Plant has manufactured over 4 million vehicles in 72 years. Production began in 1948.
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has celebrated a momentous milestone with over 4 million vehicles having been manufactured at its Uitenhage, Eastern Cape plant.
The first of these vehicles was manufactured 72 years prior in November 1948, when the premises still belonged to South African Motor Assemblers and Distributors (SAMAD). The first Volkswagen vehicle to be manufactured in Uitenhage was a Volkswagen Beetle that rolled off the production line in August 1951. Since then, VWSA has 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 first Volkswagen vehicle to be manufactured in Uitenhage was a Volkswagen Beetle that rolled off the production line in August 1951. The first VW Beetle that rolled off the line at the Wolfsburg, Germany plant took place 70 years ago
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.
“This production milestone is a proud moment for VWSA, and proof of the dedication of the VWSA family,” said Bernd Schaberg, Acting Production Director at VWSA. “With this level of commitment, I am sure we can achieve many more milestones to come.”
294 713m² of the VWSA plant in Uitenhage consists of production facilities. The plant’s total area is 520 963m²
Volkswagen Group South Africa is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengessellschaft (VWAG) in Germany. VWSA represents the brands of Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles, Audi and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in South Africa. The company employs over 4 000 people.