Mobius Motors (Mobius II – Made in Kenya) – Made in Africa Cars
Mobius Motors released the first batch of their low-cost vehicles towards the end of last year. The multi-purpose vehicle which costs about $10,000 was manufactured for Africa’s mass market. Mobius motors are designed around Africa’s common road terrain and transport usage. The Kenyan company that took up the audacious task of producing low-cost vehicles for Africa’s off-road and rough terrain plans to increase production of a newer, more advanced model next year after an optimistic reception of its pioneer model. It anticipates the new Mobius II, which will be a more enhanced version of its pioneer model, will have advanced features such as a better interior and exterior appearance, power steering, sealed side windows and a much higher ground clearance. The expectation is that the enhanced model will gain an even better reception in the East African market.
As we are well aware, Africa has been a consumer and not much of a producer over the years, when it comes to cars. The level of consumption is almost alarming and no one ever thinks of production. Last year, Africa was estimated to have bought about 2 million new cars.
As change is inevitable, some African entrepreneurs have refused to be left out in the very lucrative automobile industry, and with the increasing patronage they get; their dreams might well just be a reality. With more entrepreneurs in the space and with support from governments and corporations paving the way for Africa’s homegrown automotive industry. This might be the rise of an automobile boom for Africa. Time and Africans will tell.