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Rwanda unveils first locally manufactured vehicle

Rwanda unveiled its first locally developed vehicle on Wednesday in the country’s capital Kigali.

The vehicle was built at Volkswagen’s new factory sited in Kigali.

The first model of this vehicle ‘Polo’ was developed at the site and the German car manufacturing firm plans to reach annual production of 5,000 cars in the first phase, by building its Passat, Tiguan, Amarok and Teramont models.

The $20m (£15m) investment by Volkswagen in the African country by Europe’s biggest car maker is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs.

The company plans to both sell vehicles and use them in an Uber-like car-sharing system that will allow people to book rides using their smartphones.

The German company is expanding in Sub-Saharan Africa and opened a plant in Kenya in 2016.


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