German, French and American suppliers feature prominently in the fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo, which was named 2010 European Car of the Year earlier this month.
The Polo has a Robert Bosch GmbH navigation system with an automatic zoom that adjusts to driving conditions. During city driving the system shows a detailed picture of the surroundings but drivers get to see up to 25km ahead when on the highway. The navigation system is a €500 option. Bosch also supplies the subcompact's ABS and electronic stability control systems. French supplier Faurecia SA produces complete seats that are made exclusively for the Polo. Faurecia makes the seats in Spain and Belgium. Saint-Gobain Sekurit of France provides the rear window (backlite) with dark-tinted glazing that helped reduce cabin temperature increases and the exposure to UV rays on sunny days. TRW Automotive Inc. of the United States provides the Polo with its electrically powered hydraulic steering as well as the driver, side and passenger airbags.