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. The move, according to the two partners is 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.
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. This will also ensure drivers of uberCHAPCHAP vehicles (Suzuki Alto 800s) are always taken care of in terms of warranties, availability of parts and service plans.
“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.” Anthony le Roux, Regional General Manager for Uber Middle East and Africa, 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.” Koichi Suzuki, Department General Manager for Suzuki Middle East Africa Automobile Department added.
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.