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Mercedes lights up Yuletide, introduces all-new GLB to Nigeria

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the newest member of its passenger car segment, an all-new GLB, thus bringing the best of the premium auto brand with its strong SUV DNA to light up the Yuletide celebrations for Nigerians.

According to a statement from Mercedes Benz representative in Nigeria, Weststar Associates Limited, the all-new GLB is the 8th entry in Mercedes-Benz’s compact class as it joins the A-Class, B-Class, CLA, GLA, A-Class Saloon, CLA Shooting Brake and the long-wheelbase A-Class Saloon.

Weststar, the authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria, says it is proud to announce the arrival of the all new GLB to the Nigerian market.

Exterior

It says the exterior design of the new GLB comes with great off-road appeal with its front apronwith a visual skid plate that emphasizes the GLB’s unmistakable SUV character.

Giving the other exterior details, it states, “The radiator grille comes with a double louvre finished in chrome inserts and there is the option of a diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome for the AMG line. Another highlight on the front end is the headlamps which come with the MULTIBEAM LED lighting technology.

“The side view comes with recognizable features like a raised roof railing in chrome finish, 17 – 20-inch light-alloy wheels,door panels and wheel arches (claddings). The rear-view features two-piece tail lamps with the reflectors relocated to the bumper, a chrome plated loading sill protector and visible tail pipe trim elements that complements the overall design of the vehicle.”

Interior

Mercedes-Benz GLB, Edition 1, Interieur
Mercedes-Benz GLB, Edition 1, Interior

The new MB, sporting a high-quality design, has an interior said to stand out with several comfort and luxury features.

It notes, “From fully digital displays to an off-road character, the GLB’s interior is interpreted in a young way. The dashboard wears a technical, avantgarde look, with the Widescreen Cockpit free-standing, positioned on the lower part of the dashboard, while the air-conditioning control panel wears an analogue-look with buttons in an aluminum finish.”

It gives the other standout features as three different seat variants that offer good ergonomics and a high level of comfort, ambient lightening provided exclusively by energy-saving LEDs and a centre console that comes with a stowage compartment which houses a cup holder, a 12 V socket and a USB port.

Weststar says, “The GLB impresses with plenty of space combined with compact dimensions, at 2829 mm the GLB has the longest wheelbase of the current compact-class generation from Mercedes-Benz.

“The headroom in the first seat row is 1069 mm – an optimum in this segment. At 967 mm, the effective legroom in the rear of the five-seater is at an especially comfortable level.

“The GLB is equipped with MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the system features as standard two 7-inch displays (optionally: 2 x 10.25-inch), a sports steering wheel with Touch Control buttons on the left and right, a USB port (Type C) and Bluetooth® connection for telephony and audio sources.”

Engine

It comes with four-cylinder petrol engines which have been completely updated to relaunch the compact model series.

The auto firm notes that in comparison to the previous generation, the GLB 200 uses a 1.66 liters M282 petrol engine with an output of 163hp (120kw) and a peak torque of 250 nm; while the GLB 250 4MATIC uses a 2.0-liter M260 petrol engine with an output of 224hp (165kw) and a peak torque of 350 nm.

The GLB 200 and the GLB 250 4MATIC engines are paired with the 7G-DCT and 8G-DCT automatic transmission systems respectively.

The GLB is also equipped with the permanent all-wheel system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution. This sporty all-wheel drive configuration allows the driver to use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC.

It also says the latest driving assist systems from the S-Class are also on board the new GLB. Thanks to improved camera and radar systems, the GLB is able to see up to 500 meters ahead and drive in semi-automated mode in certain situations. This includes, for example, the convenient speed adjustment ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts carried out by Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC.  The Active Lane Change Assistalso features as a new function of the Active Steering Assist in the GLB, and if the Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC is additionally on board, it is included with the extended automatic restart function on motorways.

The statement quotes Managing Director/CEO of Weststar Associates Limited, Mr. Mirko Plath, as saying, “We are proud to introduce this brand-new addition in the Mercedes-Benz family to this market.

“The new GLB caters to a growing demographic which we have also identified here in Nigeria. We strongly believe that our customers will embrace this new product as they have with our better-known products.”

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NADDC excited as Coscharis showcases upgraded Ford Edge

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The latest edition of the Ford Edge was one of the new vehicles that dazzled and got considerable attention of visitors to the recently concluded Abuja motor fair including representative of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, Dr Noah Omisanya.

After inspecting the Coscharis-Ford pavilion, Omisanya said, “I am thrilled by what I have seen here. However, I must state here that the NADDC will be more thrilled to have this (Ford Edge) and other fascinating automobiles assembled here in Nigeria.

“We are willing to support any automobile firm, including Coscharis Motors in the value adding venture of assembling vehicles locally in Nigeria.”

The Ford Edge was one of the major show stoppers at the event displayed at the 2021 Abuja International Motor Fair, which took place at the International Conference Centre in Abuja recently.

