Lil’ bakkie is big deal for Metro
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.