The fact that “Made in Nigeria” cars have become a reality, gracing our manageable roads and feasting our eyes as with some much needed evidence of the steady forward movement of science and technology in the country, deserves some amount of commendation. Confirmation from those with rooted knowledge in autos shows that “Made in Nigeria” cars aren’t in any way physically, functionally or technologically different from other cars.
Nissan, Toyota, KIA, Hyundai and a few others have manufacturing… or rather assembly plants in Nigeria, rolling out quality products for use in Nigeria and these cars can be somewhat said to be made in Nigeria but with the recent buy Nigeria to grow the Naira trend, the paradigm shift is making clearer the difference between “Made in Nigeria” and “Made by Nigerians in Nigeria.”
Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company is the first wholly indigenous car manufacturing company in Nigeria. The company unveiled, what it called, the first truly made-In-Nigeria car in the last quarter of 2014. Most Nigerians may be wondering if IVM Company is the first indigenous car manufacturing company in Nigeria, and the reason isn’t farfetched. The ones they previously had knowledge about aren’t car manufacturing companies; they are basically car assembly companies that are controlled by multinational auto companies.
Below are few things you need to know about made in Nigeria cars.
Made in Nigeria Cars: Model/Design
Cars in Nigeria aren’t in any way restricted in model and design. Just so you know, made in Nigeria Cars are available in every vehicular model possible. Space buses, Saloon cars, Pickups, SUV’s, Shuttles, and even luxurious buses. Made in Nigeria cars are also aesthetically interesting.
Made in Nigeria Cars: Production
Cars are vital transportation materials and those made in Nigeria aren’t in any way short of the international production standard. The stereotype of typical Nigerian made products been a lesser version of products shipped into the country doesn’t in any way apply to ‘Made in Nigeria’ cars, as they are produced under optimized conditions and environments.
Made in Nigeria Cars: Engine Performance
The performance of a car’s engine is one of its very important features. Cars made in Nigeria have not in any way fall short of expectations in this aspect. These cars’ horsepower aren’t overclocked and there is a fine balance between oil distribution, acceleration, electrical circulation and fuel consumption.
Made in Nigeria Cars: Fuel Consumption
‘Made in Nigeria’ cars do not overly consume fuel when compared to cars imported into the country. If fuel consumption is the reason you’re having second thoughts about purchasing cars made in the country, then you might want to have a rethink.
Made in Nigeria Cars: Market Patronage
Are these cars even selling out? Cars made in Nigeria have experienced a huge market intake since early 2015 and it goes on, as sales chart for locally made vehicle have indicated more and more consumers opting to buy these car types rather than import from outside the country.
Made in Nigeria Cars: Price
If you can afford a ‘tokunbo’ saloon car or SUV, you can at least afford one of the various indigenous products. With a price ranging from as low as N1.3M, you can decide to opt for a brand new ‘Made in Nigeria’ car.
Made in Nigeria Cars: Consumer Feedback
Feedbacks from other consumers are very important when attempting to go for a newly introduced product but so far, ‘made in Nigeria’ cars have continuously garnered positive consumer satisfaction feedback.
Sale of ‘Made in Nigeria’ cars is poised to be on the upsurge on the back of some policies to favour manufacturers in the country. One of such policies includes the new automotive policy introduced in October 2013, which was created to discourage the importation of wholly assembled automobile.