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The sixth-generation Polo brings impressive tech in the subcompact market

Although not as iconic as the Golf, the Polo is arguably one of the more legendary Volkswagens, especially in Europe. Having followed in the footsteps of the Golf in terms of design in recent decades, the Polo has become the most popular subcompact on the Old Continent, and the fifth-generation model posted some impressive sales figures, even as it became nearly eight years old in 2016. But come 2017, and Volkswagen unleashed the sixth-generation Polo, an impressive hatchback that promises even more success for the German brand.

Although it sports an evolutionary design that’s fresh but far from outstanding, the new Polo is a noteworthy machine on the inside. Gifted with an exciting interior design and more technology than anything else in this niche as of 2017, the Polo is once again the leader of the subcompact market. And the redesign arrived just in time, as both Ford and Kia upgraded the Fiesta and Rio for the 2017 model year. How does it compare to its main rivals in Europe? Find out in the detailed review below.

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2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI

Bigger engine, but not a lot of extra power...

Volkswagen’s most iconic model after legendary Beetle, the Golf became a performance hatchback all the way back in 1976, only two years after the nameplate was introduced. A popular model since day one, the Golf GTI inspired Volkswagen to design a higher performance version of the smaller Polo too. Although the first Polo GTi didn’t arrive until 1995, the model can trace its roots back to the first-generation G40 version. Following a limited-edition introduction in the 1990s, the GTI has become a regular member of the Polo family, and 2017 brought the latest-generation hatch into the spotlight.

Launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the latest Polo GTI is based on the latest, sixth-generation subcompact, also unveiled in 2017. Built on a new platform, it uses an updated design language based on the latest Golf and a redesigned interior that moves the new Polo into a higher class, closer to the premium market. More importantly, the new GTI gained a 2.0-liter engine instead of the old, 1.8-liter unit. On the flipside, if you were expecting a new Polo GTI with significantly more power, you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. But more about that in the review below.

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The 2018 Polo GTI is an Attractive Reminder of Why Volkswagen is King of the Hot Hatch Market

The 2018 Polo GTI is an Attractive Reminder of Why Volkswagen is King of the Hot Hatch Market

Yeah, it really is that cool

The Volkswagen Polo isn’t exactly a spring chicken, gracing various markets of the world since 1975. In the 47 years the Polo has lived, it’s seen a number of different versions, including the Polo Fun, Polo Soho, Polo Vivo, Polo Dune, and even the funky, jacked up Cross Polo. Come 1995, and the Polo (in Mk3 form) was finally all grown up and was christened with its very first GTI badge, a model that was produced in just 3,000 examples. Since then, the Polo GTI has gotten better and better as it shifted into the Mk4 and Mk5 generations, but come 2017 and Volkswagen was proud to announce the newest, Mk6 Polo GTI– a model that sports GTI-specific bumpers, exclusive 17-inch wheels, large brakes, twin exhaust, sport steering, lowered suspension, and the 2.0-liter from the Golf GTI that has been slightly detuned to 200PS, the most power ever offered by a Polo GTI and the equivalent of 197 horsepower for those of you not on the metric system. 18-inch wheels are also available as an option, and the largest wheel offering in the history of the little hatchback.

On top of all of these GTI extras, the Polo GTI is based on the sixth-generation, 2018 Polo, which means it gets all of the fresh stylings inside and out to go with some standard safety features like front collision detection, blind spot assist, and even automatic emergency stopping. The base model is even available in 14 different exterior colors while the dash inside is customizable with any one of 17 different color options. When you add the extra power, the new styling, the standard safety systems, and the ability to choose from a wide array of different colors inside and out, this is by far the best Polo GTI to date. Let’s give it a quick once over and talk about all the goodness that comes with the sixth-gen GTI before we get to the full review.

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2018 Volkswagen Polo

2018 Volkswagen Polo

The sixth-generation Polo brings impressive tech in the subcompact market

Although not as iconic as the Golf, the Polo is arguably one of the more legendary Volkswagens, especially in Europe. Having followed in the footsteps of the Golf in terms of design in recent decades, the Polo has become the most popular subcompact on the Old Continent, and the fifth-generation model posted some impressive sales figures, even as it became nearly eight years old in 2016. But come 2017, and Volkswagen unleashed the sixth-generation Polo, an impressive hatchback that promises even more success for the German brand.

Although it sports an evolutionary design that’s fresh but far from outstanding, the new Polo is a noteworthy machine on the inside. Gifted with an exciting interior design and more technology than anything else in this niche as of 2017, the Polo is once again the leader of the subcompact market. And the redesign arrived just in time, as both Ford and Kia upgraded the Fiesta and Rio for the 2017 model year. How does it compare to its main rivals in Europe? Find out in the detailed review below.

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2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV

2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV

Jacked-up VW Golf could be test mule for the upcoming Polo SUV

The idea of a Volkswagen Polo SUV has been making its way through the rumor mill for some time now. Then, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, we laid eyes on the 2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept. The T-Cross Breeze Concept debuted in drop-top form, but Volkswagen made it clear that the concept served as a teaser for its first compact SUV as well as a new design language that will found on future VW models.

We know Volkswagen has been working on the next-generation Polo, and there have been test mules hitting the streets wearing the best camo there is – the body of a different model. Specifically, the mules have been wearing the body of a three-door Volkswagen Golf. Our spy photographers have caught another mule masquerading as a three-door Golf, but upon closer inspection, we don’t think this is another Polo mule. Instead, this mule has a lifted suspension, which leads us to believe this is a test mule for the Polo SUV that will be based loosely on the T-Cross concept and sit below the Tiguan in Volkswagen’s SUV lineup.

