The VW Polo Comes Out fighting as SA’s 2nd Best Selling Passenger Car

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New and used car sales in South Africa is a hotly contested space, but the VW Polo seems to always make it out victorious, earning itself the title of the 2nd Best Selling passenger in South Africa!

This is a massive achievement for the A0 hatch segment player, especially when you consider that the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo was only released into the South African market in January 2018. Since then, over 400,000 have already been built at VW’s plant in Kariega, formally known as Uitenhage with a total of 326,000 units. That’s more than 80% of the overall production run having been exported to global markets. In the three years since the 6th generation of the Polo was released locally, the total number of cars that have found homes sits at 73,439 and climbing. 

Steffen Knapp, head of the Volkswagen passenger cars brand has said “The Volkswagen Polo is the second best-selling passenger vehicle in South Africa, behind the Polo Vivo and an important derivative for our brand. In 2021 alone, we sold over 10 000 Polos in the local market giving Volkswagen a share of 21.8% in the A0 hatch segment.”

Despite the Polo’s popularity, VWSA is not resting on its laurels, having already started production of the new Polo. Presently, the Volkswagen Polo is built in Brazil, China, Spain and of course, South Africa. The locally produced Polos are exported to all Right-Hand Drive markets around the world, while VWSA also supplements the supply to left-hand drive markets by producing LHD variants alongside RHD models. Apart from catering to the global market, VWSA’s Kariega plant can also boast that they are the single supplier of the Polo GTI for all markets across the globe, a remarkable achievement when considering that HQ in Germany entrusted them with the production of their flagship model.

Can’t wait to get your hands on the new Polo? Well, then keep an eye on your local dealership because sales are set to begin in the first quarter of 2021.

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