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Kenyans Bought More Station Wagons Than Saloon Cars In 2018 – Report

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The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS)’s 2019 Economic Survey has divulged that most Kenyan purchased station wagons as opposed to saloon cars.

According to the report released on Tuesday, the sales of saloon cars have drastically declined in the past five years.

In 2018, the reports states that only 10,504 units of saloon cars were sold as compared to 15,902 units which were sold in 2014.

This however is not the same for the station wagon as in the last year alone, 62 percent of the total registered vehicles were sold out.

Of the 102,136 new vehicles registered, Kenyans bought 64,179 units.

Undoubtedly, station wagons have remained to be king on Kenyan roads as most citizen prefer it since it is considered as a family car.

Additionally, KNBS noted that last year, 8,857 units of station wagons were sold compared to the previous 5,322 units already on the Kenyans roads.

It is also worth noting that 2017 and 2018 showed an ever rising interest in motor cycles with 186,434 and 188,994 units sold respectively.

Read: Used Japanese Car Dealer In Kenya To Boost Market Presence

In the recent past, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) have asserted that they are drafting a law that will see Toyota Probox and Toyota Sienta granted PSV licences due to their request use by passengers.

The law could however see all PSV station wagons fitted with speed governors with a limited number of passengers depending on the vehicle model.

Transport Principal Secretary Esther Koimett hinted at a law review introducing regulation of the low-capacity vehicles operating matatu business mainly in rural areas.

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