According to the latest Register for the Specialist & Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme (SEVS) Volkswagen’s Scirocco is eligible for low level imports. A similar process was used for the Nissan GTR, by which a company called GT Compliance was able to import small numbers of GTRs to Australia prior to Nissan Australia introducing the car.
It is unclear as to who is behind this application, but one can certainly see a scenario where an independent party is prepared to bring the Scirocco down under while Volkswagen Australia cools it heels.
It is worth noting that eligibility under SEVS does not mean the car automatically complies to Australian Design Rules (ADRs). The SEVS website states: “The fact that a vehicle is included on the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles does not guarantee it will be able to gain approval to be plated. A vehicle may not be able to satisfy specific ADR requirements even though it meets the requirements set out for eligibility on the Register.”
According to the ruling only the Scirocco 2.0 TSI and Scirocco R have been approved. The 2.0 TSI uses the the same 155kW engine found in the current Golf GTI. The Scirocco R uses a 195kW engine, which is closely related to the Audi S3.
There has been a lot of talk about the Scirocco, one month it’s coming, next month it’s not coming. Volkswagen Australia representatives have been quite guarded about it all. AUSmotive understands the decision on importing the Scirocco rests with Volkswagen Australia. That is, there would be no obstacles presented by Volkswagen AG in Germany if they decided to add the car to its local lineup.
AUSmotive will keep an ear to the ground on this development and will pass on any news as it comes to hand.
You can view the Scirocco’s SEVS ruling HERE, or a screen grab is available below.
[Thanks to Mark for the tip]