Citroen enters SA taxi market
FRENCH TAXI FOR SA: Citroen claims it has done its homework and is ready to enter the South African taxi market.
Citroen is entering the South African minibus taxis market and setting itself become a significant player with a range of 15-, 16- and 19-seater Relay buses.
National fleet and business-to-business manager, Khyl Reddy said: "We are not rushing into what we know is a complicated segment of the market, but believe we have done our homework and are now ready to put our plans into action.”
The 15- and 16-seater models are powered by 2.2 engines, while the 19-seater is fitted with a 3.0 unit. The 15-seater sports a five-speed manual while both the 16- and 19-seater are fiited with a six-speed.
All models are equiped with driver and passenger airbags.
The Citroën Relay minibuses have been evaluated by the Independent Transport Advisory Service (ITAS) on behalf of the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco).
A number of vehicles with fuel-saving stop-start functionality, an optional extra at about R5000, will arrive in South Africa in the second quarter of 2013 for evaluation by the taxi industry on 16-seaters used on short routes.
Reddy added: “We will provide special training on this system which not only cuts fuel usage, but also harmful emissions, so it has major environmental benefits and is a first for a minibus taxi in SA.”
All Citroën dealers have service facilities that accommodate the Relay.
“We are very aware of the high expectations of taxi operators and their need to keep downtime to a minimum and believe that with the excellent quality of our Relay minibuses and a tried and tested after-sales back-up system, we are now ideally placed to become an increasingly significant player in this market.”
Citroen Relay 15-seater R305 900
Citroen Relay 16-seater R315 900
Citroen Relay 19-seater R369 900