Postal Corporation of Kenya has given local vehicle assemblers DT Dobie and Isuzu East Africa a big boost with a Sh52.2 million order.
Posta on Thursday said the vehicles would add to its existing fleet for delivery and sales operations.
“It is the first official delivery of vehicles built in Kenya to the Kenyan government. We want to drive industrialisation and we are here for the long haul,” DT Dobie’s managing director Ian Middleton said during the delivery of 10 Volkswagen Polo Vivo cars to Posta on Thursday.
The Kenyan government committed to buying 300 units of the same model from the motor dealer every year to promote their local assembly at Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers in Thika.
Posta is also scheduled to receive 11 Isuzu DMAX TRF 86 vehicles within the next 30 days to complete the new fleet. DT Dobie’s Polo Vivo is the first passenger car to be assembled in Kenya in recent times and sold 104 units nearly a year after it was launched in December 2016.
Dealers assembling their cars locally win exemption from a 25 per cent import duty levied on fully built imports.
The government is the single-largest buyer of new vehicles, accounting for about a quarter of total demand.
State orders is seen as critical in encouraging local assembly which has attracted new players including Peugeot.