Join us in our diesel-powered DeLorean as we head back in time. This week we’re rolling back the clock 20 years to July 1994.
Volkswagen revealed the new, mkIII Polo ahead of its official launch in October of that year. It replaced the mkII which could had been on the market for some 13 years prior to the new car’s arrival. Diesel buyers would be offered a 64bhp version of Volkswagen’s iconic 1.9TDi and the car would remain in production until the next millennium, when the mkIV went on sale in 2002.
Sticking with new car reveals, another car breaking cover in July 1994 was the Ford Scorpio. Ford’s large executive car caused plenty of discussion with it’s unique styling, with many people being put off by its unusual appearance. Ford’s acquisition of Jaguar, combined with low sales and heavy depreciation, meant the Scorpio was consigned to the history books four years later in 1998.
Finally, Citroen revised the XM range with the addition of a new diesel engine. The new unit, a 2.5 litre turbo diesel would develop 135bhp and 210 ft lbs of torque. Citroen would also revise the executive XM’s prices, making the car more affordable in an effort to stave off competition – the new 2.5 XM would be priced at £20,525.