15th September, 2011
Disturbed by the spate of decrepit and unserviceable trucks on Nigerian roads, Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited has introduced precision-engineered multipurpose Hyundai HD Series Special Vehicles to boost the acquisition of value-driven commercial vehicles.
Mr. Pavir Singh, Managing Director, Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited who made this observation at a ceremony in Lagos to officially unveil Hyundai HD Seriesâ€™ special vehicles, said the decision to introduce affordably priced hi-tech Hyundai special vehicles was prompted by the spate of decrepit and old-fashioned trucks and buses that add zero value to the supply chain.
He said: â€œWe cannot continue to fold our arms and watch stakeholders in the haulage, construction and essential servicesâ€™ business lose precious man-hours and money to unproductive and dilapidated trucks that make business a harrowing experience.â€
To this end, the company recently sought the consent of Hyundai Motors Company to provide full-scale support for Hyundai commercial vehicles in Nigeria.
â€At one of our meetings with Hyundai inÂ Korea, we defined our mission clearly; that the time has come to support the effort of the Federal Government to rid the cities and highways of rickety and dilapidated trucks that add zero value to the supply chain,â€ Mr. Singh recalled.
He, however, explained that the addition of Hyundai commercial vehicles to its passenger car division was a sheer routine that would not affect service schedule or alter the work pattern of its workshops nationwide.
Acknowledging these attributes in his presentation, Mr. Pananchickal Paul, Marketing Director, Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited (Commercial Vehicle Division), told company representatives and stakeholders in the haulage and transport business at the ceremony that the HD Series are produced in the worldâ€™s largest commercial vehicle production plant inÂ Jeonju, Korea,Â with capacity to produce more than 125,000 units per year.
The HD range of vehicles, according to Mr. Paul, consists of 150 different models out of which 16 variants would initially be introduced to the local market. They include HD 65 Cargo, HD 65 Refrigerated van, HD 65 Dry van, HD 72 Safety loader, HD 78 Cargo, HD 250 Cargo, HD 260 Water tanker and HD 270 Concrete mixer.
Others are HD 270 Dump truck/tipper, HD 370 Dump truck/tipper, County bus standard, County bus Deluxe with ABS, County bus Deluxe (29+1), Super Deluxe, Super Aero City bus and Universe bus