5 VWs We Wish We Could Get in the US
Mick Jagger might’ve been onto something when he sang the title line of his 1969 hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Then again, he is British, so he has access to Volkswagen models that people just can't get in the USA. Here are five models we'd like to see in the states.
You’d think with a name like the “California,” this update to the original VW Camper Van would be cruisin’ up and down the west coast. But alas, you’re more likely to see one of these speeding through the Autobahn than your local Volkswagen dealership. Available in the Ocean and Beach models, the Volkswagen California Camper van is built for the open road with enough room for 4 adults to sleep and a fully-fitted kitchen. With a spirit of adventure, the Volkswagen California will take you as far as you let it. Just not anywhere stateside.
Though it hit the road for the first time in 2010, the Volkswagen Amarok—a mid-size truck along the same lines as a Toyota Tacoma—quickly left its mark with 44,525 units produced in its first year. And what’s not to like? Available in the baseline and Atacama models, the Amarok—which means “wolf” in Inuit—is just as comfortable flying down a highway as it is tackling a logging trail. Unfortunately, you can only drive this German-bred, 4-door pickup in Europe, South America, South Africa and Australia.
The upside? With the recent demand in mid-size trucks like the Chevy Colorado, U.S. dealerships may start introducing the Amarok sooner than you’d think.
What can you say about a sport-compact coupe that was manufactured from 1974-1992, only to be brought back from the dead in 1998? A car that Top Gear called “ruddy good” and awarded Best in Class? What could possibly be said of a car that boasts 4 seats and still goes from 0-62 MPH in 5.5 seconds?
We can only think of one thing to say - that we wish we could get our hands on one in the USA. Unfortunately, the Scirocco hasn’t seen an American dealership since 1989, and there are currently no plans to bring them back.
The Golf R SportWagen
The phrase “performance hatchback” might seem like an oxymoron. But don’t yet pass judgment on the Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen, which combines the perfection of the classic Golf with the performance of a sports car. With a 296 horsepower turbocharged engine that takes it from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, the closest US consumers can get to this pint-sized quickster is an auto show. While the Golf R SportWagen isn’t quite available stateside, you can always check out the Golf, Golf R, and the Golf SportWagen at your local VW dealership.
The Transporter Van
Though sport-hungry consumers might not be flocking to the VW Transporter Van, this commercial classic is a warrior when it comes to packing everything from people to power. Though stateside consumers lean toward 15 passenger vans or trucks for their businesses, the Volkswagen Transporter would set a solid pace for budding businesses. Think of the contractor who has to haul buckets of paint and a crew for the next job. Think of the dry cleaner who’s off on a mid-afternoon delivery. Or even the florist who’s lugging dozens of arrangements to a weekend wedding.
So, there you have it. Tell us on Facebook which model you'd like to see the most!