Mr. Amit Sharma, General Manager of Stallion NMN Limited, described the launch of the new Navara in Lagos, with corporate, government, and individual customers from across the country in attendance, as a continuation of his company’s journey towards transforming Nigeria into a notable hub for Nissan vehicle manufacturing and distribution.
According to him, Stallion-Nissan is always aware of what he describes as Nigeria’s incredibly huge potential, which is why it is determined to continue investing in the country’s automobile industry.
He recalled that in 2013, Stallion NMN Limited, a subsidiary of Stallion Group, partnered with Nissan Motor Corporation to transform Nigeria into a significant hub for Nissan vehicle manufacturing and distribution.
“Barely a year after the Stallion-Nissan agreement, Nigeria’s then-revitalized auto policy received a boost from a Nissan Assembly plant located at our VON Automobiles complex in Lagos,” he explained. The first locally assembled Nissan Patrol rolled out of the plant in 2014. Since then, we have made significant investments in the local production of other vehicles such as the Nissan Almera, NP300 Pickups, and Urvan NV350.
“The foregoing has resulted in enormous economic benefits to Nigeria and Nigerians, particularly in the form of hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and improved technical skill for a large number of Nigerian workers through the provision of world-class training.”
“As a result, Nissan’s market share increased significantly.” In addition, in 2015, Stallion NMN received the prestigious Nissan Global Sales Award for exceedingly increasing market share by 18%.
“But wait, there’s more. The Stallion-Nissan Alliance has also resulted in significant Corporate Social Responsibility benefits for Nigerians. These include contributions to the government’s efforts to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on citizens, as well as large donations to the government’s efforts to combat insecurity in the country, particularly government security agencies in Lagos and its environs.”
Sharma also stated that Stallion-Nissan has begun introducing new models, including passenger, commercial, and other specialized vehicles, for the benefit of individuals, government departments, and businesses in Nigeria.
“One of them is the all-new Nissan Navara, which we are launching this evening,” he said.