Kia Sorento: Kia plans to produce 25,000 vehicles per year in Lagos, Nigeria.
Kia Motors Nigeria has made good on its promise to start production of vehicles in Nigeria with the inauguration of the Kia assembly plant in Lagos. About a year ago, Kia announced its plan to go into local vehicle production in Nigeria.
Kia plans to produce 25,000 vehicles from its Lagos-based assembly plant, named United Vehicle Assembly Limited (UVAL).
On a recent visit to Kia’s new assembly plant, Olusegun Aganga, Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, said “I am pleasantly surprised at the level of success and the advanced technology of this plant. I have visited different auto assembly plants across the globe and I can tell you that, with the level of quality assurance control and sophistication of the equipment in this assembly plant, it can compete with others internationally.”
Jacky Hathiramani, UVAL’s CEO, said “The move to establish an assembly plant stems from the tide of investment aimed at Nigeria and keying into the country’s automotive policy. We are committed to making Nigeria a leading auto manufacturing country in Africa and to contribute immensely to the development of the nation through this multi-billion naira investment.”
Hathiramani added that the Kia assembly plant had hired local engineering graduates from Nigerian universities.
“With today’s opening of our plant in Lagos, we have taken our growth commitment to a greater height in Nigeria and repositioned our brand by supporting the ‘Proudly Nigeria’ dream,” Hathiramani said.
Sandeep Malhotra, Chief Commercial Officer of Kia Motors Nigeria, said “The unprecedented stride of the Kia brand in the automobile industry in Nigeria has continued to outpace the competition in offering best-in-class automotive technology to its customers. Premised on our increased acceptability among our valued customers in the last decade, we are now looking at further strengthening our foothold and expanding our reach into the Nigerian market with the new assembly plant.”
Kia will start its Nigerian production of vehicles with the following models: Rio, Cerato, Optima, Sorento, and Soul.
Kia plans to start producing all Kia models of sedans, sport utility vehicles, and pickup trucks in Nigeria before the end of the year.
Source: The Punch – Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper – Breaking News, information and opinion in Nigeria.
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