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GAC, Chinese Embassy collaborate on auto assembly in Nigeria

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GAC Motor and the Chinese Embassy have agreed to collaborate to boost the assembly of the brand of vehicles in Nigeria.
This is coming after the auto firm had sealed a deal with the Lagos State Government for the production of the GAC automobiles at its assembly plant in Lagos.
Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchin, gave the indication in Abuja during the presentation of some GAC vehicles to the embassy.
He reiterated China’s support for the Nigerian automobile industry and the growth of GAC Motor Nigeria.
GAC Motor Nigeria had entered into a joint venture with the Lagos State Government, where Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu signed an agreement with the firm to assemble GAC vehicles in Lagos.
The joint venture marked the next step of the GAC Motor’s local operation and efforts at impacting positively on the lives of Nigerians.
Jianchun stressed the importance of industrialisation, noting that the drive for local production of GAC vehicles in the country would provide opportunities for young Nigerians to go to China to learn automobile engineering and technology.
He said, “This really is an important time for me. I want to share with you that yesterday I presented my strategy – Nigeria-China GDP Strategy – for the next 50 years. I want to let you know that this year is very special as both countries are celebrating 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. It stated 50 years ago in 1971. What I mean here is that in my strategy, one of the most important prioritised areas is the industry.”
He further stated, “Without industry, you cannot get rich; you cannot get young people to work in this country. So, today is a good testament that the Chinese embassy supports the industry, the Motor industry in Nigeria.
“I believe that in the future if we get the confidence and the support from the young Nigerian people, that GAC Motor Nigeria could send more young Nigerians to China to learn not only about Chinese culture, but more importantly about skills. In my strategy, I stress that industry, technology and talent are very important for the development of Nigeria.
“I also want to take this opportunity to mention that GAC Motor not only represents a Chinese brand, this is also a good opportunity to let young Nigerians represent a local brand like GAC Motor Nigeria.”
Also speaking, Mr Jubril Arogundade, the General Manager, Commercial and Head of Communications, GAC Motor Nigeria, noted that the partnership with the Chinese Embassy was an indication of the wide acceptance of the Chinese innovations and technology in Nigeria and the world at large.
“GAC Motors is today very delighted to venture into a partnership with the Chinese Embassy. This partnership is not just about growth, but it is a huge reflection of the importance of the wide acceptance of the Chinese innovations and technology in the world and especially here in Nigeria where GAC Motors also operates its automobile company.
“GAC Motors identifies with young, innovative and brilliant individuals. And our business in Nigeria has enormously carried them along as the visionaries of tomorrow.
“We are glad to continue to showcase our strength in automobiles innovation through their young energies.
Our brand has brought hope to the youth by creating industrialization; a factory where many talented Nigerians will have the opportunity to work and prosper as well. These youths are the future of Nigeria and the future is important to us at GAC Motor.”

According to Arogundade, GAC Motors has invested in the future of mobility in Nigeria, and would continue to strengthen the value through strategic partnerships with government and organisations, while delivering excellent service.

 

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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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