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Euro NCAP Announces 2017’s Safest Cars By Segment [w/Video] 14
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in EuroNCAP, Opel Crossland X, subaru impreza, Subaru XV, video, Volvo XC60, VW Arteon, VW Polo, VW T-Roc on 01 14th, 2018


As with every year, the Euro NCAP published the list with the safest new cars in their respective classes for 2017. The independent organization rates each model in four categories: Adult Occupant Safety, Child Occupant Safety, Pedestrian Safety and Safety Assist, with the three first being self-explanatory and the fourth assessing the active and passive systems that are available.


The European New Car Assessment Program says that its star ratings between different segments of models are not directly comparable. which leads us to their ‘Best In Class’ awards, showing which models have performed better than their direct competitors.

Euro NCAP has divided the car market into six segments: Executive, Large Off-Road, Small Off-Road, Supermini, Small MPV and Small Family Car. Let’s see then which new cars took the title of the safest model in their respective segments, and watch the relevant video that follows.

Executive: VW Arteon


Adult Occupant: 96% | Child Occupant: 85% | Pedestrian: 85% | Safety Assist: 82%

Large Off-Road: Volvo XC60


Adult Occupant: 98% | Child Occupant: 87% | Pedestrian: 76% | Safety Assist: 95%

Small Off-Road: VW T-Roc


Adult Occupant: 96% | Child Occupant: 87% | Pedestrian: 79% | Safety Assist: 71%

Supermini: VW Polo


Adult Occupant: 96% | Child Occupant: 85% | Pedestrian: 76% | Safety Assist: 59%

Small MPV: Opel Crossland X


Adult Occupant: 85% | Child Occupant: 84% | Pedestrian: 62% | Safety Assist: 57%

Small Family Car: Subaru XV & Subaru Impreza


XV| Adult Occupant: 94% | Child Occupant: 89% | Pedestrian: 84% | Safety Assist: 68%
Impreza| Adult Occupant: 94% | Child Occupant: 85% | Pedestrian: 82% | Safety Assist: 68%

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VW Polo Coupe Would Make A Compelling Scirocco Replacement 3
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Renderings, VW, VW Corrado, VW Polo, VW Scirocco on 01 3rd, 2018


As good as it looked, Volkswagen had a bit of tough time selling the Scirocco. In fact its best year of sales barely caught up to how many Golfs it sells in Europe each month.
Blame it on the Scirocco’s inherently less practical form or its ancient underpinnings – based as it was on the 2004 Golf Mk5’s platform. But push come to shove, the Scirocco’s been phased out.

The question is whether VW will ever fill the void left by the Scirocco’s departure, and this could be a good answer. It’s a speculative rendering of a Polo coupe, put out by budding automotive designer Kleber Silva. It supposes a Scirocco-like shape, but in a smaller form – and, ostensibly, a less expensive one.

Now we should be clear at this point that we have no reason to believe Volkswagen is planning such a model. In fact it phased out the three-door model with the introduction of the new sixth-general Polo. But between that and the demise of the Scirocco (to say nothing of the closely related Seat Ibiza‘s similar switch to five doors only), there’s a big gaping hole left in VW’s lineup – one that this little guy might fill nicely.

What do you say: new Corrado, anyone?

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VW Boss Admits Polo GTI Could Gain Higher-Performance Version 2
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Reports, VW, VW Polo on 01 2nd, 2018


The idea of a Volkswagen Polo R isn’t exactly new, but it appears to be finally materializing.

Citing the brand’s chassis development chief, Karsten Schebsdat, Autocar says that a more performance-optimized version of the 200-horsepower Polo GTI could happen, without specifically referring to the ‘R’ badge, though.

“The car is so stable even in high-speed corners that there is definitely much more capacity [for a more focused version]”, Schebsdat said, adding that the “chassis can give more”.

Schebsdat’s affirmation appears to be on par with a previous report claiming that the German brand has several Polo R prototypes out, built for evaluation purposes. If this is indeed the car hinted by the VW official, then expect a version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the Golf R to be resting under the hood.

