• The Kariega plant has been building Polos since 1996 and Vivos since 2010
  • The 2-millionth unit, a Polo, rolled off the production line on the morning of 6 December
Kariega (Uitenhage) – Days before ending production for the year, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) celebrated another production milestone when it reached the 2-millionth unit built locally of its popular Polo and Polo Vivo models.

The 2-millionth vehicle, a left-hand-drive, Ascot Grey Polo destined for Germany, rolled off the production line on the morning of 6 December.

The Kariega plant has been building the Polo since 1996, through various generations of the vehicle, and the Polo Vivo since 2010. At the time the 2-millionth vehicle was built, the plant had manufactured 1 626 816 Polos (1 065 718 for export and 561 098 for the local market) and 373 184 Polo Vivos to date.

VWSA currently exports the Polo built in Kariega to 38 countries, building this vehicle for all right-hand-drive markets and supplementing production for left-hand-drive markets. The Kariega plant is also the sole manufacturer worldwide of the Polo GTI, and builds the popular Polo Vivo for the local market.

“This is an excellent milestone with which to end off the year,” said Ulrich Schwabe, Production Director at VWSA. “My gratitude goes out to every employee, because we would not be able to celebrate this milestone – and many others we’ve had this year – if not for their consistent hard work and dedication. This achievement belongs to all the members of the VWSA family.”