Lil’ bakkie is big deal for Metro

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

METRO Cars in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg has sold its largest yet con­sign­ment of cars to a sin­gle client — seven half-ton bakkies to Unilever.

Unilever traces its com­pany his­tory back to 1887, when Wil­liam Lever reg­is­tered the Sun­light trade­mark in South Africa, and es­ti­mates over two bil­lion peo­ple choose a Unilever prod­uct from a store some­where in SA ev­ery day.

Naidoo said the Changan bakkie is the Chana bakkie with a new name, and cited a Wit­ness Wheels re­port which stated th­ese lit­tle Chi­nese pit ponies will yet out­last the busi­ness they are bought for.

“Th­ese bakkies will go on to make seven happy own­ers, from Kuil­sriv­ier in the Western Cape to Polok­wane in Lim­popo,” said Naidoo.

Jian­gling Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion, (JMC) an­nounced in 2013 it would take over the ser­vic­ing from liq­ui­dated Geely as well as con­tinue to im­port the facelifted ver­sions of the will­ing lit­tle Chanas un­der the orig­i­nal name, Changan.

In the four years since, JMC’s mis­sion to es­tab­lish a vi­able dis­tri­bu­tion net­work for the brand is suc­ceed­ing, with the Changan Star II is now avail­able at mul­ti­fran­chise deal­ers in sin­gle, dou­ble and king cab op­tions along­side the group’s one-ton bakkies, which in­cludes the ex­cel­lent Vi­gus one-ton bakkie.

With some 300 Changans sold in KZN, Metro Cars is the main JMC dealer in the prov­ince. Naidoo says the Chana and Changan bakkies work­ing so hard on SA’s roads are pay­ing for them­selves, as their own­ers can de­pre­ci­ate the as­set in five years.

Naidoo adds he is al­ways will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate good prices, which start at R77 990 for the one-litre sin­gle cab and go up by R20 k for the 1,3 King Cab.


Elvis Naidoo with the seven Changan bakkies bought by Uniliver to be handed out as prizes at Su­perS­par branches na­tion­wide.

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