FG Has a Long Term View of Developing Auto Industry, Some Agencies Fight it, Says Aromolaran

The Federal Government has a long term view of the nation’s auto industry but there is a cog in the wheel, particularly from some government agencies.

The Managing Director of VON Automobile Nigeria, Mr. Tokunbo Aromolaran, stated this during a chat with journalists in Lagos, recently.

Aromolaran said, “The same government agencies in its finance system, largely the Ministry of Finance and Customs, don’t see this long term vision; they just see a short term revenue scope. They complain that the budget of Customs will not be achieved because government has given the assemblers lower tariff. “They’re not seeing what we expect to add to the GDP of this country by local production. They’re only seeing short term revenue, so they put everything possible in the way to hinder the growth of this industry.

“Our goods stay in the ports for two to three months and they wouldn’t let them out because they must check everything since they come in with special rate of duty as conferred by the Auto Policy. What we don’t pay in duty, we pay in demurrage, because at the end of the day, they don’t want to understand why your goods were delayed; they will still levy their charges. This is because one arm of government cannot understand the other, that all of this is towards the same end of moving this country forward in industrialisation.”

Aromolaran explained that the revenues of Customs and the Ports come short not only because of the dictates of the Auto Policy on special duty rates for assemblers of vehicles but also because other vehicles come into the country completely knocked down in boxes, not on four wheels, which is why they don’t attract the mandatory duty, since they cannot be counted as fully built vehicles. “The question is, are we going to keep the Japanese factories running for ever, when our people are looking for jobs?

“People give me their children’s CV for jobs and I tell them to talk to the government to make us produce and your children will find work here. If the government keeps having this myopic view that if we increase duty on second hand cars, then poor man will suffer. Poor man will continue to suffer the way they are going, because they are not putting in place things that are sustainable for the poor man. It is not the duty on second hand cars that will make the poor man to become liberated; it is putting in place a nice public transport system. A good mass transit system is what the poor man needs, not a second hand car.”

He said they need to produce cars in large numbers to reduce their prices to enable the poor man buy new cars.

Another problem in the auto sector, he said was that of competition. “We are not afraid to compete, but we want fair competition, and that has to do with smuggling. The same Customs that complains that the revenue is going down because of the Auto Policy incentive is the same Customs that allows smuggled cars into this country unashamedly. We stay on that Badagry expressway and we see them drive through, and they would have passed through five to 15 Customs check points. It is a shame.”

He said they made submission to government some time ago, “but we are not aware of any assembly plant in Benin Republic, or in Cameroon, or in Niger Republic- the countries that surround us. We do not see why vehicles should come into the country through our land borders; all vehicles should come through the sea ports where they can go through the various infrastructure that Customs has put in place,” adding that the government accepted but that cars still come in through the land borders.

“We are suffering because people are bringing in vehicles, don’t pay any duty, put them on the road and they put ridiculous prices on them and they say our products seem expensive. We cannot bring in our containers in the night, we pay all the dues and get stuck in the ports for months, and we pay all the demurrage, and they still want the cars to be cheap.

“We have told them that if we are able to double our production, we are in a position to produce cars that will compete with these second hand cars, but only if we are able to produce in large volumes.”

He said the economics, as far as production goes, was the same, explaining “whether we produce 10 cars or 1000 cars, our overhead will be the same; it wouldn’t go up very much. This is why we say they should shut the door on second hand cars and challenge the plants to increase their production and drop their prices.”

Nigeria’s automotive industry was redefined by the Auto Policy, Aromolaran said. “We have achieved partial success envisaged when the policy was being put together. Partial in the sense that not all the requirements of the policy have been implemented or is being implemented as they should. When we say it has not been fully implemented, it has to do with the fact that all the various tariff issues are not being applied as the policy envisages.”

He said what some institutions failed to realise that those steps were not taken for nothing, explaining “We gave the government instances of what every other nation that have developed the auto industry used to be able to develop its own and we indicated that there was need for some protection of the local industry. Stating reasons why the industry needed protection, he said, “Various auto producers in their home countries get protection, because their countries appreciate that they need it to be able to compete in the world market.”

He said India, for a long time, shut its doors to foreign cars and what that did was that all those subsidised cars from China could not come in and throw away their own local producers. “South Africa did the same thing but they did not put a ban, they said if you’re bringing in a fully built car from any other place, you pay 112% duty otherwise buy the ones that are produced here, which will be cheaper and for seven or eight years when they ran their first auto policy regime, they did not waiver from that policy and what was the result of it, all the notable OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) went and established in South Africa. Today, all OEMs operate in South Africa. That country has a full auto industry, they can produce everything from a pin to the final car, including engine blocks. The cars you see on the road in South Africa are all produced there. South African blacks are on the factory floors producing these cars; nothing says Nigeria cannot do the same.”

