There are so many vehicles in the world today. Stats show that about 70 million cars are produced annually and those numbers are expected to double by the year 2030. It means that there is quite a large number of cars to select from.
However, if you live in Nigeria, that in itself already creates a category for you. It automatically moves some types of vehicles up the list and others go lower in the ranks.
Nigerians are an interesting set of people and their mode of thinking and lifestyle is reflected in everything that they do, including the cars that they drive. We at Naijauto.com will define the made-in-Nigeria car that is perfect for Naija drivers.
So what makes the ideal Nigerian car?
The ideal Nigerian car is that vehicle that perfectly fits the Nigerian mode of thinking, lifestyle and the Nigerian environment.
This car is one that would perfectly blend into the ideals, roads, drivers’ mannerisms and many other things that are distinct in the Nigerian setting.
Huh… Sounds quite interesting.
Let us examine the features of the Nigerian car.
1. Built for the Nigerian roads
It is a known fact that several parts of the country have really bad roads. For the ideal Nigerian car, it has been designed to survive under such conditions with minimal effort. Some of the features that this car would have would include:
Very good ground clearance: Ground clearance is simply the distance between the lowest point of the car and the ground. The average Nigerian road is bumpy. It has potholes that need to be navigated with precision, accuracy and finesse. You take 6 inches of ground clearance here and you and your car could be in a lot of trouble on such roads. With this, we rule out sedans and most hatchbacks from our list.
Of course, it is a left hand drive
Four wheel drive: You see, on the Nigerian road, there could be rain and mud and you get into a large-mini-lake! Oh, you don’t want your car sinking here. It just has to be 4WD!
Good headlights: Many roads do not have street lights, so maybe a Genesis G90 headlamp or Lexus NX range or higher would be good here.
The powerful headlamps of the Genesis G90 will be good on Nigerian dim roads
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2. Built for the Nigerian mind
The Nigerian mind is ever calculating. Nigerians hate to be slowed down. They hate having to be still or wait for traffic. So, except there is no way out, the average Nigerian is looking for the next fastest lane in traffic or the shortest possible route. So, the ideal Nigerian car must:
Easy to maneuver: The drive and handling must be smooth, because that driver might need to make a crazy turn in the moment. That car has to be ready for it.
Definitely power steering
Please the car has to be moderate sized: fitting into small spaces in traffic would be difficult for big cars; maybe a moderate sized SUV size or lesser
Has some good space for luggage!
Fast: When Nigerians have the opportunity to, they want to move very fast and with good 0-60 mph time. Once the traffic moves, you want to move as fast as possible! And yes, the would not want to get to their destinations late!
Mazda CX-5 has very precise steering
3. Built for the Nigerian taste
Cool color: Most Nigerians do not want a ‘shouty’ car.
Good speakers: Oh, the Afro base notes have to come out when they are played. Nigerians do not joke with this at all.
4. Built for the Nigerian pocket
Haha! This is a very important part of the drill. The economy is not as friendly as it should be. Many are unemployed or under-employed and so cannot afford so much. However, they want to drive a car. Every family wants to own one.
Must be pocket friendly: The minimum wage is 18,000 naira. A family that wants to buy one should be able to save for it over a period of say maybe 2 -3 years to buy it.
Fuel efficient: As loud as loud can be! No money to waste on buying fuel, plus staying in traffic for long hours would add to the cost. Again, there are days when there is fuel scarcity; the car has to be built for this too!
Easy access to spare parts and low cost of repair: The ideal Nigerian car has to be one whose parts are readily accessible and knowledge of its repair is also available to local mechanics and car dealers.
Must be very durable so that they can be used for long. Many Nigerian cars are used by their families for years before they are replaced or sold. It is therefore important that they must be built to last.
Give you less problems: In Nigerian terms, Car that would not give them ‘wahala!’ Nigerians don’t want a car that would require servicing or repairs often. Most have a ‘not-so-good’ maintenance culture that means they only service when the car starts malfunctioning. So a vehicle that requires constant servicing is a NO NO!
Toyota Corolla is both fuel efficient and easy to maintain
Does such Nigerian car ever exist?
The real question as we conclude this article, is that does the ideal Nigerian car exist? Can we have a model that takes all of these features into consideration and would still be affordable?
Recently, Innoson motors began to manufacture made in Nigeria cars which fits into a lot of these categories, but there is still a long way to go.
Probably the ideal made-in-Nigeria car should have the rugged features of a Jeep, combined with the fuel efficiency and the spare parts accessibility of a Toyota Corolla; plus the ground clearance of maybe the 2017 Toyota Venza; the size and speed of a 2019 Honda CRV; Genesis G90 Headlights and the handling and precise steering of the Mazda CX-5, plus the safety features of the Toyota Rav4!
WOW, so many specs here!!
So who is the next manufacturer that would solve this problem?
The four flagship modes of Innoson - IVM G80, IVM G40, IVM 6540 and IVM Granite
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