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07 January 2004
POLO HISTORY
Polo chronology

1975 - Polo Mk I launched in the UK; one 900 cc 40 bhp engine available

1976 - Larger engine – 1.1-litre 50 bhp – introduced to the range

1979 - 500,000th Polo produced

1981 - Polo Mk II launched with 1043 cc 40 bhp, 1100 cc 50 bhp and same capacity Formel E engines. Formel E designed to run on four rather than two star petrol

1982 - First Polo Coupé introduced with 1093 cc 50 bhp engine

1983 - 1,000,000th Polo produced

1986 - 2,000,000th Polo produced

1990 - Comprehensive facelift;  Polo becomes first small car to be fitted with catalyst as standard to meet emissions legislation

1991 - 3,000,000th Polo produced; Polo G40 with 1.3-litre 112 bhp engine launched

1995 - Polo Mk III launched. Launch engines include 1.0-litre 45 bhp; 1.3-litre 55 bhp; 1.6-litre 75 bhp petrols and a 1.9-litre 64 bhp diesel;  First time for: diesel engine, five-door bodystyle, automatic transmission and a standard driver’s airbag on all but the entry-level E model; 4,000,000th Polo produced

1996 - Polo Saloon launched – replaces Polo Classic; Polo Harlequin introduced

1997 - Polo Estate launched; 5,000,000th Polo produced

1998 - 6,000,000th Polo produced

2000 - UK launch of facelifted model; Engine highlights include the 1.4-litre TDI PD diesel and for the first time a GTI. This featured a 1.6-litre 125 bhp engine and modifications in appearance; At 25th anniversary 6,480,000 Polos had been made.

2001 - New saloon and estates launched

2002 - Polo Mk IV launched; Class-first as all models feature ABS and twin front airbags as standard

2003 - 1.4-litre 85 bhp FSI direct injection petrol model launched. Polo becomes first Volkswagen in the UK to feature this technology


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