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26 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

2010 Polo BlueMotion: International Driving Presentation

2010 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion

The production version of the new Polo BlueMotion has officially been launched at an International Driving Presentation in Hanover, Germany. Starring alongside new versions of the Golf and Passat BlueMotions, production of the eco-Polo starts early next year. Advance orders will be taken at the end of 2009.

The technical details and headline stats are nothing we didn’t know already. The high-tech BlueMotion Technologies (now a sub-brand in itself) package brings new a new 1.2-litre, 74bhp, three-cylinder common-rail TDI engine, regenerative braking, a Stop-Start system and aerodynamic body changes.

Volkswagen quote metric figures for the new car, meaning that the second-generation Polo BlueMotion will do 3.3 litres per 1000 kilometres. The company claim that this miserly consumption will make the new sip-sip Polo the most economical five-seater in the world. High hopes are also pinned on it being the most economical car in its market.

How achievable that ground-breaking fuel consumption is remains to be seen, but if the figures are possible, then brimming the 45-litre tank should only be needed eight times per year, based on a 11,000 kilometre annual mileage. One tankful should be enough, Volkswagen say, to cover over 1363 kilometres (or 851 miles if you get your calculator out).

2010 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion

The German carmaker quotes that a driver can do the 1148-kilometre journey from Hanover to Venice on a single tankful of fuel, costing only 40 euros (3.5 euros per 100 kilometres). In UK terms, that means approximately 85mpg on the combined cycle, beating its predecessor’s quoted figure of 74mpg by quite some margin.

With 87g/km of CO2, the new Polo BlueMotion should also be one of the least-polluting cars in the world, too – the old model beat even the hybrid Toyota Prius. The technological changes help here, too. Modified engine management software gives a lower idling speed; a gearshift indicator lets you know when to stir the gearbox for maximum efficiency; and low rolling-resistance tyres and aerodynamically-designed wheels help make a smoother passage through the air.

Keep checking back for UK market details – we’ll bring them to you as soon as we have them. But, in the meantime, this story gives us an excuse to post a pair of Volkswagen’s striking press photos. Download one of them as a wallpaper here: 1024px x 768px / 1920px x 1200px.

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26 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

2010 Polo Sedan spyshots

2010 Volkswagen Polo Sedan spyshot

We’d been expecting the new Polo family to grow, but maybe not quite this quickly. The hatchback has only just gone on sale, but already Secret New Cars has posted spyshots of the saloon version of the fifth-generation model.

Yes it’s true, there’s still lots of camouflage, but there’s no doubt that the car underneath the cladding is a Polo – just look at the strong shoulder line crease. Look carefully at the license plates, too; they show the car was registered in Gifhorn, a town close to VW’s Wolfsburg HQ. The website’s photographer caught the car during its first test sessions in the Austrian Grossglockner.

2010 Volkswagen Polo Sedan rendering

The new Polo Sedan was mooted to go into production in India for the local market, but Brazil could also now be on the cards. Rolling into showrooms in the later half of 2010, it’s not yet known whether the car will come to Europe or the UK (more than likely called ‘Limousine’ and ‘Saloon’ in those respective markets).

The US market prefers saloons over hatchbacks, so it could also head there, confirming reports that the Polo is about to go Stateside to complement the best-selling Jetta, and give Volkswagen its much-needed compact car segment contender.

[Source: Secret New Cars. Rendering: www.theophiluschin.com]

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24 October 2009 ~ 1 Comment

2009 Polo: UK TV commercial

The first UK TV commercial for the new Polo aired this week. Virtually unchanged from the German ‘Ready For A New Class’ spot, the UK’s ‘Timeless New Polo’ ad is also soundtracked by Pink’s Bad Influence, a seemingly good choice for the pan-European campaign.

This model seems to be aimed at a younger audience (hence the Moda trim level in the UK), and this commercial was slotted into a break in Monday night’s Ugly Betty. Similarly, some of the press ads are also in women’s magazines – another target market for the car.

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23 October 2009 ~ 3 Comments

VW releases 1.2 TSI engine for ordering

2009 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 SEL TSI

Hot on the heels of our disclosure earlier in the week that the Polo TSI will arrive in January next year, Volkswagen have released further details of its newest engine. Available in the Polo to order now on the continent, the 104bhp unit can also now be specified in the Golf and Golf Plus. The company has also released more pictures of the Polo TSI, one of which is above.

Rounding off the successful and award-winning family of TSI engines, the new powerplant is both highly efficient and also low in emissions. Presenting the unit at the Vienna Engine Symposium earlier in the year, the newest addition to the TSI range comes at an opportune time, when many car buyers are thinking of downsizing.

2009 Volkswagen 1.2 TSI engine

The direct-injection technology coupled with a turbocharger make the maximum torque of 175Nm available from as low an engine speed as 1,500rpm. It helps with the small displacement, too, giving unrivalled performance, torque and torque curve from an engine of this size.

Volkswagen says that lightweight construction and friction optimisation play their part, too. Based on an aluminium crankcase, the completely retuned direct injection gives smooth power development and low emissions – exactly the same attributes which have helped the larger 1.4 TSI unit win the ‘Engine of the Year’ award for three consecutive years since 2006.

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22 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

2009 Polo: both environment and resource-friendly

2009 Volkswagen Polos

It’s not just the new BlueMotion that’s the green Polo. The complete new range preserves both the environment and its resources, or so says a statement from Volkswagen HQ. Containing 40% of recyclable materials, the latest small VW also employs the latest TSI engine technology, designed to create minimum environmental impact on its surroundings.

According to examination by the TÜV NORD organisation in Germany, each new Polo contains around 433kg of recycled materials. Any raw source which doesn’t make the recycled standard is thrown out. Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, head of research and development at VW states: ‘By the implentation of a pure and recycled material sorting and separation process during the vehicle development, Volkswagen already guarantees that our vehicles can be recycled at the end of their life cycle.’

Recycled materials for series production must fulfill the same high-quality specifications as the primary raw materials, says VW, and careful handling of raw materials and the use of material cycles is an important goal during the production development of any new Volkswagen.

The employment of high-quality recycled materials is actually demanded by the German car maker, and it’s not the first time that the Polo has been certified a sound green choice. To complete the accreditation process (and for the second time with a Polo), TÜV NORD examined around 5,000 examples fresh from the production lines.

Find out more about Volkswagen’s environmental policies by visiting the German motability and sustainability website here. Click here for UK market information, including details of recycling standards and the VW product lifecycle.

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