Franchise holder of the JAC range of cars and trucks in Nigeria, Elizade Autoland Limited, a division of Elizade Nigeria Limited, said it is already reviewing its four - month test of the JAC vehicles as the exercise recently entered its final phase with just one more month to go.
It would be recalled that the vehicles were earlier given to some reliable partner companies for thorough and rigorous testing to ascertain their suitability for the Nigerian environment.
And following the recent interactive session with members of the participating companies, which included blue-chip companies, SMEs, taxi/cab associations and credible individuals in Lagos , on their experience with the vehicles to ascertain their adaptability to the Nigerian environment, Elizade Autoland said the results from the test will soon be compiled and eventually passed on to the manufacturing company in China.
Speaking at the occasion, Head of Operations, Elizade Autoland Ltd., Mr. Oloyede Obagbuwa, who is also the coordinator of the JAC project, reiterated the aim of the entire testing process. Obagbuwa, who was joined at the event by Mr. Omotosho of the technical department, said the aim was to find out specific tasks/uses the vehicles have been subjected to so far and rate the vehicles' performance on key variables such as fuel economy, frequency of breakdowns, internal and external designs, quality of engine, suspension system etc.
The two-hour interactive session chronicled the satisfactory performance of the cars as reported by the companies and organisations using them even as the blue chip companies, SMEs, taxi /cab associations, credible individuals and companies using the trucks for loading purposes generally gave a positive review as most of the participants expressed satisfaction with the performance of the vehicles.
An official of Syndicated Metal Industries Ltd, Mr. Ramon Badmus, said the vehicles are very strong, fuel efficient and rugged, adding that the trucks can travel long miles. Mr. Frank Odeh from Cybele Cosmetics said based on the performance of the past three months, the cars are suitable for the Nigerian roads while Mr. Ganiyu Alayo of Lagos State Taxi Drivers Union spoke on the shock absorbers, saying they are very strong. He said based on the reports he had collected from users of the vehicle, he would commend the performance of the vehicles.
Obagbuwa, who disclosed that a deal has been signed with JAC in China to ensure that spare parts are brought into the country for proper maintenance of the vehicles , said there will be a three- year manufacturer's warranty or 100,000km (whichever comes first) for buyers of the vehicles, with local personnel already being trained for after-sales service of the vehicles.