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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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29 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Disappointment in Daytona: sixth place for Foust at International Speedway

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Daytona: Foust

US driver Tanner Foust finished sixth in his Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar at the sixth round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in Daytona over 23-24 August.
The Top Gear USA presenter had a challenging race weekend which wasn’t without its problems.

Qualifying brought slick mud and a low finishing position thanks to a freshly-watered course. after a pair of solid heats, Foust once again faced problems in his semi-final when he suffered a major spin.

Braking serverly to avoid another car, Foust slid into the trackside tyre barrier. He was able to restart his 500bhp Polo RX and rejoin the race to finish third. That won him a spot in the final, bypassing the last chance qualifier.

Chaos is the best word to describe the 1-car final. The course was the longest in the series’ history, with each mile-long lap featuring fast straights punctuated by technical hairpin turns. The resulting traffic stacked up in the corners and contact was inevitable.

‘Fighting through traffic in those hairpins was absolute mayhem,’ said Foust. ‘In the final, with 10 cars on that track, it was packed. It almost felt like we were fighting for parking spots at the mall.’

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, Daytona: Speed

Foust ran as high as third place, but suffered serious damage during a set-to with another close to the end of the eight-lap contest. It was everything he could do to take his Polo to the end. Even so, he was able to cross the line to earn sixth-place points.

‘I limped to the finish with a rear wheel that wasn’t attached at all and somehow still managed sixth,’ said Foust. ‘It was a crazy race and I feel for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross crew. They have their work cut out, but I have every confidence that we’ll be in great shape by the next round.’

Team-mate Scott Speed crashed out of the Daytona International Speedway final and posted a 10th-place result, while Hyundai driver Rhys Millen took the chequered flag. The Andretti Polo RXs were quick, though – Foust was at the top of the time chart in practice and set the fastest lap on race day.

Speed is currently third behind Piquet Jr and Ken Block with 190 points in the Drivers’ Championship with four race weekends remaining. Foust is seventh in the overall standings. The next rounds will take place (back-to-back) in Los Angeles on 20-21 September.

2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

DAYTONA: FINAL RESULTS

1 Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
2 Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
3 Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
4 Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
5 Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
6 Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R

2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Nelson Piquet Jr, 245
2 Ken Block, 205

3 Scott Speed, 190
4 Joni Wiman, 188

5 Steve Arpin, 170



2014 RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Ford, 561

2 Volkswagen, 330

3 Subaru, 272

4 Hyundai, 97

5 Chevrolet, 5

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27 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Debuting Down Under:
New Volkswagen Polo heads to Australia

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

The New Polo can now add Australia to its world-dominance plans as the model was launched in the southern hemisphere continent this week. Volkswagen Australia state that the refreshed model ‘has been advanced both visually and technically’.

The same car which hit streets in the UK, Europe, South Africa and India earlier in the year, the Australian New Polo features the same upgraded technology and appears as the versions in those markets. Only the petrol-engined TSI versions (66 and 81kW, 89 and 108bhp) are being imported.

As in the UK, all versions are fitted with BlueMotion Technology systems, including Stop/Start and brake energy recuperation. These make the 66kW Trendline version 21 per cent more fuel efficient than the model it replaces.

The New Polo for Oz also benefits from the upgraded safety tech. Included as standard is a Multi-Collision Braking System (automatically initiates braking of the vehicle that had an accident in order to prevent a subsequent collision).

2014 Volkswagen Polo Trendline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Trendline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Trendline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Trendline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Trendline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Trendline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Trendline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Trendline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

2014 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline (Australia)

A Driver Comfort Package is available as an option on higher-specification Comfortline models which includes Driver Fatigue Detection System, “Front Assist” ambient traffic monitoring system with City Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

The new electro-mechanical power steering system makes its way onto the Australian New Polo, too, enhancing the car’s road-to-wheel communication, while Volkswagen’s impressive second-generation infotainment system is also fitted.

As with the UK and Europe, a range of new colours is offered, with the subtly refreshed front and rear end design. The Australian New Polo is available in both Trendline and Comfortline trims and with five and six-speed manual geaboxes as well as a seven-speed DSG.

