According to EngineeringNews, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has reached a new milestone when the 200 000th car of the current Volkswagen Polo model rolled off the production line at its Uitenhage plant on 31 January.
The Uitenhage plant has been manufacturing the current generation of the Polo since September 2017. The company exports the Polo to all right-hand-drive markets, and also supplements production for certain left-hand-drive markets.
This milestone also brings the total number of exports for the company to 1,09-million vehicles by the end of January.
In 2019, the company manufactured 161 954 vehicles, which surpassed its previous record of 137 758 vehicles produced in 2011.
“We intend to build on our strong performance in 2020, both in the local and export markets, and we remain committed to delivering excellence to all our clients and the larger community,” said VWSA chairperson and MD, Thomas Schaefer
In addition, VWSA also ended the year with a 23,4% market share in passenger vehicles, which meant that almost one quarter of all cars sold in the South African market were brands belonging to VWSA.