Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Volkswagen introduced the CC as a sporty four-door coupe based on the same platform as the Passat in 2008 and refreshed it four years later.
While the non-facelifted version suffered due to the world financial crisis, the facelift was introduced when the market was growing, and it was supposed to have better success. But Volkswagen sold less than it expected.
By 2012, the Wolfsburg-based carmaker already started to change its design language, and the 2008 CC just didn’t fit in. The designers had to make that happened and installed a new front fascia, with angular headlights that contained the daytime running lights on their outer side. Its reversed-trapezoidal grille with three chromed horizontal slats enhanced the look of the narrow front end. Like its non-facelifted version, the 2012 CC sported very raked A-pillars and an arched roofline toward the sloped rear windscreen and trunk lid.
The carmaker built the CC with frameless doors to enhance the coupe-like sensation. It succeeded, but the interior was disappointing due to its very limited headroom, especially for the rear seats. Its dashboard design and seats resembled too much with the regular Passat, and that was OK for a regular sedan, but not for a four-door coupe.
The CC ran on the same platform with the Passat but with stiffer damper settings. But the weight-distribution was less fortunate for a sports-sedan. Volkswagen offered the CC with a very wide engine range, both gasoline, and diesel.