Isuzu bakkies are a favourite in Zimbabwe

  • Isuzu achieved 25% overall market share in Zimbabwe in 2018;
  • Massive volume increases of Double Cab sales experienced country-wide;
  • Isuzu is also the best-seller in the King (Extended) Cab segment.

HARARE– Zimbabweans love their bakkies. In fact, it is safe to say that Zimbabweans love their Isuzu bakkies – in particular, the Isuzu Double Cab bakkie.

Last year, a quarter of the bakkies sold in Zimbabwe were Isuzu Increasing the Isuzu market share from 18.5% in 2017, to 25% in 2018.

Double Cab bakkie sales more than doubled compared to the previous year – with a massive 112% increase in this country. The Extended Cab, also known as the King Cab in Zimbabwe, followed suit resulting in Isuzu leading the market in this sub-segment too.

Autoworld Harare Dealer Principal, Alison de Klerk, said customers have confidence in Isuzu products and enjoyed its reliability and durability.  “Isuzu offers great value for money compared to similar products in the market. The vehicles are reliable, durable and the brand name is one they can trust,” said de Klerk.

She also commended the performance of the Isuzu mu-X Isuzu’s new SUV contender, the mu-X, which was launched to the Zimbabwean market in September last year.

Autoworld’s two branches on Harare and Bulawayo strive to keep customers happy.

Leading by example, the dealership is dedicated to providing a unique, world-class automotive sales and service experience - retaining customers for life and ensuring that Isuzu is with their customers for the long run.

“For the last few years we have been working on our aftersales service, as well as our values as an organisation. We still service vehicles that are out of warranty – some vehicles with high mileages like 700 000 km still come back to us for servicing.”

“It’s all about having a culture of honesty and integrity combined with a solid and reliable brand like Isuzu,” said de Klerk.

Taxi owner shot dead in Cosmo City

Police are investigating an incident in which a taxi owner was shot and killed at taxi rank on Wednesday morning, in Cosmo City.

Witnesses to the incident say the well known taxi owner, Ngobane, was at the Multipurpose taxi rank around 6:30 AM when unknown men opened fire on him where he stood outside his taxi. Passangers had to duck and dive behind taxis as gun shots prevailed.

Police arrived soon thereafter as shocked commuters and residents stood around. Paramedics declared the taxi owner dead on the scene, and a murder case was registered for investigation.

It is clear the shooting was taxi-violence-related; Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan confirmed the incident.

“Three men, who drove in a red golf, stopped at the taxi rank and got out with fire arms,” Captain Muthan said. “They shot the taxi owner several times all over his body, and he died on the scene. There were approximately seventeen shots fired. The deceased was operating under Randburg United Long Distance Taxi Association (RULDTA).”

Captain Muthan said if any person witnesses such an event should quickly contact the police, instead of taking photos and videos of the deceased and share on social media.

Taxi drivers, who spoke to the Chronicle, expressed their shock about the incident.

“It is a moment of darkness to us,” said Mathebula. “Whoever did that to our colleague must be possessed with evil spirits. We are not sure about who did the shooting, but I think those gunmen were hired by someone else to do such a wicked thing.”

“It is not easy to accept that,” said a taxi marshal who preferred to remain anonymous, “it also won’t be easy for the police to get hold of the gunmen because it happened so fast.” 

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