Ban car imports – Quest

HARARE - Quest Motors Manufacturing (Quest) says Zimbabwe must ban car imports.

The group — with capacity to produce 105 cars per day and 100 buses monthly — said government should shift its policy towards promoting the local car manufacturing industry.

This comes as approximately 80 percent of cars on Zimbabwe’s roads are imported.

“It’s not like there is no capacity, there is no government support,” Quest’s managing director Tarik Adam said at the launch of the company’s new car model Foton Tunland in Mutare this week.

He said Quest was finding it difficult to continue manufacturing cars under the current circumstances, adding that with government’s support, the company was “in a position to supply the country with affordable brand new cars”.

At full production capacity, Quest employs at least 3 000 workers.

Adam said if Quest was fully operational it would also benefit other downstream industries that provide vehicle components.

He said banning imported vehicles would revive the local car industry.

Adam said “several companies that manufacture car batteries, tyres, seat covers, and filters had closed down because people are now importing most of the products”.

He said Quest signed agreements with some Chinese companies for the Mutare-based manufacturing plant to assemble cars, buses and trucks.

“We, Beijing AUV Bus, Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Limited are glad to inform you that Quest Motors Limited has passed our technical evaluation and succeed in acquiring our authority to manufacture Foton buses on behalf of Beijing AUV Bus, Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Limited in the authority area,” reads part of the confirmation letter written on May 20, this year.

Adam said the agreement took three years of negotiation, and was the gateway to a greater future in the country’s car manufacturing industry.

He said his company together with Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries, which he said can produce 120 cars a day, had the capacity to satisfy the local market.

The company’s general manager Thomas Sarimana, who has been in the car manufacturing industry for more than 30 years, said there was no reason for Zimbabweans to import cars from outside the country, considering that his company was capable of satisfying the market.

The firm’s human resources manager David Dumba also said reviving the local industry would help save foreign currency, create employment and support the government’s economic blueprint ZimAsset.

Currently, Zimbabweans are vying for second hand Japanese cars, which are considered cheaper.

Comments (15)

they are only looking at ability to produce and ignoring affordability

sacoz - 4 July 2014

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boreholes - 4 July 2014

our products are overpriced plus our inefficient production methods

protestor - 4 July 2014

Hmmm, Quest, where were you,,, kodwa , notwithstanding your business mind, in a way you make sense, BUT can people afford your vehicles, please tell us,,,, people are now proud owners of vehicles which it would have taken them up to today with none,, but some of us are happy that you have come forward,, but what prices are you talking about. Cheaper than import would make sense if you offered us that. Make it make sense. Nayi.

Bankwe - 4 July 2014

Hmmmm.You cant beat Japanese prices ...Before you tell the govt to ban the imports,prove to the people that you can sell even cheaper cars...

believe chizeya - 5 July 2014

Hmmmm. are you able to manufacture a car that you will sell at $99?.

believe chizeya - 5 July 2014

If the members of the Public are not complaining, it means there is satisfactory in import of vehicles

gweje - 5 July 2014

Zimbabwean business people are good at demanding government protection in order to exploit the people. Quest Motors must have done a feasibility study to see how their assembled cars will compete with the cheap Japanese cars. Assembling a car from imported parts is almost the same as importing a car from the same countries where the parts are imported by Quest. This is the age of choice, not forced purchasing for lack of any alternative.

Chenjerai Hove - 5 July 2014

Market forces are plain and simple. Quest Motors should have their ducks in a row. 1) finance plan for buyers 2) affordability and product reliability compared to imports How can one buy an import if it is more expensive? It is obviously easier to buy a local product if I can afford it. We all know that a locally assembled vehicle will naturally have good product support. For goodness sake put your ducks in a row and compete. Do not force us! Majaira protection ye ZANU! Look at where country is now.

Mbareboy - 6 July 2014

a two roomed house in mkoba 13 gweru cost $10 000 and the cheapest car at Quest costs $12 000 its better to buy a house coz mota haingaite same price nemba I can always buy an ex jap at $ 3000 inluding duty so u ve a lot of work to do QUEST

munya - 7 July 2014

prove to the public that your cars are of reseanable price better than imported cars

sam jani - 7 July 2014

prove to the public that your cars are of reseanable price better than imported cars

sam jani - 7 July 2014

Quest, are you manufacturing cars yourselves? I thought you were still assembling imported cars? Or do you want importing to be reserved for you and your few friends? And make huge profits?

M T - 7 July 2014

have you started to produce cheap and affordable car?

tats - 11 July 2014

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