I am not impressed with the first photos. However, much like the new Golf, it did not impress me much either, and now it's grown on me substantially. VW
's are still interesting cars, and it's nice to have something different in the North American market. The key to this car will be in the details, and in this way, VW
has always offered something different, and somewhat upmarket, thus commanding the price premium.
I think it will do relatively well, although it wont see the same increase in sales that the current generation was able to produce, as that was a distinct improvement over the previous car when it came out in 1999, at least from a stylistic and perceived quality perspective. This new one is markedly better from the standpoint of the chassis. Problem is, a test drive is required to find that out, and the somewhat iffy styling wont convince as many people as it should. Also, they better improve their reliability, or they'll continue losing a lot of faithful owners.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster