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VW Polo Sedan, Hatchback Slated For U.S. Production In 2011


VW Polo Hatchback Rendering

VW Polo Hatchback Rendering

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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.

 
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Comments (7)
  1. "Consumer"

    I would be concerned about VW support if there is a problem. View my VW experience at:
    http://www.reesphotos.com/VW/
    John Rees
     
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  2. "Trabant!"

    Very cool - I have 1991 Trabant w/ VW Polo's powertrain that I'll be able to bring to the States in 2016. I'm glad there will be parts support by then :-)
     
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  3. "Trabant!?"

    JKD! So you hail from Eastern Europe? Very cool...I always assumed you were writing from the U.S. Do ever see any BMW Isettas driving around?
     
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  4. "Georgia"

    Hey Colin - I'm in GA just like you, man :-) but... I do have access to the brand-new looking 1991 model mostly sitting in the garage with 40K km, the 4-speed (the 5th gear is blocked mechanically, so the car wouln't fly off the road) and the 1.1 liter engine that I'll bring over here :-) I just have to wait for it to age a bit...
     
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  5. "very cool"

    i saw Trabants for the first time on a 1994 trip to Russia...lots of really cool, tinny, third-world cars over there. I was fascinated. (Zaparozhitz (sp?), ZiL, Volga...)
     
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  6. ive been a vw owner for ... ever!
    never had issues with the cars, vans but i must say the ability to bring
    'blue motion' to the u.s. isnt a vw issue ... its a u.s. govt issue.
    there is so much in the way of new technologies that is not allowed in the u.s.
    due, almost exclusively to competition with u.s. manufacturers ... and big oil!
    ive been in line and waiting for the mdi 'air car' of over 6 yrs ... nada!
    i live on the big island of hawaii which has a top posted speed of 55mph
    this would be the perfect place for a 1200cc blue motion ... especially with the current gas prices which are $1.00-1.50 more than the mainland!
     
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  7. I have a new VW polo sedan 1.6 comfortline and had to take it back 3 times to the dealer and my problems are still not resolved. I’m very disappointed in this vehicle. The VW polo hatch is produced locally in South Africa, but the VW polo sedan in India. There is a huge difference in quality and the driving experience comparing the sedan to the hatch. The sedan is completely different and disappointing. I regret buying the sedan everyday!
     
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