Volkswagen is considering the rollout of its new ride-hailing business in Ghana next year.
According to the German car company’s Africa division, the car maker is considering the move when it starts assembling cars in the country next year.
Volkswagen launched its ride-hailing service last December via an app called “Move” in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali.
“In January, there’s going to be the decision on how we get the mobility company set up (in Ghana), which services would make sense. Is it the car-sharing or the ride-hailing? But the data we now have from Rwanda is super valuable,” Thomas Schaefer, Managing Director at Volkswagen of South Africa told reporters late on Monday.
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In August, Ghana’s government approved a new automotive policy aimed at encouraging carmakers to invest in local production.
“It ticks all the boxes: reduction and eventual phase-out of used cars, improvement of petrol and diesel quality, introduction of preferential financing. All the critical topics have been addressed,” Schaefer said.
At the moment, South Africa remains the only market of scale for new car sales for Volkswagen. The company is on track to produce some 162,000 cars and another 100,000 engines this year – a record for the company in South Africa – Schaefer said.
source: technovagh.com / Reuters