Quote, originally posted by BoraSport » Even the base model Jetta is a bit more refined than the base model Golf.
I don't know where you are getting that idea from. Currently, it is certainly the opposite - with the Golf one model version and numerous refinements ahead. And when the MkVI Jetta comes out this fall, the base version will certainly be lower than the Golf (e.g., not even IRS). In that sense, VW has already lined up their range quite well for the Polo introduction.
As to the rumors VW is planning an entirely different Polo for the Americas, from VW executive statements over the past year, it seems to me they have completely backpedaled on that notion. In the current environment that is just a needlessly large expense. Sure, there may be a sedan version down the line, but instead of developing yet another Polo hatch version, it would be cheaper to bring something like the Yeti over, instead, or work with Suzuki on a modified SX4 with VW drive trains.
From what I have gathered, Polo production in Puebla is still on and should be coming, soon - that was the whole, initially-stated idea of the Puebla plant expansion (next to larger new Jetta production numbers). I have yet to hear anything about a cancellation of that production line project.
Rumors are that the new Jetta will come with a new, NA 2.0 base engine. So, with that and this engine, VW would have two suitable engines lined up for the Polo.
I have mentioned it before: with a reasonably spiffy but frugal engine, the Polo would make for a great city car in many US metropolitan areas. I certainly would have bought a 4-door GTI Polo over the Golf TDI I have on order, and at least from my vantage point, VW would have made more money on the deal (I doubt they are making any money on the Golf TDI). Also, the Polo would make a great platform for an EV or hybrid - or at least a "mild hybrid," so that VW can get on the map with that.