BAJAJ Auto said it is set to commence full manufacturing of vehicles in Nigeria in 2018.The company gave this hint recently in Abuja when it introduced a new range of the products, Bajaj Maxima C, into the Nigeria Market. At the event, the company’s Senior Vice President, Mr. K.S Grihapathy, said the commencement of the manufacturing plant in Nigeria will provide more employment to most of Nigerian youths.He also said that the engine of the newly-introduced vehicle is mated for a five speed gear box for optimum load carrying over carrying terrains.“It is easy to drive, compact lightweight and has an extremely strong chassis made of reinforced steel. The vehicle also comes with a dry clutch and car type CV shaft which calls for very less maintenance. The vehicle has a covered cabin for all weather protection and comfort of the driver. Over the years, our passengers’ three wheeler have become a part of the social fabric in Nigeria. Apart from being an effective first and the last mile transportation solution, it also provides employment to millions. With Maxima Cargo, we are now introducing our range of cargo three-wheeler and ushering in a new solution of cargo transportation that is cleaner, safer, and more comfortable. We feel that this vehicle will be an effective solution in the last mile cargo space in Nigeria which currently is beset by problems like congestion, traffic, and pollution.”Also speaking about the new range of vehicles from the Bajaj stable, Managing Director of Metropolitan Motors, the sole distributor of the products in Nigeria, Mr. Toyin Okewo expressed satisfaction in partnering with Bajaj, saying that the new products are durable, affordable and rugged.“Our partnership with Bajaj began last year when Metropolitan Motors was selected out of 43 others firms and we have become the first company in Africa to be so selected for distributorship for these new products. The products are answers or solutions to transportation challenges. We are happy to partner them in creating a new segment of last mile transportation, given its affordable cost, multi-purpose nature and the Nigerian road landscape. “We believe there is a good market for such a vehicle in the last mile cargo sector in Nigeria”, he concluded.