11 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Polo Vivo 2010’s best-selling car brand
in South Africa; New Polo also dominates

In the words of the marketing campaign for the Polo Vivo, Volkswagen Group South Africa has ‘so much to celebrate’. The Polo Vivo was the best-selling car brand in the country during 2010, with 23,297 units sold. The fifth-generation New Polo 6R also became a favourite with South Africans, finding 16,006 homes last year. 26,615 new passenger cars were sold in South Africa during December 2010, an increase of 38.9% when compared to the same period in 2009, while the full 2010 new passenger car market total was up 30.6% on 2009.

‘Volkswagen Group South Africa sold a total of 67 023 passenger cars in 2010 – growth of 34.3% over 2009 – 4% ahead of the total market year on year growth. With 19.9% of the total passenger market, Volkswagen Group SA was again passenger market leader,’ commented Mike Glendinning, Director of Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen Group South Africa. ‘Notably, Polo Vivo was firmly established as South Africa’s top selling passenger car. The new Polo also ensured that the Volkswagen brand continues to dominate the affordable, entry level segment of the market. Given the outlook for 2011, we expect continued growth in demand for new vehicles.’

The Polo Vivo was launched in March 2010 as an entry-level model for the South African market, replacing the Series 1 Golf-based CitiGolf. Available as both a three or five-door hatchback and four-door saloon with 74bhp/84bhp 1.4-litre and 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol engines, two trim levels are available: base and Trendline. Costing from R104,065 for the most basic 1.4 hatchback to R156,220 for the 1.6 Trendline Sedan, the Polo Vivo is based on the facelifted version of the Series 4 Polo, built from 2005 to 2009. The New Polo is available as Trendline, Comfortline, BlueMotion and CrossPolo models, costing from R147,180 to R224,500.

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