Algeria in 2014 was Africa’s second-largest car market in terms of sales. AFP / STRINGER
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Algeria in 2014 was Africa's second-largest car market in terms of sales, with more than 400,000 vehicles imported annually, but last year it cut import licenses by half.As a result only 83,000 units were brought in, representing around $1 billion worth of sales – a sharp fall from the $7.6 billion Algeria spent on foreign cars in 2012, Commerce Ministry figures show.Now, heartened by a similar domestic production drive in neighboring Morocco, which has a Renault plant in Tangiers producing 200,000 models a year, Algeria is eyeing homegrown car manufacturing.Car industry expert Reda Amrani said Algeria had an "immediate" need for 600,000 private cars and another 100,000 industrial vehicles.
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