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What kind of vehicle do you drive? Chances are your car, SUV, van or truck came from the USA, Japan, Korea or Germany. Also in the mix are Sweden, Italy and soon, China. Maybe you didn’t know that cars, trucks, vans and even buses are being manufactured in the Motherland! Yes, there are African designed and built vehicles from African owned manufacturers plying the roads of Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and other countries right now!

In Ghana, The Kantanka Group is building SUV’s and pickups designed to comfortably and reliably withstand the rigors of Ghana’s often rough country roads in addition to the well maintained streets and roads of urban and suburban areas. Founder and owner Dr. Kwadwo Safo is a well known genius who is a self-trained engineer as well as a businessman and philanthropist.

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Also built in Ghana is the Turtle industrial vehicle that combines a tractor and 4 wheel drive utility vehicle. It’s not designed for passenger use, but rather for construction and industrial applications.

Billionaire Chief Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma is chairman of the Innoson Group of companies in Nigeria. His company imports and upgrades SUV’s, pickup trucks, vans, buses and even trash trucks built in China, Japan and Germany. Innoson Group is also presently working on several in-house designed automotive products.

The Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is a car company in Uganda. KMC that was developed by students and uses hybrid  diesel/electric powertrains in a sort of Ugandan version of Tesla. Cost is thought to be a major obstacle, since their vehicles will start at approximately $30,000 US.

Mobius Moto in Kenya builds 4 wheel drive vehicles similar to off-road military jeeps designed for transporting up to 8 passengers or cargo across Kenya’s rough roads. They’ve designed a platform that’s adaptable to it’s users needs. Their primary customers are business people, military, medical or scientific organizations with need for basic transportation of people or cargo across long distances.

With the popularity of imported vehicles in the US, it may be only a matter of time before we’re driving cars, SUV’s, trucks and more, developed and manufactured on the Mother Continent!

by Jerry Wells 

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