Volkswagen says the new Polo model range is now complete
VOLKSWAGEN said it has now completed the new Polo model range with the introduction of the 1.0 TSI BlueMotion — the first Volkswagen BlueMotion with TSI engine, 1.4 TDI engines and GTI with manual transmission.
The refreshed Polo was launched in June 2014 with the introduction of fuel-efficient four-cylinder 1.0 TSI engines and class-leading driver assistance systems such as Automatic PostCollision Braking and Fatigue Detection. For the interior, a new instrument cluster and infotainment system were also introduced.
Polo celebrated its 40th anniversary this April. The first-generation Volkswagen Polo was launched in Europe in 1975. South Africa had to wait until October 1996 for its first Polo model, which plugged the gap between the Citi Golf and Golf. The first South African Polo was a sedan, which was based on the Seat Cordoba. The Polo Classic, as it was known, became an immediate success and in July 1998, it was joined by the hatchback variant the Polo Playa, which was based on the Seat Ibiza.
In October 2002, the all-new Polo, this time based on the German model, was launched in South Africa. In 2003, it became the first Volkswagen to be awarded the South African Car of the Year title. The new Polo Classic was launched in March 2003.
Polo is one of the world’s bestselling compact models, with over 14 million units produced and sold worldwide to date.
The Volkswagen factory in Uitenhage is one of two plants in the Volkswagen network that assembles the Polo hatch. In South Africa, the Polo is produced for the local and export markets. Since its launch in 2010, the Polo hatch has consistently been the second best-selling passenger car in SA. The best-selling passenger car in SA since 2010 has been the Polo Vivo, which was launched in the same year. — Supplied.
The full family of Polos, now with the new 1.0 TSI BlueMotion, which adds the most frugal engine to SA’s second best-selling hatch.