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Volkswagen has decided that small cars will only rise in prominence as fuel prices inevitably climb again. As such, they've decided to bring the new Polo to the U.S., which will slot beneath the Rabbit in VW's American lineup. However, for U.S. duty, they've made some tweaks to the vehicle that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.
Suiting American tastes, a four-door sedan version of the Polo will be offered. As well, the hatch will increase in both height and wheelbase to suit Americans' propensity to haul sometimes ridiculous amounts of gear to and fro. Speculation is that the Polo hatch will resemble the 2009 Honda Fit in size, layout, and versatility, not a bad benchmark in the slightest. Volkswagen USA chief Stefan Jacoby commented that the Polo hatch will be "a cross between a compact minivan and a hatchback."
Price? Around $14,000. To keep production and shipping costs down, U.S.-market Polos will be produced in Mexico. Production is likely to begin in 2011.
Come on, Vee-Dub, give us a U.S. version of the Polo BlueMotion clean diesel, which promises to ring in at about 71 mpg once it undergoes official testing. Such efficiency could well turn the tide for diesel's popularity in the U.S. market.