Nigerian car manufacturer, Innoson Motors unveils first made in Nigeria cars

By Post Nigeria December 6, 2014 12:13

Nigerian car manufacturer, Innoson Motors unveils first made in Nigeria cars

Last year, the Federal Government introduced an automotive policy aimed at discouraging the importation of wholly assembled automobiles and encourages local manufacturing in October 2013, it seemed implausible, but after companies like Nissan and Hyundai were able to successfully set up assembly operations in Nigeria, indigenous company Innoson unveiled its new brand of cars last week.

Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited founded by Nigerian industrialist, Chief Innocent Chukwuma unveiled its new cars – IVM Umu and IVM Uzo manufactured at the company’s Nnewi plant in Anambra State, South east Nigeria.

According to them, 70 percent of the parts used in the manufacture of the cars were locally sourced, serving as a catalyst to the emergence of a local car manufacturing industry that will in the soonest future serve the region.

Already, the company has disclosed it’s plans to take its brand to neighboring West African countries, with the Republic of Benin and Ghana on its radar.

The company had earlier impressed Nigerians with its range of trucks and buses.

Unlike before, when indigenous brands rarely had domestic patronage, which usually stifled the growth of local indigenous manufacturing companies, Innoson brands are already
enjoying growing local patronage.

Former governor of Anambra State where the Innoson plant is located, Dr Peter Obi had become a frequent buyer of the locally made vehicles by the time he left office. Founder of the car-making company, Chukwuma said Obi still patronizes his company.