BAW sets sights on local taxi market
BAW South Africa has announced the introduction of its new 16-seater minibus taxi, which will be assembled in South Africa. It will be known locally as the Sasuka which in Zulu means “we are departing”.
Doing the duty under the bonnet is a 2,7-litre petrol engine that delivers 110 kW of power at 5 200 r/min and 235 Nm of torque at 4 000 r/min.
BAW will offer between 40 and 50 dealers around the country, with some of the dealers still currently being established. Operators in the most remote areas, with a greater geographical spread, will be reached by mobile service units.
In terms of features, the Sasuka offers a touch screen on the console which operates CD/radio and a DVD player. It also features ABS brakes with EBD as well as air-conditioning, central locking and Bluetooth connectivity. Additional standard features include alloy wheels and wider white wall tyres
The recommended retail price is set at R275 990 with a two-year/200 000 km service plan, which also covers maintenance of the entire braking system. Service intervals are every 10 000 km and will be undertaken via a one-hour express service concept. The warranty period is for two-years or 100 000 km.