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11 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Polo Vivo tops the May 2010 passenger car sales chart in South Africa

May 2010 saw a total of 25,724 new passenger cars sold in South Africa. The total number of new passenger car sales in the country increased by 9.1% when compared to April 2010, and by 36.3% when compared to May 2009, bringing the year-to-date May market in 2010 to a level 28.3% above the same period for 2009. And the top-selling car of May 2010? The new Polo Vivo, with 2546 units finding homes.

‘Volkswagen of South Africa continued to dominate the passenger car market with 22.6% share and total sales of 5808 units. We are very encouraged by the reaction from the market to our new entry level Polo Vivo,’ said Mike Glendinning, Director of Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen of South Africa. ‘The new car sales cycle therefore appears set to continue growing through 2010, but possibly characterised by slower rates of growth during the second half of the year than what have been experienced so far in 2010,’ he continued.

The Polo Vivo, which was launched in March 2010 as an entry-level model for the South African market, was also the country’s best-selling passenger car brand in April 2010, shifting 2187 units. Available as both a hatchback and saloon with 74bhp/84bhp 1.4-litre and 103bhp 1.6-litre units, two trim levels are available: base and Trendline. Costing from R101,500 for the lowliest 1.4 model, the Polo Vivo is based on the facelifted version of the Series 4 Polo, built from 2005 to 2009.

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14 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Polo stays in the UK’s best-selling cars for the fourth consecutive month

The latest UK car sales figures have been released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers an Traders (SMMT) and the Polo remains well-regarded with UK buyers. Although still selling half of the UK’s favourite car of the year so far, the Ford Fiesta, the Polo rose to sixth place from ninth in the March best-sellers list. The bigger Volkswagen Golf was one place above the Polo in fifth, rounding off an encouraging month not only for the German company, but also for the UK motor industry as a whole.

New car registrations rose 11.5% in April to 148,793, a tenth successive monthly increase with volumes up on a weak 2009, with scrappage accounting for just 8.0% of the April market. ‘April was another good month for the UK motor industry with private buyers responding positively, despite the end of the scrappage scheme. There are still difficult months ahead, but the strong start to 2010 has led SMMT to increase its annual forecast to 1.924 million units,’ said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.

When looking at its competitors, the Polo pipped the Peugeot 207 to the April sales winning post, ahead by almost 500 units, a reversal of fortunes when compared to March 2010’s figures. The Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa still sold more, but the small GM model was only two places ahead of the baby Volkswagen. The SMMT have also released top 10 year-to-date sales figures for 2010, and reflecting the pattern set for April, the Polo comes in sixth, selling 18,840 units. The Fiesta won out again, though, striding the top of the charts with a colossal 42,610 units, 8000 more than its bigger Focus brother.

The UK’s top 10 best-selling cars for April 2010 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 6808 units (42,610, 1st)
2 Vauxhall Astra: 6440 units (29,365, 3rd)
3 Ford Focus: 6279 units (34,256, 2nd)
4 Vauxhall Corsa: 5945 units (29,212, 4th)
5 Volkswagen Golf: 5828 units (22,778, 5th)
6 Volkswagen Polo: 3653 units (18,840, 6th)
7 Audi A3: 3400 units (13,343, 10th)
8 Peugeot 207: 3152 units (17,353, 7th)
9 Mini: 2869 units (13,896, 9th)
10 BMW 3 Series: 2802 units

(The sole year-to-date best-seller which was absent from April’s sales figures was the Renault Clio, selling 14,653 units so far in 2010, putting it in 8th place.)

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09 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Polo remains one of the UK’s top 10
best-selling cars

The figures are out, and the good news is that the Polo is still a firm favourite with UK buyers. The March 2010 UK top 10 sales tallies show a 26.6% increase when compared to the same period last year and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) state that 397,383 new cars were registered last month – more than were expected, especially with the Government’s scrappage scheme coming to an end.

‘The UK motor industry has enjoyed a better than anticipated first quarter of 2010,’ says Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. ‘A strong March performance was underpinned by the scrappage incentive and improving demand in the fleet sector. The coming months will remain challenging and headline registration numbers are expected to dip, but underlying demand will continue to improve slowly.’

The multi-award winning Polo sold well again last month, though dropped to ninth place overall in the sales rankings from seventh In February and fourth in January. Competitors such as the Peugeot 207 and Renault Clio sold more, but the Ford Fiesta was once again top of the supermini heap, selling almost three times that of the Polo. The UK’s best-selling cars for March 2010 are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 23,681 units
2 Ford Focus: 17,989 units
3 Vauxhall Astra: 15,326 units
4 Vauxhall Corsa: 15,088 units
5 Volkswagen Golf: 9976 units
6 Peugeot 207: 8926 units
7 Renault Clio: 8641 units
8 Mini: 7919 units
9 Volkswagen Polo: 7580 units
10 Renault Megané: 6247 units

The latest batch of UK figures come as the eagerly-awaited CrossPolo and Polo GTI models are shown in Germany for the first time at the AMI Leipzig 2010 motor show, alongside the new Volkswagen Touran.

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21 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Polo sales rise in Europe as Golf’s dominance is challenged

The Polo has posted double-digit European sales gains in February 2010 compared to the same month in 2009 according to provider of automotive data and intelligence, JATO Dynamics. Along with the Fiat Punto and Renault Clio, the Polo bucked the trend seen by its larger stablemate the Golf, which has seen sales slip 4.0% in Europe over the same period. The majority of the dip is attributed to the German market, where the Golf’s sales figure’s are down by 9.4%. While the larger Volkswagen still dominates the European sales charts, the Ford Fiesta is catching up, only 4737 units behind.

The top 10 European best sellers in February 2010 were as follows:

1 Volkswagen Golf
2 Ford Fiesta
3 Renault Clio
4 Fiat Punto
5 Volkswagen Polo
6 Peugeot 207
7 Fiat Panda
8 Vauxhall Corsa
9 Renault Megane
10 Vauxhall Astra

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12 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Firm favourite: Polo is the UK’s seventh best-selling new car

Establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with last month by driving into the UK’s top 10 best-selling cars for January 2010, the Polo has repeated the feat for February. Released this week, the figures show that although the Polo slipped three places to number seven, its Golf stablemate actually improved its standing, rising to number three from six in the first month of the year.

While the Polo was still 1336 units clear of challenging its class rival Ford Fiesta for the top spot, it sold 301 units more than the eighth best-selling car, the BMW 3 Series. Rising for the eighth sequential month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders state that the UK’s February’s sales were actually up 26.4%. The full list of what sold what is as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 3236 units
2 Ford Focus: 3035 units
3 Volkswagen Golf: 2586 units
4 Vauxhall Astra: 2524 units
5 Vauxhall Corsa: 2391 units
6 Hyundai i10: 1938 units
7 Volkswagen Polo: 1900 units
8 BMW 3 Series: 1599 units
9 Kia Picanto: 1573 units
10 Peugeot 207: 1422 units

These latest encouraging Polo sales figures come just as the German consumer magazine Guter Rat have awarded the Polo the Best Compact Car 2010 award.

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