The Truth About Cars » Africa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:15:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Four Weeks in Africa with the Land Rover Defender http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/four-weeks-africa-land-rover-defender/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/four-weeks-africa-land-rover-defender/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1275969 After 67 years, production of the iconic Land Rover Defender ends today. It’s an amazing feat that the Defender has lasted this long. It was a utilitarian vehicle developed at a time when going off-roading meant just going. It helped Europe rebuild after World War II. And it explored Africa, where often the Land Rover was the first automobile ever […]

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After 67 years, production of the iconic Land Rover Defender ends today. It’s an amazing feat that the Defender has lasted this long. It was a utilitarian vehicle developed at a time when going off-roading meant just going. It helped Europe rebuild after World War II. And it explored Africa, where often the Land Rover was the first automobile ever […]

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Could Africa Support Its Own Auto Industry? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/africa-support-auto-industry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/africa-support-auto-industry/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1146337 Africa may be one of the last untapped continents for automakers and one of the largest growth markets in the future. But the opportunity is now for carmakers such as Uganda-based Kiira Motors, Kenya-based Mobius Motors, Nigeria-based Innoson and Ghana-based Kantanka Motors, they say. “The automotive industry presents one of the fiercest competitive market environments,” Kiira Chief Executive Paul […]

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Africa may be one of the last untapped continents for automakers and one of the largest growth markets in the future. But the opportunity is now for carmakers such as Uganda-based Kiira Motors, Kenya-based Mobius Motors, Nigeria-based Innoson and Ghana-based Kantanka Motors, they say. “The automotive industry presents one of the fiercest competitive market environments,” Kiira Chief Executive Paul […]

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With New Honda CEO, Possible FCA Partnership? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/new-honda-ceo-possible-fca-partnership/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/new-honda-ceo-possible-fca-partnership/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109249 New Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo told media Monday that the automaker wouldn’t aim for a specific global sales figure to drive growth and would be open to partnerships with other automakers, Automotive News reported. The speech also emphasized sharing global manufacturing resources within Honda’s six regional divisions and to create “challenging products.” (Which may or may […]

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New Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo told media Monday that the automaker wouldn’t aim for a specific global sales figure to drive growth and would be open to partnerships with other automakers, Automotive News reported. The speech also emphasized sharing global manufacturing resources within Honda’s six regional divisions and to create “challenging products.” (Which may or may […]

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Mobius Leads Path Toward Local Manufacturing For African Consumers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/mobius-leads-path-toward-local-manufacturing-african-consumers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/mobius-leads-path-toward-local-manufacturing-african-consumers/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=958457 Today, 50 units from Nairobi-based manufacturer Mobius are set to be delivered to customers, marking the first step for the company as it aims to prove Kenya — and the continent of Africa — can produce just as well as it supplies raw materials. Reuters reports the vehicle, known as the II, will go for […]

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Today, 50 units from Nairobi-based manufacturer Mobius are set to be delivered to customers, marking the first step for the company as it aims to prove Kenya — and the continent of Africa — can produce just as well as it supplies raw materials. Reuters reports the vehicle, known as the II, will go for […]

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Mobius Motors: A Different Kind Of Low-Cost Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/mobius-motors-a-different-kind-of-low-cost-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/mobius-motors-a-different-kind-of-low-cost-car/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=826970   Africa is quickly becoming the focus for auto makers looking to discover the last island of growth in an overly saturated global marketplace. Toyota, PSA and Renault-Nissan are hoping to make inroads on the continent beyond their current strongholds in trucks (Toyota) and North Africa (PSA/Renault) respectively. But a new start-up is proposing a […]

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  Africa is quickly becoming the focus for auto makers looking to discover the last island of growth in an overly saturated global marketplace. Toyota, PSA and Renault-Nissan are hoping to make inroads on the continent beyond their current strongholds in trucks (Toyota) and North Africa (PSA/Renault) respectively. But a new start-up is proposing a […]

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Morocco’s Cash For Clunkers Means Discounted Dacias http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/moroccos-cash-for-clunkers-means-discounted-dacias/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/moroccos-cash-for-clunkers-means-discounted-dacias/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 12:48:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=819457 Fans of the W123 Mercedes better book the next flight to Marrakech. If the Moroccan government has its way, the country’s ubiquitous fleet of W123 taxi cabs will be scrapped, in favor of Renault and Dacia minivans. Around 55,000 W123 taxis (the vast majority 240D models) are set to be targeted under the program, with […]

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Fans of the W123 Mercedes better book the next flight to Marrakech. If the Moroccan government has its way, the country’s ubiquitous fleet of W123 taxi cabs will be scrapped, in favor of Renault and Dacia minivans. Around 55,000 W123 taxis (the vast majority 240D models) are set to be targeted under the program, with […]

