• May 28, 2009
Next up to announce a miniature MPV is Volkswagen, said to be eying its Polo for conversion to a (little) people hauler. In Europe such a car would go against competition like the Opel Meriva and Fiat Qubo. A VW board member suggested that such a car would be about adding to the company's small car variety, and it wants to have the right mix of offerings when the recovery comes.

On a side note, VW is also planning a "less effeminate, more assertive and masculine" Beetle that they want more men to buy. Because who knew button-cute car with a flower vase holder wouldn't appeal to men?



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Masculine Beetle? Its called the Scirocco.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give the Beetle 300hp, AWD, and replace the flower vase with a beef jerky dispenser and men will buy it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or bacon. Emmm bacon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess a beer dispenser would be out of the question
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it's gonna be a slightly smaller Golf Plus?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes it will. The Golf Plus came to compete with the already successful Opel Zafira. The Opel Meriva, which is smaller than the Zafira, is still dominating the mini-MPV European market... even with an old design. When the new Meriva arrives next year, I bet the sales will boost even more. And that's why VW is concerned... the Meriva is selling better than the Skoda Roomster even in their own German soil... they need a new VW model to compete with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A 4 door Beetle (2 suicide doors) would be much more useful.

      The current one looks pretty good, but isn't practical at all.

      Maybe a Ghia reskin of whatever the next Beetle is for a little variety too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A more masculine Beetle? Perhaps this means a new Beetle RSi. Give it the turbo four from a TTS, or the upcoming turbo five from the TTRS, pair it to a six-speed or that flappy-paddle crap, and send it to all the wheels via 4Motion. I'd love to have something like that. Imagine, being able to keep up with (or potentially embarrass, depending on the engine) Mustang GTs and Charger R/Ts, in a Beetle!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the new MPV they have in Japan. Too bad Mazda wouldn't bring it to the states.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mini People Vehicle?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's not forget that millions of that so-called "button-cute car" have been sold to both men and women without making it "aggressive"-looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well do it!

      In other news, they ought to bring us the Polo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I for one think the new Polo looks incredible and can't wait to test drive it Stateside side-by-side with a new Fiesta. I had high hopes for the Tiguan but it was overpriced and overrated (at least the versions we got here), maybe a Polo-based AWD vehicle would work out a little better.
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