…As FG Vows to Explore Automotive Industry for job Creation
Hyundai, Nissan, Changan -popular automotive brands assembled in Nigeria by Stallion Motors, dominated Federal government organized, made-in-Nigeria Automobile parade held on Monday at Abuja International Trade and Convention Centre.
Flagging off the event, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Otunba .Adeniyi Adebayo, commended the auto maker and other participants for the quality of automobiles showcased and assured Nigerians of President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to explore the industry for job Creation.
The Director General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu, on behalf of the federal government, did not only shower praises on the local assemblers, he also urged Nigerians to encourage and support them by shunning importation in favour of made-in-Nigeria vehicles.
Also present at the unprecedented event were the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, Permanent Secretary, FMITI, Dr. Sani Gwarzo, NADDC Board Chairman, Senator Osita Izumaso, Chairman House Committee on Industry, Honourable Dolapo Badiru, and Ambassador Usman Baraya, who represented the Kebbi State government.
The event also attracted captains of industry, who, like Stallion,’s have shown incredible commitment to the nation’s economy by setting up assembly plants for the vehicles’ showcased, an endeavour that has created over 5,000 direct jobs, and by extension over 50,000 jobs along the value chain in Nigeria.
Stallion, during the parade, unleashed its entire range of made-in-Nigeria vehicles from the brand house of Hyundai, Nissan, Changan and Honda.
Reacting, Stallion Group’s General Manager, Marketing, Arpita Roy Luthra expressed satisfaction over the timing of the event, describing its paraded brands as a testimony of Stallion’s efforts at industrialising Nigeria via production of automobiles made in Nigeria by Nigerians.
Argungun Auto Rally
Most of the Nigerian vehicles showcased at the event were specially prepared for the 2020 Argungun rally of which Stallion is a title sponsor.
The rally, which would be flagged off at the Eagle Square on Wednesday, 11 March, 2020, will feature three popular automobiles, made from the Stallion’s Nigerian Assembly plant.
“At the rally,” Luthra explained, “we are being representedby three popular Nigerian manufactured vehicles namely: Hyundai Creta, Nissan NP 300 and Changan CS 35.
“Hyundai Creta, Nigeria’s largest selling new car in the crossover Segment, controls 34% of the total segment share and is topicalized with best in class ground clearance of 190 mm and unmatched 5 years of warranty.”
Other representation from Stallion Motors includes the ever robust and sturdy Hardbody Nissan NP300.
Powered by 2.4litre petrol engine, Nissan NP300, a four wheel drive, has severe off-road capabilities and is the perfect utility vehicle that is equipped with the latest safety features, such as airbags, ABS, Crumble zones, among others.
Also flying Stallion’s flag at the rally is Changan CS35, the fastest emerging Mini SUV in Nigeria.
“A perfect Urban City SUV,” Arpita pointed out, “Changan CS35 comes with elegantly sculpted surfaces, more cabin space and intuitive advanced technologies in a budget that most can afford.”
Stallion’s Automobiles Division consists of a collective sub-group of companies, which represent an array of globally renowned automobile brands on an exclusive basis for distribution, sales and after sales service.
Through independent management, Stallion is Nigeria’s representative for Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Skoda, Changan, and Ashok Leyland, all of which collectively contribute to over 45% share of the new automobiles market in Nigeria.
Stallion’s VON is the largest auto manufacturing assembly plant in West Africa, with six auto assembly lines for passenger cars and buses and trucks.
Spread across 310 acres, the plant has an Installed capacity of 200,000 units annually and a warehouse of 100000 sqm. The company, which employs hundreds of employees, has invested more than N130 billion in the nation’s auto sector.
Founded in 1969 (Over 50 years’ presence in West Africa), Stallion is one of the Africa’s largest conglomerates, operating from 54 locations within sub-Saharan Africa as well as maintaining presence in 18 countries worldwide.