• Jan 28, 2009
Volkswagen's continuing push into the U.S. market could be called Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. "New" would be the coming mid-sized sedan, "borrowed" would be the Routan, "blue" would be BlueSport, and "old" would be the VW Polo. The version of the Polo we'll be getting in 2011 is expected to be at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Since it is coming to the U.S. and VW will need to convert American buyer to the idea of a supermini, we are looking for it to be a beautiful leap forward over the current MkV.

[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      By the time the Polo gets to us, it'll weigh 2600lbs and barely manage over 30mpg.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A VW Beetle built off of a smaller platform like the Polo's could be a great MINI fighter. It would be lighter and more fuel-efficient.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a nice sized little car. The original Rabbit was a fun car to drive. Maybe this one will be the same.

      Polo GTI
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never have figured out why VW always delays their US model introductions a couple years after their Europe model introductions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes... I wonder how much business it costs them? I was driving my 3rd consecutive VW, a Mk. IV GTI 1.8T when the Mk. V cars were introduced in Europe... and a year later were still not available in the US. I was irritated with VW for the delay, but was thinking of getting an Audi A3 as my Mk. V car anyway. I drove an A3 and a Subaru Legacy GT Wagon on the same day. I'm not a VWAG customer any longer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wooing for Chattanooga....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ zamafir

        Exactly right with Ford. They have a great market just like VW over in Europe. They wait until they realize demand for such vehicles was so high over here, they don't believe the cars would be flops over here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW doesn't have to convert me. I want a "supermini"! Hope the Polo is it... meaning a super mini (I already like it).
      • 5 Years Ago
      This Polo is a really solid looking small car - I prefer the four door over the two door though. Pity we won't see these in the States until 2011.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior is so awsome for the unawsome exterior. The backlights are the worst

      ITs funny cuz the golf of last generation was one of the best small looking car(better than jetta back then) , and now the jetta looks alot better than polo, rabbit

      come on vw wake up and design proper looking cars exterior wise
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do like this. It would fit so well into the American market, especially with our current lineup here. I wouldn't buy it though, it would meet my demands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has anyone seen the leaked photos of what the redesign looks like?

      I would say the current Polo is much better looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current Polo looks kinda dated (especially compared to VW's previous-generation designs, contrasting with VW's current-generation designs), but if all-new sheetmetal and revised mechanical specs are the works, I'm all for it. VW desparately needs something smaller than the Rabbit (which now effectively competes with the Toyota Matrix, Hyundai Elantra Touring, Kia Spectra5, and Subaru Impreza, as opposed to (the Polo's target market) the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, etc.; has anyone else noticed the relative dearth of compact hatchbacks vs. the blossoming subcompact hatchback market?).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nah, VW's serious about expanding their market in the US, they'll design it as a world car as a result, just as they did with the Tiguan, MkV, etc etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        no... the MkV is a platform, the Jetta was introduced here before it went on sale in europe, the hatch variant went on sale in europe before it was introduced here, chiefly because, as I and others are saying, when you're running a business you tend to release products in markets where they will sell wll first. It's the same reason the iPhone wasn't released world wide in the first iteration as it is with the 3G. In the current market, and with VW sales in north america what they are, it's not difficult to understand their release strategy. No one is going to reasonably argue VW would be making a ton more money if they went through the effort of releasing key selling european models in the US where their brand doesn’t have the same image it does in Europe. A two year delay is nothing compared to how long it took GM to bring cars (which have not done well) like the Astra over, or ford to finally bring the fiesta over.
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