Uber and Suzuki Motor Corporation have entered into a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand the fuel-efficient UberCHAPCHAP option across Sub-Saharan Africa to allow for thousands more economic opportunities for driver-partners and more choice for riders when it comes to affordable transportation options across the region.
The MOU was signed by Mr. Koichi Suzuki, Department General Manager, Middle East Africa Automobile Department, Suzuki Japan and Anthony le Roux, Regional General Manager for Uber Middle East and Africa.
Uber and Suzuki say this deal will increase business efficiencies and reduce operational expenses for driver-partners and allow them to jointly develop programmes for after-sales support to ensure drivers of uberCHAPCHAP vehicles (Suzuki Alto 800s) are always taken care of in terms of warranties, availability of parts and service plans.
According to Anthony le Roux, Regional General Manager for Uber Middle East and Africa, “We are inspired by the continents spirit of entrepreneurship and we believe through this partnership we have the possibility to expand uberCHAPCHAP across the continent, in order to create thousands more economic opportunities and enable more small business owners of the future.”
On his part Koichi Suzuki, Department General Manager for Suzuki Middle East Africa Automobile Department said, “Suzuki is the world’s most loved compact car brand. It is an honor for us that our car, the Suzuki Alto 800, has been chosen by Uber’s driver partners here in Kenya, for their high fuel efficiency, low maintenance costs and low environmental footprint.”
“It is a matter of great pride for Suzuki that in partnership with Uber, we can offer affordable transportation solutions to thousands of African consumers and at the same time entrepreneurship opportunities to many more. We are steadfast in our commitment to Africa and its wonderful people.”
The two say the new MOU is a sign of their commitment to drivers and riders across the African continent. The agreement follows the launch of uberCHAPCHAP in Kenya earlier this year, a new fuel-efficient option of Suzuki Alto 800s vehicles.
The two also hosted their driver-partners at Uber’s Greenlight Hub in order to engage and hear their thoughts on how the launch of uberCHAPCHAP have benefited their lives. Their finance partner Stanbic Bank Kenya, has financed over 500 vehicles for uberCHAPCHAP and will continue to do so as the partnership expands.
“We remain committed to this partnership that is driving Kenya’s growth by offering reliable transportation and entrepreneurial opportunities to the driver-partners. The impact of this unique proposition is still emerging, but it is very clear that we are accelerating vehicle ownership for business purposes in Kenya and transforming lives,”added Mr. Charles Mudiwa CEO at Stanbic Bank Kenya.