Since this mule is pretending to be a Volkswagen Golf on stilts, we can’t look to it for many hints of what the future compact SUV will look like, but we still have a few things to talk about regarding this model. Until we get some shots of Polo SUV with its real body intact, let’s dive in and talk a little about what we expect.

Update 08/172016: The Volkswagen Polo SUV has finally been caught testing with a real body. It has lots of camo, but it does help give us an idea of what is to come. Check out the exterior section below to see the spy shots and learn all about it.

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2016 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street By Wimmer

2016 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street By Wimmer

Special edition Polo gets its own tuning program

Introduced in 2012 as a road-spec version of its WRC racer, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street was billed as a special edition model that was released to give people the chance to see the Polo in a guise it’s never had before. Only 2,500 of these models were made available and each one of them came with a series of distinctive features no other Polo R had. None was more important than the use of the Golf GTI’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Fast forward to today and the Polo R WRC Street can still hold court as one of the most desirable Polo variants in the market. That’s a big reason why Wimmer RS decided to give the special edition Polo its very own aftermarket upgrade.

The significance of this is far-reaching as the German tuner seems to believe that even with the Polo R WRC Street’s "special" engine, it can be even more special if it’s given the proper tuning upgrade. The tuner set out to do just that, and by and large, it came up with a kit that even the Polo R WRC Street would be proud of. The only downside to this program is that it’s limited to a specific model, and a special edition at that.

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2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

The Germans are working on a more powerful, aerodynamic WRC weapon

Introduced for the 2013 racing season as Volkswagen’s first WRC-spec factory car since the 1990 Golf Rally G60, the Polo R WRC went on to dominate the sport by winning three back-to-back World Rally Championships through 2015. Having dominated each and every season since it returned to WRC, Volkswagen is gunning for more success starting 2017 with a new Polo-based racer.

Under development since summer 2015, when the FIA released the new regulations for the World Rally Car class, the 2017 Polo R WRC is previewed as a significant improvement over its predecessor. Just like any evolution out there, the new rally-spec compact is set to be lighter, more powerful and more aerodynamic. In other words, Ford and Hyundai have plenty of things to worry about for 2017 if they don’t shape up over the next 12 months.

Details about the next-gen Polo R WRC are still very limited, and the actual car was only shown as a rendering, but Volkswagen provided just enough information for us to have a closer look at Wolfsburg’s upcoming rally weapon. An unveiling is planned toward the end of 2016 with the official debut to take place at the Rally Monte Carlo in January 2017. Stay tuned for updates!

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WRC 2015 Season Highlights: Video

WRC 2015 Season Highlights: Video

If you wanna talk about the World Rally Championship, you could sum up 2015 by saying Sebastien Ogier took home his third championship title, but you’d be skipping out on most of the excitement of an action-packed season. Alongside the Frenchman’s nearly flawless performance was drama of every sort, including the rise of young talent (Elfyn Evans), the brief return of a legend (Sebastien Loeb), and a truly epic three-way battle in Sweden. Of course, it’s difficult to fit all the thrills and spills of WRC 2015 into a single introductory paragraph, but if brevity is what you’re after, hit play for two and a half minutes of rally-style goodness.

You know the drill – spectacular natural scenery, sky-scraping high-speed jumps, expertly executed power slides, and jaw-dropping crashes. These are the things you can count on when it comes to professional rally racing, and WRC 2015 delivered as expected. Add some angles from the helicopter up top, and footage of AWD systems churning for traction down low, and you’ve got icing for that cake.

This is the kind of thing that gets me stoked for the upcoming season. WRC 2016 kicks off in Monte Carlo on January 22nd. Look for coverage right here on TopSpeed.

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2015 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

2015 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Introduced for the 2013 racing season, the Polo R WRC is Volkswagen’s first WRC-spec factory car since the 1990 Golf Rallye G60. Based on the road-going Polo, the first-gen R WRC was built to second-generation World Rally Car regulations and powered by a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. The Polo went on to win its maiden WRC season in 2013, putting an end to Citroen’s fantastic five-year run. In 2014, Volkswagen Motorsport shattered its competitors for the second time running, defending both its drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles. For 2015, the Germans are set to tackle the World Rally Championship with a revised iteration of the Polo R WRC, one that has "undergone intense further development, both on the inside and the outside," according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development.

In all, nearly three quarters of last year’s components were optimized, while the already traditional white livery has been replaced with a more complex blue-and-white paint scheme.

While the supermini received significant updates, the teams operating it remained unchanged for the 2015 season. The No. 1 car will be driven by two-time WRC champions Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, while the No. 2 Polo retains its Finnish crew consisting of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. The season debuts on January 22nd with the Monte Carlo Rally and comes to an end on November 15th with the Wales Rally. This year’s WRC includes 13 events in 13 countries and four continents.

Updated 07/31/2015: The guys over Motorvision put up a very interesting test drive: the new Polo R WRC was put face to face with Ski-Weltmeister Aksel Lund Svindal. Check the video out to see who wins this interesting race.

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WRC 2014 - Rally GB Wales

WRC 2014 - Rally GB Wales

The thirteenth and final round of the 2014 World Rally Championship season came to a close over the weekend with another first-place finish for Sébastien Ogier. Following a win in Spain, the dominant Frenchman started this year’s Rally of Legends with the championship win already secured, but that didn’t stop Ogier from pushing his Volkswagen Polo R to the limit as he battled teammate Jari-Matti Latvala for the rally lead. However, a spin early Saturday morning put Latvala in a ditch, adding more than three minutes to his time. The pressure was off the two-time world champion, but with Latvala out of contention for the podium, Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen, Norway’s Mads Østberg, and Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke would need to give their all in the battle for second place.

