By Emeka Mamah
Nigeriaâ€™s leading Automobile company, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) said Tuesday that it plans to flood the Nigeria auto market with fairly used vehicles which will be certified by the manufacturers as a way of repositioning itself to compete favourably with others.
Managing Director of the Company, Dr. Haroun Adamu told newsmen at the ongoing Kaduna International Trade fair that the vehicles to be imported will not be like the others which do not give the buyer the history of such vehicles. He said that the cars will first be certified by the company and labeled to give the buyer the true history of the car.
According to him, Nigeria has a large market for used cars, adding that even in Europe, people do not usually start owning cars with brand new ones. He argued that â€œif ownership of tokunbo cars is the problem of Nigerians, we have plans to bring what we call certified second hand vehicles. It is good as it is done globally and not the road side tokunbo ship that we have where you donâ€™t have the history of the vehicle.
â€œThe certified second hand which we are working on to see how we will launch it in Nigeria if for us to bring in cars that are used, but are recertified by the manufacturers, with a label.
â€œIf you buy a car with a label from any of the networks, it is as good as buying a new car because you have access to all the information as well as all the history of the vehicle and you can be supported by the brandâ€.
He lamented that the Nigerian government is not encouraging local manufacturers of vehicles, stressing that all over the world, it is the government that encourages local manufacturers by imposing higher tariff on imported finished vehicles. Citing the example of the United States of America which had to increase the tariff of imported tyres to encourage the growth of local manufacturers, he said that it is wrong for any government to open its boarders to all manner of imported goods in the name of free Trade.
Dr. Adamu said that the company plan to diversify it operation by opening setting up subsidiaries which include a tractor assembling plant that will cater for the agricultural sector through the production of tractors and other agricultural implements.
Others include a leasing company that will address the needs of poor Nigerians who wish to buy new cars, but cannot afford it as well as a PAN learning centre that would teach courses on car production as well as French, German and Arabic languages. He also said that the company plans to set up sales outlets across the country where genuine spare parts will be sold at moderate prices as a way of checking the sales of fake parts.