Windhoek – The Zimbabwean conceptualised and South African manufactured Mureza Prim8 is set to drive into the Namibian market as soon as September this year.
The vehicle debuted in South Africa and Zimbabwe a fortnight ago.
The Mureza (which means “flag” in the Shona language) was conceptualised by Mr Tendai Mungofa, a Zimbabwean based in South Africa.
Mureza’s CEO in Namibia, Mr Lancelot Musesengwa, said the launch in that country was part of the company’s expansion into the Southern Africa region. The carmaker wants to quickly move into the Angola, Botswana and DRC markets as well.
“The African dream car Prim8 is Mureza Auto Company’s debut vehicle; it is the first ideologically African initiative and creativity that is owned, assembled and designed with full African consideration for finer taste.
“Mureza Auto Company has led the way in challenging the norm by breaking new ground, showing that Africa has come out of age from rudimentary confinements to embrace Pan-Africanist philosophy where innovations and customisation of identified solutions are brought home for all to enjoy,” Mr Musesengwa said.
He went on, “This opens space for more innovation towards what can be coined as African dream initiative. This implies that the latest features already discovered in the developed world are applied to the Prim8 while retaining the key features of affordability and suitability to our African environment, roads, terrain, and overall driving pleasure.”
Group operations and distribution director Mr Kumbirayi Chiwara said the Prim8 is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 87kW.
“The vehicle comes with maximum torque of 128Nm at 4,000rpm, driving the front wheels through either a five-speed manual or a CVT. The comprehensive specification of the top model includes keyless entry, seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, satnav, reversing camera, cruise control, parking sensors, audio system, air conditioning, power-adjustable driver’s seat, four airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, and tyre pressure monitoring,” he said.He said the Prim8 would be priced in the region of N$202,500 (US$13,600) in Namibia.