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Ford goes more elegant with Ice-White Mustangs (coupe) edition

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Ford has announced the introduction of an Ice-White Edition as an addition to the elegant Mustang option list. This is considered a revival of vintage special edition for Mustang.

It specifically states that it will offer Mustang and Mustang Mach-E Ice White Edition models for 2022, noting that this white-on-white package is coming for the first time since 1993.

The Ice White editions will be available for Mustang GT Premium, Mustang EcoBoost Premium, and Mustang Mach-E Premium models, it says.

Auto reviews including cnet.com note that it is the first time Ford is rolling out a package available for both the Mustang coupe and the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV.

Ford reveals this special edition in time to kick off the Woodward Dream Cruise, which takes place on the famed Woodward Avenue in Michigan on the third Saturday of every August.

Ford says this package also pays homage to the 1993 Mustang LX convertible Fox-Body that was painted in triple white.

Mustang Brand Marketing Manager Jim Owens says, “Mustang has always had the power to attract attention on the road, but the new Mustang Ice White Edition could—just like the original ’93 triple-white Fox-body feature Mustang—become one of the hot collectibles of future generations.”

A report by autoweek.com says the Mustang GT Premium and EcoBoost Premium will be finished in Oxford white and feature white badging.

According to Ford, the 19-inch machined wheels are also Oxford white, just like the white wheels on the triple-white Fox-body.

Viewing the inside, it is said to be the mostly black interior features white accents: namely, white inserts in the seats and door panels, as well as a white insert on the dash.

The Mustang Mach-E Premium is the same colour with matching badges. The seats, arm rest, and center console are light space grey, while the rest of the interior is black.

In its Roadshow report, cnet.com says for the Mustang Mach-E, this package will be available with the Premium trim exclusively and wears a Star White Metallic exterior color. Exterior trim also ditches dark colors in favor of white accents, including the pony badge, and 19-inch wheels with white-painted pockets complete the look. Ford kept trying to use the phrase “ice-out” to describe the look, but let’s not try and make that a thing, shall we?

The SUV’s interior dons light gray upholstery and a silver hex pattern provides some interesting detail to the instrument panel. Like the exterior, the cockpit also sports white pony badges.

Moving on to the Mustang coupe, the car’s look borrows inspiration from the 1993 Triple White Fox Body Mustang. It wears an Oxford White exterior color complete with ice-white elements around the taillights and 19-inch wheels that throw it back to the ’90s in their design. The interior rocks a black-and-white look with white leather inserts on the doors and seats, while contrasting white stitching breaks up the black on various trim pieces. An aluminum accent on the dash helps keep the pony car’s cooler mode going.

Ford says these Ice Edition Mustangs will be available to order in the fall and are expected to arrive at dealerships early in 2022.

 

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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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