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Volkswagen has accepted roughly 13,000 orders for its new 2010 Polo hatchback in Germany ahead of the car's official launch. Production of the Polo began back in March, but the car won't be hitting dealerships until the end of June. A major contributing factor for the car's brisk early sales figures is thought to be Germany's scrapping scheme, which boosted sales by over 20% in each of the first few months it's been available. Under the program, new car purchasers qualify for a subsidy worth 2,500 euros for trading in their old clunkers.

German buyers will be able to choose a Polo with one of four gasoline or three diesel engines, many equipped with turbochargers and direct injection. VeeDub's latest 7-speed DSG transmission will also be available on select models. The most frugal trim will carry the BlueMotion badge and attain 62 mpg U.S. in European combined testing with just 96 grams of CO2 per kilometer, making it the most fuel efficient diesel-burning 5-seater in the world.

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