THE first black owned car maker in Africa has begun breaking ground as the company recently opened the books to reserve the first 100 Prim8 cars.

Mureza’s journey leaped when they officially registered the brand as a car manufacturer.

In a tweet, the company said: “The journey is now beginning! No car is allowed on the road unless it is properly licensed. By the same token, no brand is allowed to manufacture or sell motor vehicles without proper compliance and licensing!! We look forward to serving the African market with quality vehicles.”

The company also said: “Be part of the exclusive club of the first 100. Click the link below to reserve yours today.”

The Prim8 is expected to use a 1,5-litre petrol mill making 87kW and drives the front wheels through either a five-speed manual or CVT transmission.

The Mureza Auto Company have a target price of between R180 000 and R200 000.

The company has an ambitious product plan which starts with adding a half-ton pick-up, a sedan and high-riding mini-SUV off the Prim8’s X100 platform.

There is even a battery-electric platform for the X200 platform under development in Mzansi by Energy Doctors.