By ADEJUWON OSUNNUYI
In its bid in making the buyers of the newly Made-in-Nigeria Suzuki Super Carry have their vehicles serviced at their doorstep or distribution centres, a mobile mechanic workshop has been launched on Tuesday in Lagos.
Nigeria’s main representative and manufacturer of Suzuki Super Carry, Boulos Enterprises Limited, which announced the launch in a statement in Lagos, said the facility is the first of its kind in Nigeria.
According to Boulos, the facility known as Mobile Mechanics and Repair Suzuki (MMARS), which will initially be utilised in Lagos and surrounding areas is fully equipped with compressor, trolley jack, maintenance table, Suzuki specific tooling, torque wrenches, secure tooling cabinet and two Suzuki qualified technicians.
Speaking on the launch, Joseph Fayose, the National Sales Manager for Suzuki Nigeria said: “MMARS further reinforces our promise to maintain the lowest downtime for any commercial vehicle product in Nigeria. The Nigerian Suzuki Carry is assembled and manufactured by Nigerians for Nigerians, likewise the MMARS was designed and built here in Lagos, we are justifiably proud of it and know it will prove invaluable to companies and small business people who need their vehicles to be working 24 hours a day”.
Shedding more light on the mobile workshop, Titi Olodun, the Marketing Manager, Boulos Enterprise explained that the Super Carry is the most tried and trusted 1 tonne van in the world, sold in 192 countries it was launched in 1961 and this is the 12th generation.
Olodun noted that while it is also one of the most reliable in the world and here in Nigeria, the launch price at N4.3 million is two million less than any other competitor’s vehicle.
“The pick-up version will be available only to special order only, as the Van and Refrigerated units will be the best sellers. The engine of the vehicle is the tried and tested Suzuki 1.2 litre petrol, which is also fitted to the Suzuki Swift, Vitara, Splash, Baleno, Kizashi and many others.
“In fact, it is so reliable that other manufactures buy the engines from Suzuki for use in their vehicles. The suspension has been especially designed for Nigerian roads, raising the ride height to a level that allows the vehicle to tackle water impediments and settle on the trailing arms and leaf spring suspension without bottoming out.
“The Super Carry is backed by a comprehensive warranty and dealer service representation across Nigeria. Additionally, Boulos stocks over $5 million spare parts at any one time, so there is never a worry for spare parts. This moment marks the continuation of more than 57 years of representation of Suzuki in Nigeria by Boulos Enterprises.” She said.
Speaking further, the marketing manager noted, “The assembly line is 1,132 square metres long, there is an additional 1,200 square metres where fabrication of a range of custom made bodies for the Suzuki are being manufactured, these include refrigerated units, vans, six seater people carriers, tippers, hoppers, pick-ups, mobile shops and many other body options.
“The new facilities will be equipped with state of the art modern manufacturing tools and equipment, with associated infrastructure built to the exacting standards of SUZUKI Japan. This venture not only protects the jobs of Nigerians, but has also sets in place a clear manufacturing base here in Lagos.
“We are truly honoured to have created the first ever 4-wheel vehicle assembly/production facility in Nigeria for Suzuki.’’
The Super Carry is initially launched with four bodies: Van, High Top Van, Refrigerated Van and The Pick-Up (special order only).
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