23 Facts About Volkswagen Polo


Volkswagen Polo is a supermini car produced by the German car manufacturer Volkswagen since 1975.

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The Volkswagen Polo Playa hatchback sold in Southern Africa in the late 1990s was a rebadged SEAT Ibiza, which has a different body shell from the Polo Mk3 sold in Europe at the same time.

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The saloon and estate versions of the Volkswagen Polo Mk3 were actually rebadged SEAT Cordoba models and had no body panels in common with the Volkswagen Polo hatchback.

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Volkswagen Polo Mk4 continued this trend of platform sharing, with the SEAT Ibiza Mk3 and Skoda Fabia Mk1 and Mk2 both being developed on the same platform and featuring several of the same engines.

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Unusually, the third body that was actually marketed as the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback was closer in concept to a small estate, albeit with exactly the same wheelbase and floor pan as the coupe instead of the saloon.

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Volkswagen Polo is a compact car, with a traditional transversely mounted engine and front-wheel drive.

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Differences between the Audi and Volkswagen models were minor, with the Polo being cheaper and much more basic.

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Volkswagen Polo Mk2 was introduced in October 1981, with the major change being the introduction of a third body style with a steep rear window, in addition to a version resembling the original Mk1 shape with a diagonal rear window.

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Volkswagen Polo competed in the supermini sector with its new rivals such as the Austin Metro and Ford Fiesta, and it was one of the largest superminis in production at this time, meaning that it was close to larger cars, including the Ford Escort in terms of size, space, and price.

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Polo Mk2 was used extensively by Volkswagen to develop future innovations, for example supercharging with a 40-mm G-Lader supercharger in the GT G40 version.

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The new Volkswagen Polo retained the previous four-cylinder engines, but now as well as the carburetted 1.

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Mark III Volkswagen Polo or Typ 6N, appeared in 1994, and was a completely new model, available as three- and five-door hatchback versions, the latter making VW the last major European manufacturer to finally offer rear side doors in this class.

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Volkswagen Polo Playa was a model for the South African market.

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In 2002, the Mark IV Volkswagen Polo was adopted in South Africa, and the separate Volkswagen Polo Playa model was dropped.

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Saloon version of the Mk4 Volkswagen Polo was produced for markets outside Europe, including most Latin American countries, South Africa, China, and Australia.

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The Volkswagen Polo was declared 2010 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show in April 2010.

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The Volkswagen Polo has thorcic airbags and has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash impact rating.

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Sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo was first unveiled in Berlin on 16 June 2017, and launched in late 2017.

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At the time of its introduction, the Volkswagen Polo was positioned between the Fox and Golf in the Brazilian market, and marks the reintroduction of the nameplate in the country since the discontinuation of the fourth-generation Volkswagen Polo in 2015.

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In Mexico, the Brazilian-imported, facelifted Volkswagen Polo will be released in 2023, six years after the Brazilian model's launch, sharing the same engines and specification with the Virtus saloon.

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In Russia and the neighbouring CIS countries, a separate Volkswagen Polo model was released in 2020 to replace the Volkswagen Polo Mk5 saloon.

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Volkswagen Polo GTI is a hot hatch version of the Polo.

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Volkswagen Polo Vivo is consistently the top-selling passenger car in South Africa.

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