DT Dobie Launches Two Locally Assembled Volkswagen Models

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Juliana Kimeu (right) the Sales Manager for Volkswagen at DT Dobie and Dan Makori (left) a Sales Representative unveil the new VW Polo Vivo Comfortline which is locally assembled. The Company is looking to assemble more of the Volkswagen brands locally in the near future.

Delivering the key note speech, Alexander Helfritz said the Company is looking to assemble more of their brands locally in the near future. He said, “In 2016 we launched the first ever locally assembled German car in Kenya, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo.”

“We are launching the new VW Polo Vivo Comfortline an improvement from the first Polo Vivo and the Caddy Kombi van which are locally assembled and are designed and built for Africa roads. By assembling more of our brands locally we are supporting the Government Big 4 agenda in the manufacturing sector.”

Usha Nagpal, the General Manager Sales for Volkswagen explained the specifications, “The VW Polo Vivo Comfortline has a 1.6 litre 16 valve fuel efficient engine. The long list of safety equipment includes Anti-locking Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Pressure Distribution (EBD), stability control and childproof locks on rear doors. There are three point seat belts in the front with height adjustment and belt tensioner with three key point seat belts for passengers in the rear.”

“Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/CD and SD card slot, alloy wheels and dual airbags. In addition buyers are offered optional extras to suit their individual tastes. Instrument cluster with speedometer, tachometer, digital clock, fuel level and temperature indicators are among other features.”

Precious Radingwana (left), the Volkswagen Regional Manager Sub-Sahara Operations , Alexander Helfritz (centre), the DT Dobie Sales and Marketing Director and Usha Nagpal (right), the General Sales Manager, Volkswagen launch the VW Caddy Kombi Van which is locally assembled. DT Dobie is looking to assemble more of the Volkswagen brands locally in the near future.

Turning to the Volkswagen Caddy Kombi, she said, “This vehicle has two rear sliding doors with a seating capacity of up to seven passengers. It is equipped with a 1.6-litre engine which delivers 102 horsepower and power goes to the front wheels via a five-speed automatic, or manual transmission alternative.”

“Among the safety features are Anti-locking Brake System (ABS), Electronic Differential locks (EDL), and electronic stabilization program (ESP), child lock on sliding doors, engine drag torque control and traction control system (TCS). This is a cost efficient machine which combines versatility, flexibility and solidity very perfectly making it adapt to different situations.”

In her concluding remarks, she said, “These two vehicles have brought new car ownership within reach of many more Kenyans as they are attractive and cost effective alternatives to buying used cars.  The buyers have the satisfaction of knowing that these cars will have to be driven for four, or five years before they reach the mileage of a used imported car.”