New Car: 2011 Volkswagen Polo Saloon

This is the new Volkswagen Polo saloon, which was unveiled today in Moscow.

The Polo saloon will be built at VW's factory in Kaluga, Russia, and the firm says the car "has been developed specifically for the Russian market, bearing in mind its specific climate and street conditions". Small saloons are often popular in Russia, because they allow access to the boot without cold air entering the cabin in the winter months.

Just one engine is available in the Polo saloon: a 1.6-litre petrol unit producing 104bhp. It gets a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but VW is also offering the car with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

VW claims that the saloon has been engineered for Russian roads and fuel; it says it has tested the car extensively across the region, set up its suspension for poor-quality road surfaces, chosen heavy-duty paint to resist salt corrosion and tuned its engine to cope with varying petrol qualities.

Prices for the Polo saloon are expected to start at around 10,000 euro (£8300) in Russia; there are no plans for UK imports, however.

Thanks to: Autocar

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