Two locally made heroes launched in SA

Two of South Africa’s top-performing locally made vehicles launched to media in the past week.

Volkswagen Polo GTI Dynamic 010 1800x1800

VW Polo

The first is South Africa’s best-selling passenger vehicle, the Volkswagen Polo. This perennial favourite has been on sale since January as VW dealers ran out of stock of the previous model, but the media only received their first taste mid-February.

VW has launched four specification levels with two power output levels of the Polo 1.0 litre model. The base spec 1.0 TSI delivers 70 kW through a manual gearbox, while a higher-spec Life model is offered in a 70 kW and an 85 kW DSG models. Lastly, an 85 kW DSG R-Line model is available.

The VW Polo is available in 77 kW or 85 kW petrol engine or 147 kW 2.0 petrol engine.

VW also showcased their GTI-model, which retains the 147 kW 2-litre petrol engine. This model is only available with the group’s DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

Pricing is as follows (February 2022):

  • Polo 1.0 TSI 70kW Manual R311 800
  • Polo Life 1.0 TSI 70kW Manual R350 000
  • Polo Life 1.0 TSI 85kW DSG® R370 700
  • Polo R-Line 1.0 TSI 85kW DSG® R421 900
  • Polo GTI 2.0 TSI 147kW DSG® R489 400

The new Volkswagen Polo comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, 3 year/ 45 000km EasyDrive Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000km. Customers have the option to extend EasyDrive Maintenance and EasyDrive Service Plans up to 10 years/ 300 000km.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The new C-Class is built in East London. It is the result of a R13 billion investment in the facility and it will again be exported to countries across the world.

The new C borrows many of its design cues from the new S-Class flagship and it replaces its predecessor’s centre console with a large and sleek touch screen.

The new C-Class is considerably larger than its predecessor, with a length of 4751 mm and a width of 1820 mm. The wheelbase has increased by 25 mm to 2865 mm, with both the front and rear passengers benefiting from the increased exterior dimensions.

The new C-Class is now available across SA.

As with other new Mercedes-Benz models, the new C has an advanced new version of Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) that offers voice controls, a high level of customisation and of course mobile phone integration.

Two models are on offer from at the time of launch (February 2022), they are:

  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 (1 496 cc, 150 kW) – R849 000
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220d (1 993 cc, 147 kW) – R908 500

All C-Class models come standard with the 9G-TRONIC transmission.

Merc is launching the new C200 Launch Edition 6 on Agility Finance from R9 999 per month, subject to terms and conditions.

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