Polo celebrates 40 years

Polo model range now complete with introduction of TDI engines

Polo BlueMotion with TSI engine


The new Polo model range is now complete with the introduction of the 1.0 TSI BlueMotion – the first Volkswagen BlueMotion with TSI engine, 1.4 TDI engines and GTI with manual transmission. The refreshed Polo was launched in June 2014 with the introduction of fuel efficient four-cylinder 1.0 TSI engines and class leading driver assistance systems such as Automatic Post-Collision Braking and Fatigue Detection. For the interior, new instrument cluster and infotainment system were also introduced.

40 Years of Polo

Polo celebrated its 40th anniversary in April 2015. The first generation Volkswagen Polo was launched in Europe in 1975. South Africa had to wait until October 1996 for its first Polo model, which was launched to plug the gap between Citi Golf and Golf. The first South African Polo was a sedan, which was based on the Seat Cordoba. The Polo Classic as it was known became an immediate success and in July 1998, it was joined by the hatchback body variant named Polo Playa, which was based on the Seat Ibiza.

In October 2002, the all new Polo, this time based on the German model was launched in South Africa. In 2003, it became the first Volkswagen to be awarded the South African Car of the Year title. The new Polo Classic was launched in March 2003.

Polo is one of the world’s best-selling compact models with over 14 million units produced and sold worldwide to date. The Volkswagen factory in Uitenhage is one of the two plants in the Volkswagen production network that assembles the Polo hatch. In South Africa, the Polo is produced for both the local and export markets. Since its launch in 2010, Polo hatch has consistently been the second best-selling passenger car in South Africa. The best-selling passenger car in South Africa since 2010 has been the Polo’s sibling, the Polo Vivo which was also launched in the same year.