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09 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Rear seat belt safety issue found on sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo models

2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats (UK)

Volkswagen has stated that passengers of the sixth-generation Polo as well as its SEAT Ibiza and Arona SUV siblings should not use the middle rear seat after the left rear passenger belt came unbuckled during high-speed lane-change manoeuvres conducted by Finnish magazine Tekniikan Maailma.

UK car weekly car magazine Autocar broke the story on the morning on 9 May, and reports that Volkswagen has advised not to use the rear place on affected cars until an official recall has been issued. Tekniikan Maailma discovered that the rear left buckle can come undone when the cars are carrying their full complement of five passengers. Autocar reports that a Volkswagen representative confirmed that the company ‘will provide a technical solution shortly and recall the vehicles concerned’.

‘Design fault’
It is reported that the higher-mounted middle buckle is pushed onto the lower left rear latching under high-speed left direction lane changes due to the weight of the passenger in the centre seat. Tekniikan Maailma confirmed that all three cars acted in this way, and even tested a pair of SEAT Aronas to make sure it wasn’t an isolated case, saying that the unlatching is ‘caused by a design fault’.

Owners of the latest sixth-generation Polo are advised not to use the middle rear seat until affected models have been remedied with a redesigned seat belt lock fixing. Volkswagen told Autocar that the recall will be ‘carried out in co-operation with the national vehicle registration authorities’ in markets where the car is sold.

Update, 11 May 2018: Volkswagen has officially confirmed there is a rear seat belt lock fixture issue and has released the following statement.

Volkswagen announces a recall for the current Polo generation due to issue with rear seat belt lock fixtures

  • Technical solution has been identified
  • Recall campaign to start within the next few weeks
  • Safety remains top priority for Volkswagen

Wolfsburg – Volkswagen has confirmed a technical issue on the new Polo (model year 2018). There is the possibility that in rare situations (e.g. sudden quick lane changes with five passengers on board) and when the rear center seat and the rear left seat are occupied at the same time, the left seat belt lock could be unintentionally released.

At Volkswagen safety remains a main priority and the brand has identified a technical solution: a redesigned belt lock fixture, which will prevent this from happening.

Volkswagen Polo is legally homologated and safe to drive; however the brand advises its customers not to use the middle seat of the new Polo until the car will be equipped with the redesigned belt lock fixture.

Volkswagen is now addressing the concerned authorities for their final validation in order to implement the solution, both on vehicles in the market as well as on the future series production.

Within the next few weeks, Volkswagen will start a recall campaign. Customers will receive a letter so as to plan an appointment with a Volkswagen service partner. The check, as well as the implementation of the redesigned belt lock fixture will be free of charge.

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04 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Fifth-placed Volkswagen Polo returns to UK’s most popular cars chart

2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats (UK)

After five months out of the UK’s top 10 most popular cars list, the fifth-placed Polo has returned to the chart. A total of 2,995 Polos were registered in April 2018 according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and we can only attribute the temporary lack of presence in the chart to the changeover from the fifth-generation Polo to the new sixth-generation car.

Predictably, the Ford Fiesta held the top spot in April, with 7,811 units finding homes, while the Polo’s bigger brother, the Golf, held firm in second place with 5,482 registrations. The Polo’s lack of chart presence since November 2017 means it falls out of the top 10 most registered car chart for the year so far, for now. We have seen a handful of them on the roads this week – as well as examples of VW’s T-Roc compact SUV – so can only presume Polos ordered when the latest model went on sale in October have just started being delivered.

As a whole, the SMMT states that with 167,911 units, UK new car registrations rose 10.4 per cent in April, as the passenger car market rebalances following the VED disruption in 2017. 2018 year-to-date figures are still down 8.8 per cent, though, as ‘uncertainty continues to affect the overall market’, according to the UK organisation. The UK’s top 10 most popular cars during April 2018 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 7,811 (40,619, 1st)

2 Volkswagen Golf: 5,842 (26,685, 2nd)
3 Nissan Qashqai: 4,257 (21,171, 3rd)
4 Ford Focus: 3,784 (19,344, 4th)
5 Volkswagen Polo: 2,995
6 Ford Kuga: 2,769 (15,865, 6th)
7 Vauxhall Mokka X: 2,694 (13,579, 9th)
8 Vauxhall Corsa: 2,643 (17,995, 5th)
9 Mercedes-Benz A Class: 2,636 (14,849, 7th)
10 Mercedes-Benz C Class: 2,627 (13,459, 10th)

(The UK’s 2018 year-to-date top 10 most popular car absent from April’s registration figures was the eighth-placed Mini, with 14,297 registrations recorded.)

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28 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo named ‘Safe Car of the Year’ at inaugural FirstCar Awards

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Safety has long been a Volkswagen trademark which the Polo has promoted to good effect, and the latest sixth-generation Polo has been named the ‘Safe Car of the Year’ at the inaugural FirstCar Awards. Held at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, the FirstCar prize comes after safety experts at Euro NCAP awarded the new Polo a five star rating, where it scored the highest values among its rivals.

David Motton, Editor of FirstCar, a publication and website aimed at new drivers, said at the prestigious ceremony, ‘The Volkswagen Polo brings big-car safety standards to the supermini market. It has earned a five-star rating from the safety experts at Euro NCAP, achieving the highest score for any car in its class.

