6th Generation Volkswagen Polo Makes Global Debut

The sixth generation of the Volkswagen Polo has been revealed and well there’s not much difference on the face of it compared to its predecessor. Volkswagen has tweaked the styling a bit and yes, there’s a noticeable change, but still, it’s very much like the old Polo. It’s one of the most successful of cars from the Volkswagen stable and has sold 14 million units worldwide. India too has been part of its success story and the new-gen of the car was due. Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, said, “The Polo is a young, fresh car. It combines charisma with strong technology. No other car offers so much space for its size. This makes our Polo the number one compact, and it will remain number one.”

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The new Polo is longer than its predecessor and gets a bigger boot too

The sixth generation Polo has grown. It’s larger than its predecessor in all of its dimensions. The new Polo, with its length of 4,053 mm, is slightly shorter than the fourth generation Golf, but it surpasses that Golf when it comes to its wheelbase (53 mm longer). This translates into more space at the rear and that’s very good. There’s more boot space on offer too and it’s grown from 280 to 351 litres. The growth in dimensions are positive effects of the modular transverse matrix (MQB).

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The rear looks similar to the current model but the LED tail lights lend a unique touch

Frank Welsch, Board Member for Development of the Volkswagen Brand said, “The new Polo brings the future to the compact class. A whole lot of space – based on the modular transverse matrix – sustainable engines like a new natural gas TGI, the world premiere of a new generation of the Active Info Display, the latest infotainment systems and forward-thinking assistance systems – these qualities enable this Volkswagen to overcome traditional class boundaries.”

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The cabin gets a new completely digital infotainment system

The face is all new and serious at that and even the sides see a strong muscular line but still it isn’t in your face. It’s calm. There are new options available and this includes light-intense full-LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, ‘Air Care Climatronic’ system with air quality sensor and allergen filter, wireless charging for smartphones (optional inductive aerial connection) and a large panoramic roof.

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The digital instrument console is similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system

The major changes though are on the inside and the Polo gets a whole new generation of infotainment systems. With glass-covered surfaces and digital operation, there’s an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display that comes as standard. But there’s the Active Info Display that we’re really interested in and that’s because it’s similar to the Virtual Cockpit in the Audi. The digital instruments offer more information, a more logical structure, even more graphic clarity and more joy in operating them. Now, one button on the steering wheel can be used to activate different graphic menus quickly.

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Engine options on the new Polo range from the 1.0 to the 2.0-litre turbo petrol & diesel engines

Then, there are the engines, and there are a bunch of them. Volkswagen will introduce the Polo with nine Euro-6 engines. The power range at market launch will be in the range of 64 bhp and 147 bhp. For the first time, the Polo will also be available with a natural gas engine: the newly developed 1.0 TGI with an output of 89 bhp. There will be four petrol and two diesel engines on offer. The petrol engines range from the 1.0 MPI with 64 bhp to the brand new 1.5 TSI EVO with cylinder deactivation (ACT) and 147 bhp. There will be diesel versions as well with outputs ranging from 79 bhp to 94 bhp. Of course, there’s going to be the GTI, but that will come later in the year and it’ll come with a powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine punching out 198 bhp.

Mount Litera Zee School: Confirming Best Global Practices

To develop students holistically, adopting best global practices is important for schools. Our school has received international awards for good practices, says Joseph Thomas, Chairman, Mount Litera Zee School, Mysore, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN). Excerpts:

Mount Litera Zee School is in the education domain since 1994, how has been its journey so far?
Mount Litera Zee School has metamorphosed and leveraged the Higher Order Thinking Skills in its curriculum in the form of emerging student profi le. The school has pioneered the concepts of internationalism in its curriculum with 21st century learning skills such as creativity, imagination, digital literacy and communication. At Mount Litera Zee School, demonstration classes and workshops are organised for teachers to explore how students can best identify sustainable developmental goals prescribed by the UNESCO. The teachinglearning process is measured by the analysis of students’ assessment data which helps the schools to build strategies in the TLP.

To develop students holistically, adopting best global practices is important for schools. Our school has received international awards for good practices, says Joseph Thomas, Chairman, Mount Litera Zee School, Mysore, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN). Excerpts:

Mount Litera Zee School is in the education domain since 1994, how has been its journey so far?
Mount Litera Zee School has metamorphosed and leveraged the Higher Order Thinking Skills in its curriculum in the form of emerging student profi le. The school has pioneered the concepts of internationalism in its curriculum with 21st century learning skills such as creativity, imagination, digital literacy and communication. At Mount Litera Zee School, demonstration classes and workshops are organised for teachers to explore how students can best identify sustainable developmental goals prescribed by the UNESCO. The teachinglearning process is measured by the analysis of students’ assessment data which helps the schools to build strategies in the TLP.

How are your services contributing to innovations in the education sector?
We have developed the FLiP (Financial Literacy Programme) to nurture our students in the skill of fi nancial management. Our programmes such as Digital Citizenship, School Entrepreneur’s Club have empowered the new generation to venture outside the four walls of the classroom.

Tell us about Litera Octave, your research and development model.
Litera Octave caters to all eight sections of the school that include parents, teachers, students, assessments, workshops, competitions, networking and infrastructure. Our content team brainstorms ideas and build the curriculum on par with the global standards. It helps our students to become an independent learners.

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In our schools, we have started the green school drive to monitor paper consumption in different processes on a monthly- basis. We have a school management software (SMS) that enables parents to get updates from the school pertaining to school and examination time-table, circulars, homework and other important communications.