General Motors East Africa Launches New Bus In Kenyan Market

GMEA Managing Director William Lay

GENERAL Motors East Africa (GMEA) has unveiled a 37-seater Isuzu NQR Max bus targeting the public transport sector in Kenya which the company management says will help decongest the Nairobi city centre. GMEA Managing Director William Lay said the high capacity bus will complement ongoing government efforts to streamline the public transport system in the country’s main urban centres starting with Nairobi. Under the vision 2030 economic blue print, the government hopes to reform the public transport sector by introducing a system whereby passengers will alight at designated termini outside the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD). The passengers will then be transported into the CBD using a few licensed buses.

Lay said GMEA hopes to benefit from this project by supplying the new high capacity Isuzu buses which with time are expected to replace the current 14-seater matatus which are a major contributor of traffic jams within the CBD. Lay who spoke during the launch of the new 37-seater Isuzu NQR Max in Nairobi, also attended by Cooperatives Minister Joe Nyagah said the bus has been assembled with particular emphasis on passenger comfort, safety and affordability. Its key attributes that the manufacturers hope will attract schools and PSV investors include anti-roll bars to improve roll over safety to passengers, more space, hence more passenger capacity, proofing of steel structure to improve life of the body and better painting and grab handles on seats to improve passenger mobility inside the bus.

Thursday night’s launch of the new bus also signifies the start of a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) between the government and the cooperative movement under the Bus Vision 2030 project. Spearheaded by the Cooperatives Ministry, the PPP is a vehicle through which the government is seeking to attract more Kenyans to join the Sacco movement and invest in high capacity public transport vehicles. “If well regulated, the public transport sector remains one of the most lucrative business opportunities the cooperative movement can venture into,” said Nyagah.

Matatu Owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai who was also present at the launch urged the country’s public transport sector to change to the high capacity buses saying it guarantees them a quicker return on their investment. He also encouraged PSV owners to consider group ownership, which would ensure proper fleet management enabling easier regulation and less competition within the sector.

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29 comments

  1. i think this will offer the best remedy to ease up the congested CBD. moreso congratulations for the continued good work and innovation of the vehicles which suit our local geographical and all weather road conditions

  2. mwendwa

    I love the NQR MAX. It’s just the right size. Iam thinking about buying a couple in the near future…….

    • Saidy

      It’s exciting news.Please, let me know how much the NQRMAX bus costs and whether you have financing options for interested persons like me.Details on financing options will be highly appreciated, if you have such an arrangement.

  3. am just wondering if there could be any venture where investors of 14 seater or owners could surrender their vehicles in exchange for this new buses in an credit agreement platform to pay for the dues in a given period of time on monthly basis.

  4. George Kabunga

    We are exploring doing passenger transport using Isuzu Buses, and would like some advice and price.

    1. Do you sell Chasis and Engine or you provide built units?

    2. We will need a 60+ seating capacity with 4 seats per raw ( 2 on each side of the aisle ), what do you have?

    #. What is you price ex – Nairobi?

    George

  5. I am interested in purchasing the 37-seater Isuzu NQR Max could u please send me the cost and financing options available for the above and do you have other options prefarably a larger seating capacity say 42/54+ if so, please send me details of the same. Thanks

  6. Samwel

    I am interested in the 37-seater Isuzu NQR Max could you please advise me on the cost and financing options available.
    thanks.

  7. JUMA RICHARD OTIENO

    i’m amechanic working with ACACIA SHUTTLE based in kisumu city.we are currently using ISUZU NPR and ISUZU FRR.what makes our engines not last for long?(npr).thenks to FRR ,it is too strong.I would also want to know more about NQR MAX..NEXT is that we did an attatchment course at your plant in NAIROBI on october 2010 and were to sent the certificates by mail but we have not gotten them yet.PLEASE HELP
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  8. Bonny

    Am so interested in buying the new 37 seater matatu,how much should icontribute n what percentage will Ibe financed…thank you

  9. Kamau simon

    The current prices of complete built buses
    37 seater NQR
    33 seater
    29 NPR
    Do you give credit buses to the start-up, please advise on this and the financing option available
    Is it payable by installment

  10. bashir juma

    I am interested to buy a bus kindly give me the current prices of complete built buses
    37 seater NQR
    33 seater
    29 NPR
    if i want to pay istallment what is the process
    and howmuch is the down payment.
    very much interested and ian able to the first instalment
    thank you

  11. edward siamito

    I am interested to buy a bus kindly give me the current prices of complete built buses
    37 seater NQR
    33 seater
    29 NPR
    if i want to pay istallment what is the process
    and howmuch is the down payment.
    very much interested and ian able to the first instalment
    thank you

  12. benard

    plz send me the price list for the 37 seater and the possibility of buying in instalments. plz also include the image of the bus

  13. Patrick

    Am director in a car hire business company, we are interested in buying two units of Isuzu buses kindly give us the current prices of complete pussanger buses for:
    37 seater NQR
    33 seater
    29 NPR
    Could you please advise us on the cost and financing options available.
    thanks.

  14. Billy Otieno

    Kindly provide me with the price of a unit of the same completely built and available financing options

  15. Patrick

    Am much interested in the 37-seater Isuzu NQR Max. Kindly advice me on your current prices of complete passenger buses for:
    37-seater Isuzu NQR Max, 33 and 29 seater.
    Also advise financing options available.

    thanks.

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