Mahindra & Mahindra SA has taken over the distribution of SsangYong vehicles in Southern Africa from the Imperial Group, whose contract with the Korean maker expired at the end of March.
Mahindra SA CEO, Ashok Thakur, explained: “We already have 42 Mahindra dealers and expect to sign another 10 in the course of this year. 15 of our current dealers have set up outlets to sell SsangYongs and we plan to double that number in the next six months.”
The Indian group has set up parts stock at the new dealers, with the central stock of SsangYong parts to be kept at the existing Mahindra warehouse in Jet Park; the parent company has promised a 95 percent supply rate.
Mahindra will not, however, be taking over the service and maintenance commitments of the previous distributor. If you bought a SsangYong before April 1, you'll have to take it to a designated Imperial dealer for warranty claims and servicing under maintenance plan.
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