TheÂ Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is setÂ to commission the production lines of the new Peugeot 307Sedan at the premises of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited, (PAN) Kakuri, Kaduna on Monday.
When commissioned, PAN will produce about 22 units of the car daily and 7,000 cars yearly. The cars will come in manual and tiptroanic (manual and auto combined) gear levers.
This is coming exactly one year after the commercial launch of the carÂ in Abujaand Lagos respectively. Within the period, Nigeriaâ€™s key motoring journalists had test driven the car over a 400 kilometre return trip between Kadunaand Tiga Dam in Kano state. The result was a wave of rave reviews for the car adjudged to be a frontrunner in the M1 segment.
In the last one year PAN has been fitting the 307 Sedan production linesto replace the hugely popular Peugeot 406which has come to the end of production series.
According to Mr. Toyin Akigbogun head of corporate communication, this is significant as it underscores continuity and a portrayal of total commitment to sustain production by PANâ€™s Nigerian and foreign stakeholders.
The 307 Sedan, either in 1.6 or 2.0 litreâ€™ engine, is a car with intelligence that translates to highly pleasurable driving experience and designed to withstand the rigours of the peculiar Nigerian terrain. The car profusely adheres to four distinguishing characteristics of the Peugeot brand: style, dynamics, reliability and innovation. But, importantly, it is its generous proportions that sum up its architecture. This inclination to spaciousness is instantly evident in its interior and 500 litre boot space. The exterior projects amazing power, grace and traction that is steeped in ever active ABS, EBFD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) and EBA (Electronic Brake Assistance).
With unarguably the most loaded features in its class, which include an MP3 compatible RD4 radio system, dual zone heating and air conditioning system, retracting side mirrors, high-tech anti-theft
system, refrigerated glove compartment, and more, the 307 Sedan is an uncommon road-holder in the best Peugeot t tradition.
The Sedan is already a familiar face among car enthusiasts and key markets as it has graced all leading motor exhibitions and fairs in 2009, such as the Lagos and Abuja Motor Show, top end Golf, Polo and
Soccer arenas, as well as scores of exclusive sales driven demonstrations.
The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Arc. Namadi Sambo will be the chief host at the event that will be attended by Nigeriaâ€™s leading public and private sector players.
Managing Director of Peugeot Automobile NigeriaLimited, Dr. Haroun Ibrahim Aliyu describes the factory launch of the Peugeot 307Sedan as a â€œfulfillment of the nationâ€™s desire to remain on the global map of vehicle manufacturers. Itâ€™s also a culmination of the efforts of the management and staff of PAN to recreate/ surpass the success recorded by the Peugeot 504and 406 in Nigeria.