Chinese automotive products used to be viewed with skepticism in Nigeria. But those days are gone. From sedan to pickups, Sport Utility vehicles, mini buses and trucks, the Chinese vehicles have shown strong presence and even now dominate certain segments of the nation’s market.
For instance, commercial buses like Yutong Jinbei, Foton, Joylong and others now give the Japanese brands like Toyota and Nissan a serious fight in their categories.
Aside from being assembled locally, Japanese auto brands are now marketed by such reputable Nigerian companies as CFAO Group, Stallion Group, Coscharis, Mikano, CIG Motors and more.
Changan is one of the top four Automobile groups in China and top selling domestic Chinese automobile brand, which boasts of an industrial history stretching back 153 years. It is now entrenched in Nigeria, courtesy of Zahav Automobile Co, a member of Stallion Group, Nigeria’s representatives for Changan automobile brand.
In Nigeria’s mass transit sector, the Chinese brands have significantly offered relief, comfort and durability to the nation’s transporters.
Yutong, represented by Lanre Shittu in Nigeria, is noted for its intra-city buses, inter-city (luxury) coaches as well as medium and long models designed for BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) currently being operated by the Lagos State Government.
For the heavy duty equipment and trucks, Dangote Group has been in partnership with China’s Sinotruck. In 2017, it partnered with Chinese heavy duty truck group, Sinotruck, to set up a $100 million plant to assemble trucks and cars in Nigeria for local use and export.
Today, the Dangote Group, which boasts of a fleet size of 12,000 trucks, is largely of Yotoung brands.
In the same vein, recently, Chinese automaker, CIG Motors and the Lagos State government signed a joint venture agreement that will culminate in assembling of cars that are easy to maintain and low on fuel consumption and gas emission in Lagos.
According to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagosians should expect a roll-out of vehicles from this plant within the next 18 months.
“As we formally sign the Joint Venture Agreement for the establishment of Motor Assembly Plant, Lagosians should expect a roll-out of vehicles from this plant within the next 18 months,” the governor said.
Although, the Chinese are not yet there when it comes to first class automobiles, one could attest to the fact that the Chinese models being introduced into the market today are much more improved compared to the earlier models launched into the country years back.
-Nigeria Auto Journal, December 2021
Lagos suspends RTEAN activities, sets up caretaker committee
The Lagos State Government has suspended all activities of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, who announced the suspension, said the action became imperative following some pockets of violence recorded in Ojo and Lagos Island on Wednesday.
Already, he said a 35-man caretaker committee had been constituted to take over activities of the union.
The caretaker committee is headed by Sulaiman Adeshina Raji, with Bamgbose Oluseyi as deputy chairman and members are Sunday Aransiola, Sulaiman Onabanjo, Azeez Abdulrahman, Isiaka Seriki, Victor Ifemenam, Kareem Babatunde, Amusan Abdulrahman, Teslim Adeshina, Sulaiman Surajudeen and Fatai Rauf.
Others are Sunday Banjo, Segun Omole, Thomas Akinkayode, Taiwo Lasisi, Gbenga Kashimawo, Samson Ajala, Taiwo Daodu, Sule Aliu, Ahmed Musa and Oladipupo Ibrahim. Adewale Adeniyi, Olatunji Durojaiye, Wasiu Olanrewaju, Taofeek Onileola, Yusuf Afolabi, Bode Ogungbade, Alh. A.A. Ussaini, Saliu Usman, Saheed Badru, Kolawole Yusuf, Kayode Thomas, Idowu Oyewole and Salami Babatunde Ope, are to also join them.
Giwa reiterated that suspension became necessary to prevent further acts of violence in the state, stressing that men of the Lagos State Police Command would be deployed in different parts of the state to enforce the action and ensure safety of lives and property.
He said the state government met with some representatives of the RTEAN on Wednesday, following a protest by some members of the union demanding the removal of their national president, adding the government had assured them of a thorough investigation into the allegations levelled against the union’s president with a promise to resolving all lingering issues.
