Saturday, July 12, 2008

Innoson: Leading the way for a Nigerian car

It's great to hear that despite the hurdles involved with producing a car in Nigeria this company is moving ahead. The Sun new story goes in dept into this pioneering company. With the new automobile factory nearing completion, innoson is set to change the way Nigerians look at buying new vehicles. Bringing the price of the mini buses and mini trucks(pictured above) to be manufactured to under ₦1 million. The vehicles would be assembled in the new factory in Nnewi from CKD(completely knocked Down) imported from China's Wuling Auto. But they would wear Innoson badges. Innoson is looking to make local content near 30% with some parts being made in-house.

The sight of this would bring much needed momentum to the Nigerian manufacturing arena and produce tremendous development for the local parts suppliers. Although the car is not entirely made in Nigeria, it is a good step to strengten the industry besides even the established car manufacturers assemble cars with parts from all over the world. The world average for local content is about 60% which can be reached with time. The initial factory capacity would be 20 vehicles per day increasing with time.


'jide said...
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'jide said...
True,true,a Nigerian vehicle designed and built today would be heavier, cruder and costlier than anything else on the market.
Now what?

The auto companies whose products we know today got there by trial (and error) and willingness to make mistakes (sometimes fatal)

The problem with our national ethos is the not wanting to attempt, not wanting to continously improve in what we do.
Be it government,frying akara or building molue buses.

Still I'm willing to bet that such a car seriously designed and built today will start and run 99-100% of the time, will be at least 75% safe, its doors would not fall off and will last 50,000 miles.

I'm disappointed with the quantity of discourse about this topic in the press and on this blog!

tonami said...

I agree with you that a vehicle designed for Nigeria would have to be extremely rugged. But It does not have to be heavy. Tried and tested rugged designs like the Renault Dacia Logan and Brazilian fiat Palio have proven that such cars do not need to be heavy. Its all about smart design.
Its not hard to see 70s Toyotas going forever on the treacherous Nigerian roads, so adoption of things we know already work needs to take place.
The Nigerian atmosphere and psyche needs a lot of changing before progress can be made.
One major area is the lack of favorable tax incentives for local parts producers and carmakers. Something that is common in other rising and developing automotive countries. take Thailand's green car tax initiative for example. That move has increased foreign investment which in turn fuels the local base.

We all know that Nigeria is not the most conducive place to do business, and building cars is about making profits as much as moving people.

Anonymous said...

Ladies and Gentlement,
dear Nigerian Potential Customers,

don't be fixed and concentrate on the price of this product, the most important is first, get your expectation high and request high quality product, with high level of servicing attention, with complete availability of spare parts , which all corresponding an answerof the hih request and exigency of the Nigerian conditions ...
Here, our Chinese friends, have not yet reach this consideration , around the product there a complete set of sub-product need to be considered seriously.

femiolajide said...

olajide says bravo , this whole idea is a testament to your shared belief in the future of the competence of this great nation.

Anonymous said...

i love action. so i say that we need TOP GEARING in Nigeria. lets move NAIJA on WHEELS, made in NAIJA cars ROCKS.

Olusola-Jasper said...

This is good to see in Nigeria....

Uji Terkuma said...

Good news.
I want to know if Innoson has a great influence in the design of the CKD parts.

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