African Car Manufacturers – Top 10


On a normal day in traffic, a person observing will see that many of the cars seen made in China, the United States of America, Japan, Germany and South Korea but will rarely see a car that was made in an African country.

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But, there are many African car producers that design and manufacture vehicles for local use and exportation. Here is a list of the top 10 car manufacturers on the continent of Africa.

Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. LTD.


Country: Nigeria

Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company or IVM is the first African automobile brand and the brainchild of Nigerian entrepreneur Innocent Chukwuma. The company designs and manufactures automobiles and buses that are affordable and suitable to African terrain.

Its line of products includes middle and high-level buses, heavy-duty vehicles and environmentally friendly vehicles. The company has started to expand to other African countries such as Ghana, Sierra Leone, Chad, Niger and Togo.



Country: Tunisia

Wallyscar is a car manufacturing company located in Tunisia. The company began operation in 2008 headed by its owner, Zied Guiga. The manufacturing plant is located in La Marsa, Tunisia. The first vehicle manufactured by the plant was the Wallyscar Izis in October 2008.

The best thing about this car is that you can order one customized according to your preference.I hope that you are in Panama, France, Spain, Qatar and Morocco as Wallyscar is only being sold in these countries at the moment.

Optimal Energy Joule


Country: South Africa

Optimal Energy Joule is the South African car manufacturer that manufactured the Joule. For those who have not heard of the Joule, it is an electric five-seat passenger car. The car was first revealed to the public in October of 2008.

Production though did not last long. Production of the Joule ceased in April 2012 and Optimal Energy Joule closed down in June 2012.

Advanced Automotive Design


Country: South Africa

In 1995, Brian Glover and Rhys Edwards founded the Advanced Automotive Design, a South African automobile manufacturing company. Two years later they revealed their first automobile called Shaka Nyna on the South Florida International Auto Show. 

Finally, in 2000 the Shaka Nyna was commercially launched but you will not be seeing it on display in your local car dealer as this beauty is only built by orders.

Kiira Motors


Country: Uganda

Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is a car manufacturing corporation that was revved up and bought to life by Makerere University in 2014. Today KMC is owned by the Uganda Development Corporation and Makerere University.

A company of the future, the innovative arm of KMC has designed three vehicles powered by electricity and the sun.  These cars are the Kayoola Solar Bus, the Kiira EV, 2011, a two-seater electric car, the Kiira EV SMACK, 2014, a five-seater sedan.

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