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Toyota to introduce new budget car before December 31



Photo caption L R: Managing Director Toyota Nigeria Limited, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo; Group Head, Procurement, First Bank Nigeria, Mrs Damilola Adisa; and Head, Dealer Development & Special Projects, Mr Henry Ojuoko, during the presentation of the Toyota customer award to the bank in Lagos....on Friday.
  • Honours DPR, Customs, First Bank, others

Toyota Nigeria Limited has revealed its plans to introduce to the market a new entry-level vehicle before the end of the year, its Managing Director, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo, stated this in Lagos.

He said this at the 2020 edition of the company’s annual customers’ award event, held in Lekki, where the Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria Customs Service and First Bank of Nigeria, among others, were honoured for being loyal to the brand.

Ade-Ojo said the new entry-level vehicle would come “at a friendly price”.

The TNL MD however did not reveal the name of the new product and its other details.

He said also hinted that the company planned to “stage a fleet conference that will unveil plans being put together by the TNL to continue to serve the best interest of its teeming customers in the country.”

He assured customers of the company’s commitment to continue to meet their expectations at every customer touch point.

He thanked the customers for their continued patronage and Toyota dealers for their unwavering commitment to satisfy the customers.

A statement by the company said the TNL Chairman, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, had earlier spoken about quality of the Toyota brand, which he noted was built “on a strong foundation of the ‘can-do spirit’.

He said notwithstanding the quality and performance of the brand, “We will continue to seek new ways to reach out to our numerous customers to fulfill our mandate to keep them happy and satisfied.”

The TNL chairman also said the annual award was designed to appreciate “our teeming corporate and individual customers who have been loyal to us through the years and not forgetting our indefatigable dealers that have been resolute in their quality of service delivery to our esteemed customers.”

The gesture, according to him, “is hinged on our philosophy of rewarding loyalty no matter the circumstance. We will push beyond new horizons to achieve set targets.”

The Head, Dealer Development and Special Projects, Mr Henry Ojuoko, thanked all winners for their commitment and encouraged others to be in the winner’s seat next time, adding that company looked forward to a bright and rewarding 2021.

It stated that the DPR won the Evergreen Customer of the Year award for its commitment and consistent patronage of Toyota products and services over the years.

The Nigeria Customs Service came first in the customer of the year category; the First Bank was declared the first runner-up while another bank, Guaranty Trust Bank emerged the second runner-up.

Representatives of all the winning organizations expressed appreciation for TNL’s recognition and reward of their patronage.

They assured that they would continue to patronise the TNL urged the firm to remain consistent in its delivery of quality service and products.

Prizes were also presented to auto journalists that proved their mettle and professionalism in their objective reporting of activities/events in the automobile industry and the TNL activities. Rasheed Bisiriyu formerly of Punch newspapers came first in the Motoring Journalist of the Year category; Theodore Opara of Vanguard newspapers emerged first runner-up while Mike Ochonma of BusinessDay was declared the second runner-up.

According to the statement, the TNL remains the sole distributor of Toyota products for Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Japan in Nigeria.

It said, “The company is well-positioned pan Nigeria to provide industry-best after-sale service in the areas of genuine parts, vehicles servicing/repairs and sales of Toyota vehicles approved for Nigerian roads/environment by TMC Japan.

“The TNL has enjoyed the patronage of innumerable number of customers since inception while the organisation continuously seeks the best approach and technology to meet customers’ needs and aspirations.

“Consequently, the TNL on annual basis rewards its loyal customers that have remained resolute in their commitment to the brand and its services. Year 2020 was not an exception despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the organisation made good to reward its loyal customers.”

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Shackman delivers another 400 Nigeria-assembled trucks to Dangote



Dangote Group has taken delivery of additional 400 Shacman trucks assembled in Nigeria.

Transit Support Services Limited, assembler of Shacman vehicles in Nigeria, said this in a statement by the Head of the Public Relations and Media team at the Transit Support Services Limited, Iyere Ikhide.

The added that so far the Dangote Group had bought over 3,500 units of the truck from them since the entry of the brand into the country in 2016.

It stated that the Dangote-Shacman partnership which led to the resuscitation of the ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

It described Dangote as the biggest customer of the South-East-based auto assembler, noting that the partnership had resulted in provision of more jobs for many youths; rejuvenation of the Onne Port in Rivers State and the attendant economic benefits.

The statement read in part, “Following the partnership deal and commitments to quality, the biggest customer of Shacman brand in Nigeria, Dangote Group, has taken delivery of additional 400 units of Shacman trucks.

