By Theodore Opara
AS the curtain falls on the Autoline Valentine Motor Show today, Stallion Motors, organisers of the show has promised to establish six additional vehicle assembly plants to cater for the automobile needs of Nigerians.
Addressing automobile media at briefing signaling the end of the show, Mr. Parvir Singh, group Managing Director, Stallion Motors Limited said the plants was fundamental to the Federal Government transformation agenda which seeks to position Nigeria among world’s foremost economies by 2020.
He said the plants are intended as subsidiary of VON Automobile Assembly Plant at VON Estate, Lagos/Badagry Expressway and would assemble passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and trucks of varied category.
VON Automobile who commenced full scale operation in November 2011 supplied 240 units Ashok Leyland Falcon buses for the planned mass transit scheme.
Mr. Singh said talks are already being concluded with the respective principals to begin the tooling of the new plants which according to him would standardize automobile production to meet the road conditions of Nigeria, while also creating job opportunities for unemployed artisans and technicians.
Adding that the backward integration initiative would weaken its principals’ supply chain and consequently strengthen and reduce input cost, Mr. Singh said “the time to integrate is now if we truly seek to position Nigeria amongst leading economies by 2020.”
The Autoline Valentine show is aimed to help customers discover Stallion brands of automobiles that can outperform competing brands in the automobile market, Mr. Singh said.
The fair which also provided a platform for prospective customers to get information about contemporary automobiles with unbeatable values held inside the Ocean View Restaurant garden, Victoria Island Lagos.
Some of the brands showcased during the six-day event include Hyundai (passenger & commercial vehicles), Honda, Volkswagen (passenger & commercial vehicles), Skoda, Audi, Ashok Leyland buses and Foton pickups.
The Hyundai pavilion, for instance, featured the largest array of exhibits with about 26 different models followed by 13 Volkswagen models with five Skoda marques and six Audi models. Others are latest Honda cars, delectable Porsche siblings as well as Ashok Leyland buses and Foton pick-ups.
Stallion Motors also used the show to re-launch Audi line-up which has all undergone total model change to meet contemporary demands.