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27 January 2022 ~ 1 Comment

Viva la Vivo! Second-generation Polo Vivo celebrates 100,000th production milestone

Viva la Vivo (as Coldplay very probably wouldn’t sing)! Volkswagen South Africa has a reason to celebrate, as the 100,000th example of the current Polo Vivo rolled off the production lines at its Kariega (formerly Uitenhage) factory. Based on the Series 5 Polo, the milestone car was a 108bhp Polo Vivo GT finished in Flash Red.

The 100,000th Polo Vivo arrives just four years after production of the second-generation model began in 2018. Over 354,000 examples have now been made at Kariega, the first-generation Polo Vivo made from 2017-2017, based on the fourth-generation Volkswagen Polo built from 2005-2009. A unique model only sold in South Africa, the Vivo replaced the Mk 1 Golf-based Citi Golf, introduced in 1984 as a cost-conscious and fun entry-level car.

Sales chart topper
It’s very safe to say that the Polo Vivo is popular: the best-selling car in South Africa since its introduction in 2010, over 350,289 Polo Vivos have been sold up until December 2021, Its most popular year was 2019, when Volkswagen South Africa sold 29,618 Polo Vivos in a single year. October 2018 was the car’s most popular month, when 3,009 examples were registered.

Alongside the Polo Vivo, the current sixth-generation Polo is produced at Kariega. The latest model not only joins the Polo Vivo in its production home – it often appears below the Vivo in the sales charts taking second place. Kariegan-built Polos are exported to all global right-hand-drive markets, and Volkswagen South Africa additionally supplements production for left-hand-drive markets.

‘A proud moment’
‘This milestone means a lot to our team, both in production and in the rest of the company,’ said Ulrich Schwabe, Production Director at Volkswagen South Africa. ‘Given the challenges of our industry and of the Covid-19 pandemic, this achievement is a proud moment that sets the tone for a successful year ahead. I am grateful to every Volkswagen South Africa employee for their dedication, and the part they played in making this milestone a reality.’

As well as a road car aimed at younger and more cost-conscious buyers, the Polo Vivo has also taken to race tracks as the star of the one-make Engen Volkswagen Cup racing series, and has pounded rally routes in S2000 guise, contesting the South African National Rally Championship. A phenomenally successful model for Volkswagen South Africa, the Polo Vivo’s appeal shows no signs of dimming yet. 

For 2022, Volkswagen Polo Vivo prices start at R232,500 for the 1.4-litre Trendline, rising through Comfortline and Highline trims to the range-topping 108bhp GT, which costs from R314,300.

2017 Volkswagen Citi Vivo (South Africa)

POLO VIVO: A POTTED HISTORY

2010 Polo Vivo hatch and saloon launched in South Africa, replacing the Citi Golf.

2011 Polo Vivo S2000 rally car takes on 2011 South African National Rally Championship.

2011-2014 Polo Vivo circuit racing cars star in Engen Volkswagen Cup race series.

2011 103bhp Polo Vivo GT launched.

2011 More fuel efficient Polo Vivo Blueline introduced.

2012 Polo Vivo Zest added to the range.

2013 Polo Vivo Maxx launched with off-road styling and 103bhp 1.6-litre engine.

2014 Refreshed and updated Polo Vivo introduced.

2015 Special edition Polo Vivo Eclipse introduced.

2015 Style-conscious Polo Vivo Street hatchback launched.

2016 Polo Vivo Xpress light commercial launched.

2016 Polo Vivo GTS replaces Polo Vivo GT.

2016 Polo Vivo production boosted by additional Kenyan manufacture factory.

2016 Polo Vivo Storm introduced based on 1.4-litre 84bhp Polo Vivo Trendline.

2017 New Polo Citi Vivo revives Citi Golf colour schemes and spirit.

2018 Second-generation Polo Vivo launched based on Series 5 Volkswagen Polo.

2018 New Polo Vivo Maxx revealed.

2019 Polo Beats-like Polo Vivo Sound Edition introduced.

2019 Polo Vivo Dune concept unveiled at 2019 Festival of Motoring.

2020 Special edition Polo Vivo Mswenko goes on sale.

2021 Polo Vivo Black Style launched to offer a more distinctive appearance.

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05 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen India announces limited Polo and Vento Matt Edition models

Volkswagen India has launched another special model of the fifth-generation Polo; the Polo Matt Edition is based on the Polo GT, and as its name suggests, is distinguished by its striking matt grey paint finish. A sister saloon model accompanies it, the Vento Matt Edition a new version of the fifth-generation Polo-based saloon.

