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Volkswagen resumes production in African nation after forty years’ break

VW set up the vehicle assembly plant two years ago, production in Kenya has started by assembling VW’s Vivo model.

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Volkswagen resumes production in African nation after forty years’ break

VW set up the vehicle assembly plant two years ago, production in Kenya has started by assembling VW’s Vivo model.

13 January 2018 Saturday 13:41
Volkswagen resumes production in African nation after forty years’ break

By Azania Post Reporter

GERMAN automaker Volkswagen (VW) plant in Kenya has resumed production after four decade break now considering increasing production.

According to statement issued by Kenya’s presidential office, plans to double production at Volkswagen’s African country assembly plant and could build a second model in Nairobi.

VW set up the vehicle assembly plant two years ago, production in Kenya has started by assembling VW’s Vivo model.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was told by VW’s South Africa chief Thomas Schaefer “the firm was exploring producing a second model in Kenya, possibly a hatchback - small SUV - while doubling production of the VW Polo Vivo to at least 300 vehicles,” the presidential office said in a statement late yesterday.

VW has long experience operating in emerging markets. But Kenya’s car market is dominated by low-priced, second-hand imports from countries, such as Japan.

Other brands assembling vehicles in Kenya include Isuzu, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Peugeot.

Reuters

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