Matchedje Motor puts first vehicles produced in Mozambique on the market

25 September 2014

Matchedje Motor, Mozambique’s only national automotive brand, is due Thursday to put the first vehicles produced in Mozambique on the market, the company said in a statement sent to Macauhub in Maputo.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of Mozambique’s Armed Forces and Defence Matchedje Motor is launching a campaign to sell 100 all-terrain vehicles – Matchedje F16, 2.8 Turbo Diesel – priced at US$19,600, a discount of about US$5,100 on the future price of that model.

Founded around three years ago in the town of Machava on the outskirts of the Mozambican capital, Maputo, Matchedje Motor is the result of investment by China Tong Jian Investment Co., Ltd. In this initial phase it is operating with two assembly lines, a painting area and an inspection area, with an annual production capacity of 30,000 vehicles.

According to the press release, the brand is preparing a network of distributors in Mozambique, as well as dealers, in order to reach its annual sales target of 30,000 vehicles, but the company also plans to expand into the African market.

In the second phase, planned for t2016-2017, the factory’s capacity will be expanded to 100,000 vehicles per year, after which it should be increased to about 500,000 vehicles.

Currently, Matchedje Motor is focused on producing all-terrain vans, buses and electric scooters, but with the expansion of the Machava unit expects to expand its range to other types of vehicles. (macauhub/MZ)