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Somalia: Toyota Land Cruiser possible leader in limited market

Toyota Land Cruiser in Mogadishu, Somalia. Picture by danielzolli. All rights reserved.

* See more Somalian street scenes by clicking on the title! *

Under the spotlight today: Somalia.

Given the country’s last 17 years of on and off civil war, the car market in Somalia is rather disorganised and limited. A good bet is most of the new cars sold in the country go to international Non-Governmental Organisations active in Somalia or to the Somalian government, which seem to favour the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 and 200.

This speculation is based on the observation of Flickr photos of the streets of the capital Mogadishu, and Hargeisa in Somaliland. If you have more information or official data about new car sales in Somalia please make sure you get in touch by commenting on this article!

More Somalian street scenes below.

Picture by Nomadic Saffa. All rights reserved.


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  1. Somalia was famous for the Technicals, Toyota HILux 4*4 or Lancruiser 70s with a sawed off cabin and a
    machine gun mount. I can see two Cressidas, or is the car in the lower photo a Crown. Also we heard that Somalip pirates frequently highjacked container ships and a prized catch were the brand new pick ups and SUV headed from Japan to customers worldwide. Gee what luck. Brand new cars for free. So if you had ordered a new HI LUX and the dealer says the shipment was stolen, so maybe your wheels are in Somalia. There arent any modern ports in Somalia, so how do they get the cars into the country. A lot of these pirates were taken hostage so maybe they will help us recover those stolen vehicles.

  2. I want to buy this kind of vehicle : jeep toyota landcruiser 70s. if you can send to me a catalogue of price by mail please. i live in republic democratic of congo. thank you.

  3. A good rule of thumb in places like this is “can it support a machine-gun mounted on the back, and about ten excitable operators?” If the answer is yes then its probably a best-seller (assuming the act of actually selling it has ever occurred).

    I’ve noticed in a lot of African and North African quasi-military footage that Zhongxing trucks from China are making more frequent appearances. I guess you just go after the demand, whatever form that takes.

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