Powered by Volkswagen’s three-cylinder 1.0 TSI petrol engine with 108bhp mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Polo Matt Edition features 16-inch ‘Portago’ alloy wheels, unique Carbon Steel matt grey paintwork, and gloss black door handles and door mirror caps. It also gets a gloss black rear spoiler atop the tailgate.

The Vento Matt Edition meanwhile – based on the Highline or Highline Plus models – has a neat gloss black boot spoiler with the same body colour options as its Polo sibling, with the exception of the Highline-based car which wears 15-inch ‘Linas’ wheels. Inside, both the Polo and Vento Matt Edition have no upgrades over the cars on which they are based, but standard equipment is high, with a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system featuring Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, automatic wipers, and a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel.

Prices for the Polo Matt Edition start at Rs 10.25 lakh (ex-showroom), the Vento Matt Edition offered at Rs 13.36 lakh for the Highline-based variant, rising to Rs 14.79 lakh for the Highline Plus model. For more details on the Polo and Vento Matt Editions, visit the Volkswagen India website here and here.

 

 

 

 

 

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17 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Added value Volkswagen Polo Active now on sale in the UK from £18,100

Volkswagen UK has released a range of added value Active models, adding yet another option to the popular Polo family. Similar to the United models that went on sale in July 2020, unique ‘Active’ styling details and alloy wheels, and upgraded infotainment options are among the enhanced features offered.

Already on sale in Germany and based on the entry-level Match model, the Polo Active’s extra equipment would add £1,665 RRP to that car’s price tag, yet the Polo Active only costs £700 more. Over the Match, the Polo Active features carpet mats, climate control, a Discover Media Navigation infotainment system with streaming and internet functionality, a winter pack, as well as 15-inch ‘Galway’ alloy wheels.

‘Active’ badging
The newcomer also gains ambient lighting, automatic lights and wipers (as part of the Light & Sight pack), electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, heated seats, ‘Matt Silver’ interior trim highlights, and stainless steel pedals. Externally, Active models are distinguished by ‘Active’ badging on the B-pillars, and ‘Active’-branded door sill protectors.

The Polo Active is available with a choice of 78bhp 1.0 ‘Evo’ and turbocharged 93bhp 1.0 TSI engines, with five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes on the more powerful models. Prices begin at £18,100 for the 78bhp version, rising to £20,395 for the 93bhp TSI DSG variant. Alongside the Polo, its closely related T-Cross sibling has also undergone the Active treatment, costing from £21,035. Other Active Volkswagens include the Golf, T-Roc, T-Roc Cabriolet and Tiguan.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO ACTIVE PRICES
Polo Active / 1.0 Evo 78bhp / five-speed manual / 125g/km / 51.3mpg (WLTP) / £18,100
Polo Active / 1.0 TSI 93bhp / five-speed manual / 121g/km / 53.1mpg (WLTP) / £18,945
Polo Active / 1.0 TSI 93bhp / seven-speed DSG / 128g/km / 50.0mpg (WLTP) / £20,395

‘3 months on us’ finance deal
In addition to the new Active models, Volkswagen UK is also offering a ‘3 months on us’ finance deal until 4 May. This gives three months of £0 payments on new eligible stock vehicles, with up to 3.2% APR Representative*. There is also £500-£8,000 towards a deposit contribution**. Visit www.volkswagen.co.uk for full details and T&Cs.

* With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 3 months on us discount is provided by reducing the standard interest rate. Ordered and delivered by 04/05/2021. Eligible stock vehicles only. 36 to 49 month agreements only. Agreements with a term less than 46 months may receive less than the equivalent of 3 monthly payments. See full T&Cs. Indemnities may be required. Volkswagen Finance.