But it was Hirvonen and Meeke who traded blows as the sun set for the final two night stages of day two, as Østberg received a 10-second penalty for checking in late to time control. The bad luck continued when Østberg suffered a delaminated tire, adding another 15 seconds to his time, pushing the Citroën driver to fourth. After swapping positions throughout the evening, it was Hirvonen who came out on top going into day three.

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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI

2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI

The Volkswagen Polo is a “supermini” class car that has been in production since 1975 as a smaller and cheaper alternative to the Volkswagen Golf. It wasn’t until 1994 that Volkswagen decided to move the GTI moniker to the smaller car to create a compact hot hatch. It offered a fun driving experience for fans of the brand who were unable to afford the larger and more expensive GTI. Since that first model debuted, there has been a Polo GTI in every generation of the car’s life. The Mk V model that is currently being phased out for the new Mk VI car is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI engine that uses both a supercharger and a turbocharger. The all-new 2015 Polo GTI will discard that engine for a more modern and more powerful unit.

Now we don’t have a lot of details aside from the fact that this machine will be revealed at the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show. Volkswagen was kind enough to bump us a big pile of photos to get prepared, and we can make some pretty good educated guesses about what you will find under the hood.

To get a good look at this pocket-sized performance machine, just hit that jump and check out all our photos. We also have a full rundown of what you should be looking for when it gets officially announced with all the specs in a few days.

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2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

The importance of Volkswagen’s Polo R WRC racer cannot be overstated. Designed specifically for the new rules that went into effect for the 2013 season, the Polo R dominated the World Rally Championship, knocking Citroen from the top of the podium for the first time in nearly a decade.

That last fact is what needs to resonate the most. The Polo R WRC ended a nine-year domination of the sport. When you have one man, or one team that is unstoppable in any form of competition, it ceases to become a competition. When you know who will win, it isn’t very much fun to watch, unless you happen to be a fan of the winner.

Volkswagen can’t afford to rest on its laurels though. The 2014 season represents a whole new competition, and Citroen is no doubt making plans to take back the title of World Champion.

As such, Volkswagen has announced its car for the 2014 WRC season, and it has been kind enough to share a few of the important changes it has made. Apart from the obvious visual changes on the new rally car, Volkswagen has spent much of its time perfecting engine components and improving the overall stability of the car through ECU flashes and the alteration of chassis components. Other than the 315-horsepower four-pot under the hood, Volkswagen didn’t dive too far into the details of what’s changed under the skin, as it is hoping to surprise its rivals once again this year.

The first race of the season, Rallye Monte Carlo, is taking place this week and Volkswagen is off to a promising start as they secured the fastest time in the testing stage. That said, Citroen was only 1.2 seconds off pace, and only 3.5 seconds separate first and seventh, so the racing should be close.

Ladies and Gentleman, Volkswagen has brought the excitement back to the World Rally Championship.

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2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC by ABT Sportsline

2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC by ABT Sportsline

Who knew a special-edition Volkswagen would be a popular car for aftermarket programs. Somehow, though, the Polo R WRC has managed to attract not just one tuner, but two.

A few days ago, we showed you a program that came from B&B. Today, it’s ABT Sportsline’s turn, and while not exactly as comprehensive as what B&B did, ABT Sportsline’s take on the Polo R WRC is no less impressive, especially in the way it was able to take advantage of the sports hatch’s already impressive setup and fine-tune it without completely going overboard.

A new set of 18-inch, DR alloy wheels are prominently added to the sports hatch while the interior gets a few noticeable upgrades as well.

ABT Sportsline badging was also added to the grille and rear, enhancing the appeal of the Polo R WRC by ensuring people know that a real tuner worked on this bad boy.

The tuner hasn’t announced any performance upgrades to the vehicle, but safe to say, the 290-horsepower output coming out of its 1.6-liter, TSI engine is enough to enjoy the aesthetic and performance spoils of the Polo R WRC.

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2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street by B&B

2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street by B&B

Limited-run vehicles always grab the attention of customers and even more so when one of these models are given a comprehensive aftermarket upgrade.

That’s the case with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street, a car that VW built to celebrate its return to WRC. But even with that, B&B decided that the car wasn’t special enough. So what does it do?

Well, it made it even more special, that’s what!

This the German pocket rocket already has enough stylish and mechanical digs to make consumers weep, but B&B opted to make it extra special, adding a host of upgrades to improve the car’s handling requirements. As such, the Polo R WRC Street now has a coilover kit, sports springs, stabilizers a high-performance braking system with four- or six-piston calipers and a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/35R18 tires.

But the real treat of this program is the comprehensive performance upgrade, highlighted by a Stage 3 kit that includes the installation of a bespoke high-pressure fuel pump and a sports exhaust system to go with a modified air suction system, a new high-performance intercooler and a different oil-cooling system. All told, B&B was able to bump up the output of the Polo R WRC Street from the standard 217 horsepower and 258 pound-feet torque output all the way up to a tidy 362 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque.

With those changes, this German spitfire is now capable of hitting 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds, a full 1.2 seconds faster than the ’standard’ model, to go with a top speed of 168 mph, up from 151 mph.

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2015 Volkswagen Polo

2015 Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is one of the smallest cars in the manufacturer’s massive portfolio, but it’s also one of its most fun and most successful models as well. From tiny fuel sipping diesels up to WRC homologation models with high-stung turbocharged engines, there are many different flavors of Polo to suit everyone. They even make a Polo GTI if you want it. Of course, the tiny hatchback isn’t for everyone, so VW make a small crossover and a sedan version as well.

