The sale of new motor vehicles rose by 6.26 per cent in the first quarter of this year signifying a rebound from last year.
Dealers in trade and construction industries have been less disrupted during this hard economic times as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to other industries.
The Kenya Motor Industry Association says the trade and construction industries grew their sales as others lost market share.
In a data released by the association, dealers including Toyota Kenya, Isuzu East Africa, and DT – Dobie moved 2,867 units in the review period compared to 2,698 units in 2020.
This however risks being reversed by the new partial lock-down of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru in a bid to curb further spreading of COVID-19.
In March, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the cessation of movement – in and out of the five counties, describing them as disease-infected areas that account for over 70 per cent of the new COVID infections and fatalities.
The measures have hit hard the transport industry with the effect set to be felt in showrooms through reduced orders especially for buses, minivans and passenger cars.