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New vehicle sales in Kenya down 20pc in 2017

10,722 new vehicles were sold in 2017 compared to 13,535 units in 2016.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – All vehicle vendors except DT Dobie lost ground in 2017 with the year closing 20 percent lower compared to 2016 on vehicle orders, according to an industry report.

10,722 new vehicles were sold in 2017 compared to 13,535 units in 2016, with buyers purchasing 888 vehicles in December down 4 percent same period the previous year.

With a market share of 35.3 percent, Isuzu East Africa sold 3,783 vehicles in 2017 while Toyota Kenya sold 2,235 vehicles.

Fuso shed off 30 percent of sales year on year to sell 1,222 units with DT Dobie, behind CMC and Tata, sold 507 units, an increase of 7pc.

Formerly known as General Motors East Africa, Isuzu – the franchise holder of Isuzu and Chevrolet models – also dominated the export market with 150 units.

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