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A quick-eyed, though sadly digicamless, tipster caught sight of a red, two-door VW Polo at Santa Monica VW on Santa Monica Blvd:

Sorry, no digital photo, but confirmed:

And not hidden, either — right next to the showroom ... In my history (parents owned vw/audi dealership) factory reps would show up in a new model, usually a pre-production or US-modified euro car. I'm putting $50 on a US Polo launch by early '07.

Sweet. A new, German pal for the Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit — we hope they can all just get along. [Thanks to Chris for the tip.] [Update: Might it have a Dodge half-brother?]

A Look At the New, Small Cars Coming to North America; Volkswagen to Show Polo GTI in Tokyo [internal]