Volkswagen is to use a modular system to produce the new Polo in Brazil with seven parts suppliers occupying assembly line stations in the Anchieta plant in São Bernardo do Campo city, São Paulo state, writes Rogério Louro Alves.

Each supplier will be responsible for a complete set of components for the Brazilian-made Polo which goes into production in 2002.

Goodyear will supply wheel sets, Faurecia the door trims and control panels, ArvinMeritor the exhaust system, Kautex-Textron the fuel system, Quasar the pedals set, Kroshu-Kromberg the electrical cabling system and KMAB the front suspension, axles and rear suspension.

Suppliers will install their own production equipment in appropriate sectors of the plant.

Volkswagen has spent $US700 million since 1999 on the plant that was inaugurated in 1957.