Lagos Auto Fair
It was indeed another exciting time at the eight edition of the Lagos Motor Show and the second edition of the Autoparts Expo Nigeria which held at the main arena of the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. The show came to an end on Thursday. The flagship motor show in West Africa ran alongside the second edition of the Autoparts Nigeria Expo which made its debut last year at the Tafawa Balewa Square.
Over 75 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of automobile spare parts from Turkey, China, India, Germany and South Korea were on ground for the Autoparts Expo while leading Nigerian automobile firms showcased their best at the fair . Lubricants giants such as MRS, Ascon Oil Limited , and Lubcon Limited, among others, were at also at the show while banks and insurance companies were on ground to woo clients with various auto finance packages.
Organised by BKG Exhibitions Limited, the Lagos Motor Show ran from May 10 to 16 as the accompanying specialised Autoparts Nigeria Expo organised in conjunction with SENEXPO International Fairs Inc., of Turkey held from May 13 to 16 at the same venue. While Sunday, May 13, was dedicated to thrill children who accompanied their parents to the show, Monday May 14 witnessed the official launch of the 2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara by C&I Motors at the fair ground.
Acting Managing Director of C&I Motors, Maureen Ogbonna, had told journalists that her company would be using the fair to launch its top-of-the-range Suzuki Grand Vitara as part of the efforts to reposition the Nigerian wholly-owned motor company.
An excited Chairman of the Organising Committee of the event, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, who is also the Managing Director/ CEO, BKG Exhibitions Limited, expressed satisfaction at the turn-out at the fair.
The visit to the fair ground on Wednesday by the Deputy Mayor of Changchun Municipal People’s Government, Jilin Province of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Gui Guangli, with an 11-member powerful trade delegation was the icing on the cake for the show. The visit , according to Agwu, was facilitated by one of the new entrants into the fair, First Automobile Works (FAW) of China, through its Nigerian subsidiary, CC Auto FZE, based in the Calabar Free Zone Area in Cross River State.
Describing the development as a reward for the hard work he and his team had been making since the inception of the auto show , Agwu said: “It did not come as a surprise because we have been strategically working for the fair to gain international recognition and for about three editions now, we have been seeing the prayer answered. However, I must point out that we are not there yet.”