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Ford to Fight for the Heart of Middle East, Africa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ford-to-fight-for-the-heart-of-middle-east-africa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ford-to-fight-for-the-heart-of-middle-east-africa/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 06:24:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=645490 From the Blade Runner future in Dubai to the shores of Tripoli, Ford aims to launch an aggressive campaign in the Middle East and Africa markets through the creation of a fifth business unit that will consolidate the Blue Oval’s operations in the two regions. The automaker will launch 17 new or refreshed models from […]

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From the Blade Runner future in Dubai to the shores of Tripoli, Ford aims to launch an aggressive campaign in the Middle East and Africa markets through the creation of a fifth business unit that will consolidate the Blue Oval’s operations in the two regions. The automaker will launch 17 new or refreshed models from […]

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Beyond The BRICs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/beyond-the-brics/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/beyond-the-brics/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:30:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=632226 Emerging markets have been a big theme at TTAC for the past few years, with our coverage going beyond the cursory articles on automotive developments in the BRIC countries. Our articles on places like North Africa and Indonesia aren’t always the most popular, but we keep an eye on them for a very important reason. […]

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Emerging markets have been a big theme at TTAC for the past few years, with our coverage going beyond the cursory articles on automotive developments in the BRIC countries. Our articles on places like North Africa and Indonesia aren’t always the most popular, but we keep an eye on them for a very important reason. […]

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Datsun Looking To Latin America, Africa For Expansion http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/datsun-looking-to-latin-america-africa-for-expansion/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/datsun-looking-to-latin-america-africa-for-expansion/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=501993 Datsun’s first product, the GO subcompact, has yet to go on sale in its first market, but Datsun is already looking elsewhere to expand its offerings beyond the initial four markets of India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. The Wall Street Journal reports that Datsun is focusing on Central America as well as other African […]

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Datsun’s first product, the GO subcompact, has yet to go on sale in its first market, but Datsun is already looking elsewhere to expand its offerings beyond the initial four markets of India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. The Wall Street Journal reports that Datsun is focusing on Central America as well as other African […]

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French Authorities Sell Off Ultra Luxury Cars Seized From Son of Dictator http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/french-authorities-sell-off-ultra-luxury-cars-seized-from-son-of-dictator/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/french-authorities-sell-off-ultra-luxury-cars-seized-from-son-of-dictator/#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:25:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=495570 While Equitorial Guinea is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa,  only half of the people have access to clean, safe drinking water. One fifth of children born in the country die before they are five years old. Two years ago the French government raided the €80 million, 101-room mansion near the Champs Elysees belonging to Teodorin […]

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While Equitorial Guinea is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa,  only half of the people have access to clean, safe drinking water. One fifth of children born in the country die before they are five years old. Two years ago the French government raided the €80 million, 101-room mansion near the Champs Elysees belonging to Teodorin […]

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Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: How The Chinese Are Setting Themselves Up For Success (Part 1: Africa) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/best-selling-cars-around-the-globe-how-the-chinese-are-setting-themselves-up-for-success-part-1-africa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/best-selling-cars-around-the-globe-how-the-chinese-are-setting-themselves-up-for-success-part-1-africa/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:49:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490574 Today we inaugurate a 5 Part series about how Chinese carmakers are setting themselves up for success abroad. Each day of this week I will publish a new Part for the series. I hope you enjoy it! For the first time in the history of car manufacturing, Chinese carmakers have sold 1 million cars outside […]

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Today we inaugurate a 5 Part series about how Chinese carmakers are setting themselves up for success abroad. Each day of this week I will publish a new Part for the series. I hope you enjoy it! For the first time in the history of car manufacturing, Chinese carmakers have sold 1 million cars outside […]

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Piston Slap: Is it Piston Slap? Ja-nee, baby! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-is-it-piston-slap-ja-nee-baby/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-is-it-piston-slap-ja-nee-baby/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484975 Mu-een (from Cape Town, South Africa!) writes: Hi I would like to know what is the difference sound of a tappet noise, or bad rocker, or a piston slap. Thanks regards. Mu-een Sajeev answers: I suspect that –for most engines– piston slap is a deeper, more resonant sound than an out of whack tappet.  Pistons […]

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Mu-een (from Cape Town, South Africa!) writes: Hi I would like to know what is the difference sound of a tappet noise, or bad rocker, or a piston slap. Thanks regards. Mu-een Sajeev answers: I suspect that –for most engines– piston slap is a deeper, more resonant sound than an out of whack tappet.  Pistons […]

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Renault Says “Kuss Ummak” To VW, French Unions With Algeria Deal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/renault-says-kuss-ummak-to-vw-french-unions-with-algeria-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/renault-says-kuss-ummak-to-vw-french-unions-with-algeria-deal/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471316 Renault’s Algerian plant became a done deal Thursday, with production beginning in mid-2014, which will see the French auto maker become the sole passenger car builder in the North African state. The Symbol, a re-badged Dacia Logan, will be the sole vehicle produced in Algeria. French labor unions will undoubtedly be unhappy that their domestic auto makers […]

