Volkswagen do Brasil has introduced a sedan version of the new Polo, made exclusively in the Anchieta plant in São Bernardo do Campo city, São Paulo state, writes Rogério Louro. Sales start in November.

Looking a bit like a smaller Volvo 960 from behind and a scaled-down Mercedes-Benz E-series from the front, the Polo sedan, at 4,180mm, is 280 mm longer than the hatchback versions also built in Brazil.

Apparently following the larger Jetta/Vento/Bora’s line in large boots (trunks), the Polo sedan baggage compartment is measured at 432 litres compared with 270 litres for the hatchback.

Like the Brazilian Polo hatch, the new compact sedan is offered with 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol engines but not the one-litre 16-valve engine which remains a hatchback exclusive.

Volkswagen is targeting rival compact sedans such as General Motors’ Opel-based Chevrolet Corsa, the Fiat Siena, Renault’s Clio and Ford’s Fiesta sedan (still based on the old generation hatchback though a new one is coming).

Volkswagen expects to sell about 2,500 Polo sedans per month in Brazil and is planning exports to other Latin American countries, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Negotiations to ship the newcomer to China – and to the United States – are also under way.

Volkswagen do Brazil marketing director Paulo Sérgio Kakinoff said Brazil would be the world production base for the new sedan.