To meet the growing demand for nine-tonne trucks DT Dobie, the sole distributor for Hyundai light trucks has introduced the nine-tonne segment as an alternative to the five and seven-tonne versions which have been assembled by KVM in Thika for the past eight years. The Hyundai range sold and serviced by the Company now consists of five, seven, and the EX 9 nine tonne variants.

The key attributes are an extra-long chassis, superior fuel efficiency, powerful exhaust brake, and hydraulic power steering among others. The trucks carry a three-year, or 100,000-kilometer warranty which clearly illustrates the confidence of the Hyundai Motor Company.

DT Dobie launched the Hyundai EX9 nine tonne light truck with a pyrotec display. The new truck will be assembled by KVM at Thika along with the five and seven-tonne versions which have been built there for eight years.

A significant number of owners operate fleets of more than 10 Hyundai trucks and a high proportion of them have covered more than 500,000 kilometers with only routine maintenance and minor repairs. Users are fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) distributors, farmers, bakeries, builders, manufacturing companies, and transporters.

The long wheelbase of the nine-tonne version makes this truck adaptable to a variety of bodies that can be fitted to the cargo area. They can be built to suit different business needs including vans for refrigerated cargoes and outside catering, flatbeds, and dump and tank trucks.

Srinivas Cheruvu (left), DT Dobie Finance Director and Sarfraz Premji (right), General Manager Hyundai truck and bus launch the Hyundai EX9 nine tonne light truck which will be locally assembled by KVM at Thika.

The Hyundai vehicles are serviced at the state of the art DT Dobie workshop on Lusaka Road which has a large stock of genuine parts. Branches in Mombasa, Nakuru, and Kisumu also sell and service these trucks. Workshops are staffed by experienced technicians who undergo regular training courses to meet the best possible maintenance and repairs standards.

The Hyundai Motor Company was founded in 1967 and is one of the top automotive brands. Hyundai is currently rated as the world’s fourth-largest automotive manufacturer.

About DT Dobie

Colonel David Dobie, a veteran of World War II, started DT Dobie in 1949. From humble beginnings, the company started out with the Mercedes-Benz franchise for East Africa which included both passenger and heavy commercial vehicles.

In 2014 the Company was appointed the franchise dealers for Volkswagen passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

Since 2016 the Volkswagen Polo Vivo has been assembled locally by KVM at Thika and more recently the Tiguan is also assembled by KVM.

Hyundai light trucks are also sold and serviced by DT Dobie and have been assembled locally for eight years.

DT Dobie has state of the art after-sales service facilities in Nairobi and at branches in Mombasa, Nakuru, and Kisumu with dealers and service centers countrywide. The workshops are staffed by factory trained engineers and technicians backed by stocks of genuine spare parts