Aromolaran said, “One of their advisers when we were doing this policy was a South African minister who was responsible for that policy when it was first brought out. He went with us to the Federal Executive Council to go and argue that policy out.”

He said the president Goodluck Jonathan administration listened to him and that all the ministers present contributed to the debate and “they agreed that we needed to project our industry somewhat. We had five or six booming auto plants in the ‘70s, but they all died because they couldn’t compete against the imports from China and South East Asia.

“We are bringing them back again; we’re putting investments in place. We still need that protection and that’s why the 70 per cent tariff is in place. You find that some aspects of government are getting very jittery about it, which is unfortunate and I will tell you what the problem is. The federal government has a long term view of developing this industry.”

He said the automotive industry is huge and the better part of it is still outside of Nigeria where they have most sophisticated production and they come up with state-of-the-art items. We as a nation must develop our own industry and to do so we must support the local assembly plants and local components manufacturers- these are two issues. Together, we add the local content to whatever it is that we are able to bring in from abroad. “Now, the industry cannot grow here if we do not support it.”

He said Nigerians ought to know that “there is a strong effort here to make the us an auto producing nation and not just a consuming nation of the products of other countries.

“I say this because we find that we have a big problem or there is a big communication gap between us and the general public. Most do not know that we assemble anything here,” adding that it gets embarrassing after six to seven years of assembly operation here. He said when vehicles’ manufacturing blossoms, the gains go to the industry and the savings in foreign exchange by not importing go to the government, and that at the end of the day, “even our own businesses too will, hopefully, feel the impact of what we are doing locally.”

Jaguar Land Rover Develops Sensory Steering Wheel to Keep Drivers’ Eyes on the Road

Jaguar Land Rover has developed a sensory steering wheel developed that could help keep drivers’ eyes on the road – by using heat to tell drivers when to turn left or right.

According to a statement by the automaker, the research, in partnership with Glasgow University, has created a ‘sensory steering wheel’, parts of which can be quickly heated and cooled to inform drivers where to turn, when to change lane or to warn of an approaching junction. This could be particularly useful when visibility is reduced through poor weather or the layout of the road.

The technology has also been applied to the gear-shift paddles to indicate when hand over from the driver to autonomous control in future self-driving vehicles is complete. 

Driver distraction is a major contributor to road accidents around the world and accounts for 10 per cent of all fatal crashes in the USA alone*. Jaguar Land Rover’s research suggests thermal cues could be a way to keep drivers fully focused on the road.

The cues work on both sides of the steering wheel, indicating the direction to turn by rapidly warming or cooling one side by a difference of up to 6°C. For comfort a driver could adjust the range of temperature change.

Studies have shown** temperature-based instructions could also be used for non-urgent notifications, where vibrations could be deemed unnecessarily attention grabbing, for example as a warning when fuel is running low, or for upcoming events, such as points of interest. Thermal cues can also be used where audio feedback would be deemed too disruptive to cabin conversations or media playback.

Alexandros Mouzakitis, Jaguar Land Rover Electrical Research Senior Manager, said: “Safety is a number one priority for Jaguar Land Rover and we are committed to continuously improving our vehicles with the latest technological developments as well as preparing the business for a self-driving future. 

“The ‘sensory steering wheel’ is all part of this vision, with thermal cues able to reduce the amount of time drivers have to take their eyes off the road. Research has shown people readily understand the heating and cooling dynamics to denote directions and the subtlety of temperature change can be perfect for certain feedback that doesn’t require a more intrusive audio or vibration-based cue.”

The Jaguar Land Rover-funded research is part of a PhD study undertaken by Patrizia Di Campli San Vito at Glasgow University as part of its Glasgow Interactive Systems Research Section (GIST). 

Jaguar and Land Rover models already boast a wide range of sophisticated Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) designed to improve driver and vehicle safety, including the new generation Head-Up Display in the Range Rover Velar. The Velar also features capacitive steering wheel controls for common functions that combine with the Interactive Driver Display to help reduce driver distraction.

All-new BMW 1 Series Outstanding Design Distinguishes it from Others

The all-new BMW 1 Series is in the market, with its outstanding design and progressive design language distinguishing it from the crowd at the very first glance.

This new machine can be ordered through Coscharis Motors, the sole representative of BMW in Nigeria.

According to the automakers, the same distinguishing features hold true for its interior with a modern atmosphere that inspires through premium quality and openness. “Efficient engines, the front-wheel drive now premiering in the new BMW 1 Series and state-of-the-art chassis technologies guarantee driving experiences full of dynamics and agility, while innovative technologies and driver assistance systems ensure that you always reach your destination safely and comfortably.”

Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 7.5, CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 171. The BMW 1 Series has sporty exterior and interior design. Authority that is instantly recognisable: the design of the all-new BMW 1 Series leaves a powerful impression both inside and outside. Starting with the dynamic front with its large double kidney grille and broad front apron, clearly defined contours run parallel to the flowing roof line through to the distinctive rear.

The premium character of the BMW 1 Series continues into the interior. Here passengers can enjoy a generously proportioned and open atmosphere of well-being. The cockpit impresses with ergonomically optimised equipment features and its systematically implemented driver-orientation.

Kia Unveils Ownership Rewards Programme, KORP, Offers Huge Discount to Old Car Owners

Kia has rolled out an exclusively special programme to reward its car owners with up to 25% discount on all repairs for old models. The programme is aimed at offering greater value, convenience, and support to customers who have owned a KIA for five years or more.

The programme is to reward customers for their loyalty over the years, said a statement by the auto company, saying it offers waivers ranging from 15% to 25% on service cost and genuine parts. These discounted pricings are premised on the years of Kia ownership, as it progressively reduces the cost of maintenance based on the years the car has been in operation.

More often than not, old car owners are fazed with the increasing cost of ownership owing to the depreciating parts of the cars and the need to continuously replace them to keep their vehicles in top condition. To ensure that its customers have the best experience with their old cars at an incredibly affordable price, Kia has launched the Kia Ownership Rewards Program tagged KORP. The rewards program is available on parts and labor charges, basic maintenance, battery replacement, select suspension and air conditioning parts, brakes, routine service parts amongst others. Additionally, the old Kia owners will be entitled to special discounts on Bodyshop repairs and painting.

Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Nigeria, Sanjay Tatpati said, “In line with our effort to foster ‘peace of mind’ in our customers and engage them meaningfully to drive affinity with Kia through service programs that speak to them rationally and connect them emotionally to our brand with the implementation of exceptional services, we have added this value-added service, KORP to our service portfolio to drive customer satisfaction at its peak. This underscores our commitment to our brand’s global initiative, the ‘Promise to Care’; our service philosophy to offer service excellence and exceptional customer experience. We have been offering various value-added services in the last four quarters to engage our and this one is for our proud KIA owners who are enjoying their rides for a long time. This programme is set to reward them throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle.”

Sanjay further added that “with the introduction of ‘KIA Ownership Rewards’, we are setting a new benchmark in the auto industry. This programme will substantially bring down the cost of maintenance as their Kia vehicles get older. Coupled with the unbeatable quality of Kia Motors Nigeria’s aftersales service, KORP will provide greater value for our customers.”

The KORP goes the distance to deliver a more fulfilling experience for old Kia owners with discounted pricing and exceptional service delivery. Service and parts pricing flexibility and the undying resolve of Kia Motors Nigeria to always roll out customer-driven initiatives that match customers’ active lifestyle are hallmarks of the KORP. The programme is Kia’s way of saying thank you to old customers for their continued trust while servicing and maintaining at the accredited service center.

KORP is a service programme designed to give customers great value and keep their old vehicles in top condition. For Kia owners who had owned their car for over 5 years, the KORP service program is tailored to suit the age and mileage of the car; making life easier for owners and keeping running costs down. The program is poised to ensuring excellent value for money. Our Kia trained technicians will only use genuine Kia parts, using the Kia service tools and diagnostic equipment to the exact global standard of Kia in service delivery to customers.

Over the years, Kia prides itself as the leading auto brand with a host of owners’ loyalty initiatives that are customer-oriented. With the introduction of KORP, Kia is strengthening its place as the best auto company with not only exceptional service deliveries that exceed expectations but with affordable pricing that’s value-driven. Ownership reward programs aren’t new in the industry but Kia’s KORP caps it all by genuinely offering a programme that makes the ownership experience better. The program is accessible to customers at all accredited service centres nationwide.

New Porsche Cayenne S Coupé with 440 hp now Available

Porsche is launching another powerful addition to its SUV Coupé range: the Cayenne S Coupé. The model is available for order, with first units expected to reach the market in October. A statement by the automaker said the 2.9-litre V6 engine featuring twin-turbocharging and developing 440 hp (324 kW) is at the heart of the new four-door sports car.

The maximum torque of 550 Nm guarantees powerful acceleration, resulting in a time of 5.0 seconds from standing start to 100 km/h in combination with the standard Sport Chrono Package. This figure drops to 4.9 seconds with the three optional lightweight sports packages. The top speed is 263 km/h.

