Here’s the upcoming VW Polo, which just bowed at the Geneva Motor Show. Why is that important you ask, what’s the big deal about a Euro debut for a Euro car? Because VW recently announced that they will be bringing the Polo, long a standard in Europe, to these shores soon.
So, the new 2010 model which you see on the Geneva show stand is the same model that you will be seeing on the showroom floors and streets of America sometime soon. VW has been cagy about exactly when the U.S.-bound Polo will grace these shores, but all indications point to it coming in sometime later this year, or perhaps early next year (as a half year model, a la the first Mustang).
The Polo originally started out as a sub-compact model, sized, engined and optioned bellow the Golf. VW at first thought it was too small for the North American market (and they were probably right, about that), but as the Golf has grown and grown, so has the Polo. So the 2010 model is currently about the size of a Gen II or III Golf. Which ain;t that bad, or that small.
Actually, it’s kind of good. Small means light, for one thing. And that means better handling, and better overall performance. Especially when you consider that there already is an in house performance variant, the Polo GTi, and there’s already a Euro aftermarket for these things.
So look at the North American version of the Polo this way: It’s like a 2010 version of a Golf III that will be efficient, easy on the wallet and fun to drive. What’s not to like?