A CLAS­SIC REIMAG­INED – VW POLO

VW Polo

In Flight Magazine - - IN THIS ISSUE - { TEXT: BERNARD K HELLBERG | IMAGES © VOLK­SWA­GEN }

THE HIS­TORY OF THE VOLK­SWA­GEN POLO AND ITS MORE AF­FORD­ABLE VIVO DE­RIV­A­TIVE IS WRIT­TEN LARGE IN THE MO­TOR­ING HIS­TORY OF OUR COUN­TRY. WITH MORE THAN 14 MIL­LION SOLD WORLD­WIDE TO DATE, 22,917 CUS­TOMERS CHOSE POLO IN SOUTH AFRICA LAST YEAR. NOW, WITH THE RE­LEASE OF THE LAT­EST POLO, THAT NUM­BER IS SET TO SOAR. LARGER & MORE SPORTY

Im­prov­ing a car which has been around for more than six decades, and which has con­sis­tently topped the pas­sen­ger-car sales charts for the past seven years, is no mean feat. Us­ing the multi-ap­pli­ca­tion MQB plat­form as a base, the new Polo is 81 mm longer than the out­go­ing model, the wheel­base has been stretched by 92 mm, while the height has been re­duced by 8 mm.This may not sound like much in the con­ven­tional sense of the word, but it is both sig­nif­i­cant and dra­matic when a width in­crease of 69 mm is also added to the equa­tion.

Th­ese dy­namic new pro­por­tions now make the Polo ap­pear con­sid­er­ably larger, with­out com­pro­mis­ing on head room for

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