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A report in Motor Trend says that Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements are driving Volkswagen to develop the next-generation Polo , as well as a crossover to slot below the Tiguan, for the US market. If so, the two new models would join a few other VW products with elevated mile-per-gallon numbers, including the Golf GTD and a potential hybrid in the Touareg and Jetta PHEVs.

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According to Motor Trend, the next-generation MkVI Polo has been the subject of speculation for more than a year now, with a piece in Autobild mentioning technologies like a three-cylinder TDI among its more powerful engines, driver aids from the MkVII Golf and Audi A3 and weight savings over the current car. To be built on the MQB platform, an oft-repeated rumor is that it will maintain the same length as the current car but have a wheelbase five centimeters longer, providing more interior legroom. The next Polo could arrive at a VW dealership near you sometime late next year as a 2015 model.

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There is also plenty of hope that the subcompact crossover will be a production version of the Tiguan, but almost nothing is known about it outside of VW right now. A production version of the Tiguan would slot into the VW line-up below the current Tiguan mode and Motor Trend says that it won’t arrive until at least 2016 at dealerships such as  Volkswagen in Scottsdale. The interior would adopt a more sophisticated appearance, with a design influenced by the likes of the iPad tablet computer.  Various HVAC settings, for example, would be displayed on a dial face.

Under the hood, the show car would be powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.0-liter inline-three making 110 horsepower. That would be enough for a 9.2-second 0 to 62.5 mph, and a top speed of 115 mph.

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VW Phaeton

Volkswagen recently announced that it will bring back the Phaeton to the U.S. market in 2015, returning after seven years of absence. The luxury sedan disappeared from the U.S. due to poor sales.

Volkswagen is fondly known for making people cars – good vehicles that come with low sticker prices. The introduction of the Phaeton could help make up for the cheap price tags on the Jetta and other new Volkswagen cars.

The car will be made in Germany, according to CarandDriver.com. The Phaeton is Volkswagen’s attempt to enter the high-end luxury market. It will be directly in competition with Audi, Jaguar and Lexus.

The move could help the German-based auto giant reach a new demographic. The new vehicles are expected to be V-6 and V-8 engines, designed in a frame made mostly of aluminum, according to CarandDriver.com. Not much else has been disclosed about the vehicle and its anticipated design. To check out current models visit Phoenix Volkswagen.

“A brand as large as Volkswagen needs a halo project in the upscale segment,” CEO Martin Winterkorn told Bloomberg News. “We’ve seen what happens to brands that don’t have that kind of project.”

The old version of the car never hit its sales targets in the U.S. Volkswagen sold about 3,000 in the U.S. in the four years the Phaeton was in the market, according to Automotive News. The goal was 5,000 vehicles, meaning the car never lived up to expectations. Perhaps its price of $70,000 deterred buyers.

Since the announcement of the U.S. Phaeton is recent, price has also not been disclosed. Automotive News anticipates that the car will be shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but nothing has been confirmed.

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