Audi A1 and Polo to get VW’s next small-car platform with AWD

Volkswagen’s current small car platform, which underpins the Polo, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia, will offer all-wheel-drive for the next-generation.

“The new small-car platform architecture includes an all-wheel drive option,” Erich Schmitt, president of Seat said. “Seat won’t offer awd for its new Ibiza, but other group models could use it.”

The first use of the platform, called the PQ25, is used for the new Seat Ibiza. Volkswagen Polo will be next to get it later this year followed by the A1 in late 2009.

“Think of an awd option for the next generation Cross Polo, or next Audi A1,” an VW group source said. “And Audi already has an awd tradition anyway with its Quattro models.”


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