X3, Hilux, Polo... Locally-built vehicles that are exported to global markets

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• South Africa is a vehicle production hub that exports to global markets.

• Ford, Toyota and BMW are among the automakers that build vehicles locally.

• South Africa produces bakkies, SUVs and passenger cars.

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South Africa is a hub for vehicle manufacturing, with most models exported to numerous international markets. As most of us are already aware, bakkie manufacturing is one of SA's production cornerstones, contributing a great deal to putting Mzansi on the map.

Though bakkies are the most prominent, several passenger vehicles - sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs - are also built here. Not only does the local assembly and sales of these contribute to our country's GDP, but the exportation of these vehicles contributes to the GDP, as well.

The Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux are perhaps the two most popular vehicles produced locally. We list all the vehicles produced in South Africa for the export market.

Toyota Hilux
2021 Toyota Hilux

From Pretoria to Gqeberha

South Africa's production landscape stretches across a wide range, with production taking place in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, and the Eastern Cape. Up north in Pretoria, BMW builds the X3, as well as Ford (Ranger, Everest) and Nissan (NP300/Hardbody, Navara, NP200). BMW recently gave its X3 a facelift, with the first updated model rolling off the production line on 27 August 2021.

At the start of 2021, Ford invested R15.8 billion in its Silverton Plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. The undertaken upgrades have been made to prepare the plant for the local production of the all-new Ranger bakkie. Sticking with bakkies, Nissan began with local production of its facelifted Navara earlier this year. Sadly, the automaker will cease NP300/Hardbody production later this year.

READ: Ford SA announces R15-billion investment to build new Ranger and Amarok in 2022

In Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, Toyota produces the Hilux and Fortuner. These two vehicles are among the best-selling vehicles in South Africa and among the Japanese automaker's top-selling vehicles both locally and abroad.

The Eastern Cape is another vital production hub. In East London, Mercedes-Benz produces the C-Class for local and export markets. Mercedes-Benz South Africa has been producing the C-Class since 2014. Further south, Isuzu builds the Isuzu and mu-X at its Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) facilities, while Volkswagen produces the ever-popular Polo in Kariega (Uitenhage). All these vehicles are exported.

2022 BMW X3
Ford Ranger FX4
2021 Ford Ranger FX4
Ford Everest Sport
2021 Ford Everest
Toyota Fortuner
2021 Toyota Fortuner
Toyota Hilux
2021 Toyota Hilux
Nissan Navara
2021 Nissan Navara
Nissan NP300 Hardbody
2021 Nissan NP300 Hardbody
Nissan NP200
2021 Nissan NP200
Isuzu D-Max
2021 Isuzu D-Max
Isuzu mu-X
2021 Isuzu mu-X
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Volkswagen Polo
2021 Volkswagen Polo
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