[dropcap]P[/dropcap]AN Nigeria Limited has signed an agreement with its technical partner, the AP France to commence production of Peugeot 301 model from a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) Parts. The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Ibrahim Boyi, disclosed this in Kaduna recently, when officials of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) visited PAN factory.
The PAN boss, who claimed that his company was the only auto industry in Nigeria that had reached the level of making automobiles from CKD, also intimated the MAN team on the challenges and feat achieved by his management in their effort to turn around the company.
Dr. Frank Jacob Udemba, MAN President, who led MAN team in tour of Peugeot plant, expressed amazement over the level of sophistication of PAN facility. He said the resources on ground are comparable with that of the developed economies in the world.
Peugeot 301, which shall be rolled out of Peugeot plant in Kaduna is a car designed with tropical environment like Nigeria in mind. The car has got ample space in the rear seats and trunk. And it is noteworthy that driving a 301 is not too soft, because it is a model prepared for marketing in countries that do not always have good roads with asphalt.
Another priority of 301 designers is fuel economy and high performance. It shall, therefore, come with a petrol engine of 72 and 115 hp and diesel alternative that will provide 92 hp, thanks to the traditional HDI engine that equips Peugeot diesel in their vehicles.
The model also offers vast majority of additional elements that could be found in any other model of the French brand, including parking sensor, ABS, stability control and power windows for all doors or seat system ISOFIX. Motoring World is yet to confirm if all these will come as standard with the Nigerian assembled 301.