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Sierra Leone: Ford Ranger possible leader

Ford Ranger in Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Only a couple of recent videos of the streets of the country are available, and there are very few new cars in them which makes it very difficult to estimate best car sales in Sierra Leone. My (bold) bet is that the Ford Ranger is the best-seller in the country, followed closely by the Toyota Hilux.

The most frequent cars are however the Nissan Sunny, Toyota Land Cruiser and Corolla.

More street scenes and the only 2010 street video I could find are below.

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  1. A Sam-King
    August 27th, 2014 at 19:20 | #1


    A bit late with my response, i was raised in Freetown and visited last year. I know for fact that the best selling cars are Japanese (Toyoto 4runner, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota corolla, Masdas, old Nissan Sunny for Taxis), The sierra leonean car market is dominated by these models which are between 1995-2006 models as the disposable income in the country dictates. Most people prefer the Japanese cars as the parts are easier to buy and they tend to be more reliable. In the 80-90’s there was a lot of French and Germans cars as they had garages in Freetown, nowadays they have all shut operations. Most NGos go for toyota 4runners and Nissan Pathfinders due to their reliability.

  2. BooBoo
    April 18th, 2014 at 06:31 | #2

    Most cars in west africa are reconditioned Japanese models from Europe and the US for Countries that keep
    to the right and from Japan and Singapore and The UK for those that keep to the left. These Japanese Toyota Hilux. Corolla. hiace, Dyna. landcruisers, Mitsubishis, Nissan Sunnys, Lancers. patrols, Mazda3s are great cars. So are the Suzukis which are superb and run forever. The americans, europeans and Koreans cant come within a whisker of these Japanese cars. The few new cars are the HiLux, Triton, Lancruisers and Pajeros for the Gov, Relief agencies.the UN and Diplomatic cars. Most private cars are reconditioned and they work well. Nobody is complaining. India tried to pressure the Japs to export cars from India to west africa but it bombed. Japanese reconditioned cars are fine and do a good job. Thankfully the Africans did not fall for that new car rubbish
    and stuck to reconditioned Japanese vehicles.

  3. May 29th, 2011 at 10:04 | #3

    I have visited Sierra Leone four times since 2005. It is obvious that most cars on the streets are very old and in extremely poor condition by western standards. I was informed that most cars are imported second hand from Belgium. They favour Toyota and Nissan. Many ( maybe the majority) become taxis even Nissan Suunys and Toyota Corolas. As with most African countries south of the Sahara there ar lots of Mini buses around which are either Toyota or Nissan. The few new vehicles are either 4X4 types or pick up trucks many owned by NGO’s

    • matgasnier
      May 29th, 2011 at 12:41 | #4

      Hi Robert,
      Thank you so much for sharing that information!

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