Do you think that Nigeria has what it takes to bring back the glory days when it locally manufactured its own vehicles?
Yes, there are a few local manufacturing companies here and there in Nigeria building and assembling vehicles.
The question is, do they have the excellence in them to build vehicles that are reliable and durable?
List of Indigenous Automobile Manufacturers in Nigeria
1. Nord Automobiles Limited
Ajayi Joshua Oluwatobi is the founder and CEO of the local manufacturing firm, Nord Motors.
He is also a polished entrepreneur and co-founder of Jetvan Automobiles Limited, a recognised dealer of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in the country.
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Currently, the company has its headquarters in Lagos with some of its products including Nord A3, Nord Max, Nord A5, Nord Flit, etc.
The firm aims to re-establish Nigeria as a car manufacturing country once again.
2. Lanre Shittu Motors (LSM)
The advent of Trucks in Nigeria predates independence and LSM is aware of its need, hence the company’s resolve to make available these vehicles to fellow citizens at affordable rates.
LSM is owned by Lanre Shittu and this “assembly” produces over 150 trucks per month.
3. Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing
Innocent Chukwuma widely known as Innoson Motors is an indigenous car manufacturer who rose from a motorcycle spare parts trader to a big name in the Automotive industry in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Its automobile division (the IVM) which is a subsidiary of Innoson Group of Companies was established in 2007 – and was recognised as the first indigenous car manufacturer in Africa by the administration of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan commissioned the company on October 15, 2010.
4. Coscharis Motors
This company is one of the most popular and sought-after assembly plants for luxury cars like BMW, Morris Garages, Ford, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Land Rover, and MINI vehicles.
In 2018, the Nigerian auto dealer completed its ultramodern plant with a production capacity set to churn out over 10,000 vehicles every year.
The company has many showrooms and aftersales services across Nigeria with its head office located in Lekki, Lagos.
You can learn more about the parent company profile here. Meanwhile, its CEO is no other than Cosmas Maduka.
5. Proforce Motor
PROFORCE LIMITED was incorporated in 2008 as a total defense solution provider, with specialty in the manufacturing of armored vehicles and personal protection.
Ade Ogundeyin, Founder/CEO, Proforce Limited, a leading defense company and maker of military equipment and defense systems.
The delegation was led by Dideolu Falobi, FNSE, National Chairman, UNILAG Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association (UNILAGFEAA).
6. Elizade Motor ( JAC)
Auto Land Ltd, an authorised dealer of JAC Motors in Nigeria, started an assemblage operation in Lagos to roll out 15, 000 vehicles yearly from Semi Knock Down (SKD) parts.
The plant, which is currently operating on a single shift was certified by the Federal Government to build different brands of cars.
Chief Michael Ade-Ojo is the founder of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, and Elizade Motors.
Today, the company that Ade Ojo started with just one support staff in 1971 has become a conglomerate with several subsidiaries including Toyota Nigeria Limited, Mikeade Investment Co. Ltd, Mikeade Property Dev. Co.
7. Peugeot Nigeria
One of the foremost auto parts assembly plants in Nigeria is owned by Peugeot, as we indicated in the brief auto history.
The company which happens to be a joint venture between Peugeot and the Nigerian government since 1969 is still functional today in Kano despite its numerous challenges.
The federal government later sold its equity stake in this partnership to ASD Motors, making the new shareholders one of the owners.
8. Globe Motors
Having been introduced into the Nigerian markets by Globe Motors, in 2018, the Japanese manufacturer, Hyundai partnered with its major distributor in Nigeria to launch its very first auto factory in Nigeria.
Since then, we have witnessed a number of Nigerian-made Hyundai cars like the Hyundai Elantra, Accent, and a few more.
Apart from that, Globe has a portfolio of cars from some other brands like Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota.
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9. Dana Motors
Dana as we all know is not just into Airline, they are also into the Automobile Industry.
It has a factory where it produces mainly Kia cars especially its make called Kia Rio which became customers favourite.
10. Stallion Motors
In what seemed like a bid to privatise the economy, the FG also sold its stake it had in Volkswagen of Nigeria Limited to Stallion Motors.
This acquisition saw the locally assembled Nissan vehicles that flooded the auto market in 2014.
Producing them here reduced the price of these products which seemingly got the attention of some government officials who later adopted the brand as an official government car.