THE Managing Director of PAN Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Ibrahim Boyi, has explained that the recent Media Test Drive by his company is aimed at presenting the new generation Peugeot vehicles to the press and Nigerian public.
Mr. Boyi who received the members of the press at Peugeot Corporate Headquarters in Kaduna after a 905 kilometres two-day drive from Lagos to Kaduna, explained that the idea behind the Peugeot media test drive is to restate the values of Peugeot vehicles through the unbiased driving experience of Motoring Editors and other experts.
According to him, “the Peugeot Media Test drive is to serve as a quality audit of all the products offered to the Nigerian market. The test drive, he further noted aims at exposing the attributes, behaviour and adaptability of Peugeot marque for scrutiny over a long distance of adverse road conditions across the country.
The two day test drive kicked off from one of PAN’s dealerships in Lagos, Oluwalogbon Motors, and terminated at Lokoja on the first day, via Ibadan, Akure, Owo, Obilo and Okene. The following day saw the journalists visiting the confluence of River Niger and Benue before heading to Kaduna, after a stop-over at Zuma Rock, Suleja.
Some of the Peugeot vehicles involved in the test drive include the new Peugeot 301 sedan manual and automatic transmissions, the 3008 crossover vehicle, the Expert Van, the 4008 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and the Peugeot flagship Sedan, the 508.
Addressing the journalists, the Managing Director noted that Peugeot has a full range of new generation vehicles that offer value for money, adding that all Peugeot vehicles available in the country are suitable for Nigerian roads.
He said: “We sell selected Peugeot vehicles in Nigeria and they are suitable for Nigerian roads. On safety, we go a step ahead, as the cars we sell have mind of their own and can over-ride the driver if the need arises.”
The Managing Director who disclosed that Peugeot was Europe’s number two auto maker pointed out that Peugeot had the youngest generation of automobile in the world presently, which is what they are bringing to Nigerians.
To bring the Peugeot cars to the door steps of Nigerians, the Peugeot boss said, they are signing new dealerships across the nation to join the already existing ones, while ensuring that the cars and spare parts are competitively priced.
To this end, he stated that Peugeot Automobile, AP France had been very supportive to PAN Nigeria than before, as they were showing interest to re-acquire their stake in the company since the announcement of the new auto policy by the Federal Government.
According to him, the new auto policy created the opportunity to further renew the relationship between the two companies and pave the way for renewal of new opportunities.
Boyi siad: “Peugeot France has been very supportive more than before. They are interested in re-acquiring their stake and this is the confidence the new auto policy is giving to investors.”
He pointed out that if the policy was allowed to work, PAN Nigeria will regain what it had lost in the past. He stated that without the policy, one cannot be competitive in the market, hence they shall continue to push for the success of the policy.