Cities in Nigeria has some kind of affinity to a particular brand of car. Ibadan is used to Nissan Micra while Sagamu , Kano is Honda , Abuja is Nissan Sunnby and Peougot cars ,in Ogun state is comfortable with Mazdas, Owerri is Passat but in Benin it’s a different kettle of fish . The ancient city of Benin choose Audi 80.
A car some people have seen to be problematic, a car that people have changed the acronym to Automobile Under Devil’s Influence (Audi) 80 percent. Though it might sound funny but people that drives that car outside Benin has come to see that car as trouble while those that in Benin has exorcised the devil our of the car or has delivered themselves from from the problem of the car.
- Having traveled many cities , I took time to engage some of the local folks on the love for Audi ! One drive Osas said in pidgin that ” this is a wonderful car, when you buy the one that the engine is good, the car has German engineering and this is what makes me like the car” he added
Patrick Osamudiamen , a transporter that Okies Benin -Okada route when engage has all the praises for the car. He said that ” one thing that I love this Audi product is the simplicity of the engine and availability of the parts. The car can be easily fixed by anyone. Though it’s an old model ,it’s a very good car, better than those of the recent models”, he concluded.
According to the Wikipedia, The Audi 80 is a compact executive car produced by the German manufacturer Audi(initially known as Auto Union and Audi NSUAuto Union) from 1966 to 1996. It shared its platform with the Volkswagen Passat from 1973 to 1986 and was available as a sedan, and an Avant (Audi’s name for a station wagon). The coupé and convertible models were not badged as members of the range but shared the same platform and many parts.
Anthony Emeka Nwosu