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Stallion Resuscitates Volkswagen Plant, Rolls Out Jetta, CC Passenger Cars

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Stallion Group has launched the first Nigeria made Volkswagen passenger and commercial vehicles assembled at its brand new plant, following the historic return of the global brand 20 years after the previous plant was moribund.

At the unveiling of the newly assembled Volkswagen vehicles and the tour of the plant on Tuesday, in Lagos, by the management team of Stallion, representatives of National Automotive Council (NAC), Volkswagen dealerships and the media, Stallion said it has commenced the assembly of Volkswagen’s renowned products including Passat, Jetta, CC and Amarok models.

Commenting on the launch, Stallion’s Chairman, Sunil Vaswani, said: “This is a great moment for Stallion in partnering with a world leading global brand like Volkswagen. We are immensely pleased to bring back the proud legacy of Nigeria automotive industry – the Volkswagen brand that once was indigenously produced at the same premises.”

On Stallion’s plans for the automotive industry, Vaswani said: “Stallion is committed to investing and expanding its operations in the automotive value chain across multiple global brands and paving the way for Nigeria to establish itself as a regional leader in the automobile eco system.”

Stallion said it is already assembling Nissan, Hyundai, Ashok-Leyland and IVECO vehicles in Nigeria and has developed a large team of highly skilled human resources following extensive training by specialists from the respective principals.

Leader of the Volkswagen Group delegation from Germany, Ratz Wolfgang, said, “Today marks the revival of the assembly of Volkswagen vehicles in Nigeria. Volkswagen has returned to Nigeria to continue a long history that began in the 1970s.”

Wolfgang, who is excited and optimistic about the future of Volkswagen in Nigeria, remarked that: “We are certain that further growth is possible, which is why Volkswagen is constantly searching for new opportunities to increase global market and sales potential and we appreciate the fact that we are able to strengthen our business relationship with our professional partner, Stallion.”

The Stallion Group had entered into collaboration with the Volkswagen Group to assemble its vehicles in Nigeria, pursuant to the National Automotive Industrial Plan (NAIDP) announced by the Federal Government in October 2013.

Stallion Group is the preferred partner for an impressive portfolio of iconic global automobile brands and the Nigeria exclusive distributor for the Volkswagen Group brands including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Porsche.

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group operates 119 production plants in 20 European countries and a further eight countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.

The Stallion Group had acquired the moribund Volkswagen of Nigeria plant and successfully resuscitated it and commenced the assembly of buses, trucks, pick-ups and eventually passenger vehicles at the facility.