Polo limbos under $16k
Discount drive-away pricing starts before new VW hits showrooms
STAND by for more supersharp deals in the city-car class. Volkswagen has limboed to a $15,990 drive-away price for the updated Polo due in showrooms later this month.
It’s a brand-new model yet it’s run-out pricing — an unprecedented deal for this model that meets its Japanese and Korean rivals head-on.
The Polo’s $15,990 driveaway price matches to the dollar the special deals on the topselling Mazda2 and Toyota Yaris. It is $500 more than a Holden Barina and $1000 above a Hyundai i20 three-door.
There’s a catch: automatic transmission adds an unusually high $2500, bringing the selfshifter to $18,490 drive-away.
Volkswagen Australia has not yet announced the price to the public but it has distributed pricing to dealers. The current model is in run-out for $15,490 drive-away.
The updated model is powered by a 1.2-litre fourcylinder turbo engine tuned to 66kW or a slightly perkier 81kW. The fuel efficiency is such that VW has dropped the diesel option.
Claimed average thirst for each is 4.7L/100km, a 23 per cent improvement on the outgoing petrol engine and nearly a match for the discontinued diesel (4.6L).
Both variants insist on 95 RON premium unleaded, which is 10c-20c a litre dearer than regular unleaded — but you’ll use less of it.
Other updates are largely cosmetic, with subtle changes to the headlights, grille and front bumper.
Meanwhile, there is still no news regarding changes to the popular Polo GTI. Volkswagen is expected to unveil the update at the Paris motor show in October and it will go on sale in Australia early next year.
It is unclear whether the GTI will get a new engine of a mildly revised version of the twincharge (turbo and supercharged) 1.4-litre. Stocks of the current GTI will not be replenished even though it comes from a different factory (in Spain) to the regular model, which is built in South Africa.
VW’s aggressive pricing on the new Polo range is being viewed as part of its concerted effort to overtake Toyota by 2018. It has closed to the gap to global sales leader Toyota and may overtake the Japanese company by the end of the year, well ahead of schedule.
Toyota has reportedly sold 5,097,000 vehicles in the first six months of the year, compared with VW’s reported tally of 4,970,000.
Toyota’s global tally last year for all brands was 9.98 million vehicles. GM sold 9.71 million and VW Group moved 9.7 million cars, vans and trucks.