However, as such a model of the Volkswagen Polo would outrun both the Golf GTI and Golf R, it’s likely that the powertrain will be detuned. However, instead of the current Polo GTI’s FWD layout, the ‘R’ supermini might also benefit from the four-wheel drive system of its larger sibling.

Nothing else is known about a Volkswagen Polo R so far, but if it materializes, then it’s not completely excluded for Seat to offer similar variants of the Ibiza with the Cupra moniker.

Note: New Volkswagen Polo GTI pictured

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VW Celebrates Record Year With More Than Six Million Vehicles Produced 30
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, VW, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Passat, VW Polo on 12 30th, 2017


It appears that 2017 will be a record year for Volkswagen, as the core brand of the VW Group will, for the first time ever, have manufactured more than six million vehicles by year’s end.

VW’s success was driven mainly by its long-standing best-sellers, namely the Jetta, Golf, Passat and Polo, as well as the popularity of the Santana in China and the growing demand for its newer models like the Tiguan, the T-Roc and the Arteon.

“More than six million vehicles produced in 12 months – there is one thing that this shows above all: our plants and employees are continually improving their production competence,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen. “We have top teams in production which successfully master growing demand from customers.”

The VW brand has more than 50 plants in 14 countries, and its global product portfolio now including over 60 models.

In 2017, VW launched more than 10 new models globally and is expected to renew its entire product range within the next few years. By 2020, it will offer 19 SUVs around the world, with the share of SUVs and crossovers in its overall range to be increased to around 40 percent.

From 2020 onwards, the brand plans to build a family of all-electric models based on a new bespoke architecture, including the I.D., the I.D. Crozz and the I.D. Buzz. VW expects to have sold one million electric vehicles by 2025.

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New VW Polo GTI Is A Great All-Rounder But Not A Firestarter, Says Review 28
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 12 28th, 2017


Hot hatches are meant to be exciting devices that make you take the long road home, and the latest VW Polo GTI wants to be that car.

Packing more power than ever, courtesy of a 2.0-liter TSI engine that makes 197hp (200PS) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque, the new Polo GTI appears to have closed the gap to its Golf GTI sibling by a significant margin.

Zero to 62mph (100km/h) takes 6.7 seconds when fitted with the dual-clutch gearbox, while top speed is a very autobahn-friendly 147mph (247km/h).

Combined with the new generation’s bigger dimensions, the latest Polo GTI also appears to be more competent than ever, taking advantage of the MQB-A0 platform and all the tricks that come with it. These include goodies such as wider tracks as well as adaptive dampers.

Those looking for a proper Fiesta ST alternative however are going to be left with a more mature take on hot-hatches, as the new VW Polo GTI performs better as a one-car-to-do-it-all according to Auto Express.

It’s not that VW doesn’t know how to make exciting hatchbacks, but apparently the new Polo GTI is not the firecracker some hoped it would be.

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Is The Most Powerful VW Polo GTI Ever More Fun To Drive, Too? 17
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, UK, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 12 17th, 2017


VW has been making GTI versions of the Polo for quite some time now, but the new generation wants to achieve more than its predecessors did.

The German company wants the GTI badge to represent the default choice in the hot-hatch segments, offering for the first time three GTIs at the same time: the small Up!, the supermini Polo and, of course, the Golf.

Hot versions of superminis can be really special as demonstrated in the past by Renault with the Clio RS and Ford with the Fiesta ST, and VW is more serious than ever with the Polo GTI in terms of performance and fun.

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine this time, making 197hp (200PS) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. When paired to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (a manual option is also available), the Polo GTI requires 6.7 seconds for the 0-62mph (100km/h) dash and it won’t stop accelerating before it hits 147mph (247km/h). Autocar delivers its first driving impressions on the video that follows.

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Is The Most Powerful VW Polo GTI Ever More Fun To Drive, Too? 17
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, UK, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 12 17th, 2017


VW has been making GTI versions of the Polo for quite some time now, but the new generation wants to achieve more than its predecessors did.

The German company wants the GTI badge to represent the default choice in the hot-hatch segments, offering for the first time three GTIs at the same time: the small Up!, the supermini Polo and, of course, the Golf.

