Once again, the Polo Vivo was the best-selling car in South Africa last month, according to figures releases by NAAMSA. The locally-built entry Volkswagen sold 15,135 units, and has been the top-selling car in South Africa for the last three years. The current Polo 6R was once again in second place, shifting 11,987 examples. Both cars are made at Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Uitenhage factory. The exceptional market performance means that Volkswagen Group South Africa maintains its leadership position in the 2013 passenger car market, with a large market share of 23.8 per cent.
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 R111,900 for the base-model 1.4 hatchback to R161,100 for the top 1.6 Polo Maxx, the 2013 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 four-door Polo Sedan.