15 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Perfectly packaged: Polo Vivo Xpress extends best-seller appeal to CV market

2016 Volkswagen Polo Vivo Xpress (South Africa)

The best-selling Volkswagen Polo Vivo’s appeal now extends to commercial customers with the launch of the Polo Vivo Xpress. Like the Mk 2 Polo van of the 1980s, the Polo Vivo Xpress is, you’ve guessed it, basically a Polo light commercial. However unlike the panelled Polo of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Vivo Xpress has rear doors and windows, like the fifth-generation Polo-based Polo Van on sale in Denmark.

Created locally
The Polo Vivo Xpress was created locally by Volkswagen Group South Africa Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Schaefer, in response to requests from fleet owners for a small VW delivery vehicle. The van was put into production by the Engineering Division in Volkswagen South Africa’s Uitenhage factory.

The Polo Vivo Xpress has a 519kg payload and a loading capacity volume of 1,060 litres. Powered by a 1.4-litre 74bhp petrol engine and based on the entry-level Polo Vivo Conceptline, it looks little different to the standard car. Steel wheels earn cool points, while external pointers include the 15mm raised suspension and ‘Xpress’ badges.

Mesh partitioner
Inside, there’s a mesh partitioner between passengers and cargo, as well as hard wood flooring in the main load area. Standard equipment includes remote central locking with alarm and air conditioning, while cruise control, CD player, a rough road package (heavy duty shock absorbers and underbody guard) and 14-inch alloy wheels are optional.

Volkswagen South Africa states that the Polo Vivo Xpress has been homologated as a N1 Commercial Vehicle which will allow VAT registered customers to claim back VAT. The small van is priced at R163,700 (VAT and emissions tax included).

POLO VIVO GTS
As well as the launch of the Xpress, Volkswagen has replaced the previous Polo Vivo GT derivative with the Polo Vivo GTS. Sadly, no Porsche-like GTS features are standard, but buyers do get a 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine. The Polo Vivo GTS also features a black-painted roof and mirrors, grey metallic 16-inch ‘Rivazza’ wheels, sports pedals, two-tone GTS body decals, and carpet mats with black piping and red stitching.

The Polo Vivo GTS is available in five colours: Pure White, Flash Red, Reflex Silver, Sunset Red and Pepper Gray. Prices start at R197,200 (VAT and emissions tax included).

The Polo Vivo was South Africa’s best-selling passenger car last year, with 31,384 units sold. Also the best-selling car in South Africa since it was launched in 2010, along wth the Polo Vivo hatchback, there is also a sedan version. Both cars are based on an improved variant of the 2002-2009 Polo sold in Europe.

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