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03 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Refreshed and revised: PoloDriver publishes New Polo first drives magazine

PoloDriver.com New Polo First Drive mini-magazine

With the first examples of the New Polo set to hit UK shores in the next month, PoloDriver.com has just published a 14-page mini-magazine which features our first drive findings from the International Press Presentation in Germany of the refreshed 6R model.

Variants covered are the 59bhp 1.0 MPI, 89bhp 1.2 TSI, 89bhp 1.4 TDI as well as the CrossPolo 1.2 TSI. There are technical specifications of each model, too, as well as engine availability for models destined for the UK, and a brief overview of some of the exciting new technology the car incorporates.

The mini-magazine is not only free, but now also fully downloadable, for offline reading, and is optimised for iPad and other tablets. Read and download here, or click on the magazine graphic below. The tenth of PoloDriver.com’s special digital mini-magazines, check out the PoloDriver bookshelf on issuu.com for the previous nine titles.

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31 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Spot, tweet, drive and win – play #PoloTag with New Polo in South Africa

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

Starting on 1 August, the New Polo will be driving through the streets of South Africa, and Volkswagen South Africa is giving drivers in the country the opportunity to win one for a year, by playing #PoloTag.

Playing #PoloTag is easy. Follow @VolkswagenSA on Twitter, spot the Cornflower Blue #PoloTag-emblazoned New Polo along the pre-determined specified routes, tweet #PoloTag to @VolkswagenSA and you become ‘IT’. (Tweeters need to add their location to the #PoloTag tweet, too, to be eligible to enter the competition.)

Then, @VolkswagenSA will respond to tweets with #AlmostIT, informing participants if they’ve been selected for the competition. If so, tweeters will need to make their way to the #PoloTag New Polo quickly.

When in the New Polo, the driver’s Twitter name will be placed on top of the New Polo, and timing will start. The longer that tweeter drives, the better their chances of winning the car will be.

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA): #PoloTag promotion

If another tweet lands and the sender makes it to the #PoloTag Polo in time, the new tweeter tales over the drive. If not, the previous tweeter carries on the drive and has better chance of winning the car.

Each tweeter’s driving time is placed on a leaderboard and the winner is selected from a draw of longest tweeter drives in the #PoloTag New Polo. Simple?

If more than one tweet is selected at any one time, it’s a foot race to the car to take over driving. If a tweeter s beaten to the car, they have to wait until their tweet is tagged again before they have a chance to drive the car again.

The special #PoloTag New Polo is scheduled to visit Cape Town on 1-2 August, Duban on 8-9 August and finally Johannesburg on 15-16 August. Use the routes here to find the #PoloTag New Polo and search out the landmarks to stand a better chance of winning.

#PoloTag appears to be an innovative piece of social media marketing and a good way to engage with prospective New Polo customers, as well as promoting the car. We have visions of South Africans looking at their smartphones, meandering through the streets of the country’s cities, though…

Good luck!

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29 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Global Rallycross Championship setback for Andretti Autosport in Charlotte

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

It may have been victorious in the recent Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) round in New York, but the Polo-RX-powered Andretti Autosport team suffered a setback in its points fight at the fifth race of 2024 in Charlotte last weekend (26-27 July).

The North Carolina track was cruel to both Tanner Foust and Scott Speed’s 500+bhp Polo RXs, with both drivers failing to finish in the top three driver placings for the final. Speed was fifth, while Foust, hindered by tyre problems and a black flag incident with Sverre Isachsen, was three places further down the field.

‘It was a hard weekend at the dirt track. The course developed deep ruts and just about everybody got flat tyres,’ said Foust. ‘Our wheels are incredibly tough and stand up to the abuse, but it’s tough to keep up the pace when you’re running on metal instead of rubber.’

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Andretti Autosport

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Andretti Autosport

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Charlotte: Speed

Foust continued: ‘I was in the middle on the start in the final and there just wasn’t room in the first corner for all three of us. I had a tyre go flat when we tried to squeeze through and my race was pretty much over right there.’

