Volkswagen Polo Sedan Malaysia Archive

  • 2014 Volkswagen Polo Sedan CKD launched – RM86k

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    Volkswagen Malaysia has launched its second locally-assembled vehicle – as previously reported, the 2014 Volkswagen Polo Sedan joins the Passat 1.8 TSI as the brand’s CKD models in the country. Assembled in Pekan by DRB-Hicom, the car replaces the previously imported version from India in the Malaysian lineup.

    First off, the price – the Polo Sedan now goes for RM85,888, on-the-road without insurance, which is RM14k cheaper than the CBU version that went on sale last year in April, priced at RM99,888.

    Both powertrain and drivetrain are unchanged, the 1.6 litre MPI normally-aspirated mill and six-speed torque converter automatic transmission with Tiptronic remaining in place. Output is 105 PS at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm at 3,800 rpm, as before.

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    Likewise, the performance numbers – the car does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 12.3 seconds, with top speed being 183 km/h. As for fuel efficency, the car is claimed to offer 6.5 l per 100 km. Kerb weight is also identical, at 1,182 kg.

    There’s additional kit in the locally-assembled version, which is good news. The RCD 210 audio system has been replaced, the Polo Sedan now equipped with a new RCD 320 system with multi-language support, USB and iPod interface, SD card slot, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity, though the number of speakers remains at four.

    It also gets a Climatronic automatic air conditioning system, rear air-con vents and a new height-adjustable front centre armrest, replete with storage box and a rear cup holder. The seat fabric has also been revised, the previous Metric pattern replaced by a Livon design pattern.

    The halogen headlamps feature a different design – they are now shod with bright white surrounds instead of the current car’s black finish. Elsewhere, the rear badge placement has been revised, with Volkswagen lettering residing by the left light cluster, and the Polo insignia has been moved to the opposite side of the boot lid.

    Otherwise, it’s all familiar ground. The 2014 car sits on the same 15-inch Riverside alloy wheels and 185/60 tyres. Standard equipment and features includes cruise control, rear parking sensors, variable intermittent wipers, 60:40 folding rear seats as well as height adjustable driver and front passenger seats.

    Ditto to the safety kit, with four airbags (dual front and dual front side), ABS with EBD and brake assist and Isofix mounts, as well as Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), which automatically unlocks your doors and turns on the hazard lights in the event of an accident, and anti-pinch feature for all four door windows.

    The 2014 Polo Sedan is available in a choice of five exterior colours – Candy White, Flash Red, Reflex Silver as well as the pearl effect shade called Deep Black are carried over from the CBU version, while Pepper Grey replaces the dropped Shadow Blue and Terra Beige in the palette lineup.

    In terms of build, the locally-assembled Polo Sedan has 40% local content (by value), and VGM mentioned that it has 15 suppliers providing parts for the Malaysian car. At the launch, Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer, MD of VGM, revealed that the Passat has been the best-selling VW model this year, but expects the Polo Sedan to now take over as the volume mover.

    Meanwhile, the idea that the Polo hatchback is also set to be assembled locally is pretty much firmed up, bar the shouting – in response to a question along those lines, Kerschbaumer replied that there would be news on this in the coming weeks. A Polo hatch was spotted at JPJ Putrajaya a couple of days ago, not quite a Polo TSI, from what was seen. Whatever the case, might it be that we can expect an introduction at KLIMS13 then?

    Click here to view the VW Polo Sedan brochure and launch photo gallery.

     
     
  • 2014 Volkswagen Polo Sedan detailed, est. RM86,888

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    An upgraded 2014 Volkswagen Polo Sedan has turned up unannounced at the carmaker’s local website. It’s quite an interesting one, this, as it has been enhanced with new features, yet carry a much lower estimated price of RM86,888. The existing Polo Sedan’s RM99,888 pricetag was unaffected by VGM’s recent range-wide price revision.

    UPDATE: The locally-assembled 2014 VW Polo Sedan has been officially launched – click here for the launch report.

    Most of the updates are found inside. A new RCD 320 Radio system with USB, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity replaces the basic RCD 210 head unit in the outgoing car. Climatronic auto air con with new rear vents is added into the standard equipment list, and a height-adjustable centre armrest now resides between the two front seats.

    The 2014 model gets a few cosmetic changes too. The halogen headlamps have a different design; now with bright white surrounds instead of the current car’s black finish. Rear badge placement has been revised: there’s now a prominent Volkswagen lettering by the left light cluster, and the Polo insignia has been moved to the opposite side of the boot lid.

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    Elsewhere, the new Polo Sedan is identical to the one before. The 1.6 litre MPI engine with 105 PS and 153 Nm stays, as do the six-speed automatic transmission. Its performance figures remain: 0-100 km/h takes 12.3 seconds, and top speed is 183 km/h. Claimed fuel consumption is 6.5 litres per 100 km (15.3 km/L). Four airbags and ISOFIX mounts are standard items.

