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Chinese Trucks, Buses, Cars, SUVs, Vans… Gas Powered, Electric Powered… You Name It, They’re Coming to Africa

Great Wall Motors electric P-Series pick up truck is now on sale in Zimbabwe. Image via GWM.

Chinese automakers have set their sights on the Africa market and are moving fast to grab market share from legacy players in the combustion engine side of the business and to snag the first-mover advantage on the EV side as well.

Chinese automakers have been present in Africa for a number of years, particularly in more mature markets like South Africa. But 2021 is different, as the scale of engagement is ramping up big time.

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