In the midst of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the passenger transport company Ke Matete Transport was tasked with safely guiding employees from the mining sector on the way home from work, which did not stop as an essential activity in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Richo Matete Mnisi, owner of Ke Matete Transport, contacted the truck and bus dealership MAN Middelburg, who spared no effort to ensure that the delivery of zero-kilometer vehicles could take place, in accordance with strict restriction standards in the province, against Covid-19.
The agreement for the sale of 30 VW Volksbus 17.210 buses, exported in SKD kits produced at the VW Caminhões e Ônibus factory in Resende (RJ), Brazil, and assembled in South Africa, and two more MAN HB2s were signed and sealed during the most critical blocking period in South Africa, providing for adaptations in the seats of vehicles. The MAN production unit then negotiated a license to open the plant with the local authorities, following all global health protocols for safe operation, and made the necessary adjustments before handing them over to the local dealer.
As a result, the sales share of MAN Automotive South Africa, responsible for the MAN and VW brands in South Africa, registered a 100% market share in April. Unprecedented feat on the market in the entire history of bus sales in South Africa.
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