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    Thread: Geneva 2009 - Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion

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    2. 03-03-2009 06:23 PM #2
      not going to happen stateside :-/

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      03-03-2009 07:06 PM #3
      I like the concept where the BlueMotion package is available on any trim level, with any engine, as an additional option.
      For example, I would want to have more of the equipment running electrically, have regenerative braking and start/stop, and the aerodynamic package. But I don't want a 75hp engine, and the low-resistance tires/ skinny wheels would be easy to swap out.
      Is start/stop available on any of the turboed engines?
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      03-03-2009 10:06 PM #4
      woopty doo. Vw would clean house against hybrids with this car in the US but oh well

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      03-03-2009 10:33 PM #5
      Unfortunately this car and others like it have a better chance of coming to the US when gas prices are crazy high. I just wish VW would bring it here now so I can get one before gas prices go back up. Rest assured, they will. A lot.

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      03-03-2009 10:56 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by vesvw »
      woopty doo. Vw would clean house against hybrids with this car in the US but oh well

      Not really - the Polo is one to three classes smaller than the hybrids available in the US. Different market segment.
      Where are the BlueMotion Golf, Jetta sedan/wagen and Passat?
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      03-03-2009 11:11 PM #7
      The unfortunate reality for really small compact cars and entry-level product like this is that the margins are lousy and you would need to move significant volume in units to make it worthwhile. Even Honda struggles with the Fit in terms of profit margins.
      We'll see if the Polo makes it here.

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      03-03-2009 11:24 PM #8
      OH Pleeze VW, we are so tired of the cars you refuse to send here...
      Thankfully we can buy a Prius, they are so sporting.

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      03-04-2009 12:24 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by jamie@vwvortex »
      We'll see if the Polo makes it here.

      Jamie, with VW brass almost announcing publicly that it will come here, I had hoped you could say more than that.
      At one point, it was stated that the Polo would likely be built at Puebla, alongside the new-platform-based "Jetta" (in addition to European production). In fact, I would have thought the Puebla plant expansion and tooling should soon be finished. Any news on that? Or is VW taking it slowly, given the current sales environment?
      PS - I agree that there would not be enough volume for a BlueMotion Polo, initially. But at least give us the regular one! And not with 100hp engines. Americans don't like "small" (i.e., underpowered) engines...
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      03-04-2009 10:46 AM #10
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      As the driver approaches a red stop light in the Polo BlueMotion concept car, he or she applies the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop, shifts into neutral (which should be standard practice with a conventional car) and takes his or her foot off the clutch. This shuts off the engine momentarily. A "Start Stop" message now appears in the multifunctional display. As soon as the traffic light turns green again, the driver fully depresses the clutch, the engine starts, the "Start Stop" message disappears, and the driver puts the car back in gear and resumes driving.

      This is my favorite part. This is exactly what I would want. Fortunately for me, I understand that I'm an anomaly and this car, in it's current iteration, probably wouldn't sell well enough here. I know people say it all the time, but if it were affordable, I'd buy one of these. (I don't think I've actually said that before)
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      03-04-2009 11:05 AM #11
      THIS IS GREAT!! I am very pleased to see that a manual transmission can work with the leading technology of start/stop. This paves the way for hybrid (gas) with manual transmission, and opens the possibility for deisel-hybrids with manual transmissions. The technology - if it works as discussed - is awesome. Future looks bright for us and vW.

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      03-04-2009 12:53 PM #12
      Something needs to happen in this country and soon. There is no reason that cars like these BlueMotion models can't come to the states. Evey new car is going to have a hard time selling here, but you know what's kept me from buying a hybrid? (besides the fact they're all Toyota's and Hondas, and I don't even consider the American BS attempt in SUV's) is the battery packs, and they're all automatics.
      Can you imagine the cost of replacing all of those batteries? And the fact that they're all regular gasoline, and the BlueMotion cars are already taking great diesel mileage and taking it to another level, along with super low emissions.
      I say, redesign the bumpers for US/CAN regulations (can't be hard, Hyundai Accent's are street legal ) and bring them over here. I'd for sure take out a loan and have a car payment again to own one. And I already drive a 2.0 mkIV Wagon, so the 75hp motor would feel just fine to me.
      So VWoA, get VWgmBH to bring the BlueMotion vehicles over here this time!
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      03-04-2009 01:33 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by FlyBy »
      And I already drive a 2.0 mkIV Wagon, so the 75hp motor would feel just fine to me.
      So VWoA, get VWgmBH to bring the BlueMotion vehicles over here this time!

