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06 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo steadies its position in January’s UK most popular cars chart

2019 Volkswagen Polo R-Line (UK)

The Volkswagen Polo held firm in the first batch of 2019 new car registration figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and in January was at number eight in the UK’s most popular cars list. A total of 2,963 Polos were registered during the first month of the year, the small Volkswagen also at number eight in the year-to-date list, too.

Fords in top two places
At number one, the Ford Fiesta kicked off 2019 in the position it has held from what seems like the start of time. Overall, 5,399 units of the Ford supermini were registered in January, with its larger Focus sibling one place below with a tally of 4,397. A figure of 3,930 gave the Volkswagen Golf fourth place, with the third place 4,270-registration Nissan Qashqai in-between the two most popular C-segment cars.

UK registrations dipped 1.6 per cent in January compared to the same period in 2018. A total of 161,013 cars were registered, with the alternative-fuel and electrified market surging 26.3 per cent, the segment now enjoying a 6.8 per cent market share. Petrol car registrations were up 7..3 per cent, but diesels were down 20.3 per cent. The UK’s top ten most popular cars during January 2019 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 5,399 (5,399, 1st)
2 Ford Focus: 4,397 (4,397, 2nd)
3 Nissan Qashqai: 4,270 (4,270, 3rd)
4 Volkswagen Golf: 3,930 (3,930, 4th)
5 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 3,768 (3,768, 5th)
6 Vauxhall Corsa: 3,097 (3,097, 6th)
7 Kia Sportage: 3,063 (3,063, 7th)
8 Volkswagen Polo: 2,963 (2,963, 8th)
9 Toyota Yaris: 2,821 (2,821, 9th)
10 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 2,606 (2,606, 10th)

Pole position
In South Africa, the latest sixth-generation Polo started the new year in pole (Polo?!) position, topping the passenger car sales chart with 2,512 cars registered. The fifth-generation-based Polo Vivo was second with 2,461 units, while the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest rounded out the top three.

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01 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen increases range of Polo TGI with a third natural gas tank

2019 Volkswagen Polo TGI cutaway

Volkswagen has increased the range of its natural gas-powered models with the addition of a third ‘fuel’ tank. The bi-fuel-powered Polo TGI – no, that’s not a GTI spelling error! – will now drive 37 miles (60 kilometres) further in natural gas-only mode, while the Golf TGI will travel an additional 50 miles. The Golf TGI also features a new 128bhp 1.5-litre TGI four-cylinder petrol engine: the Polo TGI also has a small capacity petrol unit.

CNG range of 228 miles

The third natural gas tank is made of specially coated high-strength steel and holds an additional 16.5 litres of CNG in the Polo TGI, extending the car’s total storage capacity to 91.5 litres. This equates to a total CNG range of 228 miles (368 kilometres) on new WLTP cycle measurements. The Polo TGI is also equipped with an 89bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, along with a small petrol tank to feed it. CO2 emissions are as low as 88g/km.

The Golf TGI’s extra tank has a volume of 23 litres and increases the total CNG volume to 115 litres or 17.3kg respectively. Total range is up to 262 miles (422 kilometres) on WLTP. The Golf TGI’s new 1.5-litre engine uses the TGI Miller combustion process with a high compression ratio of 12.5:1 to increase efficiency and decrease CO2 emissions. A turbocharger with variable turbine geometry increases the boost pressure, adding more air into the cylinders. This aids low speed acceleration. Natural gas fuel consumption of 3.5kg to 3.6kg over 100 kilometres is efficient, as are CO2 emissions of 95 to 98g/km.

Not widely adopted in the UK, in Europe, natural-gas vehicles are popular, and Volkswagen has sold a bi-fuel Polo since the fifth-generation car was first introduced in 2009. Driving with natural gas significantly reduces CO2 emissions because the combustion of CNG largely produces less CO2. A greater CO2 balance can also be achieved by filling up with biomethane or e-gas.

Lower carbon fraction

Better for the environment, natural gas contains a significantly higher amount of energy as well as a lower carbon fraction. This means that driving in CNG mode produces around 25 per cent fewer CO2 emissions than with petrol. Natural gas generally combusts with less emissions than petrol or diesel, too, so the exhaust gas contains significantly less carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide (NOx), while the fraction of soot or fine particles is minimal.

