QUARTER MILLIONTH BAKKIE: Chevrolet SA celebrates with its 250 000ths Ute bakkie as it comes off the production line at its plant in PE. Image: Quickpic
Port Elizabeth - The 250 000th Chevrolet Utility rolled-off the production line at the Struandale factory in Port Elizabeth on Friday (Nov 6 2015).
The quarter of a millionth unit, a 1.8 Utility Sport, marks a 17-year production period of one of South Africa’s most popular bakkies.
Now in its third generation, the Chevrolet Utility, says the automaker, "is built with the South African customer in mind - a reliable vehicle for work and leisure".
'We pride ourselves on quality'
Ian Nicholls, president and managing director of General Motors Sub-Saharan Africa Operations, said: “We are proud of the fact that this is a South African built bakkie. Our Struandale plant is efficiently geared up for light commercial vehicle manufacturing and we pride ourselves in building quality vehicles for our customers.”
Nicholls further said the Struandale plant was recently awarded a higher manufacturing quality status by General Motors after an international audited was conducted.
Nicholls said: “This re-enforces the future of manufacturing at the facility and is a huge positive if the company is to be awarded any contracts to build new model vehicles going forward. It in essence means that the manufacturing standard for Struandale has improved based on the globally recognised manufacturing quality standards.”
Special edition Chev bakkies
Two new Special Edition derivatives of the Chevrolet Utility was launched to the market, the UteSurf and the UteWorking.
Image gallery: 2015 limited edition Chevrolets for SA
Another proud aspect of the Chevrolet Utility is the Chevrolet UTE Force, the social arm of the bakkie that builds communities through soccer development and other sustainable initiatives.