Announcing the adoption of the Euro-7 emission standard from mid-2025, the European Commission said that the transition to it would increase the cost of cars by only 90-150 euros. However, the head of Volkswagen, Thomas Schaefer, believes that cars will rise in price much more: end-user prices could rise to 5,000 euros!
Of course, such a rise in prices will affect the company’s production range: the legendary Polo may leave it. That is, if Polo has left Russia since the current year, then after the transition to Euro-7 standards, the release of Polo may stop everywhere, since the rise in price of this model by a quarter (now the cost of Polo in Germany starts from 19,925 euros) will make the release of this model meaningless .
According to Schaefer, VW engineers are currently reviewing the provisions of the new emissions standard. “We still need about two more weeks,” the VW boss said. However, if expectations are confirmed, then the company “will definitely not invest any more” in Polo. Less stringent Euro-7 regulations could save the lives of low-cost models like the Polo, but that would not affect the company’s plans to produce electric vehicles, according to the head of Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen Polo has been in production since 1975. The introduction of strict Euro 7 regulations in 2025 could mean that the life path of this car will be interrupted in the year of its 50th anniversary.