Volkswagen had a difficult task and that was to replace its super champion in sales, the Gol. Some time ago he had announced that the model that would occupy that place was going to be a variant of the Polo, called Polo Track, within a plan of regional launches. The German brand has just made official the sale of this model in Argentina
Initially presented in Brazil, the Polo Track is manufactured at the company's plant in Taubaté, São Paulo. It represents a real evolution from the Gol, especially in terms of safety, as this new variant will be equipped with stability control.
That safety element, known as ESP or ESC, for its acronym in English, is what precipitated the cessation of production of the Gol, since its inclusion is mandatory in Argentina and Brazil for all 0 km vehicles sold in both countries.
The Volkswagen Polo Track is offered in four colours.
This system is responsible for applying braking pressure individually on each wheel to correct the vehicle in case of loss of trajectory. Eventually it also restricts the delivery of power from the engine to the wheels.
More modern and bigger
The new Polo Track is considered by Volkswagen as "a true evolution when it comes to the development of entry products of the German brand", according to the official statement.
In short, what the German brand did was to cheapen the Polo that was known until now to offer a variant that is more accessible. In this way, there will be two different alternatives based on the same model, even with slight design differences.
The Volkswagen Polo Track comes with a simpler interior.
The Polo Track is built on the MQB platform, so it takes advantage of its benefits in terms of manufacturing modernity and size: compared to the Gol, the interior space offered by its replacement is much wider.
The 2.56 meters wheelbase and its 1.75 meters wide leave it in a leading position among the most economical models. In addition, the trunk has a capacity of 300 liters.
It is equipped with the 1.6 MSI gasoline engine with 110 hp of power and 155 Nm of torque, combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The price of the Volkswagen Polo Track includes the first three subsidized services.
Inside you can also see the differences. since the Polo Track comes with a screen in the smaller center console, with Bluetooth connection and three USB ports, two of which are type C; and, for example, manual regulation of side mirrors.
The good part is that it will maintain the four airbags (two front and two front sides) that the rest of the range already offers.
The new Polo Track is available in four colours: black, silver, grey and white. The model has a list price of $5,867,400 and includes the first 3 bonus services.
The farewell of the Goal
As of January 2022, the historic Volkswagen Gol was disabled to continue being sold in Argentina, after a presence of 30 years in the market and with several of them as the best-selling model. The reason was the entry into force of the requirement of electronic stability control for all 0 km sold in the country.
The Volkswagen Gol debuted on May 15, 1980, as a development of the Brazilian subsidiary of the German brand. In the neighboring country it has been present for 41 years, of which it had 27 years as the best-selling in the largest market in South America. His reign lasted until 2014.
The last Volkswagen Gol to be sold in the country.
In the neighboring country, more than 8.5 million units have been manufactured, which makes it the most popular model in history in the region.
It arrived in Argentina in 1991 and was quickly adopted as one of the market favorites. Although its takeoff came with the second generation, which was presented here in 1994. It was even a model of national production, from 1996 until 2003, when it totaled 287,056 units.
The model of the German brand always remained in force among the most chosen vehicles in the local market with renovations that were updated until it had a version with automatic transmission.
This allowed it to always be in the top ten of sales and even to become the best-selling car of the last decade in Argentina, with more than 400 thousand units accumulated in that period.
But upgrades have a limit when the platform on which the vehicle is built is old, especially when it comes to safety systems. And that's what put an end to its presence in our market.