Moscow motor show launch for Russian-built four-door designed for local market only

This is the new Volkswagen Polo saloon, which has been unveiled today at the Moscow motor show.

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.

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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.

Read the full Moscow motor show report

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.

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2 June 2010

Nice. Now, let's see the estate version.

2 June 2010

Sounds perfect for British roads!

Why can't manufacturers offer "hardened" up versions for UK customers? There must be a market for it, considering the sea salt, road salt, pot holes and speed bumps we have over here...

2 June 2010

[quote Oilburner]

Sounds perfect for British roads!

Why can't manufacturers offer "hardened" up versions for UK customers? There must be a market for it, considering the sea salt, road salt, pot holes and speed bumps we have over here...

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Why don't they just make all of them hardened, so they last? Bloody cheapskates - of course, built-in obsolescence is good for their bottom line.

2 June 2010

[quote Oilburner]Why can't manufacturers offer "hardened" up versions for UK customers? There must be a market for it, considering the sea salt, road salt, pot holes and speed bumps we have over here... [/quote] Nothing compared to the state of roads in Russia, Canada and some US states. Our motorway here by April had potholes 20m long and up to 40cm deep in places (graduated, not like a 40cm drop straight). The amount of salt used in properly cold places is also significantly higher than the UK, despite what we think (I only moved recently, I thought the UK used lots of salt and had the worst roads in the developed world, I was wrong, but I reckon the investment in repair is the worst)

2 June 2010

That would sell in the UK, thats £1k cheaper than the cheapest polo hatch here. and with 104bhp not 60bhp, and with tough paint and suspension. we are getting fleeced here, it could well be the UK gets more stupid interior electric tricks, but that still equates to getting conned in my mind. i blame the public.

2 June 2010

[quote theonlydt] Nothing compared to the state of roads in Russia, Canada and some US states. Our motorway here by April had potholes 20m long and up to 40cm deep in places ...[/quote]

That sounds pretty nasty, but I know of a dual carriageway round here with broadly similar damage that has been like that for months now.

We probably do use less salt in the winter, but we also have a large number of cities close to the sea, so they get salted all year round!

2 June 2010

Made in Brazil, it's been around for over a year now in Aregntina. Same engine and suspension, no auto yet. Rather dull but solid and practical. No estate yet...

2 June 2010

Dosent look at all bad for a small saloon, quite often superminis converted to saloons looks very odd, but this looks decent. Still won't be any market for it in UK so no point selling it over here.

2 June 2010

I yhought ye British had no interest in saloons thats why the companys don,t sell them there and if u do want 1 it will prob be sold here in Ireland ye could buy it here and prob get a good deal too us Irish like our saloon cars lol . It looks ok hardly radical or anything .

2 June 2010

[quote FastRenaultFan] us Irish like our saloon cars [/quote]

I have always assumed saloons are popular in Ireland because they are more rigid with a fixed rear window and bracing under the parcel shelf, so they don't rattle and creak so much on the bad roads.

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