Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has said the government is dedicated to step up the use of vehicles manufactured/assembled locally.
Speaking while test-driving the cars at the Office of the President in Nairobi, Kibicho challenged manufacturers to ensure they maintain high-quality standards and stand by the country’s local content policies so as to progressively grow the automotive industry.
Some of the brands tested by the PS and his team include Mobius and IVECO.
Mobius is a motor manufacturer that designs and manufactures vehicles made specifically for the mass market in Africa.
Designers of the car say they took into consideration factors like Kenya’s terrain and average income levels of the citizens when coming up with the car’s body.
Italian truck manufacturer IVECO set up a showroom along Mombasa road, in Nairobi this year.
IVECO said it has plans to set up an assembly plant and start production of the new Stralis X-Way truck designed for construction purposes, at the coastal city of Mombasa.
IVECO area manager for East Africa Marco Torta said the motor manufacturer giants chose Kenya because it is one of the most advanced countries in Africa and the resources needed are available.
“The services that we need for the trucks such as maintenance and asset financing are available here,” said Mr Torta.