Volkswagen Scirocco

The Volkswagen Scirocco was a hatchback produced by Volkswagen from 1974 through 1992. The model was very successful, and as a result helped raise VW's reputation overall. The best news is that the model will be revived with a third generation in 2008. Volkswagen first began working on this model during the early 1970s as the replacement for the aging Karmann Ghia coupe. In an effort to save some money, VW selected to use the A1 chassis that was shared with the Rabbit and the Jetta. Most every other part of the car was re-engineered though in favor of a sporty-drive and new styling, which was drafted by Giorgetto Giugiaro. This model was sleeker and sportier than the Golf or the Jetta. The model finally went on sale in Europe in 1974 and reached North America in 1975. A heavily re-designed version went on sale in 1982, although it was still on the same platform. Later, a milder redesign took place in 1984, which included limited changes that could be identified from the exterior. Additions on the interior included leather, power windows, power mirrors, air conditioning and a manual sunroof. These were all made available as options. In terms of popular culture, the Scirocoo was mentioned on a Saturday Night Live sketch as well as on an episode of Family Guy. Further, in the 1978 cult classic Dawn Of The Dead, four people took shelter from the living dead inside a large shopping mall in which they hotwire a brand new Scirocco in order to get around the mall. Also, in 2004, the Norwegian cellphone network operator NetCom ran an ad campaign where one of the ads feature three teenage boys cruising the countryside in a Scirocco. It does though seem that the model has seen more action in the media than in the showrooms, but that could be debated.