“Dangote Group has since the entrance of Shacman vehicles into the Nigeria market through Transit Support Services Limited as Shacman Nigeria six years ago bought over 3,500 units of the brand.

“The recognition of Shacman as reliable heavy duty vehicles, and the growing need for such vehicles within the continuously expanding conglomerate influenced its decision to patronise the trucks. “Dangote Group has absolute trust in the quality of the locally assembled Shacman trucks that are backed by warranty that is of global standard and after-sale services.”

It recalled that the partnership started in 2016 with an initial order of 500 locally assembled Shacman trucks.”

The statement quoted the General Manager, TSS Motors, Mr Dave Chukwudulue, as saying, “We will continue to create value for users of Shacman trucks in Nigeria by supporting them with the best after-sale service programme. This has indeed resulted in the increasing demand for our trucks.”

According to the statement, Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile, manufacturers of Shacman heavy and medium duty trucks and road tractors, is one of the biggest trucks manufacturing companies in China.

It said over 4,500 Shacman trucks were running in Nigeria and listed some of its customers as BUA Cement, ABC Transport, AA Global logistics and NUSTANZA Motors.

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Hyundai wins EV charging station gold, other awards at global event



Hyundai Motor has recorded an impressive performance, winning 14 awards for design excellence at the 2021 edition of the global iF Design Award.

Its electric vehicle charging station became the toast of the moment as the automaker carted home its third Gold award through the ‘E-pit ultra-fast charger’.

Founded in 1954 by iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover, a leading independent design institution, the iF Design Award is said to be one of the largest and most important design competitions in the world.

A statement by the Stallion Motors, the company’s representative in Nigeria and signed by Sonu Singh of the Media and Marketing said it was the Hyundai’s seventh consecutive year of honours at the prestigious global event.

Part of the statement read, “The company showed its range by winning design awards in categories such as product, communication, user interface, architecture, and professional concept

“Hyundai Motor Company triumphed at the world-renowned International Forum (iF) Design Award 2021 this week with 14 awards for design excellence, including iF’s top Gold award for the ‘E-pit ultra-fast charger’ for electric vehicle (EV).

“Hyundai Motor has now been honoured at seven consecutive iF Design Award events, including three coveted Gold awards, which go to only 75 of the best designs among nearly 10,000 annual entries.

“Hyundai triumphs across various disciplines such as product, communication, user interface, architecture, and professional concept. In particular, the company is recognized for its brand communication design with six awards in the communication category for the first time.”

It quoted Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor, as saying, “This award is considered to be the part in which Hyundai has been fully recognized by global experts in the field of brand communication beyond product design.

“In the future, we will strengthen our activities to build an innovative brand image through creative and sustainable customer experiences.”

According to the firm, the ‘E-pit ultra-fast charger’ greatly improves user experience by solving several problems that are typically found in EV chargers such as bulky cables, complicated operation and service use, unclear charging status, hygiene (especially important during a pandemic) as well as production and maintenance.

“Inspired by the pit stops of Formula One racing, Hyundai Design Center designed E-pit to offer fast, easy, convenient and premium services to EV customers. It’s easy to use and provides a simple yet powerful design solution that considers a variety of things from hygiene to maintenance,” it added.

Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center, SangYup Lee, said, “The E-pit design is the absolute result of our efforts to offer a new charging experience to customers.”

He added, “Innovative design comes out when the designer focuses on the user’s experience as the top priority.”

According to the statement, the E-pit’s design considers various charging scenarios based on the Hyundai Motor’s human-centred philosophy.

“For example, its large roof provides a comfortable charging experience regardless of weather conditions. Moreover, the auto-positioning feature, which automatically moves the charging cable, allows diverse charging positions for different vehicles,” it stated.

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Tesla driverless car explodes after crashing into tree



Two men have died after a Tesla vehicle, which was believed to be operating without anyone in the driver’s seat, crashed into a tree on Saturday night north of Houston, authorities said.

After the fire was extinguished, authorities located two occupants in the vehicle, with one in the front passenger seat and the other in the back seat of the Tesla

The accident came amid growing scrutiny over Tesla’s semi-automated driving system following recent accidents.

The US auto safety agency said in March it had opened 27 investigations into crashes of Tesla vehicles.

“There was no-one in the driver’s seat,” Sergeant Cinthya Umanzor of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 said.

The 2019 Tesla Model S was travelling at high speed when it failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road, crashing into a tree and bursting into flames, local television station KHOU-TV said.

Tesla and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in January that he expected huge profits from the company’s full self-driving software, saying he was “highly confident the car will be able to drive itself with reliability in excess of human this year”.

Experts say the self-driving technology must overcome safety and regulatory hurdles to achieve commercial success.


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