Touring Uitenhage’s VWSA manufacturing plant has now gone mobile with an inhouse developed and sourced custom built vehicle.
The new FactoryTour vehicle was custom built by two Volkswagen Motorsport employees using recycled and unused car parts from the factory. The novelty and ingenuity of their approach in manufacturing the vehicle that consists of three cars resulted in a comfortable, practical and stylish vehicle.
“We were initially planning to outsource the project but we changed our minds after realising we have vast amount of experience in the company which we can tap on for our ambitious project. The decision to use internal expertise saved the company money and delivered world-class, quality work that we are very proud of,” said Matt Gennrich, General Manager of Communications at Volkswagen Group South Africa.
It took Johnny Allen and Cobus Barnard from Volkswagen Motorsport over three months to complete the three cars. “Each car took nearly 30 days to complete. We spent most of the time designing, sourcing parts and manufacturing the cars,” explained Barnard, who has been with Volkswagen for nearly 10 years.
The vehicle was built using spare material and parts from the Motorsport workshop and factory. “We used left over paint from the rally cars, spare nuts and bolts as well trim off-cuts to deck out the cars. We built the chassis out of old tyre racks, which we cut in required lengths. The side panels and doors were moulded from scrapped parts from the factory,” added Barnard.
The FactoryTour vehicle can comfortably sit 21 people and will be pulled by an electric tow motor. In the past five years, nearly 43 000 people have visited the Volkswagen manufacturing factory.
Gennrich said the FactoryTour vehicle will be helpful in speeding up the factory tours especially with the senior citizens that sometimes struggle to walk around the factory.
“We hope the vehicle will give our visitors a comfortable and memorable tour of our facility where we build world-class cars,” added Gennrich.
The FactoryTours take place during weekdays. There are two tours on Monday to Thursday at 09h00 and 12h00. On Friday, there is only one tour at 09h00. Bookings can be made through the Volkswagen AutoPavilion on (041) 994 5941/3. The FactoryTour includes the tour of the AutoPavilion, where some of the Volkswagen South Africa classic cars are on display.
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