2014 NEW VOLKSWAGEN POLO (AUSTRALIA)
Prices
Polo 66TSI Trendline 5-speed manual: $16,290

Polo 66TSI Trendline 7-speed DSG: $18,790

Polo 81TSI Comfortline 6-speed manual: $18,290

Polo 81TSI Comfortline 7-speed DSG: $20,790

Options
Metallic / Pearl Effect paint: $500

Driver Comfort Package – Comfortline: $1,500

Sport Package – Comfortline: $1,500

Prices quoted are manufacturer list prices excluding dealer delivery charges, which may vary from dealer to dealer and statutory charges, which vary from state to state.

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26 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

On a high: Polo still the best-selling car in South Africa; Polo Vivo in second place

2014 Volkswagen Polo (ZA)

In a repeat of June, the Polo was the best-selling vehicle during July 2014 in South Africa, according to the most recent tally of sales figures announced by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA).

Beating the Toyota Hilux once again, 3330 South African Polo 6Rs were sold last month. And, once again, the Polo perched atop the best-selling passenger car tables, too, outselling its cheaper Polo Vivo sibling by 443 units.

The latter is still selling remarkably well considering it is based on the facelifted version of the Mk 4 Polo, first launched in 2002.

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 R138,200 for the base-model 1.4 hatchback to R178,800 for the top 1.6 Polo Maxx, the 2013 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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25 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Tricky in Trier: Ogier and Latvala crash out of Rally Germany; Mikkelsen is third

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

In an almost repeat of 2013, Volkswagen Motorsport’s two top drivers spectacularly crashed out of the 2014 ADAC Rallye Deutschland (Rally Germany), which ran around the Trier vineyard region of the country from 21-24 August. Stages included the legendary ‘Panzerplatte’, ‘Dhrontal’ and ‘Grafschaft’.

2014 World Rally Championship leader Sébastien Ogier went off the road on Saturday, with the then rally leader Jari-Matti Latvala following suit the following day.

However, as consolation, the third Volkswagen Motorsport driver Andreas Mikkelsen finished the event on the bottom step of the podium.

Overall victory went to Hyundai Motorsport’s Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul driving an i20 WRC. The Belgians’ Spanish team-mates Dani Sordo and Marc Marti were one place behind them.

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20 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Rallying fourth: Lategan and White finish Cullinan Rally just outside podium

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Lategan/White

Henk Lategan and Barry White were the highest-placed Volkswagen Sasolracing finishers at the Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally which took place over 15-16 August. The pair took their Polo S2000 to a fourth place result after two days of dusty competition during the 12-stage fifth round of the South African National Rally Championship.

The Polo duo endured a tough first day, running at the front of the field and sweeping the stages clear for their rivals. But day two was much better and Lategan and White – fifth in the overall championship – became progressively faster, winning the final stage of the day.

Team-mates Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin suffered numerous punctures, which slowed their progress over the whole rally. ‘This event was very frustrating, it seemed to be actively working against us,’ said Zulu. ‘We worked hard in preparation for the Cullinan Rally but ultimately things did not work in our favour.’

It was a similar story for Han Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt who are second in the championship. Starting well, the pair were in third place by the end of day one. But, pushing faster on day two saw their Polo S2000 roll during the second-last stage after landing in the sand following an over-exuberant jump.

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Lategan/White

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Lategan/White

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Lategan/White

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Lategan/White

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Lategan/White

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Lategan/White

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Weijs Jnr/Degandt

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Weijs Jnr/Degandt

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Himmel/Du Toit

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Himmel/Du Toit

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Van Beurden/Swartz

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Van Beurden/Swartz

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Himmel/Schoonbee

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Himmel/Schoonbee

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Franken/Kohne

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Franken/Kohne

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Potgieter/Du Toit

2014 Imperial Toyota Cullinan Rally: Potgieter/Du Toit

The next event the Volkswagen Sasolracing squad of Polos will prepare for is the Toyota Dealer Rally in the Western Cape, which typically and traditionally features high speed stages and more than its fair share of sweeping corners.

Mike Rowe, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport South Africa was hopeful of his team’s chances at the Western Cape: ‘The Volkswagen Sasolracing team showed good pace this weekend,’ he said. ‘While this is not reflected in the overall results, it still gives us confidence for the next event where our aim is to get back on the podium.’

Other Polo finishers included Thilo Himmel and Armand Du Toit in eighth, Chad Van Beurden and Nico Swartz who took their Polo S1600 to 11th, Marko Himmel and Francois Schoonbee whose Polo R2 S1600 placed 16th, while Paulus Franken and Henry Kohne’s Manitou-liveried Polo S1600 was one place below. AC Potgieter and Tommu du Toit finished 18th.

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