Volkswagen has established a new “Sub-Saharan” region to develop the African market. This region covers all countries south of the Sahara. Steering will be the responsibility of Volkswagen South Africa, where the brand has been very successful for many decades. So far, Volkswagen is active at four locations in the region: South Africa, Kenya, Ruanda and Ghana. In Ruanda, the brand also launched an app-based car sharing service in mid-2018.
Volkswagen helps South Africa in the battle against Covid-19Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has donated protective equipment to clinic employees to the provincial health ministry to better equip health care facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the company and the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) set up a laboratory for molecular virology within 18 days and optimized the processes there to increase test capacities.
Volkswagen opens vehicle assembly facility in GhanaVolkswagen is expanding its footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa with the official opening of a vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. With this engagement, Ghana becomes the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in Sub-Saharan Africa; the other locations are in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. Universal Motors Limited, a licensed Volkswagen importer since 2005, has been awarded the assembly contract for the initial phase of the project. The Universal Motors facility in Accra has an installed capacity to assembly 5, 000 units per annum. The models to be assembled using Semi Knocked Down (SKD) assembly kits are Tiguan, Teramont, Passat, Polo and Amarok.
Volkswagen hands over first phase of Covid-19 temporary medical facilitySeven weeks after the initial announcement of the company’s plans to provide a temporary medical facility for Covid-19 patients, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) today handed over the first phase of this project to the Eastern Cape Department of Health.