In addition to the Sport Chrono Package, the standard equipment includes speed-sensitive Power Steering Plus, 20-inch alloy wheels, Park Assist at the front and rear including reversing camera and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

Porsche is extending the model range with the new Cayenne S Coupé. The previously announced models, the Cayenne Coupé with 340 hp (250 kW) and the Cayenne Turbo Coupé with 550 hp (404 kW), were shown at this year’s world premiere in March. The highlights of the brand’s SUV coupé include sharper proportions with a unique rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler, two different roof concepts and a rear bench with the characteristics of two individual seats.

The vehicle features a 2.16 m2 panoramic glass roof as standard or can be customized through an optionally available contoured carbon roof with typical sports car look.

Innovative six-cylinder engine with central turbo layout
The 2.9-litre twin-turbo engine of the Cayenne S Coupé delivers its maximum torque of 550 Nm across a wide engine speed range between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm. Both exhaust turbochargers have been arranged in a central turbo layout inside the cylinder V. This results in an engine with compact dimensions, allowing it to be installed in a lower position for a better centre of gravity and enhanced lateral dynamics.

The shortened exhaust paths between the combustion chambers and the turbochargers produce a particularly spontaneous engine response and a faster build-up in power. The exhaust manifold has been integrated into the cylinder head, which reduces weight and means that the manifold is surrounded by coolant. This ensures highly efficient combustion, particularly under full load.

More dynamic proportions and specific design elements
A roof line that drops significantly towards the rear also lends the Cayenne S Coupé a particularly dynamic appearance. This effect is supported by a fixed roof spoiler, accentuating the distinctive Coupé silhouette. The front windscreen and A-pillar are lower than in the Cayenne, courtesy of a roof edge that has been lowered by around 20 millimetres. Newly designed rear doors and wings broaden the shoulders of the vehicle by 18 millimetres, contributing to its overall muscular impression. In each Cayenne Coupé model, a fixed roof spoiler is combined with the new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA).

The spoiler is harmoniously integrated into the vehicle silhouette and extends by 135 millimetres at speeds of 90 km/h and above, increasing the downforce on the rear axle and thus enhancing driving stability.

Mitsubishi Motors, She Leads Africa Collaborate to Support Women in Nigeria’s Corporate World

Massilia Motors Nigeria, the sole distributor of Mitsubishi Motors in Nigeria and a joint venture of the CFAO Group and the Chanrai Group, in conjunction with She Leads Africa, a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, organised a private evening of networking and learning tagged, ‘Drive Your Ambition’ to celebrate women leading corporate Nigeria.

Drive Your Ambition, which took place at the Mitsubishi Motors showroom in Victoria Island, brought together a myriad of senior executive Nigerian women from different sectors of the economy under one roof to share and learn from each other.

The opening note was given by Funmi Abiola, Head of Marketing and Communications for Massilia Motors, who shed more light on the ‘Drive Your Ambition’ tagline which was created in 2017 when Mitsubishi Motors turned 100 years old. The event is a continuation of their efforts to support Nigerian’s breaking grounds in various industries.

The session officially kicked-off with a few words from the Co- Founder of She Leads Africa, Afua Osei. Osei in her welcome address highlighted the importance of networking and encouraged attendees to partake in a bonding session. The goal of the session was for the attendees to meet new people with experiences similar or different to theirs

Speakers at the event were three senior level female corporate executives including Amuche Okeke-Agba, a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Lagos office who co-leads the recovery & transformation services practice for McKinsey in West Africa; Ijeoma Agboti-Obatoyinbo, the Managing Director / CEO of FBNQuest Funds Ltd, and lastly, Ugochi Agoreyo, a Partner Development Senior Specialist for West Africa at SAP.

The panel was moderated by Abosede George-Ogan, Director, Strategy, Partnerships and Stakeholder Management at the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund. The women spoke of their experiences gained in the course of their careers, the challenges they have faced and the lessons learnt from those challenges.

The three key pieces of advice that were shared at Drive Your Ambition for career building were:

  • Get help: Always make sure you rely on your network of mentors and peers.
  • Visibility is very important: Go the extra mile with your work, do the little extra that makes things better and get noticed for your good work!
  • Don’t burn bridges: It’s important to strive for clean exits so you can keep increasing the network of people you have access to.

The goal of the event was to motivate more women across the country to find success in their chosen career paths and continue to drive their ambition.

All New Range Rover Evoque Evolves for African Cities and Beyond

An all new Range Rover Evoque has been developed and its elegance will adorn African cities and beyond.

The new Range Rover Evoque builds on the strengths of the best-selling original. Combining all-terrain ability with on-road composure, the Evoque’s new vehicle architecture, updated technologies and world-first features make it more comfortable, capable and connected than ever before.

Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of nearly 800 000 and well over 200 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original. Combining unrivalled Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology – designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain – it meets the needs of today’s customers.

Range Rover Evoque’s enduring profile and coupé-like silhouette is typified by its distinctive roofline and rising waist. Outstanding volume and proportions are amplified by its pronounced shoulders and powerful wheel arches that, alongside 21-inch wheels, combine to create a strong and dynamic attitude.

The introduction of super-slim Matrix LED headlamps provides a more sophisticated front and rear lamp graphic. Flush door handles add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic, while sweeping directional indicators create a purposeful signature.

Stretching across the rear of the vehicle is a striking black accent that creates a sense of visual width, while the precise reduction of exterior panel gaps demonstrates the level of craftsmanship Land Rover’s designers and engineers have worked to achieve.

Inside, the finely crafted design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with carefully curated premium materials to create a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin. Technical textiles that use recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica® suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics™ options. 

The cabin is designed to be a calm and serene space, ensuring comfortable, healthy and happy occupants, with technologies such as the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system, featuring new, faster software, 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation that complement the increased interior space.

The footprint is almost identical, yet built on Land Rover’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.

Featuring ground-breaking textiles and trim finishes, two new seat options are on offer. Customers can choose seats upholstered in a premium alternative to leather developed by Danish textile experts, Kvadrat – a high-quality material that combines a durable wool blend paired with a technical Dinamica® suedecloth, made from recycled plastic bottles.

In addition, customers will have the option of a new Eucalyptus textile produced from natural fibres that when grown, use significantly less water than traditional materials and features alongside a new lightweight performance material not derived from animals. Each option has a sumptuous feel and unique design, offering a truly premium alternative to leather. 

The Range Rover Evoque is based on Land Rover’s new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, which is 13% stiffer than its predecessor and together with rigidly-mounted subframes reduces noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin. With a 21mm longer wheelbase and compact new suspension design, the compact SUV delivers increased interior room and improved handling in all conditions.

Integral Link rear suspension separates lateral and longitudinal forces to enhance body control and agility, providing greater comfort and confidence on the road. At the front, MacPherson strut Hydrobush front suspension features fluid-filled bushes to minimise the high-speed wheel vibration felt through the steering wheel. 

Adaptive Dynamics combines intelligent sensors and continuously variable suspension dampers that monitor road conditions every 100 milliseconds. The system constantly adjusts the dampers to give a composed ride with maximum control, regardless of any change of terrain or surface. 

Terrain Response 2 is available as standard for the first time on new Evoque with All-Wheel Drive and automatic transmission. Not only will this allow drivers to choose from four modes (Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, and Mud & Ruts) to optimise performance and capability, but the new Auto mode enables Evoque to select the most appropriate mode for the conditions and automatically adjust its torque delivery to suit the terrain.

Ground clearance is 212mm, while approach and departure angles are 25 degrees in the front and 30.6 degrees in the rear. Evoque’s maximum wading depth of 600mm can be effectively monitored with optional Wade Sensing. Ultrasonic sensors in the exterior mirrors accurately measure the depth of the water, which is displayed on the central touchscreen.

The latest Evoque comes with a variety of all-terrain technologies such as Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control and All-Terrain Progress Control. Allied with assistance features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front, the latest Range Rover Evoque has all the credentials to go above and beyond. 

There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.ClearSight Ground View – the realisation of Land Rover’s transparent bonnet concept previewed on the Discovery Vision concept – is a world first. Cameras in the front grille and on the door mirrors project a feed onto the central touchscreen to show what is ahead of and underneath the front of the vehicle with a virtual 180-degree view. 

Helping the driver maintain visibility when negotiating extreme terrains as well as high city-centre kerbs, this is yet another technological evolution that makes the new Evoque ideal for traversing the urban jungle, the actual jungle and everything in between.

The new smart rear-view mirror transforms into an HD video screen at the touch of a button. By displaying a rear-facing camera feed onto the mirror, the driver’s view remains unrestricted by passengers or large items in the back, while also providing a wider 50-degree field of vision using a camera positioned above the rear window. This technology also delivers clearer visibility in low light conditions.

Designed with a protective lip to prevent mud and water soiling the lens, there is also a hydrophobic coating that repels water spray. In the unlikely occurrence that the camera is ever obscured, drivers can change back to a traditional rear-view mirror at the flick of a switch.

Land Rover’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is central to the digital interior experience, combining two sleek 10-inch high-definition glass touchscreens, a 12.3-inch driver display behind the steering wheel and full-colour head-up display. The result is a beautiful, ‘hidden until lit’ interior filled with state-of-the-art digital interfaces.

