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Volkswagen to double output from Kenya plant

PUBLISHED: Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:26:33 GMT

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NAIROBI (Reuters) – German automaker Volkswagen (VW) plans to double output at its Kenyan assembly plant and could build a second model there, Kenya’s presidential office said without giving a timeline.

VW set up the vehicle assembly plant in 2016, resuming production in Kenya after a four decade break. The plant has started by assembling VW’s Vivo model.

READ: Volkswagen to open plants in Kenya, Rwanda

President Uhuru Kenyatta was told by VW’s South Africa chief Thomas Schaefer “the firm was exploring producing a second model in Kenya, possibly a hatchback – small SUV – while doubling production of the VW Polo Vivo to at least 300 vehicles,” the presidential office said in a statement late on Friday.

— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) January 12, 2018

VW has long experience operating in emerging markets. But Kenya’s car market is dominated by low-priced, second-hand imports from countries, such as Japan.

http://cnbc.africa/news/special-report/2015/07/10/vw-brings-car/

Other brands assembling vehicles in Kenya include Isuzu, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Peugeot.

Reporting by George Obulutsa; Editing by Edmund Blair


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