The National Automotive Council, NAC, has described the recent take off of manufacturing of Volkswagen vehicles in Nigeria as a good beginning for the rehabilitated Volkswagen plant in Nigeria.
Mr. Luqman Mamudu, Director Policy and Planning, National Automotive Council, who spoke to Vanguard Motoring shortly after the inauguration of the Volkswagen assembly plant in Lagos recently said the return of Volkswagen to Nigeria was a remarkable development for Nigeria, coming 20 years after the company left the country.
“This is a good beginning. It is an investment pipeline that has been opened and Nigerians stand to gain from it,” he said. The plant for now, is a semi knock down assembly line, (SKD) which will be assembling Volkswagen Amarok pickup, Jetta and CC Passenger cars.
Taking a critical look at the assembly line, Mr. Mamudu stated “this is a genuine SKD assembly line and it will give our technicians the experience to assemble cars in the plant, and even develop further. According to him, for Volkswagen AG to give the go-ahead for the models to be assembled in the Nigerian plant, they knew that the right skill and technical know-how is available at the plant.
“It takes a lot of skill to meet the Volkswagen AG standard which the Stallion Group had met. What we are hoping for now is that this cars takes us to CKD level and more,” he stated.