New VW Polo For This Year
The new Volkswagen Polo (above)
is the fifth generation of VW's tiny car.
An Australian arrival is expected in early 2010.
3rd March, 2009
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 body shell 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 per
cent! In the case of a side impact, the intrusion value was reduced by 20 per cent.
Standard equipment for safety
In addition, the European version of the Polo now being presented is equipped with standard ESP electronic
stabilisation programme 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.
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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 per cent. 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 petrol
engine produces 77 kW, yet it consumes just 5.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (129 g/km CO2); this is 19 per
cent 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 petrol and three
diesel – spanning a power range from 44 kW to 77 kW. 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 the implementation for the
first time of common rail technology 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: when combined with a
"BlueMotion package", its average fuel consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres 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".
The new Volkswagen Polo makes its
public debut at the Geneva Motor Show,
in Switzerland on Thursday 5th March, 2009.
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 air bags (head air bag 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
Start of production of the five-door Polo is scheduled for the end of March. 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 best
seller in Germany. Just two weeks later, thanks to an ambitious logistics plan, Volkswagen will begin selling the car
across mainland Europe. Other markets, including Australia, will follow later still.
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