      I agree with you. 75 hp in a 2,380 pound car can't be much worse than what I already have (90 hp in a 3,999 pound Jetta). If it meant I could play with getting even higher fuel efficiency (personal best avg of 58 mpg), I would sell off all three of our current VW's and take on a car payment.

    14. 03-04-2009 06:18 PM #14
      one ugly little car
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      03-05-2009 01:17 AM #15
      Looks too similar to the GTi.
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      03-05-2009 05:08 AM #16
      Hey in regards to the Polo Blue Motion beeing underpowered. Drive the 2006 Polo Blue Motion and you'll see if it's underpowered or not. The car runs good and fast but consumes little amounts of fuel. I've driven one and the car would perfectly serve it's purpose of hauling us Humans arround. If you wanna go racing or speeding you can always keep an R32 on the side.
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      03-05-2009 05:34 AM #17
      At least in my opinion, even the regular Polo would be a total flop in the US if it came with a 75hp or even 100hp engine. Car journalists would brand it as unsafe to reach any speed, enthusiasts would blast it, and it would be the laughing stock of other economy car manufacturers and their marketing departments that offer higher-powered engines.
      It would be used as an example of what's wrong with the industry, that they can't bring a frugal car to the market that still drives like a car.
      While, with a 120-140hp Diesel or 140-160hp gas engine, this car would be exactly the opposite: an example that small and frugal does not mean you have to give up anything to be part of the new world. And don't think that those engines would automatically translate into higher fuel consumption. For example, the 170hp TDI uses less fuel than the 140hp version. Also, Toyota's new upcoming hybrid has larger displacement (and thus more power) so that it safes more fuel.
      (By the way, I grew up with 30-50hp Beetles, Fiat 500s, and Renault 4s - so I know what it feels like to drive small underpowered cars )
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      03-05-2009 05:37 AM #18
      In regards to affordability of a Polo Blue Motion: The problem is the protectionist politics of America. For a foreign car producer, it's very very hard to get cars legal for import onto the US market. Especially if you don't build factories within the US and invest hundreds of millions of Dollars into the US.
      Some might say that is good becuse it protects our local manufacturers from beeing blown away by foreigners and that it protects the jobs in the US. Well those argumentations can be taken into consideration but the fact is, it's 100% unfair.
      You can import any American car into Germany with literally no costs. Any Mustang, any Charger, any SUV any car any Motorcycle. All you pay are customs fees and the sales tax. For a new Mustang GT, importing costs are arround 2800 $ USD. If I was to import my 2002 B5 Audi RS4 into the US, ontop of having to pay customs and sales tax, I'd have to to pay 25000$, yes you read right, 25000$ USD to give my car to some shady private Registered Importer and for him to mess arround on my car for 3 Months untill I can finally drive it within the US.
      My conclusion: American Importation regulations are completey bogus, ridiculous, unfair, protectionist, over expensive and unjustyfied. With all that not beeing enough, shady, greedy Registered Importers would perform the importation of your car with noone limiting the amounts they charge to do it, noone observing them and their work to make sure they don't swap good parts in your car for bad and used parts that they have sitting arround. There have been meany cases where that happened, meany dissatisfied people wanting to import their European dream cars, meany of those people lost huge amounts of money and the Government doesn't do crap about it.
      The Government just finishes you of with the statement: "Well we are sorry but that's part of the risk of importing a car."
      The Fact is, if we want to import cars the Goverment forces us to import them through these shady, ripp off RI's ( Registered Importers ).
      So, as long as the government doesn't open up the market like Germany did and make it fair for German, European Manufacturers and other Countries to import their cars, you guys will never see all the available models within the US.
      How can that be changed ? I pretty much believe that only a huge flood of complaint letters and e-mails, from americans to the american Government could maybe give the government something to think about. Other than that you guys will just have to accept the fact.

