VW OPENS POLO PLANT IN KENYA
VOLKSWAGEN South Africa has announced plans to assemble the Polo Vivo in Kenya from the end of the year.
The project, which will be jointly realised with the importer DT Dobie, will be Volkswagen’s third production facility in Africa, alongside the South African factory and a production facility in Nigeria.
VW plans to build up to 5 000 units of the Polo Vivo per year at the plant operated by Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers (KVM) from 2017.
A long tradition links Volkswagen and Kenya: back in the 1950s, Volkswagen assembled the 1 200 Beetle in Kenya, which rear-wheeled drive car competed in the East Africa Safary Rally, winning the formidable rally both in 1954 and 1962.