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FAST-RISING Nigeria automobile manufacturer, Mikano Motors has added the Maxus Autos brand to its lineup in Nigeria. Mikano Motors is the sole representative of Geely Automobiles in Nigeria and the ZNA pick up which have become the talk of the town in the country in the last two years due to their high quality and value for money.
Presenting the Maxus Autos to the Motoring Press at its Victoria Island showroom, which was preceded by a test drive of the pickup ranges at the Lagos Bar Beach, Mr. Ralph Haider, General Manager Mikano Motors outlined the unique qualities of the Maxus brand while tracing its history to 1896 when the company was born.
He said, ‘’the latest addition to one of Nigeria’s fastest growing automotive companies- Mikano International’s Motors division- is the aptly named Maxus Auto brand. It joins the ZNA Rich6 and Geely brands, in an exclusive partnership with Mikano International.
Born in 1896, Maxus Autos epitomises the positive benefits of a British heritage, having begun in the United Kingdom in 1896 under the ‘Leyland’ marque with the production of commercial vehicles. Subsequently, the company expanded its line-up to include passenger vehicles and a wider array of commercial vehicles such as buses, delivery vans, etc. By then, the name had evolved to Leyland Daf Vans (LDV)’, through mergers.
Light Duty Vehicles-Maxus has become one of Europe’s most recognizable and reliable brands for commercial vehicles and in 2010,the brand was acquired by China’s largest automaker, SAIC Motors- a Fortune 500 company which owns several of the largest auto brands in the world’s largest automotive market- China,. SAIC also has long term joint venture partnerships with Volkswagen (Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi) and General Motors (Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac).
With the powerful global support from SAIC, the Maxus brand is a success story across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and many others. The brand retains the LDV-Maxus name for the UK, Australian and New Zealand markets where it remains the top selling Chinese automotive brand.
In Africa, the Maxus brand is already making wave, most especially in Ivory Coast where it has gained vast popularity. Now, Nigerians are set to enjoy the durability and reliability the mid- size pickup truck with advanced technology and an intelligent operating system offers, for their personal and business needs.The T60 comes in three gasoline variations; Comfort, Elite and Luxury with Manual and Automatic options. The Mitsubishi powered engines are available in 2.4L or 2.0T, with a Borg- Warner 4WD system and other parts supplied by International Fortune 500 global companies.
At the launch event at Mikano Motors flagship showroom in Victoria Island, Ralph Haidar, GM- Mikano Motors, stated that “we at Mikano Motors are excited about welcoming the Maxus Brand into our fold”, describing Maxus Autos as “a brand with great potential to become a market leader.”
Haidar additionally stated that, like the other brands under Mikano Motors, the Maxus T60 – will be assembled locally at Mikano Motors’ auto- assembly plant located in their Karameh Industrial City in Ogun State.
Interestingly, Mr. Haidar shared that the Maxus T60 is the only Chinese pick- up vehicle permitted to be sold in European markets like Spain and Italy and also is the first Chinese-manufactured utility pick-up truck to score 5 stars on the Australian ANCAP rating. He extolled the tried and tested strength, durability and quality of the T60 and announced that they be on sale for the yuletide season from 15.9million naira, till DEC, 31ST 2022.
The National Sales Manager for Mikano Motors; Chijioke Mbonu added that “from Mikano Motors, theT60offers a 5-year/ 130,000km warranty- the highest warranty offer for any pick-up brand in the Nigerian auto industry”.
tive with better value and peace of mind to all customers.