INTERVIEW | Auto Pedigree owner says 'life’s okay' even after car sales hit record low

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South Africa's car industry has been battered by Covid-19 as cash-strapped consumers turned to used cars and demand for rentals declined, but Motus CEO Osman Arbee says cutting costs accordingly has led the group to new growth areas.

Motus is South Africa's exclusive importer and distributor of the Mitsubishi, Kia and Hyundai vehicle brands, and also owns Auto Pedigree dealerships. It has also felt the impact of Covid-19 in its new vehicle and its Tempest Car Hire and Europcar rental brands.

By December 2020, its retail market share had shrunk by 20.2% over six months.

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