VW inaugurates production facility in Kenya



From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – VOLKSWAGEN (VW), the Germany carmaker, has inaugurated a vehicle production facility in Kenya as part of its
regionalisation of its worldwide automobile business.
Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and Dr Herbert Diess, Chief Executive Officer of the VW brand, officiated at the inauguration as the first
locally produced Polo Vivo rolled off the production line.
Diess underlined Kenya’s key role within the Volkswagen brand’s Africa strategy.
“Here in Kenya, we will be producing cars that bear comparison with European quality standards. This is why we are opting for training and
local skills in automobile production,” he said.
He said VW was strengthening the production region of Africa and providing additional impetus for the further regionalization of the brand – as a
reliable and responsible partner.
“This is symbolised by the first Polo Vivo produced – a car from Africa for Africa,” Diess added.
The joint project implemented together with DT Dobie in Thika is VW’s third production plant in Africa, together with aplant in South Africa and
another in Nigeria.
In the initial phase in Nairobi, annual production of up to 1 000 vehicles is planned. In the long term, it will be possible to produce up to 5 000
units per year at the plant of Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers (KVM).
Kenyatta welcomed the investment.
“A few months ago, this was only a dream. Now Volkswagen’s investment in Kenya has become reality,” said the president.
“This is further proof of my government’s determination to strengthen the production location of Nairobi and to forge ahead with the
industrialisation of the nation.”
VW and Kenya’s relationship has a tradition.
Volkswagen assembled the famous Beetle in East African country in the 1960s.
CAJ News

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