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GM Expands Foothold in Promising African Market, Increases Production in Kenya

In the continuing battle for an edge in global markets, General Motors has quietly staked out a position in East Africa, one of the world’s most promising emerging markets.

GM already holds a leading position in Kenya and recently announced plans to double production at a plant in Nairobi, which is used to re-assemble commercial trucks made by GM and its global partners.

It is the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in the East African region and the Nairobi plant assembles a wide range of Isuzu trucks & buses and also retails fully built Chevrolet passenger vehicles and pickup trucks.

GM and Isuzu rekindled their relationship last summer with a new agreement for the companies to jointly produce medium-duty trucks.

Some 20,000 new vehicles were sold in Kenya last year and more than 90% were in the commercial sector where GM holds a dominant position. Three years ago GM was building 10 vehicles per day in Nairobi. It now builds 22 and the figure will double with new investment, GM officials said.

More than 80% of the vehicles sold in Kenya or around 80,000 cars a year are low-priced used vehicles and as it other emerging economies demands is expected to grow.

The Nairobi plant, one of three GM manufacturing hubs in Africa, is geared towards the commercial bus and truck market and typically builds trucks weighing between 3.5 tons and 15 tons. GM also has a presence in Egypt and South Africa. Both the Egyptian and South African operations have faced stresses lately that can be traced back to economic and political upheavals in both countries.

GM is now in the midst of increasing production of one of its most popular vehicles, a 26-seat bus. The biggest customer for the buses is Kenyan government, which hopes to use them relieve Nairobi’s traffic congestion.


Typical speed camera traps have built-in OCR software that is used to recognize license plates. A clever hacker decided to see if he could defeat the system by using SQL Injection…

The basic premise of this hack is that the hacker has created a simple SQL statement which will hopefully cause the database to delete any record of his license plate. Or so he (she?) hopes. Talk about getting off scot-free!


In this video from ReefID the coconut octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) demonstrates yet another way that cephalopods are awesome. These clever octopuses carry discarded coconut shells with them to use as shelter, defensive tools, and even emergency transportation.

Monty Python used coconuts as transportation, but not like this:

[via Nerdist and Wikipedia]