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29 June 2009 ~ 0 Comments

2009 Polo: ‘Neon’ TV commercial

These hip young things have seen the light. There are no surprises for the demographic Volkswagen is aiming the new Polo at. Here’s the first proper commercial for the new Polo, which launches this week in Germany, and has attracted over 24,000 advance orders.

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07 June 2009 ~ 0 Comments

2009 Polo at Sniff Petrol

A little harsh I think. I think they’ve been sniffing too much petrol at Sniff Petrol. Yes, sensible the new Polo may be, but it is different to the bigger Golf, and has got a style of its own. Don’t they realise that the more daringly-styled new Ford Fiesta will date much quicker?

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27 May 2009 ~ 0 Comments

2009 Polo: more details released

2009 Volkswagen Polo: more details released
Fresh from its international press launch in Sardinia (the location for the Mk 2 Polo launch, fact fans), more details on the 2009 Volkswagen Polo have been released. Volkswagen has listed details on the three trim levels in Germany, more information on engines, and plans for the roll-out.
Mainland Europe is to get the car first, at the end of June, with other markets to follow. Cars for the UK are scheduled to land around September or October. Initial drive reports from the Italian outpost claim that the car is big-car impressive, but ultimately not as fun to steer as dynamic arch rival, the Fiesta. The same old story then; has Volkswagen missed a trick?
In other Polo-related news, Volkswagen has received over 13,000 advance orders for the new fifth-generation model (remember that the public hasn’t actually seen the car in the metal yet), and the rumour mill still reports that a deal for the US market has all but been done, although we’ll reserve judgment on that one until we hear a green a light has been given. It could well be true, though; the first UK road tests point to the top trim level in this country being ‘SEL’, which was used on the top-of-the-tree US Corrado a few years ago.

Fresh from its international press launch in Sardinia (the location for the Mk 2 Polo launch, fact fans), more details on the 2009 Volkswagen Polo have been released. Volkswagen has listed details on the three trim levels in Germany (the traditional Trendline, Comfortline and Highline), more information on engines, and plans for the roll-out.

Mainland Europe is to get the car first, at the end of June, with other markets to follow. Cars for the UK are scheduled to land around September or October. Initial drive reports from the Italian outpost claim that the car is big-car impressive, but ultimately not as fun to steer as dynamic arch rival, the Fiesta. The same old story then; has Volkswagen missed a trick?

In other Polo-related news, Volkswagen has received over 13,000 advance orders for the new fifth-generation model (remember that the public hasn’t actually seen the car in the metal yet), and the rumour mill still reports that a deal for the US market has all but been done, although we’ll reserve judgment on that one until we hear a green a light has been given.

It could well be true, though; the first UK road tests point to the top trim level across the Atlantic being SEL, which was used on top-of-the-tree US Corrados and Passats a few years ago.

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11 May 2009 ~ 2 Comments

New Polo road test published at Car Magazine Online

New Polo road test published at Car Magazine Online
The website of UK motoring monthly Car, has published the first road test of the new Polo. Driven by respected motoring journalist Georg Kacher, the 1.2 TSI with 104bhp earns a four-star rating.
Summing up, Kacher says that the new Polo ‘isn’t perfect, but it’s an impressive step forward from a model that was well past its sell-by date.’ The full drive is in the July issue of Car magazine out on 20 May 2009, but you can read the exclusive first test here.
http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Drives/Search-Results/First-drives/VW-Polo-12-TSI-5dr-2009-CAR-review/

The website of UK motoring monthly Car, has published the first road test of the new Polo. Driven by respected motoring journalist Georg Kacher, the 1.2 TSI with 105 PS earns a four-star rating. Summing up, Kacher says that the new Polo ‘isn’t perfect, but it’s an impressive step forward from a model that was well past its sell-by date.’ The full drive is in the July 2009 issue of Car magazine out on 20 May, but you can read the exclusive first test here.

