But with the recent gas price spike and more people thinking about whether they really need all that extra space, a new group of cars have started to gain popularity. The Honda Fit, the Toyota Yaris, and the Nissan Versa have all started to attract the attention of the public and Volkswagen has apparently decided they want to be in on the fun.
Volkswagen now says it's likely to add its subcompact Polo to its U.S. lineup, at about the same time the 2011 Ford Fiesta goes on sale in the U.S.--sometime in 2010.
Like the other subcompacts, the Polo offers scant rear-seat space but good fuel economy. The kicker for VW could be a sporty Polo with a GTI treatment; that would be a very affordable pocket rocket and would at the same time silence those few that thought the current GTI was still too big and porky to be a "real" GTI. I personally hope the powers that be in Wolfsburg don't give up on the diesel for our market and put an oil burner in the Polo at launch, as more models offering diesel will hopefully broaden its appeal and at the very least reduce the stigma many see from past diesel miscues.
VW has mentioned quite a few times now that they want to sell more cars, a lot more cars, in the U.S. The Polo would be a good start on that mission.