As competition for the 2022 Nigeria’s Auto Industry Award heats up, horns of Dangote Sinotruck, Lanre Shittu JAC, TSS Shacman are locked for the truck of the year crown.
Organized annually by the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA), the auto industry’s prestigious event is scheduled for January 25, 2023 at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
As usual, nominees were selected by dozens of distinguished automotive journalists across Nigeria, based on their evaluation of each eligible vehicle as part of their professional work.
Innoson, Mikano and GAC are competing for the Assembly Plant-of-the-Year category, while Porsche, Mercedes and BMW models are the front runners for a leadership of the luxury car segment
As Elizade Autoland (JAC), Stallion Hyundai and CFAO battle for the outstanding auto workshop award, Toyota Land Cruiser is locking horns with GAC GS8, BMW X7 and Range Rover (Autobiography) for the nation’s Large SUV of the year.
While Kia Selto, Geely Coolray and GAC GS4 are nominees for the Compact SUV Award, battle for the Pickup-Truck-of–the-Year is starring Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and Ford Ranger.
The height of the upcoming event shall be Nigeria Car of the Year for which Suzuki S-Presso, GAC GS4 and Geely Coolray are nominees.
Giving insights into the nominees, Chairman of the 2022 Award Committee, Rasheed Bisiriyu, said all vehicles nominated in the various categories represent exceptional value and designs.
“We are using our respected, trusted platform to recognise and acknowledge best-performing brands in different segments and categories across the entire auto value chain,” he pointed out,
According to him, the award event, which has now become a major industry show, celebrates and rewards automotive excellence.
He also revealed that Founder/CEO of ABC Transport, Frank Nneji, and Deputy Managing Director of CFAO Motors, Mr. Kunle Jaiyesimi would be honoured with the Auto Personality of the year in recognition of their immense contributions to the development of Nigeria’s auto industry.
Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Mr. Aliyu Jelani, will also be honoured as Promoter of Local Content in auto assembling in Nigeria.
Late Chairman of Globe Motors, William Anumudu, and Charity Maduka, the late wife of Coscharis Group president, Cosmas Maduka, have been penciled down for posthumous awards at the event.
In his own comment, Chairman of NAJA, Mike Ochonma, said the auto journalist body has always believed in bringing together all the stakeholders in the automotive sector to build a stronger community and strengthen consumers’ confidence and trust in the industry and their brands.
“I would like to congratulate all the nominees for the 2022 edition and look forward to their presence at the grand ceremony holding in Lagos on January 25,” he added.
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