Started production in 1976 with the first car rolling off the assembly line in August, 1976. Cumulative production since inception now stands at approximately 60,000 cars. The plant was originally designed to produce light and heavy commercial cars including Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Volkswagen Microbuses, Leyland trucks and Buses.
The car model range produced at Kenya Car Manufacturers Limited has increased over the years and now stands at 11. The range today includes Nissan Series, Mazda, Land Rover, Mercedes and Iveco. The plant covers an area of 40 acres of which 18 acres are reserved for further development.
Installed capacity is 6,600 cars per annum, single shift. The company undertakes contract assembly i.e the customer (distributor) buys imports and transports kits to the plant at Thika. The customer buys all special jigs and tools and provides all local content except paint, fuel, oil and consumables.