Nissan Sets Eyes on Nigeria for Automotive Growth
The production of a Nissan Patrol at the Lagos, Nigeria assembly plant made Nissan the first major manufacturer to build a car in Nigeria following the new Nigeria Automotive Policy. This paves the way for Nissan in Nigeria to grow alongside the African country.
The new policy was aimed at stimulating development of the auto industry in the country, which is currently home to one of the largest populations and economies of the world. Lagos alone is the 2nd-fastest growing city in Africa and the 7th-fastest on Earth, helping Nigeria’s economy to surpass even that of South Africa.
Nissan aims to be part of that growth with the production of the Nissan Patrol as well as the Almera and NP300 later this year. Nissan will be able to not only grow along with Nigeria’s economy but also contribute to it by giving its citizens access to better transportation.
“Nissan was a pioneer in the foundation of the car industry in South Africa,” said Mike Whitfield, Nissan South Africa Managing Director. “Now we are once again at the forefront of manufacturing in Africa, this time in Nigeria where we see huge potential. We want to play our part in the economic growth of Nigeria and Africa.”