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br-01-2.jpgMCCARTHY, the automotive division of the Bidvest group, last month launched two new Chinese vehicle brands, Foton and Meiya, in the South African market.

McCarthy is introducing eight models in the Meiya stable (six single- and double-cab petrol and diesel bakkies and two wagon models) and two Foton products (a taxi and a panel van).

The vehicles would be supported by a service network comprising 41 wholly owned outlets, McCarthy said.

The most affordable product in the new range is the Meiya 2,2-litre single-cab (above) bakkie that would retail at R89900.

McCarthy said the Foton taxi fully complied with the latest government taxi recapitalisation programme requirements. McCarthy is also responsible for the distribution of the vehicles in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

“T his launch is very important as we believe China is going to become a major player in the global motor industry over the next five years,” said McCarthy CE Brand Pretorius. “For that reason, our group has made a substantial investment in right-hand-driver conversion costs, vehicle homologation (accreditation) and testing, dealer facilities and the training of our people.”

Pretorius said the launch would substantially expand McCarthy’s vehicle import and distribution division, increase the size of the company’s dealer network and provide additional opportunities for McCarthy’s financial services division … thanks a trillion


Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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