5 Nigerian Car Brands That Are Good to Drive

Written by Gloria Irabor

For many years, the Nigerian government has enacted tax policies and favourable laws to encourage the foundation of native auto assembly and manufacture plants, in order for the industry to flourish.

In October 2013, a new automotive policy was introduced by the Nigerian government which discouraged completely assembled cars to be imported to the country.


As a result, car manufacturing companies in Nigeria started to take the benefit of the newly-launched policy and began to make assembled cars by themselves.

Here is the list of 5 made-in-Nigeria cars that are very good to drive.

Kia Optima, Cerato and Rio

Kia Motors Nigeria has made its first footprint with the premiere of its first made-in-Nigeria cars – the Kia Rio, Kia Cerato and the Kia Optima.

In detail, the Kia Optima boasts an ultra-modern and sleek design with an aggressive front fascia and energetic sculpted rear side; while the little Rio comes adorned with a modern supervision cluster with trip computer and intuitive centre fascia.

The all-new Cerato features a dynamic style and impressive performance, promising a lot of enjoyable journeys.

IBM 6490 A

Innoson Group, the first indigenous car assembly company in Nigeria launched the first wholly made-in-Nigeria car in 2014 – the IVM 6490 A.

The Innoson IVM is armed with state-of-the-art materials and sophisticated design. At first glance, you would never imagine that this is a car that is entirely made by Nigerian even in terms of technology and science.

Peugeot 301

The made-in-Nigeria Peugeot 301 has strengthened position of our country to become one of the most industrialized economies in the continent.

This is a tangible proof of implementing effectively a number of measures from the federal government to enhance the continuous development of made-in-Nigeria cars in particular and auto sector in general in the local economy.

The made-in-Nigeria Peugeot 301 is a compact sedan that is designed to optimize the essential elements of a family car including safety, space and storage.

Hyundai Grand i10

In 2015, Stallion Motors revealed the made-in-Nigeria Hyundai Grand i10 which was specially designed for the local market.
The family sedan features an elegant design and comes available with two versions of engine including a Dual VTVT and a 1.25 Kappa model.

The former works in a conjunction with a 4-speed automatic transmission while the latter is combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Nissan Almera

The Nissan Almera is a sedan coming equipped with an ultra-modern exterior design making it different from other models in its class. The Almera has officially jumped into the Nigerian market in April 2015.

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Gloria Irabor

I love to be engrossed in a world of creativity and I detest injustice. I can analyse almost anything but most of all I try to get better in everything I do.

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