The next VW Polo will take a longer wheelbase and stand taller in the US market. That market is also set to benefit from the introduction of a sedan model.
Volkswagen is planning to produce and sell two versions of the next-generation MkV Polo in the United States. Next to the Polo hatchback there will be a sedan which is likely to be built at the VW plant in Puebla, Mexico so as to fall within indicative prices of between $13,000 and $15,000 USD.
Speaking to Volkswagen Group of America CEO Stefan Jacoby, Automotive News quotes the man as saying the Polo will sit on a longer wheelbase and stand taller than its European brother. This is because the Polo is still too small for US buyers according to Jacoby. The Polo is smaller than the Golf/ Rabbit.
"It's [the Polo] more like a cross between a compact minivan and a hatchback," said Jacoby. "In other words, it's more like the Honda Fit."
These plans will put the Polo on a collision course with cars like the Honda Fit, as well as the Toyota Yaris which also has a sedan version. In a number of world markets the current, as well as previous-generation Polo, also came with a sedan twin. Some countries even got three-door and coupe.
The new-generation VW Polo was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show and is expected to go on sale later this year. US sales should begin in 2010.