The Kariega plant of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) kicked off the month of March on a high note, producing the 100 000th unit of the current Polo for the local market.

The special milestone vehicle rolled off the assembly line during the night shift on March 1st.

The current Polo has been built at the Kariega plant since January 2018, and production of the facelifted Polo will begin in August 2021. 80 644 of the 100 000 vehicles were pre-facelift Polos, with the remaining 19 356 being facelift Polo models.

In 2022, VWSA celebrated several Polo milestones, including the one-millionth Polo built for export in May 2022, the 500 000th Polo (including the facelift and the model introduced in 2018) in July 2022, and the 100 000th facelift Polo produced in August 2022. In November 2022, the company celebrated 2-million units of its popular Polos and Polo Vivos.

VWSA currently manufactures the Polo Vivo for the domestic market, as well as the Polo for all right-hand-drive markets and some left-hand-drive markets. The Polo GTI is also produced exclusively at the Kariega plant.

“While the majority of our Polos are built for export markets, we are extremely proud of how popular this vehicle is among South African customers,” said Ulrich Schwabe, VWSA’s Production Director. “This includes our employees, who take pride in building these high-quality vehicles and whose dedication and love for our vehicles has enabled us to reach this milestone.”


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