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09 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Polo GTI R5 results round-up: Rusce fourth place at Rally Appennino Reggiano

2019 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, 40th Rally Appennino Reggiano: Rusce/Farnocchia

Italian Polo GTI R5 pilots Antonio Rusce and Sauro Farnocchia finished fourth at the 40th Rally Appennino Reggiano last weekend, missing the bottom step of the podium by just 3.1 seconds. The first round of the 2019 International Rally Cup, the Italian event featured 90 miles of stages.

Rusce and co-driver Farnocchia won one of the ten special stages in the R5 class at the Emilia-Romagna asphalt rally. The duo also finished in the top three eight times. The Rally Piancavallo on 11-12 May is the next round in the International Rally Cup series. Read more at www.ircup.it.

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08 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

New Polo, Vento and Ameo Black & White Edition models launched in India

2019 Volkswagen Polo Black & White Edition (India)

Volkswagen India has launched a new Polo special model, the Polo Black & White Edition. Based on the range-topping Polo Highline Plus model and only available in Deep Black or Candy White paint finishes, the special edition features a range of equipment and unique features.

Also available in Vento Polo-based saloon and Ameo Polo-based compact saloon models, too, the Polo, Vento and Ameo Black & White Editions incur no additional cost when compared to the versions on which they are based. Special kit includes grey lower body graphics, 16-inch ‘Portago’ alloy wheels, gloss black rear roof spoiler (Polo), gloss black rear boot spoiler (Vento and Ameo), a black-painted roof, black wing mirror cappings, a ‘Black & White’ wing badge, as well as ‘Black & White’ leatherette seat covers. The app-based Volkswagen Connect system is also standard.

‘Dash of style’
Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said: ‘We constantly enhance our product offerings in line with evolving consumer aspirations. The Polo and Vento have been strong contenders within their segments. Adding a dash of style, these enhanced feature models make an attractive value proposition for our discerning customers’.

For the Indian market, the Polo is currently offered with 74bhp 1.0 MPI petrol and 88bhp 1.5 TDI engines. The Vento offers more choice with 103bhp 1.2 TSI and 103bhp 1.6 MPI petrol engines, in addition to a 107bhp 1.2 TDI unit. The Ameo meanwhile comes with the same 74bhp 1.0 MPI petrol engine as the Polo and a more powerful 107bhp 1.5 TDI unit. From 1 January 2019, all Volkswagen India cars are also offered with a four-year/1 lakh standard warranty, four-year free roadside assistance and also a scheme which offers three free services in one year, or up to 15,000 km.

The Volkswagen India Polo range currently starts at RS 5.75 lakh, with the Vento beginning at Rs 8.68 lakh. The smaller Ameo range is priced from 5.87 lakh. For more information on the Polo, Vento and Ameo Black & White Editions and the rest of the ranges, visit the Volkswagen India website.

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07 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Polo is eighth most popular car in the UK as Volkswagen’s market share rises

2019 Volkswagen Polo R-Line (UK)

The Volkswagen Polo has continued its popularity in the UK and was the eighth most popular car during March 2019. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 8,614 Polos were registered in March, and the small VW currently stands at seventh in the 2049 year-to-date chart.

Third-placed Golf

The Polo’s bigger brother, the Golf, was in third place for both March and the year-to-date tallies. The Ford Fiesta once again tops with run-downs, with the Vauxhall Corsa second in both sets of figures. Accordingly, the Polo is the third most popular supermini in the UK as it enters its 45th year on sale (the original first-generation Polo was unveiled in March 1975).

Overall, UK registrations declined 3.4 per cent despite the first registration plate change of the year, the slump partly attributed to diesel and Brexit ‘uncertainty’. However, it wasn’t all bad news, as superminis like the Polo continued to be Britain’s favourite vehicle type and saw a 4.4 per cent increase in demand, taking a third of all registrations. Volkswagen’s market share grew 1.3 per cent on the same month last year, and the German company now has a 8.37 per cent share of the UK market.

‘Sales success’

Patrick McGillycuddy, Head of Sales for Volkswagen in the UK said: ‘While it’s pleasing for us to see Golf and Polo performing so well and appealing to UK buyers in their tens of thousands, the breadth of Volkswagen’s model range is also playing a big part in this sales success.

‘The T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg SUV models, along with the Up city car and Touran and Sharan MPVs have all made an impact with UK buyers, while the growing appeal of models such as the e-Golf cannot be underestimated. This success comes even before the introduction of the practical T-Cross compact SUV, which will arrive in showrooms later this month.’

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

1 Ford Fiesta: 14,676 (23,474, 1st)

2 Vauxhall Corsa: 13,244 (17,647, 2nd)

3 Volkswagen Golf: 11,072 (17,412, 3rd)

4 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 10,805 (16,682, 5th)

5 Nissan Qashqai: 10,701 (16,420, 6th)

6 Ford Focus: 9,734 (16,668, 4th)

7 Mini: 8,896 (11,969, 8th)

8 Volkswagen Polo: 8,614 (13,089, 7th)

9 BMW 1 Series: 7,986

10 Toyota Yaris: 7,853 (11,400, 9th)

(The 2019 year-to-date top 10 most popular car absent from March 2019’s registration figures was the Ford Kuga with 10,805 units recorded.)

