The German Automaker Volkswagen (VW) has extended the launch of its first assembled vehicle in Rwanda to June this year – one month past set deadline.
In January this year, while announcing VW’s official entry into the Rwandan market,VW South Africa Chairperson, Thomas Schaefer, said “The assembling facility could be operational before end of May this month.”
At the time, Schaefer had announced the deadline would come with assembled Volkswagen Passat for sedans, Volkwagen Polo, and Volkswagen Teramont for Sport Utility Vehicle (SUVs).
At the ongoing Transform Africa Summit in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, several brand new Passats were seen transporting delegates from the Airport to the venue at Radisson Blu and Convention Centre.
The vehicles were branded: “Vorkswargen Mobility Solutions Rwanda” prompting debates the plant could have launched its first “Rwanda products.”
However, Michaella Rugwizangoga – VW Rwanda Mobility Solutions Rwanda said the launch had been extended to before end of June this year.
“These Passats have been imported as part of Volkswagen’s partnership with Transform Africa Summit. More information to follow at the launch at the end of June,” Ruwizangoga said on her Twitter handle.
The plant said it will employ 1000 workers for its new plant in the region.
The plant set aside a $20 million initial budget for Rwandan plant.
Announcing VW’s formal entry into the Rwandan market, VW South Africa Chairperson, Thomas Schaefer, said that it is recruiting 1000 workers for its new plant in the region.
In 2016, Government of Rwanda and Volkswagen signed a Memorandum with VW to set foot in the country.
At initial phase, it will assemble Volkswagen Passat Sedans, Volkwagen Polo, and Volkswagen Teramont for Sport Utility Vehicle (SUVs).