ALL EYES ON PORSCHE NIGERIA
The new Porsche 911 is simply a car worth waiting for! And this is the summation of the views of freaks who have been looking forward to seeing it for the first time at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show where it is billed to premier before going on sale as a 2012 model. Ditto for those waiting for its arrival in Nigeria.
This is regardless of the fact that it will not be available at the newly opened Porsche showroom in Victoria Island, Lagos, until the first quarter of next year; February to be precise. These hints were dropped by the Marketing Manager of the Porsche division of the vast Stallion Motors, Mr Tushar Singh, who also disclosed that the edifice has been attracting attention from Porsche lovers and those seduced by the sheer beauty of the building.
According to Singh, marketing executives started receiving serious inquiries from the first day the complex was opened a few weeks ago, adding that this has since culminated in sales.
He disclosed that there were plans to gradually build a network of Porsche showrooms and service centres across the country with Abuja as the next port of call.
For now, the brand's customers in Lagos and the outskirts, service their cars at the ultra-modern Stallion service complex in Gbagada. The Porsche showroom/office building epitomizes the brand's commitment to doing business in Nigeria, through the equally committed Stallion Motors, Nigeria's largest auto stable which has since the early 90s recorded huge success with no fewer than nine front-running auto badges, starting with the Japanese Honda. In addition to being one of the most-recognized luxury brands in the world, Porsche is also one of the most successful auto companies in Germany's history.
Unfortunately, not a few of the early visitors to the new showroom on Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, were disappointed that the flagship 911, undoubtedly one of the most successful cars in history, was not among the vehicles on display, but it was gathered that the much-sought-after product 'has been sold out'. That that was the out-going model
It was learnt that those who came with inquiries later, were informed that the car wont be available till early 2012. Yet, they preferred to wait for the exciting new model. This two-door is usually available as a coupe, convertible, or both It's also available with all-wheel drive.
Pending the arrival of the latest model of the popular 911, the Porsche showroom is making hay with an array of other siblings. There was the Cayman coupe the last time we visited! There was also the latest model of the good old Cayenne SUV! The epitome of sports cars, Boxter roadster, was seen deservedly receiving special attention, while the brand's first four-door Panamera attracted more than its fair share of attention from the impressed visitors.