The ergonomic design and capacitive switches are easier and more intuitive to operate, allowing the driver to easily control a wide variety of technologies. There is smartphone integration, as well as Click & Go rear-seat tablet holders with charging capability, and six USB slots located throughout the cabin.

Evoque is future-proofed, with wireless software updates to the infotainment and vehicle systems which means the compact luxury SUV continuously improves over time, without having to visit a retailer.

Ingenium engines have been advanced with new technologies to make them quieter and more refined, while the ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox has been recalibrated to ensure a smoother, more progressive drive on all-terrains. 

Sub-Sahara Africa customers have a choice of a 132kW Td4 diesel and 183kW Si4 petrol engines. The diesel, badged D180, returns an average fuel consumption of 5.8l/100km * and is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds. The P250-badged petrol returns a 7.4l/100km * average fuel consumption and sprints from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds. * Based on WLTP test cycle. WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure) is the new process that has been phased in from 2017, which measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions in passenger vehicles in Europe. 

Coscharis Launches All New Ford Everest in Nigeria

The all new Ford Everest XLT Range and Everest Limited has launched into the Nigerian market, boosting the vehicles’ positioning in the country.

The launch, by Coscharis Motors, the sole representative of Ford Motor Company in Nigeria, took place on Wednesday at the Lagos International Motor Show.

The new Ford Everest is the most sophisticated Everest seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) on the market. It is more appealing than ever with a range of styling, suspension and feature upgrades, said the General Manager, Marketing and Communications, Coscharis Motors, Abiona Babarinde.

He said the new Everest would “provide Ford an important position in the SUV segment, it is a segment which continues to grow in Africa, as well as around the world. Consumers are opting for versatile, family-oriented vehicles that suit their active lifestyles.

According to him, “We are excited the new Everest will be joining our local line-up. With the New Everest, we have raised the game even further by introducing subtle yet effective styling updates with the eye-catching exterior, providing a more refined and luxurious cabin environment, adding several new trend-setting technologies to the already feature-packed range, and building on the outgoing model’s superb comfort and ride refinement with a revised suspension set-up.

“More so, the Everest comes in diesel engines, which is what some of our oil services customers have been yearning for, as it is more ideal for access into highly inflammable locations than its petrol counterpart.”

The New Everest communicates rugged off-road capability with a sense of refined artistry that takes Ford’s seven-seater SUV to a new level within the segment. The refreshed grille introduces a new level of depth to the design through the layering of three distinctive grille bars that exude exclusivity and luxury whilst presenting a sense of strength and robustness.

The lower bumper has been redesigned to accentuate width, incorporating a connected horizontal beam that has been added to the fascia insert, which gives the Everest even greater on-road presence.

A classy new 20-inch wheel has been introduced on the range-topping Everest Limited, featuring a modern split spoke design that gives the vehicle a more upmarket and dynamic appearance.

Ford has also upped the ante in terms of overall quality and refinement, employing a more purposeful execution of colours and materials. Stronger contrasting elements are employed with the addition of the secondary grille texture against the chrome bright work.

The accents move from a single-layer satin metallic to a two-layer glossy metallic paint, giving a more liquid-like feel for customers expecting outstanding quality. The wheel accent paints are now darker to further accentuate the machine-cut surface of the alloys, adding more drama and a more premium look to the overall appearance.

A new exterior body colour has been added to the line-up: Diffused Silver is designed as a modern take on the typical luxury beige. It communicates toughness with its added depth and also sophistication with its smooth champagne highlights.

The New Everest provides premium levels of quality, outstanding interior space and maximum versatility – now with a selection of new, richer materials and design details that emphasise luxury and style throughout.

The introduction of the Ebony environment colour changes the entire ambience of the interior cabin. The added depth allows the details and bright work to stand out and further aligns the interior to the customer’s expectation for a premium SUV, complemented by a greater selection of soft-touch materials.

Adding further exclusivity to the cabin is the use of contrast stitching on the Everest Limited, along with shadow chrome finishes, perforated leather and high-quality paints that add further lustre to the upgraded interior.

The current 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine, with 118kW and 385Nm, is available in the Everest XLT derivatives, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic derivatives. An electronic differential lock is standard across the Everest range to enhance off-road capability.

Customers also have the option of the powerful 3.2-litre five-cylinder TDCi engine on the XLT model with 147kW and 470Nm on tap, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

All Everest 4×4 models are equipped with Ford’s seamless and intuitive Terrain Management System that facilitates easy switching between Normal, Rock Crawl, Mud and Sand modes to suit the driving conditions.

Improved ride comfort and refinement

As with the New Ford Ranger, the New Everest has benefited from numerous suspension improvements that further enhance ride quality and refinement. Most notably, the front-mounted stabiliser bar has been moved to the rear of the front axle, which allows for greater packaging and design freedom, along with an increase in diameter and stiffness to give the Everest improved roll control and handling performance.

