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Out of India: New boss for VW SA cars

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Steffen Knapp has been appointed head of VW cars in South Africa to replace Martina Biene. Knapp, originally from Germany, has come from VW India where, the company told The Corner, he developed a successful turnaround strategy for the brand. READ MORE VW features on Carmans Corner Mike Glendinning, VWSA sales… Continue reading Out of India: New boss for VW SA cars

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Good year for VWSA despite Covid – and rush of new models for 2021 –

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Despite the Covid pandemic severely hurting automotive sales in 2020 VWSA, which consists of Volkswagen passenger and commercial vehicles and Audi, the company ended 2020 as the car-market leader in South Africa. That’s according to Mike Glendinning, VWSA’s sales and marketing director, who told The Corner in a media communication: “2020… Continue reading Good year for VWSA despite Covid – and rush of new models for 2021 –

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VW Amarok claims top step in local bakkie power

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volkswagen’s most powerful production bakkie yet, the 190kW Amarok double-cab, is now in local showrooms and celebrating 10 years of local Amarok distribution . The Amarok range, launched in South Africa in 2010, has sold more than 37 000 units (single- and double-cab) and now has a choice of 2.0 BiTDI… Continue reading VW Amarok claims top step in local bakkie power

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VWSA counts the years – and 4-million vehicles

UITENHAGE, South Africa – Volkswagen Group SA is celebrating (Nov 2020) achieving a production total of four million vehicles since the plant opened way back in 1948 when the premises still belonged to South African Motor Assemblers and Distributors (SAMAD). The first VW assembled – August 1951 – was a Beetle. Since then VWSA has… Continue reading VWSA counts the years – and 4-million vehicles

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Ready for Frankfurt: The next VW Golf R32

WOLFSBURG, Germany – The first Golf R32 was an automotive sensation, The Corner has been reminded by VW Germany. The 2021 version, The Corner has also been told, is on the way… Back then the cars packed a (by today’s standards) modest 184kW, all-wheel drive, and a 0-100km/h time of 6.6sec. VW further reminds: ”It… Continue reading Ready for Frankfurt: The next VW Golf R32

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VW goes tribal with face-lifted Polo badged Mswenko

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – With 261 285 sold since its market introduction in March 2010 the Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatch has, for the past decade, been the best-selling car in South Africa. Now its been given an indigenous touch.. The Vivo, as the only SA-assembled model in the competitive A0 segment, has been a dominant… Continue reading VW goes tribal with face-lifted Polo badged Mswenko

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VW’s Amarok – ‘the Wolf’ – now bites with a new V6

• VW launching its most powerful Amarok yet • 190kW three-litre V6 turbodiesel superbakkie • Big luxury truck ‘a best-selling derivative’ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When the last quarter of 2020 arrives (and the Christmas sleigh is nigh!) Volkswagen’s automobile showrooms will have a big new brute on its showroom floor – its most powerful… Continue reading VW’s Amarok – ‘the Wolf’ – now bites with a new V6

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VW SA announces 2020 T-Roc models’ pricing

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volkswagen has announced prices for its T-Roc SUV range launched back in June 2020. The VW sport utility vehicles in the southern African market now consist of the T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, and Touareg. The T-Roc which slots above the T-Cross but below the Tiguan is said to have sophisticated… Continue reading VW SA announces 2020 T-Roc models’ pricing

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Used-car prices twitch upward – VW leads

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – ”Cautiously optimistic.” That’s how George Mienie, CEO of AutoTrader, feels about the state of used-vehicle sales in South Africa in not only the middle of the South African winter but also of the Covid situation. “Prices have begun to increase – slightly – with cars selling faster than experienced earlier in… Continue reading Used-car prices twitch upward – VW leads