Top Most Reliable and Affordable Cars to Consider For The Cab Business in Kenya.
Cabs…Cabs and so many Cabs! The roads in cities like Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu etc. are seen occupied by huge number of cabs. Cab business in Kenya is on an all-time high. The fascinating thing is that hiring a taxi is just a call away. Whether it’s midnight 12 or early 6, one doesn’t need to wait for matutas to get started. Pick up your phone and request a cab through an application.
This advancement in technology has modified cab services in Kenya by offering a reliable, instant and truly fast service simply by being available online. Each and every cab service ensures they have adequate number of vehicles to provide convenient and quick services to their customers.
For those partnering/ getting into this business, be it online or online, knowing the best and most ideal car to buy or use is key. From the cost of buying, maintenance, fuel consumption and overall performance you can’t leave anything to chance. Getting it right might very well be the difference between financial freedom and financial burden.
The brand lost ground in Kenya at the same time as Mazda. However, Honda only scaled down their operations in the country and remained a leading manufacturer of, among other things, boat engines and bikes. Their comeback has been very successful judging by the number of Fit, Accord, Airwave and CRVs on our roads today, and has made Honda score highly in the reliability stakes. In any case, Honda is reputed to be a world-class engine builder. The Honda Fit specifically is a superb car with a spacious interior, put emphasis on safety, powerful engine and fuel economy among other great features. In 2002 the car won the Japanese car of the year awards and has made many improvements since then. It has a 4-cylinder engine, 1.5L and a consumption of up to 14.5 Km/l. This is truly the ultimate fuel efficient car to own.
It is a supermini car produced by Nissan in Japan, in production since 1982. For some time the March was Nissan’s smallest production car. Most seen around are the third generation but currently the car is in its fourth generation.The main reason these small cars were introduced was to save space and fuel, Nissan March does both perfectly. It looks small but the interior is pretty spacious and is fit for a small number of people. It can also accommodate cargo in since you can fold down flat the rear seat and create more space. It has a 3-cylinder engine, 1.0L to 1.5L and fuel consumption of up to 21 Km/l.
The Nissan Note for being one of the most spacious hatchbacks in the market offering excellent legroom that is far much better than most station wagons in the market. It is also an efficient car that ranks highly in fuel economy which makes it an excellent car to buy for people on a tight budget. It entered production in 2005 and was initially sold in Japan and other select markets. The first generation known as the E11 was in production from 2005 to 2013. The second generation known as the E12 has been in production from 2012 to Present. It has a 4-cylinder engine, 1.0L to 1.5L and fuel consumption of up to 25.2 Km/l.
Mazda was a big name in Kenya up to the late 1980s. When the imported pre-owned wave hit Kenya in 1994, Mazda was one of the first brands to suffer and almost disappear since all incoming secondhand cars were almost always Toyotas. In fact it’s like Kenyans are being re-introduced to the Mazda.
One of the things that separate Mazda Demio from other cars is its weight, weighing under 1,000kgs. The car’s small engine and light weight makes it a low fuel consumer and an economical car to maintain. The car has a quality interior which is pretty spacious and can hold a capacity of 5 people (currently less as per the Government’s guidelines); you can increase the boot capacity by folding flat the rear seat. The car’s engine ranges from 1.0L to 1.5L and fuel consumption of 14 Km/l.
The first generation Passo known as the M300 was in production from 2004 to 2010.
The second generation known as the M600 was in production from 2010 to 2016 and the third generation known as the M700 has been in production from 2016 to Present. It has a 3-cylinder engine, 1.0L to 1.3L and fuel consumption of up to 22.5 Km/l.
The Toyota Vitz is a very popular car in Kenya thanks to its affordability, reliability, fuel economy and utility. Currently in its third generation, the Toyota Vitz has been in production since 1999 and is sold exclusively in Japan.In other markets, it’s sold as the Toyota Yaris. The first generation known as the XP10 was in production from 1999 to 2005, the second generation known as the XP90 was in production from 2005 to 2010 and the third generation known as the XP130 has been in production from 2011 to Present. The car has a 4-cylinder engine, 1.0L to 1.5L and fuel consumption of up to 20.6 Km/l on average.
The Toyota Belta was an attempt to reimagine the popular Vitz in a saloon body and obviously the experiment did not work as it was scrapped in a little over 6 years. Before it, there was the Platz which was similarly built on the Vitz platform and suffered the same fate. That aside, the Belta has connected well with Kenyan buyers and is among the most popular saloons in this market.Its key selling points are affordability, fuel economy and utility. The Belta was in production for a generation that started in 2005 and ended in 2012. This generation is known as the SCP9/NCP9 and is based on the same platform as the second generation Toyota Vitz. With a 3 or 4-cylinder engine, 1.0L to 1.3L and fuel consumption of up to 20.0 Km/l on average the belta is one of the cars on your consideration list.
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