is only available in one style in one colour with one type of interior with one engine choice.

You know what it's like, you take your wife/girlfriend for a meal. You make your mind up about all 3 courses in seconds, the waiter arrives and returns several times while she can't decide. You eventually lose the will to live.

When the meals do arrive, she looks at yours and wishes she'd chosen that. You then have endless roaming fork issues as she tries to nick your food. Drives me bloody mad.

I'm with Mr. Plum, another Golf based model with a reskin and new name.

Anonymous

4 December 2007

Correct. The news story doesn't say anything. Apart from confirming when the car is coming out. What it's called. What it's based on and the motor show it will be unveiled at.

4 December 2007

Would, could, should, likely, probably........

All words used within the article. Hardly dissemination of confirmed facts.

What's the point Editor?

Then again, you need to advertising revenue don't you.

4 December 2007

Not to worry, i doubt theyll keep this posting stories thing going for much longer anyway, judging by our response.

4 December 2007

Kee Law - I take your point mate - I really do.

But IMHO - it's lazy journalism - it says nothing of substance - it smacks of a Google cut and paste and it reads like a sales leaflet which is unforgivable for those of us who want impartial and informed comment. What I dislike about it in particular is the notion that it's been written like an intelligence report with little snippets of this and that but closer scrutiny shows it for what it is - a piece of placed PR in an increasingly average and biased weekly journal that is not the mag it was even 5 years ago. Witness the pithy comments from the Editor......!!

Can't imagine Cropley doing that.

The bottom line is this - were Autocar journo's hiding in a bush outside the VW R&D facility with a telephoto lens or were they drip fed this from PR at VW?

You and I know the answer don't we?

You pay's your money though............

Anonymous

5 December 2007

We broke a story about this car about three years ago and have subsequently managed to capture plenty of spy shots. Then around a year ago we broke a story that it had been delayed by Martin Winterkorn and now we have published this story because this is the first time that VW has officially confirmed that this car is coming. If you think that all the facts about cars such as this come straight from the company's PR machine that's your right - you're entitled to your opinion. Autocar's staff know differently. Personally, if a magazine or website that I read upset me that much then I wouldn't read it. Thankfully, the growing numbers of people reading both Autocar magazine and using this website are enjoying it.

5 December 2007

[quote Chas Hallett]We broke a story about this car about three years ago and have subsequently managed to capture plenty of spy shots. Then around a year ago we broke a story that it had been delayed by Martin Winterkorn and now we have published this story because this is the first time that VW has officially confirmed that this car is coming. If you think that all the facts about cars such as this come straight from the company's PR machine that's your right - you're entitled to your opinion. Autocar's staff know differently. Personally, if a magazine or website that I read upset me that much then I wouldn't read it. Thankfully, the growing numbers of people reading both Autocar magazine and using this website are enjoying it.[/quote]

Who's upset? Not me.

And you are right - I am entitled to an opinion and it's an opinion based upon what I see - I might be wrong but that's the joy of having an opinion. Opinions are like a*seholes, we've all got one but some stink. But it's my a*se and I'll go on talking through it if that's what I want to do.

You've taken my comments in the completely wrong way actually - what you should be happy about is that something you've done has sparked a debate because a few of us have challenged things on here we've read.

Or are you journo's that precious that you can't take a bit of honest criticism?

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