Natural gas is kinder to your wallet, too. In Germany, the cost saving of a natural gas-powered car compared to a diesel vehicle is currently around 20 per cent, or 40 per cent when compared to a petrol car. It’s understandable that drivers of natural gas vehicles only want to use petrol in exceptional cases only.

The three gas tank-equipped Polo TGI and Golf TGI are available to order now, from €20,550 and €26,780 respectively. Visit www.volkswagen.de to find out more.

1) Polo TGI natural gas (CNG) consumption in kg/100 km: urban 4.4-4.1 / extra-urban 2.9-2.7 / combined 3.4-3.2; CO2 emissions in g/km: 93-88; efficiency class: A+

2) Golf TGI natural gas (CNG) consumption in kg/100 km: urban 4.7-4.5 / extra-urban 2.9 / combined 3.6-3.5; CO2 emissions in g/km: 98-95; efficiency class: A+

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31 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen launches Polo IQ Drive special edition

2019 Volkswagen Polo IQ Drive

Volkswagen has launched the Polo IQ Drive special edition model in Germany as part of a broader range of IQ Drive cars. Priced from €18,125 and offering a saving of €2,500 over a mid-range Polo Comfortline with a few selected options, just like the Polo Join of 2018, the Polo IQ Drive includes a series of upgrades and special features.

Externally, the Polo IQ Drive gains 5J x 15-inch ‘Dublin’ black and polished alloy wheels, as well as darkened rear windows. There’s a unique Petroleum Blue Metallic paint finish (other colours are available, too), and if the €1,450 ‘IQ Drive Plus’ box is ticked, 16-inch ‘Sebring’ rims become standard, along with ‘Climatronic’ climate control and Volkswagen’s Composition Media infotainment system. Inside, more style is added by way of brushed stainless steel sports pedals, a multifunction leather-rimmed steering wheel, unique ‘Cushion’ seat trim, and a Limestone Grey Metallic dashpad.

2019 Volkswagen Polo IQ Drive

Intelligent driving features
Sold on the intelligent driving features of its ‘IQ Drive’ billing, the latest Polo special edition includes a suite of safety technologies as standard. As well as blind spot warning and parking assist systems, Volkswagen’s ACC automatic distance control also features on the Polo IQ Drive. For added safety, smartphones can also be accessed by the optional Car-Net App-Connect system which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Other Polo IQ features include rain-sensing wipers, the ‘Front Assist’ automatic braking system, and a low washer fluid warning light.

If a sports Polo is nearer the mark, the €1,285 ‘R-Line’ package adds black and diamond-turned 7J x 17-inch ‘Bonneville’ alloy wheels wrapped in 215/45 R17 tyres, as well as a special ‘R-Line’ front and rear bumpers with gloss black inserts, a rear spoiler, and sill extensions. If that’s still not enough, the €320 ‘Sport’ package which includes the Polo GTI’s ‘XDS’ electronic differential and lowered sports suspension can also be optioned.

2019 Volkswagen Polo IQ Drive R-Line

Style and technology
With a firm remit of style and technology, no versions of the the Polo IQ Drive will set the world on fire. Petrol engines range from the 1.0-litre 64bhp normally-aspirated unit through to the turbocharged 1.0-litre 113bhp TSI, and a brace of turbocharged diesels are offered in 79 or 94bhp states of tune. Depending on engine, a range of five and six-speed manual gearboxes can be selected, as well as seven-speed version of Volkswagen’s DSG transmission.

The Polo IQ Drive is priced from €18,125 for the 1.0-litre 64bhp car, rising to €24,075 for the 94bhp 1.0-litre TDI SCR. For more information on the latest addition to the Polo range, head over to Volkswagen’s German website.

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23 January 2019 ~ 2 Comments

Award-winning Polo scoops 2019 What Car? and Company Car Today prizes

2019 Volkswagen Polo R-Line (UK)

The day of 22 January was a re-awarding one for the current sixth-generation Polo, as it collected two industry awards. Volkswagen’s evergreen supermini collected the 2019 What Car? Small Car of the Year award at a ceremony at Grosvenor Hotel in London, while earlier in the day fleet and business magazine Company Car Today bestowed its Supermini of the Year prize on the Polo at its CCT100 Awards.

‘The Polo sets the standard’
The Polo – the second most popular car in the UK during December 2018 – dealt a sucker punch to the competition to emerge victorious and take the keenly fought-for What Car? award, thanks to some long-held qualities as well as its price. The judges commented: ‘The Polo sets the standard for comfort, practicality and refinement in the small car class, while its frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine and strong resale values make it a good long-term buy, and Volkswagen has kept the pricing sensible. There are no weaknesses in its armour.’

