All new, Ghana’ first 4 × 4 car has gone on sale. The Kantanka Onantefuo (SUV), Kantanka Omama (Pickup) and Kantanka K71 (Mini SUV) designed and built locally by Modern KOSA Automobile, has been on the drawing board since 1971.
This is not the first attempt by the inventor,an Apostle, Kwadwo Safo Kantanka,founder of the Kristo Asafo church. His inventions range from talking robots, to voice controlled television sets, prototype helicopter amongst others.
“The vehicles can stand the test of Ghana’s bad roads…All vehicles are open to customization including responding to voice command to start your ignition”.Kwado Safo Junior, son of inventor told a local radio station.
The vehicles can stand the test of Ghana’s bad roads...All vehicles are open to customization including responding to voice command to start your ignition
The new toyota?
“ We must have confidence in the Ghanaian cars,like Toyota and Hyundai,” said Murtala Mohammed, a resident of Accra. “ Who knows? Katanka may be the new Toyota”.
The new range of vehicles received government endorsement at the 34th Annual Technology Exhibition of the Kantanka Group of Companies. Ghana’s Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur pledged the governments support to the company.
“I am here to reiterate and emphasize that the support [announced by the Environment Minister] will be provided so that we will be able to develop to a much higher level the work that you have started here. You will see by our actions that we support the work that you are doing,”
An estimated 12,000 new vehicles and 100,000 used vehicles are imported annually to Ghana. Given the price range between 16,500 to 32,000 euros, players in the Auto industry say the wealthy may be the only ones who can afford Katanka.
But the company said more affordable cars will be available in 2016.
“The models have been approved by the auto safety authorities and we have already received orders from large companies in Ghana” said Kwado Safo Junior.
Made In Africa
Modern KOSA Automobile,Ghana joins the likes of Kiira Motors Corporation in Uganda, manufacture of the five seater sedan powered by a rechargeable battery and the Innoson Vehicle manufacturing company in Nigeria, making strides in the automobile industry in Africa.