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Third generation Peugeot 308 shows radical changes, set for launch

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Peugeot is gearing up to showcase the radical changes in its third generation 308 set for global debut later this month.

Auto analysts are not surprised about the details said to be clearly visible in the new 308, after all the current edition of 308 has been around for about seven years. And many of those playing in the same segment have been renewed.  Ahead of the launch, analysts have been at work especially after seeing new spy shots showing the 308 hatchback unwrapped.

The 308 reveals a bold new front-end design that brings it into line with its 208, 2008 and 508 siblings, featuring Peugeot’s fang-style daytime running lights and narrow LED headlights, Autocar reports.

The new vehicle is also wearing the brand’s retro-inspired new emblem and swaps its protruding lower bumper for a rounded front end that incorporates Peugeot’s new frameless grille.

The roofline appears to curve more steeply towards the rear than on the current car, which makes the hatchback appear longer and lower, while details including new wing mirrors, a subtle rear spoiler and a sharkfin-style aerial will round off the transformation.

Just before leaving the firm, Peugeot ex-boss Jean-Philippe Imparato had hinted that the 308 would build on the bold look of all other recent Peugeots: “We put the design first,” he said when describing why the brand’s comeback had been so successful. He added, “On top of all the investment choices, I protected the design. Then the brand image recovers.”

It will be recalled that the current 308 kick-started the transformation of the entire Peugeot range with a more confident design approach when it was launched in 2014.

More daringly styled 3008 followed, along with the 5008, 208 and 2008.

Auto reviewers say the next 308 is expected to play that role again by laying the groundwork for a new era of Peugeot models when it goes on sale in 2022, most likely after a public debut towards the end of 2021.

According to Autocar, the new model will be built on an updated version of the EMP2 platform that underpins more than a dozen PSA Group models and was originally introduced on today’s 308.

The next 308 range will again have five-door hatchback and estate versions, with still no return for the likes of the 308 CC coupé convertible seen in previous generations, due to the lack of profitability with such cars.

“I love these cars but today there are three other topics first,” said Imparato, naming 5G connectivity and autonomous vehicle development alongside electrified models.

A crossover version of the 308 is a strong possibility for Peugeot, which has underlined the success of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, effectively a raised version of the A-Class hatchback.

Motor1 says the main attraction of the 2021 Peugeot 308 can be found inside the hood where the analogue dials of the instrument cluster have been replaced by an all-digital setup.

Measuring 10 inches, the i-Cockpit utilises the same tech seen in the 208 and 2008 models and is complemented by a capacitive-touch infotainment system with a glossy finish.

The 308’s model year change is said to be a good reminder the GTi is still around, complete with a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 263 horsepower and 340 Newton-metres (251 pound-feet) of torque.

The four-pot is hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox and enables the hot hatchback to hit 62 mph (100km/h) from a standstill in six seconds en route to an electronically governed 155mph (250km/h).

Lesser versions rely on a turbocharged 1.2-litre engine with three cylinders and either 110 or 130 horsepower.

The former is offered only with a six-speed manual whereas the latter is offered with an eight-speed auto as well.

Should you go for the 1.5-litre diesel, you will get to pick from 100 or 130 horses sent to the wheels via a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed auto for the beefier variant.

 

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Fake lubricant factory uncovered, shut in Kano

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The Kano State Consumer Protection Council says it has raided a house where fake engine oil is produced.
The house is located at Rijiyar Lemo Quarters in the Fagge Local Government Area.
The Managing Director of the council, Dr Baffa Babba Dan’agundi, who disclosed this in Kano, said that another place had also been identified by the council at Kwanar Ungogo where about 300 gallons of pirated engine oil labelled with logos and stickers of different engine oil companies were confiscated.
Dan’agundi, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on KAROTA, Nasiru Usman Na’ibawa, also said the products which were confirmed to be fake and adulterated could cause damage to vehicles’ engines and generators.
He said all the products had been taken to the council’s warehouse for further investigation and necessary action against the unscrupulous persons engaging in such business.

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Coscharis set to launch tech-advanced Land Rover Discovery Sport

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It is a new dawn for Land Rover Discovery fans in Nigeria as Coscharis Motors has announced the introduction of a new model Discovery Sport enhanced with latest technologies.
According to the auto firm, the latest addition to the Discovery family now available in Nigeria is due for formal launch this quarter.
The latest ‘go anywhere’ premium compact SUV also comes with new levels of interior quality and increased space for families with a spirit of adventure and leisure.

Coscharis notes in a statement that the Discovery Sport’s new vehicle architecture ensures the fastest-selling Land Rover ever produced is now more technologically-advanced, broader and versatile than ever, keeping its occupants safe and comfortable in all conditions.
With new features and the very latest technology, the new Discovery Sport delivers superior interior space and refinement, while its optional 5+2 interior features a new infotainment interface with the latest connectivity, plus a more flexible seating arrangement with up to 24 combinations for enhanced versatility in optional seven seat configuration.

Exterior
The new body is 13 per cent stiffer than its predecessor, with rigidly-mounted subframes that reduce noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin, improving comfort and providing maximum safety in the event of a collision.
Trademark Discovery design cues, including the clamshell bonnet, rising beltline and tapered roof remain, but the new model is a bold exterior evolution. The proportions have been optimised to project a more striking visual with new signature LED headlamps at the front and rear, alongside a new front grille and bumpers.


