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Nissan beats all odds, assembles first Patrol in Nigeria

Nissan Patrols at the Assembly plant in LagosThe automotive policy announced by the Federal Government last year to develop the country’s auto industry has bear its first fruit with the announcement by Nissan that it has started the production of the Nissan Patrol model in the country.

Accordıng to Stallıon Group whıch markets the brand ın Nıgerıa, the allıance wıth Nıssan had become the first major vehicle manufacturer to build a car in Nigeria after the government announced the new policy.

The roll out of the Nissan Patrol followed an agreement signed by Renault-Nissan last year on local assembly with the Stallıon Group. According to Nissan, plans on production of two other models, the Almera and NP300 have reached an advanced stage, with early May a focus for the first release and August projected for mass production.

Nıssan's Senıor Vıce Presıdent and Chaırman of ıts Afrıca, Mıddle East and Indıa, Takash Hata noted that there was growing demand for cars in African markets, adding that “By acting quickly to begin production in Nigeria, we are securing for ourselves first-mover advantage.”

With this feat, Nissan expresses the hope that  sales of its brand would have doubled in Africa by its 2016 financial year. And also hope that with the production of its brand in Africa’s largest market, the focus is likely hope to change to Nigeria with prices of vehicles becoming relatively cheaper as a result of the competition.
It will be recalled that immediately the government announced the new automotive policy, major auto companies signifies their interest to take advantage of the open door, and explore the country’s huge potentials in the market. Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) said it would roll out 3,000 cars in June, as it last month disclosed operations have restarted in the country, while KIA and Tata have also disclosed their intention to set up plants in the country.

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