• Jun 2nd 2010 at 11:31AM
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Volkswagen finally unveiled its new sub-compact Polo sedan in Moscow today, billing it as the first ever VW developed specifically for the Russian market. While Russia may be the first market for the trunked Polo, it isn't likely to have an exclusive on it for long. The Polo sedan is expected to make its way to North America within the next 12 months as part of VW's drive to expand its sales here to 800,000 units a year by 2018.

Like Americans, Russians consumers have generally had a preference for notchbacks over hatchbacks despite the sacrifices in utility. In an effort to keep the Polo sedan affordable in Russia, Volkswagen is equipping it with a 103-horsepower 1.6-liter gasoline inline four-cylinder engine with a choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.

When the Polo arrives in the U.S., it will likely offer either this combination or the 1.2-liter turbocharged, direct injected TSI four- cylinder that we drove in Germany last fall.

[Source: Volkswagen]
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World premiere of the Polo Saloon in Moscow

A first: a Polo specially developed for the Russian market

Moderate pricing: quality and reliability for a wide circle of customers

Wolfsburg / Moscow, 02 June 2010 - While advance sales began for the Polo produced in Kaluga, Russia, the world premiere took place before 200 high-ranking guests in Moscow today. For the first time in the history of the brand, a vehicle has been developed specially for the Russian market, bearing in mind its specific climate and street conditions.

Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Brand with responsibility for Development, says: "The new Polo Saloon does not only fulfil the highest standards of modern automotive engineering. The efficient technologies, outstanding active and passive safety and the traditional high quality of workmanship and materials are groundbreaking for this class. In conjunction with the timeless design, a level has been reached that is unprecedented in this segment and this market."

Frank Wittemann, Head of the Volkswagen Brand in Russia: "The new Saloon extends Volkswagen's range of vehicles und builds a bridge from our bestsellers in Russia, the Passat and the Jetta, to the small familiy car segment. With it, an even greater number of friends of our brand can choose a vehicle according to their taste and possibilities. The new vehicle complies with the global quality standards of Volkswagen in every respect, while being very attractive in terms of price: The Polo Saloon is being offered at a price from just a bit over 10,000 euros and up."

The new Saloon is being built on a completely new assembly line at Volkswagen AG's plant in Kaluga. The Volkswagen Polo is equipped with a new 1.6-litre Otto engine (77 kW / 105 PS). It can be combined with a 5-gear manual gearbox or a 6-gear automatic gearbox with sequential shift function (Tiptronic). Hence Volkswagen is the first automobile manufacturer offering their Russian customers such an up-to-date automatic gearbox in this vehicle class.

A high level of safety is ensured already in the Trendline basic version-two airbags, head rests and three-point seat belts for all five passengers. From Comfortline and up, the Polo is equipped with ABS as standard. In the Highline top version, additional safety systems are integrated that are normally unavailable in this class-for instance: side air-bags and ESP.

The specific demands of Russian drivers and the climate and street conditions in Russia have both been carefully taken into account during the new Saloon's development: long-term tests were conducted in different climate zones, and the street conditions in the most variegated regions in Russia were examined. The available petrol qualities were tested repeatedly as well. Thus the vehicle has been equipped with an up-to-date and reliable engine that is ideally suited to those operating conditions prevailing in Russia, a galvanised, non-corrosive body and a wheel suspension geared to bad roads. Particularly robust paints were used for the car's paint job, and the chrome parts are also highly resistant to aggressive agents.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      it's not the first time they do this

      google "vw polo sedan", u'll see
      same goes for clio, 206 etc, you will be amazed and lol at the same time
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isnt this like reinventing the Jetta IV.
      Similar sizes, similar clean looks. Similar power (Jetta IV had 115hp from the old 2.0).
      Probably similar prices when the Jetta IV came onboard in 1999.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But hatches are taller.

      I've had no issues fitting 4 people, and all our snowboard gear(imagine four people packing for the weekend) in my GTI. The hatch may not be quite as deep as a trunk, but it also goes all the way to the roof. It will hold a lot. I surprise myself at times.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Disregard, reply error.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "VW developed specifically for the Russian market"-----------

      This car beats you to death so the police do not have to.

      GPS takes you straight to jail......if you dare to question Putin or his lapdog.

      Also the car is perfect for Defence minister's son to run people over with, i believe last time Jetta was used to run over an old lady (needless to say no one ever went to jail or even arrested, old lady "wanted" to be run over)

      Also this car stops for every "special forces" guy a.k.a OMON, so they can do this to you.


      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      That picture looks like it was taken in Vancouver, BC.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a bold departure form the usual run of the mill vdubs. /sarcasm

      This is boring. It looks like an 85% scaled Jetta.

      I don't really know what else I expected... but still.
        • 5 Years Ago
        based on those recent pics of the new Jetta
        this is almost a dead ringer to it
        combine those boring looks with some of the worst reliable cars and you have the equation fro a disaster
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its economical version of Jetta,
      And assuming the Jetta will be priced from under 15K, this might as well start from under 12.5 -13K.

      VWs are known to be a slightly premium than their counterparts in the US.

      Wonder what kinda Audi this platform leads to?

      1.2-liter turbocharged, direct injected TSI four- cylinder coupled with 5 speed manual or a 103-horsepower 1.6-liter gasoline inline four-cylinder engine with a choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions shall be good enough for the catgory lately developing in here..
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a rather handsome little car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Way too boring a design, just like the next Jetta. Though the Russian market has other bland offerings too (old Sebring), so it could sell relatively well there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      soo... anyone else besides me putting two and two together and getting that this will be the 15k offering in vw's lineup?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's been their pricing structure for the past few generations and everyone said they were too expensive. VW always offered more than the competition, but also started at a higher price as a result. Problem is, people just compared prices alone and deemed the VW's too expensive.

        Now they are going to bring the prices down to the competition, but you're saying that it's not going to result in decontenting? Building them here will only go so far. Heck, they build the current Jettas in Mexico and are still pricing them $2-3k over the competition. they will have to make cuts elsewhere if they want to meet the pricing goals they have set.

        I also never once said that the new Polo wouldn't have A/C(it's hard to find any car without A/C anymore). But, if they want to drop the cost that much, they are going to have to do the things that other automakers in that same class do as well, decontent.

        If they want to meet a $15k price as you state, I agree, they can offer power everything and A/C, just like the Fit does at the same price. But, if they price the Jetta under $15k, as AB reported yesterday, then it only makes sense that the Polo would be priced lower which means they'll likely make cuts somewhere.

        Look again at the Fit and Civic as an example. The Fit starts at $14,900, the Civic starts at $15,455. If the Jetta will be under $15k, expect the Polo to be closer to $14.5k.

        Again though, these are starting prices and not really relevant to the consumers since most buyers don't buy the bare bones trim packages. But, if we want to compare prices and make assumptions, then this is what I feel.

        • 5 Years Ago
        well and it jives with vw currently mulling the polo for the us, to be built here to keep costs down. there's no reason it wouldn't have ac, etc, none of the companies vw's competing with at the 15k price level have the economies of scale and platform experience vw's got going, also, damn near everything they'd put in/on the car is MkV or MkVI based, thus it's already being cost'd out with those cars allowing the potential return in these new units to pretty much be cost + profit vs cost, profit, and R&D, tooling blah blah. This thing will defiantly hit at 15k with decent bits standard but not up to the golf spec with heated seats etc... that's what most people are failing to take into account, vw's base golf has more standard than a third tier civic so decontenting a vw is more like getting rid of heated seats and other crazy stuff not ac and radio.
        • 5 Years Ago
        totally agree
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