2009 Geneva: Volkswagen unveils the 2010 Polo (with video)

Before we start – yes we love the Volkswagen Polo and it has been confirmed for the North American market. With that said, Volkswagen has unveiled its new 2010 Polo which will make its world debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show tomorrow.

The 2010 Volkswagen Polo will be available in a choice of TDI and TSI engines as well as a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. Four gasoline engines will be offered with output ranging from 60-hp to 105-hp. The 105-hp 1.2 TSI turbocharged 4-cylinder will return a fuel-economy of an outstanding 52 mpg (43 mpg U.S.). TDI options include a new 1.6 TDI that produces 90-hp. Combined with the BlueMotion package, this version of the 2010 Polo returns an estimated fuel-economy of 74 mpg (62 mpg in U.S. terms. The BlueMotion package can be combined with three different trim-levels for the Polo. Also available are the “Tredline”, “Comfortline”, ” and the “Highline.”

The 2010 Volkswagen Polo will start going on sale across Europe later this summer. Pricing details will be announced closer to launch.

Make the jump to see the new Polo in action along with the high-res image gallery.

2010 Volkswagen Polo:




2010 Volkswagen Polo in Action: 

Press Release:

The new Polo is one of the safest cars worldwide;
Polo”s TDI and TSI engines noticeably reduce fuel costs

Wolfsburg / Geneva, 02 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 bodyshell 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 percent! In the case of a side impact, the intrusion value was reduced by 20 percent.

Standard equipment for safety

In addition, the European version of the Polo now being presented is equipped with standard ESP electronic stabilization program 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.

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 percent. 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 gasoline engine produces 77 kW / 105 PS, yet it consumes just 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (129 g/km CO2); this is 19 percent 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 gasoline and three diesel ““ spanning a power range from 44 kW / 60 PS to 77 kW / 105 PS. 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 / 90 PS: when combined with a “BlueMotion package”, its average fuel consumption of 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers 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”.

Individually combinable high-tech features