    This could very well be the locally-assembled model that had been reported earlier in the year. Presumably it will replace the current fully-imported Polo Sedan that is manufactured in Pune, India, and join the Passat 1.8 TSI as the second CKD Volkswagen model to be assembled in DRB-Hicom’s Pekan plant.

    Officially, the 2014 Volkswagen Polo Sedan is not readily available for purchase just yet (hence the estimated price tag), but the pre-order books have now been opened.

     
     
  • Volkswagen Polo Sedan: CKD coming soon from India

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    The Volkswagen Polo Sedan is set to be locally-assembled in Malaysia in the near future. According to a report, Volkswagen India will begin manufacturing and packaging assembly kits for export from its Pune plant, with Indian content for the car – to be assembled by DRB-Hicom – being about 70%.

    The automaker says that the export line will create 215 new jobs in the company’s parts and components unit as well as at suppliers. It added that while VW cars assembled in India currently feature 70% local content, the company is aiming to increase this percentage by building engines and gearboxes, if volumes support the move to do so.

    Currently, the 1.6 litre MPI Polo Sedan is sold here as a fully-built imported vehicle from India – the introduction of the CKD programme for the car should translate into a cheaper price tag from the RM99,888 asked for the CBU unit now, but by how much remains to be seen. The move may be significant in driving sales volumes up for the car, which hasn’t quite set the market alight.

    Volkswagen India also exports its fully-built cars to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and South Africa.

     
     
  • Volkswagen Polo Sedan launched – RM99,888

    UPDATE: Studio photos added to the gallery

    It’s time to end all speculation you have about the Volkswagen Polo Sedan, because it has been launched, just over an hour ago. The first thing that’s on your mind now is the price, which you will find at the end of this post. Go ahead, scroll down, I’ll wait. Back? Good.

    The Polo Sedan is billed to be the affordable Volkswagen, and to an extent, the most affordable German car this corner of the world. It’s made in India, and plans for CKDs will depend on market demand.

    On the outside, the car comes with chrome finishing on the front grille and on the front air-dam, trunk and fog light surrounds, and there’s also height adjustable halogen headlights as well as green-tinted heat-absorbing glass. It wears 15-inch alloy wheels and comes in six colours – Candy White, Flash Red, Terra Beige, Shadow Blue, Reflex Silver and Deep Black.

    There are also chrome accents on the inside, as the Polo Sedan comes with an interior chrome package (chrome surrounds for light switches, AC vents, steering wheel accent, handbrake level knob and gearshift). As expected, there’s a fair bit of leather about, and that can be found wrapped around the steering wheel, gearshift knob, handbrake lever and gearshift boot.

    The seats are wrapped in ‘Metric’ fabric seat upholstery. Completing the salient equipment list are one-touch powered windows for all four windows, multi-function display, music player hooked to four speakers and rear doors with storage pockets.

    In terms of safety, the vehicle is outfitted with four airbags (two at the front and two at the sides), electronic Brake Pressure Distribution (EBD) and pinch-guard for all four windows. There’s also an Intelligent Crash Response System, or ICRS, that automatically unlocks your doors and turns on the hazard lights in case of accidents.

    At the heart of the Polo Sedan is a 1.6 litre MPI naturally-aspirated engine, which generates 105 PS and 153 Nm of torque. It completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in 12.3 seconds and has a top speed of 183 km/h. As for fuel efficiency, the Polo Sedan does 6.5 l per 100 km. Paired with the engine is a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

    The price that Volkswagen is asking for a Polo Sedan is RM99,888, without registration and insurance.

    The story does not end here, of course. There will be more to digest in our first-impressions drive of the Polo Sedan, coming soon.

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  • Volkswagen teases the Polo Sedan – full details tomorrow!


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    It’s shaping up to be quite an exciting week for the local auto scene. With everyone in still in Preve hangover mode, Volkswagen has announced that it will launch the Polo Sedan on April 19. That’s tomorrow folks!

    No surprise here, we’ve seen the Polo Sedan in Malaysia before, and we actually spotted a trailer full of them last week (our mobile phones cameras couldn’t perform at night, though).

    The Polo Sedan is set to be the brand’s most affordable model, so don’t expect TSI and DSG as per the Polo hatchback. A proven 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine mated to a six-speed automatic is likely to be the chosen drivetrain.

    What we can expect however is “German engineered excellence” and “one of the most stylish and practical rides for our time”, according to VW’s thepeoplescar.com.my microsite.

    We will be there to bring you the details. For now, take a look at the Indian market Polo Sedan called the Vento. Ours won’t differ by much.

     
     
 

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