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22 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Polo Vivo Dune concept unveiled at 2019 Festival of Motoring

The Polo Vivo Dune, a striking off-road-inspired concept of the all-conquering Polo Vivo has been unveiled at the 2019 Festival of Motoring and is one of five Volkswagens that will star at the five-day event held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit near Johannesburg in South Africa. Other new Volkswagens on show at Kyalami include the new T-Cross SUV and the all-electric record-breaking ID R racer.

The Polo Vivo Dune concept was handbuilt by Volkswagen South Africa’s product engineering team under the leadership of Dr Joost Kessels, and is said to be inspired by ‘South Africa’s diverse landscapes’. The harsh, mountainous Great Karoo regions and the Kalahari Desert defined the Vivo Dune’s exterior colour – which is similar to the latest Polo’s Energetic Orange shade – and trim.

‘Off-road’ style
As its name suggests, the Vivo Dune is in the same ‘off-road’ style as the Beetle Dune, which first appeared in 2016 as a production car – a high-riding New Beetle Dune concept appeared as far back as 2000 (see below). Faux-SUV-style Polos such as the Cross Polo, which was also known as the Polo Dune in the UK, are closest to the Vivo Dune concept, though. The Dune concept looks to be based on the Polo Vivo Maxx, which is the rough and tumble star of the current Vivo range.

Outside, the Vivo Dune looks all ready to tackle the sand hills and South African National Parks. Special paint gives it an eye-catching look, while a roof carrier with integrated LED light bar, a snorkel on the nearside A-post, a front underbody cover, a pair of side ‘step’ bars and off-road tyres really push the off-road aesthetic.

Tailgate-mounted spare wheel
There are also LED headlights, ‘Dune’ decals and grille badge and perhaps most surprisingly, a tailgate carrier-mounted spare wheel at the rear, like a proper mud-plugger. A shark-fin antenna, tailgate spoiler, a chrome exhaust tailpipe and mud flaps also mark the Vivo Dune out as something a little more rugged than a regular Polo Dune.

Inside, body-coloured dash trim inserts, special trim panels and accent stitching carry the theme through from the exterior, while sports pedals, ‘Sun City Orange’ part leather seats embroidered with the ‘Dune’ logo lift the standard Polo Vivo cabin. There is also ‘off-road navigation’ (!), a two-way radio, and a multifunction steering wheel.

But, there are also some quite unique features. A mesh bulkhead has been installed behind the front seats (we can’t see if there are any rear seats), and houses a storage box with gas stove and fire extinguisher, a water dispenser, a collapsible table and chairs, and a 40-litre stainless steel fridge. The Polo Vivo Dune essentially has all the features of a Volkswagen California but with nowhere to sleep!

Not-for-sale concept
Volkswagen South Africa states that the Polo Vivo Dune concept car is just that and will not go on sale. It will be displayed at the Volkswagen AutoPavillion museum in Uithenhage, home to the factory where Polo Dunes and some right-hand drive sixth-generation Polos are built. However, the company also states that ‘certain elements’ of the car are being investigated for production in the near future. We hope so: it would look right at home cruising the plains and riding the dunes!

For more details on the 2019 Festival of Motoring, click here. For more information on the Polo Vivo range, visit the Volkswagen South Africa website.

THE HIGH-RIDERS: ALMOST TWO DECADES OF VOLKSWAGEN DUNE MODELS
The Polo Vivo Dune concept is just the latest in a list of off-road-style Dune-badged VW models. The first, the Beetle Dune concept of 2000 was said to have been inspired by the Baja bugs of the 1970s. Powered by a 150bhp, 2.3-litre, five-cylinder V5 engine, it featured all-wheel drive for proper go-anywhere ability, as well as a lift-out roof panel, chrome underbody guards, raised suspension and huge chromed rims and tyres.

The Beetle Dune production car debuted in 2016 and followed another similarly-named concept from 2014. Based on the second-generation, water-cooled Beetle, it featured plastic cladding, alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and, in the UK at least, a choice of 1.2-litre TSI and 2.0 TDI engines. Both ‘coupe’ and convertible models were available.

The 2004 Polo Fun was a similarly-inspired production car. Based on the Polo Trek concept of 2003, the Dune featured external plastic cladding, a 20mm raised ride height, roof rails, special interior trim, 17-inch BBS ‘Radial’ wheels and tyres, and unique Limette, Magma Orange and Raven Blue Metallic colours. Sold as the Polo Dune in the UK and powered by 64bhp 1.2 and 74bhp 1.4-litre petrol engines as well as a 1.4-litre 74bhp TDI unit, the car was known as the Polo Soho in Spain. A revised version in 2006 saw the Fun name dropped, and the Cross Polo badge adopted instead.

