This weekend was the 2018 annual Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) awards. It is the Grammy, Oscar and Emmy of the leading auto brands, tyre and lubricants makers in the country.
It is also where the car of the year in Nigeria is unveiled and featured a who is who in the related industries.
In the award categories for 2018, Hyundai Creta won the Car of The Year (COTY) Award beating out Toyota Corolla and the new kid on the block from Chian the GA 3.
In the Luxury Car of The Year group, the Mercedes Benz S-Class emerged winner ahead of BMW 7-series while the Luxury SUV of the Year award went to Range Rover Autobiography. (below)
Toyota Hilux and Toyota Hiace clinched the Pick-up of the Year and Mini Bus of the Year awards respectively. The indigenous lubricant of the year went to Lubcon, just as Ceat won the Tyre brand of the year.
Also, Massilia was named the Most Improved Showroom and Light Duty Truck of the year with JAC T6 winning Value for money in the Pick-up segment and AIICO the bagging the auto insurance company of the year, among others.
While Yutong (below) won the High Capacity Commercial Passenger Bus of the year, JAC truck won the Heavy Duty Truck of the year. Both are assembled in Nigeria by Kojo Motors and Lanre Shittu Motors respectively.