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Renault’s Algerian plant became a done deal Thursday, with production beginning in mid-2014, which will see the French auto maker become the sole passenger car builder in the North African state. The Symbol, a re-badged Dacia Logan, will be the sole vehicle produced in Algeria. French labor unions will undoubtedly be unhappy that their domestic auto makers […]

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Renault, VW, In Spat Over North African Plants http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/renault-vw-in-spat-over-north-african-plants/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/renault-vw-in-spat-over-north-african-plants/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467713 Renault’s plans for a plant in Algeria have stalled, amid the French auto maker’s desire for an agreement barring auto makers from setting up shop in the country for 5 years after the plant comes online – and Volkswagen is apparently what’s keeping Renault up at night. France’s La Tribune reports that Renault’s plan for […]

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Renault’s plans for a plant in Algeria have stalled, amid the French auto maker’s desire for an agreement barring auto makers from setting up shop in the country for 5 years after the plant comes online – and Volkswagen is apparently what’s keeping Renault up at night. France’s La Tribune reports that Renault’s plan for […]

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Datsun May See African Expansion http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/datsun-may-see-african-expansion/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/datsun-may-see-african-expansion/#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:46:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457651 Datsun’s association with Africa might be best linked with the East African Safari rally – but 42 years later, Datsun could return to the continent, though not in a motorsports capacity. As Nissan’s new “low-cost” brand, Datsun will be sold in markets like Indonesia, Russia and China. Africa might be another market for the brand, […]

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Datsun’s association with Africa might be best linked with the East African Safari rally – but 42 years later, Datsun could return to the continent, though not in a motorsports capacity. As Nissan’s new “low-cost” brand, Datsun will be sold in markets like Indonesia, Russia and China. Africa might be another market for the brand, […]

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Decades After Bringing Workers To France, Jobs Go Back To Africa While France’s Promise Disappears http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/decades-after-bringing-workers-to-france-jobs-go-back-to-africa-while-frances-promise-disappears/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/decades-after-bringing-workers-to-france-jobs-go-back-to-africa-while-frances-promise-disappears/#comments Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452883 The establishment of a new manufacturing base in North Africa has fascinated me for the past couple months – though few others seem to really care. The leader in this movement has been Renault, which is setting up plants in Morocco and Algeria to build their popular, low-cost Dacia vehicles in factories where employees earn […]

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The establishment of a new manufacturing base in North Africa has fascinated me for the past couple months – though few others seem to really care. The leader in this movement has been Renault, which is setting up plants in Morocco and Algeria to build their popular, low-cost Dacia vehicles in factories where employees earn […]

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Don’t Give LaHood Ideas: They’ll Take Your Phone Away http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/dont-give-lahood-ideas-theyll-take-your-phone-away/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/dont-give-lahood-ideas-theyll-take-your-phone-away/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:48:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451574 They do that in South Africa.  Use your phone for texting or gabbing, and police in Cape Town will arrest your cell. Police in unmarked “ghost squad” cars seized 16 phones from motorists who flaunted a new regulation in Cape Town, South Africa, Reuters says.  The new rule allows police to confiscate handsets for 24 hours […]

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They do that in South Africa.  Use your phone for texting or gabbing, and police in Cape Town will arrest your cell. Police in unmarked “ghost squad” cars seized 16 phones from motorists who flaunted a new regulation in Cape Town, South Africa, Reuters says.  The new rule allows police to confiscate handsets for 24 hours […]

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Out Of Africa, A Car For Africa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/out-of-africa-a-car-for-africa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/out-of-africa-a-car-for-africa/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:34:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404634 In the auto industry, as in so many other areas, Africa is something of a forgotten continent. Without the new roads and emerging middle class of a China, the most underdeveloped part of the developing world tends to fly under the radar: for example, until I read a Financial Times piece on an airplane, I […]

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In the auto industry, as in so many other areas, Africa is something of a forgotten continent. Without the new roads and emerging middle class of a China, the most underdeveloped part of the developing world tends to fly under the radar: for example, until I read a Financial Times piece on an airplane, I […]

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South African Auto Industry Takes Off http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/south-african-auto-industry-takes-off/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/south-african-auto-industry-takes-off/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 18:55:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403157 When I think of the South African car industry, I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I first think of the Citi Golf, the ageless Mk.1 VW Golf that was built there from ’84 to 2009 (or possibly armored cars). Of course that’s a grossly inaccurate representation, and the Financial Times recently clued me into South […]

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When I think of the South African car industry, I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I first think of the Citi Golf, the ageless Mk.1 VW Golf that was built there from ’84 to 2009 (or possibly armored cars). Of course that’s a grossly inaccurate representation, and the Financial Times recently clued me into South […]

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