Volkswagen to double production in Kenya; explores 2nd model

German carmaker Volkswagen is looking to double production in Kenya and to introduce a new model at its plant in Thika according to a statement from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

VW South Africa head Thomas Schaefer is said to have told President Kenyatta at a meeting in the South African town of East London 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.

VW set up in Kenya in 2016, and its first car rolled off the ramp less than a year later. Since the launch, it recorded sales of 104 units according to data from the Kenya Motor Industry Association (KMI) .

Last year, French carmaker Peugeot started manufacturing cars in Kenya, while Japanese vehicle manufacturing giant Toyota started assembling some models in Kenya in 2015.