03.09.2020 The African automotive market is still comparatively small and dominated by used vehicles, but the region could develop into a growth market for new vehicles in the long term. With this expectation, for example, the Volkswagen Group is continuously expanding its presence on the continent: In August, the ceremonial opening of an assembly plant took place in Accra, Ghana. Models such as the Tiguan, Passat and Polo are to be assembled here - a modest 5.000 vehicles per year are initially planned. Along with South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda, Ghana is already the fifth Volkswagen location in sub-Saharan Africa, and a sixth is in Algeria in North Africa. Really significant car production can be found in Africa, especially in the north and in the very south: According to figures from Germany Trade & Invest, South Africa is the leader with a production of 630.000 cars (VW, BMW, Daimler, among others) in 2019, but Morocco is also on board A previous year's output of 480.000 cars (including Renault) was already well behind.