Official:VW Polo Sedan Debuts in Russia  

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Volkswagen has unveiled the VW Polo Sedan and released a set of official photos with the new model which will be offered with only one engine option and available exclusively for the Russian market.

Power for the 2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan comes from a 1.6L Otto 4-cylinder engine making 103-hp. The Polo Sedan can be equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shift function. That makes Volkswagen the first automaker to offer Russian customers an up-to-date automatic gearbox in the segment.

Assembly for the VW Polo Sedan will take place at the Kaluga plant in Russia and as far as active safety systems the car will be offered with 2 airbags, head rests and 3-point seat belts for all its passengers plus ABS on the Comfortline trim level and up and ESP and side air bags on the Highline version.   

The Polo sedan is being assembled at VW's Kaluga plant. It will be marketed in Russia in three trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.

It will retail in Russia for just a tad over 10,000 euro ($14,600).

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Press Release:

World premiere of the Polo Saloon in Moscow

- A first: a Polo specially developed for the Russian market
- Moderate pricing: quality and reliability for a wide circle of customers

Wolfsburg / Moscow, 02 June 2010 – While advance sales began for the Polo produced in Kaluga, Russia, the world premiere took place before 200 high-ranking guests in Moscow today. For the first time in the history of the brand, a vehicle has been developed specially for the Russian market, bearing in mind its specific climate and street conditions.

Frank Wittemann, Head of the Volkswagen Brand in Russia: “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 familiy car segment. With it, an even greater number of friends of our brand can choose a vehicle according to their taste and possibilities. The new vehicle complies with the global quality standards of Volkswagen in every respect, while being very attractive in terms of price: The Polo Saloon is being offered at a price from just a bit over 10,000 euros and up.”

The new Saloon is being built on a completely new assembly line at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Kaluga. The Volkswagen Polo is equipped with a new 1.6-litre Otto engine (77 kW / 105 PS). It can be combined with a 5-gear manual gearbox or a 6-gear automatic gearbox with sequential shift function (Tiptronic). Hence Volkswagen is the first automobile manufacturer offering their Russian customers such an up-to-date automatic gearbox in this vehicle class.

A high level of safety is ensured already in the Trendline basic version-two airbags, head rests and three-point seat belts for all five passengers. From Comfortline and up, the Polo is equipped with ABS as standard. In the Highline top version, additional safety systems are integrated that are normally unavailable in this class-for instance: side air-bags and ESP.

The specific demands of Russian drivers and the climate and street conditions in Russia have both been carefully taken into account during the new Saloon’s development: long-term tests were conducted in different climate zones, and the street conditions in the most variegated regions in Russia were examined. The available petrol qualities were tested repeatedly as well. Thus the vehicle has been equipped with an up-to-date and reliable engine that is ideally suited to those operating conditions prevailing in Russia, a galvanised, non-corrosive body and a wheel suspension geared to bad roads. Particularly robust paints were used for the car’s paint job, and the chrome parts are also highly resistant to aggressive agents.

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