The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K Idris on Friday, October 26th unveiled the new 2019 model of IVM Granite at Innoson vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd Nnewi.
The IGP who was ably represented by DIG Agboola Oshodi-Glover during an inspection of the factory, expressed satisfaction at the level of activities going on at the factory and assured the Chairman of Innoson Vehicles, Chief Innocent Chukwuma OFR that he would personally brief the IGP on the facilities on ground and the capacity of the factory to manufacture specific operational vehicles to be used by the Nigerian Police.
DIG Oshodi Glover thereafter assured Chief Chukwuma that the Nigerian Police will patronize Innoson vehicles because of his conviction that the company has the capacity to produce world class standard vehicles.
The unveiling of the new vehicle also saw the commissioning of a new production line by the Executive Governor of Anambra State who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke.
The Governor in his remarks appreciated the tenacity of Chief Chukwuma who against odds has persevered in his determination to put the name of Nigeria among vehicle manufacturers in the world. The Governor called for more patronage from both government and individuals as that is the only way that the vehicle company can be sustained.
Earlier during his welcome address, the Chairman of Innoson Vehicles, Chief Dr Innocent Chukwuma OFR stated that Innoson Vehicles has come this far because of the tremendous support it has received from the Nigerian Government, most especially under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR. Chief Chukwuma stated that under the current administration, Innoson Vehicles signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian Air Force and collaborated with the Nigerian Army Authority for the design, modification, manufacturing and supply of Military vehicles.
Speaking further, Chief Chukwuma said;
“Today we are unveiling our First automated production line section. This section can weld the whole body of a vehicle in four minutes as against six hours when it’s done manually.
This new line will greatly increase our capacity as a company from 10,000 to 60,000 annual production units. It will also provide more jobs for our teeming population. As we strive to become one of the leading vehicle manufacturing brands, we shall keep no stone unturned in our determination to be the best.”
Other dignitaries at the event include; Hon Chris Azubogu, Dame Virgy Etiaba, HRH Igwe KON Orizu CON, State Commissioners of Police from Anambra, Imo and Enugu, Members of of Anambra State Traditional Ruling Council, Captains of Industries, Members of Anambra State Chambers of Commerce and Industries etc.
The 2019 Edition of IVM Granite is in line with the latest generation of international brand of high end Pick Up. It is a wonder on wheel and has four suspension systems to withstand any terrain. It is ruggedly built for African roads. IVM Granite 2019 is equipped with luxurious and comfortable interior and has a 6 manual transmission plus indirect wire manipulation which is a technology shift system adopted for flexible shaft to control the gearshift mechanism. It is also benchmarked with NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) world standard assuring good performance, and the engine is turbo charged to enhance performance.