Zahav Automobile Range Impresses in Road Test
The local automobile media last week put to the test a sizeable number of Zahav Automobile product range during a guided media tour of the plant facility at Ikotun-Egbe – a suburb in Lagos, where motoring journalists, for the first time, experienced the performance; road handling, fuel efficiency and adaptability of the locally assembled Chinese engineered vehicles.
Zahav Automobile Company is the assembler and distributor of Chinese designed Changan and BAIC passenger cars and Stallion badge Force and Foton Tunland pickups; minibus and vans. Addressing the media at the plant, Zahav Automobile Company Quality Assurance Manager, Kavi Kumar said: “Zahav was conceived to cater for value line automobile brands such as Foton, Jinbei, Baic and Changan brand of vehicles.”
Mr. Kumar explained that the plant which was built with installed capacity for 12, 000 vehicles annually currently produces 20% of its installed capacity owing to inadequate demand but added that the Ikotun based Zahav plant would commence activity fully soon as the Federal Government wholly implements the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) with definitive restrictions on used import vehicles.
He explained that the plant has the capacity to double its production if demand increases. “The Zahav plant engages 45 indigenous technicians and experts in one shift to produce competitively priced vehicles that are priced 20% cheaper that its Korean rivals,” Mr. Kumar noted.
The quality assurance manager also said: “The Changan sedan was designed by Italian Carminati Stefano and currently produces 2.8 million cars per annum to rank among foremost selling vehicles in China while the BAIC Group who recently acquired Swedish SAAB technology for styling and power-train is rated No. 5 largest automotive groups in China.”
Some of the models put to test by the journalists include 1.5litre Baic S3 DVVT, 1.5litre Baic M20 (aka Kembo), the1.5 tonne Mitsubishi engine powered Foton Tunland pick-up; 1.6litre Changan EADO executive sedan, and Foton View CS2 (18-seater bus).
Kumar said the Zahav plant would cater for the teeming demands of the upwardly mobile, middle income earners and start-up businesses without sacrificing quality, elegance and durability.
Also adding that the Zahav automobile range is a perfect choice for work and leisure, the Zahav Automobile Company head of sales and marketing, Sanjay Rupani said: “though the vehicles are of Chinese extraction, they all inherit the DNA of renowned automobile manufacturers – Daimler Automotive Company and Cummins Engine Company.
Mr. Rupani described the vehicles as ergonomically designed with an ideal mix of style, practicality and attractive lines like the American and Japanese styled cars to woo discerning drivers who want exceptionally trendy kind of vehicles.
Source: Vanguard Nigeria