‘This sport is rough and my Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo held up really well this weekend, the Top Gear USA presenter reported. ‘There were definitely battle scars from all the hits out there, but the crew worked hard and if it wasn’t for the flat tyre, we would have had a real shot at a win.’

Rallycross supremo Ken Block topped the podium at The Dirt Track, while former F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr leads the overall standings with 227 points. Andretti Autosport’s Speed is in second place with 181 points. Round 6 of the Red Bull GRC will be at the Daytona International Speedway on 22-23 August.

2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

CHARLOTTE: FINAL RESULTS

1 Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
2 Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA
3 Nelson Piquet Jr, #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST

2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Nelson Piquet Jr, 227

2 Scott Speed, 181

3 Steve Arpin, 164

4 Joni Wiman, 162

5 Ken Block, 155

2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Ford, 472

2 Volkswagen, 293

3 Subaru, 196

4 Hyundai, 92

5 Chevrolet, 3

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25 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Get your PoloDriver.com fix on social media feeds or your computer desktop

http://twitter.com/polodrivercom

Too busy to trawl PoloDriver.com for stories that interest you? We just might have the answer. In addition to the app-style website on mobile devices and our Mac-only desktop widget, there’s also the busy PoloDriver Twitter feed.

Constantly refreshed with the headlines from the website the moment the stories go live, there are also short message updates and retweets of other websites’ Polo-related stories. Unique content not found on the main website can be found on the stream, too.

Our Facebook page also features unique content, so check back there from time to time to see what’s tickling our fancy. Whether it be Polos, Volkswagens, or just cars in general, there’s no reason to miss a PoloDriver update (especially the busy motorsport threads). Catch up with the latest from us whichever way you like!

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25 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Bogomolov and Zimin claim Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia win at Rostov Velikiy

2014 Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia: Bogomolov/Zimin

The fifth round of the 2014 Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia was won by Arkady Bogomolov and co-driver Oleg Zimin. The 81-kilometre event, which was held as part of the Russian rally cup Rostov Velikiy, rewarded the Russian duo when Alexey Igatov had to retire.

Bogomolov and Zimin’s compatriot Andrey Vavilin took secind place, while Roman Katunin finished third. The next round of the 2014 Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia will be held between 8-9 August at the Rally Wyborg between Saint Petersburg and the Finnish border.

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24 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Russian Volkswagen Polo Sedan line-up revised; new 83bhp 1.6-litre engine

2014 Volkswagen Polo Sedan (Russia)

The Polo Sedan range has recently been revised in Russia, with a new 1.6-litre engine added to the line-up. A new entry-level model called Conceptline has been introduced at 469,900 Roubles, and new option packages have also been made available.

The new 1598cc engine develops 83bhp and joins the more powerful and long-serving 103bhp unit already on sale. It is allied to a five-speed manual gearbox. The new petrol engine is available in Conceptline, Trendline and Comfortline models. The higher-output unit is available from Trendline specification upwards.

All-encompassing range revisions include new instrument panel graphics which have been added to all versions and even the most basic model now comes with air-conditioning. Separate packages for Conceptline and Trendline cars include ‘Comfort’ (heated and electric mirrors), and ‘Design’ (tinted rear windows and alloy wheels). The ‘Security’ package includes side-curtain airbags, an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and heated front seats.

Comfortline models can be chosen with a six-speed automatic gearbox on 103bhp models, while the ‘Comfort’ package adds an electrically-heated windscreen, leather trim, climate control and a central armrest. The ‘Multimedia’ package includes an RCD 320 CD/AUX/USB and Bluetooth sound system, while ‘Security’ package-equipped cars have ESP and rear parking sensors.

Finally, the ‘Comfort’ package for Highline models includes rear parking sensors, and automatic rear-view mirror, wipers and lights. Another package for all models benefits from the most popular accessories which are carpet mats and an alarm.

Find out more at www.volkswagen.ru/ru/models/polo_sedan.html.

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