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Tanzania 2010: Corolla king

Tanzania is one of Toyota Corolla’s favorite playgrounds: up to 1 in 3 vehicle on Tanzanian roads is a Toyota Corolla. Even though the new generation is still very hard to notice, in all likeliness it should be the best selling car in the country in 2010.

Other successful models in Tanzania are the Suzuki Vitara, Toyota Hilux and Toyota RAV4.

Videos below.

Below are a couple of YouTube videos useful to get a better understanding of the structure of the Tanzanian car market.

Tanzania YouTube video 1 Tanzania YouTube video 2 Tanzania YouTube video 3

This speculation is based on the observation of recent YouTube videos of the roads of Tanzania. Please make sure you get in touch if you have access to more information.

  1. Dan
    February 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Matt

    While I don’t have any official information, I was lucky enough to travel to Tanzania a couple of years ago with a family friend, who grew up there.

    Unfortunately her parents have both passed away, but their house in Tanga (very close to Kenya, on the coast) is still in the family. Her parents were very wealthy, and purchased a new 3-door Range Rover in the 70s, and a W126 Mercedes in the 80s – these are still used on the yearly trips back to Tanzania. The main car, however, is a first-generation Toyota Rav-4, which was privately imported in the mid-00s. I don’t know the date, but it was at the first opportunity to buy second-hand cars from overseas.

    Nearly every car on the road is privately imported from Japan. Toyota is by far the most popular make of car. The majority of taxis being Toyota Mark IIs, which are also popular as a private car. Other models which I saw many of include the Chaser, Cresta, and Corona/Corolla. I believe that LandCruisers are held in very high esteem, although quite unaffordable for most of the population. Many HiAce vans are used as small buses, with many extra seats crammed in. Cars from other companies include the Suzuki Escudo and Peugeot 504, as well as various Mercedes-Benz models from the 90s. Nearly all the trucks are Scania or Mitsubishi Fuso.

    There was a Toyota dealer in Tanga (the city where I spent most of my time) which had a couple of HiLux and LandCruiser models in the showroom, but no passenger cars. It didn’t appear to do much business. I can also remember passing the CMC Automobiles dealer in Arusha, and doing a double-take at the sight of a new Ford Territory sitting amongst the Rangers in the yard. As an Aussie, I was probably one of the only people in the country to have ever been in one of these before!

    The videos you link to are almost exactly what I remember from my peak hour drive into Dar-es-Salaam. It was late afternoon, and most of the cars were heading out of the CBD – this caused massive traffic jams. Their solution? Drive on the wrong side of the road to get around the gridlock – straight towards us! Driving two abreast in one lane was also very common:

    I realise that this doesn’t have much to do with new car sales, but in a country like Tanzania, there isn’t a whole lot of wealth, and obviously not many people can afford to buy a new car. I believe there is a huge amount of taxation from the government for registering a brand new vehicle, so for most of the country, second-hand cars are the only feasible option.

    • February 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Hi Dan,

      This is awesome information!
      Thank you very very much for taking the time to write all this. I will read in detail now…

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