- Arteon could get 3.6L V6
- Shooting brake has been developed; has not been revealed
B6 Passat 3.6 & 4motion Resource Thread
Now: 2008 VW Passat 3.6 4motion Wagon, 2013 Fiat 500 Sport
Then: 1987 Volvo 745GLE, 1989 Volvo 740GL, 1994 Volvo 940T, 1995 Infiniti G20, 2000 VW Passat 1.8T, 2001 VW Jetta Wolfsburg Ed (x2), 2004 VW Golf TDI, 2006 Jetta TDI
Arteon R! (Or should they call it ArRteon? R-teon? Rteon? Rawrteon?)
While a good number of automobile manufacturers have already announced, or are very seriously considering, discontinuing their larger 4 door sedans due to poor sales, VW, in typical fashion, comes 5 years late to the party with a tarted up version of their CC, a car which never sold well and depreciated rapidly after leaving the lot. They are positioning this car in the upscale market, the same market they are abandoning by dropping the Touareg.
I don't see this going well.
Personally I'm glad it is (may be?) coming, even if it isn't in my future. A 300+ hp great looking coupe/sedan thing in the market is a good thing. If it were to come with a manual (it won't) it would be even better.
Oh, and my vote is Rteon.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
1. Manufacturers have started considering discontinuing large sedans. Very few (none that I can think of) have actually done so (yet).
2. Liftback/fastback cars are gaining lots of interest in the marketplace. Stinger GT, A5 Sportback, etc. While buyers of traditional sedans are moving to SUVs, there's probably a decent market for those who don't want one and would like a more stylish car.
3. The CC wasn't popular because it was less practical. When introduced it only sat 4 people, rear headroom was compromised, and the trunk opening was small. The Arteon has significantly more headroom, the rear doors are larger, it seats 5, and the liftback gives more trunk space with a huge opening.
4. The styling/design looks much more upmarket than the CC. I've seen this car in-person. I've sat in it. I've opened doors/trunk/hood and poked around it quite a bit. I've even stared at it for extended periods of time in person. I'm completely serious when I say that photos do not do this car justice. When you see the car in-the-flesh it looks substantially more upscale than the CC. The CC looks cartoonish compared to the Arteon. I truly think there will be quite a few people who will look at the Arteon that have never considered a VW before. It is leaps and bounds better than the CC. In fact, the only thing that it has in common with the CC is that they're both 4 door coupes with dramatic styling. VW was smart in changing the name: this car is in a different league than the CC.