Hot versions of superminis can be really special as demonstrated in the past by Renault with the Clio RS and Ford with the Fiesta ST, and VW is more serious than ever with the Polo GTI in terms of performance and fun.

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine this time, making 197hp (200PS) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. When paired to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (a manual option is also available), the Polo GTI requires 6.7 seconds for the 0-62mph (100km/h) dash and it won’t stop accelerating before it hits 147mph (247km/h). Autocar delivers its first driving impressions on the video that follows.

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New VW Polo Rendered As A Ford Fiesta Active Rival 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Renderings, VW, VW Polo on 12 16th, 2017


In recent years, carmakers have attempted to cater for every single tiny niche by creating an increasing array of special variants directed towards different customers, and the one that (supposedly) make the vehicles look more rugged with blacked-out bumpers and wheel arches is one of them.

The likes of Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volvo, and Audi all offer such vehicles. Volkswagen, too, had the CrossPolo that was based on the previous generation, so building such a version of the new one makes perfect sense.

Behance artist Kleber Silva has created a pair of renderings depicting the new Polo dreamt up as a rival to the Ford Fiesta Active, and it certainly looks the part.

Compared to the standard Polo, the Alltrack (or should we say CrossPolo?) has body cladding on the wheel arches, bumpers and side skirts, and benefits from a slightly increased ride height. All told, these small changes could attract buyers who pursue an active lifestyle, even though the ruggedness and off-road prowess of such a vehicle wouldn’t be greatly improved over the standard car.

On the other hand, these kind of cars attract customers who care more about looks than actual off-road capabilities, so this shouldn’t be a problem at all.

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Order The New VW Polo GTI From €23,950 In Germany [74 Images] 13
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, new cars, prices, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 12 13th, 2017


Volkswagen has started taking preliminary orders for the 2018 Polo GTI in Germany.

Building upon the sixth-gen supermini, the range-topping model has a €23,950 ($28,159) starting price, making it just €600 ($705) more expensive than one of its main rivals, the Renault Clio RS.

The 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI is a lot of car for the money, as it sports a more aggressive design, rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and comes with specific sports seats that are dressed with the legendary ‘Clark’ plaid pattern, among other.

Optional extras include 18-inch alloy wheels, a first for the hot Polo, LED headlights, adjustable sports running gear, a panoramic sliding sunroof which claims to be the largest in the segment, a 300-watt Beats premium sound system, digital instrument cluster, and numerous driver assistance systems.

However, beneath the new sheet metal is where the action takes place. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, sourced from the previous-gen Golf GTI, is delivering 200PS (197hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque. Paired to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the new Polo GTI takes 6.7sec for the classic 0-100km/h (62mph), before maxing out at 237km/h (147mph).

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VW Polo GTI R5 Rally Car Rockets From 0-62 MPH In 4.1 Seconds 4
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Polo on 12 4th, 2017


Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new Polo GTI R5 following a preview last month.

Introduced earlier today in Spain, the Polo GTI R5 is a turn-key rally car that was designed to compete in the R5 class alongside rivals such as the Citroën DS3 R5, Ford Fiesta R5, and Skoda Fabia R5.

As part of the transformation from street car to rally car, the Polo has been outfitted with an aggressive body kit includes a sportier front bumper, extended fender flares, and a large rear spoiler. The model has also been equipped with lightweight wheels, a roll cage, and an assortment of safety equipment.

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 272 PS (200 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a five-speed sequential racing transmission that sends power to permanent four-wheel drive system. This enables the 1,320 kg (2,910 lbs) rally car to rocket from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds.

The Polo GTI R5 will be homologated next summer and the first deliveries are scheduled to occur shortly thereafter. If everything goes according to plan, the car should celebrate its racing debut next fall.

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Crash Tests Reveal South Africa’s Most Popular Cars Are Worryingly Unsafe 26
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chery, Datsun, Datsun Go, Datsun Videos, Global NCAP, renault, Renault Sandero, Renault Videos, Reports, south-africa, TOYOTA, Toyota Etios, Toyota Videos, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 11 26th, 2017


Combining for 65% of all new cars sold in South Africa last year were the VW Polo Vivo, Datsun Go+, Toyota Etios, Renault Sandero and the Chery QQ3, a group of five extremely popular models.

