Ford will Assemble Ranger Pick-up in Nigeria
Ford Motor Company announced on Monday the brand will assemble its Ranger pickup truck in Nigeria starting in the fourth quarter of 2015. As part of its expansion in Middle East and Africa, Nigeria will be the first African country outside of South Africa where Ford vehicles are produced. The Ranger will be assembled in the Lagos State about 470 miles from Nigeria’s capital city Abuja in Ikeja.
“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.”
Ford will assemble the vehicles at a semi-knockdown level, using body parts and components imported from South Africa for the new Ranger. The new assembly plant in Ikeja has the capacity to assemble up to 5,000 units annually. All vehicles assembled at the plant in Ikeja are to be sold in Nigeria only.
The Ranger is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa. The truck is currently sold in 24 African countries and 148 markets worldwide.