Ford will start making Ranger trucks in Nigeria from the fourth quarter of this year at a facility in Ikeja, the latest carmaker to announce production in the country following Nigeria’s introduction of a new automotive industry development plan late in 2013.
The new assembly plant in Ikeja, which is 750km southwest of the Nigerian capital Abuja, has the capacity to assemble up to 5,000 units annually. Vehicles assembled there will be for sale in Nigeria only.
The carmaker is partnering with its dealer group Coscharis Motors on the project.
“Assembling Ford Ranger trucks in Africa’s largest economy is an important milestone in our Middle East and Africa growth plan,” said Jim Benintende, president of Ford Middle East & Africa. “With Coscharis we have the right partner and with the Ford Ranger we have the right product to deliver a world class truck that Nigerian customers want and value.”
The Ford Ranger was the best-selling vehicle South Africa for the first half of 2015, and is currently sold in 24 countries throughout the continent.