Volkswagen is offering a new engine for both Polo and Golf. The new 1.2l TSI is delivering a total of 103 hp and 175 Nm at 1,500 rpm. The engine is based on an aluminum crankcase and the completely re-tuned direct injection provides smooth power development, low consumption and low emissions.
With this new engine, Volkswagen continues this intelligent downsizing and transfers new forward-looking TSI technology to even smaller displacements. The new engine is now available to order for the Polo, Golf and Golf Plus.
As it comes from the factory the Volkswagen Polo is an attractive vehicle, but with a little help from the German tuners at ABT Sportsline, the Golf becomes a whole new vehicle. The exterior is enhanced with a few carbon fiber spoilers, a central exit exhaust and a set of their signature 18 inch wheels. ABT even has an engine program that gets as much as 130 HP from the tiny city car, and although that may not seem like a lot, there really isn’t that much to a Polo.
The Polo BlueMotion was first unveiled this past March as a concept in Geneva, Volkswagen has plans of bringing the production version of the very efficient alternatively fueled compact city car to the Frankfurt Motor Show with sales slated to begin early in 2010.
The Polo BlueMotion is powered by a newly developed common rail 1.2 Liter TDI engine that produces a maximum output of 75 HP that gets nearly 75 MPG. According to the manufacturer, a person driving a Polo BlueMotion from Berlin to the IAA in Frankfurt, for example, can cover the 545 kilometer route at a cost of only 19 Euros for fuel.
The new 220 pound city car was developed with an entire array of efficiency measures in mind, including an aerodynamic package for the body that is lowered by about half an inch, as well as an aerodynamically optimized underbody. The German team of efficiecy enngineers even equipped the Polo BlueMotion with a set of lightweight 15 inch alloys wrapped in low rolling resistance tires.
Even if the practical Volkswagen Polo isn’t on the top of most tuners lists of cars that they are crazy about. It is small, the engine is not very large, the only thing that it has going for itself is that it is cheap and light. However the aftermarket suspension manufacturer KW sees something special in the smallest Volkswagen. That is why KW has developed a set of coil overs for the compact five door hatchback.
The Variant 1 system exclusively offers a ride height adjustment by turning the spring perch on the body of the threaded shock absorber. This particular application is available in both the basic and inox-line and offers a drop between 35 and 65 mm. The Variant 2 setup features the same range of vehicle lowering, but also adds adjustable rebound damping which allows the owner to adjust the strength with which the shock absorber will spring back into place after being compressed.
The Variant 3 coil overs are the top of the line units and are only being offered in the stainless steel technology inox-line. The beauty of the Variant 3 suspension kit is that it offers independent adjustments for both rebound and compression damping. This allows the owner to adjust the stiffness of the shock absorbers in both directions and is able to be tuned for all driving situations, like whether they wish to take out a date or go to the track. Prices for the more basic setup start at just 799 Euros.
With the soon to be merger of Chrysler and FIAT, the American Automaker will soon be ofering a host of smaller, more European vehicles here in the U.S. Another compact city car that could find the same fate is Volkswagen’s Polo.
This is the second concept from the people’s car car maker, the Polo Worthersee 09. Based on the next generation Polo, this special edition comes painted in “Flash Red” and features two black rally stripes, just like the Golf.
The concept is powered by a 1.4 Liter MPI engine that makes 86 HP. The vehicle comes with 18" alloy wheels, a free flowing sport exhaust system and black nappa leather seats with “Berry White” inserts.
First launched in 1975, the Polo is now officially in its fifth generation. With the official launched made at the Geneva Motor Show, the new generation Polo will go on sale in Europe this June, with the other continents to follow shortly.
For its fifth generation, Volkswagen prepared a new design, new TDI and TSI engines, new 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG), but also new technologies and standard equipments.
The seven engine develop from 60 to 105 hp. Among them the BlueMotion version delivers 90 hp and has a fuel consumption of 3,8liter/100km and a CO2 emission of 96 g/km.
The new Polo will be offered in three different versions: “Trendline” continues to represent the entry-level variant, and “Comfortline” still refers to the mid equipment level. New to the lineup – and bringing the Polo in line with the Golf here – is the top version called “Highline”.
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.
3.3 liters/100 km and a CO2 emission of only 87 g/km - this is how we can resume the specifications of the most fuel efficient five-seater in the world. Although only revealed as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show, the Polo BlueMotion will go into production in February 2010.
The 1,080 kg concept is powered by a brand new 1.2 liter TDI with common rail injection engine that delivers 75 hp. Volkswagen is calling upon an entire array of efficiency measures, including an aerodynamic package for the body that is lowered by 10 millimeters (including modified front end), an aerodynamically optimized underbody and low rolling resistance tires on 15-inch alloy wheels.
Last summer when gas prices started skyrocketing, every auto manufacturer searched their international offerings to see what small car may work for the U.S. Volkswagen is no exception. The company was once known for small cars in the States, but its current smallest entry, the original Rabbit/Golf, has constantly grown in size and weight over its four model revisions. In fact, the four-cylinder engine is scarce on VW’s U.S. lineup (and only with turbochargers). So its no surprise that Volkswagen started floating the rumor that the sub-Rabbit sized 2010 Polo may come stateside.
Everyone will get their first glimpse at the next generation Polo at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Now word is coming down that starting 2011 the Polo will also be available in the U.S. This will help VW in its attempt to grow sales to 800,000 units in the region. The Polo is already an international hit for VW. It’s produced at multiple plants worldwide, including one in Mexico, which makes for an easy hop over the boarder to the United States.
Although most U.S. consumers would not consider the current Volkswagen Rabbit roomy, the need for greater fuel economy may dictate a need to import something even smaller. VW may not have to reach far because it already has a host of small cars it gives to the rest of the world. Just like VW’s famous ad campaign, the trend in the U.S. is becoming “think small”, and it doesn’t want to miss the boat. So now Volkswagen is reported to be considering introducing the subcompact Polo to the U.S.
VW was once know for small cars in the States, but its current smallest entry, the original Rabbit/Golf, has constantly grown in size and weight over its four model revisions.
The added heft has let the gas powered Rabbits with an average of 25 MPG. This is a loss of at least 10 miles per gallon average fuel economy in its 30-year history in the U.S. The current Polo would give Volkswagen a welcomed MPG boost – European versions of gasoline-powered average about 40 MPG. The Polo is not even VW’s smallest car. The rest of the world has the Fox and the Gol slotted below the diminutive Polo.