The car has been a massive sales success for Volkswagen, and the company has been doing everything it can to keep the car competitive and fresh. Apart from the various trim levels and engine options, the car has received regular and through refreshes. The last big one came in 2009 with the introduction of Mk 5 car in 2009. Now coming into 2014, the Polo receives another refresh that brings new engines, revised looks, better fuel economy and more equipment than ever before.

Oh, and before we get too far, this is all for our Euro friends. The Polo has no US release plans.

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Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street Could Come with AWD

The latest addition to the Volkswagen Polo lineup is the powerful Polo R WRC Street version powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine with an output of 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This version sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 151 mph. The only problem is that it comes only in front-wheel drive.

Well, now it looks like VW may be having second thoughts about this hot hatch carrying only FWD. According to head of R&D Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen may offer a four-wheel drive version of the Polo R WRC Street, but only for several countries in the world. He confirmed that such a model is still not under development, but he "could imagine it."

If built, the Polo R WRC Street AWD would likely be developed on the company’s PQ25 platform that has already been used for the all-wheel drive Audi A1 quattro. Unfortunately, there we won’t see it here in the U.S., but it’s still cool regardless.

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2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street

2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street

Volkswagen went to Wörthersee earlier this year with a concept car designed and built for the street. This new Polo WRC Street Concept was based on the Polo R WRC announced last year and was designed as a preview version of an extremely sporty small series due to be launched in late 2013.

At the Polo R WC’s unveiling in Monaco, we finally got a look at the production mode. Of the Polo WRC Street, but it, like its racing counterpart, dons the “R” badge.

The new Polo WRC Street will feature a highly unique and distinctive design language distinguished by a rear spoiler, a diffuser, a sports suspension, and an inscription with R-WRC logos. Volkswagen will adopt the same white exterior paint combined with blue and gray elements as seen on the rally car.

Along with its unveiling, VW also revealed all of the pertinent specifications related to the model. We still have yet to hear everything, but enough to wet our whistles. As time passes, VW will slowly get us all of the details.

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2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Rally Car

2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC Rally Car

When Volkswagen said that it was entering the World Rally Championship in time for the 2013 season, it stamped the announcement by revealing the Polo R WRC Concept, the prototype model of what would eventually become VW’s production series race car.

Over the weekend at Monaco, Volkswagen finally pulled the covers off of the latter, giving further indication that it’s ready to take the WRC by storm next year.

Judging by the overall look of the car, the high-performance sports hatch appears to have retained most of the design and performance characteristics of the concept. The rally-inspired lower front spoiler with large air inlets are still there, as is the spoiler on the rear edge of the roof and the rear diffuser. Some new additions on the body are purely aesthetic, including the “WRC” badging on the rear and the “R” logos on the front and rear.

The race version of the Polo R WRC also receives a set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/35R18 tires. Helping bring it to a halt are 16-inch disc brakes. Inside, the rally car comes equipped with a race-spec interior, highlighted by a black roof liner, race-style pedals, an Alcantara steering wheel, and the typical insanely long rally transmission stick.

Overall, the car only weighs 1,200 kg (2,645 pounds), which Volkswagen accomplished by using carbon and Kevlar on the doors, tailgate and wheel arch extensions. The svelte weight even accounts for the wider frame of 1,820 mm (71.65 inches), which is around 138 mm (5.43 inches) wider than the production model.

In terms of performance, the Polo R WRC Edition is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine that has been limited to only produce 315 horsepower. This engine mates to a six-speed sequential transmission with a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 3.9 seconds.

The Polo R WRC Rally Car will make its long-awaited debut at the Monte Carlo rally this coming January with Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala taking the helm. The event should be a good barometer for the company and the team to gauge how ready the car is when it makes its WRC debut later that year.

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2013 Volkswagen Polo BlueGT

2013 Volkswagen Polo BlueGT

Volkswagen has been really busy with its compact European hatchback, the Polo, as of late. First Vee-Dub released the Polo R-Line, then it teased us with the Polo WRC Street, and the latest was the high-performance Polo R. As per usual, none of those models are making it to the U.S. – sigh – but our U.K. friends get to tell us all about them.

VW is at it again by giving our Euro readers yet another version of the Polo to whip around. This time, however, this one is a hybrid of sorts. No, not an electric-gas hybrid, but rather a nice mixture of performance and fuel economy – kinda like eating fat- and sugar-free ice cream, but it still actually tastes like ice cream.

So how tasty is this Ben and Jerry’s sans the fat and sugar? Does it still have the tasty peanut butter-filled pretzels and chucks of chocolate in it, or is more like what you really get when you buy “healthy” ice cream: tasteless frozen skim milk with chunks of strange, chewy mess obviously sweetened with saccharine?

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2014 Volkswagen Polo R

Volkswagen’s compact hatchback positioned right between the Up! and the Golf – the Polo – is all set to put on its big-boy pants. That’s right; VW is giving the Polo the “R” treatment. No, we’re not talking about the “R-Line” treatment, which is little more than some aesthetic changes. We mean the balls-to-the-wall high-performance “R” treatment, much like what the Golf is getting.

The details on this model are not yet complete, but we do know that it will borrow the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine from the outgoing GTI mk6. VW will then punch up its horsepower to the 225-pony range and ship it to the front wheels – no AWD option. According to reports, the Polo R will bolt to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds and give it a 150 mph top speed, making it extremely quick for its class. Sure, the Focus ST will smoke it, but it’s a step under the Focus’ class.

Much like the Polo R-Line, the Polo R will feature some extra ground effect and larger rims to give it a sportier look, but the complete details on the exterior are not yet known. We also expect the suspension to be lowered and the brake system to be upgraded, giving it better handling and braking to better work with the 45 extra ponies.

