VW looks to grow Polo brand with convertible and MPV or estate
18 September 2009

A Volkswagen Polo convertible variant is under consideration, Autocar has learned.

The convertible is being evaluated for sale along with MPV and estate versions of the Polo. According to product chief Dr Ulrich Hackenburg, it’s all part of VW’s desire to win the same prominence for Polo as the Golf has in the family hatchback market.

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The convertible go-ahead awaits completion of full-size models and completion of a business plan.

VW bosses view the people-carrier (dubbed Polo Raum) and the estate (Polo Variant) as alternatives and are unlikely to build both. The Raum would use the saloon’s extended wheelbase.

Hackenburg says he prefers the estate, which he claims “looks great” and would be the easier of the two to put into production.

Decisions about the proposed new models will be taken “within a few months”.

VW has already confirmed it will build a four-door notchback version of the Polo in India, Russia and China, while a baby SUV, called CrossPolo, is also planned.

Steve Cropley

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18 September 2009

What is the chance the convertible will look more 'interesting' than the hatch??slim to none i bet!!

18 September 2009

Why do people want tiny convertibles?

Convertibles are small enough as it is... they need to make them bigger, so many of them are soooo cramped up in the back that even a kid can't fit in comfortably and the boot is always tiny...

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