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January 18, 2019

Sh28 million Bentleys among 4,000 showroom cars bought in Kenya

A Bentley Continental GT on sale in Westlands, Nairobi, in this 2012 photo. /KARUGA WA NJUGUNA
A Bentley Continental GT on sale in Westlands, Nairobi, in this 2012 photo. /KARUGA WA NJUGUNA

While you wait for your second hand car to get to the Port of Mombasa, more than 4,000 Kenyans have walked into showrooms and driven off in brand new machines this year.

Some of them are not spending a little money as tens of millions of shillings go into pre-duty purchases.

The latest data from the Kenya Motor Industry Association (KMI) shows that some 4,123 brand new vehicles have been sold locally since the beginning of this year.

The data shows that in the first five months of 2018, two Bentley Bentaygas were bought locally.

The starting price of such a vehicle, with an engine capacity of 6000CC, is $265,000 (Sh27.2 million), and could go up depending on customisation.

According to the KMI, the other brand new luxury vehicles that have been sold locally are seven Jaguars and 26 Porsches.

Among the Jaguars are two All-New XF 2.0 GTDi Prestige with starting prices of $89,930 (Sh9.1 million).

Also in the list is a Jaguar E-pace 2.0L Diesel Auto S which costs at least Sh7 million and two Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 R-Sport with starting costs of Sh8.5 million.

The other two are a Jaguar XE Prestige, with a starting price of Sh6.4 million, and a Jaguar XF 2.2L Diesel Portfolio which costs Sh8.3 million.

Among the Porsches are three Cayenne S (Sh14.4 million), 22 Cayenne V6 (Sh9.5 million) and one Macan GTS (Sh11.4 million).

A Mercedes Benz G63 AMG, which has a starting price of Sh23.4 million, is among the cars KMI says have been purchased. 

There are four Mercedes GLE models, with starting prices of Sh9.2 million and two GLC class whose cost is at least Sh10.1 million.

The list also has several dozen Toyota Land Cruisers with a minimal price of about Sh6.7 million.

There are also a number of Range Rover Sport and Discovery Sport cars which have a starting price of at least Sh10 million.

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