**Volkswagen deposit contribution range: Up receives £500 deposit contribution, Golf 8 Hatch, T‑Cross and T‑Roc receive £1,250 deposit contribution, Polo receives £1,500 deposit contribution, T‑Roc Cabriolet receives £1,600 deposit contribution, Tiguan receives £2,000 deposit contribution, Golf 8 Estate receives £2,250 deposit contribution, Touran receives £3,600 deposit contribution, Tiguan Allspace receives £3,750 deposit contribution, Passat Saloon and Estate receives £4,000 deposit contribution, Sharan receives £4,200 deposit contribution and Touareg receives £8,000 deposit contribution.

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28 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Polo Active special edition jumps into Volkswagen Germany’s small car range

Volkswagen has announced a range of new Active special edition models that offer more generous equipment levels and unique features. Not to be confused with Ford’s more rugged and Active-branded editions of its standard models, the special VWs are only available on the German market. The Polo Active is just one.

The Polo Active features new 15-inch ‘Galway’ alloy wheels, ‘Active’ badging on the B-pillars, and ‘Active’-branded door sill trims. Inside, there is unique ‘Waveform’ trim, ambient lighting, and stainless steel pedals. The eight-inch ‘Ready 2 Discover’ colour infotainment system comes with DAB+ support as standard for ‘noise-free reception’ without an internet connection. The system can be upgraded to a full navigation set-up at a future date via the in-car shop app.

Active Plus package
Opt for the Active Plus package, 16-inch ‘Sebring’ alloy wheels, black mirror caps, wireless smartphone charging and Digital Cockpit Pro instruments are added. The Polo Active R-Line adds even more, with 17-inch ‘Bonneville’ rims and R-Line-styled bumpers and rear spoiler.

Polo Active prices start at €19,750 for the 78bhp 1.0-litre model. A pair of 1.0 TSI engines with 93bhp come with five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes and another brace of 1.0 TSIs offer 108bhp, the manual car fitted with six ratios. An 88bhp six-speed 1.0 TGI compressed natural gas (CNG) version rounds out the range, all of which can be ordered on Volkswagen’s German website.

In addition to the Polo, Active editions of the Up, T-Cross, Golf, T-Roc, T-Roc Cabriolet, Tiguan, Touran and Sharan are also available. A five-year warranty is standard on all.

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28 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen adds swagger to Polo Vivo with Mswenko special edition

Riding on a decade of success, a new special edition derivative of the Polo Vivo has been launched in South Africa. The Polo Vivo Mswenko has been named after the isZulu word for ‘swag’, which is an expression of attitude and confidence in the Bantu language of the Zulus. Aimed at ‘dynamic and young at heart’ buyers, the R246,900 Polo Vivo Mswenko has some eye-catching features.

Outside, there are ‘Mswenko’ (pronounced ‘m-swe-nkoh’) diamond door decals, a black roof, coloured mirror caps, 16-inch anthracite ‘Portago’ alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, and a chrome exhaust tip. Inside, there are even more statement features. The most notable change over a standard Polo Vivo are the very bright ‘Ocean Blue’ seats, but there is also anthracite headlining, silver dashboard inserts, six speakers, a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel and gear knob, and App Connect.

Style and attitude
Along with that little lot, and the available four colours – Limestone Grey, Pure White, Reef Blue, and Reflex Silver – the Polo Vivo Mswenko should easily live up to the ‘mswenko’ tag. In South Africa, a self-confident and stylish person is said to have ‘swag’. The word ‘mswenko’, which is unique to South Africa, also refers to a person’s style, attitude and general demeanour.

In Volkswagen South Africa dealers from October 2020, the Polo Vivo Mswenko is based on the 1.4-litre 63kW Polo Vivo Comfortline, and costs R246,900. A three-year/120,000km warranty is standard, along with a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. A Volkswagen Maintenance Plan as well as a Volkswagen Service Plan are available as options, and service intervals are 15,000kms.

Since its introduction in March 2010, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo has been the most popular car in South Africa, with over 261,285 registered. Originally based on the fourth-generation European Polo, the Vivo took the shape of the fifth-generation Polo in February 2018. One of the reasons for its success may be that its cost of ownership over a three-year cycle makes it one of the most affordable cars to own in the South African market. Proof that swag confidence is more than style deep.

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