Yes, we build cars in Africa. And i’m not talking about assembly lines of foreign car brands, these are African Companies with car models designed for Africa and the world.
Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is an initiative for Automotive Industry Development in Uganda, supported through the Presidential Initiative for Science and Technology Innovation. The KMC equity partners are Uganda Development Corporation, the principal equity partner representing the Government of Uganda as the investment arm of Government, and Makerere University. KMC is aimed at setting up and operating a vehicle assembly plant in Uganda.
Mobius designs, manufactures and sells vehicles built specifically for the African mass market. Mobius II was conceived by reimagining the vehicle, around the needs of the African consumer – common road terrain, typical vehicle loading and average income levels were important factors in the development of the vehicle. The result, an SUV with the durability required to handle rural roads, sold at the price of a used sedan.
IVM claims to be the first African Car Manufacturer, this is their story in their own words:
– we’ve done it before for motorcycles; we are doing it again for automobiles!