The upgraded Ford Edge was among other Ford variants displayed at the fair by Coscharis Motors.

Speaking during the presentation of the Edge to the audience at the fair, Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications at Coscharis Group said, “We are delighted to showcase the upgraded Ford Edge with all its innovative and fascinating features such as a 2.0 litre Ecoboost petrol engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, dual zone climate control, intelligent access and push start button among others.

“The wait is over and our customers can now begin to enjoy this exquisite masterpiece called the Ford Edge.”

Babarinde also hinted on the steps taken by Coscharis Motors to ensure the ease of acquisition of Ford brand of vehicles.

He said, “Coscharis has made Ford vehicles more affordable with the introduction of our vehicle finance scheme. The scheme is offered with the support of our sister company, Coscharis Mobility and other credible financial institutions, including Polaris Bank and Sterling Bank, whereby prospective customers can, make an initial payment of as low as 10% of the price of any of the Ford vehicles of their choice, and drive home their dream vehicle while the balance is spread over a period of as much as 60 months.”

Other Ford variants at the fair were entry level sedan, Figo and mini SUV EcoSport.

Also lined up on display were Escape, Everest, Explorer, Ranger and the super sport car, Mustang which stood out the Coscharis – Ford brand throughout the duration of the auto fair.

Inside and out, Ford has added new features to the EDGE to deliver an even more sophisticated, modern driving experience.

Modern sophistication is what defines the EDGE. Athletic new front and rear styling reaches its ultimate expression – an exhilarating 250 horsepower of performance-enhanced pleasure. There are plenty of smart new features as well. Starting with Ford Co-Pilot360™, a suite of standard driver-assist technologies designed to help you confidently navigate your world.

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NAJA ignites Nigerian auto industry, holds awards tomorrow

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Auto industry players and other stakeholders have shifted their attention to the 2021 auto industry awards that will hold tomorrow Wednesday, December 1 in Lagos.

Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) has said all is set for this year’s edition of the annual event, adding that virtually all categories of the automobile industry will be covered by the organising committee.

Chairman/founder of Elizade Group and brain behind Toyota Nigeria Limited, Michael Ade.Ojo, is expected to be honoured as the ‘Pillar Of Nigeria’ Auto industry’.

Special guests of the day are Jelani Aliyu, Director-General of the National Automotive Design & Development Council (NADDC) and Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

New entrants for this year’s awards are Jet Systems listed in the electric bus promoter of the year category; OMAA mentioned in the gas-powered vehicle promoter of the year category, among others.

The two brands are coming at a time when Nigeria is focusing and encouraging the shift from fossil fuel to electric and gas respectively to prospective vehicle buyers.

Geely Coolray, marketed by Mikano International Limited is also in contention for the best designed vehicle of the year.

According to the organisers of the event headed by chairman of the award committee, Theodore Opara, the Car-of-The-Year (COTY) category will be contested by Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Creta and Kia Rio.

The Suzuki brand, which is being marketed by CFAO, is listed on the strongest comeback brand category, while PAN has been nominated for the most resilient auto company of the year.

Nigeria’s indigenous automaker, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co, is captured in auto manufacturer of the year (local content) because of its immense contribution in the development of the local auto industry and other ancillary allied automotive component makers.

A major highlight of the event is the launch of the 2021 Nigeria Auto Journal.

Chairman of the Nigeria’s Auto Journalists Association, Mike Ochonma, said all vehicles nominated in the various categories represent exceptional value and designs.

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Coscharis confirms death of founder’s wife, Charity, at 63

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Coscharis Group has confirmed the death of Charity Maduka, its vice president and wife of the president of the group, Cosmas Maduka.

A statement obtained via email on Monday from Abiona Babarinde,

General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications of the group titled ‘Coscharis Group founder, Cosmas Maduka, loses wife’ said she died in her family home in Nnewi, Anambra State, Saturday evening at the age of 63.

The statement read in part, “With gratitude to the Almighty God and total submission to His will, the board and the entire Executive team of Coscharis Group hereby announce the sudden death of our Vice – President, Mrs Charity Maduka.

“Further details will be announced by the family at a later time.”

A family source also said the Coscharis VP had died after suffering a stroke.

Cosmas and Charity got married in 1977 and have three sons; Cosmas Jr., Jonathan, Peter and a daughter, Charity Ngozi.

Maduka had said at different forums that his spouse played a major role in his success in life and business, stressing that his wife married him when he had nothing.

He was quoted one occasion as saying, “When I approached her, my pocket was empty but my faith was full, so, many times, it’s not the size of your pocket but she could see ahead.

“Actually, her parents thought she was insane and that made her uncle shot me three times. He said he would kill me because her parents were in the upper class in our village. It’s just like an area boy going to Adenuga’s house.”

 

He said because of his wife’s belief in him, he made her the vice president of his company.

“She can sign a cheque of N10 billion. It is only her who can sign the cheque alone in the whole of the company and myself. Her credit card has no limit but it didn’t happen overnight,” he said.

 

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