New Volkswagen Polo launched in NZ

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The new Volkswagen Polo was unveiled in NZ yesterday at a launch event held in Auckland. The new model marks the fifth generation of the Polo which has been a global sales success with more than 10.6 million vehicles sold worldwide.

Offering updated safety, technology and specification the all-new Polo has adopted Volkswagen’s distinctive new corporate face. It’s longer, wider and has space for five people and a larger luggage area than the outgoing model.

The car’s gain in width combined with a reduction in height lends the Polo a more dynamic stance. The design language itself is defined by sharp lines helping maintain an ultra-modern look and assisting VW Polo 2009 safetywith potentially high resale values.

Volkswagen put together a safety package for the new 5th-generation Polo including an optimised body structure, a highly effective belt and airbag combination and driver assist systems. The new Polo has been subjected to the more stringent Euro NCAP crash tests and received the best possible score of five stars.

In addition, the Polo is equipped with ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Program) as standard. This includes Hill Hold Control, ABS, TCS (Traction Control System) and EDL (Electronic Diff Lock).

A network of 6 airbags are also standard, including driver and front passenger airbags, combined head-thorax airbags (integrated in the front seatbacks) and side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers.

Despite increasing standard equipment and specification, the Polo’s body weight has been reduced by 7.5 percent.  This, combined with innovative engine concepts and the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG), has resulted in improvement in fuel economy and reduced emissions.

The first engine to be available in New Zealand is a 1.4L fuel injected petrol engine producing 63kW of power and 132Nm of torque.  When combined with the 7-speed DSG transmission, only 5.8L of fuel is required to travel 100km — an improvement of 16% when VW Polo rqcompared to the previous generation.  CO2 emissions are just 135g/km.

By the middle of 2010, a second Polo model will be introduced, the Polo TSI. It will make use of Volkswagen’s new 1.2L TSI, turbo-charged four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine produces 77 kW, while consuming 5.5L of fuel per 100km and producing 129 g/km of CO2. The TSI has 175Nm of torque available from 1500-3500rpm. This low-down accessibility to the torque of the engine should give the Polo TSI some good pace.

Standard specification for the new Polo includes a Climatic air conditioning system, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a leather covered steering wheel, electric windows front and rear, a CD player and 15″ steel wheels with a full size spare wheel. Security is taken care of by an alarm and immobiliser that includes remote central locking.

Volkswagen NZ is offering a 3 year unlimited kilometre mechanical warranty and roadside assistance programme, including a 12 year anti corrosion warranty on the galvanised body.

Dean Sheed, Volkswagen General Manager for New Zealand, is excited to be launching in New Zealand one of Volkswagen’s most important models: “The new Polo is a great all round package that represents real value for money. Like the new Golf did in its class, the new Polo has redefined the level of refinement available in a small car.” He continued: “Volkswagen’s 7-speed DSG transmission has added a level of technology never before seen in this class and this sophistication will take another step up with the arrival of the Polo TSI next year.”

Pricing for the Polo 63kW 7DSG is $27,990 plus on road costs. Final specification and pricing for the Polo TSI 77kW 7DSG will be confirmed in 2010.

A small number of the new Polo will be visiting dealerships around NZ during October, giving potential owners a chance to check out the new Polo in person. Deliveries are expected to begin shortly after in November.

For further information visit the Volkswagen NZ website by clicking here.

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