Nigeria’s foremost automobile assembly company, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) in partnership with Higer Bus Company Limited of China has commenced the production of Higer Buses in its plant. It’s assembly plant is located at Kakuri Industrial Area, Kaduna state with an installed capacity to produce 45,000 vehicles locally in a year.
According to a report from Business Day, the managing director of the Company, Mr Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, said, : “The assembly of Higer buses started in 2019 in a move to offer the best in terms of automobiles to the buying public. PAN Nigeria has a long rich history in the production of quality vehicles in Nigeria, which have proved to be durable and high performing’’. Some of the station wagon ambulances that we produced as far back as the 1980s are still being operated by some hospitals in urban and rural communities throughout the country.
He further explained that Higer Ambulance and transport buses will follow the proud tradition of durability and quality that the assembly plant is known for over the years.
Mr Mohammed added that, “With the recent Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, hospitals and other health establishments, along with their doctors, nurses and other personnel are currently going through trying times. There is a need for many more ambulances to be supplied to this sector, and we are responding to this national challenge by opening up a new production line in our factory dedicated to producing these emergency medical vehicles.”
The models to be produced in Nigeria includes the H5C 16-seater, H6C 19-seater and ambulances. It is fitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment such as suction catheters, stretcher belts and anatomical mattress, silicon resuscitators with mask, pulse oximeter, digital thermometer, 2kg fire extinguisher, automatic loading stretcher, scoop stretcher, AC/DC electronic suction machine, and oxygen regulator, among others. The Higer Bus comes with features such as Charging ports for all passengers/occupants, park-assist, rear camera, DVD/15’ LCD Display for passengers as well as spacious leg and head room. They are Useful for mass transit, transportation of school children, and ambulance services,
Finally, Oladeji Victor Bamidele, head of corporate communications stated that the new Higer Bus models will be marketed, distributed, and represented by PAN’s accredited dealers across the country with a starting price of 16 million naira. The roll out started off the company’s assembly lines in Kaduna in December 2019.
China is the biggest market in terms of vehicle manufacturing and sales. In 2014, total vehicle production in China reached 23.720 million – 26% of global production. The local production of Higer buses in Nigeria will preserve foreign exchange, create employment and deepen production activities.
About Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN)
PAN Nigeria Limited, founded 1972 is the leading manufacturer of automobiles in Nigeria, assembling Peugeot vehicles at its head office located in Kaduna. It also has liaison offices in Lagos and Abuja.
About Higer Bus company
Higer Bus Company, established in 1998 is China’s leading exporter of buses and coaches, whose vehicles are available in more than 100 countries in Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Source: Business Day