Car distributor Toyota Kenya have partnered with Tyre Distributor Africa Limited (TYDIA) to distribute Michelin tyres in Kenya.

The two companies have partnered to open Westlands Tyre Centre, which will serve as one of the distribution centres for the Michelin tyres. The centre, which will be located at the Toyota Kenya Westlands branch, now enables the automobile firm become a one-stop shop in vehicle care in offering vehicle maintenance and repair, supply of genuine parts and tyre services. The tyre services component will include sale of tyres, wheel alignment and wheel balancing.

Speaking at the opening of the tyre centre, Toyota Kenya Managing Director Arvinder Reel said through the partnership with TYDIA, a company incorporated locally as a joint venture between CFAO Group and Michelin Group, Toyota can now distribute Michelin tyres through the 31 service centres countrywide.

“Through this partnership we have a potential to offer tyre services support to our customers who visit our service centers monthly across the country. We are now all vehicles leased to the National Police Service with Michelin tyres, providing an assurance of durability and minimal downtime,” he added.

The tyre services, with the support of TYDIA, will be extended to the entire Toyota Kenya network of 31 branches, dealers and service centres across the country.

Toyota Kenya is owned 100% by Toyota Tshusho Corporation; the trading arm of Toyota Motor Group. Headquartered in Nairobi, Toyota Kenya has a network of 33 branches, dealers and approved Toyota Service Centres across the country. The company is currently the sole distributors and service providers of Toyota, Yamaha Motorcycles and Hino trucks in Kenya, and in February this year started distributing Suzuki models.