12 Things About The African Car Manufacturer With Environmentally Friendly Ambitions

By Peter Pedroncelli AFKI Original Published: July 12, 2017, 5:26 am
Car manufacturer - Wallyscar is a popular brand in Tunisia. Photo - FacebookWallyscar is a popular brand in Tunisia. Photo - Facebook

Tunisia has its own car manufacturer, and it has plans to continue the rise it has experienced in recent years with new designs and a focus on environmentally friendly car manufacturing.

Based in La Marsa, the company is still relatively new, as it was only founded in 2006, but it has already made an impact in the market and is selling in Europe, Central America and the Middle East.

A pioneer among Arab and African car makers, Wallyscar’s ambition to succeed in an industry that is dominated by European, American and Asian competitors is an example for other African companies.

Here are 12 things you didn’t know about African car manufacturer Wallyscar.

Sources: Wallyscar, iBuzz365, Autocar, Carscoops, Econostrum.

Wallyscar makes vehicles in Tunisia for use around the world. Photo - Wallyscar

Wallyscar makes vehicles in Tunisia for use around the world. Photo – Wallyscar

Dedicated to environmentally friendly manufacturing

Wallyscar is not a manufacturer dedicated to producing vehicles without thought for their environmental impact. The socially-aware company has plans to create environmentally friendly cars, and spends a great deal of money on research and development for that very purpose.

The colorful and vibrant cars define Wallyscar. Photo: Boitierrouge.com/Wallyscar jeeps

Colorful cars

Above all else, the Tunisian car manufacturer is known for its colorful and sporty jeeps, which stand out as vibrant examples of Wallyscar’s creativity. The cars are available in a range of colors, including yellow, pink, orange and with additional designs such as cityscapes on the sides, as seen above.

Wallyscar being assembled in the factory. Photo - Instagram

Wallyscar being assembled in the factory. Photo – Instagram

Sold in numerous countries

While many smaller car manufacturers focus on producing vehicles for their own home market, Wallyscar is ambitious enough to look outside Tunisia’s borders, and currently sells its cars in Morocco, France, Spain, Panama and Qatar.

Birkin Cars is a South African car manufacturer. Photo: Texasmotorworks7.com/Birkin S3

Not the only African manufacturer

The continent’s car market has been dominated by repaired and resold vehicles, but many local car companies are getting more attention, stepping up their game and creating locally sourced vehicles that can compete on the international market. Examples include Birkin Cars, Laraki and Kiira Motors.

Wallyscar is a high-performance SUV with a focus on remaining environmentally friendly. Photo - iBuzz365

Wallyscar is a high-performance SUV with a focus on remaining environmentally friendly. Photo – iBuzz365

A first for car makers from Africa and the Arab world

The manufacturer is the first Arab and African car maker to register with the Society of Automotive Engineers Organization, the premier world resource for the design, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance of automobiles. The U.S.-based organization is now known as the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Wallyscar make funky designs for some of their cars. Photo - Instagram

Wallyscar make funky designs for some of their cars. Photo – Instagram

Limited number of cars produced

Production capacity is currently at 600 units per year, meaning that the Tunisian car maker produces hundreds of their vehicles annually. Those wishing to acquire one of the cars should pre-order, as the limited number of vehicles produced means that the car is fairly exclusive.

Wallyscar uses parts from French car manufacturer Peugeot (Image: pulse.ng)

Partnership with Peugeot and Citroën

Wallyscar uses Citroën, Peugeot, VDO and UTAC as parts suppliers for their vehicles. French automobile company Peugeot is used for the PSA 1.4-litre petrol engine that is added to Wallyscar vehicles.

Wallyscar is a popular brand in Tunisia. Photo - Facebook

Wallyscar is a popular brand in Tunisia. Photo – Facebook

Dedicated social media presence

Wallyscar relies on social media to publicize their brand and interact with fans of their cars. The car manufacturer has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, with over 2,500 followers on Instagram and more than 24,000 likes on Facebook.

Wallyscar showroom in Tunisia. Photo - Facebook

Wallyscar showroom in Tunisia. Photo – Facebook

Two stars from Euro NCAP

The European New Car Assessment Programme awarded the Wallyscar Izis, the previous jeep-type model which has since been discontinued in favor of a new model, two stars. Euro NCAP decides on a rating out of five based on safety assessment considerations in the event of a crash.

Wallyscar is based in La Masra, Tunisia. Photo - Instagram

Wallyscar is based in La Masra, Tunisia. Photo – Instagram

Recyclable cars

In manufacturing the cars that Wallyscar makes available to consumers, the company is compliant with European standards, and the design of their vehicles is based on the idea that they are recyclable and should make less noise than other similar cars.

One single Sahara version of the Wallyscar Iris was designed for a customer. Photo - Instagram

One single Sahara version of the Wallyscar Iris was designed for a customer. Photo – Instagram

Many design options

Wallyscar is all about customization, with over 100 finishes available for buyers to choose from at the factory. Customers can select from a range of different accessories such as various steering wheel options, interior trim designs and built-in appliances.

The Wallyscar Iris was made available to the public in March 2017. Photo - iBuzz365

The Wallyscar Iris was made available to the public in March 2017. Photo – iBuzz365

Well priced compared to competition

In March this year, Wallyscar made a second vehicle available commercially, the Wallyscar Iris, which sells new for around $12,725, or 30,900 Tunisian dinar in local currency. Considering the fact that it is a fairly high-performance car in the SUV segment, it is well-priced compared to most competitors.

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