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from the times: http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/playing-polo-a-super-green-vw-diesel-for-the-us/

My only behind-the-wheel experience with a Volkswagen Polo was with a red rental car on a very fast drive across England. The Polo might be one step below a Rabbit, but I can confirm it is capable of exceeding 100 miles an hour for sustained periods (at least until it blows a belt).
In its more than 30 years of existence, the Polo has never been sold in the United States — but more than 300,000 are sold each year in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. There might be compelling reasons to bring Polos over here, especially the diesel versions. Why? Because they get incredible fuel economy, better than most hybrids. The Polo 1.4 TDI is rated at 41/62 miles per gallon in the European driving cycle.
But there’s an even more fuel efficient Polo. Introduced last year, the Polo BlueMotion is a mileage champ — thanks to a combination of light weight (2,389 pounds); improved aerodynamics; a 79-horsepower three-cylinder turbodiesel engine with direct fuel injection; very tall gears in the 5-speed manual transmission; and low rolling-resistance tires.
In the European driving cycle, it achieves 48 miles per gallon in the city and, get this, 74 m.p.g. on the highway (and 61 m.p.g. combined). A further benefit is a 13 percent drop in carbon dioxide output compared with the standard Polo.
Mind you, the Polo BlueMotion is no speed king — it takes an estimated 12.8 seconds to reach 62 miles an hour, with a top speed of 109. But I want one for its range of 700 miles on a single tank.
At least for now, Americans are out of luck. “We have no plans to import the current version of the Polo,†Jim Gill, a Volkswagen spokesman, said. “Maybe for the future, as we are always considering what is appropriate for the market. A lot of factors go into whether the BlueMotion or other Polo models come here or not, but with $4 gas prices…†He let that sentence trail off.
Nevertheless, hope springs eternal. Volkswagen won’t import the current version, but the Polo is due for a model change in 2010, and Volkswagen’s new billion-dollar plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., goes on line the following year. Will it produce the Polo? “Maybe,†said Mr. Gill. “We haven’t announced what we will build there.â€
Consumer Guide thinks that a United States version of the Polo is a foregone conclusion. But the BlueMotion represents just over 5 percent of total Polo sales, so there’s no certainty that it would be included in Volkswagen’s American lineup.
Another possibility is that Volkswagen could use its assembly line space in the United States for a version of the lightweight mid-engine coupe and roadster it hopes to have on the market by 2011.
Diesel engines have always struggled to find a following in the United States, of course. And diesel fuel is even more expensive than gasoline, one reason we’re not currently hearing a lot about clean-diesel solutions. But Volkswagen is still betting that customers in the United States will line up for its new Jetta TDI (set up for our low-sulfur fuel and available in 50 states).
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