With new brands entering hotly contested segments in the South African car market, Volkswagen always seems a few steps ahead retaining moderate market share and popularity amongst locals. With a bustling year ahead, this is what we can expect the Wolfsburg based manufacturer to bring to the table.
While the new Polo models have already been in circulation since the end of 2021, the updated model looks to build on its 25 year local success story. Steffen Knapp, Head of the Volkswagen Passenger Car Brand states that the Polo is their second best-selling passenger car, second to only the Polo Vivo. The Kariega manufactured model can be had simply as an entry level Polo, Polo Life (previously known as the Comfortline), Polo R-Line and the halo derivative being the Polo GTI which will be exclusively manufactured locally and exported globally.
The freshly updated Caddy has also recently hit our shores, albeit with much less of a fuss. Falling within the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles department, the handsomely styled panel van shaped mobility option will come in either a 1.6i MPI petrol or 2.0 TDI diesel motor to lug any of the several derivatives along. Speaking of which, the fifth generation Caddy will be launched with a new naming convention; Caddy, Caddy Maxi, Caddy Kombi, Caddy Maxi Kombi, Caddy Cargo and Caddy Maxi Cargo.
The highly anticipated Golf 8 R is also set to make landfall in Q2 alongside the novel Tiguan R and the family orientated 7-seater Tiguan Allspace facelift. Both R models share an identical powertrain and drivetrain, utilizing the trusted EA888 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which outputs 235kW and 420Nm.
We can also look forward to the T-Roc facelift around the middle of the year while Volkswagen South Africa expands their SUV portfolio with the Spanish built Taigo which will slot neatly between the T-Cross and Tiguan. The prospective model which is a coupe-styled version of the compact T-Cross is based on the Nivus and shares many interior components from the foreign model.
With only the new Polo Sedan to be launched in Q3 and the global launch of the Amarok anticipated at the end of 2022, the second half of the year will be less eventful in comparison to that of the first. Nonetheless, there will be some exciting and novel models which we will soon get to experience in the metal…