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Volkswagen Group South Africa makes significant gains in market share


→ Johannesburg - Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) showed a solid performance in the South African passenger car market from January to September with a market share of 23.2%.

Volkswagen Group South Africa makes significant gains in market share

  • Volkswagen Group sold 64 658 vehicles from January to September 2019
  • Volkswagen's market share in the passenger market climbs to 20.2% year-to-date
  • Audi's market share in the premium market grows to 17.8% year-on-year
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' year-on-year sales increase by 8%

Johannesburg - Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) showed a solid performance in the South African passenger car market from January to September with a market share of 23.2%.

"The first nine months of this year were challenging due to the economic and political climate, but the Volkswagen Passenger, Audi and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands' determination, innovation as well as leveraging of key vehicle introductions ensured we continue to keep our position as the passenger car leader in South Africa," said Mike Glendinning, Director: Sales and Marketing, VWSA.

According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)

South Africa recorded domestic sales of 49 191 units in September, a decline of 439 units or 0.9% from the 49 630 vehicles sold in September last year.

The Polo Vivo was South Africa's best-selling passenger car in September with 2 540 sales. With only nine working days of sales, Volkswagen's new compact SUV, the T-Cross, sold 810 units in September, an average of 90 units sold every day until the end of the month. From January to September 2019, Volkswagen has sold 52 382 units and achieved a market share of 20.2% in the passenger car market, an increase of 0.6% versus 2018 YTD.
Premium brand Audi's market share rose to 17.8% YTD, an increase of 1.2% versus 2018 YTD.

From January to September 2019, Audi sold a total of 6 145 units to South African customers.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles reported deliveries of 6 131 units in the light commercial vehicles segment from January to September 2019, an 8% growth compared to the same time last year. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' market share also increased to 4.9%, a 0.4 increase, when compared to the same time last year.

Key model introductions such as the Audi A1, Audi Q3, Volkswagen T-Cross as well as Amarok Special Editions in the previous quarter, enabled VWSA to record a strong performance in the first nine months of the year with sales of 64 658 vehicles.

"With three months to go until the end of 2019, we are confident that the strength of our brands, which are supported by a strong dealer network, will ensure that we retain our passenger car market leadership," concluded Glendinning.

T-Cross Now on Sale in South Africa


→ Customers can now purchase the all-new T-Cross from their nearest Volkswagen Dealers
→ The T-Cross range will also see the introduction of a new 1.5 TSI engine with 110kW of power in the first quarter of 2020
→ The entry level T-Cross model which retails below R300 000 will be available in South Africa from the second quarter of 2020

The Volkswagen T-Cross, now on sale in South Africa


→ Customers can now purchase the all-new T-Cross from their nearest Volkswagen Dealers
→ The T-Cross range will also see the introduction of a new 1.5 TSI engine with 110kW of power in the first quarter of 2020
→ The entry level T-Cross model which retails below R300 000 will be available in South Africa from the second quarter of 2020

Johannesburg – Sales of the all-new T-Cross in South Africa, Volkswagen’s compact SUV, will start on Saturday, 21 September 2019.

At market launch, the T-Cross will only be available in the 1.0 TSI engine with 85kW power output. In the first quarter of 2020, the 1.5 TSI 110kW will be introduced and in the second quarter the range will be completed with the introduction of the 70kW engine.

The T-Cross, which joins the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg in the model range in South Africa, is a practical, cool and versatile addition to Volkswagen’s fast-growing SUV range. It is sophisticated, diverse and, like all members of the brand’s SUV family, has an eye-catching appearance. It has a carefully balanced combination of casual style, refined practicality and extreme cost-effectiveness.

The T-Cross, which is manufactured in Navarra, Spain, will captivate hearts of the customers with its combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity and fuel economy.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

The T-Cross leaves a lasting impression at first sight. The striking front end highlights the vehicle’s family affiliation while the exterior emphasises the individuality of the new SUV model.

Attractive highlights include the successful combination of a powerfully expressive front spoiler and a large, wide radiator grille, at the outer ends of which the headlamps are integrated. The light units are designed to be long and flat, and extend far into the flanks. This arrangement gives the new T-Cross an unmistakeable appearance from the front. The lower section of the front end is characterised by distinctive recessed fog lights and integrated daytime running lights. The positioning of the fog lights and daytime running lights emphasise the height of the vehicle front. If the optional LED headlights are installed, the daytime running lights share the same housing. The tail light clusters feature LED technology as standard.