The revised layout has also enabled a reduction in front spring rates, thus achieving an even more comfortable and pliant ride. Additionally, the jounce bumper, which softens the impact when the suspension is fully compressed over severe bumps, has been relocated from the lower control arm to the damper rod at the top of the suspension, thereby reducing the load on the suspension bushes. This gives an improved ride and reduced noise levels.

Overall suspension compliance has been improved, with three damper tunes being adopted for the New Everest range in place of the single set-up used previously. This ensures that the ride characteristics are better tailored to the engine and drivetrain configurations, resulting in a plusher ride over rough surfaces without impacting the Everest’s maximum towing capacity of 3 000kg with a braked trailer.

The extensive suspension refinements have also enabled a reduction in tyre pressures from 240 to 210 kPa, further enhancing overall comfort and isolating the occupants from road imperfections. At the same time, steering precision and control has also been improved.

Boyi: NAIDP Bill Panacea for Nigeria’s Auto Industry

The Managing Director of PAN Automobile Nigeria, Ibrahim Boyi has urged the passage of the New Automobile Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) Bill, among others because it would accelerate growth in the industry.

Boyi said this would also attract the development and growth of Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) which has huge capacity for mass employment, value chain addition and export revenue for the country.

The Chief Executive of PAN stated this when he met with the World Bank Group on Private Sector Development at PAN’s corporate head office in Kaduna, recently. The World Bank team, headed by Dr Supo Olusi, was on a policy development strategy mission to help fashion out Nigeria’s private sector business development instruments.

Boyi said lack of industry protection through no strict policy implementation, coupled with uniform policy instruments incentives to heavy capital investors and mediocre garage operators, the nature of our porous borders, allowing smuggling of used vehicles, all contributed in dwindling the fortune of the OEM and made investment in the sector unattractive.

“As at the last count we have only eight operational OEMs out of the 70 that existed in 80s and 90s who contributed in PAN attaining 40% local content, assembling 90 vehicles in 3 shifts with over 4000 direct employees,” he lamented.

The World Bank team leader congratulate the PAN management team for their tenacity to sustain operations despite the harsh economic realities, and also concurred with Mr Boyi’s support for the NAIDP Bill which they see as one strong instrument for the revival of the OEMs and window for direct foreign investment “with potential export revenues running into billions of dollars,” Olusi added.

In a related development, at the just concluded Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit 4.0, Ibrahim Boyi, who was plenary discussant of the topic, ‘Reviving the Manufacturing Sector: The way Forward’, called on government to develop an “effective manufacturing policy that will drive growth through rigorous implementation and marshalling out various incentives, like strict compliance with Executive Order of Buy Made in Nigeria to protect and grow local industries.”

Rolls-Royce Celebrates Success in China at 2019 Shanghai Motor Show

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars set a remarkable business record in 2018 and achieved its greatest sales result in the brand’s 115-year history, with 4,107 cars delivered to customers in over 50 countries worldwide.
The automaker said in a statement that the Greater China market played a significant role in the marque’s 2018 success story; becoming Rolls-Royce’s second-largest market. It is anticipated that the market will, at some point in the not-too-distant future, become Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ largest single market.
“I am very pleased with our performance in Greater China. At Rolls-Royce our patrons are our life blood,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “They are our heroes and friends. We are wholeheartedly committed to meeting their diverse needs and desires. For our Chinese customers, being in the Rolls-Royce family is a special experience, like no other. And they are deeply appreciative of our meticulous attention to the most modest details, and we welcome their custom.”
As the world’s top luxury brand, Rolls-Royce is gaining ever increasing favour amongst young, ultra-high-net-worth Chinese customers who are attracted to the brand’s youthful model range, and exceptional personalisation options. Phantom, which is Rolls-Royce’s pinnacle product, sells more in China than anywhere else in the world.
“China is a key component of our global strategy, has become one of the fastest-growing markets for Rolls-Royce, and made a pivotal contribution to our record sales in 2018,” said Leon Li, Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Greater China. “Our Chinese patrons are younger than in our other markets, exceptionally successful, and have a global perspective. All of this contributes to their unique tastes, and appetite for highly bespoke Rolls-Royces.”
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars returns to Shanghai Motor Show this year with a breathtaking line-up, showcasing the near-infinite Bespoke possibilities of the brand. Every Rolls-Royce is hand-built at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England.
Phantom Extended Wheelbase featuring the Privacy Suite will be at the Shanghai Motor Show for the first time together with Cullinan, Ghost, and the edgy and menacing Wraith Black Badge, demonstrating the width and breadth of true personalisation that only Rolls-Royce can offer.

