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23 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Marklund Motorsport leads World RX teams’ points after World RX of Turkey

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund and Heikkinen

The penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Instanbul, Turkey on 11-12 October saw strong performances from Polo RX drivers Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen and Anton Marklund, taking Marklund Motorsport to the top of the series’ team standings.

Heikkinen’s drive in his 500bhp Polo RX saw him hold on to second place in the Drivers’ Championship. His command over four gripping heats and battles with Timmy Hansen’s Peugeot 208 RX saw the young Finn score enough points to see him defend his runner-up position.

Former WRC ace Petter Solberg has already been crowned 2014 champion.

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund and Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund and Heikkinen

‘Volkswagen Marklund are now leading the teams’ standings by four points – we’ve been tied at the top on two separate occasions this year but now we are leading it by ourselves,’ explained Heikkinen.

‘My driving hasn’t been perfect this weekend, I made a few small mistakes but I’m happy to have got some crucial points for the team.’

Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Bakkerud was the overall winner of the World RX of Turkey. With Ford, Peugeot and Volkswagen all represented on the podium, the fight for the first ever Teams’ Championship will now be decided at the final round in San Luis, Argentina, on 28-29 November.

2014 FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Petter Solberg, 250

2 Toomas Heikkinen, 200

3 Reinis Nitiss, 182
4 Timmy Hansen, 179

5 Andreas Bakkerud, 173
6 Anton Marklund, 159

2014 FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Volkswagen Marklund, 359
2 Ford Olsbergs MSE, 355

3 Team Peugeot-Hansen, 335

4 PSRX, 237
5 Monster Energy World RX Team, 102

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22 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Weijs Jnr puts Polo on the
podium at 2014 Polokwane Rally

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

Following on from a top five finish at the Toyota Dealer Cape Rally, Hans Weijs Jnr and Hans van Goor claimed a podium spot for the Volkswagen Sasolracing team at the Polokwane Rally.

A second place was due reward for the pair at the penultimate round of the South African National Rally Championship, which took place in Limpopo Province from 17-18 October.

A mix of rocky conditions and tight corners made the two-day, 11-stage Polokwane Rally tough. Weather varied from cold and windy on day one, to hot and sunny on day two.

New co-driver van Goor stepped in for Björn Degandt at the last minute, making Weijs Jnr’s rally that little more challenging.

‘The result is good for the team and good for us as well,’ said a pleased Weijs. ‘Hans did a good job for Volkswagen Sasolracing at short notice and it is nice to be back on the podium.

‘This means we are in a strong position for the final result this season. It is a pity that Björn missed this event, our best finish of the year so far.’

It was good news for Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin, too, who finished fourth overall and third in the S2000 category, their first S2000 podium result of the season.

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Lategan/White

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Lategan/White

‘It is always a good feeling to produce strong results,’ said Zulu. ‘The Volkswagen Sasolracing team does a lot of work behind the scenes in preparing the cars and it is nice to express our appreciation for their effort by delivering strong rally performances.’

It wasn’t the same fortunate story for Henk Lategan and Barry White, as technical problems prevented them from taking the finish.

‘Henk and Barry showed good pace at the event,’ said Mike Rowe, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport. ‘It is unfortunate that small issues kept them away from the finish, their opening at this event had them on track for a very strong finish.’

Over all though, he was pleased with his team’s performance. ‘This is an excellent result for the Volkswagen Sasolracing team. These are the results we’ve been working hard to achieve and it is good to be back on the podium.’

‘For Volkswagen Motorsport the spirit of competition is as important as winning,’ he continued. ‘We were able to provide a top-notch navigator to a rival, keeping the excitement of rallying alive for the rally fans.’

Other Polo finishers included Paulus Franken and Henry Kohne who came second in the S1600 class and seventh overall; 10th place S1600 Polo drivers Andrew Heine and Robbie Coetzee; 13th place Marko Himmel and Francois Schoonbee; and AC Potgieter and Tommy du Toit who finished one place behind.

The final rally in the SANRC is the Toyota Gauteng Dealer Rally on 21 and 22 November, which takes place in the Northwest region.

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10 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Viva la Vivo! Volkswagen Polo Vivo is the best-selling car in South Africa again

2014 Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Volkswagen Polo Vivo once again claimed its best-selling car in South Africa crown last month. A total of 4263 Polo Vivos found new homes in September 2014, no doubt buoyed by the launch of a refreshed model.

The recently revamped fifth-generation Polo (6R) was in the top three, too, sitting in third place with 2152 units sold. A total of 5726 Polo 6Rs were also exported from Volkswagen South Africa’s Uitenhage factory.

Sandwiched in-between the Polo Vivo and Polo was the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest, selling 2320 examples, according to the figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA).

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.

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06 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Allez! Latvala and Anttila
claim historic victory at Rally France

2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Rally France: Latvala/Anttila

It was celebration time again for Volkswagen Motorsport at Rally France (3-5 October), as Finnish duo Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila claimed victory after a tough fight with Norwegian and Finnish team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene.

The Nordic pair finished second. Latvala and Anttila are the first Finns to win an all-asphalt event for just under 15 years. The victory narrows their drivers’ championship challenge to leaders Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia.

It wasn’t quite so clean cut for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. The Frenchmen suffered a faulty gear-shift sensor on their Polo R WRC and submitted a time card incorrectly, resulting in a 13th place finish on their home event. It wasn’t not all bad news, though, as they won the Power Stage, picking up three bonus points for the Volkswagen Motorsport team.

Latvala and Antilla were dominant throughout Rally France, taking the lead from the opening stage. They dropped it only once, handing it to Mikkelsen and Fløene. They won nine of the 18 special stages, finishing in the top three on six of the remaining nine stages.

In total Volkswagen won 17 of the 18 special stages with the Polo R WRC, the German outfit’s duos occupying a total of 42 top-three positions over the course of the rally.

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06 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

High five! Polo is one
of the UK’s top five best-selling cars

2014 Volkswagen Polo (UK)

The traditional sales spurt afforded by the twice-yearly registration plate change in the UK, benefited the Polo in September. It rose two places in the top 10 best-selling cars sales chart according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) for September 2014, sitting at number five with 10,312 examples finding homes.

Once again the Ford Fiesta was top dog, with 23,266 cars registered. Volkswagen’s Golf rounded out the top three (13,011 sold) one place below the Ford Focus (13,508 sold). Overall, the Polo is the seventh best-selling car in the UK for 2014 so far, with 36,772 models driving off the forecourts.

The SMMT reports that 425,861 new cars were registered in September a 5.6 per cent rise on the same period last year and the biggest September since 2004. The UK’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars during September 2014 and the year so far (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 23,266 (106,930, 1st)

2 Ford Focus: 13,508 (67,015, 2nd)

3 Volkswagen Golf: 13,011 (58,664, 4th)

4 Vauxhall Corsa: 12,506 (62,693, 3rd)

5 Volkswagen Polo: 10,312 (36,772, 7th)
6 Fiat 500: 9122 (35,032, 9th)

7 Vauxhall Astra: 8661 (47,482, 5th)

8 Audi A3: 7317 (35,596, 8th)
9 Peugeot 208: 6968
10 Nissan Qashqai: 6847 (38,920, 6th)


(The 2014 top 10 best-selling car absent from last month’s sales figures is the BMW 3 Series with 29,655 units sold.)

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