On the sides of the T-Cross, two horizontal sharp character lines from front to rear underline the dynamic appearance of the compact SUV. They form a muscular shoulder at the rear and culminate in a new, equally memorable design element. A bold reflective band spans the rear. Framed by a black trim panel, it is a notable recognition feature in the same way as the distinctive front end. The light band emphasises the width of the vehicle and at the same time signals presence and vitality. The large wheel arches also emphasise the striking appearance. The dynamically designed wheels also contribute to the distinctive and cool look of the new T-Cross. 16-inch wheels are fitted as standard. In addition, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels are available as options. The exterior of the T-Cross can also be customised in various ways. There is a choice of nine exterior colours or a selection of coloured wheel rims which enhance the combination options.

The compact Volkswagen SUV offers easy access for all passengers through four large doors - a major advantage of the modular transverse matrix (MQB), which allows the driven front axle to be positioned much closer to the vehicle front. This facilitates the vibrant and powerful SUV design that gives the T-Cross its unmistakable performance, while also creating a remarkably generous wheelbase. In addition to easier entry, vehicle occupants also benefit from a significant increase in interior space and legroom for both rows of seats.

The T-Cross measures 4.2 metres in length, 182 millimetres more than the Polo and 11 centimetres shorter than the T-Roc (which will launch in South Africa in 2020). The difference in height is even more obvious: the T-Cross measures 1 584 millimetres compared to the Polo’s 1 461 millimetres. The wheelbase of 2 551 millimetres increases the space for seats and provides a spacious and roomy feel. The elevated seat position is typical of an SUV. The driver and front passenger sit 597 millimetres above the road, while the rear passengers benefit from a vantage point of 652 millimetres. That is 10 centimetres higher than in the Polo, thus guaranteeing good visibility from all seats.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The T-Cross provides good visibility. Passengers enjoy a superior view and good all-round visibility thanks to the elevated seating position. The interior is extremely spacious, giving the occupants the feeling that they are sitting in a larger vehicle.

The 2.55 metre wheelbase is comparatively generous, allowing a spacious interior with enough room for five people. For the greatest possible versatility in the interior, the sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 14 centimetres, allowing more passenger leg room or more luggage space. The luggage compartment holds between 377 and 455 litres. Thanks to a rear seat back that folds down fully or partially, you can create a flat loading space with up to 1 281 litres of storage volume - unsurpassed by any other SUV in this segment.

The large-format dash pads correspond in colour and structure to the seat materials, the steering wheel clasp, the painted central console, the platinum grey trim colour and the exterior finishes. This gives the interior of the vehicle a cool, sporty look. The design package also offers 3D décor for the dash pad, two-tone seat surfaces, a steering wheel clasp and central console in a matching tone, and colour-coordinated wing mirrors and wheels. The indirect ambient lighting further accentuates the vehicle’s interior. Electric windows on all four doors and a height-adjustable driver and passenger seat also come as standard.

MORE DIGITALISED

The T-Cross provides discerning users with the highest level of networking and connection to the outside world. Even the operation and customisation of the on-board functions are intuitive. Up to four USB ports and the optional inductive wireless charging ensure optimum connectivity and sufficient power for smartphones. The optional keyless locking and starting system Keyless Access makes access to the T-Cross more convenient. Another highlight is the optional sound system from renowned US brand Beats with a 300-watt, 8-channel amplifier and a separate subwoofer in the luggage compartment. DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS The T-Cross’ outstanding five star rating in the Euro NCAP test and exemplary occupant protection, increases safety, reduces the risk of a collision and improves driving comfort. The Driver Alert System comes standard whilst optional equipment available on the T-Cross includes Front Assist area monitoring system, the lane keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system, automatic adaptive cruise control, Park Assist and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert.

SAFETY

The T-Cross performed outstandingly in the renowned Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety test. Independent testers awarded the new SUV top scores in all categories. This innovative crossover model meets the most stringent safety standards.

Euro NCAP recreates the most common accident scenarios as part of comprehensive test procedures. The vehicle scored a compliance rating of 97% in the “Adult occupant protection” category. Very few vehicles have scored this value, demonstrating that small SUVs can keep up with larger models. The child safety rating of 86% underlines how perfectly suitable the T-Cross is for families. The active support systems scored a rating of 80%, far better than the previous standard in this vehicle category. In addition to passive protection equipment, the vehicle also features Front Assist that looks out for pedestrians’ and cyclists’ safety. With 81% the vehicle scored very well within the currently valid assessment scenarios in this category.

