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Renault: Coscharis unveils assembly plant, after-sale service, three models

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L-R: Pius Onu, After-Sales Manager, Renault, Coscharis Motors; Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group, Sola Adigun, General Manager, Sales Renault, Coscharis Motors; Olayinka Oladipo, Sales Manager, Renault, Coscharis Motors; Felix Mahan, Brand Manager, Renault, Coscharis Motors, in Lagos …on Friday.

Coscharis Motors has taken the Nigeria’s auto industry by storm as it begins the assembling of re-engineered Renault vehicles in its Lagos plant barely a year after it announced its partnership with the Renault Group.

The auto firm showcased to motoring journalists on Friday the Renault assembly plant as some models were being put together, moving from one stage to another until the finishing point.

The company also unveils three new Renault models and the headquarters of the after-sale facilities at its Awoyaya office in the Lekki area of Lagos.

Coscharis says it can now handle total maintenance and repair of the Renault models with its complementary after-sale centres in in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Uyo.

After a guided tour of the Renault arena including the showroom, after-sale service place and the assembly line, motoring journalists had a feel of the new models of the brand in a test drive.

Cosharis Motors formally announced its partnership with the Renault Group in July 2019 as its representative in Nigeria.

“As of today, Coscharis Motors is set to commence Renault vehicle sales based on locally assembled models and fully built models for Nigeria roads,” Group Managing Director, Coscharis Group, Josiah Samuel, said.

He added, “The plan is to ensure that we continually deliver value for money by providing quality automobile like the Renault brand vehicles to discerning Nigerians at affordable price range.

“So far, we have secured all the requisite OEM’s ratings and approvals to commence assemblage of the Duster and Logan while we are presently bringing in fully-built Koleos, Kwid (and Oroch is to be introduced at a later date).”

The GMD said Coscharis had been fully equipped to handle all after-sale services and repairs.

“We have the original parts coupled with the right tools to fix the parts and Renault-certified technicians to fix your vehicles. With the technical back up of our Renault partners, we are positioned to deliver a seamless after-sale service across our available facilities across the country for both existing owners and potential new customers,” he said.

The Koleos

Coscharis says the Koleos is designed with a sense of detail and personality enhanced by its sleek appearance and athletic curves.

It comes with the DNA of a true 4X4 as its all-mode 4×4-i technology allows one to select the transmission mode that the vehicle will need while moving through the dirty, muddy or sandy area, according to a statement by the General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications at the Coscharis Group, Abiona Babarinde.

Koleos comes with a range of driver assistance technologies including active emergency braking, blind spot detection system, easy trunk access and R-Link 2 media system, it adds in a report.

 Duster

For the Duster, the firm says customers can choose from 1.6-Litre to 2.0 litre engine, adding, whichever engine, it is built with a robust off-roader looks.

It notes that with the superb ground clearance, the Duster is a practical and durable vehicle for the Nigerian road.

It states, “The interior of the all-new Duster reflects its generous, adventure-seeking nature. The spacious cabin is bright and reassuring. The driver and passenger seats provide plenty of support to ensure your comfort wherever you go. The upholstery features a high-quality finish, as does the dashboard, where particular emphasis was placed on ergonomic design.

Simple and intuitive, the multimedia system Media Nav with touching screen allows you to navigate through all the different functionalities: navigation, phone, radio, Aux/USB ports and Bluetooth® connection to listen to your favorite music.”

Logan

According to the firm, the new Renault Logan has an even more modern and dynamic design. With redesigned front and rear end panels featuring the new Renault brand light signature, New Renault Logan is a beauty to behold.

It states, “New Renault Logan has five generous seats to comfortably accommodate all your passengers. Enjoy useful and smart new storage areas, including a phone pouch and a front passenger side net pouch. There’s a new 12 V output in the rear for charging your devices. There’s also a 1/3-2/3* split-fold rear bench seat and a spacious boot to transport everything you need in the way that suits you.”

The vehicle is said to combine utility and pleasure during a journey.

It gives the Logan’s ground clearance level as 155-164mm, which enhances its capacity to cope with extremely poor road surfaces.

“The mechanics, bodywork (opening panels), air conditioning/ventilation system and passenger compartment all specially designed to cope with certain countries’ environments where dust is omnipresent.

“Logan has an excellent thermal comfort standard (the vehicle is designed to deal with “extremely hot” conditions,” it states.

Kwid

For the Renault Kwid, the auto firm says it offers plenty of headroom, legroom and elbowroom for the driver and up to four passengers, with good storage spaces everywhere.

The Renault KWID’s class-leading boot space of 290L can be extended up to 1100L, making it the perfect partner for a long road trip, says the company.

 

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Investigate sources of fake reports about luxury bus hijack, GUO, ALBON tell police

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Luxury bus owners and operators have denied a new report claiming that one of the buses was hijacked and 123 passengers abducted by some gunmen.

The transporters were reacting to what they called the latest in a series of recent fake news that a “fully loaded” Abuja-bound luxury bus belonging to GUO Transport Co Ltd was “intercepted” in Edo by “bandits suspected to be Fulani who kidnapped about 123 passengers on board, hours after departing Owerri.

They asked the police and other security agencies in the country to investigate the sources of such frequent hoax online news reports about the hijack of their vehicles and kidnap of passengers by bandits.

Describing the abduction story which was widely publicised online as a mischievously fabricated falsehood, the Managing Director of GUO, Maduabuchukwu Okeke, disclosed that neither was any of his company’s buses hijacked nor the passengers abducted.

