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2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan Unveiled In Russia

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We've been hearing rumblings now for some time that the Volkswagen Polo might make it to the U.S. (check out our remarkably prescient preview rendering here), but in order to do so successfully, it would need to be available as a sedan since Americans don't have much retail fondness for the (admittedly more functional) hatch. Unveiled today in Russia, the 2011 Polo Sedan could offer a preview of what we can expect here in the States should the greenlight flicker to the "on" position.

A hotter Polo GTI version was previewed in Geneva this year, though further word on whether we'll get the 1.4-liter, 177-horsepower supercharged four-banger hot hatch is yet to come.

While Russia was chosen as the unveiling point for Europe/Asia because that is where the cars will be produced, American Polo Sedans would likely be built in Mexico to better enable easy import and maintain a price point somewhere below $14,000. If it does come to America, expect it early next year as a 2011 model.

The new Polo sits below the Golf as Volkswagen's smallest car, and with a more affordable price of entry to the brand, could help Volkswagen lure and capture younger buyers into a life of VW ownership. It could also serve the marque well in meeting the tightening CAFE standards, while at the same time offering competition to Ford's new premium-minded Fiesta.

Specs on the Russian Polo Sedan aren't necessarily going to translate into U.S. order sheets, but the five-speed manual and six-speed Tiptronic automatic are likely candidates for the transatlantic trip. Expect 1.2-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine borrowed from Europe for the U.S. Polo Sedan, though the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine available in Asia and Russia could also make an appearance.

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Comments (7)
  1. Reminds me of the previous Jetta, especially the rear end--which is a good thing to me because I do not like the current Corolla-ish Jetta.
     
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  2. VWoA can offer the sedan if they wish, but I would only be interested in the proper hatch version.
     
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  3. It is way to bland for my automotive taste. VWoA, give us the proper hatch version!
     
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  4. Aren't we getting a Polo sedan in America eventually? I would like to try the GTI version just for fun.
     
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  5. Looks like the current US version of the Ford Focus!!!
    Wow, VW styling has really gotten BORING of late... :- (
     
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  6. I am interested 2011 VW Polo Diesel, hatch version...just hope they priced right, and they can sell as many as the can build!
     
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  7. I have a new VW polo sedan 1.6 comfortline and had to take it back 3 times to the dealer and my problems are still not resolved. I’m very disappointed in this vehicle. The VW polo hatch is produced locally in South Africa, but the VW polo sedan in India. There is a huge difference in quality and the driving experience comparing the sedan to the hatch. The sedan is completely different and disappointing. I regret buying the sedan everyday!
     
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