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Ghana: Mitsubishi Pajero very popular

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Ghana is one of the most dynamic car market in Africa, with 12,000 new car sales in 2011, double that of neighbour Cote d'Ivoire. It is also relatively mature, with a full variety of models available and a very fragmented structure.

Ghanaian street scene. Picture by sigma beta, all rights reserved.

Among the most popular new cars are the Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Hardbody, Mitsubishi L200, Tata Indigo, Toyota Corolla and Fortuner. Surprisingly the Pontiac Vibe also seem to be successful, as well as the Ford Ranger, Tata Indica, Honda CRV, Toyota Yaris Sedan and Mahindra Pick-up.

Accra street scene. On the left: Pontiac Vibe.

The Dacia Logan also appears in the streets of Accra. The Iranian Saipa 111 (aka Kia Pride) is ubiquitous as a taxi, and the same goes for 1991 Opel Astras and Mercedes TN vans which all seem to travel to Ghana to finish their busy lives.

You can check out some Ghanaian street videos below.

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  1. August 27th, 2012 at 22:12 | #1

    I checked on Pajero’s competitors in Ghana’s market, there seems to have no doubt on why it’s currently the most popular one in Ghana. It’s got some good features and can complete all commuter duties without making life difficult and the retention of off-road ability means it is a versatile machine. They seem to drive on the right though, is it something that you’re used to or does the change in driving side difficult?

  2. Will
    March 13th, 2012 at 14:16 | #2

    Lived in Ghana for a while. In addition to multiples of 1991 Opel Astras (seriously there is about 1 for every 6 Ghanaians) there is a lot of mercedes TN vans around. They form the backbone of the transport system.

    • matgasnier
      March 13th, 2012 at 17:39 | #3

      Thanks for the insight Will!
      cheers
      Matt

  3. Martin
    March 9th, 2012 at 08:38 | #4

    this actually quite accurate. did u really get all this just from observing youtube videos?
    in 2011 the nissan sentra (dont know the model year), the corolla, and the camry seem popular. kia and hyundai sedans and 4wds are doing well too. among executives and top government officials, the car of choice is the Toyota Landcruiser v8

    • matgasnier
      March 9th, 2012 at 09:08 | #5

      Hi Martin,
      Thanks! Glad my guess is roughly on the mark. Yes, all of it through youtube videos as I have never been to Ghana.
      Do you live in Ghana yourself?
      cheers
      Matt

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