Japan Motors

BY: Graphic Business
Mr Salam Kalmoni (left), MD of Japan Motors  together with some staff, display some awrads the company has won

Japan Motors has an exceptional history that dates back to a century ago. In 1965, the corporate identity called Japan Motors Trading Company Limited moved on to become limited liability Company, which was established from a family motor vehicle spare parts and transport business called Kalmoni & Sons.

The milestones
Nissan (then Datsun) was the first Japanese car to be imported into the Ghanaian market by S. Kalmoni & Sons in1958.

In 1965, the Tema branch was opened to assemble Datsun pick-ups and to build bodies designed by Nissan Motors Co. for the market-popular mini bus.

It was in 1970 that a second assembly line was added to Datsun 120Y saloon car. These two models were top vehicles produced by Nissan Motor Co. By 1980, the two assembling lines will be closed when the Ghana Government withdrew tax concessions hitherto instituted by the government of Ghana to protect local employment at local manufacturing enterprises. 

This led to the modification of the Tema facilities as vehicle service workshop and bonded warehouse for the shipping and clearing department of Japan Motors.

Our core services
Today, Japan Motors is synonymous with the Nissan brand name as a leading distributor of Nissan Vehicles and Genuine Nissan Parts in Ghana.

The company handles sales and after sales servicing of the Nissan saloon range of vehicles such as Sunny, Tiida Hatchback, Tiida Sedan, Teana, Micra and Sentra. Nissan SUVs at Japan Motors includes the Pathfinder, Patrol, Murano, X-trail and Qashqai, while the LCVs are Nissan Navara, Hardbody, Urvan and Civilian.

Japan Motors has emerged as one of the top players in the automobile sector in Ghana, with showrooms, service centers and parts outlets in six different locations in Ghana, making the company one of the largest motor firm in Ghana in terms of geographic coverage.

Mr. Salem Kalmoni, the Managing Director of Japan Motors, has worked tirelessly in ensuring customer satisfaction to motor vehicle needs in Ghana.

He stated that aside investing in expanding their branch network; Japan Motors continually invest in technical training to put into practice their Motto: Driven by Excellence.

In Africa, Ghana has been receiving priority attention from Nissan Motor Company; this includes expanding line-up of vehicle offered in Ghana.

Numerous laurels
Japan Motors has won numerous awards nationally and internationally. In 2012 and 2013 Japan motors received the prestigious NISSAN Global Awards.

In 2010, they won Best Sales and After Sales awards in the sub-Sahara market. The company consecutively won 2008 2009, 2012 - Motor Firm of the Year at the CIMG Awards, and recently won the 2014 CIMG Motor firm of the year.

Also in 2008, JMTC won Best Nissan After-Sale Performance Award, also Global Nissan Award in same year.

Another double for JMTC was for Nissan Service Management Achievement in 2004 and 2005, the company also won the Yamaha Appreciation Award in 2005, the Nissan Award followed in 2004.

Other awards are the President’s Award in 2003, President’s Award in 2002, the Executive Vice President’s Award in 2001, Nissan Best Sales Award for West Africa and On Record Sales Performance Awards for the first half of 2001.

The rest are in 1999, the Nissan President’s Award and Most Left Hand Drive CBU sales, 1997 was the Nissan World Service Management Award (Middle East & Africa Group II), 1990, the Nissan Africa Parts Awards, the triple was in 1989/88/86 - Nissan Top Market Share Award and another triple for Yamaha Appreciation in January 1995/ October 2002/ March 2002.

Support for communities
Japan Motors has strong commitments to the communities in Ghana. Over the years, the company has supported many programmes in the areas of health, sports, education and security.

Last year the company collaborated with e-tv Ghana and donated visual aids to the Ghana Blind Union, formerly the Ghana Association of the Blind.

The donation comprises white canes and writing frames to enhance mobility and education for their members.
In 2006, Japan Motors presented a motorbike and three power generators valued at 7,000 dollars to the Ghana Armed Forces in Accra. — GB