Volkswagen has extended its Polo Vivo line-up through the introduction of the Xpress, a half-ton commercial vehicle that’s the brainchild of managing director Thomas Schaefer.
A company spokesman says the model was designed and developed locally in response to requests from fleet owners for a small delivery vehicle. With a 519kg payload and a cargo volume of 1 060 litres, the Xpress is said to offer excellent load carrying abilities.
The vehicle is based on a 1,4 Polo Vivo Conceptline and is powered by a 55kW engine. Standard features include remote central locking with an alarm, an air conditioner, ABS, suspension raised by 15mm and load partitioning between the driver and cargo area. The floor of the load bay is covered by hardwood.
Optional features include cruise control, a radio and CD player, 14-inch alloy wheels and a rough road package that incorporates underbody protection at the front and heavy duty shock absorbers.
The Xpress has been homologated as a N1 Commercial Vehicle which will allow VAT registered customers to claim back tax.
Recommended retail price of the model is R163 700.