Auto Expo 2010: Volkswagen's Polo a big draw

Volkswagen, Europe's largest car maker, unveiled its 2010 'European car of the year' – the Polo, a premium hatchback. On show was the Race Polo, its model for the Volkswagen Polo Cup that will begin in India with the inaugural race event in June 2010.

As of 2009, there have been five separate generations of the Polo, usually recognised by a 'series' or 'mark' number. Some Polo models from the 1970s and 1980s used the emblem of the city of Wolfsburg, where it is headquartered, on the steering wheel hub rather than the front, as seen today.

The company, which recently bought a 19.9-per cent stake in Suzuki, will begin selling the Polo in India in March and will launch the sedan version on the same platform in the second half of this year.