EQUIPMENT LINES

The T-Cross, already equipped with extensive standard equipment, can be customised and upgraded further with optional equipment and several equipment trims.

Trendline trim (available only with 70kW). The entry level variant comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, split folding rear seats, colour-coded handles and mirrors, electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors, electric windows at the front and rear, height and lumbar adjustable driver and passenger seats, Tyre Pressure Monitor, 6.5-inch ‘Composition Colour‘ display, combined front and side airbags, Rest Assist as well as Titanium black seat and instrument panel, black carpets and ceramique headliner.

Comfortline trim. The Comfortline trim expands on the Trendline and comes standard with 16-inch ‘Belmont‘ alloy wheels, black roof rails, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel with multi-function display, Park Distance Control (front and rear), cruise control, Light and Sight Package and a front centre arm rest.

Optional features on the Comfortline trim include; R-Line Exterior with 17inch ‘Manila‘ alloy wheels, Beats sound system, Inductive Wireless Mobile Charging, Composition Media with App-Connect, Discover Media (includes Navigation), Active Info Display, Park Assist with Rear View Camera and Foldable Mirrors , Adaptive Cruise Control (includes Blind Spot Monitor, Foldable Mirrors, Lane Assist and Front Assist), LED headlights with Rear View Camera, Keyless Entry and Removable Towbar.

Highline trim. The third equipment variant, the Highline, has additional standard features to the Comfortline which include Comfort Sports Seats, Inductive Wireless Mobile Charging, Driving Profile Selection, Climatronic Aircon, LED Headlights, Composition Media with App-Connect and 18-inch ‘Cologne‘ alloy wheels.

Optional extras on the Highline include; R-Line Exterior with 18-inch ‘Nevada‘ alloy wheels, Design Package in Energetic Orange, Beats sound system, Discover Media (includes Navigation), Active Info Display, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (includes Blind Spot Monitor, Foldable Mirrors, Lane Assist and Front Assist), Keyless Entry, Removable Towbar and Titanium Black-Energetic Orange seats, titanium black instrument panel, black carpets and ceramique headliner.

ENGINES

The T-Cross is powered by two three-cylinder petrol engines. The Volkswagen’s compact SUV will be available with the 1.0 TSI engine delivering 70kW and 85kW power outputs as well as the more powerful 1.5 TSI engine delivering 110kW.

The 85kW engine is available at launch. The 110kW engine will be available from the first quarter of 2020. The 70kW engine will be available in the second quarter of 2020.

1.0 TSI engine with 85kW. The three-cylinder 1.0 TSI generates 85 kW of power. The turbocharged direct injection engine develops maximum torque of 200 Nm is available between 2 000 and 3 500 rpm. This version goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and has a top speed of 193 km/h. Claimed fuel consumption is 4.9 litres/100km. This engine is only available in 7-speed DSG transmission.

RANGE TOPPER

The range-topping T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG® model comes standard with a host of features including: Sports Seats, Driving Profile Selection, Climatronic Aircon, LED Headlights and Taillights, Composition Media with App-Connect, R-Line interior and exterior with 18-inch ‘Nevada’ alloy wheels, digital Active Info Display and a choice of eight exterior colours. Up to four USB ports and the standard inductive wireless charging ensure optimum connectivity and sufficient power for smartphones.

Optional extras include; Design Package in Energetic Orange, beats® sound system (300-watt, 8-channel amplifier and a separate subwoofer in the luggage compartment), Discover Media (includes Navigation), Park Assist (includes Rearview Camera and Powerfold Mirrors), Adaptive Cruise Control (includes Blind Spot Monitor, Foldable Mirrors, Lane Assist and Front Assist), Keyless Entry, Removable Towbar and Titanium Black-Energetic Orange seats, titanium black instrument panel, black carpets and ceramique headliner.

Pre-orders of the top-of-the-range T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG® model start this week and customers can place their pre-orders on the Volkswagen website: www.vw.co.za.

Recommended Retail Price (VAT and emissions tax included)

1.0 TSI 85kW Comfortline DSG® R334 600
1.0 TSI 85kW Highline DSG® R365 000
1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG® R403 500 The T-Cross comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, a 3 year/ 45 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is 15 000km.

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Issued by: The Public Relations Department of Volkswagen South Africa.

Up We Go: Move Up


→ VW Lindsay Saker Edenvale: Partners of Passion
Lindsay Saker Edenvale is my favourite place to go to check out the latest in Volkswagen engineering. I had the distinct joy of test driving the tiny, yet incredibly memorable VW up! (Intentionally spelled as such, as this is the official, trademarked name for this compact vehicle), in my case, the Move up! Variant.

