The Nigerian Auto Journalists Association, NAJA, has released the list of finalists in different categories for the 2016 Nigeria Auto Journalists Award. According to a press statement by the Organising Committee, this year’s event which takes place at the EKO Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, November 24, 2016 has about 25 Award categories.
Highpoint of this year’s award will be the Car-Of-The-Year (COTY) category where the Toyota Corolla, Peugeot 301 and Nissan Almera were selected. As part of the parameters for winning under this category, there will be a test-drive of the selected brands as was the rule by the organisers of the award.
Other categories of awards are Luxury Car Of The Year, Road Safety Personality of The Year, Heavy Duty Truck of The Year, Auto Plant Of The Year, CEO Of The Year, Auto Personality Of The Year and CSR Company Of The Year.
Other categories include Mini Bus Of The Year, Pick-up Of The Year, Most Safety Conscious Transport Company Of The Year, Traffic Management Agency Of The Year, Showroom Of The Year, Large SUV Of The Year, Armouring Auto Company Of The Year and Auto Industry Promoter Of The Year amongst others.
The selected brands and models will be judged on affordability, cabin styling, layout and ergonomics. Assessment will also be carried out on engineering integrity and build quality, exterior design, overall excellence, ride quality, steering and handling; technology; transmission and above all, value for money.
According to sources from the organising committee, this year’s award is very historic especially coming at a time when the federal government is intensifying effort at developing the nation’s near prostrate automotive assembly plants.
The award the statement said is NAJA’s contribution toward the development of the Nigeria auto industry and its renewed efforts at putting Nigeria on the global industry map as one of the most strategic markets in Africa and the world.