Volkswagen claimed to have set a new benchmark in supermini values when it unveiled the next-generation Polo range at Frankfurt.
'This car will make the running in terms of technology, equipment, quality and operating cost. It is also priced between 4 and 9% lower than its predecessor on the domestic market, so we are looking forward to the competition,' declared company chairman Ferdinand Piech.
Research and development chief Martin Winterkorn said the Polo would be unique in its class by offering a brake assist system with electronic stability control.
'The car's bodywork is extraordinarily strong and has a pedal cluster that is pulled away from the driver in the event of an accident. It also has four airbags and will soon be available with curtain airbags to round off a comprehensive safety package,' he said. (October 2001)