Phantom Extended Wheelbase featuring Privacy SuiteCrafted for those seeking sanctuary and privacy within the rear compartment of their Rolls-Royce, the Phantom Extended Wheelbase featuring Privacy Suite, is an innovation that provides unrivalled levels of privacy and luxury for the Marque’s discerning patrons.
Regal Bronze bodywork is partnered with a Silver Satin Bonnet and a single Seashell White Coachline, offering a stately and elegant stance. The colour theme continues into the interior, with Smoked Eucalyptus and Silver pinstripe veneer complementing the Dark Spice and Seashell leather. Cascade of Steel embroidered door panels elegantly match the Phantom’s Gallery, resulting in a truly bespoke masterpiece.
The Privacy Suite, exclusive to the Phantom Extended Wheelbase, is a perfect showcase of Rolls-Royce Motor Car’s ability to provide clients with a truly luxurious and private experience blended with cutting-edge technology. The effortless touch of a button partitions the rear cabin from the front with Electrochromatic glass, allowing the rear passengers to instantly transform the glass wall from transparent to opaque, providing a highly sophisticated and absolute level of privacy.

The fully integrated Intercom System provided in the Privacy Suite allows the occupants to open a direct line of communication to the driver at the press of a button. The driver has the opportunity to ‘call’ the rear occupants at any time, whilst the passengers can choose to answer or reject the communication.
Rear Privacy Curtains have also been added allowing full closure of the side and rear windows as well as Rear Privacy Glass, extending discretion when the curtains are open.

Bespoke Ghost Extended WheelbaseThe Bespoke Ghost Extended Wheelbase on display in Shanghai represents the true duality exhibited in this extraordinary vehicle. Combining elegant design cues from the past with contemporary style, Ghost stands as the unequivocal choice of pioneers, entrepreneurs and tastemakers as they continue to blaze a path in their chosen career. Nowhere in the world is this clearer than in the Chinese market. Ghost was the top selling model in the Greater China Market in 2018 and continues to prove popular with the society’s entrepreneurs and businessmen and women.

A Burnout Grey body is adorned with a single Armagnac Coachline. The theme continues into the interior, with Armagnac and Black leather hides providing a two-tone colour scheme. Selby Grey piping and stitching provide contrast, highlighting the serenity found in this extraordinary motor car. This is combined with a Brushed Metal fascia, displaying the elegance of Ghost Extended Wheelbase as the top executive sedan that continues to provide patrons the opportunity to explore the limits of Bespoke by challenging the artisans at the Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood.

CullinanCullinan is the result of years of collaboration with patrons and clients alike. Rolls-Royce refused to enter the market with anything less than perfect and Cullinan has delivered. Launched to global acclaim last year, Cullinan received effusive headlines in the media, as well as an enthusiastic welcome from patrons. The Shanghai 2019 Bespoke Cullinan on display is a symbol of what the craftspeople at The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood are able to achieve given a machine of exquisite artistry.

Consummate in Salamanca Blue, with its crystal effect exclusively developed by Rolls-Royce, echoing the dazzling light and beauty reflected in the car’s namesake – the biggest diamond ever discovered. In line with the simple and concise design, the interior colours are Selby Grey, Black and Cobalto Blue. Bespoke Shanghai Motorshow 2019 treadplates pay homage to one of the most vibrant and forward-looking cities in the world. 

The new, advanced Bespoke model illustrates Rolls-Royce’s concept of luxury travel over any terrain, providing a perfect choice for motoring in the great outdoors, bringing discerning customers who wish to travel in style and grace, be it to the opera, to polo, or across the amazing and vast outdoors of China.

Wraith Black Badge Wraith Black Badge speaks to the darker, more assertive, confident and demanding aesthetic of a new breed of Rolls-Royce customer – today’s generation of young, self-confident. trendsetting, cosmopolitan citizens of the world. This alluring guise has attracted the attention of Rolls-Royce’s younger, self-empowered, Chinese Patrons. These customers seek adventure and are unapologetic in their choice of lifestyle.

Wraith Black Badge is the ultimate gentleman’s GT. A motor car with passion and a darker alter-ego.
The Selby Grey over Black Diamond exterior of the Shanghai 2019 Bespoke Wraith Black Badge is complimented by a feature coachline and wheel pinstripe in striking Mugello Red. Selby Grey seat and door piping harmonises seamlessly with the exterior and the starlight headliner with red hue adds a dramatic intrigue never before seen on a Rolls-Royce.
Visitors are welcome to visit the Rolls-Royce stand (8A08) in the 8.I Hall to appreciate the ultimate in luxury and Bespoke from Rolls-Royce.