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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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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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23 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Foust takes victory at New York Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship race

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

US TV star Tanner Foust celebrated his first 2014 Red Bull Rallycross Championship (GRC) victory of the season on 12-13 July, as he won the race in Uniondale at the wheel of his Polo RX Supercar. He follows in the tyre tracks of his Andretti Autosport team-mate Scott Speed, who has claimed two 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship wins from three rounds.

It was a rough race. Foust, a two-time rallycross champion asserted himself ahead of Speed at the specially constructed 751 metre-long circuit at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum from the off. After two red-flagged starts and much paint-rubbing, the US pair both looked to be bringing home trophies with a Volkswagen 1-2 finish.

However, Speed suffered a disqualification for ignoring a flag during the race, handing second place to Nelson Piquet Junior. An unapproved adjustment done under the first red flag of the race was Speed’s downfall. Under the championship’s supplemental regulations, he was penalized from that point forward, resulting in a ninth-place finish.

Foust used the sub-two-second 0-60mph launches of the Rockstar Energy Drink Polo RX to maximum effect, blazing off the line. ‘The starts were the critical factor for me here,’ said Foust. ‘It can be very difficult to make a pass on a tight rallycross course and getting out front early and staying out of trouble is key to winning.’

‘Ultimately, it was a great end to a long weekend,’ said Foust. ‘The two guys with the most road racing and oval experience—Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr— certainly were the ones to beat. Luckily it’s still a rallycross start, and I was able to get the nose of the No 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen in there off the line.’

Speed commented: ‘Obviously it was a “not to plan” weekend for the No 77 7UP Volkswagen. We were the fastest car all weekend during practice and heat sessions and then we had engine problems on our starts. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team did an incredible job, and the car definitely took a beating out there as we were pushing through the field.’

Speed is still second in the Drivers’ Championship point table, with a total of 149. The next round of the the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship will be in Concord, NC, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, from 26-26 July.

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Foust

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Speed

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, New York: Speed

2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

NEW YORK: FINAL RESULTS

1 Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo
2 Nelson Piquet Jr, #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
3 Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
4 Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
5 Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta

2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Nelson Piquet Jr, 184

2 Scott Speed, 149
3 Steve Arpin, 140
4 Joni Wiman, 124
5 Patrik Sandell, 116

2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Ford, 373
2 Volkswagen, 244
3 Subaru, 117
4 Hyundai, 86
5 Chevrolet, 3

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21 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Polo is 400,000th car produced
at Volkswagen India’s Pune factory

2014 Volkswagen Polo (India)

Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Pune, India, has produced its 400,000th car – a New Polo Highline 1.5 TDI in Flash Red. The milestone car is bound for the local market, and comes just six days after the New Polo (refreshed 6R) was launched there.

The 4000,000th car production celebration has been reached in just five years. The Chakan factory currently produces the Polo and Vento (Polo saloon) for both the local market and South Africa, and exports left-hand drive versions to Mexico and the Middle East.

The 575-acre site also makes the the Skoda Rapid (a rebadged Vento). Its output has been exported to over 32 countries in across three continents. Polos have been built in Pune since December 2009. Skoda Fabias first rolled out of the facility in March of the same year.

Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited said: ‘With over 400,000 cars produced at our stat-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the domestic as well as export market, we have firmly established our operations. We will continue to focus on productivity and further localisation to cater to the demand from our markets.’

Andreas Lauenroth, Volkswagen Executive Director – Technical, commented: ‘The roll out of the 400,000th car is a testimony of Volkswagen running its India productions in a higher gear without compromising our highest quality standards. With this achievement under our belt, we plan to keep moving forward with a greater thrust to position ourselves as a committed car manufacturer in the Indian market.’

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