Report – VW’s Navarra plant rolls out 1.5 millionth unit of Euro-spec VW Polo 6th gen
Posted on: May 2, 2014 - 7:13am IST
Volkswagen’s manufacturing facility in Navarra, Spain has rolled out the 1.5 millionth unit of the European-spec of the current generation Volkswagen Polo.
The plant produces both the current facelifted version and the older version of the Polo. The Polo facelift had made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, five years after the original was previewed.
The Navarra plant, however, has been manufacturing the 2014 VW Polo for the last four months and the previous model since 2009. Both models put together, the plant makes 1,524 units each day.
In 2011, 353,000 units of the older Polo were made, marking the highest annual production ever by the manufacturing facility. This year, the report says, just around 308,000 units of the Polo are to be manufactured.
The report also says that the plant’s produce is exported to 75 countries, with Europe taking up a bulk of the stock.
The facelifted VW Polo hasn’t yet been launched in India, but has been spied testing. It gets an updated front fascia with a redesigned bumper inspired by the Golf Sportsvan. VW says that LED headlights, an optional first-in-segment feature, will be available on the new Polo, but the Indian test mules haven’t been spotted with them yet.
Inside, the refreshed Polo gets a new instrument cluster, a new steering wheel, redesigned centre console with new AC controls and new seat fabrics. Whether these would be passed on to the Indian facelift, whose feature content is marred by stiff cost targets, remains to be seen.