Stallion Group releases 1st made-in-Nigeria Hyundai vehicles




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Stallion Group releases 1st made-in-Nigeria Hyundai vehiclesNigeria based multinational conglomerate, Stallion Group, on Sunday, announced the roll out of its Hyundai vehicles manufactured and assembled locally.
The company operates a multi-vehicle assembly plant in Nigeria. It had, in April, rolled out the first set of made-in-Nigeria Nissan automobiles and last month disclosed that it had begun the local of Hyundai range of vehicles.
The local production of vehicles, obligated by Nigeria’s new Automotive Policy, is seen as a means to boost direct investment in the country and cost of vehicles. Last month, indigenous vehicle producer – Innoson Motors said its locally manufactured cars were to be rolled out in the market soon.
CEO of Stallion Group, Sunil Vaswani said the investment in local manufacturing of vehicles would break the stranglehold of wholesale vehicle importers on . His company said the Hyundai passenger cars would sell at very affordable prices, between N1.5 and N1.9 million ($9300 – $11,700), and all its vehicles certified to the world’s highest automotive operating standard – ISO/TS 16949. It gave the car brands being supplied to the market as Hyundai i10, Grand, Accent, Elantra and iX35, while in the truck and bus segments, the 10-tonne HD160, seven-tonne HD 120, five-tonne HD78 and three-tonne HD65 as well as 28+1-seater Hyundai County bus and 30-seater Stallion County bus.[eap_ad_2]
To make locally produced cars even more affordable, Nigeria’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga disclosed at a media parley after meeting with the Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NAMA) comprising 14 vehicle manufacturers, that there were ongoing discussions to make it possible for Nigerians to obtain loans at the rate of about 10 percent to enable them buy the vehicles, over a four-year term.
He explained that though Nigeria’s government providing the funds, it had worked with banks to reduce the interest rate, with the banks increasing buying into the initiative. “The pool of funds can be as big as (the banks) want it, based on commercial consideration,” he added.
Challenging auto manufacturers to “prioritise affordability”, Aganga disclosed that the said 14 vehicle assembly plant owners are involved in the new efforts, and would zero duty when importing Completely Knocked Down (CKD) parts, while the first type of semi-CKD is to attract 5 per cent duty; and the second grade – 10 percent. (VENTURES AFRICA)[eap_ad_3]