• Jan 15, 2008
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"Do you need the Polo?" That's going to be Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn's query to US dealers when he meets with them this week. The answer could determine whether or not we see a sub-Golf sized VeeDub here in the United States. Rising fuel prices have made small cars big again, and VW's taking a hard look at capitalizing on that. The inrush of Volkswagen's competitors to smaller models also makes the segment hard to ignore. BMW's got the hotly anticipated 1-series, Daimler's trend-tastic Smart has been foisted upon us, Saturn's slick Astra is nearly here, and Ford's threatening to give us the Fiesta in a couple of years, too. If we were a VW dealer, our answer to Winterkorn would be a resounding "YES!"

[Source: Auto News - sub req]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes! I would definitely but this car of the Toyota Yaris. The Polo looks a lot better. I´d buy the Gti version though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I meant to say "I´d buy this car over the Toyota Yaris"
        • 7 Years Ago
        And, unless you're leasing, you'd regret in five years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes please!
      • 7 Years Ago
      How 'bout you keep your Polo and bring the Scirocco over instead? Hmmm
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bring them both over - or give us the five-door Polo for less image-conscious buyers (with a GTI option, though) and the three-door Scirocco to fill the sportier role.
        Kumail
        • 7 Years Ago
        i agree. PLEASE BRING THE SCIROCCO STATESIDE!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bring em all!! Americans love choice! ; )
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks to be about the same size as my old 81 VW Rabbit Diesel LS! And can it be? A 1.9L TDI engine?? That is what I have in my Mk V Jetta TDI! Maybe it will be available with DSG. When will it be here in the USA? I also heard VW is coming back with a pick up. I hope it is available with 4x4 and beefy like Toyota Tacoma's but with a decent TDI motor! The future looks exciting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Polo GTI Cabrio, bring it. Now. Ask for less then $20,000 and i'm sold.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Cabrio? Yes. they've already shown a production ready model at frankfurt and indicated a projected 2009 delivery date, so I'd wager it's good to go. Trunk space is nothing, but then again the same holds true for the eos or the mini. VW has already explicitly stated they're going with fabric to have as negligible an impact on fuel economy as they possibly can. Given the current polo GTI manages 38mpg, I'm not sure 34 or 35mpg would be that horrible. I just like the absurdity of it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Rabbit 2-door starts at $15,490...
        So obviously VW thinks they can sell Polo's cheaper than that or it wouldn't be an option... and that sounds like a pretty attractive price.
        • 7 Years Ago
        it does, but this would be a convert polo gti, 150hp, say 35ish mpg, which would resale around 17,000e in germany so under 20,000 sounds fair.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Doesn't the Rabbit start at something like 17,000? So that means the Polo has go to be a couple grand cheaper. Something like 13-14,000
        • 7 Years Ago
        Cabrio? Really?

        Not a bad idea, but the Mini Cooper cab has enough problems stowing its top - where's VW gonna put it on the tiny little Polo without adding a storage locker to the rear end?

        Also, I'd be concerned about the weight increase negating any improvements in mileage over a larger convertible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this the car Top Gear uses for its soccer games? Or is my memory failing me? If it's not, VW should somehow show how much beating those little cars can take and still keep going.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hurry up. VW needed the Polo brought over years ago. The Golf is too big and the MPG is too low to compete with the smaller Japanese lightweights with better MPG. I drove one years ago in Europe and thought they should have shipped it over then.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW do something practical? Offer a practical car in the US? I'd love and buy a TDI Polo in
      • 7 Years Ago
      I found petition to VWOA to get them to bring the Polo to North America.

      http://www.petitiononline.com/VWPOLONA/petition.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      Or they could do what VW Canada does: import the MkIV Golf (with the 2.Slow, no less!) from Brazil and call it the Golf City.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just got back from France where I drove a 5-door Polo TDI diesel. Nothing fancy,(it even had hubcaps, yuk) and a tad noisy, but the interior design was great, as was the fuel economy, and of course the manoeuverability and supersensitive brakes. I go every year, and get a different rental every year, and when I come back I get Euro-car withdrawal in my Nissan Sentra. I feel like I'm sitting on the ground, for one thing.
      I love the Opels, also. If they brought the Polo here, I'd seriously consider buying one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I won't buy another VW until I can be assured it'll make it to 100K miles without needing $8K in repairs like my Passat did!
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