Amid cheering sounds of a car-enthusiastic audience, Akagera Business Group (ABG) on Friday 13th unveiled a new model of luxurious Mahindra XUV’s which can rightfully be considered a perfect gift for the New Year from the car dealership.
Placed in the limelight of the gracious evening which brought together car lovers from around Kigali city were two SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles), one black and the other white.
The evening kicked off with people flocking the Kimihurura area to be numbered among the very few to set first sight on the SUVs which will be selling on the Rwandan market for the first time. The evening grew into a gathering of car enthusiasts listening to the ABG team as they introduced the new vehicles.
But as the night matured and the moment for unveiling the Mahindra XUV 5OO W6 and W8 respectively, it was clear the action had been overdue. The crowd broke into deafening chants as lights changed to concentrate on the vehicles. The rest is history.
The Mahindra SUVs manufactured by India’s Mahindra & Mahindra bring to Rwanda and the world the latest technology making the otherwise fragile balance between the powerful machines they are and ensuring limited greenhouse gas emissions.
The balance according to ABG’s Jonny Murengenzi who is the Operation’s Manager for the Mahindra & Mahindra brand at the car dealership, was ensured through the thoughtful design of the car’s diesel engine.
“Unlike the usual equation suggesting that the stronger the car the heavier it burns hydrocarbons and thus the bigger the engine size, the Mahindra XUVs present a new era of technology that places strong emphasis on environmental conservation. The engines are smaller and the rate at which fuels are burnt is minimal hence ensuring that the environment is fully conserved,” Murengenzi scored.
Peterson Mutabazi, the Principal Engineer in charge of Transport in Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure concurred with Murengenzi as he praised the Mahindra XUVs for being the right vehicles to lead the country into greater but greener development.
“We have set out as a country to achieve development from all aspects of life. However drawing from the experience of other nations, the path to economic liberation brings adverse consequences on the environment if not pursued consciously which is why the development Rwanda envision is to be pursued on green terms.”
Among such endeavors to mitigate the negative consequences of development on the environment is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, a cause to which the new Mahindra vans unveiled by ABG undoubtedly contribute significantly.
Great looks coupled with strong features
Besides the good looks of the Mahindra XUVs, the cars are equally built with greater ease to drive and less fuel consumption among other elements.
The Mahindra vehicles feature an Electronic stability program (ESP) with rollover mitigation, Hill Hold and Hill Descent controls. ESP for instance facilitates stability when driving in high traffic zones where constant balancing is paramount.
While in such heavy traffic zones, the Mahindra XUV 5OO is built to allow its driver three seconds of stillness while he/she accelerates before it can roll over. Besides making driving easy, the ESP feature also plays a vital role in sustaining the car in good shape.
Comfort is yet another element that was emphasized in designing the Mahindra vehicles. The W8 for instance features six airbags, a great interior, a touch screen all to the benefit of ensuring a comfortable drive.
According to ABG, the cars plus all spare parts are now available at the company’s dealerships.
Akagera Motors, a subsidiary of ABG, is the sole distributor of Mahindra & Mahindra and Ashok Leyland, Toyota and HINO, Indian and Japanese leading car brands respectively.