• The updated Volkswagen Polo will go on sale locally in 2022.
• The car's been produced locally since 1996.
• The current Polo has been in production since 2018, selling more than 73 000 units.
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The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo has been on sale locally since 2018, continuing the sales success of the models before it. Come the first quarter of 2022, an updated version of this car will hit South African showrooms, but international markets will soon receive the locally produced Polo.
Since October 1996, Volkswagen South Africa has produced the Polo at its plant in Uitenhage - now known as Kariega. This new Polo will also be built here for both the local and international right-hand drive markets. In the last week of August 2021, the first consignment of new Polos left VW's manufacturing plant, where they will be shipped to overseas markets from Gqerberha (Port Elizabeth) harbour.
To highlight the Polo's success: Since 2018, Volkswagen SA has built more than 400 000 units of the current Polo, of which more than 326 000 units (over 80%) were for the export markets. VWSA says that a total of 73 439 units have been sold locally in the last three years.
Steffen Knapp, Head of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand, says: "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 have sold over 10 000 Polos in the local market, giving Volkswagen a share of 21.8% in the A0 Hatch segment."
Kariega is also the sole manufacturer of the Polo GTI.