VW expands Africa strategy with vehicle production in Kenya planned
As part of the global reorganization designed at regional level, Volkswagen will also focus on expanding its commercial and production activities in Africa, where there are already some markets to consider as emerging.
Among these, there is Kenya and in the capital Nairobi the German carmaker (at the presence of Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta) has signed an agreement to start production in the country by year end (with imported components) of Polo Vivo, very popular compact car in the Sub-Saharan region.
The assembly of the model will take place at the Thika factory, not far from Nairobi, and will use the partnership with the local importer DT Dobie. Volkswagen aims to build about 5,000 units a year of the Polo Vivo up to speed, then from 2017.
For VW is actually a return to Kenya after the production of the Beetle in the 60s. The Kenyan factory becomes the third plant of the Volkswagen Group in Africa alongside the sites in South Africa and Nigeria.