Car dealer CMC Motors Group has launched three new Mazda car models in the Kenya market. CMC holds an exclusive franchise for the Mazda brand in Kenya.
The car dealer launched the three new cars which are Mazda CX-9 SUV, Mazda CX-5 SUV and the Mazda BT-50 Pick-up. The BT-50 retails at Ksh. 3,794,000.00 while the CX-5 costs Ksh. 5,200,000.00 and the CX-7 at Ksh. 7,500,000.00.
CMC Motors Group Brand Manager Robert Gichuki says the Mazda brand has evolved over time since its inception in 1931 and has been selling up to 1.5 million units annually across continents.
The “BT-50 truck’s design has combined luxury on and off – road capability prowess while the Sport Utility Vehicles- CX-5 and CX-9 has focused on providing luxury, use of advanced technology and superior interior design.”
CMC was incorporated as a private limited company in July 1948 when Mr Allen and Mr Cooper came to East Africa to sell Land Rovers. With an authorized share capital of 10,000 Pounds Sterling and a total staff of two, trading commenced in borrowed offices in a wooden hut along the then Jackson Road and in 1952 moved to Connaught House. In 1956 Cooper Motor Corporation was converted from a private company to a public company which provided vehicle sales, parts, service and administration under one roof.
Over the years the Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan Diesel, Nash, Marine crafts and Evinrude outboard engine franchises were added. The VW Beetle proved itself a star particularly after winning the East African Safari Rally four times. The introduction of the VW Microbus also proved successful and played an important role in revolutionizing transport in the tourist industry.
During the 60’s and 70’s CMC acquired a number of companies one of which was the Wilken Group which later became CMC Aviation Limited. In 1971, CMC restructured itself into CMC Holdings Limited, the holding company for the group. CMC’s involvement in vehicle assembly started in 1974 after the conclusion of lengthy negotiations with Leyland Kenya, now KVM, when they acquired a 33 percent shareholding. In 1981 CMC bought McKenzie Dalgety’s shares in Hughes Limited and took over the Ford and Mazda franchises. Today, CMC has grown to become one of Kenya’s largest and most respected automotive distributors within East Africa.