In Summary

  • Daimler Trucks and Buses chief executive Dr Wolfgang Bernhard said the massive investments in road and railway construction created demand for trucks and buses that would enhance end to end transport services that will supplement the SGR services.

  • Dr Bernhard said Kenya’s prospects as a regional hub created a ready market for Daimler to grow its three heavy commercial and passenger vehicles market.

  • The CEO spoke on Tuesday after he officially opened Africa’s first Daimler Trucks and Buses regional Sales and Service Centre at Westlands.

German automotive corporation Daimler AG has opened an Africa office for its trucks business in Nairobi, saying Kenya's transport hub status will power sales.

The company plans to use Nairobi as a base to push its products to 41 countries, where it works with general distributors.

The company is engaged in the development, production and distribution of cars, trucks and vans in Germany. Daimler Trucks distributes its trucks under the brand names Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, FUSO, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses and BharatBenz.

Daimler Buses sells built-up buses under the brand names Mercedes-Benz and Setra.

A report by the Financial Times's FDI Markets last week showed that Nairobi last year received more foreign direct investments than any other city in Africa, including Johannesburg.

DEMAND FOR TRUCKS

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