UP WE GO: MOVE UP

VW Lindsay Saker Edenvale: Partners of Passion
Lindsay Saker Edenvale is my favourite place to go to check out the latest in Volkswagen engineering. I had the distinct joy of test driving the tiny, yet incredibly memorable VW up! (Intentionally spelled as such, as this is the official, trademarked name for this compact vehicle), in my case, the Move up! Variant.

Having seen the increase of women in the industry, Lynda Joynt, New Vehicle Sales Manager is proud of how many successful and professional ladies she now works with. Her belief that women are more pedantic about how the sell and market vehicles allows her to meet her client’s needs with an intuitive, understanding perspective. She also feels women are born as natural managers, and holds close relationships with colleagues and client alike. With a deep love for this industry, Lynda confidently asserts that this is where she will retire, doing what she does best in service to the industry, and the people, as this is the “drug” that fuels her.
And Up We Go: Move Up
The first thing that catches my eye is the unique and fresh design of the vehicle – sharp, sporty lines with a LED daytime running lights, a redesigned front and sleek lines that are rounded off by a really distinctive rear diffuser. The up! oozes funkiness and confidence and gives off the trademark VW glow that makes anything VW stand out. I am told by the team at Lindsay Saker that the up! is a rising star in the motoring industry, most especially making a name for itself in the compact car segment. And with incredible optional extras and optional new wheels (measuring up to 16 inches), this little vehicle is now even more appealing, reaching out to more mature, adventurous markets as well.

Previously earmarked as a perfect vehicle for the first and second year varsity student, the up! is clearly on top of it’s game when it comes to styling and interior comfort. With printed surfaces for the dashboard styling panel (carbon fibre) and a state-of-the-art ambient lighting feature, the cabin of the up! is surprisingly luxurious. Boasting a leather-clad multi-function steering wheel and gear knob, I find myself quite impressed with the exclusive-looking interior, which throws back to the interior of the VW Golf. I personally liked the chrome-trimmed interior door handles as an added touch, as well as the idea of a heated rear-seat bench in this variant.

The reputation of the up! has spread like wildfire, and even older, more sophisticated audiences have responded enthusiastically: according to the team at Lindsay Saker Edenvale, the up! is even increasing in popularity for the older generation of retired folks who require a comfortable, reliable vehicle with all the bells and whistles, without it costing them an arm and a leg. With incredible fuel consumption (noted at 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres on combined cycle), the 1 litre variant I am driving still provides a great driving experience thanks to its 3-cylinder engine that cranks out 55 kW of power.

Despite being one of the smallest vehicles in the compact car segment, the up! is quite comfortable inside, with ample room for four adults thanks to a longer wheelbase and a forward-mounted engine. A 251-litre boot is also impressive for this class, and provides ideal space for student-life to be accommodated. Speaking of which, the 300-watt on-board BeatsAudio sound system, which includes an amplifier, six top-of-the-range speakers and a separate subwoofer is sure to be a huge drawcard for the younger generations, together with a comprehensive infotainment system.

In terms of safety, all variants come standard with ABS, four airbags, and Electronic Stability Control. The drive itself is remarkable – for a smaller engine, this little vehicle delivers a surprising amount of punch. It is nippy and responsive and on the highway, performs beautifully, reaching top speeds comfortably and smoothly. For all intents and purposes, driving the up! is very similar to driving a Polo or Golf, and I am suitably impressed.

For more information on this versatile and dynamic little car, the Dealer’s contact details are in the link below, – check it out!

