Russian drivers now have a new option for their travels: the specially strengthened Volkswagen Polo sedan.
As one of the colder nations in the world, Volkswagen ensured the subcompact Polo would survive multiple Russian winters. Long-term developmental testing focused on varied road and extreme climate conditions to mimic the average Russian year. A galvanized, corrosion-resistant body is paired with more durable exterior paint while chromed bits are also protected against the elements. The Polo’s suspension was tuned specifically to accommodate potholes, broken surfaces, and generally poor and hazardous roadways.
Powering the Polo is a new 1.6-liter inline-four with 103 horsepower. Transmission selections are between a five-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic automatic, and pricing starts a little over 10,000 euro, or just around $12,200 according to current currency exchange rates.
“The new Saloon extends Volkswagen’s range of vehicles und builds a bridge from our bestsellers in Russia, the Passat and the Jetta, to the small family car segment,” said Frank Wittemann, head of the Volkswagen brand in Russia.
The Polo is built at Volkswagen’s Kaluga plant in Russia. While there have been hints of the Polo coming to the United States, Volkswagen hasn’t officially announced any detailed plans — although we have heard the company is mulling both a large Polo hatchback and sedan for the New World. What say you — bring it over, or keep it a Euro-only offering?