‘An extremely safe choice’
‘We’re delighted that so much safety equipment and driver assistance technologies are included as standard, including City Emergency Braking (Volkswagen’s autonomous emergency braking system) which is standard across all Polo models. Good all-round visibility also helps make the Polo an extremely safe choice for new drivers’, he continued.

The latest and biggest Polo ever has also gained notable recognition from other corners, too. Last month at the New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen’s top-selling supermini was presented with the trophy for ‘World Urban Car’ as part of the World Car of the Year awards.

New engines, sharper design
The sixth-generation Polo focuses on increases in cabin and luggage space within larger external dimensions alongside the debut of new engines, a sharper design, new ‘big car’ assistance systems, the debut of a new series of infotainment systems and the global arrival of the second generation of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display.

More than 1.4 million drivers in the UK have bought a Polo over the last 42 years, and the new car reflects a new level for assistance systems in the supermini segment. Technologies such as City Emergency Braking with new Pedestrian Monitoring function, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Detection significantly make the sixth-generation car the safest Polo ever.

Priced from £13,860, the new Polo is on sale now. For more details, including brochures and pricing and Volkswagen’s online configurator, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.

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13 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Polo now plugs in to Volkswagen Connect system as standard

2018 Volkswagen Polo SE + DataPlug

The Volkswagen Connect DataPlug and smartphone app-based connectivity system is now standard on all new Polo and Up models. It allows drivers to access a range of information about their car and journeys, and was launched in the UK during 2017. The system can be retro-fitted free of charge on Volkswagens built after 2007.

Used with the Volkswagen ID personal digital account, the system has already been installed in tens of thousands of cars, and offers many of the benefits of Volkswagen’s high-end Car-Net system. The DataPlug and app are linked together via Bluetooth: the car sends the user’s smartphone a burst of information at the end of each journey. Once connected, the driver can interact with their Volkswagen in seven key areas.

Fuel-efficiency tips
The ‘Trips’ function records information about each journey, including the distance driven. Along with the ‘Fuel Monitor’, it gives an accurate journey cost by comparing fuel consumption with the cost of the fuel in the car. The ‘Driving Style’ option can also save drivers money by way of fuel-efficiency tips.

The ‘My Volkswagen’ area can notify of the vehicle’s fuel level, and the likely date of the car’s next service can also be ascertained. The ‘Service Partner’ function automatically alerts when the service is due, and if set up to do so, will also contact the nominated Volkswagen Retailer, who will then call to arrange a service.

If a dashboard warning light is illuminated, the Volkswagen Connect app notify the local VW Retailer, who can then call the driver of the car to discuss the problem. Helpfully, the app will explain in plain English what the warning light means.

Urgent assistance
If more urgent assistance is needed, the Volkswagen Customer Service Centre or a roadside assistance service can be contacted via the ‘Volkswagen Connect Assistance Call’ function, and the location of the car can also be shared if the driver chooses. Elsewhere, ‘The Parking Space’ section of the app records the exact location of the car when it is parked, as well as the exact duration.

The ‘My Challenges’ feature meanwhile is a game that rewards drivers with points, depending on their driving style. Safe and efficient driving tasks can also be accomplished to win virtual trophies, and Volkswagen Connect users can compare their scores with other VW drivers.

The DataPlug can also be transferred from compatible Volkswagen to Volkswagen, a benefit which is also of use for fleets where drivers may have access to more than one Volkswagen vehicle. Volkswagen states that up to 300,000 Volkswagen Connect DataPlugs will be fitted to compatible vehicles in 2018.

Find out more by visiting the Volkswagen Connect pages which have been added to the ‘owners’ section of volkswagen.co.uk.

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29 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo named as the 2018 World Urban Car

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The Volkswagen Polo has been named as the ‘2018 World Urban Car’ in the 2018 World Car Awards, at a presentation held at the New York International Auto Show. Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design, accepted the sixth-generation Polo’s latest prize.

The Polo was chosen as ‘2018 World Urban Car’ from a shortlist of three – originally eight – which also included the Ford Fiesta and Suzuki Swift. 2018 marks the fifth time Volkswagen has won a World Car gong, in the awards’ 14-year history. The Golf has won twice (2009 and 2013), while the Up and Polo have each won top honours once (2012 and 2010 respectively).

‘One of the most successful compact cars’
‘The whole team at Volkswagen is delighted to have won the 2018 World Urban Car award with the Polo,’ declared Bischoff. ‘With around 17 million units sold, the Polo is one of the most successful compact cars of all time and a pillar of the brand. And the sixth-generation, based on the MQB platform, is even sportier and more grown up than its predecessors.’

The World Urban Car award was introduced in 2017 because it’s an award whose time has come. World Car vice-chairman, Mike Rutherford, commented: ‘Everyday cars in many parts of the world will have to become smaller if road and parking space is to be found for them in increasingly packed towns and cities whose populations are swelling annually.’ Last year’s inaugural World Urban Car winner was the BMW i3 (94Ah).

International jury panel
Vehicles in all World Car award categories are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 82 top-level automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions worldwide. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.

The Volvo XC60 won the overall 2018 World Car of the Year award. For a list of all the winners and for more details about the awards, visit www.wcoty.com.

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