The slow-promoting Volkswagen CC premium sedan — a model you’d be forgiven for forgetting — has reportedly ended production in Germany.
In happier instances, the model added a dash of upscale panache to the squeaky-clean brand. Now, Volkswagen has cast off the aging, underperforming model as it seeks to reclaim lost marketplace share and income with the CC’s shadowy replacement.
Sources inform Britain’s Autocar that assembly of new CCs has ceased as the automaker preps an all-new entry to slot above the midsize Passat. Don’t be concerned about provide drying up overnight, however. Provided the model’s slow sales, there’s likely sufficient inventory to hold the company more than till the replacement shows up next year.
Not that buyers are flooding dealer lots in search of the coupe-like CC. Right after reaching a sales higher in 2011 with 29,502 U.S. sales, demand for the model slipped to just six,276 units in 2015. The very first ten months of 2016 saw only two,595 sales.
Launched in 2008, the model bowed as the Passat CC prior to dropping its sister car’s name in the course of its 2011 redesign. The CC name isn’t probably to seem on the model’s replacement. The exact same sources claim Volkswagen desires to drop the name like a hot potato, preferring anything new and distinctive that requires buyers’ minds off the past (specially the current previous).
There’s a quantity of spy pictures floating around that claim to show the CC’s replacement. If these photographs are certainly of the unnamed successor, anticipate a lengthy sedan with a fastback-like profile. The automaker has reportedly selected its Sport Coupe GTE notion automobile as inspiration, which could signal a high-performing hybrid variant.
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