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The New Volkswagen Polo was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show this month. Even before the competition of one month since, VW has revealed its production plans, the full list of the car's features and claims the car to be "The most fuel efficient and lowest emitting five-seater diesel in the world".
New Volkswagen Polo will feature
- New TDI and TSI engines, coupled with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG)
- Seven different engines on offer – four petrol and three diesel (power range from 44 kW/60 Bhp to 77 kW/105 Bhp)
- A new 1.2 TSI turbo-charged four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine produces 77 kW / 105 PS consumes 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (129 g/km CO2) - 19 percent less than on the previous generation model
- A 1.6 TDI with 66 kW/90 Bhp: when combined with a BlueMotion package, returns an average fuel consumption of 3.6 liters per 100 kilometers and 96 g/km CO2 making it the "most fuel efficient and lowest emitting five-seater diesel in the world"
- Designed to attain the recently established, stricter and more comprehensive, 5-star EuroNCAP rating
- Standard ESP electronic stabilization program with Hill Hold Control
- Body weight reduced by 7.5 percent, for better dynamics and higher efficiency
- Static turning lights integrated in the front fog lights
- Side curtain airbags (head airbag system for front and rear passengers)
- Integrated Stereo and radio-navigation systems
- Integrated hands-free telephone systems
- Panorama sunroof and bi-xenon headlights
Sales starting in the last week in June '09 in Europe.
In India, the Polo will be built at VW's Chakan plant in Maharashtra and will enter the market by year end or the next.
|No other car in this class has such a mature and high-end image as the new Polo. Comfort, quality and safety have all taken a considerable leap forward. One example: the Polo was specifically designed to attain the recently established, stricter and more comprehensive, 5-star EuroNCAP rating. The higher structural rigidity of the Polo’s bodyshell contributes to these results. In the footwell area alone, intrusion – related to the car body’s deformation strength in a frontal crash – was lowered by 50 percent! In the case of a side impact, the intrusion value was reduced by 20 percent.Standard equipment for safety
In addition, the European version of the Polo now being presented is equipped with standard ESP electronic stabilization program with Hill Hold Control, and it has a highly effective network of airbags on board, including combined head-thorax airbags (integrated in the front seatbacks), belt tensioners and belt force limiters plus seatbelt warning indicator and head restraints that counteract the risk of whiplash injury (both front seats), three rear head restraints and Isofix child seat preparation.
Weight down, fuel consumption down
Despite significant improvements in all aspects of the car, it was possible to reduce the Polo’s body weight by 7.5 percent. The introduction of new TDI and TSI engines, as well as the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG), has resulted in considerably reduced fuel consumption and emissions over a wide range of engine power outputs. An excellent example here is the new 1.2 TSI. This turbo-charged four-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine produces 77 kW / 105 PS, yet it consumes just 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (129 g/km CO2); this is 19 percent less than on the equivalent model of the previous generation!
In total, seven different engines will be offered on the new Polo in its first year – four gasoline and three diesel – spanning a power range from 44 kW / 60 PS to 77 kW / 105 PS. Five of these engines are entirely new or are being used for the first time in the Polo.
The new engines include all three TDIs (turbo-diesel direct-injection); thanks to common rail technology now being implemented in the Polo, these engines are both efficient and refined. The potential in the new TDI engines is clearly evident in the example of the Polo 1.6 TDI with 66 kW / 90 PS: when combined with a “BlueMotion package”, its average fuel consumption of 3.6 liters per 100 kilometers and 96 g/km CO2 makes it the most fuel efficient and lowest emitting five-seater diesel in the world. The “BlueMotion package” may be combined with any of the three equipment lines developed for the Polo. Available for selection here are the base version “Trendline”, the mid-level “Comfortline” and the top of the line “Highline”.
Individually combinable high-tech features
Options that Polo drivers will be able to order on their new Volkswagen include static turning lights integrated in the front fog lights, (from “Comfortline” up), side curtain airbags (head airbag system for front and rear passengers), radio and radio-navigation systems and integrated hands-free telephone systems. A panorama sunroof and bi-xenon headlights will follow at a later time.
Market launch starts the end of June
Advance sales and production of the four-door Polo have already begun. This will be followed, starting in the last week in June, by the market launch of the visually and technically advanced new edition of the million unit bestseller in Germany. Just two weeks later, thanks to an ambitious logistics plan, Volkswagen will begin selling the car across mainland Europe, and soon Polo engines will be revving up across all continents.