Citi Golf going, going, gone at R300 100
Port|Port Elizabeth|Wolfsburg|Zwide|Africa|Autostadt|Brand Expo|Education|Museum|Volkswagen|Africa|Germany|South Africa|Eastern Cape Plant|Group Museum|Products|Retail Price|Web-site|Eastern Cape|Dolf Jonker|Merkava Mark 1|R300|Eastern Cape|Golf
© Reuse this
The third-last Volkswagen Citi Golf to roll off the assembly line in Uitenhage – in fact, the world – has found a home.
Auctioned off on the Bid or Buy web-site, with the proceeds to go to charity, Dolf Jonker, the owner of Auto Trust Body Repairers, in Port Elizabeth, posted the highest bid for the Mk1 model.
Jonker’s bid of R300 100 was nearly three times the listed retail price of the limited edition hatchback.
“My main motives for the highest bid were to own a piece of history associated with the Volkswagen Citi, as well as to support the local charity organisation, Ubuntu Education Fund. I am delighted with the outcome,” he explains.
The Ubuntu Education Fund is a community organisation based in Zwide, Port Elizabeth.
Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) has discontinued the Citi Golf range, 25 years after production first started at the Eastern Cape plant.
To celebrate the end of the urban run-around, which far outgunned Beetle production at Uitenhage, VWSA branded the last thousand Citi Golfs as Mk1 models, or Mark 1, harking back to its introduction to the local motoring scene in the 1980s.
Each car is individually numbered.
Two of the last produced Citi Mk1 units will join other Volkswagen Classic cars that are on permanent display at the Autostadt, the Volkswagen Group Museum and Brand Expo in Wolfsburg, Germany, and at the Volkswagen AutoPavillion Brand heritage centre, in Uitenhage.
The Mk1 comes with a 1,6 l engine, sports seat with partial leather, a golf ball gear knob, a radio and CD player, an airbag, red stitching detail, lowered suspension, twin exhausts and tinted glass all around.
The local arm of the German vehicle manufacturer says it will launch a comprehensive range of products in 2010 to compete in all major segments of the market – including a new entry-level vehicle to replace the Citi Golf.
However, this car will be more expensive than the Citi's pre-runout price tag of R87 000.
The Citi Golf's replacement, set for production in Uitenhage, will be announced in the first quarter of 2010.
The Uitenhage plant already produces the new Polo, exporting it to all right-hand drive markets worldwide.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Automotive News
Despite various challenges related to the extraction of shale oil and gas, as countries grow accustomed to the idea, the use of shale as a form of energy will be more widely pursued, international oil and gas market analyst Michael Lynch said on Tuesday. Speaking at...
A consortium led by two Kenyan firms won a government tender to build a 1 000-MW, coal-fired power plant, company officials said on Tuesday, part of moves to satisfy rising demand for energy in East Africa's biggest economy. Kenya suffers from regular blackouts due...
The announcement of the successful bidder for the construction of Durban’s long-awaited passenger cruise terminal was imminent, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) CEO Tau Morwe told delegates at the African Ports Evolution Conference in Durban on Tuesday. ...
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
This Week's Magazine
South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced its fourth consecutive year of profits. The group's results for the financial year 2013/2014 were recently announced at its head office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. Revenues grew by 17%, net...
There is little opportunity for JSE-listed infrastructure company Group Five to grow shareholder value in the domestic market, says CEO Mike Upton. He says value can still be found in the private sector, in the renewable and industrial power sector, as well as in...
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced the event dates of the 2015 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). The event will take place from October 14 to October 25, 2015, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec.
UK engineering support services provider Babcock is set to deliver the largest order of global truck manufacturer DAF’s truck tractors in Southern Africa to bulk carrier road-based logistics company Ngululu Bulk Carriers (NBC), with 133 trucks to be delivered in...
Digital radio communications in the African local government space can open up the world, but have many challenges to overcome, notes integration and migration of legacy radio communications infrastructure with digital mobile radio company Emcom Wireless head of...
E-tolling Gauteng's highways has failed and the system falls short of its intentions, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Tuesday. "This system is falling far short of its intentions and targets," Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage told public...
E-tolls in Gauteng will cripple South Africa's economy, the Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) said on Monday. "This will cripple the economy of Gauteng and indeed South Africa as a whole," JPSA chairperson Howard Dembovsky told public hearings in Midrand on the...
Article contains comments
Business does not support the view that it should absorb the cost of e-tolling, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Friday. "Business has always indicated its willingness to come on board and to explore the funding mechanism [for the improvement of Gauteng's...
Article contains comments
Article contains comments