Volkswagen built its reputation for small cars, but its current offering the Golf/Rabbit isn’t that tiny anymore. Over its 35 years of constant production and six generations, the car has grown by about a foot. VW has combatted this with cars that slot below this little guy including the Polo, Fox and Gol (South America). The U.S. has not seen any of those, until now.
Volkswagen has spent the better part of a year announcing its intentions to bring the new Polo to the U.S., but now that is being clarified. In an interview with Automotive News, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Stefan Jacoby said that the model revealed in Geneva is too small for the American market. He also said a U.S. version (sedan and 5-door) would be taller and sit on a longer wheelbase than the European model: "It’s more like a cross between a compact minivan and a hatchback. In other words, it’s more like the Honda Fit."
It sounds more like a current Golf or Euro-only Golf Plus, which really isn’t the point of the Polo. We will wait to pass final judgement on the U.S.-spec Polo, but we were getting a little excited about a car that would be as small and light as the original Golf/Rabbit.