Uiten­hage en­gines power Po­los in coun­tries around the world

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VOLK­SWA­GEN’S en­gine plant in Uiten­hage made its 650 000th EA111 en­gine, which are used in the Polo, on Fri­day.

The Polo Vivo has been the top-selling pas­sen­ger model in South Africa since its launch in 2010. To date over 175 000 units have been sold in South Africa.

The pro­duc­tion of the EA111 en­gines at the Uiten­hage man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory started in 2010, the same year the Polo Vivo and Polo, which also used the EA111 en­gines un­til June 2014, were launched in South Africa.

“Nearly 70% of the en­gines that we will pro­duce in 2015 will be ex­ported to our in­ter­na­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­to­ries in China, Malaysia, In­dia and Mexico.

“In the past few years, we have in­vested in new tech­nol­ogy and peo­ple to en­sure that our en­gine plant can meet the growth de­mand and ad­here to the Volk­swa­gen world class qual­ity stan­dards. Our en­gine plant is now ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing an en­gine ev­ery two min­utes,” said Thomas Schaefer, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Volk­swa­gen Group South Africa.

Last year, the en­gine plant cel­e­brated the pro­duc­tion of two mil­lion en­gines over­all.


Thomas Schaefer, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Volk­swa­gen Group South Africa, Richard Reid, head of en­gine plant, An­to­nio Pinto, pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor as well as em­ploy­ees from the en­gine plant, Rabia Coet­zee, Misiwe Mz­izi, Xolisa Manziya, and Zisiwe Benelwa stand next to the 650 000th EA111 en­gine that was pro­duced at the Volk­swa­gen man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory in Uiten­hage.

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