By Theodore Opara
Arrangements have reached advanced stage for the 2015 ‘Nigeria Car-Of-The-Year’ (COTY) Award at the forthcoming Nigeria Auto Journalists Award (NAJA) dinner. As a build-up to this year’s award, Toyota Corolla, Kia Rio, Peugeot 301 and Nissan Almera have been selected to compete for the coveted prize. Winner of the Car-Of-The-Year will be announced on Thursday night, November 26, 2015 inside the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Nigeria Car of the Year competition has been around over the years and the strictest criteria apply to the finalists. To appraise and select the winner, each of the listed cars will thoroughly be put through its paces on the road by the motoring journalists. To emerge tops, the car that will win the shield will have to tick all the boxes in terms of value for money, safety, innovation, technology and dynamics.
During the test drive, a number of factors will be used as parameters to select the car that would be eventual winner as “Car-Of-The-Year” in Nigeria. These factors include, but not limited to each car’s value proposition in terms of road handling, stability, functionality, comfort, safety features, overall design, availability and accessibility of spare parts and product affordability.
The NAJA Award which is the most respected automotive award in Nigeria held annually attracts a lot of excitement and suspense among stakeholders within and outside the industry. It is coming at a time when the Nigerian government’s automotive policy is gaining traction. Other categories of awards are to be announced same day.
Nigerian Car of the Year Awards is regarded as the most prestigious auto award in Nigeria as leading global auto makers compete in different categories including Sedan, SUV, Pick Up, Trucks and buses. The winners were determined by a panel of judges comprising prominent automotive journalists in Nigeria.