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20 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Wales win: Ogier scores final 2014 Volkswagen victory at Wales Rally GB

2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Rally Great Britain: Ogier/Ingrassia

Volkswagen Motorsport ended its record-breaking World Rally Championship (WRC) season with a win at Wales Rally GB from 13-16 November. Once again Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia took the spoils, slipping and sliding their Polo R WRC to finish first ahead of Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen, and Citroën’s Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson.

The #2 Polo R WRC of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila came home eighth, a good result after the pair suffered a number of setbacks in north Wales. The British event proved eventful for Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene, too. A handful of early stage wins and four second places on day two were offset by crashes on both day one and day three.

Eighth victory for Ogier
Ogier and Ingrassia’s victory was their eighth of the 2014 season, and it added to Volkswagen Motorsport’s record number of victories in one year tally – the German outfit scored a total of 12 (out of 13 events) during 2014. With the World Champion* and Manufacturers’* titles already in the bag, the pressure was off Ogier, but he still drove like it mattered.

Ogier and Ingrassia shot ahead into a commanding lead of over a minute on day one of Wales Rally GB and then paced themselves on the following two days, barely putting a foot wrong. The usual deadly mixture of fog and wet, muddy conditions were omnipresent on the 305.64 kilometres of Welsh forest gravel stages, but Ogier almost literally sailed through it all.

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17 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

New Volkswagen Polo TSI BlueMotion now available to order

2014 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion (6C)

Volkswagen has announced that the mainland Europe order books for the new Polo TSI BlueMotion are now open. There has been a BlueMotion model in the Polo range since 2008, but it has always been powered by a TDI diesel engine.

The TSI BlueMotion however breaks that template and comes with a new three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine with Volkswagen’s TSI technology. The German company says that the Polo TSI BlueMotion has best-in-class emissions at 94g/km, and also class-beating fuel economy, with the car theoretically capable of 70.6mpg (4.1 l/100km).

The Polo TSI BlueMotion is the first petrol-powered Volkswagen BlueMotion model. Improvements to the engine management system result in the headline-grabbing figures, and the new eco Polo is the first petrol-driven Polo to receive a class A label for energy efficiency.

As with all new Polo models, the TSI BlueMotion meets the strict EU6 emissions standard. The new engine is rated at 88bhp and has a top speed of 118mph. Changes over the regular Polo include a lowered ride height, improved radiator grille and underbody aerodynamics.

As with previous Polo BlueMotions, reduced rolling resistance tyres and longer gear ratios in the upper transmission stages are the mechanical tweaks. A stop/start system, regenerative braking and a gear-change indicator are also part of the eco diet.

As with other new Polos, a range of safety assistance systems are available incuding the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (which automatically initiates braking after a collision) and the optional Driver Alert System, Front Assist ambient traffic monitoring system with City Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Prices for the new Polo TSI BlueMotion start at €15,925 for the three-door model. A TDI BlueMotion will also join the TSI BlueMotion, and both models will come to the UK in early 2015. Prices and exact specifications are yet to be announced.

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10 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Gupta does the Volkswagen Polo R-Cup India 2014 double in Greater Noida

Volkswagen Polo R-Cup India 2014, Round 3, Greater Noida

The Volkswagen Polo R-Cup India 2014 moved to the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) over 8-9 November for the three-race third round, and it was at the track in Greater Noida that Lee Keshav Gupta took a double victory on day one of the meeting.

Gupta started in pole position and dominated race 1 right from the off. Gosia Rdest, a Polish guest driver, achieved second place on the podium in race one – her first at the BIC. Chennai’s Karthik Tharani rounded out the podium.

Race two saw 17 year-old guest driver Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg battle it out with Angad Singh Matharoo. Pereira was disqualified, though, after an overly-aggressive manoeuvre, leaving the door open for Gupta to take victory again. Karminder Pal Singh was third.

The third and final race on day two was full of excitement as Polo R-Cup India racers traded paintwork in the first corner. Pereira emerged to take the lead during lap 7, managing to maintain his position until the finish line.

Singh finished close behind, while Tharani was leading until lap 6, when an incident brought out the safety car, relegating him to sixth place. He battled his way back up the field to finish third, while Gupta retired.

The final round of the 2014 championship will again be held at Buddh International Circuit, on 12-14 December.

olkswagen Motorsport India runs the Volkswagen Polo R-Cup India 2014 series in conjunction with JK Tyres. The field of young largely Indian racers drive identical and centrally-prepared 1.4-litre TSI-engined, 178bhp Polo R-Cup cars.

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06 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Seventh heaven: Volkswagen Polo retains place in UK top 10 best-sellers chart

2014 Volkswagen Polo SEL TSI (UK)

It may have fallen two places compared to September, but the Volkswagen Polo is still one of the best-selling cars in the UK, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Figures released for October 2014 see the Polo sitting at number seven, with 3968 examples sold last month.

The SMMT figures show that UK new car registrations jumped 14.2 per cent in October to 179,714 units, marking the 32nd consecutive month of growth. The Ford Fiesta again topped the chart, selling 9157 cars, while the Vauxhall Corsa shifted 6184 units, before a refreshed model went on sale.

The UK’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars during October 2014 and the year so far (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 9157 (116,987, 1st)

2 Ford Focus: 7116 (74,131, 2nd)
3 Vauxhall Corsa: 6184 (68,877, 3rd)

4 Volkswagen Golf: 5683 (64,347, 4th)

5 Nissan Juke: 4311 (32,658, 10th)
6 Nissan Qashqai: 4287 (43,207, 6th)
7 Volkswagen Polo: 3968 (40,740, 7th)
8 Audi A3: 3902 (39,498, 8th)
9 MINI: 3755
10: Vauxhall Astra: 3561 (51,043, 5th)

(The 2014 top 10 best-selling car absent from last month’s sales figures is the Fiat 500 with 38,096 units sold.)

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04 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Appeal-boosted Polo Vivo is South Africa’s best-selling passenger car

2014 Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Polo Vivo’s recent model refresh seems to have made Volkswagen’s South African entry-level model even more appealing, as it was once again the top-selling passenger car in the country during October. In total, 3491 Polo Vivos found buyers last month.

In a repeat of September, the current Polo 6R was also in the top three best-sellers, sitting in third place. The also recently-refreshed model sold 2333 units, with an additional 5972 exported from Volkswagen South Africa’s Uitenhage plant.

The latest figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), show that once again the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest was in-between the two Polo models, with 2398 examples sold.

The Polo Vivo was launched in March 2010 as an entry-level model for the South African market, replacing the Series 1 Golf-based CitiGolf, and is available as a three or five-door hatchback and four-door booted saloon with 74bhp/84bhp 1.4-litre and 104bhp 1.6-litre petrol engines.

Costing from R142,700 for the base-model 1.4 Conceptline hatchback to R180,900 for the top 1.6 Polo Maxx, the 2014 Polo Vivo is based on the revised version of the Series 4 Polo (9N3), built from 2005 to 2009.

A new version of the fifth-generation Polo (6R) is now available as a three and five-door hatch, in addition to the four-door Polo Sedan. Prices start at R194,500 for the Polo 1.2 TSI Trendline, rising to R253,000 for the Polo Sedan 1.6 TDI Comfortline.

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