Volkswagen unveiled a parade of new and upgraded Polo models at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, including the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo (pictured above). While they will likely never make an appearance this side of the pond, it is fun to see what European subcompact drivers will be driving later this year.

The new BlueMotion models represent the most efficient petrol and diesel options in their class, according to VW. The BlueMotion TDI offers just 73 horsepower from its diesel engine but gives the equivalent of 76 miles per gallon (US) in the EU test. The BlueMotion TSI brings a little more power with its 88-hp petrol engine and has a combined rating of 57 mpg (US) in the EU cycle.

The Polo BlueGT provides a balance of performance and economy, and for the 2014 model, it gains a 9-horsepower boost to its 1.4-liter turbocharged to give drivers 147 hp at the press of the accelerator. This year's car also has an optional Sport Select suspension with electronically controlled dampers to improve handling a bit. It's still fitted with active cylinder management to use as little gas as possible when cruising.

Finally, the 2014 CrossPolo is receiving some very mild updates with new colors, interior fabrics, wheels and smoked taillights.

All four models now come standard with an electrically power-assisted steering system and VW's Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically brakes after a collision. New options for the subcompacts include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, which slows the car automatically if it detects an impending crash. Sadly, unless you are abroad, you might never get to drive these little Veedubs, but you're still welcome to read more about them in the press release below.
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Four new Polo cars
World premieres of the Polo TSI BlueMotion,
Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo

The new Polo – a parade of premieres at Geneva:
Polo BlueMotion, Polo Blue GT and CrossPolo in top form
New efficiency TSI: For the first time, Polo BlueMotion with petrol engine (4.1 l/100 km)
Even more charisma: Polo BlueGT now with 150 PS, CrossPolo perfected


Ten key facts on the world premiere of the new Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo:
1. The world's most fuel-efficient five-seater with a petrol engine: the new Polo TSI BlueMotion consumes just 4.1 l/100 km.
2. The world's most fuel-efficient five-seater with a diesel engine: The new Polo TDI BlueMotion consumes just 3.1 l/100 km
3. Polo TDI BlueMotion delivers 1,400 kilometres of driving range!
4. Polo BlueGT with cylinder management has a 10 PS higher power output (110 kW / 150 PS).
5. CrossPolo offers new colours, features and interior fabrics.
6. New electro-mechanical power steering increases performance and comfort perceptibly.
7. Marks the debut of the Sport Select chassis with electronically switchable silencers (not in Polo BlueMotion or CrossPolo).
8. Polo introduces high-tech into its class with Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard and optional Front Assist with City Emergency Braking.
9. Entirely new touchscreen infotainment systems; first Volkswagen with MirrorLink.
10. Polo Comfortline and Polo Highline allow for sporty customisation of the new R-Line program me.

Wolfsburg/Geneva, March 2014. Volkswagen presented the latest iteration of the Polo in January. The new EU-6 engines as well as the new infotainment and assistance systems of the best-seller, in partic-ular, have now taken huge strides forward in terms of technology. Background:
The fuel consumption values were lowered by up to 21 per cent; the infotainment and assistance systems introduce the tech-nology usually preserved for cars much larger than those of the Polo segment. Just one month after the debut of the classic "Trendline," "Comfortline" and "Highline" Polo equipment versions, now come – as world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show – the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo models. Moreover, Volkswagen is presenting the new R-Line exteri-or and interior packages for the Polo. The models at a glance:

Polo BlueMotion. Up to now, the Polo BlueMotion – one of the most efficient five-seat passenger cars in the world – was only avail-able as a turbodiesel. Later this year, this trendsetter in terms of fuel-efficiency will also launch as a Polo TSI BlueMotion (66 kW / 90 PS) with a turbocharged petrol engine; this is the first time that Volkswagen has used this new three-cylinder engine. With a com-bined fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km, the Polo TSI BlueMotion sets a new benchmark for petrol cars in its class. The Polo TDI BlueMotion sets a record in the market for five-seat diesel cars: The three-cylinder engine (55 kW / 75 PS) consumes only 3.1 l/100 km.

Polo BlueGT. Thanks to the cylinder shut-off (ACT or active cylinder management) used exclusively for this engine, it offers maximum dynamic performance together with maximum fuel efficiency. And this performance has been boosted as well, since the new version of the Polo BlueGT now develops a maximum output of 110 kW / 150 PS instead of the previous 103 kW / 140 PS.

CrossPolo. This version addresses all those customers who appreci-ate an individual off-road appearance while maintaining consistent on-road qualities. The CrossPolo always has four doors. New col-ours, new seat materials, a new type of wheel and new smoked rear lights characterise the new 2014 model.

Polo R-Line packages. The R-Line programme delivers more dyna-mism. It is available in the Polo Comfortline and Polo Highline equipment versions. The R-Line features that are available as exteri-or and interior packages – for example bumpers, sports seats and steering wheels – were tuned for the latest Polo.

New levels of fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety. As indicated above, all new Polo cars – including the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo models – offer a range of driving, convenience and safety technologies which is unique in this class: A new electro-mechanical servo steering system improves steering properties. Volkswagen will be at the starting line with the newly developed Sport Select suspension, which uses electronically controlled dampers so that drivers can choose between two tuning characteristics at the push of a button (not available on the Polo BlueMotion or CrossPolo). In tandem with this, assistance systems have been introduced into the Polo programme such as the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (automatically initiates braking after a collision) and the optional Driver Alert System, Front Assist ambient traffic monitoring system with City Emergency Brak-ing and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The view towards the rear can now be sharpened by the optional Rear Assist rear view camera as well. Also new are the controls for the climate control system.

