Volkswagen planning a US-market Polo

Speaking at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen development chief Ulrich Hackenberg said that the German automaker is planning to sell its subcompact Polo model in the U.S. to take advantage of the increasing ehtusiasm for smaller and more fuel-efficient cars shown by American buyers.

“The small-car segment is the fastest growing segment in the U.S.,” said Hackenberg in an interview with Automotive News. “Oil prices will rise again and that will drive small car sales up further.”

He said that production of the U.S. Polos could take place at Volkswagen’s Puebla, Mexico plant; however, he didn’t mention when the Polo will officially go on sale in the U.S.

The next-generation Volkswagen Polo will make its world debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March. A high-performance Polo GTI is expected to debut later this year.