According to reports, the Polo R is all set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Rumors are also afloat that the Polo R will hit European showrooms in mid 2013, but there is no confirmation yet. Of course, the Polo will not be offered in the U.S.

We expect to see the Polo R to go head-to-head against the Renault Clio RS and the Peugeot GTi, which each feature a 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine. Depending on the weight difference, this could give the Polo R a significant advantage.

We’ll add more information to this review as VW releases more details.

Image Note: All images are of the Polo R-Line

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Watch the new Volkswagen Polo WRC racer testing in Finnish forest

Watch the new Volkswagen Polo WRC racer testing in Finnish forest

With the development of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC car well under the way, an awesome video was released showcasing the car’s ability in a secluded Finnish forest, with racer Sebastien Ogier behind the wheel of this intense little rally car.

The Volkswagen Polo R WRC will enter the world-renowned rally series for the 2013 season, and the following video shows that VW has created what appears to be a true competitor for the World Rally championship. The launch of the car late last year has helped mark what could be a new generation of WRC racing.

Just a few years ago, major manufacturers, such as Subaru, were continually pulling out of the championship, but with VW prepping their new entry for the series, Skoda set to graduate into the WRC with its Super 2000 Fabia, and Hyundai suspected to reenter the series soon, the World Rally Championship’s future has never been so exciting.

As you may recall, the Polo R WRC features a 1.6-liter TSI engine delivering an impressive 300HP and an advanced four-wheel drive system. Tipping the scales at just 2,645 pounds, the Polo R is a true performance car and we wish Volkswagen all the best for its future WRC endeavors.

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2011 Volkswagen Polo R-Line

2011 Volkswagen Polo R-Line

Of the many vehicles Volkswagen has released in Frankfurt, the new R-Line package for the Volkswagen Polo may be just another vehicle to some people, but rest assured, it’s anything but.

Save for a performance program, it’s got everything you need, including exterior and interior upgrades, new color options, and a new set of alloy wheels. Among the new accessories that can be fitted into the Polo include new front and rear bumpers, a roof spoiler, new side skirts, LED license plate illumination, daytime running lights, chrome exhaust tailpipes, and a new set of 16" alloy wheels. A new sports chassis is also available, one that can lower the car’s ride height by 15 mm. Various color options are available for the Polo R-Line, including Deep Black Pearl Effect, Reflex Silver Metallic, Pepper Grey Metallic, Shadow Blue Metallic, Hot Orange Metallic, Candy White, and Flash Red.

The car’s interior was also given some fresh enhancements. There’s new leather and Alcantara upholstery, GTI sports seats, a black roofliner, a leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals, door sills, and a number of R-Line logos.

Volkswagen has yet to announce a price for the R-Line package. The launch date is expected to begin at the end of the year with versions available for just about every model of the Polo.

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2011 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

2011 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Volkswagen will finally be entering the World Rally Championship and have prepared a new Polo R WRC Concept to help prepare the onslaught of fans ready to see the company in action. This new model will preview the production model that will be used in competition from 2013 and on.

"Almost exactly two years ago, in May 2009, the most recent model of the Polo was presented here in Sardinia. Today we are proud to show you the hottest Polo of all time – the Polo R WRC," said Luca de Meo, Head of Marketing of Volkswagen AG.

Volkswagen will take the experience of their three consecutive victories at the Dakar Rally and use it to formulate a vehicle especially for the WRC rally. The car set to compete in the WRC will be a near-300-hp rally vehicle with a 1.6-liter TSI engine and four-wheel drive based on the Polo.

"The new Technical Regulations of the World Rally Championship are an ideal fit for Volkswagen’s philosophy with respect to the development of production vehicles," says Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Management Board of the Volkswagen Brand, Development Division. "Downsizing, high efficiency and reliability are top priorities for our customers. The timing of the WRC debut is optimal for Volkswagen. The big task of engineering a vehicle that is competitive and capable of winning at a large number of challenges holds great appeal for us."

UPDATE 09/13/11: The Volkswagen Polo R WRC was finally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, giving the world a glance at the new prototype that will be used by Volkwagen to launch the testing program this year in preparation for the FIA World Rally Championship. Volkswagen is gearing up for its entry in the world’s pre-eminent rally racing category in 2013 and the development of the Polo R WRC prototype is the first step in fielding a full-fledged contender.

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2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI by H&R

2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI by H&R

German auto tuner, H&R, has been working on a 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI with the intention of turning it into a meat-packing piece of machinery. A few days ago, the aftermarket company unveiled the result of their hard labor by introducing a better-than-ever Volkswagen Polo with an upgraded suspension that H&R says will drastically improve both the car’s handling and stability.

The Polo GTI is already powered by a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline engine with turbo and superchargers that produces an output of 180 horsepower with 184 lb-ft of torque that’s available from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm engine and is mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. The Polo GT is capable of a north-to-60 time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph.

While H&R largely left the engine alone, what they did was develop and improve the car’s suspension components to further increase its dynamics. This was done by improving the vehicle’s spring sets without compromising its overall drivability. On top of that, the front end of the Polo was lowered by 20mm with the rear seeing a 30mm decrease in ride height with a height adjustable H&R Monotube coilover suspension to boot.

H&R also took the task of including a set of TRAK+ wheel spacers that are made of high tensile aluminum alloy with an eventual option of offering a set of stabilizers in the near future.

The offerings may be a little limited compared to what we’re accustomed to with aftermarket tuning firms, but despite the lack of quantity, H&R Springs knows that quality is a much more important barometer in a successful tuned-up program. And as one of the foremost authorities in a vehicle’s suspension system, we have no doubt that this Polo GTI is going to have a lot more bite than its standard counterpart.

