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Volkswagen Group South Africa among first to achieve new international certification

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VOLKSWAGEN Group South Africa's manufacturing plant in Uitenhage is the first of the 119 production plants in the Volkswagen Group production network to receive the ISO9001:2015 standard certification from TÜV NORD Hanover.

It took the VWSA's Quality Assurance department just six weeks to meet the requirements of the new ISO9001:2015 standard. The annual Management System audit undertaken by TÜV NORD Hanover from 2 - 10 November, shows that VWSA is compliant with the new ISO9001:2015, VDA6.1 and Conformity of Production standards.

Policy shift gives car industry huge boost

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MORE global motor companies could announce plans to build vehicles in SA "within weeks" following the government’s decision to lower the barriers to domestic manufacture.

Since the introduction of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) in 2013, manufacturers have had to build at least 50,000 units annually before they could access benefits through the volume assembly allowance. They currently receive import-duty credits worth 18% of the ex-factory price of all production.

Ford Motor Company Celebrates 15 years of Conservation and Environmental Grants

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Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants is celebrating its 15th year of helping communities with environmental projects in the Middle East, and the release of a new grant for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) which forms part of Ford’s Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

The program assists research and conservation projects as well as those focusing on energy efficiency, waste and water management, plus environmental education and awareness.

Absa Commentary: October 2015 NAAMSA Sales Report New Vehicle Sales and Exports

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A total of 54 244 new vehicles were sold in October 2015, which were 1 071 units and 1.9% less than total sales in September. Sales volumes were down by 5 091 units in October from the same month last year, resulting in a decline of 8.6% year-on-year (y/y). Year-to-date sales were down by 4.5% to more than 517 000 units compared with the first ten months of last year.

Of total industry sales of 54 244 units in October, 80.9% represented dealer sales, 12.2% represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 3.5% of sales were to corporate fleets and 3.4% represented sales to the government.

R4.5bn capacity expansion safe as VW cuts costs, says VWSA MD

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Volkswagen’s planned R4.5-billion investment in South Africa is safe and will not be affected by a $1.1-billion cutback in yearly spending by the German automaker, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) MD Thomas Schaefer.

The cost-cutting exercise comes as Volkswagen attempts to deal with the fallout of a diesel emissions scandal, which saw the company rig the test results of a number of its models sold abroad.

Volkswagen South Africa manufactures 500 000th Polo at its Uitenhage plant

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A Flash Red, Cross Polo destined for a customer in Austria was the 500 000th Volkswagen Polo to be manufactured at the Uitenhage plant, in South Africa.

The half-millionth Polo produced by Volkswagen in Uitenhage left the line today (22 October 2015) in the presence of the Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle, the Deputy Premier of Lower Saxony Stefan Wenzel as well as the Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Metro Danny Jordaan who were hosted by Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, Thomas Schaefer.

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