Makoya 16s set to be a leading glow in the taxi industry

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A new 16-seater mini bus is set to become a major player in the South African taxi industry. The mini bus 16-seater was launched by the Golden Journey vehicle company at a sparkling function at its head office in Pretoria North.

Unveiled in front of nearly 400 guests the “Makoya 16s” got a big thumbs up from those in attendance including the likes of secretary general of the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO), Phillip Taaibosch.

According Golden Journey executive director, Irshad Omar Ismail, the bus is priced at just under R300 000, the Makoya 16s comes standard with luxury reclining seating, heating ventilation, bonded windows, central locking, MP3 radio and alloy wheels, making it the mini bus offering the highest specifications in the South African market.

“Because of the close relationship between our management and our mini bus manufacturers, the Makoya 16s is a product of Joylong Automobile while the Ibhubezi comes from the Xiamen Golden Dragon plant, both in China, vehicles can be improved on an ongoing basis so we can keep abreast of new developments and cater to the needs of the market,” adds Ismail.

From a performance perspective it features a unique balance of power and fuel efficiency which includes a 2.4 i Euro III Engine producing 102 KW; 195R15 Radial Tyres, ABS / EBD and power steering, not to mention that it also comes with a two year/60 000km warranty including free AA Road Side Assistance.

It follows in the footsteps of the Ibhubezi, Golden Journey’s 14-seater mini bus which entered the SA market about a year ago, and has already made an impact with 400 units sold in just over a year.