Progressive infotainment world. The infotainment line-up was also reconfigured. It consists of three radio/CD systems ("Composition Touch," "Composition Colour," "Composition Media") and a ra-dio/CD navigation system ("Discover Media"). Depending on the version, the devices offer functions such as Bluetooth audio stream-ing (with a smart phone, including cover display and touchscreen control), a proximity sensor (other menu details are shown when hand approaches the screen), two-finger map zooming in navigation mode (like on a smart phone) and interfacing of the mobile phone to the vehicle's exterior antenna by inductive coupling. All systems can be equipped with digital radio reception (DAB+). In addition, special smart phone apps can be accessed on the touchscreen via Mir-rorLink™.


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      Hello, Brian
      • 9 Months Ago
      It will be VW's own loss if they don't sell these in The US/Canadian market. Their product line in the market is stale and their sales number are all the proof anyone needs. They need a new, more diverse, and more exciting product line. The Polo is the best mainstream B-class on the market and would give VW a highly competitive model in a growing segment. Properly equipped, the Cross Polo could easily compete with newer small luxury crossovers. Also, VW needs to stop "dumbing down" their cars for this market if they ever want success. Americans will pay for luxury. As an example, look at the Buick Encore. It is an upmarket Chevy Sonic that sells for twice as much. Obviously, if you don't offer such choices, those buyers will go elsewhere, and that is precisely what they are doing.
        cpmanx
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hello, Brian
        Well said. Allegedly the next-gen Polo is coming here, along with the CrossPolo, though it is all rumor for now. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/08/vw-readying-subcompact-crossover-next-polo-for-us/
      William
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'd like to see the Polo TDI CrossPolo here in the US.
      Butch Roberts
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is the car that could really put VW on the map here in a big way. U.S. commuters are all looking for small well appointed and engineered cars that can get great mpg. Cross Polo would be a huge hit, especially if they can bring what they show in the pictures over here. Manual and automatic... all the available options. Not the stripped out economobiles that we always tend to get. A good example of these travesties is the superbly fuel efficient 3 cyl Ford Fiesta. We can only order a very plane version, while Europeans can order it up with a full boat load of nice options, from alloy wheels to interior goodies. That's what keeps most customers away. We need nice car choices like Polos and Fiestas that we can option up... like a 3 cylinder Fiesta with ST trim, OK at least Titanium, or a full boat Cross Polo. Why not? Don't cruise the European VW or Ford configuration sites. You'd quickly see how they get to order these cars equipped the way we would wish.
      Jim
      • 9 Months Ago
      I saw one of these in St Marteen . Why can't we buy this in the U.S ?
      djrroar1
      • 9 Months Ago
      Here comes the "Why don't they bring" crowd. Have you looked at the subcompact numbers in this country? If they are not dirt cheap they do not sell!
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @djrroar1
        djrroar1 is right. noone would buy them for the price VW would have to charge for importing them.
        Vwfanatic
        • 9 Months Ago
        @djrroar1
        NOT, VWoA would rather sell plain vanilla VWs forever rather than admit to marketing mistakes.
          djrroar1
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Vwfanatic
          They will sell vehicles in parts of the world where they can make a profit, can't blame them for that.
        Travis C. Vasconcelo
        • 9 Months Ago
        @djrroar1
        The main reasons they don't sell in this country are the price, the fact they are usually basic models with few options, and horsepower. If subcompacts had the power to get out of their own way, were priced accordingly to their size, and had nice kit out of the box people would be more interested in them. As it is most Americans are so smitten with SUV's they wouldn't look at anything that didn't have all the kit of one of those. Heated seats, tilt and telescoping wheel, power seats, windows, locks, remote start…Americans have to have all that or they turn their backs. True Americans love gas guzzlers…they are a status symbol. But if the sub compacts offered a level of luxury the big Utes do, they'd look at them and buy them.
          djrroar1
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Travis C. Vasconcelo
          Many have tried to sell well equipped sub compact vehicles in the country and have failed.
        Actionable Mango
        • 9 Months Ago
        @djrroar1
        Has anyone tried? Genuine question, I don't know the history. Looking right now, there isn't a single premium subcompact for sale, so there is essentially no data about sales figures.
          Seth
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          fiat 500? mini cooper? fiesta titanium? etc.
      Jaybird248
      • 9 Months Ago
      VW is out to wrest the crown from Toyota for Most Boring Styling Across the Entire Car Line.
      Andre Neves
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow, just look at all that rear-leg room! Should be able to fit two or three starving Ethiopian children with room to spare. Seriously, why haven't they done this to the Jetta or Passat yet. And I don't mean just as concepts either.
      Vwfanatic
      • 9 Months Ago
      I guess it is Volkswagens Official Policy to keep the best VWs for their home market. The Polo models would be great for sales, except Volkswagen would rather have potential customers buy Ford Fiestas!
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Vwfanatic
        Pretty sure Fiestas are build on the american continent.
          Hello, Brian
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          I think you missed the point. I think he is saying that rather than buying Polos, people are buying Fiestas because VW won't sell Polos here....no matter where they are made.
      aruca2526
      • 9 Months Ago
      A subcompact I'd actually look twice at.
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