Volkswagen plant gets additional export order


Volkswagen South Africa’s Engine plant in Uitenhage is again operating at full capacity after receiving an additional export order from China.  The plant is scheduled to produce 107,200 engines in 2012 of which 50,200 engines are for the locally built Polo and Polo Vivo models, while 57,000 engines will be produced for three export markets, namely India, Mexico and China which is Volkswagen South Africa’s biggest export market for engines.The additional order of over 12,000 engines means that … [Read more...]

Last Volksie Bug lives to drive another day

Last Bettle 1979

by Duncan Reyneke The completely rebuilt Beetle Image by: File Foto The last Volkswagen Beetle to roll off the Uitenhage production line in 1979 has been restored to its former glory after being virtually destroyed in a crash in 2006. The popular Beetle became the benchmark for affordable, mass-produced cars after the Second World War and was one of the most recognisable cars on roads around the world. Uitenhage's Volkswagen Auto Pavilion manager Johan Wagner said the 1979 Beetle had been … [Read more...]

VW to benefit province’s youth

Volkswagen South Africa, chairperson Hubert Waltl, says he believes the soon-to-be-built loveLife Youth Centre in Uitenhage will be to the benefit of youth in the area. Waltl turned the first sod this week at the site of the planned loveLife centre in KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage. The sod turning was also attended by Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile. The R20m loveLife Youth Centre aims to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the youth of the Uitenhage area. It will offer young people … [Read more...]

Volkswagen unveils SA investment plans in Uitenhage and Pretoria

Europe's biggest automaker Volkswagen said on Thursday it would expand its South African operations with investments in a plant in Uitenhage and a distribution centre near Pretoria. VW said it would invest about €70 million ($85 million) on top of around €500 million already ploughed into South Africa over the past four years as part of its goal to become the world's biggest carmaker. "The Uitenhage plant plays an important role in this context," a statement quoted VW chairman Martin … [Read more...]

VWSA’s Polo production milestone

Volkswagen South Africa marked the production of its 400 000th Polo at its factory at Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape last month, with demand for the car being boosted by an earlier export order destined for Europe. Launched in South Africa in 1996, the second-generation Polo is top of the Ao hatch segment for the year to date, with a 19.8% market share. "In addition, over the past two years, the Polo brand has claimed the title of South Africa's most popular passenger car with sales far … [Read more...]