Toyota to Assemble More Car Models in Kenya

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In a bid to improve its share in the local market, Toyota Kenya plans to assemble more car models locally in the future.

“Currently we are assembling the Land Cruiser pick up, Hino trucks and buses as well as Yamaha motorcycles,” Toyota Kenya Chairman Dennis Awori said.

The Japanese automaker recently introduced the 8th generation of the Toyota Hilux and the 2nd generation of the Fortuner SUV.

Toyota has collaborated with the Kenyan government to research on the other models to assemble in the country.

It is also looking into limited manufacturing of car parts.

According to the Kenya Motor Industry (KMI), the number of locally-assembled cars has dropped due to the expensive cost of manufacture, high- interest rates and stringent lending terms.

Assemblers cut their output to 1, 600 units in the year to March 2016 from 2, 472 in a similar period in 2015.

Toyota says the new models will come with new designs, new technology and better performance.

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