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08 May 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Our cars: 1994 Polo GT Coupé

Fully charged
No, even though this post has a car in it, and a headline that suggests charging by an electric current, the vehicle in question is powered neither by batteries or a battery/fuel mix. My 1994 Volkswagen Polo GT has been having starting problems of late caused by a flat battery, but now normal service has resumed with a new unit bought from German Swedish and French car parts.
Bought and fitted eventually, that is. The first one I brought home was physically too big for the hole, tucked away in the top left-hand corner of the little VW’s engine bay. Not the easiest place to get to thanks to the intrusion of the brake servo (lacking on early cars, resulting in a much easier fit process thanks to the larger opening), it was clear the new battery wasn’t going to go in, so it went back.
After a dispute with one member of staff in the shop who was adamant it would fit (it was two inches too long – I’ve had the car 10 years, so I should know what fits), it transpired that the new unit I had taken back had been labelled with the wrong part number at branch level, so was swapped out for one which not only looked right, but (surprise, surprise) did actually fit.
Once in place, it ended the two-week power drought which two failed charging periods had failed to resolve. It means that I can now obviously drive the car, owing Nik several journeys where he has had to abstain from the alcoholic stuff, as I had no means of driving him. The no-go resolve came at the right time, too; I wanted the car for Stanford Hall, to give it a run out, as it barely gets used these days.
So, Saturday afternoon and early evening were spent cleaning, polishing, vacuuming, and finessing the GT for the day that lay the other side of a good night’s sleep. My acute obssessiveness must have worked; Derek from next-door came out of the house and congratulated me on how good the old car looked. I was pleased, as a few hours’ cleaning had stripped time off the 15 year-old, 157,000-mile body.
I could have spent even longer on it if I’d wanted to, but one of the joys of not using it that much means that the Polo is still in not too bad a condition for its age, even though it’s not garaged. That wasn’t true of me, though, on Saturday night; exhausted but happy, but certainly not as fully charged as I was at the start of the day. There were a few complimentary looks at Lutterworth on Sunday, though, so all the effort was appreciated.

No, even though this post has a car in it, and a headline that suggests charging by an electric current, the vehicle in question is powered neither by batteries or a battery/fuel mix. My 1994 Volkswagen Polo GT has been having starting problems of late caused by a flat battery, but now normal service has resumed with a new unit bought from German Swedish and French car parts.

Bought and fitted eventually, that is. The first one I brought home was physically too big for the hole, tucked away in the top left-hand corner of the little VW’s engine bay. Not the easiest place to get to thanks to the intrusion of the brake servo (lacking on early cars, resulting in a much easier fit process thanks to the larger opening), it was clear the new battery wasn’t going to go in, so it went back.

After a dispute with one member of staff in the shop who was adamant it would fit (it was two inches too long – I’ve had the car 10 years, so I should know what fits), it transpired that the new unit I had taken back had been labelled with the wrong part number at branch level, so was swapped out for one which not only looked right, but (surprise, surprise) did actually fit.

Once in place, it ended the two-week power drought which two failed charging periods had failed to resolve. It means that I can now obviously drive the car, owing Nik several journeys where he has had to abstain from the alcoholic stuff, as I had no means of driving him. The no-go resolve came at the right time, too; I wanted the car for Stanford Hall, to give it a run out, as it barely gets used these days.

So, Saturday afternoon and early evening were spent cleaning, polishing, vacuuming, and finessing the GT for the day that lay the other side of a good night’s sleep. My acute obssessiveness must have worked; Derek from next-door came out of the house and congratulated me on how good the old car looked. I was pleased, as a few hours’ cleaning had stripped time off the 15 year-old, 157,000-mile body.

I could have spent even longer on it if I’d wanted to, but one of the joys of not using it that much means that the Polo is still in not too bad a condition for its age, even though it’s not garaged. That wasn’t true of me, though, on Saturday night; exhausted but happy, but certainly not as fully charged as I was at the start of the day. There were a few complimentary looks at Lutterworth on Sunday, though, so all the effort was appreciated.

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