What we can expect from Volkswagen in 2021

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• Volkswagen South Africa sold 63 482 vehicles in 2020. 

• The German carmaker launched its T-Roc SUV in the last quarter of year. 

• The Golf 7 GTI TCR was released in limited numbers and serves as a swansong of the generation. 

VW's best selling model was the Polo Vivo with close to 20 000 units sold in Volkswagen South Africa published its latest vehicle sales results this week and announced its market share of 21.3% in the passenger segment is the highest in the brand's history.

The carmaker, which builds its Polo in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, performed well despite the economic slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic during the last 12 months.  

The commercial vehicle unit posted market share of 3.7% in a tough segment that includes the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.

Last year Volkswagen unveiled the Golf 7 GTI TCR, a swansong for the performance hatch of which only a limited number were made available. 

Towards the latter part of 2020 the T-Roc SUV made its appearance locally with VW announcing several hundred pre-orders had already been placed for the model that sits between the T-Cross and Tiguan models. 

On the commercial side of things, the 190kW Amarok finally went on sale. 

Looking ahead 

This year the company celebrates its 70th anniversary in South Africa and it's rather fitting that its highly-anticipated Golf 8 range will be launched. 

The GTI (second quarter) and R (fourth quarter) models headline the eighth generations arrival while a Tiguan facelift (fourth quarter) will also touch down on local soil.

On the commercial vehicle side, the new model introductions include the T6.1 Kombi (second quarter), Crafter Auto and 4Motion (second quarter), as well as the fifth generation Caddy model range (fourth quarter).

The Wolfsburg-based carmaker will look to continue the momentum from 2020 and maintain its market share with a crop of new models that will no doubt have consumers ready to place orders. 

Volkswagen T6.1
2021 Volkswagen T6.1 (QuickPic)
Volkswagen Amarok
Updated Volkswagen Amarok with 190kW V6 diesel engine
Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan. Image: Newspress

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