Over the years, we’ve seen the rise of car manufacturers here in Africa. The continent’s automotive market was valued at $USD 28.45 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach $39.87 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 5.55% over the forecast period.
Sadly, most of the revenue generated comes from the sales of imported cars. The prevalent agitation for more car manufacturers in Africa seems to be finding some calm in the rise of car manufacturing plants across the continent. While we continue to hope for greater investment and exploration in this area, let’s have a look at the top 3 car manufacturing companies with the most impressive designs and engineering.
Abdesslam Laraki, a Moroccan designer and entrepreneur who initially got wealthy by importing vehicles into Morocco in 1973, founded Laraki in 1999. Abdeslam Laraki, his son and the current owner of the company, is a Moroccan designer who began his career building luxury boats and then founded the Laraki car manufacturing brand.
Following in his father’s footsteps, he studied automotive design in Switzerland before launching his debut model, the Laraki Fulgura in 2002, which was entirely made in Morocco save for the engine. Over the years, the Laraki brand has released a series of supercars the years – the Laraki Borac and Laraki Epitome.
Mobius Motors Kenya Ltd is a Kenyan automaker that began operations in 2010 with the goal of producing automobiles for the African market. Its vehicles are manufactured in a custom-built production facility in Nairobi.
During a trip to Kenya, Joel Jackson saw a need for a tough, inexpensive car to facilitate mobility throughout the country, particularly in rural areas. He assembled a small team that spent 10 months researching and developing the Mobius I, the company’s initial prototype. Jackson’s approach to streamlined design and clever use of off-the-shelf components to cut development costs played a pivotal role in the success of the company.
Kiira Vehicle Plant
The Kiira EV, Africa’s first electric car to enter production, was manufactured in 2011 by students at Uganda’s Makerere University with government assistance. After participating in an MIT-sponsored car design conference, the students went on to create Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
KMC established a joint venture between the Ugandan government and Makerere University in 2014. The government, eager to encourage the development of environmentally friendly automobiles, offered the business 100 acres of land on which to build a manufacturing factory. Over the years, Kirra Motors has produced series of electric vehicles – Kayoola EVS, Kayoola Coach and the Kiira EVS.