Ade.Ojo hails Mandilas GM @60, says Toyota family proud of you
The Founder of Toyota Nigeria Limited, TNL, Chief Michael Ade Ojo, has described the General Manager of Mandilas Motors, Ms. Kemi Koyejo as a performer, who takes her job very seriously.
Chief Ade Ojo, who spoke at the MUSON Centre, Lagos during the 60th birthday ceremony of Koyejo as the chairman of the occasion, showered encomiums on the GM for her contributions towards driving Toyota brand sale and development in Nigeria.
He said, “Olukemi is a performer, a wonderful lady, who takes her job very seriously. She is “Lady Toyota”. She never misbehaves and I want to pray that God should continue to bless you the more.”
Chief Ade Ojo, who recalled that Kemi’s father was his senior in high school, expressed no surprise at Kemi’s sterling performance and behaviour, given her family background.
“The Toyota family in Nigeria is very proud of you and God will continue to be with you,” he prayed.
The 84-year-old business mogul attended the event with his wife, and senior management staff of Toyota Nigeria Limited including the Managing Director, Mr. Kunle Ade Ojo.
Reiterating Chief Ade Ojo’s commendation on the Mandilas General Manager, the Managing Director of Toyota, Mr. Kunle Adeojo, also said that the Mandilas General Manager is very hard-working and has brought many ideas that have led to the growth of the Toyota brand in Nigeria.
He also used the occasion to announce that the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers has conferred on him a Fellow of the institute.
A trained engineer, Mr. Kunle Ade Ojo, has been at the helm of affairs at TNL and has taken the company to greater heights despite the challenges in the Nigeria’s auto sector.
Lamborghini pushes out final Aventador, Ultimae, ends V12 supercar
Supercar manufacturer, Lamborghini, has announced the production of the last Aventador. You can call it Avantador’s last dance. The final Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae was rolled off the production line in Sant’Agata, Italy, and kissing goodbye to V12-powered supercar that shaped an era. The Lamborghini V12 will be hybridised going forward.
This Ultimae Roadster marks the 11,465th Aventador to reach customers worldwide. First launched in 2011, the Aventador is not exactly modern, but when it debuted, it was described by CEO Stephan Winkelmann as “a jump of two generations in terms of design and technology,” with “performance that is simply overwhelming.”
A plug-in hybrid replacement is expected to be revealed later this year, having been spied testing.
Lamborghini made sure the final model was the most powerful, with the 6.5-litre unit producing 10bhp more than in the previous range-topping Aventador, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, sending 769bhp (780PS, hence the name) to both axles. The Aventador-based Essenza SCV12 produces 819bhp but is limited to track use.
The Ultimae’s 531lb ft torque peak matches the SVJ’s, with which it shares its power- to-weight ratio. But with a 0-62mph time of just 2.8sec and a top speed of 221mph, the Ultimae is the fastest road-going Aventador.
The 350 coupés and 250 roadsters – each sold with a numbered plaque – were offered in a range of unique colour schemes, including a new grey-on-grey option with contrasting red trim elements, while the roadster could be specified with an exposed carbonfibre roof panel. It was also subtly marked out from other Aventadors by way of a unique styling package that “took the best components” of the S and SVJ.
The Aventador’s plug-in hybrid replacement will serve as a bridge to pure-electric Lamborghini models in the future.
This electrified future will see the Hurácan and Lamborghini Urus also go down the same route, and an all-electric 2+2 introduced in the second half of the decade.
Importantly, however, while its replacement will use an electrified drivetrain, it will take the bulk of its power from a large-capacity V12, in line with company boss Stephan Winkelmann’s commitment to the emotional value of its supercars.
He told Autocar last year that there is “a lot of emotion attached” to the 12-cylinder engine, which he is particularly aware of, having been involved in the launch of the Aventador in his first stint as the boss of Lamborghini in 2011.
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