Additionally, the T-Roc took the What Car? Best small SUV for more than £20,000 win, a year after being commended at the 2018 ceremony in the publication’s Safety Award. And continuing a run of success at four consecutive What Car? Awards, the Touran seven seater scooped 2019’s Best MPV for between £20,000-£30,000 prize. The Polo’s 2019 What Car? prize comes 24 years after it was triumphant in the same category, from where it went on to be named the overall 1995 What Car? Car of the Year.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said of 2019’s honours: ‘Volkswagen’s cars are consistently among the class leaders, which is all the more impressive when you consider how diverse its range is. The brand’s successes at the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Awards reflect this. With the I.D electric car and the eighth-generation Golf set to be revealed later this year, it seems there’s plenty of opportunity for further Volkswagen success at the 2020 What Car? Awards.’

‘High-quality and practical package’
The Polo also scores with fleet and businesses, too, and the latest version collected the title of Supermini of the Year from Company Car Today at the magazine’s second CCT100 Awards. Editor Paul Barker applauded the car’s mix of – once again, long-held – virtues: ‘Volkswagen’s Polo won in one of the most closely-fought sectors of all, proving that a desirable badge can also make sense in terms of overall running cost. The Polo impresses for all the sensible things such as efficiency, residual value and cost per mile, but in a high-quality and practical package with VW badge appeal.’

For a second year, the Up also impressed the Company Car Today judges. Awarded the title’s City Car of the Year accolade, the panel remarked that the compact Volkswagen ‘proves that high-quality little cars can also be fun and cost-effective’. Barker added: ‘The Up is at its best around town, but also surprisingly capable and spacious, making it a versatile car that keeps running costs low.’

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09 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo rounds off 2018 as the second most popular car in the UK

The Volkswagen Polo scored its highest most recent position in the UK’s most popular cars list in December 2018, jumping to second place with a total of 4,928 examples finding new homes. That’s a stark contrast to the first three months of the year when the Polo didn’t appear in the list at all, due to the changeover of the fifth-generation model to the sixth.

It’s all the more impressive when it comes to the final year standings: with 45,149 Polos moving off the forecourts, the small VW was the sixth most popular nameplate in the UK during 2018. That’s one place higher than in 2017, when, with 47,855 units registered, the Volkswagen supermini was the UK’s seventh most popular car. And one more thing to take note of is the fact that the Polo outsold all versions of the supposedly more premium and design-led Mini, proving that quiet style, high quality and a wide range with models for most budgets are still valid selling points for a good deal of drivers.

The Polo’s higher 2018 achievement with a lower number of units hints at the UK market as a whole. In general, the market fell by 6.8 per cent to 2,367,147 units after a turbulent 12 months. Demand for superminis and small cars also fell by 2.5 per cent, but along with ‘lower medium’ cars, still accounted for 58.7 per cent of the market.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) December 2018 figures record the Ford Fiesta as the most popular car for another year, with 95,892 cars registered, a massive 31,063 more than the runner-up Volkswagen Golf. With a total of 5,719 units, the small Ford once again topped the chart in December, while 4,224 Golf registrations saw the evergreen VW drop to number six. The Vauxhall Corsa rounded out the top three in the year-to-date list, with 52,915 registrations.

The UK’s top 10 most popular cars during December 2018 and the final year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 5,719 (95,892, 1st)
2 Volkswagen Polo: 4,928 (45,149, 6th)
3 Mini: 4,650 (44,904, 7th)
4 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 4,284 (43,257, 8th)
5 Vauxhall Corsa: 4,264 (52,915, 3rd)
6 Volkswagen Golf: 4,224 (64,829, 2nd)
7 Ford Focus: 3,919 (50,492, 5th)
8 Vauxhall Astra: 3,677
9 Ford Kuga: 2,646 (40,398, 9th)
10 Nissan Qashqai: 2,609 (50,546, 4th)

(The UK’s 2018 year-to-date top ten most popular car absent from December’s registration figures was the tenth-placed Kia Sportage with 35,567 registrations.)

Popular Polos
In December 2018, the sixth-generation Polo was once again the most popular car in South Africa with 2,051 cars registered With 1,771 units at new homes, the fifth-generation Polo-based Polo Vivo was, again, not for the first time, runner-up to both its newer and bigger brother.

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