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According to Automotive News, Volkswagen has determined that Americans might like a Polo, so it's bringing the 80-hp subcompact Stateside in the not-too-distant future. Until now, the importation of the Polo was all conjecture, but now we have confirmation, straight from the horse's mouth. No specifics were given about the diminutive hatchback's U.S. debut, but Volkswagen Group of America CEO Stefan Jacoby confirmed they think the time is right. The automaker feels that Americans are more open to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles following the summer of high gas prices and the struggling economy.

The car, which would slot in between the Toyota Yaris and the larger Honda Fit in size, could be built at the company's plant in Puebla, Mexico. Although they've never sold anything smaller than the Rabbit/Golf in the States, VW thinks the Polo could help them reach their goal of tripling U.S. sales over the next ten years. The latest genereation of the Polo is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but it's unclear if we will be getting that model or its predecessor. We just hope the Polo GTI version is in the cards.


[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago

      Finally another stylish alternative to the MINI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe VW will start calling the current rabbit the golf and the US version of the polo the rabbit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Marco!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Awesome! ... Fish out of water!
      • 6 Years Ago
      A personal message to VAG from the offices of Jackattak:

      After a decade of requesting this, thank you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        haha, you said vag...

        ...its been a long day
      • 6 Years Ago
      Get it into my hands for 12-16k CND and you've got my vote!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You clearly aren't french canadian, you misspelled "canadienne"
        • 6 Years Ago
        More specifically...will this come to Canada AND replace the miserable City cars??

        That what I would really like to know.
        • 6 Years Ago
        RS,

        There are morons on here that can't spell their own name correctly. He could just be a stupid French Canadian.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Agreed Kumail, if they bring the GTI over it will be my next ride too. I am not sure most Americans can live with 80hp in the regualr Polo. I think 115-120hp would be respectable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        115-120HP would be awesome. I used to drive a '96 Mazda 626 with a 114HP engine and even though it was much larger vehicle than the Polo it used to perfectly fine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good news indeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is about time. VW needed something to fit where the Golf was before it morphed into the Rabbit and got bigger, heavier and pricier. Hopefully we get the GTI version. It would be a great competitor to the Fit and even the Mini Cooper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The article states incorrectly that VW has never imported anything smaller than the Golf/Jetta, but the Fox (Lupo in some markets) was imported to the U.S. between '87 and '93. It was basic transportation, but still a fun VW. My friend had a '93 2-door with a 4-speed manual and manual steering...it was a hoot in the curves. I'll be looking forward to the Polo TDI and/or GTI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      yeah, Just what they need more Mexican Vdubs. I am surprised that it didnt come from Brazil like the last Polo. Although it was called a Fox here. It too was far from the benchmark of reliability.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The old VW Fox sold in the States was not related in any way to the Polo. The Fox was a rebadged VW Voyage/Gol from South America, which used the BX platform unique to VW in Latin America. This was essentially a heavily modified version of the B1 platform, used in the first-generation Audi 80 (called Audi Fox in North America).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ahh, that's right. The Fox was the US name for the Polo at that time.
        I test drove a Fox and remember it being just too cramped. The wheel well seriously intruded into the driver's foot space.

        For whatever reasons, it seems like markets outside the US are willing to put up with very small cars that really aren't that great, which could be a factor in why we haven't had many of them over here. Aside from impact and emissions concerns, it seems like you always hear that so-and-so's _next_ version of that model will be designed with the US market in mind.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is awesome. Now VW Canada can get rid of that stupid City Golf and City Jetta.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm with u, i'd love the soft top polo GTi for weekend fun.
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