Press Release after the jump.

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Volkswagen Polo R and Audi S1 will be AWD models

Volkswagen Polo R and Audi S1 will be AWD models

During the recent Paris Auto Show, Volkswagen Group not only confirmed that the company was preparing a new all-wheel drive PQ25 platform that will be used for the future Audi S1, but they also stated that the use of this new platform could extend to two future models: a possible Polo R and a CrossPolo.

The Audi S1 needed this all-wheel drive platform to become a proper model, but engineering costs needed to produce it cause Volkswagen to get a little jumpy at the thought. The final push for the decision came when they realized they could develop the Polo R with the same platform. The Polo R gets a chance and Volkswagen’s money is well spent. Sounds like a good compromise to us.

It was already rumored that the next Audi S1 would be offered with a 270 HP engine and Quattro system. The S1 will also get a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and will come with a lowered suspension and a set of special edition 17-inch wheels. The 0 to 60 MPH sprint will be made in 6 seconds, while top speed will be limited to the German gentleman’s agreement of 155 MPH.

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2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan

2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan

Volkswagen unveiled today the all new Polo Sedan in Russia. It is the first time in the company’s history that they have developed a car especially for the Russian market. It will premier in Moscow.

The new Volkswagen Polo Sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter Otto engine that develops a total of 105 HP and is mated to either a 5-gear manual gearbox or a 6-gear automatic gearbox with sequential shift function (Tiptronic) which makes Volkswagen the first automaker to offer Tiptronic in Russia.

It will be offered in three trim levels. The Trendline comes standard with two airbags, head rests, and three-point seat belts for all five passengers. The Comfortline offers ABS as standard and the Highline offers side air-bags and ESP as standard.

Pricing for the Russia-only VW Polo Sedan will be announced at a later date.

Press release after the jump.

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Audi S1 trumps Polo R; Jetta R in the works

Audi S1 trumps Polo R; Jetta R in the works

With an R version offered for both the Scirocco and the Golf, some might have believed that the same treatment would also be applied to the smaller Polo. It seems those people would be wrong. Even though Volkswagen established the GmbH division in order to develop sportier models of their current lineup, Volkswagen has decided not to build the Polo R. The reason behind this would be because it would affect sales for the future Audi S1 due out in 2011.

During the official debut of the new Polo GTI (pictured), the car’s technical chief, Dr Ernst Linder said: "I would say there have been some ideas about [Polo R], but more in the press than the company itself because we have our GTI and within our company Audi has an S1. The S1 topped our GTI and to put a car above both, we think we’ll not have the volume to make it interesting. It would be too small amount of cars we can sell like this."

Also, when talking about the future S1 he confirmed that the car will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged and supercharged engine used in the Polo GTI, but it will feature a front-wheel drive configuration.

He also confirmed that the next generation Jetta will also get a R version. It will use the same 2.0-liter turbo engine and all-wheel drive set-up from the Golf R.

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Volkswagen prepares Polo R

Volkswagen prepares Polo R

Volkswagen’s newly established R department is in "all systems go" mode to produce R versions of Volkswagen’s already successful models. This department was set up to compete againstBMW’s M division, Mercedes-Benz’s AMG, and Audi’s Quattro. After the Scirocco R and Golf R were produced by this new and speedy division, Volkswagen announced plans for an R version for the Polo hatchback. According to the British magazine AutoCar, the Polo R will be revealed in 2012 and will be placed above the current Polo GTI that is expected to go on sale in August for about £18,000. The pictures we show here are of the 2011 Volkswagen GTI, but we figured it would give an idea of what the Polo R would look like except for the Polo R would apear as a smaller version of the GTI.

The 2012 Polo R will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which is tipped to produce around 210bhp. However, unlike the Golf R, the Polo R will not be four-wheel drive as the Polo’s PQ25 platform can only accommodate front-wheel drive.

Like the other two R models, the Polo R is expected to carry the same R division marks: large air intake openings in the front bumper, integrated front spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, roof edge spoiler, a striking shining black diffuser, the chrome tailpipes of the dual exhaust system, and 18" alloy wheels.

Unfortunately, none of these R variants have been confirmed for U.S. sales, but, hey, what else is new?

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Sketches for the 2012 Volkswagen Polo/Vento surface on the web

Sketches for the 2012 Volkswagen Polo/Vento surface on the web

The 2012 Volkswagen Polo - aka the Vento - looks to be in the initial stages of development after a couple of design sketches of the car made its way through the web. With the only discernable change coming in the presence of a trunk instead of a hatch that usually comes with previous Polo models, the 2012 incarnation looks to have been modified to be outfitted with a longer wheelbase, giving it more space inside the car.

Details surrounding the car’s technical specifications are still being kept under wraps although its highly likely that it would come in a variety of options including a 1.2-liter TSI, a 1.6-liter TDI, as well as naturally-aspirated 1.2 and 1.4-liter engines. Likewise, transmission options will also vary depending on the model of the car, ranging from a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, and a seven-speed DSG.

As it stands, the 2012 Volkswagen Polo/Vento is expected to hit the Indian market in the coming months so you can, at the very least, expect the car to be launched sooner than later. Until then, these sketches should give you a basic idea of what the car is expected to look like.

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Volkswagen presents new 3-cylinder turbodiesel

Volkswagen presents new 3-cylinder turbodiesel

Volkswagen announced today that they will release the new 3-cylinder TDI engine at the 31st International Vienna Motor Symposium either today or tomorrow. This engine will be utilized in the Polo BlueMotion first and will deliver a total of 75hp and 180Nm at 2,000 rpm.

