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08 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo rises one place in UK new car registrations chart

2019 Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo increased in popularity during April 2019, and was the seventh most popular car in the UK, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 3,022 Polos were registered in April and its top ten ten chart placing is one position up on March. With a tally of 16,111 Polos registered in so far in 2019, the small Volkswagen is currently – and neatly – seventh in the year-to-date list, too.

Golf and Tiguan also in top ten

Once again, the Volkswagen Golf was in third place for April, moving up once place to second in the year-to-date tally. The Volkswagen Tiguan SUV was one place behind the Polo in eighth in the April set of figures, and the Ford Fiesta again tops both run-downs. The Ford Focus makes up the top three in both lists.

Overall, UK registrations declined again in April. A 4.1 per cent slump to a total of 161,064 units is the second lowest April volume since 2012. In an about turn, the supermini market fell 14.1 per cent, with the small family car segment also suffering a 10.6 per cent loss. Overall, alternatively-fuelled vehicle numbers rose by 12.7 per cent, with petrol electric hybrids the most popular choice. Battery electric cars also grew to 1,517 units, but still only account for 0.9 per cent of the market. Petrol and diesel volumes were down, but not by as significant amounts witnessed in recent months.

The UK’s top ten most popular cars during April 2019 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 5,606 (29,080, 1st)


2 Ford Focus: 9,734 (21,233, 3rd)


3 Volkswagen Golf: 3,953 (21,365, 2nd)

4 Nissan Qashqai: 3,791 (20,211, 6th)

5 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 3,584 (20,216, 5th)

6 Ford Kuga: 3,455 (14,260, 8th)
7 Volkswagen Polo: 3,022 (16,111 7th)
8 Volkswagen Tiguan: 2,822
9 Vauxhall Corsa: 2,728 (20,735, 4th)

10 Hyundai Tucson: 2,702

(The 2019 year-to-date top ten most popular cars absent from April 2019’s registration figures were the ninth-placed Kia Sportage and the tenth-placed Mini with 13,329 and 13,280 units recorded respectively.)

Polo Vivo atop South African new car chart
Once again, the Polo Vivo reigned supreme at the top of the South African new passenger car registrations chart. The latest NAAMSA South African registration figures point to 2,350 Polo Vivos finding new homes during April, with the sixth-generation Polo’s total at 1,165. A much smaller figure, 235 Polo Sedans were registered in South Africa last month.

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30 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Forge Motorsport offers air intake kit for sixth-generation Polo 1.0 TSI

While some Polo drivers may yearn for the GTI, its high tech-focused and corresponding high performance mean high prices. Not to worry, though, as Forge Motorsport has announced details of its air intake kit for those with sixth-generation Polo 1.0 TSIs who want to up the performance ante of their small-capacity models.

Billed as a ‘high performance intake’, the Forge replacement channels more air into the inlet of the engine thanks to its free-flowing design, and forms a good springboard from which to plan further modifications. Finished in aluminium, its bespoke housing draws in cold air from an inlet on the slam panel and also shields the same incoming air from residual heat generated by the engine.

Lifetime warranty
As well as the intake itself, a silicone hose is also included in the kit, along with a Pipercross air filter element. The high quality hose is available in three colours – black, blue and red – and has a smooth inner bore as well as larger diameter than the OEM Volkswagen part. It’s also offered with a lifetime warranty. The filter meanwhile is fully serviceable and replaceable, and according to Forge’s research and development team, is the the only one to offer adequate filtration to the small-capacity engine, in addition to feeding in enough air to increase performance.

The Forge Motorsport Polo 1.0 TSI intake kits come with detailed fitting instructions – said to be easy enough to be bolted into place within half an hour – and as a replacement for the OEM parts, there is no danger of damage to your Polo’s engine bay. The price for the FMINDK15 kit is £191.61 plus VAT. For more details, head to the Forge Motorsport website, or call 01452 380999.

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19 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

SAIC Volkswagen debuts Chinese-only Polo Plus at 2019 Shanghai motor show

2019 SAIC Volkswagen Polo Plus

SAIC Volkswagen has unveiled the Polo Plus, a new version of the sixth-generation Polo, at the 2019 Shanghai motor show. The current Polo, Cross Polo, and Polo GTI models sold in China are based on the fifth-generation car, which disappeared from European markets in 2017.

Somewhat strangely, at 4,053mm, the SAIC Volkswagen Polo Plus is 3mm shorter and 11mm narrower (1,740mm) than the European sixth-generation Polo, which is essentially the same car. The Polo Plus looks to be based on the Polo Beats, with the same 16-inch ‘Torsby’ alloy wheels and gloss black B-pillars featuring the ‘Beats’ logo. Distinctive, the Polo Plus also has a dual-tone Honey Yellow and black colour scheme, with a gloss black roof, rear spoiler, and mirror caps. C-pillar and rear hatch ‘Plus+’ badges mark out the new model.

2019 SAIC Volkswagen Polo Plus

Honey Yellow accents
Unlike the Novo Polo sold in Brazil, the Polo Plus gets the European Polo’s front bumper, but the car is less highly specified. LED daytime running lights are missing for example, but the rear bumper does feature Polo R-Line-style fake exhaust finishers. Inside, Honey Yellow dashboard, door and centre console accents lift the standard sixth-generation Polo interior, while unique upholstery also points to a Polo which is a little more special.

