By Moses Akaigwe
Nigeria’s auto industry recorded a boost in the third quarter of 2021 as MG Motor appointed Stallion Group as the nation’s exclusive distributor for its iconic automobile brand of British origin.
Anurag Shah, the General Manager for the brand, who made the disclosure in a media statement, said plans were already on top gear to assemble, distribute, sell and service certain MG models in the country.
He said: “Stallion’s push for the MG Motor franchise was motivated by the company’s 25 years experience as the nation’s leading quality automobile sales and service provider, with clear understanding of Nigerian’s taste for quality vehicles.
“Moreover, as the disposable income of auto buyers dwindle due to the COVID-induced global economic recession, we understand that businesses and individuals require automobiles that combine durability with affordability, which is what MG and Stallion are reputed for.”
Shah also revealed that MG models already lined up for launch into the Nigerian market include: MG ZS, MG RX8, MG HS and MG T60 pick-up.
MG RX8, an extremely well-equipped 7-seater large-sized SUV, is reputed for offering huge amount of space without breaking the bank. Built on a strong truck chassis frame, RX8 comes with capability to handle some of the toughest off-road terrains in Nigeria.
One of the safest SUVs money can buy, the MG RX8 is equipped with front, side and curtain airbags, front and rear sensors with 360-degree camera, Active Rollover Protection and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
MG HS is a full-sized SUV, which has created a new definition of affordable sports-luxury for new car buyers in the United Kingdom and Middle East & Levant.
Flaunting a sporty exterior and interior, MG HS is set to offer Nigerian SUV lovers with ample space and comfort, coupled with a raised driving position to sit head and shoulders above the rest. Yet in addition to other volume of safety features, the HS SUV is equipped with a 360-degree camera as well as front & rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, panoramic sunroof, 5-drive modes, multicolor ambient lighting, all-led headlights, Lane Departure Assist and Blind Spot Assist, resulting in an SUV that is as full of advanced features on the outside as it is on the inside.
In addition, MG ZS is the brand’s compact SUV, which, from all indications, is out to give existing Compact SUVs in the country a run for their money.
Loaded with technology, the MG ZS features a unique and striking exterior and interior. From the swept back signature headlights through to the sleek lines plus Diamond cut alloy wheels, every inch of the ZS is crafted and considered.
MG T60 is the brand’s first ever pick-up truck known as a reliable and versatile partner in the lightweight pickup category. Designed to offer superior performance as a practical truck made for cargo as well as personal transportation needs, T6 is available with diesel and gasoline engine with 4X2 and 4X4 configurations.
“In addition to its trusted quality, MG models shall be launched into the Nigerian market in line with the quality sales and after sales standard of MG and Stallion Motors, which include availability of original parts, long years warrantee and after sales service centers strategically located across the country,” Shah assured.
MG Motor is a British automotive company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and a subsidiary of SAIC Motor UK, which in turn is owned by the Shanghai-based Chinese state-owned company, SAIC Motor.
Although MG Marque went through a change of ownership less than a decade ago, what never changed has been the quality standard of the brand, which is why, till date, engineering and styling designs of all modern models of MG are majorly the responsibility of the brand’s design engineers located at its Longbridge facilities in the United Kingdom, a center also retained for Research and Development.