• Jul 18, 2008
The Rabbit is currently the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicle in Volkswagen's U.S. fleet, getting around 26 mpg on the EPA's combined city/highway cycle. But V-Dub wants something better for the U.S. market. Speaking with Bloomberg, VW CEO, Stefan Jacoby revealed that the automaker is considering bringing a subcompact vehicle, similar to the Polo, to the U.S.

With the Toyota Yaris rated at 32 mpg and the Honda Fit coming in at 31 mpg (combined city/highway), Volkswagen is hoping to meet or exceed the competition. While it's unlikely we'll see the current Polo on U.S. shores anytime soon, it's expected that the next generation will be available in the States in 2010 when the new Jetta is released, followed by a new midsize sedan that will replace the Passat.

The additions and revisions to VW's product line is an effort by the automaker to boost U.S. sales to 800,000 units by 2018, nearly tripling the 230,571 vehicles it sold in 2007. VW is also looking to build a new engine plant in Mexico, along with its recently announced Tennessee plant.

[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw a VW Polo driving around near where I live the other day. I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn't a Golf/GTI, but it was for sure a Polo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a lozenge to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, our brasilian Gol is basically a simplified Polo (in terms of upholstery) with the front subframe from
      PQ25 (Volks' new small cars platform) and a 1.6 liter flex fuel, with
      lots of torque for its displacement, coming early from 2500, 2800 rpm,
      its fun to drive, and inexpensive, interior is well finished despite
      the use of plastic (the "cost cutting trend" in auto industry, notice
      the new civic) and shares the instrument clusters with superior VAG
      cars, like the Passat and Audi, could be an option, even taking into
      account that VAG Brasil will launch the Voyage, a ssmall sedan with at least 430 liters of space in the back, based on this Polo platform

      (the americans know our Voyage because it was sold there in US as
      "Fox" during the mid and late 80's)
      • 6 Years Ago
      What for? It looks just like a Rabbit. No type of design difference.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just the small matter of it being the size of a Yaris and getting 35+ MPG.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gas is $4/gallon and they are still "considering" bringing the Polo here. Quite the brain-trust they have running VW :-/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just because gas is expensive in the US does not make it automatically profitable for VW to "bring" new models to the market.

        It would require a lot of planning and some reengineering to qualify for the US - and who's to say it will sell? VW moves slowly because it pays for *them* be careful. You are the one lacking brain capacity here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Polo 1.4 TDi should sell. It's a much better alternative to the expensive hybrids.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The Rabbit is currently the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicle in Volkswagen's U.S. fleet..."

      Doesn't the GTI get slightly better mileage?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't forget that with the gradual size creep of modern vehicles, the current Polo is about the same size (if not larger) than the original VW Rabbit. Seems quite logical to offer it in the US right now.

      One point to note - the image in this post shows the last gen model; there's been a mild redesign recently.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If VW is serious about wanting to sell 800,000 vehicles in the U.S. Getting a highly competitive, high MPG subcompact has to be a big part of that sales jump.

      And a compact pick-up too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Only problem is, the Polo is not competitive - next to the Fit, it's small, cramped, and boring to drive. I've driven Polos, and they're not competitive cars for the US market - they drive like a Versa (squishy and comfy) but lack that model's power and size, it has less space and space efficiency than a Fit, and it would necessarily be far more expensive than a Yaris. It would be overpriced and under-delivering compared to its modern competition. Maybe the next Polo will come, or the Brazilian Gol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a good idea. Also bring a smaller motor to the Rabbit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Totally agree. I love the Rabbit, but the mileage is dismal for its class. I don't need a 2.5 in that thing. Give us a more efficient choice and I'll consider a Volkswagen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have work for vw for about 5 years..And the sad thing is there cars are junk..I work in the parts department and give out parts to the techs so i see everything that is wrong with vw...and the problem with vw is the hole car.If you are thinking about getting one or just bought one or your warranty has expired..you better get a AAA card cause you are going to need it....
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is how vw works...First they try to get the parts as cheap as they can witch i agree with.But the problem is that when a part gos bad they try to find a new vendor to make that same part cheaper and it never gives the first vendor a chance to find out why it failed in the first place.SO when you do that with ever part you are going to have problems your never going to have it right.This is what they told us in vw school.I would never buy one
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW's Are Girl Cars's why the hell would you guys want another Girl car around ? i really think we have way... to many..

      it's not that i hate VW it's that i would never drive one cause as i said there Girl Cars...


      P.s. Im Not a Fanboy. i just pick the best and go with it. The only Automaker i Hate is Ford.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You said girl car 3 times in the post and made multiple grammatical errors.

        Folks, I think he just set a new record!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Shut Up Smart Ass...
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