The Cross Polo name continued with the launch of the fifth-generation Polo in 2010, which took the same style route as its predecessors. Undoubtedly a fashionable addition to the fifth-generation Polo range and sold in China, India and South Africa, it became the Polo Vivo Maxx in February 2018, following the original 2014 Polo Dune-based Vivo Maxx. The Cross Polo was dropped for the latest sixth-generation Polo introduced in 2017.

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20 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen South Africa announces Polo Vivo Sound Edition

Following its debut at the Vivonation music festival in March, the Polo Vivo Sound Edition special has been officially announced for sale by Volkswagen South Africa.

Available to order in September for R220,000, the most obvious addition for the Polo Vivo Sound Edition is the six-speaker R340G radio system with subwoofer and Volkswagen App-Connect functionality. Only available in Limestone Grey, Pure White and Reef Blue paint finishes, the Vivo Sound Edition also gets anthracite-coloured 16-inch Rivazza alloy wheels. Energetic Orange mirror caps and special ‘equaliser’ (how 1980s!) graphics on the doors and tailgate also mark out the Vivo Sound Edition as something special.

An optional R2,500 ‘Black’ interior styling package can also be chosen to make the Vivo Sound Edition stand out even more, consisting of anthracite headlining, sun visors and trim, privacy glass for the rear windows as well as a leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip.

‘Premium sound system’
Aimed at younger drivers, the latest version of South Africa’s most popular passenger car joins a model range that has sold 17,672 units up until the end of July 2019. ‘We are confident that the addition of a special premium sound system in the Polo Vivo will appeal to young customers that are passionate about quality sound when they are listening to music,’ said Martina Biene, Head of Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Brand.

Based on the 1.4-litre Polo Vivo Comfortline, the Sound Edition gets that Vivo’s 84bhp, 1,398cc engine with 97lb ft (132Nm) of torque and a five-speed manual gearbox. A three-year/120,000km warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee are standard, with Volkswagen Maintenance and Volkswagen Service Plans available at additional cost. Service intervals for the Polo Vivo Sound Edition are every 15,000km.

The Polo Vivo has been the most popular car in South Africa for most of the last nine years and replaced the Citi Golf in 2010 as Volkswagen South Africa’s entry-level model. A budget hatchback which traditionally sits under the most recently-introduced version of the Polo, the second-generation Vivo was introduced in February 2018, based on the fifth-generation Polo. For more information on the Polo Vivo range, visit the Volkswagen South Africa website.

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06 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Ninth-place for Volkswagen Polo in July’s most popular UK cars chart

According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the Volkswagen Polo continued its run as one of the most popular cars in the UK during July 2019. A total of 2,568 Polos found new homes last month, putting the small Volkswagen in ninth place in the top ten passenger cars chart. With a figure of 26,173, the Polo also held firm as the seventh most popular car in the 2019 year-to-date figures.

Electric car volumes triple
Higher up July’s chart, the Volkswagen Golf was in second place behind the ever-popular Ford Fiesta (4,288 vs 5,646 units respectively), while the Tiguan SUV nudged into the list, too, one place above the Polo, in eighth position. Overall, the market declined again by 4.1 per cent to 157,198 registrations, and was the lowest July market since 2012. But, battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations almost tripled and took a record monthly market share. A new BEV forecast also suggests that in 2020, their full year share could double.

The Polo’s supermini sector dipped 12.1 per cent, bucking the trend of recent months, where it was the most popular. However, the Polo has also been announced as the UK’s fastest-selling used car by AA Cars, and is the car which spends the shortest amount of time being advertised before being sold.

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

1 Ford Fiesta: 5,646 (48,943, 1st)

2 Volkswagen Golf: 4,288 (35,781, 3rd)

3 Nissan Qashqai: 4,047 (33,227, 4th)
4 Ford Focus: 3,863 (36,102, 2nd)

5 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 3,702 (31,606, 6th)
6 Vauxhall Corsa: 3,079 (33,061, 5th)

7 Ford Kuga: 2,921 (23,346, 8th)
8 Volkswagen Tiguan: 2,624
9 Volkswagen Polo: 2,568 (26,173, 7th)
10 Kia Sportage: 2,292 (21,194, 10th)

(The 2019 year-to-date top ten most popular car absent from July 2019’s registration figures was the ninth-placed Mini, with 23,001 units recorded.)

