• May 12, 2009
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The new Volkswagen Polo is all-new for 2010, and early returns show plenty of interest in the little European hatchback. VW is reporting 13,000 pre-orders for the B-segment five-door; news that is sure to have executives at the German automaker doing their best Mazda3 impression. The Polo has been in production since March, but it won't officially hit showroom floors until June.

The brisk interest in the handsome little Polo is doubtlessly partly attributable to the German government's "cash-for-clunkers" bill which provides €2,500 to scrap old cars ($3,400 USD) in favor of a new model. The legislation has prompted German car buyers to pick up new cars at a brisk pace. In Europe, the compact Polo will receive powertrains that can produce between 59 and 103 hp, with a BlueMotion diesel that's capable of 61.9 mpg (US).

The U.S. is reportedly likely to receive two versions of the Polo within the next two years. If the models come through, both models will likely receive the automaker's new 1.2-liter TSI gas engine. Direct injection and turbocharging help the little four-banger reach 103 hp and 42.8 mpg (U.S.) combined.



[Source: Automotive News (subs req'd)]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      anyone know how much this thing weighs? (especially compared to a GTI)
        • 5 Years Ago
        That has the old one genius.
        • 5 Years Ago
        nope but im sure if you went to vw.co.uk you could find out. The internets is a wonderful place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      People are idiots. I would never put in a preorder on a car (unless it's a situation like a Mini where the whole point is to customize it for you). I remember when I inquired about the new Honda Fit before they were on lots I got this treatment like "Oh, I don't know, the old ones we had went lightning quick, these will too, I'd have to have all your information and you'd have to reserve one and put in a deposit", It was a real turn off. I was like 'alright chode, whatever, bye bye', and now he emails me every week...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It always amazes me how many times a day I see a poster call the rest of the world idiots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I loved my Fox and would love to get a Polo... but I really want to take advantage of the cash for clunkers this year... so I am stuck with focus or versa etc....2bad
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't the US get the diesel? I'd love a car that could get upwards of 60MPG. Even my Harley-Davidson doesn't get above 45MPG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's too bad we're just getting a craptastic tiny sedan and a chubbier hatch version, presumably to counter the Fit. It figures VWoA would give us a supersized Polo, but not the similarly up-sized Golf (Plus).

      Regardless, here's to hoping it comes with a diesel and a stick shift.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Kumar: We're only getting the "craptastic" bloated-sedan and a POS bloated-wagon! The cool looking hatch that is pictured will NOT come to the USA... no hatch at all. VW can keep their crap and we'll keep our money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As long as bureaucrats control the "specifications" for diesel emissions together with the various moronic crash and safety regulations, we will never have the amount of diesels available in Europe over here in N.A.

        One way to cut huge development costs and R&D budgets is to "universalize" the standards so all cars can be driven in all the coutries of the world.

        If a Focus's bumper is good enough for Europe why do we need to extend it 5 inches so it passes "regulations" in Canada/US?
      • 5 Years Ago
      is that 13k sold orders in germany alone or all over europe?

      if it's only in germany, 14k pre-orderes for the camaro in the US doesn't look that impressing anymore?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can some of you guys explain why you like driving small cars, other than MPG please, because honestly I have no idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't imagine why anyone would drive a large car. Plain old cars are to get you from here to there and a small car does the job just as well. I don't need to massage my ego with some large POS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Flexibility and ability to park it anywhere (like practically every inch of San Francisco). Plus when you have a stick, it makes it so much easier and pleasing to use every ounce of power. I used to own a Mk III and Mk IV Golf and I miss them both. I would love to have another but preferably with a diesel someday soon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I personally find B-segment hatchbacks hilarious fun to drive. Where else can you beat the hell out of a car, redlining with all four tires screaming, and still be within sight of the speed limit?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can someone explain to me why they like driving huge big ass SUV's and trucks when they never even use the space because I have no idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...says the guy with the VW engine check light.

        The reason is simple: the girth and length of your parts are inversely proportional to your vehicle's weight and engine capacity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One word:

        FUN

        And the fact that, like puppies, chicks dig 'em. And the fact that, because they're hatchbacks, you can have sex in them with the aforementioned chicks without getting your kibbles and bits all tangled up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alan44.... I didn't know something that is a POS would actually boost your ego by owning it?? Something new to me. You have a very skewed opinion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The small cars are a bit more fun to drive. They are quicker feeling and more nimble. While a large sedan has its place (I've had a few) the smaller vehicles are often simply more fun to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hehehehe Slolo...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like your "smiling like a Mazda 3" comment. As the happy owner of a 2006 Mazda 3, I recently saw my first "smiling" Mazda 3 and it is horrible! What a joke, as much as I like my present 3, I would not consider buying a new one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I used to think so, until I saw one. It's not quite as ugly as it appears in photographs: only about 84.37% as ugly. However, if I bought one, it wouldn't be me that has to look at it, so I wouldn't mind. I'm not that vain.

        It's a completely different scenario to if I bought a sports car, because aside from performing well, they should also look good. Mazdas? feh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me the diesel and a manual transmission thank you!
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