By Nat Shirley
Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2013 @ 3:03 pm
 
In a move prompted by stringent future fuel economy regulations, Volkswagen will enter the subcompact segment in the United States with a pair of new models.

The German automaker plans to offer the next-generation Polo and a new sub-Tiguan crossover to U.S. buyers, according to a Motor Trend report. The Polo is a subcompact that's positioned under the Golf and sold in Europe and a variety of other markets.

Relatively little is known about the pair, but the soft-roader is expected to be similar in size and concept to Honda's upcoming Fit-based crossover.

Both are expected to utilize Volkswagen Group's MQB modular components set, which has the flexibility to support a wide range of gasoline, diesel, hybrid and all-electric variants. Exactly what's in store for the U.S. isn't yet known, as the crossover's debut is at least three years down the road the new Polo won't arrive until next year at the earliest.

While the two should help bring more first-time car shoppers and price-conscious buyers into Volkswagen showrooms, the primary reason they will be offered in the states is reportedly to help with CAFE obligations - after all, the automaker does have an awful lot of thirsty Bentley, Porsche and Lamborghini models to offset.