Mini Moke returns – but Barbados misses Caribbean distributorship

Mini Moke new old

The Moke: Old and New

The Moke is in production again – this time in China – and the new version remains true to the concept launched by Austin way back in 1964. The car was originally a military version of the famous Austin Mini and is loved by tourists all over the world’s tropical zones. This time it will also have an electric version.

The new manufacturers have just awarded Caribbean Distributorship to a company in the British Virgin Islands: Tola Moke Limited.

The motto on the distributor’s website is “A fleet of Mokes for an army of tourists”

Optimistic yes, but we need some optimism around this place!

Good luck to Bruce Wong of Tola Moke. We hope he sells a bunch ’bout this rock, and we’re really anticipating the electric version.

Tola Moke: Introducing the new Moke!

Wikipedia: Mini Moke



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13 responses to “Mini Moke returns – but Barbados misses Caribbean distributorship

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  2. And why can’t this simply made vehicle not be made in the Caribbean !

  3. 144

    Why? maybe because we are clueless?
    particularly when it comes to the maintaining of standards?

    Axe de Trinis about the cars they made down there in T&T

  4. I refuse to accept that we are incapable of maintaining proper standards.Don’t we excel every year in producing spectacular shows…carnival,cropover,various fetes and festivals ? Don’t we excel at producing great music…calypso,soca.reggae etc….,and don’t forget the art of “wukkin’ up” and other vulgarity ?But alas ! You may be right ! Maybe we should spend more time and money educating our youth in areas that are more meaningful ,e.g agriculture,engineering and other sciences,and not just the “arts”.
    Incidentally,maintaining proper standards in T&T was impossible because workers,like so many of us in the Caribbean, concentrated more upon preparing for the next carnival to make sure it would be the “best lime” ever, rather than being concerned with maintaining proper standards for the cars they produced.
    We’re not “clueless”.We’re just “wutless”! Thanks to our leaders !

  5. the real reason it (and other vehicles) are not made in the Caribbean is simple economics. Because of the cost of production – high wages, expensive electricity an virtually no economies of scale either in terms of local markets or supporting industries.

    That is why the only high wage, high cost economies that continue to produce cars (Japan, USA, Germany etc.) do so only through huge subsidies, massive R & D investment and tremendous outsourcing for parts etc. to lower cost jurisdictions.

    Besides, why would we want to move backward on the production scale from services to the production of goods??? Most people are doing their best to move in precisely the opposite direction.

  6. C Brian Barnes

    Owned 2 from new. Grand machines. While watching a water skier off Paynes Bay and not the traffic I rear ended and wrote off the car I hit. That in turn hit the one in front of for a total of 1 w/o with 2 whip lashed passengers and 3 other cars with minor damages. Mini Moke had a bent front bumper and a broken head light. Tough little vehicle. Loved them. Rain was their only defeat

  7. GreenMonkey

    bahamared wrote: “Besides, why would we want to move backward on the production scale from services to the production of goods??? Most people are doing their best to move in precisely the opposite direction.”

    And apparently finding that’s easier said than done:

    No Hope On The Jobs Front
    by Paul Craig Roberts

    Do you remember the promise of the New Economy that was going to replace the lost “dirty fingernail” manufacturing jobs with innovative highly paid New Economy jobs? Well, the promise was just another deception from the elites who have stolen Americans’ future.

    For the umpteenth consecutive month and year, the June BLS payroll jobs report (released on July 5) shows that the US economy has created no such jobs. The same old tired categories account for the same old lowly paid new domestic service jobs.

    Of the 195,000 new private sector jobs alleged to have been created, 75,000 or 38% are accounted for by the category “leisure and hospitality.” Within this category there were 52,000 new waitresses and bartenders, and 19,000 jobs in “amusements gambling, and recreation.”

    Retail trade added 37,000 employees. Is your local shopping center that busy?

    Wholesale trade added 11,000.
    Continued at:

  8. Just which country are we talking about here?

    The USA is an entirely different kettle of fish from the small, open service oriented economies of the Caribbean basin.

    Service jobs in our region are higher paid, more sustainable and are underpinned by more secure comparative advantages than manufacturing jobs.

    And, incidentally, by “service”, I do not mean “servers”. I am referring to the full range of jobs that exist in the service industries.

    Your referenced article, though interesting, refutes nothing in my original contribution.

  9. GreenMonkey

    When I saw the Roberts article I linked above, which discusses the apparent problems the USA had in attracting and keeping high paying service economy jobs, it just brought to mind some problems we have had here in Barbados with, for example, call centres that were established with much fanfare about the job opportunities they would provide and the foreign exchange that would flow into the island as a result, folding up after a few years, laying off the local staff and moving to some Asian country, or another example, a medical transcription business which folded after we were told by the overseas management that our local workers’ productivity just wasn’t up to the necessary standard for the operation to be profitable. Since the prospects that productivity could be brought up to scratch in a timely manner were slim to non-existent, we were told the operation had no choice but to close up shop here.

    See this BFP thread on this topic from 2010:

    Spend a few minutes online and you’ll discover that the medical transcription working environment is a competitive, deadline-driven pressure cooker with a high turnover of newer employees. It’s a demanding job that takes special skills – and even if people have the skills, many folks try it and leave the industry because it’s not for them.

    That puts a small country like Barbados at a disadvantage in the international MT marketplace. Compared with our English speaking friends in the UK, Canada and the USA, we simply don’t have the population base to produce high numbers of acceptable candidates willing to commit to a career in MT. Now compare Barbados with India – a leader in the medical transcription industry. Barbados has a population of three hundred thousand on a good day – India has over a billion people.

    And those Indians are willing to work for far less money than your average Bajan.

    So whether the US economy is 100 million or 1000 million times bigger than the Barbados economy, it seems to me we have our own issues as well with getting and then holding onto those advantageous service economy jobs that are supposed to be out there and which we always keep hearing so much about from our economist friends.

  10. Mary Taft

    Please can I unsubscribe there is no forum for doing this automatically

  11. suzie

    think you all should check out L&N Workshop in cane garden st.thomas…they are capable of doing mokes and much more and of HIGHER STANDARD!!! just take a look at the buses…

  12. iabingy

    good idea so car jackers and criminals can just jump in and rob or kill you.
    also see the tourist coming from a mile off.
    definitely what the Caribbean needs.
    A tea shirt with the words
    please leave me alone ! and 9 mm would be better these days.!
    and for the women a t shirt saying no i do not want black cock i came here for the sun and the sea if i want black cock i can buy that anywhere in the world.ha-ha funny nuh.

  13. carman

    facts need to be known first
    mini moke is actually being made in australia with a world wide relaunch this year
    i will blog more info if needed with brochures info