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'Let it rust': Egyptians boycott new-car purchases to force lower prices

Cars got cheaper in January, but sales were down 46 percent

Cars got cheaper in January, but sales were down 46 percent.

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This electric car prototype is built for Africa's rural roads

It has a rugged, four-wheel-drive design that can handle dirt roads and off-roading.

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Baby wildebeest thinks this passing car is its mother

Herding instincts kick in, and the little gnu calf takes a liking to this Hyundai.

It even tries to suckle the car.

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The Grand Tour's first two-part special is stunning, but too long | Episode Review

The two-part episode that didn't need to be.

Beach buggies, beautiful scenery, and about 30 unnecessary minutes.

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Tiny, cheap, 40-year-old trainer planes are fighting terrorism in Africa

Nigeria repurposed the Franco-German Alpha Jets into ultra-affordable attack fighters.

Nigeria's Alpha Jet might be cheap, easy to fly, and small, but it's also been a highly effective foil to the Islamic extremists in Boko Haram.

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Boko Haram terrorist network resorts to homemade biodiesel

Nigerian terror group makes biodiesel from groundnut oil and salt.

Boko Haram extremist group is making its own biodiesel for motorbikes after government shuts off fuel lines.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn First Drive

Unparalleled luxury with a view.

The arrival of a new convertible Rolls-Royce is an occasion unto itself. We head to South Africa to tour the Western Cape swiftly and in great comfort.

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Cheap oil means bad business for pirates

Gulf of Guinea sees decline of maritime attacks as oil prices remain low.

Attacking oil tankers isn't the lucrative scheme it once was for West African pirates.

Local python hitches ride in Zimbabwean farmer's engine bay

Serpentine belts are an integral part of a car's engine. Actual serpents, however, are less so.

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Aviation security in Middle East, north Africa under threat from surface-to-air missiles

Extremists with shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles are posing an increased risk to air travel over north Africa and the Middle East, a new report claims.

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Mobius Motors back-to-basics SUV almost ready for Africa

Having secured $50 million in funding thanks to the Pan-African Investment Company, Mobius can finally put the latest evolution of its low-cost SUV into production. Things have changed some in the two years since the Mobius Two was first announced as a form of inexpensive, go-anywhere transport for Africa: the initial price of $6,000 has risen to $10,000 and it's now called the Mobius II.

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Supercars seized from African dictator's son sold for over $4M in Paris auction

Corruption is a big problem around the world, but perhaps nowhere more than in African dictatorships. Proof? Despite living in one of the wealthiest countries on the African continent, the citizens of Equatorial Guinea live in abject poverty. Clean drinking water is available to less than half the populace, and one in five children is dead before their fifth birthday.

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Mobius Motors plans $6,000 SUV for Africa

Ultra low-cost transportation doesn't have a particularly successful history in the recent past. Just ask Tata. The company's Nano subcompact was supposed to revolutionize the way low-income families the world over moved themselves, but as it turns out, even those with no money don't want to be seen in a vehicle known primarily for its cheapness. Even so, one company is working to give rural Africans a shot at changing their lives with a new low-cost SUV. Nairobi-based Mobius Motors wants to bui

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Mission Africa sends electric Citroen Berlingo from Kenya to South Africa

Venturi does more than create whimsical concept vehicles for auto shows. The company also supports electric vehicles going on long-distance adventures, like from Shanghai to Paris. The latest mission sends an EV along 4,800 kilometres (2,982 miles) from Kenya to South Africa. The trip started last month and the car already has 3,500 km (2,174 mi) under its tires. Venturi says the trip represents "a fabulous human and technological adventure in the interest of sustainable development."

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This homemade armored battle dozer helped take down Gaddafi

These men are, or at least were until recently, Libyan rebels in battle against the dwindling forces of the now-deceased Muammar Gaddafi. And the red, black and green lump they're standing in front of was once a bulldozer.

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Ethiopia gets geared up for biodiesel

Challenged by fluctuating oil prices and stricken with poverty, Ethiopia is searching for a way to boost the nation's economical situation and perk up the country's poor living conditions. Some Ethiopian leaders believe that the solution lies in renewable fuels.

Report: Ford adding 100 dealers in China

According to Ford, 70 percent of the company's growth in the next decade will come from the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. The Blue Oval had only planned to have 310 dealerships in China at the end of 2010, but having sold nearly half a million cars this year and expecting the boom to continue, the number has jumped to 340 dealers. This is part of Ford's larger plan to add 100 new dealerships in China, mostly in smaller cities and inland provinces where new car demand is high.

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