Thanks to Global NCAP grabbing the entry-level version of each of these cars and testing their safety, we now know just how well they could protect occupants in the event of a crash.

While talking about the first ever crash-worthiness test for cars sold in Africa, Global NCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh says that such programs have led to safer cars being delivered in markets such as South America, India and the ASEAN region over the past five years.

“Working closely with our partners at the Automobile Association of South Africa and with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, our new campaign is an important first milestone on the road to Safer Cars for Africa.”

David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, added that “It is good to see a four star result in these first ever African crash test ratings. However, it’s extremely disappointing that there’s a zero star car. Such a poor result shows why it is so important for countries like South Africa to fully apply the UN’s crash test standards.”

Let’s run through these results and start with the only car here which achieved a four star rating for adult occupant protection.

Toyota Etios

The Etios’ structure was rated at stable during its frontal crash test, which was conducted at 64 km/h (39 mph). This model also came with seat belts with pretensioners for both front passengers, and achieved a three star rating for child occupant protection when Toyota-recommended child seats where used.

It’s worth noting that only the Etios and the Renault Sandero offer standard ISOFIX anchorages for the outboard rear positions and three-point seat belt for all passengers.

Renault Sandero

Like the Etios, the Sandero’s structure was also rated as “stable” during its frontal collision test, offering acceptable adult occupation protection. It wasn’t quite as good as the Toyota, but it did do better in the child occupant protection test where it achieved four stars – the best in the group.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Polo Vivo delivered similar results to the Sandero as far as adult occupant protection is concerned. Also like the Sandero, it did not come with seat belt pretensioners. However, using child seats recommended by VW, the Polo Vivo only managed a three star rating for child protection.

Datsun GO+

Here’s where this list shifts from acceptable to downright scary. The Datsun GO+ achieved a one star rating for its poor driver occupant protection, and a two star rating for child occupant protection using child seats.

The dummy inside the car suffered chest damage (impact with the steering wheel, despite the airbag) during the frontal collision test, and the vehicle’s structure was rated unstable overall. There was also no airbag for the passenger.

Chery QQ3

Like Mr Ward said, the Chery QQ3’s performance was extremely disappointing. It achieved a zero star rating and its structure was deemed unstable as it collapsed during impact – resulting in injuries to the dummy’s head and chest.

Aside from not featuring any airbags, this car also didn’t have a manufacturer-recommended child seat, which explains why it received a zero star rating for child occupant protection as well.

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2018 VW Virtus Is A Polo Sedan For South America 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Brazil, new cars, South America, VW, VW Polo, VW Virtus on 11 17th, 2017


After a number of leaks and a revealing teaser, the 2018 VW Virtus has just premiered in Brazil.

Essentially a sedan version of the Polo that will be sold exclusively in South America, the Virtus will directly rival the likes of the Honda City, Toyota Yaris Sedan, Fiat Cronos and Chevrolet Prisma.

Like the Polo, the 2018 Virtus is underpinned by the carmaker’s MQB-A0 platform and should be available with the same selection of powertrains. As it stands, VW’s South American arm has confirmed just one model, the 200 TSI. It utilizes a 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder turbo engine delivering 128 hp with ethanol and 115 hp with petrol. Both fuels deliver the same 147 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 9.9 seconds and a 194 km/h (120 mph) top speed. Additional variants are expected to be announced shortly.

As expected, the exterior design of the Virtus is a mish-mash of the Polo hatch at the front and the Jetta sedan at the rear. More impressively, the sedan’s interior utilizes a 10.25-inch screen for the gauge cluster and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirrorlink.

Discussing the car, President and chief executive of Volkswagen South America Region and Brazil, Pable Di So, said the Virtus is an important model in the brand’s updated local range.

“We are advancing in South America – and are renewing our model range in Brazil step-by-step. Following the presentation of the new Volkswagen Polo a few weeks ago, the Virtus is a further key element in our drive to take Volkswagen back to the lead in the region.”

