For many years now, Nigeria has been focused on the advancement of its economy through technology. That is the reason why the country accepted investors from all over the world to set up auto assembly and manufacturing plants. The government developed favorable tax laws that have given these investors a good ground for operations. They further went ahead to create policies that discourage the importation of vehicles that already have existing assembly plants in the country. As time went on, local auto manufacturing companies began to spring up, making Made in Nigeria cars that have the capability to rival those made by foreign companies.
In their design and manufacturing plan, the companies considered so many factors which are very important and peculiar in Nigeria. Some of these important factors include the nature of Nigerian roads, the affordability of the car in relation to the earnings of the target customers, the availability of raw materials in the country, and the average expectations of their target customers.
The Five Best Made in Nigeria Cars and The Brands That Produced Them
1. IVM G80
- Brand: Innoson
- Price: N30 Million
- Unique Features: Dual Airbags, Power-controlled Seatbelts, Sedan-style Interior, Ergonomic Chairs
- Variant: 4×4
- Engine Capacity: 2.4L
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 80L
This is one of the best made in Nigeria cars that meet international standards. The IVM G80 is an exception when it comes to luxury SUVs. Most Nigerians take the stress of importing the likes of this car from outside the country, but today Innoson has relieved that stress by dropping the best of its kind in Nigeria.
IVM G80 is manufactured by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing, whose manufacturing plant is located in Nnewi, Anambra State. The raw materials for production are sourced locally and internationally, like 70% of the parts are locally produced while the other 30% are from China, Japan, Germany, and the US.
The car is manufactured to provide enough space and comfort required from any SUV, with a good air conditioning system. It is loaded with a 3.0 turbo gasoline engine which gives comfortable reliability, economized fuel consumption, and reduced gas emission. It is fully equipped with an electronic immobilizer system for security coverage of the vehicle. The G80 is a four-wheel-drive vehicle that is fully guarded with the trending ABS + EBD systems to ensure good break functionalities.
The patronage to this car is quite low in the country to compare its patronage from neighboring countries. This can be blamed on its high price of N30 million, which made the car off the reach of the middle and lower class Nigerians. It is mostly patronized by the rich and prominent who know its worth. The car has a long life span as it is manufactured with the very best accessible parts. The company provides different service centers for repair and spare parts which guarantees its second-hand value.
2. Nord Max
- Brand: Nord Automobile
- Price: N11.9- N12.3 Million
- Unique Features: Comes in Both Automatic and Manual Gear Transmission, ABS + EBD, SRS Airbags, etc
- Fuel: Petrol or Diesel
- Seat Capacity: 5
- Fuel Tank Size: 75 Litres
The Nord Max for some time now has stood out as one of the unique Made in Nigeria cars. As you would soon find out, the company has some of the best cars manufactured in the country. The Nord Max was manufactured in the Nord manufacturing and assembly plant located at Plot 14, Adebisi Ogunniyi Crescent, Lekki-Epe expressway, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos. It is equipped with an anti-theft alarm system, auto door lock, hill assist, ISO Fix child seat anchors, parking sensors (front and rear), seat belt pretension for front seats, tyre pressure monitoring display, and vehicle stability control (VSC).
The manual transmission version has 5-6 gears and a reverse projecting full control over the performance of the car. It has a dual driving mode which includes the Eco drive mode and the Sports driving mode. The Eco-driving mode gives the highest economical driving value by giving the lowest rpm, while the sports driving mode holds the car at a very high rpm. Nord Max is sold at the rate of N11.9- N12.3 million in Nigeria. Its durability provided a higher chance of a second-hand value.
3. IVM FOX
- Brand: Innoson
- Price: N7.67 Million
- Unique Features: Four-Cylinder Engine, Front engine Subcompact Hatchback, SRS Airbags, Traction Control
- Fuel: Petrol
- Fuel Consumption: 32.3 mpg that is 7.3 liters per 100km.
- Seating Capacity: 5 person
- Beam Headlights: Hawk Eye Lens Headlights
IVM Fox was made in Nigeria with modern technological gadgets seen in cars produced in other advanced countries. The car was manufactured to have a good cabin, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a large trunk to accommodate lots of luggage. IVM Fox is manufactured having in consideration the comfort of the driver and that of the passengers. The sound system installed in the car is a 6.5-inch touchscreen that has a multimedia control system. It is also fully equipped with air conditioning. It has one of the best safety features which include accident avoidance technologies. Its price is widely accepted as it can be spotted all over the country. The price value corresponds to the kind of technological gadget it is equipped with. The car is always available at any Innoson showroom across the country.
IVM Fox has a good second-hand value as its spare parts can be seen all over the auto spear parts market in Nigeria. There are also a lot of good auto mechanics who are there to fix any problem that may come up as time goes by. Its quality interior and exterior has attracted its wide patronage in Nigeria.
4. Nord A5
- Brand: Nord Automobile
- Price: N12.9 – N15.2Million
- Unique Features: Dual SRS Airbags, ABS + EBD, Back Sensor, Intelligent key, Immobilizer, and Panic Alarm System
The Nord A5 is equipped with a trending exterior design and an interior that took an outstanding manufacturing process. Nord offers safety, comfort, and the best driving experience. The car is sold within the range of N12.9 million to N15.2 million. The presence of its spare parts all over the country also offers a better second-hand value.
5. IVM UMU
- Brand: Innoson
- Price: N3.6 Million – N8 Million
- Unique Features: Four-Cylinder Engine, 4-speed Automatic Transmission or 5 speed Manual Transmission, ABS + EBS, SRS Airbags, Traction Control,
- Fuel: Patrol
- Fuel Consumption: 32.3 mpg that is 7.3 liter per 100km
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 Litres
- Seat Capacity: 5 persons
The IVM UMU is designed to suit the need of Nigerian users who mostly put car fuel consumption as their topmost priority in purchasing a car. The car is carefully designed to have a unique outlook with a height of 1503mm, a width of 1720mm, a length of 3998mm, and a wheelbase of 2500mm. This subcompact sedan has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour which is equivalent to 96.56 km/hr. The IVM UMU has manual and automatic gear functions with a front-wheel drive. For comfort, the car is equipped with an air conditioner and a 6 channel AM/FM/CD/mp3 system, and also a 6.5-inch touchscreen that has a multimedia control system. The car is sold in the range of N3.6 million to N8 million depending on the dealer one decides to make the purchase from.
The car comes with a 3-year warranty and has a highly competitive second-hand value as its spare parts are accessible all over the country at an affordable price rate. Body refurbishing of the IVM UMU is very much possible with any panel beating company all over the country which will give back the new look the car had. You also have the option of taking the car to an Innoson workshop.