Standard kit includes a panoramic sunroof, a colour touchscreen infotainment system, as well as a rear view camera. The Polo Plus is powered by the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine linked to the same five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes as the standard Chinese Polo.

No prices or availability have yet been announced for the Polo Plus, but further details can be found online at the SAIC Volkswagen Polo Plus micro-website.

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07 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Polo is eighth most popular car in the UK as Volkswagen’s market share rises

2019 Volkswagen Polo R-Line (UK)

The Volkswagen Polo has continued its popularity in the UK and was the eighth most popular car during March 2019. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 8,614 Polos were registered in March, and the small VW currently stands at seventh in the 2049 year-to-date chart.

Third-placed Golf

The Polo’s bigger brother, the Golf, was in third place for both March and the year-to-date tallies. The Ford Fiesta once again tops with run-downs, with the Vauxhall Corsa second in both sets of figures. Accordingly, the Polo is the third most popular supermini in the UK as it enters its 45th year on sale (the original first-generation Polo was unveiled in March 1975).

Overall, UK registrations declined 3.4 per cent despite the first registration plate change of the year, the slump partly attributed to diesel and Brexit ‘uncertainty’. However, it wasn’t all bad news, as superminis like the Polo continued to be Britain’s favourite vehicle type and saw a 4.4 per cent increase in demand, taking a third of all registrations. Volkswagen’s market share grew 1.3 per cent on the same month last year, and the German company now has a 8.37 per cent share of the UK market.

‘Sales success’

Patrick McGillycuddy, Head of Sales for Volkswagen in the UK said: ‘While it’s pleasing for us to see Golf and Polo performing so well and appealing to UK buyers in their tens of thousands, the breadth of Volkswagen’s model range is also playing a big part in this sales success.

‘The T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg SUV models, along with the Up city car and Touran and Sharan MPVs have all made an impact with UK buyers, while the growing appeal of models such as the e-Golf cannot be underestimated. This success comes even before the introduction of the practical T-Cross compact SUV, which will arrive in showrooms later this month.’

The UK’s top ten most popular cars during March 2019 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 14,676 (23,474, 1st)

2 Vauxhall Corsa: 13,244 (17,647, 2nd)

3 Volkswagen Golf: 11,072 (17,412, 3rd)

4 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 10,805 (16,682, 5th)

5 Nissan Qashqai: 10,701 (16,420, 6th)

6 Ford Focus: 9,734 (16,668, 4th)

7 Mini: 8,896 (11,969, 8th)

8 Volkswagen Polo: 8,614 (13,089, 7th)

9 BMW 1 Series: 7,986

10 Toyota Yaris: 7,853 (11,400, 9th)

(The 2019 year-to-date top 10 most popular car absent from March 2019’s registration figures was the Ford Kuga with 10,805 units recorded.)

Polo Vivo tops South African chart

Continuing last month’s reversal of roles, the latest NAAMSA South African registration figures show that the Polo Vivo topped the country’s passenger car chart with 2,498 units. The sixth-generation Polo was in second place with 1,383 examples registered and the Toyota Corolla in third with 1,011 cars finding new homes.

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14 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Milltek Sport announces exhaust systems for latest Polo GTI

2019 Volkswagen Polo with Milltek Sport exhaust system

Milltek Sport has announced a fully EC-approved exhaust system for the latest Polo GTI. Starting at £561.42 plus VAT, the system fits from the gasoline particulate filter (GPF) back, which allows drivers to stay within the confines of warranty as well as legislation.

‘Subtle enhancement in tone’
Milltek Sport claims the new system looks set ‘to equip Volkswagen’s latest hot hatch with higher levels of both sonic and dynamic ability’, although also states that enthusiasts looking for a ‘subtle enhancement’ in tone will be best served by the fitment. It would appear (initially anyway) that the exhaust is in keeping with the nature of the car…

All Milltek Sport exhaust systems are designed and hand-finished from aerospace-quality, non-magnetic stainless steel in the company’s Derbyshire factory, using both robotic and more traditional artisanal techniques to create parts that look and sound like factory option components. Milltek’s extensive R&D on both road and dyno ensures that its new systems deliver a crisp, attractive note, without ever droning or resonating on long motorway drives.

2019 Volkswagen Polo GTI with Milltek Sport exhaust system

Sports cat and de-cat options
Once Milltek Sport’s road test programme is complete, sports catalyst and de-cat options will also be available. These will replace the OEM catalysts and GPF, and promise ‘dramatic improvements’ in flow rate as well as a useful aural enhancement says Milltek. More power is also stated to be unleashed!

2019 Volkswagen Polo GTI Milltek Sport exhaust system

Five trim options will be available for owners to match, contrast or accentuate their tailpipes to suit the look of their Polo GTI. Based on the popular and stylish ‘GT90’ trim, the pipes come in a choice of brushed titanium, burnt titanium, carbon, cerakote black or polished. Plenty of Polo pipe personalisation options then!

For more details, visit the Milltek Sport website to see when each new configuration is launched.

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