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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.

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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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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 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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UNILAG to mass-produce solar-powered vehicles, gets FG’s second charging station

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Nigeria is on the verge of mass-producing solar-powered vehicles through the University of Lagos, following the inauguration on Tuesday of the Federal Government’s second solar-powered vehicle charging station on the campus.
Minister of Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Director General of the National Automobile Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, and UNILAG Vice Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, gave the hint on Tuesday at the unveiling of the charging station built by NADDC with deep cycle batteries of up to 95Kwh storage capacity.
It was the second solar-powered vehicle charging station to be constructed in the country by the NADDC. The first was launched about three months ago at the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.
The minister, who unveiled the charging station along with the NADDC electric vehicle pilot programme at UNILAG, said, “very soon we will launch and mass-produce renewable energy-powered vehicles of which innovative Nigerian youth are an integral part of their conceptualisation, design and development.”
He expressed delight at being part of the historic event that would launch the nation into the world of advanced automobile technology, knowledge transfer and continues youth empowerment.
He said, “This programme is another of the Federal Government’s initiatives (under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR), designed to promote advanced technology transfer and the development of sophisticated human capital.
“For my ministry (the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment), programmes such as this are the lifeblood of everything we are trying to achieve. It is, after all, a proven fact among advanced nations, that the key to successful industrialization is strategic human capital and capacity development in state-of-the-art technologies.
“So, what does this mean for you? It means giving you the tools to build a future that is uniquely yours; to inspire in you the light of innovation and creativity that will enable you to write a new chapter.”
He added, “This charging station has been developed by the NADDC in its efforts to promote applicable local solutions for vehicle electrification in Nigeria. It will offer students firsthand experience with the latest innovations in mobility and renewable power technology. It is strategized to be an effective platform for focused Research and Development into even more applicable vehicle electrification solutions for Nigeria and Africa.”
The minister pledged the continued support of the FG through his ministry for the project to ensure its success and sustainability.
“The Federal Government, through its agencies such as the National Automotive Design & Development Council, will continue to support you, your dreams and ambitions for the good and prosperity of this great nation.”
Also speaking on the issue, the NADDC DG, Aliyu, said the solar-powered EV charging station would provide UNILAG an effective platform for advanced innovation in the EVs and related renewable energy solutions.
He also spoke on how to ensure sustainability and quality of the extensive project expected to be undertaken at the university.
“The monitoring and evaluation team shall consist of experts from NADDC, University, Hyundai and relevant stakeholders,”Aliyu said.
According to him, the development of the solar-powered EV charging stations has included Nigeria among “the league of nations actively committed to the protection of the environment through zero emissions vehicles.”
He noted, “The world is in a race on the backs of eagles, and Nigeria cannot afford to be in that race on the backs of anything less, neither a falcon nor a hawk, but on the backs of eagles.”
He described the push towards greener energy as important, stressing, “the world can no longer afford to continue polluting the environment through the use of fossil fuel and its attendant emission of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane.”
Aliyu also said, “This EV charging station to be commissioned today is 100 per cent solar-powered. The installation consists of 60 PV monocrystalline solar arrays (panels), which have a capacity of 86.4 kilowatts per hour, there are three online-offline 5KVA Hybrid inverters synchronized together to give 15KVA/48 watts, and we have 36 units of deep cycle gel batteries with an output of 48 volts/19 and 0.
“The power bank consists of 36 units of dry cell, deep cycle batteries of up to 95Kwh storage capacity. The system provides ordinary 13A and 15A sockets that can support all types normal chargers. The station also provides a 7.4kw CCS fast charger and can support up to 11kw types.
He attributed the success of the project thus far to the support received from the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, promoting the adoption, development, manufacturing and usage of advanced technology in the Nigerian automotive sector.
He recalled that “early this year, on the 5th of February, the Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment unveiled the first Nigerian assembled Electric Vehicle, the Hyundai Kona EV, and today he is commissioning the NADDC.

The UNILAG VC agreed that locating the facility at the university would facilitate further research on the concept of electric and solar-powered vehicles as well as greener energy sources.
Ogundipe, who lamented that the varsity paid over N1bn as electricity bill between January 2020 and May this year, said it was deliberate that the solar-powered station was sited near the Energy Centre to complement each other in the area of alternative energy sources.
He said the university authorities had accepted the project with “both hands” and promised to make maximum use of it.

The event was attended by dignitaries such as the board chairman of the NADDC, Senator Osita Izunaso, board members and directors of NADDC, Senate members of the university, and managing directors of Stallion group and Briscoe Motors Plc, Anant Badjatya and Seyi Onajide, respectively.

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