He stated that since the middle of last week when the false report was posted, his company has been inundated with calls and visits by worried members of the travelling public trying to confirm the “news.”

One of the publications went as far as claiming that the bandits were “armed with Ak-47 rifles and machetes.”

The GUO Managing Director recalled that false stories of luxury bus hijack and kidnap of passengers have been recycled several times since banditry became a worrisome issue in the country.

He urged the Department of State Services {DSS}, the police and other law enforcement agencies, to track down the perpetrators who are bent on scaring away innocent long distance road users, putting luxury bus business in jeopardy and causing disaffection among sections of the society.

Okeke debunked the story, saying, “The mischief makers claimed that 123 passengers were abducted. But, what kind of luxury bus can accommodate 123 passengers even with the so called “attachment” seats which are totally prohibited in GUO as a matter of policy. Or, are we talking about pieces of wood here, and not human beings anymore? You do not need to think deep to know that the story is false.”

He stated that if there was any such incident involving GUO buses, the management would have officially issued a statement in addition to a confirmation by the police.

Also speaking on to latest hijack and kidnap hoax, the recently elected National President of Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria {ALBON}, Nonso Ubajaka, decried the frequent generation of falsehood about his members’ vehicles on the internet.

Ubajaka said he checked with the management of GUO and confirmed that none of their buses was attacked by bandits.

“So, the question is: What is the motive behind the frequent fake news about luxury buses being “intercepted” and occupants abducted by the Fulani? All the transport owners are worried because there seems to be a secret plan to cause fear and disaffection which gives us cause for concern,” he said.

The ALBON President, therefore, echoed the appeal to the law enforcement agencies to swing into action and apprehend the mischief makers before they cause more damage through the internet.

Other luxury bus transporters and members of both ALBON and the bigger amalgam of transport bodies –   Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association {PTONA}, urged online news readers to disregard such fake news.

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Motorists, travellers stranded as Delta bridge collapses

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There was confusion in part of Delta State on Friday following the collapse of the Umutu Bridge in the Ukwuani Local Government Area of the state, leaving several motorists and travellers on the Agbor-Abraka-Eku road stranded.

The incident reportedly occurred in the early hours of the day, adding that the aged long bridge gave way as a Trailer conveying heavy duty construction bulldozer was passing through it towards the Agbor axis of the state.

The deplorable condition of federal road has been on the news, with report of the road project already awarded for reconstruction by the federal government.

The road link many communities in the state and connect the people with other parts of the country, particularly Northern and South-East states.

Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Ochor Christopher Ochor who hails from the area, regretted that the federal government had not given such an important road the desired attention.

Ochor who spoke to our Correspondent, described the collapsed of the bridge as unfortunate and sympathized with stranded motorists and travelers for the pains it may have caused them.

He said he had already contacted the Commissioner for Work in charge of Urban and Highways roads in the State, Mr Neol Omodion, who has promised to take necessary steps to address the ugly situation.

Ochor however stressed the need to beef up security in the area to protect the lives and properties of the stranded travelers, calling on the federal government to reconstruct the road due to its strategic position  to the socio economic development of the area.

 

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CFAO, TotalEnergies unveil four new service centres in Lagos

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AutoFast, a multi-brand quick service franchise of the CFAO group, in partnership with TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc, has announced the unveiling and operation of four additional service stations in Lagos.

A statement by the CFAO obtained on Thursday said the initiative was in line with its promise to make quality and quick auto service more accessible to Nigerians.

It stated that the new service stations are Lekki 2, Igbobi, Alapere 2, and Sura, adding that they were part of the first batch of development within the TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc network, across the State.

Other branches, according to the statement are TotalEnergies service station, Wuse 2, Zone Six, Abuja and AutoFast stand-alone, Akin Adesola, Victoria Island in Lagos.

“Our AutoFast sites carry-out routine vehicle maintenance such as quick oil change with Total QUARTZ Lubricants range, wheel balancing & alignment, A/C maintenance as well as sales and replacement of oil filters, air filters, cabin air filters, spark plugs, wiper blades, brake pads, batteries and tyres,” it stated.

It quoted General Manager, CFAO (Winpart /Autofast) Nigeria Limited, Mohamed Taleb, as saying, “We are excited and pleased that we have successfully opened additional four (4) service centers in Lagos in line with our expansion drive and quest to be closer to our customers’ needs. There is no doubt that customers’ tastes and preferences are increasingly changing and what the AutoFast brand brings to bear are quality and affordability. Customers are sure to get the best of service at the best price, and we look forward to expanding and having a network capable to cover Lagos properly.

“We pride ourselves in the fact that our servicing parts are directly sourced from the Independent Aftermarket Manufacturers across Europe and customers are guaranteed that parts used at our service centres are original.”

The firm noted that AutoFast technicians had been well trained and could boast of extensive experience in diagnosing and servicing the different models of both old and recent vehicles.

“Similarly, our service centres have modern equipment. For instance, its AC recovery machine provides an eco-friendly mode of recycling and topping up refrigerant as well as compressor oil. It is also equipped with a manifold gauge that detects if your AC is faulty,” it stated.

It also explained that at the AutoFast Service centre, each vehicle is made to undergo a 35-point control check to ascertain its general condition, adding that such service is free.

According to the firm, AutoFast offers three maintenance packages; Standard, Performance, and Premium Packages and one can service one’s vehicle starting at ₦13,000.

“We also offer vehicle maintenance services for corporate organizations tailored to fleet size and brand,” it added.

 

 

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