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Toyota Nigeria plans to roll out electric vehicles

Toyota (Nigeria) Limited has concluded plans to roll out three electric vehicles in the country in the next three years as part of its support…

Toyota (Nigeria) Limited has concluded plans to roll out three electric vehicles in the country in the next three years as part of its support for the government’s Green Initiative.

The managing director of the company, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo, disclosed this in an interactive session with journalists at the maiden edition of the Toyota Motor Show it organised.

He named the Toyota hybrid electric vehicles coming to Nigeria soon as Cross, RAV4 and Land Cruiser Prado.

Ade-Ojo said, “By the end of this year, we will be introducing our first hybrid electric vehicle, Toyota Cross. Next year, we will introduce the RAV4 hybrid. And late next year or early 2026, we would be bringing in the Land Cruiser Prado hybrid.”

He also said  Toyota would be lending its network of workshops to support the federal government’s campaign for the use of compressed natural gas-powered vehicles through conversion.

“We are almost concluding arrangements with different partners to use our network of workshops for vehicles conversion to CNG-powered,” he said.

‘1,500 units sold in 2023’

The managing director disclosed that Nigeria sold about 10,000 new vehicles in 2023, with Toyota recording about 1,500 units, even as he projected 15,000 new vehicles to be sold in Nigeria this year.

He said Toyota Nigeria Limited was on course to double last year’s performance.

The exclusive motor show featured vehicle display, launch of two new Toyota products (Belta and Rumion), special after-sale packages, test drives and engaging interactions.

The cozy roomy space also accommodated the body and paint section, spare parts cubicle and service area.

Outside the hall but within the event centre fully decorated for the Toyota show was an international test-drive arena for customers willing to have a feel of any of the cars.

Apart from Ade-Ojo, other executives  of Toyota Nigeria Limited were on ground giving details of each of the vehicles displayed, as well as after-sales advisory.

Ade-Ojo personally took corporate customers, including top government officials, influential chief executive officers of major companies on a tour of the different sections.

The show, he said, afforded the Toyota team an opportunity to “have one-on-one interaction with our customers without any distraction; free diagnosis on customers’ vehicles and a test drive, all taking place in a quiet and comfortable environment.”

Ade-Ojo, who also had a parley with chief executive officers, expressed satisfaction with the attendance and outcome of the event.

He said, “It was a wonderful outing. Everybody enjoyed the ability to come and have a one-on-one interaction with our team.

“The after-sale area is one sector that has been of major interest to customers who have been coming. The free diagnosis has been well received.”

 

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