Volkswagen Derby
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Make: Volkswagen
Model: Derby
Volkswagen Derby

The Volkswagen Derby is a sedan adaptation of the Volkswagen Polo supermini. This model was produced by the German automaker Volkswagen between 1977 and 1981. During 1981 Volkswagen launched the second generation Polo and the second-generation Derby. Three years later in 1984 the Derby name was canned and the sedan version of the Polo became known as the Polo Classic. Thus, as a result, most components of the Derby are interchangeable with the Polo, and all technical parts such as the engine and brakes are also mostly compatible with the Polo models. On the other hand, the body parts at the rear are different as is the rear window. Further, the rear bumper only fits the first generation Polo model and is not interchangeable with the second-generation model. The lights are identical between the Derby, the Polo and the Audi 50. In Europe, the Derby was offered with either a 1.1-liter or a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. These were badged as the 1100 and the 1300 respectively. Further, the trim levels available were the LS and the GLS, along with a three-door Polo. The Derby was not generally sold outside of Europe, although some parts of Eurasia did briefly get the model. As it turns out, the name was used on a rebadged SEAT Cordoba in Mexico, but was marketed as a Volkswagen Polo in Eurasia. Further, in Argentina VW marketed a facelifted version of the 1999-2001 Polo Classic as the Derby in Mexico and a Volkswagen Caddy. The 6K Polo Classic & 9K Caddy have been manufactured since 2000. All upgraded Type 6K/9K models are Argentine built vehicles. This is clearly not one of VW’s more notable models as it is only limitedly released around the world. But, one never knows when a product might hit a tipping point and become extraordinarily successful.

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