Volkswagen of South Africa has proposed exporting right-hand-drive versions of a brand new Polo following investment during the plant in Uitenhage, nearby Port Elizabeth.
Countries receiving the new Polo include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.
By the end of 2009, Volkswagen of South Africa will have invested R3.5 billion in new plant, local content development and new product. A further R500 million will be invested in 2010 to complete the process and ensure that the Company is well placed to capture future opportunities both in the South African and global markets” outlined David Powels, Managing Director of VW of SA.
Production of the all New Volkswagen Polo commenced at the Uitenhage plant in July 2009. By the end of the year, 19 000 New Polo’s will have left the Port Elizabeth harbour destined for customers around the world.
The New Polo hatch will be introduced to the South African market early in 2010 and will replace the current Polo, which has consistently been South Africa’s favourite passenger car Brand in recent years.
One of the key factors enabling Volkswagen of South Africa to capture the Volkswagen Group Polo RHD global market contract has been the investment on the part of a number of suppliers in the NMBLP.