Porsche returns to Kenya due to expanding economy

The luxury auto brand is returning to the market after seven years of absence, according to Steffen Fleck, network development director for Porsche Middle East and Africa.
Fleck said the carmaker did an “analysis and, based on Kenya’s strong micro-finance indices, which indicate the economy will register a 5 percent annual growth this year, we decided to set up a base here.”

The African Development Bank predicts an economic growth of 6% in Kenya this year, adding to the expansion that has been rolling for the past two decades, which has helped increase wealth in East Africa’s largest economy. Porsche will sell its vehicle in the region with a local partner called Multiple Group, a Kenyan transport company.

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Mobius Motors: Africa's Own Car Company

Africa needs wheels. Mobius Motors, a four-year-old start-up based in Nairobi, Kenya, thinks it has a homegrown solution. It's working on the Mobius Two, a utility vehicle set to go on sale in Kenya for about $11,500. Eventually, the company hopes to sell cars all over Africa.

Mobius is the brainchild of twenty-eight-year-old British expat Joel Jackson, whose management-consulting background brought him to rural Kenya to work with the forestry industry.
"In that role, I witnessed and experienced a lot of the types of challenges the people face every day here without appropriate transport," he says.

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Kenya: Car and General to Train Boda Boda Mechanics

Car and General has launched a nationwide motorcycle training pro- gramme for jua kali motor mechanics. The towns to immediately benefit are Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu and Kitale.

"After sales service is important to us, thus Car and General technicians will travel around the country to ensure that we have trained mechanics in different regions for a check up of motorcycles that we sell," the auto dealer's technical trainer, Sammy Sewerei said.

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Sri Lanka Says President’s Kenyan Visit Successful

The President’s Office said in a statement that in addition to attending Kenya’s 50th Independence Day celebrations, the visit was aimed to enhance bilateral relations and open up new economic cooperation opportunities for the two countries and their business communities.

Currently, there are approximately 200 Sri Lankans living in Kenya with a number of them engaged in large projects in a variety of sectors from apparel and horticulture to motor vehicle trade.

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