Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 10-09-2019
Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has reached a historical milestone after the German car manufacturer rolled out the 200 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo at the Uitenhage plant.
The VWSA production plant has been manufacturing Polo’s since 1996, when it started local production on the Polo Classic.
Over the past 23 years, it has produced a variety of Polo models, with the current Polo starting local production in 2018.
The new Polo is exported to all right-hand markets worldwide, with the Uitenhage plant also supplementing production on left-hand-drive Polo’s for European markets.
This milestone comes in the same month that VWSA was named Exporter of the Year by Exporters Eastern Cape – an award the company has won three times.
Thomas Schaefer, Volkswagen Group South Africa Chairman and Managing Director says the milestone could not have been achieved without the dedication of their employees.
“Our success, both locally and overseas, benefits our workforce and the local economy. We intend to keep achieving these milestones and contributing to the economy of Nelson Mandela Bay.”
Of the 200 000 new Polo’s that have been manufactured, 153 582 units were exported and 46 418 were produced for the local market