Polo ex­port hits mile­stone

The Citizen (KZN) - - Motoring - Uiten­hage –

Volk­swa­gen South Africa (VWSA) reached a new mile­stone last week when it pro­duced its 200 000th unit of the cur­rent Polo for the ex­port mar­ket.

With Po­los be­ing man­u­fac­tured ahead of sched­ule at the Uiten­hage plant, the 200 000th ve­hi­cle for ex­port rolled off the line on 31 Jan­uary 2020.

This mile­stone brings 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 lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the Polo since Septem­ber 2017. The com­pany ex­ports the Polo to all right-hand drive mar­kets and sup­ple­ments pro­duc­tion for some left-hand drive mar­kets.

This ex­port mile­stone fol­lows a year of records for VWSA in 2019. The com­pany man­u­fac­tured a to­tal of 161 954 ve­hi­cles in 2019, sur­pass­ing its pre­vi­ous record of 137 758 ve­hi­cles pro­duced in 2011.

Even more, VWSA also ended the year with a 23.4% pas­sen­ger mar­ket share – which means that nearly a quar­ter of all cars sold in the South African mar­ket are brands be­long­ing to VWSA.

The com­pany said it had many rea­sons to be proud of last year.– Own Cor­re­spon­dent

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