Interior
Inside, the arrival of the digital Touch Pro infotainment system and the introduction of more premium materials throughout transforms the cabin to create a high quality yet practical space.
Its new seats across each of the three rows provide improved comfort and versatility, thanks to the second row 40:20:40 split fold and slide functionality, boosting the possible number of seat combinations to 24 and covering every eventuality – be it the school/office run, a road trip within the City or a family jaunt.
With the option of Land Rover’s Activity Key, a wearable waterproof wristband that allows customers to lock and unlock the vehicle without using the traditional keyfob, the compact SUV is more usable than ever and designed to take your family further.
The Activity Key is described as an ideal solution for individuals who may enjoy sports such as golfing, biking or squashing where a conventional key may get lost or damaged.
Designed to meet the digital demands of a modern family, the latest Discovery Sport is said to be available with a ClearSight Rear View mirror that transforms into a video screen at the flick of a switch to display what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. Offering a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light conditions from a camera mounted above the rear window, the mirror ensures rear visibility is not compromised by second row passengers or bulky items in the boot.
ClearSight Ground View technology has been introduced to help drivers navigate high city centre kerbs or tackle bad and dilapidated roads by projecting camera imagery that offers a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle onto the touchscreen.
For the first time, wireless charging for compatible mobile devices is introduced within the lower centre console, while a 4G WiFi hotspot, alongside USB and 12-volt connectivity points on every row, ensure passengers remain charged and connected. Second and third row occupants also benefit from individual heating and ventilation controls to make the space more comfortable.
For regular drivers of the new Discovery Sport, Smart Settings uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn driver preferences, adjusting massage and seat positions, music and climate settings and steering column positioning to suit each driver.

 

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The vehicle combines assured all-terrain handling with all-weather capability, including a wading depth of 600mm, All-Wheel Drive and a second-generation Active Driveline system.
Its Terrain Response 2 automatically detects the surface and adjusts the torque delivery to best suit the conditions.
To maximise efficiency, the standard All-Wheel Drive system benefits from Driveline Disconnect – a Power Transfer Unit at the front axle that disconnects drive to the rear wheels under steady state cruising, reducing frictional losses and re-engaging AWD in less than 500 milliseconds.
Coscharis Motors offers the petrol powered Ingenium 2.0 litre with 184kW and fuel consumption as low as 8.0l/100km.
The P250-badged Discovery Sport can reach 100km/h in 7.6 seconds and maximum speed is set at 225km/h.
The statement adds that all Land Rover vehicles sold by Coscharis Motors come standard with a five-year care plan giving peace of mind with a 100,000km warranty and servicing within a five-year period, whichever comes first.

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Coscharis announces finance scheme package for all-new Ford Explorer

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Coscharis Motors Plc says its recently unveiled all-new Explorer can now be bought through its finance scheme package with a basket of partners including Coscharis Mobility, Polaris Bank and Alt Drive Leasing.
Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, recently unveiled the all-new Ford Explorer at the 2021 Lagos Auto Fair, which took place at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
Coscharis says its participation at this year’s edition of the auto fair is to ensure customers get the opportunity to experience the vehicle.
Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications of the Coscharis Group, said in a statement, “In addition to revealing the Ford Explorer, we are announcing the availability of ease ownership through our finance scheme packages with a basket of partners including Coscharis Mobility, Polaris Bank and Alt Drive Leasing.”
He also expressed excitement at showcasing the current Ford product lines reminded “our customers of the nearly two million naira discount on Ford Escape but more importantly, keen to reveal the latest model of the Ford Explorer under a strict covid-19 protocol as our customers’ safety came top on our list.”
Abiona speaks more on the new Ford Explorer, which he says is “available as Base, XLT and the range-topping Limited Edition, with 10-speed A/T 2.3L EcoBoost to 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engines. Despite serious competition from several other brands, our target will be to position it as the benchmark, as quite a bit of work had been done on the vehicle to upgrade it.”
A statement by the Cosharis Motors reveals a number of features in new Explorer including its interior spacing the sophistication.
For instance, the all-new Explorer offers a more spacious interior with increased cargo space compared to the previous generation. With seating for up to seven, passengers in all three rows will benefit.
The all-new Explorer has best-in-class first- and second-row hip room and second-row headroom, while third-row passengers enjoy unsurpassed headroom.
Should someone unbuckle their safety belt, a new Belt Monitor System will alert the driver as to which belt is unbuckled through the instrument cluster productivity screen.
A new dual-wall dashboard between the engine and passenger compartments, as well as acoustic glass for the windshield and first-row windows enable everyone to enjoy the quietest the new Explorer cabin ever.
It also comes with up to nine power points, including two new USB-C outlets, are located throughout the all-new Explorer interior to help keep everyone’s devices charged and ready to go.
Driver-assist technology
The Explorer features as standard a series of driver-assist technology including: Auto-on/off headlamps, Hill Start Assist, Apple CarPlayTM/Android Auto/AppLink 3.0, Reverse Sensing System, Lane-Keeping System, Auto High-Beam Headlamps, Auto Hold, Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Dynamic Brake Support, Post-collision braking, EcoCoach and Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor.
Cosharis says, “You can go further with the Ford Protect which offers a holistic suite of service, maintenance, warranty and roadside-assistance products aimed at keeping the vehicle in perfect working condition in addition to a three-year/100,000km comprehensive warranty.

 

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