Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda Motor began local production of the Accord sedan in Nigeria, West Africa, from Friday July 10, 2015.
Honda Automobile Western Africa established a new plant by installing automobile production facilities and equipment within the property of the existing Honda motorcycle production plant and began Accord production with annual production capacity of 1,000 units.
This new plant is Honda's first automobile production plant in Africa, where the company is expected to expand in future.
In 2013, Honda established a local automobile business subsidiary and began the import and sales of Honda automobiles.
"Establishment of the first Honda automobile production plant in Africa is an epoch- making challenge for us. This production operation incorporates know- how Honda has amassed through its long history of motorcycle business in this market, and we could re-discover the strengths of Honda at the spot of manufacturing operations. I expect that this initiative will lead to a great leap in our automobile business in Nigeria and become a first step toward expansion to the entire African market", said Yoshi Yamane, Senior Managing Officer and Director, Honda Motor.
"It is a great pleasure to see the start-up of Honda's first automobile production plant in Africa. Our production volume is still small; however, we will strive to deliver the joy of mobility to as many customers as possible and expand our business in Africa in the future", commented Yusuke Hori, Operating Officer and Head of Regional Unit (Africa and the Middle East), Honda Motor.