German carmaker Volkswagen is looking to double production in Kenya and to introduce a new model at its plant in Thika, a huge boost for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four action plan. VW South Africa head Thomas Schaefer told President Kenyatta at a meeting in the South Africa that 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.
Kenyatta welcomed VW’s commitment to growth of its Kenya facility, saying that the country had a ready market for cars produced in Kenya, provided that they were sold at affordable prices. Volkswagen set up in Kenya in 2016, and its first car rolled off the ramp less than a year later. Last year, French carmaker Peugeot started manufacturing cars in Kenya, while Japanese vehicle manufacturing giant Toyota started assembling some models in Kenya in 2015.
President Kenyatta met Schaefer in the margins of meetings with the South African ruling party ANC. Boosting relations between the two countries, especially manufacturing and agriculture to grow jobs for youth in both countries, is at the heart of talks he is holding