Polo Vivo tops South African chart

Continuing last month’s reversal of roles, the latest NAAMSA South African registration figures show that the Polo Vivo topped the country’s passenger car chart with 2,498 units. The sixth-generation Polo was in second place with 1,383 examples registered and the Toyota Corolla in third with 1,011 cars finding new homes.

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14 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Milltek Sport announces exhaust systems for latest Polo GTI

2019 Volkswagen Polo with Milltek Sport exhaust system

Milltek Sport has announced a fully EC-approved exhaust system for the latest Polo GTI. Starting at £561.42 plus VAT, the system fits from the gasoline particulate filter (GPF) back, which allows drivers to stay within the confines of warranty as well as legislation.

‘Subtle enhancement in tone’
Milltek Sport claims the new system looks set ‘to equip Volkswagen’s latest hot hatch with higher levels of both sonic and dynamic ability’, although also states that enthusiasts looking for a ‘subtle enhancement’ in tone will be best served by the fitment. It would appear (initially anyway) that the exhaust is in keeping with the nature of the car…

All Milltek Sport exhaust systems are designed and hand-finished from aerospace-quality, non-magnetic stainless steel in the company’s Derbyshire factory, using both robotic and more traditional artisanal techniques to create parts that look and sound like factory option components. Milltek’s extensive R&D on both road and dyno ensures that its new systems deliver a crisp, attractive note, without ever droning or resonating on long motorway drives.

2019 Volkswagen Polo GTI with Milltek Sport exhaust system

Sports cat and de-cat options
Once Milltek Sport’s road test programme is complete, sports catalyst and de-cat options will also be available. These will replace the OEM catalysts and GPF, and promise ‘dramatic improvements’ in flow rate as well as a useful aural enhancement says Milltek. More power is also stated to be unleashed!

2019 Volkswagen Polo GTI Milltek Sport exhaust system

Five trim options will be available for owners to match, contrast or accentuate their tailpipes to suit the look of their Polo GTI. Based on the popular and stylish ‘GT90’ trim, the pipes come in a choice of brushed titanium, burnt titanium, carbon, cerakote black or polished. Plenty of Polo pipe personalisation options then!

For more details, visit the Milltek Sport website to see when each new configuration is launched.

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06 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Fifth in February: Volkswagen Polo climbs UK new car registrations chart

2017 Volkswagen Polo

In a repeat of January, the Volkswagen Polo was one of the most popular cars in the UK during February, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). With 1,512 Polos finding new homes, the small VW jumped three places to number five, the top supermini behind Ford’s Fiesta which again took the top spot. In the year-to-date list, the Polo rose two places to number six.

A 1.4 per cent rise

Overall, 3.399 units of the Ford Fiesta were registered in the UK during February, with its Focus relative maintaining its runner-up position with a figure of 2.537. The Polo’s ubiquitous sibling, the Golf, matched its year-to-date third place position with 2,410 registrations. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class was in fourth place, with a tally of 2,059.

Registrations in the UK actually rose 1.4 per cent compared to January, with a total of 81,969 new cars on the road. An uplift of 1,164 compared to the same period last year, with demand for alternatively-fuelled vehicles up 34 per cent, the 22nd consecutive month of growth. Electric cars also enjoyed a rise in registrations, but the 731 cars still accounted for less than one per cent of the market.

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

1 Ford Fiesta: 3,399 (8,798, 1st)

2 Ford Focus: 2,537 (6,934, 2nd)

3 Volkswagen Golf: 2,410 (6,340, 3rd)

4 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 2,059 (5,827, 4th)

5 Volkswagen Polo: 1,512 (4,475, 6th)

6 Nissan Qashqai: 1,449 (5,719, 5th)

7 Ford Kuga: 1,402 (3,654, 9th)

8 Vauxhall Corsa: 1,306 (4,403, 7th)


9 Ford Ecosport: 1,292

10 Volkswagen Tiguan: 1,258

(The 2018 year-to-date top 10 most popular cars absent from February 2019’s registration figures were the Kia Sportage and Mercedes-Benz C-Class with 4,529 and 3,593 units recorded respectively.)

Role reversal

A reversal of recent roles occurred with South Africa’s February 2019 registration figures. The most recent NAAMSA data shows that the Polo Vivo topped the passenger car chart with 2,962 units, just one place behind the Toyota Hilux, which with 3,504 registrations, is the most popular vehicle in the country.

The latest sixth-generation Polo which has traditionally beaten the Vivo in recent months, was South Africa’s second most popular passenger car with 1,605 examples registered. As with January, the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest secured third place with 1247 units.

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