2018 Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Polo Vivo still popular
Once again, the Polo Vivo was South Africa’s most popular passenger car in July 2019, with 2,621 examples registered according to the latest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) figures. The sixth-generation Polo was runner-up again, too: its 2,076 units put it in second place.

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05 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo moves up one in UK’s most popular cars chart

Continuing its now long-standing trend, the Volkswagen Polo was one of the UK’s top ten most popular cars during June 2019. According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 4,592 Polos found new homes in June, putting it in eighth place, one place higher than in May. That takes the 2019 year-to-date tally up to 23,605, which holds the Polo in a steady seventh place. The Volkswagen Golf was the fourth most popular car in June, and sits third in the year-to-date figures.

Superminis the most popular
While UK new car registrations fell for the fourth consecutive month in June, with year-on-year demand slipping 4.9 per cent to 223,421 units, superminis like the Polo were the most popular car, and made up 31 per cent of all registrations in the first half of the year. The Ford Fiesta is still the most popular car in the UK with 43,297 units leaving forecourts so far in 2019, with 7,507 of those in June.

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

1 Ford Fiesta: 7,507 (43,297, 1st)

2 Vauxhall Corsa: 5,164 (29,982, 4th)

3 Mini: 5,535 (21,037, 8th)
4 Volkswagen Golf: 5,473 (31,493, 3rd)

5 Ford Focus: 5,450 (32,239, 2nd)

6 Nissan Qashqai: 5,333 (29,180, 5th)
7 Toyota Yaris: 4,954 (19,147, 10th)
8 Volkswagen Polo: 4,592 (23,605, 7th)
9 BMW 1 Series: 4,465
10 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 3,953 (27,904, 6th)

(The 2019 year-to-date top ten most popular car absent from June 2019’s registration figures was the ninth-placed Ford Kuga, with 20,425 units recorded.)

Polo Vivo still a success
The Polo Vivo continues its amazing success story in South Africa, and was the country’s most popular passenger car in June 2019. The latest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) figures show that 2,571 Polo Vivos found new owners last month, while the the sixth-generation Polo once again propped up the Vivo with 1,887 units in second place.

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08 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo remains one of the UK’s most popular cars

The Volkswagen Polo held firm as one of the UK’s top ten most popular cars during May 2019. A total of 2,902 Polos found new homes putting it in ninth place for May, and with an overall tally of 19,013, seventh place for the year-to-date. The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) recorded a third place for the Golf with 4,655 units, while the Tiguan SUV had a tally of 2,785 registrations, placing it in tenth spot. The same two popular Volkswagens were also mainstays of April’s SMMT figures.

Superminis and small family cars most popular
The Ford Fiesta once again topped both charts, with 6,710 and 35,790 units in the May 2019 and year-to-date rundowns respectively. The Ford Focus was second in both lists with totals of 5,556 and 26,789. The Golf was also third in the year-to-date figures, recording 26,020 units.

As with April, overall, UK registrations declined again in May. A fall of 4.6 per cent gave a total of 183,724 units, and while superminis and small family car demand also slumped, these types still account for a majority 56.3 per cent of the market. Alternatively-fuelled vehicle numbers grew again, up 11.7 per cent, and battery electric cars saw demand surge by 81.1 per cent, but these still only account for 0.6 per cent of the overall new car market in the UK. Petrol-powered cars enjoyed a modest one per cent rise.

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

1 Ford Fiesta: 6,710 (35,790, 1st)
2 Ford Focus: 5,556 (26,789, 2nd)
3 Volkswagen Golf: 4,655 (26,020, 3rd)
4 Vauxhall Corsa: 3,993 (24,368, 4th)
5 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 3,735 (23,951, 5th)
6 Nissan Qashqai: 3,636 (23,847, 6th)
7 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 3,387
8 Nissan Juke: 2,978
9 Volkswagen Polo: 2,902 (19,013 7th)
10 Volkswagen Tiguan: 2,785

(The 2019 year-to-date top ten most popular cars absent from May 2019’s registration figures were the eighth-placed Ford Kuga, the ninth-placed Kia Sportage and the tenth-placed Mini with 16,724, 15,893 and 15,502 units recorded respectively.)

2018 Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Polo Vivo rides a sales wave in South Africa
In what is now a very familiar story, the Polo Vivo surfed the dizzy heights of the sales wave in South Africa during May 2019. Topping the South African new passenger car registrations chart, the latest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) figures point to 2,478 Polo Vivos finding new homes last month. The sixth-generation Polo once again provided a support act in second place with a total of 1,390 units.

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