A report in Motor Trend says that CAFE requirements are driving Volkswagen to develop the next-generation Polo – as well as a crossover to slot below the Tiguan – for the US market. If so, the two new models would join a few other VW products with elevated mile-per-gallon numbers, including the Golf GTD and a potential hybrid two-fer in the Touareg and Jetta PHEVs. However, Volkswagen won't give the CAFE-busting XL1 a resident's visa for the States.

The next-generation MkVI Polo has been the subject of speculation for more than a year now, with a piece in Autobild mentioning technologies like a three-cylinder TDI among its more powerful engines, driver aids from the MkVII Golf and Audi A3 and weight savings over the current car. To be built on the MQB platform, an oft-repeated rumor is that it will maintain the same length as the current car but have a wheelbase five centimeters longer, providing more interior legroom. The next Polo could arrive sometime late next year as a 2015 model.

There will be plenty hoping that the subcompact crossover will be a production version of the Taigun, but almost nothing is known about it outside of VW right now. MT says it won't arrive until at least 2016 and be thrown into a segment that will have even more players by that time.


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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't mind as long as the Polo price is lower than the current Golf/Jetta. If this results in higher prices for VW's other cars, that would be unfortunate.
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only car VW makes that I want: Polo GTI.
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Subcompact CUV is expected to grow, so its a good idea to try to get into that segment, especially since the Tiguan is expected to grow in size for the MKII. I also look forward to seeing a Polo GTI take on the Fiesta ST in the States!! Now that the MQB architecture is starting to form the basis of more cars, VW can finally make money off of its smaller cars and CUV\'s, so perhaps we will start to see more Europe-only models make their way to the US.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Knightrider is to VW,what Laser is to GM.
      Snark
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a stupid idea. Americans don't like, buy, or need subcompact cars. Yeah, yeah, I like them, you like them, car geeks tend to think they're cool, but the American market would be better served with a cheaper C-segment option.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark
        Yes it's an utterly ridiculous idea isn't it Snark, given the burgeoning proliferation of the B-segment market in the US during the course of the past decade. What are VW thinking Snark, sensible business acumen perhaps?
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Again, actually read what I said. No mention of the future, or breadwinners. VWs move is late, but sensible, especially if it is competitively priced.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
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          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Rubbish. Fuel prices arent fluctuating that much and the B-segment in the US remains in good health, especially bread and butter models with keen pricing. VW have been too lethargic thus far to get a slice of the market.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          It is paradoxical for someone to type so much and actually state so little. Minor peaks and troughs are irrelevant; take a look at the past decade and the average cost of fuel is a steady increase. As is averagetraffic density, especially in commuting suburbia. As is the proliferation of B-segment availability, choice, trim levels and sales.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          And don't worry, I'd have no compunction in telling you directly in person what I think, either.
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          @aatbloke1967
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          @aatbloke1967
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          @aatbloke1967
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          @aatbloke1967
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          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "Do you feel like a big man when you insult people over the internet? The B-segment simply isn't as popular here as it is in Europe. I don't understand why you have a hard time accepting that. I don't doubt that its far more lucrative in Europe, but Europe is not North America, and vice versa." Yet again, you still don't understand. The point I am making that in Europe in 1993, you could easily buy a B-segment hatch shod with the latest gadgetry, luxurious appointments, even leather. In the States, those that were around (e.g. Suzuki Swift) were stripped out boxes for students and often didn't even have an electric heated rear window. Contrast that to today, whereby the availability of the genre in the US has mushroomed and many of those models offered have appointments similar to those offered in Europe. Seriously, it's like pulling teeth.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
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        tump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark
        I don't care what Fat America needs. I care what I want.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      At a time when Volkswagen's sales are sinking faster than Titanic, can this subcompact crossover save the company?
        SpikedLemon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Curious comment when VW is quickly closing in on GM and Toyota for worldwide top sales crown.
          moorewr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SpikedLemon
          Looks like the anti-VW crowd is out today..
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SpikedLemon
          VW's sales are rapidly falling in US and Europe. They might be doing well in China for now, but that's not going to last.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always envy the people who buy VW cars. Due to the very short life span of these turds, they can keep buying new models every 3-5 years. I wish I had money to throw away to these mediocre cars.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        VWs in general are worldwide known for being pretty bulletproof, especially in the long run. knightrider_ 6 is a well known troll and VAG hater, so just disregard and -respect him like anyone else does.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Knowing VW their Subcompact Crossover will really be a rebadged Golf
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
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        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Maybe a new version of the Golf Plus?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DK
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      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      Diesel Polo!
      kal_elkal
      • 1 Year Ago
      A sub-compact crossover? You mean a fricken' hatchback?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kal_elkal
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          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          The Nissan Juke is a subcompact crossover, your statement is incorrect.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          "and Buick is technically a 'premium' brand, while VW isn't." *cough*
          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          Not sure you noticed, but SUV's are hatchbacks. Hatchbacks on stilts perhaps, but hatchbacks nonetheless. Plus, these are crossovers which have even less utility than a true SUV, so they are actually even closer to just a hatchback on stilts. It's a completely valid comparison, there's not much difference except for people who can't be seen in a hatchback or wagon and have to call it a crossover instead.
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      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give it AWD and I'm in.
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        If the Polo comes, the A1 can come, and then we just have to hope for a mass-production version of the A1 Quattro.
        Jasonn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        "cough" impreza "cough cough" :P
          tump
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jasonn
          Impreza is too big.
          Dayv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jasonn
          tump: and too ugly, IMO.
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