NAIROBI (Reuters) – German automaker Volkswagen (VW) plans to
double output at its Kenyan assembly plant and could build a
second model there, Kenya’s presidential office said without
giving a timeline.
VW set up the vehicle assembly plant in 2016, resuming production
in Kenya after a four decade break. The plant has started by
assembling VW’s Vivo model.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was told by VW’s South Africa chief
Thomas Schaefer “the firm was exploring producing a second model
in Kenya, possibly a hatchback – small SUV – while doubling
production of the VW Polo Vivo to at least 300 vehicles,” the
presidential office said in a statement late on Friday.
VW has long experience operating in emerging markets. But Kenya’s
car market is dominated by low-priced, second-hand imports from
countries, such as Japan.
Other brands assembling vehicles in Kenya include Isuzu , Toyota
, Nissan , Mitsubishi and Peugeot .
(Reporting by George Obulutsa; Editing by Edmund Blair)