Volkswagen CC Dead, to Be Replaced by Something People Might Want

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

The slow-selling Volkswagen CC premium sedan — a model you’d be forgiven for forgetting — has reportedly ended production in Germany.

In happier times, 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 market share and revenue with the CC’s shadowy replacement.

Sources tell 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 worry about supply drying up overnight, however. Given the model’s slow sales, there’s likely enough inventory to hold the company over until the replacement shows up next year.

Not that buyers are flooding dealer lots in search of the coupe-like CC. After reaching a sales high in 2011 with 29,502 U.S. sales, demand for the model slipped to just 6,276 units in 2015. The first 10 months of 2016 saw only 2,595 sales.

Launched in 2008, the model bowed as the Passat CC before dropping its sister car’s name during its 2011 redesign. The CC name isn’t likely to appear on the model’s replacement. The same sources claim Volkswagen wants to drop the name like a hot potato, preferring something new and distinctive that takes buyers’ minds off the past (especially the recent past).

There’s a number of spy photos floating around that claim to show the CC’s replacement. If those photos are indeed of the unnamed successor, expect a lengthy sedan with a fastback-like profile. The automaker has reportedly selected its Sport Coupe GTE concept car as inspiration, which could signal a high-performing hybrid variant.

[Image: Volkswagen of America]

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  • GeneralMalaise GeneralMalaise on Nov 22, 2016

    My oldest son is leasing a 2014 CC and he hasn't had any issues with it. It looks pretty well constructed and the materials are top notch. His experience has certainly been better than friends and colleagues had with their VW products back in the early to mid-2000s, per my recollection.

  • Von Von on Nov 22, 2016

    Like a Toyota?


    Maybe they should try a really cool name, like Phaeton! Oops. That would be the model name on a series of 1979 Cadillacs. VW cannot tread in the same waters as Cadillac. Make Cadillac Great Again!!

  • Trucky McTruckface Trucky McTruckface on Nov 23, 2016

    I always liked these, but the market proposition never made much sense. If you want a cut-rate German four door coupe with polarizing styling, might as well just get a CLA and enjoy the badge snobbery. Also, the resale on these was hilariously bad. Didn't help that my local VW dealer had to practically give the leftovers away for $7k off sticker every year.