Volkswagen Group South Africa recorded its highest vehicle sales in 2012 last month, maintaining its leadership position in the country’s new passenger car sales chart. Total sales of 9135 units recorded the company’s best monthly sales in 2012 and highest ever sales in August since 2007. The Polo Vivo was once again key to this success, with the Series 4-based Polo entry-level model selling 3714 units, its best monthly figure since its launch in March 2010. It was also the best-selling car on the South African market. The fifth-generation Polo 6R wasn’t too far behind, taking 2355 unit sales, putting it in second place overall.
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, and is available as a three or five-door hatchback and four-door booted saloon with 74bhp/84bhp 1.4-litre and 104bhp 1.6-litre petrol engines. Costing from R107,200 for the base-model 1.4 hatchback to R154,700 for the top 1.6 Trendline Sedan, the 2012 Polo Vivo is based on the revised version of the Series 4 Polo (9N3), built from 2005 to 2009. The fifth-generation Polo (6R) is available as both a three and five-door hatchback, in addition to the traditionally-styled four-door Polo Sedan.