Auto policy: Boulos dumps Piaggio, opts for 4-wheeler

piaggio-logoBoulos Enterprises Limited (BEL) has ceased its representation of Piaggio India in Nigeria, supplementing instead the introduction of a 4-wheeler vehicle brand as part of measures to support Nigeria’s automotive policy.

Responsible for establishing Piaggio in Nigeria over the past 6 years, the organisation said it would begin assemblage of vehicles at semi knockdown level to meet demand for the emerging corporate passenger and commercial vehicle market segment.

Though the organisation did not state the brand of vehicle it intends to assemble, a statement made available to The Guardian said that the future of tricycle is uncertain in Nigeria.

Boulos said: “Further BEL, who has been the only tricycle importer to assemble from full complete knockdown, will commence assembly of a soon to be announced 4 wheeler from semi knockdown form in support of the Nigerian Automotive Policy.

“BEL is also the only importer, who fabricates a range of cargo bodies, custom built for individual corporate customer requirements, thereby adding local content in support of the new Government’s policies”.

According to the statement, BEL will continue to support corporate customers with tailor made transport solutions. Additionally as long as there is a requirement, BEL will continue to stock, distribute and sell genuine Piaggio spare parts.

“During the time that BEL has represented Piaggio in Nigeria, they have trained and accredited in excess of 800 mechanics throughout the country and have created and trained an entire assembly and fabrication team in Lagos”, it added.

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