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      03-05-2009 05:52 AM #19
      Somethings not really making sence here: You say americans would make fun of it and never buy it and so forth and talk about the american market...... A Chevy Cavalier, a GMC Jimmy, a Toyota Prius, a Nissan Altima and hundreds of other Models on the US market will not reach the 62 mile barrier in less than 10 -11 seconds, probably even 12 seconds. The Polos on the other hand all reach the 62 miles per hour in arround 10 -11 seconds and have a top speed of 120-135 miles per hour. That's more than enough for an average, every day driver, a commuter car.
      In regards to it beeing safe: The car is more than safe. It handles good, has ASR or ESP, Airbags, crash impact safety zones and much much more. It can easily compete with any of the compact cars on the US market, if not even beat them. Especially GM's cars.
      In regards to larger engines in the Polo:
      There will be a Polo GTI with a minimum 1.6 FSI engine and a Polo GTI TDI with atleast a 140 TDI engine so no need to worry about larger engines not showing up in the Polo.


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      03-05-2009 06:51 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by jamie@vwvortex »
      FULL STORY...

      71mpg! I'll take it! This car will rule the U.S. market with the highest mpg numbers.
      (VWOA: Please offer it with a manual transmission)

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      Modified by VWMaster1 at 9:03 AM 3-5-2009

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      03-05-2009 01:39 PM #22
      Maybe instead of blasting anything with a small engine as "doesn't drive like a car", you need to realize that not everything needs to be ridiculously overpowered and "drives like a car" is not a synonym for "has 500 horsepower". Get those heads out of the sand.

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      03-05-2009 02:40 PM #23
      word.
      One thing is for sure, if the US had more cars like these and the people would use them as much as possible and would do carpooling more, for example neighbours or friends can go buy groceries together instead everyone going alone, then the US could put itself into a much better, much more independant position. Obama sais he wants to boost the energy independance progress. Well cars like these are part of it. Diesel cars are part of it. Diesel can be produced forever. Even if oil reserves vanish, Diesel still can be produced by plant material. Diesel can even be produced out of plant rests like wood chips, straw, hay and so forth. Matter of fact, that diesel even burns better, cleaner and more efficient than diesel made from mineral oil. VW made the first transparent combustion chamber for doing better research on combustion. It allows them to film the combustion process from all angles and see how fuels react. They found out and filmed how the synthetic diesel burns better than the diesel made from mineral oil.


      Modified by VWMaster1 at 11:42 AM 3-5-2009

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      03-05-2009 04:29 PM #24
      Hey rocket girl and master of VW's,
      You have to distinguish between what I would buy, and what you would buy, from what the American public is ready for, in sufficiently large numbers. The above was my assessment of the latter. You may disagree, but buying habits in the US indicate to me I am right.
      And as I mentioned: engine size and hp are not always positively related to fuel consumption. Keep that in mind. You are asking people to give up hp without much, if any, benefit. Europeans buy some of these small engines because they are cheaper, even though they often use more gas and have higher CO_2 emissions. BlueMotion models obviously excluded - but they have more going for them than a small engine, to save fuel.


      Modified by feels_road at 1:31 PM 3-5-2009
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      03-05-2009 04:46 PM #25
      Not only the Blue Motion models save fuel. There's a 90 HP A2 TDI. The car does about 55-58 miles per Gallon and reaches 135 mph top speed. 0- 62 MPH in 10 seconds. That was a standard TDI engine in the standard A2.
      It's the same with all the other smaller engines. As long as a car does 0- 62 in 10-12 seconds it is sufficiantly powered. What a discussion anyways. Thousands of people bought the Prius car although the TDI's could beat the prius by far. Especially TDI Hybrids.
      All in all any small engine, atleast the ones from European manufacturers, perform well and save gas.
      So which ones are the cars with small engines, poor performances and higher fuel consumption? Can you name any examples? Which ones have you driven? Exact Models and engines please.
      With the aprox. 42 million cars on German roads and the Autobahns with no speed limits, the Germans still manage to average a total of 36 miles per gallon per car, that is with all SUV's; Porsche Cayennes, BMW X5, Mercedes ML'S, GL's, VW Touaregs, Porsche sport cars and so forth combined. They still average 36 miles per gallon. The US is below 20.
      That should give the US to think.


      Modified by VWMaster1 at 1:50 PM 3-5-2009

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