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2007-09-17 09:02
Tuning house Karmann has come up with a novel way of adding more spark to Volkswagen's Polo range by adding a folding soft top complete with glass sliding roof.

Karmann promises that this addition is not at the expense of increased levels of protection.

This Polo is fitted with a Cabrio Overhead Protection System that, apart from protecting occupants in the event of the car rolling over, has also allowed the engineers to do away with some of the more rigid body structures.

The Polo cabrio drops the rigid rear bench and small luggage area in favour of a folding rear seats and a deep sill boot area with a large aperture.

When opening the tailgate, the windows are raised slightly and rise over the fabric cover, increasing the boot opening.

Rear seats can be unlocked and folded down to free up even more storage space, extending from 148 to 304 litres with the roof up.

Additional storage space is provided by the rear screen opening independently, allowing small objects to be stored on the rear sill.

Accessing the rear seats is aided by an "easy entry" function and the rear windows open automatically when entering and leaving the car. Compared with the standard car, the concept cabrio is longer by about 130 mm and wider by 40 mm.

To add to its appeal, the car shows bespoke styling features like centrally mounted twin exhausts and 17-inch Yokohama tyres.

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