VW, BlackIvy partner build Ghana’s first Compressed Natural Gas filling station

GHANA – German Automotive manufacturing giant, Volkswagen (VW) has partnered with BlackIvy Ghana to build a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station for trucks and commercial vehicles in Ghana. The pilot CNG filling station will be the first of its kind in Ghana and the entire West Africa region. The station will help promote the use of CNG trucks which are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly when compared to their diesel-powered ones. According to a report by Ghana Web these trucks could save on logistics cost, reduce carbon emissions…

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Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo unveils first locally assembled Volkswagen car

GHANA – Ghana’s President H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has presided over the launching ceremony of the locally assembled Volkswagen car which was held in the country’s capital, Accra. The successful launch of the Volkswagen car follows the signing of an MoU between the Government of Ghana and the German automobile manufacturer which was aimed at establishing a vehicle assembly plant in Ghana. The MoU according to Ghana Web was signed 2 years ago during an official visit by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to Ghana. Volkswagen will be assembling…

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Chinese vehicle manufacturer Sinotruk commences operations in Ghana assembly plants

GHANA – Chinese vehicle manufacturing company Sinotruk, has begun assembling its plants under the Automotive Development Policy by government. According to Ghana’s Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, there are a number of other car manufacturing companies that have also begun assembling their plants and are start producing vehicles soon. Mr Nkrumah said that the German car giant Volkswagen is scheduled to start operations in the first quarter of 2020 intends to roll out its vehicles. The Japanese car maker, Toyota on the other hand, is expected to roar to life…

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Government to ban importation of accident and overaged vehicles into Ghana

Ghana – Government has initiated processes to pass the Customs Amendments Bill into law to regulate the importation of vehicles into Ghana. Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs disclosed this in a radio interview on Okay FM, an Accra based Radio Station Tuesday morning. He said the decision to ban importation of accident and overaged vehicles into Ghana is to create the enabling environment and market for the many automobile companies about to establish outlets in Ghana. German car-maker, Volkswagen, Nissan and Toyota are among…

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Volkswagen’s Traton launches takeover bid against US truck manufacturer, Navistar

UNITED STATES – Volkswagen AG’s commercial truck unit, Traton, has offered $35 a share, or $2.9 billion, for the shares of U.S. truck maker Navistar International that it does not already own. Traton while giving the news on its offer to Navistar said its offer was subject to Navistar and Traton reaching a merger agreement. Volkswagen has made its interest in buying the remainder of Navistar clear since acquiring an initial 16.6% stake, which had by 2016 grown to nearly 16.8%, in 2016. The two truck companies have been working…

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German car manufacturer Volkswagen halts production activity in Algeria

MOROCCO – Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest car manufacturer has announced the suspension of all its activities in Algeria until further notice. “Because of the political crisis in Algeria, Volkswagen has suspended production in this North African country at the moment. Deliveries to the official partner of the country, Sovac, have also been suspended,” Volkswagen told the German press. The German company’s decision is a result of the political crisis in Algeria. The 10-month-old crisis started in February 2019 and is still ongoing, despite the election of a new…

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Rwanda becomes the first African country to introduce Volkswagen electric car

RWANDA – Car manufacturer Volkswagen and Siemens have signed an agreement to build an electric car factory in Rwanda. In a first for the African continent, they launched a pilot project to test the feasibility of electric mobility in an African country. The pilot project, which will form part of Volkswagen’s operations in Rwanda, was officially announced by Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa and responsible for the Sub-Sahara Africa Region, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Rwanda, Right Honourable Dr. Edouard Ngirente. During the pilot…

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Volkswagen ramps up electric car production in China factories to stay ahead of competition

CHINA – Volkswagen has revealed that it is ramping up production of electric cars to around 1 million vehicles by end of 2022. According to a Reuters report, the increase in production will enable the German carmaker to leapfrog Tesla Inc which has recently started production in its Shanghai based factory. Volkswagen is readying two Chinese factories to build electric cars next year making the country the next battle ground for electric car manufacturers. The Chinese plants will have a production capacity of 600,000 vehicles, according to Volkswagen’s plans, which…

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Nigeria partners with OEMs to launch affordable made-in-Nigeria vehicles

NIGERIA – Nigeria, through the Nigerian Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), is working with credible Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the country to launch affordable and durable made-in-Nigeria vehicles soon. This was disclosed by NADDC’s Director General Mr. Jenalis Aliyu during an interview with the Vanguard at the ongoing Gulf International Technology Exhibition, GITEX 2019 in Dubai, UAE. He said the idea behind the proposed made-in-Nigerian vehicles is to offer average Nigerians the rare opportunity to drive brand new cars at a cost-effective price instead of being forced to…

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Volkswagen South Africa eyes Rwanda’s electric vehicle market

SOUTH AFRICA – Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA), leading electric car producer in Africa, has unveiled plans of introducing electric cars in Rwanda, reports Business Report. According to Thomas Schaefer, managing director of VWSA, the motor company has already conducted a market survey in the country and confirmed suitability of the venture. “We did a grid check in Rwanda together with GRZ (Technologies) and Siemens last year and they are ready. They already get their electricity from 70percent renewable energy and that will change to 100percent in the next 10 years,”…

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