Volkswagen South Africa announced the availability of its new WeConnect Go application, rolling out the replacement for the MyVW app across its local range.

The WeConnect Go app launched with the T-Cross in 2019 but VW SA says it has now been extended to the entire local range.

The app, which is available for download on iOS and Android devices, offers what VW describes as a “growing range of vehicle-related digital services and mobility offerings” that can be used in-car or via smartphone.

New features include MyVolkswagen (which displays the "most important vehicle information", such as fuel level, mileage and battery voltage), service appointments (enabling customers to send appointment requests to their preferred dealer), 24-hour roadside assistance, trip monitor (digital logbook which is exported as a .pdf and can be used for SARS claims) and driving challenges (with points awarded for a “safe and efficient” driving style).

The WeConnect Go app works with a “data plug”, which is connected to the vehicle’s on-board diagnostics system (this is done by a VW dealer). The plug reads vehicle data and sends it to the owner’s smartphone via Bluetooth.

VW says data plugs will be offered as standard on models from the Polo Comfortline up, from July 2020. Data plugs will also be available as an option for “older” models dating to 2008 (but excluding the previous-generation Polo Vivo).