Volkswagen Polo made it two in the row for Volkswagen Group South Africa when it was announced as the joint winner, together with the BMW 530d, of the 2011 South African Car of the Year, at a gala dinner in Midrand on Tuesday, 8 March. Golf was crowned as the 2010 SA Car of the Year.
“Volkswagen Group South Africa is delighted to have the new Polo named as the winner of the 2011 South African Car of the Year. This is an immense recognition of the Volkswagen Brand following Golf’s win in 2010,” said David Powels, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group South Africa.
“We would like to dedicate this accolade to our employees at the Uitenhage plant where the Polo is produced for local and international markets. Their commitment to producing world class quality vehicles has been acknowledged by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists,” added Powels.
The 2011 South African Car of the Year award is one of the many achievements that have been bestowed on the new Volkswagen Polo. In 2010, the Volkswagen Polo was named as the European Car of the Year, World Car of the Year and Japanese Import Car of the Year.
Volkswagen Polo is manufactured at the Volkswagen Group South Africa production plant in Uitenhage for the local market as well as for export to global right-hand drive markets such as Japan, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Malta and Cyprus. Uitenhage is the sole production site for the right-hand drive five-door Volkswagen Polo.