It might have taken this car manufacturer 45 years to finally bring his cars to market but his vehicles today are evident that indeed Africa is technologically disposed to provide solutions to her own problems.
Envisioned by Apostle Kwadwo Safo Kantanka in 1971, Kantanka vehicles hit the market last year after been approved by Ghana’s Drivers Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). The cars are completely manufactured and assembled in Ghana, howbeit; some key components such as glass, tyres and brake calipers are imported. The company behind the vehicles is Kantanka Automobile, a subsidiary of the Kantanka Group of Companies founded by Apostle Dr. Ing. Kwadwo Sarfo Kantanka. The company was incorporated as a limited liability company in 2004 with the main objective to research into the manufacturing of automotive components and their combination with other parts outsourced from component suppliers to form a complete built unit.
Aside just adulation for the efforts of Kantanka Automobile to build “made in Ghana” cars, the company has seen real support from state officials and dignitaries in terms of patronage which is admirable.The cars primarily encircle SUVs, Pickups, and Mini SUVs. The company is also in the business of building custom made cars based on designs and preferences of customers.
The cars are built with international standards including crash avoidance technology, driver assistance systems, reverse voice notification in the Akan language (optional feature) and advanced traction and suspensions systems.
The company’s range of sports utility vehicles and pick-up trucks costs between $18,000 to $35,000 and CEO Kwadwo Sarfo believes the price points could drop if the government provides them with some tax waiver. Although Kantanka Automobile is the only car manufacturer in the country, they are set for a tough market against orthodox brands like Toyota, Mercedes, BMW which see an importation of about 12,000 new and 100,000 second-hand cars every year. However, the somewhat competitive advantage is that most of the components are manufactured locally so customers do not have to worry about importing parts from China or America if need be.
The company also boasts of a 24-hour service so consumers are assured of timely service delivery. High Performance and Durability are assured: The automobiles have been ruthlessly tested in some of the most hostile environments, under extreme temperatures, and across the harshest terrains in the country. They are built to withstand extreme African weather conditions, road systems and environment to enhance durability and performance.
The vehicles have comforting and relaxing interiors with supportive seat layouts, effective climate control system and quality stereo systems. They also boast of a great human-machine interface, amidst latest Kantanka technologies of classic styles. This comfort made possible by KANTANKA technologies, is an exclusive privilege in its own right. With the new line-up of advanced Kantanka engines (proudly made in Ghana), the automobiles evince the ability to deliver extra power, fuel economy efficiency and less emissions.
Another great feature is the Kantanka Anti-lock Braking system (KABS), which is an advanced, safe and effective braking system offering an important safety advantage over vehicles by preventing the wheels from locking during emergency braking situations. This automobile safety system allows the wheels on the Kantanka automobile to maintain tractive contact with the road surface to avoid uncontrolled skidding.