The first locally assembled Mahindra vehicles were launched recently. The models being the Mahindra Scorpio Single and Double cabin pick-ups.
The vehicles were assembled at the Associated Vehicle Assembly (AVA Kenya) plant in Mombasa. AVA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Simba Corporation Limited.
The National Treasury and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) are to immediately institute actions aimed at reducing taxes for vehicles that are fully assembled locally following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Other global automobile brands that are locally assembled in the country include Toyota, Peugeot and Volkswagen. AVA currently assembles vehicles for 10 vehicle manufacturers and is certified and endorsed by 20 global manufacturers.
President Kenyatta challenged other sector players to take advantage of the refurbished AVA facility, which is currently producing 10,000 units annually, to increase their production.
He encouraged the private sector, not only in the manufacturing sector but across the entire economy, to tap into the ingenuity of young Kenyans and join in conceptualizing and delivering transformative innovations that will help boost the economy.
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