(170509) -- SPRINGS, May 9, 2017 (Xinhua) -- A Sasuka minibus is tested at a BAW factory in Springs, South Africa's Gauteng Province, on May 8, 2017. China's Beijing Automotive Works (BAW), in partnership with the South African Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), on Monday launched a joint venture to expand the production of minibus taxis. (Xinhua/Gao Yuan) (zy)

JOHANNESBURG - BAW South Africa, a subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) China that is investing a further R250million to expand and upgrade its vehicle assembly facility in Springs, has expanded its 16-seater Sasuka taxi vehicle range with the launch of a turbo diesel engine model derivative. 

Yao Li Qiang from BAW said this week that there was increasing demand for cost-effective diesel options in the local taxi industry, particularly with the constant increase in fuel prices placing a lot of pressure on taxi owners. 

The upgrade of the plant is on schedule to be completed this year.