Volkswagen Group South Africa says more than four million vehicles have now been produced at its Uitenhage plant in the Eastern Cape.

Judging by the press image, the milestone vehicle was a red Polo GTI.

The milestone arrives some 72 years after production at the facility commenced back in November 1948, when the premises still belonged to South African Motor Assemblers and Distributors. However, the first VW-badged vehicle to be built at Uitenhage was a Beetle, which rolled off the assembly line in August 1951.

Since then, VW SA has manufactured a broad range of vehicles at the plant, including Audi models, Transporter models, the Golf, the Jetta and the Polo.

It’s the latter the factory currently manufactures for both local and export markets, along with the prolonged lifecycle Polo Vivo. Since the start of 2020, the plant has produced 75 521 Polos for export, as well as 12 804 Polo units and 17 038 Polo Vivo units for the local market. In 2019, the firm beat its production record at the plant, building 161 954 units over the year.

“This production milestone is a proud moment for VW SA, and proof of the dedication of the VW SA family,” said Bernd Schaberg, acting production director at VW SA. “With this level of commitment, I am sure we can achieve many more milestones to come.”