Volk­swa­gen says the new Polo model range is now com­plete

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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