Small Hatchback Coming to U.S.




The small car throwdown has a new contestant. The Volkswagen Polo, long a popular model in Europe, is coming to America. The U.S.-bound, 2010 edition of VW's smallest car makes its debut to the press at the Geneva Motor Show today.
The Polo looks like a slightly shrunken Volkswagen Rabbit. "It may take a trained eye to tell the difference between the VW's latest hatchbacks at first glance," says Autoblog Green. "The subcompact car is finally coming to America, possibly as early as 2010."
VW hasn't announced what engine will power the Polo headed for our shores. Europeans have two options, according to Motor Trend: "A 105-hp 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine turbocharged gasoline engine and a 1.6-liter BlueMotion diesel engine," which VW claims "will return 74 mpg UK (62 mpg) combined." A second generation of BlueMotion diesels set to debut in 2010, Motor Trend says, "will raise the mileage envelope even further through automatic stop-start systems and regenerative braking. All engine options come equipped with five- or six-speed manual transmissions, with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission available on the 80-hp 1.4-liter engine."
Inside, the car features white-contrast backlit dials, aluminum trim, and even a touchscreen navigation system - a rarity in such a small car. When it comes to America, Auto blog comments, "this handsome little hatch" could be "a very serious competitor to the Honda Fit in the fun to drive arena."