Pretoria News - - BUSINESS REPORT | NEWS - | Ed­ward West

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.

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