Staying in the small-end of Volkswagen’s lineup we come to the Polo. Some 11 million of these cars have been delivered in its 37 year history. And in particular 2011 was a smashing success. It was the top-selling subcompact in Europe.
We don’t know when or where the next-generation Polo will be introduced but Gillies doesn’t have any good news for those wanting a VW sub-compact in America.
Set to ride atop the company’s flexible Modularen Querbaukasten, that’s modular transverse architecture in English, or just MQB for short, the new Polo will then share the same basic underpinnings as everything product from the Golf to the Passat.
Will the economies of scale afforded by a shared architecture make the Polo a viable option for American consumers? Gillies says no. “The key thing to selling a small car profitably is basically building it locally, and there are no plans to build Polo for the U.S. market,” he says.