Prices have yet to be announced.

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Volkswagen’s Returning To Rallying With New Polo GTI R5 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Polo on 11 7th, 2017


Volkswagen disappointed rally fans when it withdrew from the World Rally Championship at the end of last season. Now, less than a year later, the German automaker has announced its return to the rally scene, just in a very different capacity.

Instead of fielding its own Polo R WRC in the top-tier rally series, VW is preparing to offer another version of the Polo to customer teams.

Previewed for the first time in this teaser sketch, the new Polo GTI R5 is being built by the same people behind the previous version – including VW Motorsport technical director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison and Sebastien Ogier‘s race engineer Gerard-Jan de Jongh.

Full specifications haven’t been announced, but the R5 is being based on the new Polo GTI with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine employing direct injection to channel 270 horsepower to all four wheels through a five-speed sequential gearbox.

“With the Polo GTI R5 we are hoping to transfer our expertise from four WRC titles to customer racing successfully, and offer a first-class racing machine for countless rally championships from national series to the WRC,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets. “Before the first race outing next year, we will subject the Polo GTI R5 to rigorous testing to make sure it is prepared for the extremely varied track conditions around the world.”

Once it’s released in the second half of next year, the Polo GTI R5 will join the Golf GTI TCR touring car in Volkswagen’s growing customer racing portfolio. It’s a well-trodden path for the VW Group, with other divisions offering customer racing cars like the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Audi RS3 LMS, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Seat Leon Cup, and (most pertinently) the Skoda Fabia R5 that competes in the same class.

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Volkswagen’s Returning To Rallying With New Polo GTI R5 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Polo on 11 7th, 2017


Volkswagen disappointed rally fans when it withdrew from the World Rally Championship at the end of last season. Now, less than a year later, the German automaker has announced its return to the rally scene, just in a very different capacity.

Instead of fielding its own Polo R WRC in the top-tier rally series, VW is preparing to offer another version of the Polo to customer teams.

Previewed for the first time in this teaser sketch, the new Polo GTI R5 is being built by the same people behind the previous version – including VW Motorsport technical director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison and Sebastien Ogier‘s race engineer Gerard-Jan de Jongh.

Full specifications haven’t been announced, but the R5 is being based on the new Polo GTI with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine employing direct injection to channel 270 horsepower to all four wheels through a five-speed sequential gearbox.

“With the Polo GTI R5 we are hoping to transfer our expertise from four WRC titles to customer racing successfully, and offer a first-class racing machine for countless rally championships from national series to the WRC,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets. “Before the first race outing next year, we will subject the Polo GTI R5 to rigorous testing to make sure it is prepared for the extremely varied track conditions around the world.”

Once it’s released in the second half of next year, the Polo GTI R5 will join the Golf GTI TCR touring car in Volkswagen’s growing customer racing portfolio. It’s a well-trodden path for the VW Group, with other divisions offering customer racing cars like the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Audi RS3 LMS, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Seat Leon Cup, and (most pertinently) the Skoda Fabia R5 that competes in the same class.

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Is VW Planning An Insane Polo R Powered By The Golf R’s Engine? 4
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Reports, VW, VW Polo on 11 4th, 2017


Volkswagen is looking to expand the R family with hot versions of the T-Roc and a replacement for the Scirocco R, but the meanest of them all could be the Polo R.

Citing insiders with knowledge on the matter, Autocar says that the German automaker has built several prototypes of the Polo R, for evaluation purposes.

These are apparently powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit that’s used in the Golf R, developing around 300hp. Moreover, since the Polo shares most nuts and bolts with its larger compact sibling, it could also adopt its four-wheel drive system, for improved traction and stability.

However, as exciting as it may sound, developing a Volkswagen Polo R with this specification has a few downsides for the automotive giant. Firstly, it will not only be faster than the Golf GTI, but probably the Golf R too, and secondly, its price will skyrocket, so making a decision won’t be easy.

The same powertrain could also be used by sister brands Skoda and Seat, thus forcing the competition to go above and beyond.

Note: VW Polo R WRC Limited Edition pictured

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