With advance sales already begun for the Polo sedan (Saloon) produced in Kaluga, Russia, its world premiere took place in Moscow today.
For the first time in the history of the VW brand, a vehicle has been developed specially for the Russian market, accounting for its specific climate and road conditions.
Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, member of VW's Board of Management said: "The new Polo Saloon not only fulfils the highest standards of modern automotive engineering. The efficient technologies, outstanding safety and traditional high quality workmanship and materials are groundbreaking for this class."
Frank Wittemann, Head of VW Brand in Russia said: "The new Saloon extends Volkswagen's range of vehicles and builds a bridge from Russian bestsellers, the Passat and Jetta, to the small family car segment. The new vehicle complies with the global quality standards of Volkswagen in every respect, while being very attractive in terms of price: The Polo Saloon is being offered at a price just over 10,000 euros and up."
The new sedan is being built on a completely new assembly line at Volkswagen AG's plant in Kaluga. The Polo is equipped with a new 1.6-liter Otto engine (105hp). It can be combined with a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic with sequential shift function (Tiptronic). This makes Volkswagen the first manufacturer to offer Russian customers such a modern automatic in this vehicle class.
A high level of safety is ensured in the basic version - two airbags, headrests and three-point seat belts for all five passengers. From Comfortline and up, the Polo is equipped with ABS as standard. In the top Highline version, additional safety systems are integrated, such as side airbags and ESP.
The specific demands of Russian drivers, the climate and road conditions in have all been taken into account during the sedan's development: long-term tests were conducted in different climate zones, and the road conditions in the most variegated regions in Russia were examined. The available fuel quality was tested as well. The new vehicle has been equipped with a reliable engine that is ideally suited to those operating conditions prevailing in Russia. It also has a galvanized, non-corrosive body and suspension tailored to bad roads. Particularly robust paint was used, and the chrome parts are highly resistant to aggressive agents.