German car manufacturer, Volkswagen celebrates 10 years of Polo in India. First launched in India in the year 2009, the Polo was offered in various petrol and diesel engine options starting with the 1.6L MPI and 1.2L TDI followed by the GT TSI, GT TDI and the powerful, performance-oriented 1.8L TSI Polo GTI version. Interestingly, the Polo was the only premium hatchback to have dual airbags and ABS as standard within its segment.
Speaking on the occasion, Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said, “Today, marks a milestone in our India journey with the Volkswagen Polo completing a decade long presence in this region. World over, the Polo has been the most loved carline with over 14 million units being sold. We’re glad Polo in India is significantly contributing and has quickly become the best-selling carline in our portfolio. Till date, the Polo receives 45 per cent of first-time buyers with a strong preference towards the GT TSI variant, which comes with our globally renowned DSG gearbox.”
Steffen further revealed that nearly 31 per cent of the Polo customers are women. The Polo GT TSI is one of the popular selling variants. Powered by a 1.2L TSI engine mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission. The car boasts of a 103bhp of power and 175Nm torque. The GTI has been the pick for performance car enthusiasts in the country which is powered by a 1.8L TSI that produces around 190bhp.