[dropcap]E[/dropcap]lizade Motors, a reputable distributor of Toyota vehicles in Nigeria has signed an agreement on sales and distribution of vehicles manufactured by JAC International of China.

The partnership agreement was presented to the press, recently, by the Managing Director of Elizade Motors, Mr. Ademola Ade-Ojo and by Mr. Lyrida Lu, Regional Manager, Light Commercial Vehicle Division, JAC International.

Lu said JAC Motors is one of the top 10 manufacturers in China and sells more than 500,000 units annually of all kinds of the company’s vehicles.

Unlike most other manufacturers, which produce different brands, JAC focuses on their own Chinese brand of vehicles alone, said Lu and that focus on light duty truck segment and that they are in more than 130 countries.

He said they are number one exporter from China in 14 consecutive years, adding that their partnership with Elizade stemmed from the fact that “they are very professional auto institution.”

JAC, he said established a relationship with Elizade for sales and distribution of light duty trucks and passenger cars, adding that they gave business owners opportunity to test the vehicles by leaving them with their firms for up to eight months and this helped the sale of many of the vehicles.

The light duty trucks and passenger cars, according to him, are of very good quality and that they adapt to the road conditions of Nigeria. “Now is a good time for us to work together more to improve the market and sell more vehicles.

On servicing of vehicles, he said their engineers and technicians were on ground all year round to support Elizade.

Ademola Ade-Ojo said in the over 40years that Elizade has been selling and marketing Toyota vehicles, they earned themselves a very good name and a good reputation in the market. “The product itself is a good product and it is being sold by a respected business entity.”

He people expect that any vehicle that they buy from Elizade must be of good quality, saying that was the minimum expectation. “They expect high quality vehicle they can enjoy because of the performance.”

He said JAC to him is the Toyota of 40 years ago and that two things happened during his visit to China that made him to say so. “In their philosophy statement, they said they are not going to manufacture any other vehicle other than their own; that say a lot. Out of the top 10 Chinese manufacturers, eight of them have partnerships with other global brands; also, they have their own research and design centre from day one.

JAC, he said has research and design center in Japan and in Europe in addition to the one they have in China.

The JAC vehicles are displayed at the center, a special purpose-built facility on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way. It has a body repair shop, warehouse for spares, service facility, spray shop and car wash, among others.

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