Motor Company of Botswana

The Motor Company of Botswana ( Pty.) Ltd.. is a former joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company Hyundai Motor Distributors ( Pty) Ltd.. and the holding company Wheels of Africa. The manufacturer's corporate headquarters was located in Gaborone, Botswana. The company was founded in 1992. The factory site said the company from 1998 to the joint venture between the Swedish Motor Corporation ( Pvt.) Ltd..

About 500 employees working at the plant, which should supply the South African market with vehicles. Production per year should roll off the belt a total of 4,000 vehicles, total production was then extended even up to 30,000 units a year. For the construction of the work, a sum of 250 million R was applied.

All vehicles, which were later assembled by the Botswana factory, came with car ferries to Maputo, Mozambique. There, these are then disassembled and transported in containers. One reason for this measure were to high import duties for complete vehicle imports. In this way, the company was able to save up to 21 percent to the cost of transport to the customs.

Production started in February 1993 in the CKD method with the Hyundai Accent. Back in April, the manufacturer was able to produce its first vehicle parts themselves. It even sports versions were offered. In the same year came as the second model then add the Hyundai Sonata. It was followed in 1996 as the third model of the Hyundai Elantra. 1999, this was subjected to a facelift.

2001, however, forgot the competent holding company Wheels of Africa to pay the taxes, which meant that the entire premises was seized by the tax authorities and for auction. The mishap fell in about 2000 jobs to the victim. A total of 100 companies had to stop their work. Creditors Botswana Development Corporation and Botswana 's First National Bank then demanded damages in an amount of 32 million U.S. $, which Billy Rautenbach had applied.

The liquidation of the company has taken care in the Botswana Press for great interest from the press and the public. This was fueled by the high unemployment rate of 20 percent, and the low wages of the workers', which are referred to according to Botswana 's Commercial and General Workers Union and starvation wages.

Model Overview

Hyundai Sonata 1993-1998

Hyundai Elantra 1996-1999

Hyundai Elantra Station Wagon 1996-1999

Hyundai Tiburon 1996-2001

Hyundai Sonata Viv 1998-2001

Hyundai Elantra 1999-2001

Hyundai Elantra Station Wagon 1999-2001

The plant used within the vehicle identification number the factory code as the World Manufacturer Code KMH has been maintained. Thus, the vehicles were from South Korean manufacturing.