https://www.lindsaysaker.co.za/edenvale/contact.
A Torque Queen Review

By Desh Bechan

VW T-Cross


Lindsay Saker VW Edenvale were excited to share the arrival of the new VW T-Cross with me – under the capable leadership of the dynamic Sales Manager Lynda Joynt, the team of professional sales executives are eager to show off this vehicle that sits somewhere between the Tiguan and a supped-up Polo. I am so excited about this vehicle – having seen it overseas some time ago, I have eagerly awaited its introduction to the South African market!
Papas Got a Brand-New Bag!
Lindsay Saker VW Edenvale were excited to share the arrival of the new VW T-Cross with me – under the capable leadership of the dynamic Sales Manager Lynda Joynt, the team of professional sales executives are eager to show off this vehicle that sits somewhere between the Tiguan and a supped-up Polo. I am so excited about this vehicle – having seen it overseas some time ago, I have eagerly awaited its introduction to the South African market!
The Concept:
Based on the enigmatic VW Polo, the T-Cross was designed to be an in-between vehicle situated in the middle of the popular Tiguan and the soon-to-be-released T-Roc. Think of vehicles like the Ford EcoSpot and the Hyundai Creta…
The Looks:
Unlike anything in the current VW range, the T-Cross looks like a muscular Polo with some unique touches – a classy rear spoiler, broad taillight cluster-strip across the boot, solid, bold haunches and silver roof-rails. From the front there is a sense of aggressive strength, with a prominent grille that makes this vehicle really stand out. I also love the range of unique colours, including a really stunning sea-green, turquoise shade that is both feminine and fierce. The interior is equally unique! Hexagonal styling along the dash with splashes of colour make for a perfect, modern cabin.
The Feel:
Obviously taking a new vehicle for a spin is a big rush – even more so when it’s a never-before seen variant, such as this. It really feels unique – although the familiar VW steering wheel and little touches of design throughout the cabin provide a sense of comfort, there is the thrill of something new! I loved the bright, airy cabin and the added bonus of driving a vehicle that makes heads turn.
The Features:
LED headlights, wireless charging, 4 USB ports and a superb sound-system are part of the package; there is also a range of wheel options (16 – 18 inches) and a new feature, the VW Connect Dataplug – the idea is to create an interface between your smartphone and your vehicle to share data, driving figures and fuel efficiency information – it will replace the current My VW App and be rolled out in 2020. Important features that are included on the T-Cross include rear-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, proactive occupant protection, blind-spot detection and hill start assist, to name but a few.
The Drive:
Four models exist in the range, with two still to be launched in South Africa. The existing options include either a Comfortline or Highline variant, with the R-Line to be released in the new future. Currently, the Comfortline is available is a 70-kW producing TSO, or an 85 kW TSI on the Highline, which features a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The added bonus of having an effective 1.0-litre petrol engine is the 4.9-litre per 100-kilometre fuel consumption.
The Score:
The two available models at present range between R334 600 and R365 000 and earn a score of 8 crowns out of 10 for its unique and funky design.
Where to Find It:
Edenvale Lindsay Saker Volkswagen have an interactive website where you can view their products and services: https://www.lindsaysaker.co.za/edenvale/contact.

A Torque Queen Review – Desh Bechan

Volkswagen Polo Vivo gets a special edition model


→ South Africa’s best-selling passenger vehicle, the Polo Vivo, will be pumping a new sound
→ The Polo Vivo Sound Edition will be available from Volkswagen Dealers in September 2019.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO VIVO GETS A SPECIAL EDITION MODEL


→ South Africa’s best-selling passenger vehicle, the Polo Vivo, will be pumping a new sound
→ The Polo Vivo Sound Edition will be available from Volkswagen Dealers in September 2019.

Johannesburg – In celebration of the love of music as well as the success of the Polo Vivo brand, South Africa’s best-selling passenger vehicle will be getting a special model called the Sound Edition.

The Polo Vivo Sound Edition, which made its debut at the VIVOnation Music Festival in April, retails at the beginning of September.

‘As at the end of July 2019, 17 672 Polo Vivo units have been sold in South Africa this year. We are confident that the addition of a special premium sound system in the Polo Vivo will appeal to young customers that are passionate about quality sound when they are listening to music,’’ said Martina Biene, Head of Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Brand.

The Polo Vivo Sound Edition is based on the 1.4 Comfortline 63kW manual derivative. The Sound Edition differentiates itself from other Polo Vivo derivatives in the range through the standard features such as 16-inch Rivazza alloy wheels in Anthracite, R340G Radio with App-Connect, a 6-speaker system with Subwoofer, mirror caps in Energetic Orange colour as well as equalizer decals on the doors and tailgate.

The Black Interior Styling Package (Anthracite headliner, sun visors and trim, Privacy Glass and Leather Steering Wheel, Gear and Handbrake Lever) is an optional feature retailing for R2 500.

The Polo Vivo Sound Edition will only be available in the following colours; Pure White, Limestone Grey and Reef Blue.

Recommended Retail Price (VAT and emissions tax included)
Polo Vivo Sound Edition 1.4 63kW Comfortline R220 000

The Polo Vivo Sound Edition comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. A Volkswagen Maintenance Plan as well as a Volkswagen Service Plan are available as options. Service interval is 15 000km.

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Issued by: The Public Relations Department of Volkswagen South Africa