200 000TH VW POLO PRODUCED FOR EXPORT
VOLKSWAGEN Group South Africa (VWSA) reached a milestone last week when it produced its 200 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo for the export market. With Polos being manufactured ahead of schedule at the Uitenhage plant, the 200 000th export vehicle rolled off the line on Friday, which also brought the total number of exports for the company by the end of January to 1 098 960 vehicles. The Uitenhage plant has been manufacturing the current generation of the Polo since September 2017. The Polo is exported to all right-hand drive markets and supplements production for certain left-hand drive markets as well. VWSA manufactured 161 954 vehicles in 2019, surpassing a previous record of 137 758 vehicles produced in 2011. VWSA also ended the year with a 23.4 percent passenger market share. Volkswagen Group South Africa chairperson and managing director Thomas Shaeffer said they intended to build on the performance in 2020 both in the local and export markets.