Cars designed and manufactured in Africa
According to Zawya.com, there are approximately 21.6 million passenger vehicles operating in Africa; making the continent’s nearly 1.2 billion population a very attractive prospect for global automobile manufacturers to penetrate. Not to be left out of the lucrative market, African entrepreneurs are now entering the automobile industry; designing and developing vehicles specifically geared for the local market and local consumers but with global aspirations.
2. Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., shortened as IVM, is a Nigerian automobile and bus manufacturing company. It was founded by Innocent Chukwuma and runs a plant in Nweni in the state of Anambra. 70% of the car parts are produced locally while the rest is being imported from Japan, China and Germany.
Among the models of IVM are the five-seaters Fox (1,5 liter engine) and Umu (2 liter engine) as well as the mini-bus Uzo.
4. Laraki (Laraki Automobiles s.a.) is a Moroccan based company establishedñ in Casablanca with the intention to develop and sell luxurious high-performance sports car. Laraki was established in 1999. Its owner is, a Moroccan designer who started out creating luxurious yachts (the King of Bahrain is its main client) and also worked for. The technical director is Peter Tutzer, previously from Bugatti. Laraki announced two concept models: the Fulgura in 2002, Borac in 2005, Epitome in 2013.