In 2010, the African automotive market showed signs of recovery from the impact of the global financial crisis. Economic conditions improved in some countries, leading to a gradual rebound in car sales. South Africa remained the largest car market in Africa in 2010. The country’s automotive industry saw a recovery, and car sales started to pick up. Sales jumped to 337k new passenger cars, a growth rate of almost 31% year on year. Egypt also saw the market recover, with new passenger car sales growing to 193k units, 21% growth. Other strong markets included Tunisia, Angola and Botswana.
The indicator estimates the number of new passenger car registrations and sales that took place within a country in a year. Passenger cars are road motor vehicles, other than a motor cycle, intended for the carriage of passengers and designed to seat no more than nine persons (including the driver).