The Volkswagen Polo was first introduced in 1975, and as of 2011 has been produced in five distinct generations, with additional intervening "facelift" revisions. Related Volkswagen Group models include the Škoda Fabia and SEAT Ibiza.
In 2005, the Mark IV was face-lifted with new Volkswagen Passat-style one piece headlights and tail lights, and a different hatch. This facelifted model is officially known as the Mark IV Phase II or Typ 9N3, and sometimes erroneously to as the Mark IVF or "Mark 7". Designed by Walter de'Silva, in the UK, the Mark IVF is available in seven different trim levels, ranging from the basic Polo E model to the Polo GTI.