After 43 years since its introduction, Volkswagen has announced that the Scirocco has officially been discontinued with no replacement seen anytime soon.
The outgoing Scirocco has been in production for almost a decade, no doubt an already aging model. The third-generation model was introduced back in 2009 but originally previewed as the Iroc Concept introduced in 2006. It is also still based on the same PQ35 platform which underpins the fifth-generation Golf, further showing its gap with other Volkswagen models.
Originally revealed in 1974, the first generation Scirocco - named after a desert wind - was penned by Italian designer Georgetto Giugiaro, and ran until 1981. As for the second generation, it was sold from 1981 until 1992, with the nameplate being discontinued in favor of the Corrado. The Scirocco name would lay dormant until it resurface in 2009 when the Iroc Concept would morph into the third-generation Scirocco.
However, the Scirocco isn’t the only car to get axed. The Beetle is also living on borrowed time with numerous outlets reporting that it will be removed from the lineup once the current generation reaches the end of its production life.
The Volkswagen plant in Palmela, Portugal, that made the Scirocco is switching to producing the brand's new small crossover, the T-Roc. No replacement is planned for the Scirocco.