Volkswagen is expanding its footprint in sub-Saharan Africa with the official opening of a vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana.

This is the fifth VW vehicle assembly location in the region; the others are in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda.

Universal Motors, a VW importer since 2005, has been awarded the assembly contract for the initial phase of the project.

The Accra factory has installed capacity for 5,000 units a year.

Models to be assembled from Semi Knocked Down (SKD) assembly kits are Tiguan, Teramont, Passat, Polo and Amarok.

The government of Ghana has developed a comprehensive automotive industry policy with the recent announcement of the Ghana Automotive Development Policy (GADP)..

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Volkswagen Ghana is the first automotive company to be registered under GADP and is a 100% subsidiary of Volkswagen. It will be responsible for the import of the SKD kits and assembled units (CBU). Jeffrey Oppong Peprah has been appointed CEO.