VW OPENS POLO PLANT IN KENYA

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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.

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