NEW VIVO XPRESS: The new VW Polo Vivo Xpress has a 519kg payload, 1060 litre loading capacity and a partition between the front seats and the cargo bay. Image: QuickPic
Cape Town - Volkswagen is extending its Polo Vivo's appeal to commercial customers with the introduction of the half-ton Xpress. The automaker has also launched a sporty variant called the GTS.
The Xpress, the brainchild of chairman and managing director of Volkswagen South Africa, Thomas Schaefer, was designed and developed locally by the engineering division in Uitenhage.
Why a delivery vehicle? The Xpress is, VW says, "in response to requests from fleet owners for a small delivery vehicle from Volkswagen."
What is it?
The Xpress offers a 519kg payload and 1060 litre loading capacity for improved load-carrying. It's based on the 1.4 Conceptline 55kW.
Standard kit include remote central locking with alarm, aircon, ABS, 15mm raised suspension, a partition (with mesh) between the front seats and cargo bay and hard-wood flooring in the loading area.
Optional features include cruise control, CD/Radio, 14" alloys and "rough road package" (front underbody guard and heavy duty shocks).
According to VW: "The Xpress has been homologated as a N1 Commercial Vehicle which will allow VAT registered customers to claim back VAT."
The retail price for the Polo Vivo Xpress is R163 700 (VAT and emissions tax included).
Polo Vivo GTS
Volkswagen has replaced the current Polo Vivo GT with the new GTS derivative.
Standard features of the GT, including its 77kW 1.6 engine, has been retained. Additionally, GTS features black roof, side-mirrors in gloss black, 16" Rivazza wheels in grey metallic finish, sport pedals, two-tone GTS side-decals, carpets with black piping and red stitching.
It's available in five colours - white, red, silver, red and grey.
The retail price for the Polo Vivo GTS is R197 200 (VAT and emissions tax included).