The Nigerian auto market


According to the Global Auto Industry report, Africa is considered to be the second fastest growing market for vehicle sales on earth.

This is as a result of increasing population, which has been forecasted to grow to 1.25 billion by 2025 and to 2.4 billion in 2050.

Moreover, over the past decade, six out of the ten fastest growing countries were from Africa with GDP of 4.7% growth in the Sub Sahara region as of 2013. In 2014, Africa imported four times more automotive products than it exports, with automotive imports worth $48 billion and exports worth only $11 billion. The major sources of used vehicles in Africa are the United States (US), Europe and Japan. The statistical detail of vehicle in use in Africa is as shown in Figure 1. Despite this enormous potential, Africa has not played a major role in automobile production unlike United State with over 11 million, Japan with over 10 million, Germany and China with almost 6 million each. The total automobile production in the year 2004 from Africa was not up to 600 thousand and was from South Africa and Egypt.

The Nigerian auto market and the potentials in West Africa are vast and viable enough to support an ambitious plan to develop a local auto industry. What is required is the right policy mix, institutional support, concessionary tariff regime skewed in favour of the local industry and political will by the federal government.


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IVECO launches the Model Year of the Daily in a smart version

The new Daily, presented at Cnh Village by Gerrit Marx, new president of Commercial and Special Vehicles of Cnh Industrial, will be equipped with 2.3 or 3 liter engines, with powers from 116 hp up to the new 210 hp “top power”. The 3-liter engine also offers the Natural Power version with compressed natural gas (CNG).

Il nuovo Daily, presentato al Cnh Village da Gerrit Marx, nuovo president Veicoli Commerciali e Speciali di Cnh Industrial, sarà equipaggiato con motori da 2,3 o 3 litri, con potenze da 116 CV fino al nuovo “top power” da 210 CV. Il motore da 3 litri, inoltre, offre anche la versione Natural Power a gas naturale compresso (GNC).

Motor Parts Industry

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MPI IVECO, Lagos Nigeria

Motorcycle Art

We do not simply build motorcycles, we craft emotions. We look to the future, and build machines that are always one step ahead.


Giacomo Agostini (born 16 June 1942) is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. Nicknamed Ago, with an absolute record of 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championships titles. Of these, 68 wins and 8 titles came in the 500cc class, the rest in the 350cc class.

With Agostini now the top MV Agusta rider, he responded by winning the 500cc title seven years in succession for the Italian factory.


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Leonardo: Bridge channel

This is a design for a canal bridge by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci

Bridge channel

The pen and ink on paper drawing is taken from the Codex Atlanticus, 1478-1518.

Leonardo is most famous for his skills as an artist, however his insatiable curiosity led to a fascination in an immense number of subjects, including science, architecture, invention and engineering. His ventures into the design of bridges is evidence of this.

Leonardo da Vinci made an extensive study of the motion of water. He felt encouraged to utilise this force and generated many ideas for machinery that would do this.

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Franco-Savoy victory also brought good business.


Who remembers the Alfa Romeo Dauphine? Was the “little car” – as it was then called – born in Renault in 1956 and also built under license by Alfa Romeo? Certainly it wasn’t a race horse like the other Alpha of the time. Displacement eight hundred and fifty, rear engine, discreet gait. It was one of the first world-cars. Together with the Ford T, the Beetle, the Renault 4 and some others, it anticipated the era of automobile globalization.

Alfa Romeo Logo

The Dauphine produced by Alfa Romeo was a success. In 1959, the year of its debut in Italy, it was sold in 6,500 units, and in 1960 it was broken through 20,000 units.

Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo Dauphine

C’è una parentesi che non tutti conoscono nella storia della Alfa Romeo. Siamo alla metà del ventesimo secolo, e la casa automobilistica del biscione aveva deciso di puntare a un nuovo segmento di mercato, più basso rispetto alla clientela abituale e anche di saturare la produzione nelle catene di montaggio degli stabilimenti.
Da qui nel 1960 nasce la Alfa Romeo Dauphine. La genesi di questo progetto va fatta risalire al 1958, quando l’azienda di Milano firma un accordo con la Renault, dando così vita alla Renault Italia.

Di fatto, però, la Dauphine prodotta da Alfa Romeo è stata un successo. Nel 1959, anno del suo debutto in Italia, è stata venduta in 6.500 esemplari, e nel 1960 è stata sfondata quota 20.000 unità.


A week after Fiat Chrysler pitched a merger to Renault, the French automaker’s existing partner, Nissan, is warming to the idea of a global alliance that includes the owner of Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati.

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RAF on parade

Royal Air Force

…on parade with two Ryder wrapped Iveco Stralis trucks


Number 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron at RAF Wittering and Ryder have joined forces to celebrate the RAF’s 100th anniversary by wrapping two trucks in a commemorative livery (pictured).

2MT, as the Squadron is known, is the Royal Air Force’s road-going heavy lift capability. 2MT was originally founded during the Battle of Britain to transport vital spares between RAF Stations. Today, the Squadron provides specialist military drivers and equipment to support exercises and operations.

The wrapping of the Iveco Stralis units took two days and was sponsored by Ryder.

David Hunt, MD, Ryder Europe, said: “Ryder is proud to have worked with the MoD for more than 20 years, providing white fleet vehicles for the RAF’s transportation needs.

“In this special RAF 100th anniversary year, we are delighted to be supporting the celebrations with two specially liveried Iveco Stralis RAF100 trucks.”

The trucks are being used at special events across the country to celebrate RAF100 and the work of the Royal Air Force today. 


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Iveco Eurocargo 4×4 – Special emergency unit

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Disaster response – The ability to answer the intense challenges posed by a disaster event. Disaster response is the third phase of the disaster life cycle.


Some IVECO special vehicles



The RAVx6 “Duffy” amphibious vehicle was designed and built to guarantee the widest reliability and resistance in emergency situations, such as floods. The vehicle is able to navigate in the water, circulate on the road and off-road, on uneven and muddy terrain. It is equipped with differentials on the front, rear and central axles suitably sized for the heavy working conditions to which the vehicle is subjected. The Iveco Magirus “Duffy” is a 15 ton, 3 axle, 6×6 chassis. Equipped with an FPT Industrial N60 ENT engine, equipped with an Allison automatic transmission and independent hydro-pneumatic suspensions, the vehicle is able to reach 85 kilometers per hour on the road. The vehicle is also equipped with an emergency system that allows the navigation of the amphibian in the water in case of failure of the main engine, with a speed of 2 knots, under full load conditions. Its driver’s cab is in light alloy, completely closed, equipped with two side doors, which allows it to accommodate, in addition to the driver, two operators.



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