Alternative to the 5-seater Tiguan, DT Dobie in its bid to grow its range of locally assembled vehicles has unveiled the new 7-seater Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace which is manufactured at the KVM facility in Thika.
“We are committed to further expanding our line of locally assembled cars to grow our brand in the country,” said Matt Olivier, Director Business Development DT Dobie.
In 2016 DT Dobie launched the Volkswagen Polo Vivo which is the first locally assembled German car in Kenya. This was followed by the Caddy Kombi and the Tiguan.
By assembling more of brands locally the firm is supporting the government’s Big Four Agenda in the manufacturing sector. The government has been working on implementing its National Automotive Policy which is expected to boost local assembling of motor vehicles in the country.
Dealers assembling vehicles locally are exempted from the 25% import duty that is levied on fully-built imported vehicles, an incentive that gives room for assemblers to produce cheaper vehicles.
The Ministry of Trade estimates that new vehicles assembled in Kenya will contribute KSh50 billion in taxes per year in the next five years, from the current KSh8 billion.