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05 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Steadfast supermini: Volkswagen Polo remains in UK’s most popular cars list

2016 Volkswagen Polo (UK)

In a repeat of July, the Volkswagen Polo steadfastly remains one of the UK’s most popular cars, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It held on to fifth place in the UK top 10, the position it climbed to in July. A total of 1,834 Polos were registered in August, with an overall tally of 32,266 examples of Volkswagen’s small car finding new homes so far in 2017.

The Polo’s larger sibling, the Golf, sat atop the August UK chart, 43 units ahead of the Ford Fiesta in second, with 2,236 registrations. The small Ford is still king of the pile when it comes to year-to-date figures, though, its 64,988 units and 17,697 unit-lead over the Focus looking unassailable.

With a total of 76,433 units registered, August 2017’s UK new passenger car market dipped by 6.4 per cent, the fifth consecutive monthly decline. The SMMT states that demand still makes it the third largest August in 10 years. Superminis – of which the Polo is one – and family cars remained the most popular choices. The UK’s top 10 most popular cars during August 2017 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Volkswagen Golf: 2,279 (44,218, 3rd)

2 Ford Fiesta: 2,236 (64,988, 1st)
3 Vauxhall Mokka X: 2,063
4 Ford Focus: 1,995 (47,291, 2nd)
5 Volkswagen Polo: 1,834 (32,266, 7th)
6 Ford Kuga: 1,769
7 Vauxhall Corsa: 1,659 (38,038, 5th)
8 Kia Sportage: 1,541
9 Vauxhall Astra: 1,485 (36,360, 6th)
10 Nissan Qashqai: 1,484 (39,698, 4th)

(The 2017 year-to-date top 10 most popular cars absent from August 2017’s registration figures were the eighth-placed Mercedes-Benz C Class, the ninth-placed Mini, and the tenth-placed Mercedes-Benz A Class with 31,471, 28,647 and 26,875 registrations recorded respectively.)

In South Africa, the Polo retained its second best-selling car status with 2,096 examples rolling off the forecourts. Predictably, the entry-level Polo Vivo claimed the number one spot, with 2,340 cars registered. Based on the facelifted fourth-generation Polo sold in Europe from 2005 to 2009, the Vivo has dominated the South African new car sales charts since it was introduced in 2009, when it took over from the fondly remembered Citi Golf as Volkswagen South Africa’s entry-level model.

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22 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Dieter Depping to run third PSRX Polo GTI Supercar at World RX of Germany

2017 PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Polo GTI, World RX of Germany: Depping

A third Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar will be making an appearance at round eleven of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship, the World RX of Germany, with VW test driver Dieter Depping sitting behind the wheel. The three-time German rally champion will make his world rallycross debut in the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden-run car at the Estering circuit on 30 September to 1 October.

The 51 year-old will contest the Buxtehude races alongside PSRX team owner and ex-WRC champion Petter Solberg and current World Rallycross Championship leading driver Johan Kristoffersson. The first time former Dakar driver Depping has driven in competition since the 2010 Nürburgring 24-hour race. ‘I’m really looking forward to it, but also have a huge amount of respect for the races,’ the experienced circuit driver said.

‘When Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets asked me if I could envisage starting at my home race in Buxtehude, I didn’t need to think about it for long,’ explained Depping, beaming. ‘I will prepare for the races and am already looking forward to the great setting at the Estering. My thanks also go to Petter Solberg’s team, who are taking me and my Polo under their wing for this competition,’ he continued.

‘Dieter Depping has done a valuable job for Volkswagen as a test driver and racing driver for many years. He was part of the Dakar team, was involved in the development of countless racing cars and played a major role in Volkswagen bringing home a total of twelve world championship titles with the Polo R WRC,’ said Smeets. ‘The start in Buxtehude is a way of thanking Dieter Depping for his fantastic work, but we are also delighted to have a local hero lining up at the rallycross highlight in Lower Saxony.’

PROFILE: DIETER DEPPING
Dieter Depping was born on 7 August 1966 in Hannover, Germany. He first watched motorsport as a rally spectator when he was 18 years old. In 1990 he contested his rookie season in the German rally trophy in a Volkswagen Golf he built himself, winning the competition. Between 1992 and 1994 he won three titles in the German rally championship, three victories at ADAC Rally Germany (1994, 1996, 1997), and finished runner-up twice in the European championship in 1994 and 1995.

He then took a break from professional racing and devoted himself to the family business. He joined Volkswagen Motorsport as a test driver and works driver in 2001. He made his debut in a Volkswagen Tarek at the 2003 Dakar Rally, as the team-mate of Jutta Kleinschmidt. In 2009, he made his second appearance, in a Race Touareg.

Depping has also contested circuit races for Volkswagen, including the Nürburgring 24-hour race. As a test driver, Depping made a crucial contribution to the development of the hugely successful Polo R WRC the end of 2011. That four-time championship-winning machine also formed the basis for the current World Rallycross Championship Polo GTI Supercar.

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16 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

A sound proposition? Road test: Volkswagen Polo Beats 1.2 TSI 90

Distinctive inside and out, the Polo Beats is a more recent edition to the Volkswagen’s small car range. With upgraded kit and a 300W music system, it sounds like a tempting package. PoloDriver.com editor Rich Gooding takes this special version of the fifth-generation Polo for a final fling and sees if it’s a sound proposition

2017 Volkswagen Polo Beats (UK)

Red mirrors and special graphics: what’s this Polo all about then?
Introduced in May 2016, the Polo Beats started its life as a special edition model, but has become a mainstay of the current Polo range. And yes, its distinct from its siblings by way of (pun intended) loud – for a Polo – body graphics, ‘Beats’ b-pillar branding, a gloss black front grille, darkened rear lights, 16-inch ‘Knight’ alloy wheels, and those red mirrors (which, can actually be also had in black if a mis-matched look is to be avoided).

