Volkswagen Polo hits another milestone in SA as 400 000th unit rolls off production line

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400 000th Polo rolls off Volkswagen SA's production line in Kariega
400 000th Polo rolls off Volkswagen SA's production line in Kariega

• Volkswagen produced the 400 000th Polo at its plant in Kariega.

• The automaker began production of the current Polo in 2017.

• The Polo is one of SA's best-selling vehicles.

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Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) celebrated another production milestone when the 400 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo rolled off the production line in Kariega (formerly Uitenhage).

By the time the 400 000th Polo rolled off the production line on Monday, 21 June 2021, the plant had produced a total of 61 635 Polos and 10 373 Polo Vivos this year.

This achievement comes less than four years after the plant began manufacturing the current Polo model in September 2017. Of the 400 000 Polos manufactured locally since 2017, 73 786 vehicles were made for the local market and 326 214 were built for export. The Polos built in Kariega are exported to all right-hand-drive markets worldwide, while VWSA also supplements production for left-hand-drive markets.

Ulrich Schwabe, Production Director at VWSA, said: "This is a proud moment for our team, who have proven their dedication to delivering for our customers, both abroad and in South Africa. I want to thank every employee, whether on the production line, in the office or working from home, for continuously striving for excellence. This milestone could not have happened without their contributions."

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