Sen­ti­men­tal and colour­ful trio are sexy in the Citi

NEW MOD­ELS/ Volk­swa­gen has added some nos­tal­gia to its Polo Vivo with the re­turn of the Citi name, writes Mark Smyth

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Re­mem­ber the Volk­swa­gen Citi Golf? Prob­a­bly a stupid ques­tion be­cause the com­pany sold hun­dreds of thou­sands of the things right up un­til pro­duc­tion ended in 2009. The Citi mor­phed into var­i­ous styles from the iconic two-tone ver­sions, but all were based on the orig­i­nal Golf Mk1.

Now Volk­swa­gen SA has res­ur­rected the Citi name, although this time it is a lim­ited edi­tion of just 2,000 units and in­stead of the Golf, the name adorns the Polo Vivo.

It is not just the car that is dif­fer­ent ei­ther be­cause when the Citi Golf ex­isted, it was a gen­uine bud­get ve­hi­cle of­fer­ing value to the en­try-level mar­ket.

These days en­try-level pric­ing cov­ers a wider range than at the turn of the cen­tury, but if you look at en­try-level be­ing be­tween R100,000 and R150,000 then the Polo Vivo Citi at R177,300 is not the bud­get of­fer­ing of its fore­bear.

You can choose from the same blue, red and yel­low colours as the orig­i­nal and you get some Citi stick­ers.

“There is no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the suc­cess of the Polo Vivo as the best-sell­ing pas­sen­ger car in SA than to pay homage to its iconic pre­de­ces­sor, Citi Golf. The three colours of red, yel­low and blue are syn­ony­mous with the clas­sic Citi Golf and it was fit­ting for us to use them as the only colours for Citi Vivo,” says Ste­fan Mecha, di­rec­tor: sales and mar­ket­ing at Volk­swa­gen Group SA.

The lim­ited edi­tion model is based on the Polo Vivo 1.4i Con­cept­line but there are a num­ber of Citi styling items. These in­clude white 15-inch al­loy wheels, white side mir­rors and the door and tail­gate han­dles are also painted in white.

Higher up the lad­der from the Vivo, Volk­swa­gen has added a new model to the proper Polo range in the form of the 81kW 1.0l TSI priced at R290,200 — see what we mean about en­trylevel pric­ing? The engine is the start of a new era of down­sized en­gines for VW SA and will also be used in the new Golf.

The ad­di­tional model is also the first Polo to be fit­ted with an R-Line styling pack­age, which in­cludes 17-inch al­loy wheels, rear spoiler and dif­fuser and side sill ex­ten­sions.

With an all-new Polo set to be un­veiled this year and be launched in the coun­try in 2018, ex­pect to see a few more stan­dard add-ons for Polo mod­els as the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion be­gins its drive into the sun­set.

Top: VW has res­ur­rected the Citi name and look for a lim­ited edi­tion run of Polo Vivo mod­els. Above: VW has also in­tro­duced an R-Line pack­age for its new 1.0 TSI Polo model.

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