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Meet 'Mswenko', Volkswagen's new special edition Polo Vivo

2020-09-29 08:57
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• Volkswagen has added a new model to its Polo Vivo Range. 

• The Mswenko special edition is based on the 1.4 63kW Comfortline manual version. 

• It has unique exterior and interior enhancements including decals on the front doors and special seats. 

• Mswenko means swag in IsiZulu. 

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In March 2010, Volkswagen South Africa replaced the much-loved Citi Golf with the Polo Vivo - a reincarnation of the then-outgoing Polo. More than a decade later and now in its second-generation, the Polo Vivo has managed to solidify itself as the best-selling passenger car in Mzansi and has, to date, sold more than 261 285 units.

What made the Polo Vivo a hit is the low running costs and affordable pricing, without sacrificing space and comfort. And, the Polo Vivo is the only locally manufactured model in the very competitive A0 segment.

Volkswagen has added a new model to its Polo Vivo range and it comes with a whole lot of swag. The Mswenko special edition is available from October and has unique features that set it apart from the rest of the range. 

"The Polo Vivo Mswenko, which is based on the 1.4 63kW Comfortline manual, is a fashion-inspired derivative which features unique styling details and serves to appeal to customers that are dynamic and young at heart," said Mike Glendinning, Sales and marketing Director for Volkswagen Group South Africa. 

Polo Vivo Mswenko

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What does Mswenko mean?

Mswenko (pronounced m-swe-nkoh) is the isiZulu expression for the slang word "swag" which means an expression of attitude and confidence.

Mswenko refers to a person's style, attitude and general demeanour says VW.

Polo Vivo Mswenko

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In the exterior, the model features Mswenko side decals, a chrome tip exhaust, 16-inch Portago alloy wheels in Anthracite, a black painted roof, privacy glass and mirror covers in two colour variants.

Inside there are unique standard features that include new Ocean Blue seats, anthracite headliner, silver dashboard inserts, app connect, six speakers and a leather package (leather multi-function steering wheel, gearshift lever and gear knob).

Polo Vivo Mswenko

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This special edition model will only be available in the following exterior hues: Pure White, Reflex Silver, Limestone Grey and Reef Blue and is available at Volkswagen dealers from October 2020.


Mswenko 1.4 63kW Comfortline - R246 900

The Mswenko model comes standard with a three-year or 120 000km warranty and a six-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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Polo Vivo Mswenko

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Compiled by Sean Parker/Charlen Raymond


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