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Chevy Volt's designer, Jelani Aliyu, has been appointed boss of Nigeria's automobile agency (Infographic)

Nigeria’s government has long talked about diversifying its oil-dependent economy but it’s actions have not always matched the bluster.

Isondo will produce fuel cell compontents using platinum as a catalyst

South Africa targets auto sector with fuel cell plant

Africa’s first fuel cell component plant using platinum as a catalyst will start production by December aiming to take advantage of rising demand for clean energy cars.

A makeup booth at Carrefour in Abidjan

CFAO plans 80 malls across Africa, opens $66M mall in Abidjan

French distribution group CFAO opened its first shopping mall in Africa on Friday, a $66 million centre in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, as part of a major drive to tap into the growth of Africa’s middle classes.

Nigeria should look forward to automobile boom, says PwC (Reuters/Monica Mark)

In 35 years, Nigeria could be the automotive capital of Africa

New data from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) predicts that Nigeria can become a leading automotive hub in Africa by 2050 with an increase in local production and an expansion in new car markets.

South Africa's MTN is the most admired brand in Africa

MTN, Samsung and Coca-Cola top list of most admired brands in Africa

Brand Africa has announced that MTN is the overall best brand in Africa and reclaimed the #1 spot as the Most Admired Brand in Africa at a gala launch of the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands at Sandton Convention Center.

Volkswagen plant in Uitenhage, South Africa. Photographer: Henner Frankenfeld/Bloomberg

Volkswagen to Invest $340 Million in South African Car Business

Volkswagen AG, which is seeking to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018, is investing more than 4.5 billion rand ($340 million) in South Africa for new products and infrastructure.

Doug Smart, General Manager, KFC Africa

How to succeed in selling to consumers in South Africa

Doug Smart, KFC’s general manager in Africa, is mulling the challenges his company faces in appealing to a cross-section of South Africans one morning at a restaurant in Johannesburg.

Welcome to Nollywood

Hurray for Nollywood

Nigerian cinema may be little known outside of Africa, but the country’s homegrown movie business, called Nollywood, produces about 1,000 films a year — a cinematic output that eclipses Hollywood’s and is second only to India’s Bollywood

There were 66,000 BWM-3 series produced in South Africa in 2013. Of those made for export, the cars were sent to Japan, Australia, Singapore, as well as sub-Saharan Africa.

Car makers in the driving seat of South Africa's economy

The smells of oil, tires and hard work surround Monwabisi Bokwe as he stands on the Volkswagen production line.

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Hyundai opens first car assembly plant in South Africa

South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Co. has started production at its first assembly plant in South Africa, initially building medium-sized commercial trucks, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

Itumeleng Mothibeli manages the mall and 13 other shopping centers that have sprung up to serve a black South African middle class that spends more money than the white middle class

Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future

Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story in the coming years comparable to the rise of the East Asian Tigers in the second half of the 20th century.

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Africa is the final frontier for global automotive growth: Jim Benintende, Head, Ford Middle East and Africa

Ford Motor Co., the second largest U.S. automaker, is introducing 25 new models by 2016 in Africa and the Middle East, where it projects the driving age population will grow 31 percent by 2023 to 1.7 billion people.