Indigenous automobile manufacturing company, Innoson Vehicles, has reacted to an Instagram post by social media influencer Tunde Ednut, mocking one of its vehicles presented to BBNaija winner Mercy.
Tunde’s post had generated controversy on social media on Tuesday and Wednesday as social media users slammed him for ridiculing the vehicle which he described as “Onitsha made”.
In a reaction to the uproar generated by Tunde’s assertion, Innoson, responded in a lengthy statement posted via its Twitter handle @Innosonvehicles.
The company said it is still growing and would continue to improve on its vehicles and services to become better.
IVM urged Nigerians to “keep faith with Innoson Vehicles and embrace it as our pride”, saying with support of the populace it could rise to become one of the greatest things to come out of Nigeria.
The statement read:
“Rome was not built in a day and the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. Innoson Vehicles will continue to grow steadily, closing the gap little by little, improving on its vehicles and services till it becomes one of the greatest exports from Nigeria
“Any careful observer that has been monitoring Innoson Vehicles from the very inception will observe that there has been a tremendous improvement.
“This is because IVM is using the concept of regionalization in the production of its vehicles by making sure that it considers the local taste and consumer preferences of the African region during production.
“We ensure we get feedback from the users of IVM in order to know their views on their IVM experience and with this feedbacks we seek better ways to improve on the tastes and preferences of our customers to suit the environment.
“For example, based on various feedbacks we got from our customers and users of our big vehicles we have improved on the clutch and brake systems, the engine capacity and the body structure of the bus.
“IVM also improved on the interior décor and comfort by installing luxury seats, a robust air-conditioning system and an onboard entertainment system. IVM also improved on the suspension system of its vehicle, transmission system and enhanced shock absorber.
“On the smaller vehicles, like the small buses, SUV’s, and Sedans, IVM improved on the fuel economy, the interior décor of the vehicles and the engine output.
“Innoson Vehicles use SRS airbags, suspension systems that are internationally acceptable. On safety, it employs ABS in the production of its vehicles, together with EBD that ensures even distribution of brakes between the front and rear wheels.
“On the engine output, IVM has gone a step further to engage the best engine manufacturers in the world to produce its own IVM engines that are environmentally friendly. Today we can categorically state that IVM customized engines are the best for the Nigerian environment.
“Innoson Vehicles employ international best practices in the production of its vehicles and they can compare very favorably in terms of durability, fuel economy, safety.
“Nigerians should keep faith with Innoson Vehicles and embrace it as our pride. IVM is not there yet but with your support; the government, corporate organizations, relevant institutions and individuals, IVM can rise to become one of the greatest things to come out of Nigeria.
“Innoson Vehicles’ greatest achievement is not behind them neither is it with them now. Its best is yet to happen. As consumer expectations continue to change and new technologies keep coming out, so will IVM continue to improve, let us all, therefore, keep faith with IVM.”