GM launches model kiosks to push parts sales

Tuesday February 9 2016

Rita Kavashe, MD General Motors East Africa.  She says tax waivers inhibit growth of local motor vehicle companies. Photo | FILE

Rita Kavashe, MD General Motors East Africa. FILE |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By IMMACULATE KARAMBU
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General Motors East Africa is seeking to push its parts sales in semi-urban Nairobi through model kiosks and help ward off the rising counterfeits market.

The outlets, mainly dealing in Isuzu parts, will be located in a fabricated container customized by the vehicle manufacturer.

General Motors is targeting youth groups with the new model. They will lease the container from the company and pay Sh200,000 for stock.

“Through this initiative, we will enhance the ease of access to genuine parts and thus improve operational efficiency and economic performance,” said Rita Kavashe, General Motors East Africa managing director.

Motor industry data indicates that only about 23 per cent of service parts sold in the country are genuine, giving indication that most of what is consumed is counterfeit thus exposing motorists, passengers and even pedestrians to loss of lives through accidents.

The initiative will be implemented in partnership with the micro small enterprise authority. The targeted youth groups will be financed by K-Rep bank, Uwezo fund and the women enterprise fund.