The award recognises Nissan’s growth in the Nigerian market, while reinforcing its growing industrial footprint.
Stallion is Nissan’s exclusive manufacturer and distributor in Nigeria which established Nigeria’s first automotive assembly facility in partnership with Nissan as a pioneering initiative in April 2014, pursuant to the Federal Government’s announcement of the nation’s new automotive policy late in 2013.
Since the launch of Nigeria-assembled Nissan vehicles, four models are being assembled in the country, creating significant employment, with the local human resources undergoing extensive training from global automotive experts from Nissan’s international auto plants.
The thriving partnership with Stallion has resulted in Nissan meeting the needs of Nigerian customers through expanding product range and countrywide retail network.
The new Victoria Island showroom was the 11th Nissan outlet in the country – a demonstration of Nissan’s long term commitment to increase brand visibility in Africa’s most populous country.
The chairman of Stallion Group Sunil Vaswani, said, “Together with Nissan, we are seeking to complement Nigeria’s ambition to become the region’s automotive hub. We are providing a comprehensive range of passenger, commercial, and recreational vehicles, and are currently engaged in a dynamic programme of new model introductions. Stallion is investing in developing an integrated value chain for its brands in the country, thereby acting as a catalyst for Nigeria’s automotive ecosystem.”
Mr Mike Whitfield, Managing Director and President of Nissan South Africa, said, “We have worked side by side with the Stallion Group to achieve what is a very encouraging increase in our share of the key Nigerian market. Within Nissan, we have a strong desire to make a full and lasting contribution to rebuilding automotive industrialisation in Nigeria and to play an important role in the growth of the manufacturing sector. I would personally like to congratulate the entire Stallion NMN team on a job well done. I am confident we will maintain this great momentum going forward.”