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VWSA builds 2.5 millionth car

2007-11-08 11:49
The 2.5 millionth vehicle has rolled off the production line at Volkswagen of South Africa's Uitenhage factory on Tuesday.

The 2.5 millionth vehicle is a fifth generation Golf 1.6.

In his address, Volkswagen of SA managing director, David Powels, hailed the manufacture of 2.5 million vehicles as "an achievement we can all feel justifiably proud of".

"Interestingly, the 2.5 million vehicles we have produced here in Uitenhage include 913 000 Golfs, 314 000 Jettas, 308 000 Polos, 290 000 Beetles, 266 000 Type 2 and Type 3 Busses, 147 000 Audis and 104 000 Passats.

"This illustrates just how diversified and flexible our plant has been over the past 56 years," he explained.

"Volkswagen of South Africa has remained extremely loyal and committed to not only this immediate region in which we all work and live, but also to our country South Africa.

"We have become more and more diversified and productive. As a result, our next 2.5 million cars will take significantly less than half the time to build than it took to build the first 2.5 million," he noted.

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