The specifications for the new 3-cylinder TDI called for the greatest possible dynamic engine performance with reduced displacement, maximum acoustic comfort, and systematic weight reduction – without compromising the engine’s thermodynamic efficiency. All of the advantages of a reduced number of cylinders – primarily reduced weight and friction power loss - are being exploited as well.

The International Vienna Motor Symposium will feature Professor Dr. Wolfgang Steiger, Head of Future Technologies in Group Communication, as he "discusses the future technology for power-trains, engine technology, and environmental impact from combustion engines in the world." Audi has chosen this event to debut their 3-cylinder TDI engine to illustrate its seriousness in providing a better product to protect the environment, improve fuel economy, and be easier on the wallet. These issues are the main focus at this particular symposium.

Press release after the jump.

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Volkswagen Polo wins World Car of the Year

The 2010 World Car Awards closed today at the 2010 New York Auto Show. Taking home the prestigious award for 2010 World Car of the Year was the Volkswagen Polo beating out the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Prius. Volkswagen took the majority vote of the 59 World Car jurors after they test drove the 30 entries from July 2009-January 2010. Walter de Silva, head of design Volkswagen Group, attributes this success to the Polo’s “uncomplicated, unique and timeless design plus its high efficiency”. This is Volkswagen’s second triumph in this category with the success of the Volkswagen Golf as last year’s World Car of the Year.

"We’re honored that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of jurors," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. "After the great triumph of the Golf last year, we are delighted to repeat this success with the new Polo. These automobiles have reaped numerous awards, winning well-nigh every prize the automotive industry has to award. This shows Volkswagen is on the right track and is offering arguably the best range of products in its history."

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Video: 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI has fun in the snow

Video: 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI has fun in the snow

It’s not exactly to the awesomeness level of the skiing Lamborghini Gallardo but the first official video of the Volkswagen Polo GTI looks to be having its own fun running around in the snow.

The video shows a lot of action sequences of the Polo GTI frolicking in the snow and the smallest GTI from Volkswagen seems to be having a pretty good time doing so. Powered by a relatively light 1.4-liter twin-charged petrol engine, the Polo GTI produces as much as 180 horsepower and 250Nm of torque. It’s got a top speed of 142 mph and can clock a 0-100kmh time of just under seven seconds (6.9 seconds).

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2011 Volkswagen CrossPolo

2011 Volkswagen CrossPolo

Volkswagen will add a fourth version to it’s immensely successful Polo line-up in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Following in the trail of the Polo, the Polo Blue Motion, and the Polo GTI will be the CrossPolo, a robust all-terrain hatchback featuring a new freshly-cheeky design, new exterior and interior colors and a suspension higher by 15mm.

The CrossPolo will be offered with a choice of six engines - three petrol and three common rail TDI - with output ranging from 70 hp to 105 hp. Two of these engines will be combined with a 7-speed DSG transmission. The gasoline engines will have a fuel consumption of 5.5 liters/100 km with the TDI variant having a fuel consumption of 4.7 L/100 km.

The car will be available with a choice of six special exterior colors, including "Magma Orange" and "Terra Beige Metallic", with the upper areas of the bumpers and handles - doors and tailgate - being painted in using the car’s body color, while the cover trim of the B and C pillars and the window frames being treated in a high-gloss black hue. The CrossPolo sits on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI

2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI

While the official debut will not be made until March at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed today the first images of the Polo GTI sporty hatchback. It will go on sale early this summer in both three and five-doors versions.

The Polo GTI is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline engine with turbo- and supercharging developing a total of 180 hp and a peak torque 184 lb-ft of torque, available from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6,9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 142 mph.

Compared to a standard Polo, the GTI version has been lowered by 15 mm and comes with more rigid suspension. The exterior is defined by blacked out headlamps with LED daytime running lights, twin tail pipes, a GTI honeycomb grille with a red frame and of course 17" alloy wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volkswagen Polo by JE Design

2010 Volkswagen Polo by JE Design

The German tuning firm that specializes in all things VW, JE Design, has just unveiled a new body kit for the compact Volkswagen Polo. The exterior upgrades consist of a bolder front spoiler complete with a carbon fiber front lip and LED driving lights, lower hanging side skirts with vents in the back and a carbon fiber rear diffuser that frames the stainless steel twin tip exhaust on the outside. While the interior features a host of leather wrapped items like the steering wheel, gear shifter and emergency brake boot while adding creature comforts like two stage seat warmers and quilted suede inserts as well as color matching accent stitching.

As far as performance is concerned, JE starts out by dropping the Polo by 35 mm with a set of sport springs, but tuning enthusaists looking for more versatility will be happy to know that they also offer a set of KW coilovers for the little Polo which allow the chassis to go up to 65 mm lower than standard. The JE Design Polo rolls around on a set of either 17 inch rims that measure seven inches across or a set of 18x7.5 inch wheels finished in shadow silver or matte black with a color matched lip to create one very unique Polo.

Press release after the jump.

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Volkswagen Polo and Golf get new 1,2l TSI engine

Volkswagen Polo and Golf get new 1,2l TSI engine

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Volkswagen Polo by ABT

Volkswagen Polo by ABT

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion gets almost 75 MPG and will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show

2010 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion gets almost 75 MPG and will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show

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.

Press release after the jump.

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New Polo receives KW coilover suspensions

New Polo receives KW coilover suspensions

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Volkswagen Polo Worthersee 09

2009 Volkswagen Polo Worthersee 09

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volkswagen Polo

2010 Volkswagen Polo

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”.

