As luck would have it, and through no planning on my part, my path has recently crossed two ends of the automotive pecking order, one in Kariega (formerly Uitenhage), and one in Los Angeles.

It is impossible to tire of visiting car factories. Their vastness, acreage, scale and complexity and the sheer number of people is always a kick. At Kariega the Volkswagen line builds a car every 94 seconds, 24 hours a day for five days a week. One in five of the cars — built on the same line — is a Polo Vivo, for local sale only, with the rest being Polos for the local market and for export...

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