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06/27/18
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Milestone in Africa: Volkswagen launches local assembly and Car sharing in Rwanda

Milestone in Africa: Volkswagen launches local assembly and Car sharing in Rwanda
  • Africa’s first Integrated Mobility Solution
  • New facility incorporates sales and service retail outlet, vehicle assembly, training center and mobility company
  • Local assembly of up to 5,000 vehicles per year
  • Car sharing started, ride hailing and other services to follow
  • Brand creating up to 1,000 new skilled jobs
  • Long-term goal: leading role in the emerging automotive industry in Africa

The Volkswagen brand is expanding its engagement in Africa: today saw the start of its Integrated Mobility Solution in Rwanda that includes local vehicle assembly, innovative mobility services and a sales and service retail outlet CFAO Volkswagen Rwanda. Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa and responsible for the Sub-Sahara region, officially launched the project in the capital Kigali in the presence of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame. Volkswagen is thus taking the next step toward developing new up-and-coming markets. In a long-term perspective, the brand intends to play a leading role in the emerging automotive industry in Africa. With this engagement, Volkswagen is making a substantial contribution to Africa’s economic development.

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