Once upon a time in the ‘90s, a Nigerian lecturer, innovator, and scientist – Engr. (Dr.) Ezekiel Izuogu from Imo state single-handedly built the first-ever locally-made functional car in Africa. Yes, sources claim that the brilliant Igbo lecturer named the car “Izuogu Z-600” and 90% of the parts used to manufacture the car were locally sourced.
Unfortunately, from 1997 when the car was made to this day – the Izuogu Z-600 never saw the “light” of mass production and now the maker has been recently announced dead following a brief illness. Quite saddening, isn’t it?
Engr. (Dr.) Ezekiel Izuogu, the maker of “Izuogu Z-600” – first African-made car is dead
Sources claim that the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s regime approved the Izuogu Z-600 indigenous car as roadworthy but never gave the promised grant of about ₦235million to the inventor for mass production of the vehicle.
It was also reported that the Izuogu Z-600 would have become the “most affordable” car on the planet because its sales cost was projected back then to be just ₦776,000 ($2,000). The mass production of the car was planned to be carried out at Izuogu Motors plant located in Naze, Owerri at that time.
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And for car lovers that care more about the technical specifications of Izuogu Z-600; it was fitted with a locally made 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder engine that achieves a moderate 140km/h top speed and has 18mpg rating. The powertrain is completed by pairing this engine with an FWD (Front Wheel Drive) system for the easier manufacturing process.
If you wish to follow the full story of Engr. (Dr.) Ezekiel Izuogu and his One-of-a-Kind Izuogu Z-600 car, watch this video below to the end;
What Happened to Izuogu's Z-600 Nigeria Made Car?