The all-new Honda CR-V which was pieced together at Honda's assembly plant here in Lagos Nigeria has been presented to the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), a Federal Government regulatory agency in charge of the automotive industry.
Mr. Akihiro Daido, who is the MD Honda Automobile Western Africa Limited brought the new Honda from Lagos to Abuja. In his company were Mr. Remi Adams, the Marketing and Sales Manager and other senior executives of the company.
Standing by to take in the latest Nigerian made Honda were Senator (Chief) Osita Izunaso, who is the Board Chairman. Others are Mr. Jelani Aliyu, who is the Director General and NADDC's entire management team. Not forgetting to mention several journalists from a different news channel on radio, newspapers, television and online publication like Naijauto. They were present with their cameramen to capture the new whip.
The Honda CR-V was ceremoniously welcomed at the Abuja city gate and led to Gudu District, NADDC's headquarters.
The new Honda CR-V at NADDC headquarters
Mr. Adams, the Marketing and Sales Manager of Honda gave everyone present on the occasion a brief overview of the special features and cutting-edge technology fitted into the new baby, which is powered by a 1.8-liter engine.
Senator Izunaso, NADDC board chairman drove the car while its special features got to be inspected by Mr. Jelani Aliyu.
See Senator Izunaso's remarks,
I have driven it around, all I can say is that it is a very good one, it is luxurious. It has some distinctive features which similar vehicles in its class do not have. It is a way of making available to the middle class some of the super luxuries that the big boys enjoy in the big SUVs. However, Honda needs to combine luxury with affordability. If it is good and it is affordable, then it is truly good
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Then, Mr.Jelani Aliyu said,
This is Honda itself in Nigeria producing for Nigeria. We are happy Honda is producing in Nigeria a new vehicle, the same class you can find in Japan or elsewhere in the world.
We are excited because this is a great milestone not just for Honda but for the entire automotive industry in Nigeria for some reasons: it is good for this environment with higher ground clearance, it has good features, it is a vehicle that is right for Nigeria at an affordable price and it coincides with the time NADDC is getting ready to roll out a vehicle finance scheme at a single digit interest rate.
The only way we can provide jobs for our teeming citizens is by boosting industries and supporting those local and international investors coming into Nigeria to produce
So we hope this special CR-V will open a whole new era of assembling and producing vehicles in Nigeria, especially with Honda brand.
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