• Volkswagen South Africa built the four millionth vehicle at its Uitenhage plant.
• The first Beetle rolled off the production line in August 1951.
• Manufactured vehicles include Golf, Jetta, and Kombi.
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Volkswagen South Africa celebrates a significant milestone this month. The automaker announced that the four millionth vehicle produced at its Uitenhage plant had rolled off the production line!
It all started in November 1948 when the first vehicle was built at the local facility. Back then, the premises still belonged to the South African Motor Assemblers and Distributors (SAMAD). In August 1951, the first Volkswagen, a Beetle, rolled off the production line and Volkswagen South Africa has, since then, manufactured a broad range of vehicles locally, including Audi vehicles, the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, and various models of the Transporter series (Kombi), Golf, Jetta and Polo.
The Uitenhage plant currently manufactures the Polo for local and export markets, as well as the Polo Vivo for the local market. Since the start of 2020, the plant has produced 75 521 Polos for export, as well as 12 804 Polos and 17 038 Polo Vivos for the local market.
Bernd Schaberg, Acting Production Director at VWSA: "This production milestone is a proud moment for VWSA, and proof of the dedication of the VWSA family. With this level of commitment, I am sure we can achieve many more milestones to come."Compiled by: Charlen Raymond