Press release after the jump.

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Volkswagen will bring two Polo versions for the U.S.

Volkswagen will bring two Polo versions for the U.S.

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.

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2009 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion Concept Car

2009 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion Concept Car

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.

Press release after the jump.

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New VW Polo to debut in Geneva; first U.S. deliveries in 2011

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.

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Volkswagen May Bring the Polo to the U.S.

Volkswagen May Bring the Polo to the U.S.

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.

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2010 Volkswagen Polo will be inspired by Scirocco

2010 Volkswagen Polo will be inspired by Scirocco

Volkswagen will unveil its fifth-generation Polo next year. Its design will be inspired by the newly launched Scirocco. The car’s nose reflects the styling of VW’s sleek coupé – and inside, there is a classier cabin.

Future Polo will drop the large chrome grille seen on recent VWs for a simpler design with twin horizontal air intakes and angled headlights.

It will be built on the new PQ25 small car platform – first used by the latest SEAT Ibiza. Engine line-up will include 1.4 and 1.6-litre FSI direct-injection petrol units, plus new TDI turbodiesels. The 1.4-litre supercharged and turbocharged TSI motor, available in a 138bhp ‘warm hatch’ and a 168bhp GTI variant will also be used.

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Volkswagen Polo SUV coming in 2010

Volkswagen Polo SUV coming in 2010

Volkswagen will unveil a SUV version of its compact Polo in 2010. It will replace the current Polo Dune and will compete with models like the forthcoming supermini 4x4 class rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsa SUV and its planned Chevrolet-badged sister model.

Its design will be inspired by the its bigger brother Tiguan. It will feature bold chrome grille and Eos-style headlights, plus protective cladding for the bumpers, wheelarches and side skirts. Roof rails and sporty alloy wheels also feature.

The SUV will be built on the current Polo’s chassis, same that will be used for the standard next-generation supermini, which is due on sale here in 2009.

The SUV will be 20mm higher than the regular Polo and will be fitted with VW’s 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system.

Under the hood there will be the same range of engines as the standard car: a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with either 60bhp or 70bhp, a 85bhp 1.4-litre, a 105 hp 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged. Diesel options will include a 1.6-litre TDI in 75bhp, 90bhp and 105bhp forms.

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2009 Volkswagen Polo renderings

2009 Volkswagen Polo renderings

After the launch of the Golf VI, Volkswagen will also unveil a redesigned version of the compact car Polo, based on the platform of the current Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia.

The 2008-2009 years have been very important for the evolution of Volkswagen group: first was the Passat CC, then Scirocco and finally in autumn we will see the next generation Golf. 2009 will be the year for a new Polo: based on the compact platform of the Volkswagen group, same as for the Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza, the future Polo will be more aggressive and sportier.

Under the hood there will be the same engines as in the rest of Volkswagen’s range, such as the 1,4-litre TFSI, including for the GTI version. Diesel versions will include the new 1.6-litre TDI.

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2008 Volkswagen Polo S04 Edition

2008 Volkswagen Polo S04 Edition

Volkswagen announced today the begining of a new partnership with FC Schalke 04 football club. In order to celebrate this partnership , the German manufacturer unveiled a new edition of the Polo called S04 Edition which will be built in just 100 units.

vw polo s04 edition

The new edition will feature special blue pain with grey and white elements, FC Schalke 04 logo on the sill plates, head rests and boot lid. The vehicle also comes equipped with 16” alloy wheels, darkened windows and ESP as standard.

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Volkswagen Polo and Audi A1 will share new AWD platform

Volkswagen Polo and Audi A1 will share new AWD platform

Volkswagen’s small car architecture, which today underpins the VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia, will offer the possibility of all-wheel drive for the next generation of VW group small cars.

"The new small-car platform architecture includes an all-wheel drive option," Erich Schmitt, president of Seat said. "Seat won’t offer awd for its new Ibiza, but other group models could use it."

The first use of the latest development of this platform, called PQ25, is for the new Seat Ibiza. The new-generation VW Polo will be the next model later this year, followed by the all-new Audi A1 in late 2009.

The current version of VW’s Cross Polo has the looks of an awd crossover model, but comes with front-wheel drive only. "Think of an awd option for the next generation Cross Polo, or next Audi A1," an VW group source said. "And Audi already has an awd tradition anyway with its Quattro models."

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Volkswagen to launch new family of small SUVs

Volkswagen to launch new family of small SUVs

Volkswagen is ready to launch a new family of small SUVs. Inspired by the huge success of the joint Cayenne/Touareg/Q7 project, the company wants to take this success to a smaller level: a new family made by Audi Q1, Skoda Yeti and VW Polo SUV. Even if the most important one is the Q1, the first to arrive will be the Yeti in 2009, followed by the Audi Q1 a year later and the Polo SUV in 2011.

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Volkswagen might bring Polo to USA

Volkswagen might bring Polo to USA

Volkswagen Polo is a real successful model in Europe, mostly because of its low fuel consumption. This and the rising of the gasoline prices of the gas might be the reason why Volkswagen is considering bringing smaller models than the Golf in the US market.

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2009 Volkswagen Polo renderings

2009 Volkswagen Polo renderings

The little brother of the Golf, the Polo, is up to it’s renewal. The design of the current Polo is a bit dated, and, in my opinion, the facelift didn’t help any.

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New Volkswagen Polo on sale in 2008

New Volkswagen Polo on sale in 2008

Volkswagen is preparing the next generation Polo with design inspired by the Golf Mk VI. It will be bigger, better built and with an advanced engine range. The new Polo will go on sale in late 2008 and will compete with Ford Fiesta and Honda Jazz.

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