But, the main attraction of the Polo Beats is its 300W audio system. Yep, as the name suggests, the Polo Beats is a ‘collaboration’ between Volkswagen and Beats Electronics of California.

Volkswagen states that a lower-spec Polo Match comes with an 80-watt sound system as standard, but along with the upgraded output, the Polo Beats also features a digital sound processor, an eight-channel amplifier, seven ‘high-end’ speakers, and unique ‘Beats’-trimmed seats with quilted silver-grey centre sections and alcantara side bolsters. 

There are also red-edged seatbelts, red-edged carpet mats, LED footwell lighting and ‘Isaac Silver’ dashboard trim. A range of four engines power the Polo Beats, with prices starting at £14,355 ‘on the road’ for the 59bhp 1.0-litre three-door. A tempting proposition, does the sound-focused Polo offer much more for its near-£1,000 premium, or is it more a case of the extra kit distorting the appeal?

The current Polo is now eight years old, so how does it drive?
Despite its age, the fifth-generation Polo is still a decent drive. Our test car was fitted with the 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 89bhp, and although it’s been around a while, it’s still a powertrain highlight of the soon-to-be-discontinued Polo range.

Nippy and very tractable with 118lb ft of torque coming in from 1,400-4,000rpm, it scoots the 1,107kg small VW along at a decent lick, and only loses some performance towards the top of its rev range. It sounds nice, too, slightly reminiscent of the thrum belonging to lesser Polos’ turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit. If we’re talking figures, Volkswagen quotes a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds, and a top speed of 114mph.

As has been the way with Polos since the introduction of the third-generation model of 1994, the latest version has a very grown-up feel, with sure-footed and safe handling. The Polo Beats can be cornered with moderate verve, and while we won’t pretend it’s the ultimate in small car fun, it offers a good compromise of mildly involving handling with good grip, a largely comfortable ride, and refined road manners.

The power-assisted steering feels naturally-weighted and not overly light, the manual gearbox has a nice slick ‘mechanical’ action, while the brakes are strong and the car is very hushed when cruising. Not that that is too much of a concern when you have a 300-watt sound system at your disposal…

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14 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo to feature standard-fit Kuhmo Ecowing tyres

Kuhmo Ecowing to be standard-fit on 2017 Volkswagen Polo

Selected versions of the new sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo will be fitted with Kuhmo tyres, it has been announced today. Designed for optimum fuel economy, the South Korean company’s Ecowing ES01 KH27 is now standard on Polos leaving the production lines in the Spanish Pamplona factory and wearing tyres of 185/65 R15 88H size.

Kuhmo was already an approved tyre supplier to the fifth-generation Polo, too, but the KH27 has been developed to ‘meet the needs of compact and medium sized vehicles and is characterised by its notably low-rolling resistance’, which results in lower fuel consumption and rate of wear, as acknowledged by ADAC tyre tests (ADAC Motorwelt 03/2016).

To find out more about Kuhmo’s full range of both road and track tyres, visit www.kuhmotyre.co.uk.

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08 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo rises three places in UK’s most popular cars chart

2017 Volkswagen Polo BlueGT (UK)

Even with cars now only available from dealer stock, the Volkswagen Polo remains one of the most popular cars in the UK, according to figures for July 2017 released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In fact, the Polo moved up three places to number five in July from its eighth place in June: 3,227 Polos were registered last month, taking the 2017 year-to-date tally to 30,432 units.

The Ford Fiesta wasn’t reinstated as the king of the charts, though, with 3,372 small Fords finding homes last month. In fourth place, it was only one place above the Polo, the closest the two have been for some time. The Volkswagen Golf was at number two, with another Ford, the Focus, topping the list. So far in 2017, 62,752 Ford Fiestas have been registered in this country, so it remains the UK’s most popular model in the year so far.

At 161,997 units, the UK new passenger car market as a whole was down by 9.3 per cent, the fourth consecutive monthly fall. The SMMT states that demand was down across all sectors – business, fleet and private sales – but that the year-to-date overall performance is still at a ‘high level’, thanks to a strong first quarter: over 1.5 million new cars have been registered in the UK since January.

The UK’s top 10 most popular cars during July 2017 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Ford Focus: 5,521 (45,296, 2nd)

2 Volkswagen Golf: 5,236 (41,939, 3rd)
3 Nissan Qashqai: 4,640 (38,214, 4th)
4 Ford Fiesta: 3,372 (62,752, 1st)
5 Volkswagen Polo: 3,227 (30,432, 7th)
6 Kia Sportage: 3,155
7 Mercedes-Benz C Class: 2,828 (30,214, 8th)
8 Vauxhall Corsa: 2,819 (36,379, 5th)
9 Mercedes-Benz A Class: 2,809 (25,753, 10th)

10 Audi A3: 2,607

(The 2017 year-to-date top 10 most popular cars absent from July 2017’s registration figures were the sixth-placed Vauxhall Astra and the ninth-placed Mini, with 34,875 and 27,626 registrations recorded respectively.)

2017 Volkswagen Citi Vivo (South Africa)

Elsewhere, the Polo retained its second best-selling car in South Africa status in South Africa with 1,623 examples finding new homes. Once again the entry-level Polo Vivo claimed the number one spot, with 2,675 cars registered. Based on the facelifted fourth-generation Polo sold in Europe from 2005-2009, the Vivo has topped the South African new car sales charts since it was introduced in 2009, when it took over from the fondly remembered Citi Golf as Volkswagen South Africa’s entry-level model.

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