According to the Paris-based International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, Africa has more than a billion people, or 17% of the world’s population, but accounts for only 1% of cars sold globally, compared to China’s 30%, Europe’s 22%, and North America’s 17%. (OICA). According to consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Africa has 44 vehicles per 1,000 people, compared to the global average of 180 and 800 in the United States.
The demand for automobiles in Africa is very high, and millions of cars are imported into the continent every month; however, the advancement of our indigenous car manufacturing companies has not been as rapid as the demand for automobiles on the continent.
However, some car manufacturers have contributed significantly to the growth of the industry. Cars produced by these car manufacturers are used by many people in the continent and around. Here is a list of the top ten African car manufacturing companies.
- Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co, LTD.
Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co, LTD (IVM) is a Nigeria-based company that was founded by Nigerian
industrialist Chief Innocent Chukwuma. The company has a manufacturing plant in Anambra State, Southeast
Nigeria. IVM Umu and IVM Uzo are the company’s models. Nigeria is encouraging local manufacture of
Automobiles and discouraging import of wholly assembled automobiles.
- Wallyscar (Tunisia)
Tunisia car maker Wallyscar was founded in 2007 by Zied Guiga. The company is based in La Marsa and sells 600 units per year. Its automobiles are sold in nations like Qatar, Morocco, France, Spain and Panama
- Kiira Motors Corporation (Uganda)
Kiira Motors Corporation’s (KMC) interests differ from those of other African automobile companies. The Ugandan automaker is interested in developing a hybrid electronic vehicle. It was founded in 2014 by engineering students from the University of Makerere who took part in the 2006 Vehicle Design Summit organized by MIT students. The Ugandan government is a supporter of the company. KMC’s Cars include the Kayyoola Solar Bus, Kiira EV Smack, and Kiira EV POC, all of which have a battery bank capacity of 40AH and 207V. Kiira’s automobiles may herald a new era in Uganda’s automotive industry.
- Laraki (Morocco)
Mohamed Laraki, a Moroccan businessman, founded it in 1999. The company began by producing yachts and then progressed to producing luxurious supercars. It produced its first car, the Laraki Fulgura, in 2002. The following car was the Borac, which was followed by the Epitome, and the company has continued to grow and evolve since then. Its 2013 Laraki Epitome Concept sold for $2,000,000. It has a V8 engine with 1100 Horsepower (RPM) and a top speed of 175 mph. Larakis are strictly concept cars that are custom-built for each customer, and they were ranked among the most expensive cars in the world in 2015, costing more than $2 million each.
- Mobius Motors (Kenya)
Mobius Motors was founded in 2010 to serve the African market. The first batch of their low-cost vehicles was released at the end of last year. The company employs simplified design concepts to produce efficient and low-cost vehicles capable of competing with the second-hand vehicles that dominate the East African automotive market. The vehicles designed for African road conditions cost around $10,000.
- Kantanka Cars (Ghana)
Dr Ing. Kwadwo Safo Kantanka founded the Kantaka Automobile Company in Ghana.
Kantanka manufactures both saloon and four-wheel drive vehicles. Nkunimdie and Kantanka Opasuo are two of the company’s SUVs.
Some Ghanaians and other Africans are already driving these Ghana-made vehicles. The vehicles are available for purchase at Kantanka showrooms. The company stated that it will begin manufacturing electric vehicles by the end of 2020.
- Birkin Cars (South Africa)
The South African-based automobile company started business in 1982 and can be said to be one of the oldest in the industry. The car is sold in various parts of the world including the United States, Japan, and Europe. Birkin Cars are known for quality classic reproductions, including the SS3 Street Series and the CS3 Clubman Series
- Saroukh el-Jamahiriya (Libya)
The Saroukh el-Jamahiriya (Libyan rocket) is a 5-passenger saloon in a metallic Libyan revolutionary green with tinted windows. This sleek James Bond-style car was unveiled in 1999. Dukhali Al-Meghareff, chairman of the Libyan Arab Domestic Investment Company which produced the prototype, billed it as a revolutionary in the automotive industry.
- Perana Performance Group(South Africa)
The Perana Performance Group is a South African car developer located in Port Elizabeth. It is the second manufacturer which uses the Perana brand name after the famous Basil Green Motors. The company was founded in late 2007. The cars are manufactured in the Hi-Tech plant of Hi-Tech Automotive & Superformance