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Acura set for Integra rollout, next generation compact sport car

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Acura is doing great things and it is beginning to show with its dashing products, the latest being the Integra, 2023 edition.

The 2023 Acura Integra is now production-ready and should hit local dealers soon, the automaker has said.

This is coming barely four months after it was unveiled as a concept car and described as the beginning of the next generation of compact sport car.

Auto analysts say Honda and Acura have moved away from the bold and unlikely concept-car model and have instead shown off their upcoming cars with relatively realistic prototypes.

For instance, caranddriver.com says if you’re looking for a throwback, you won’t find it in the 2023 model.

“We didn’t want to make a retro car,” says Acura senior product planner Jonathon Rivers, adding, “We wanted to imagine the Integra had never left the lineup. Where would it be as a modern version?”

Rivers says that he sees Integra not as a competitor to Civic, but as the next step up in features and technology from the Civic Si.

“There isn’t a single panel of sheet metal shared between Civic and Integra, and there are options available on Integra that you can’t even get on Civic Si,” he says, pointing to the 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster inside, the heated seats with memory function, and the ELS 12-speaker audio system.

Exterior

Integra is more dramatic than either the Civic or the outgoing ILX, says caranddriver.com in its review, especially with a sharp mohawk of a hood line and a narrow row of LED headlights accented by a slash of running lights Acura calls the Chicane.

The sharp kink of the lights is a repeated element down the side of the car, where body lines run at an angle before kicking up into the rear wheel well and quarter window, giving the Integra a raked look.

The front end features an embossed Integra logo beneath the headlights as a nod to the popular third-gen models, and one might make the argument that the multi-bulb lights themselves harken back to the four-headlight “spider-eyes” of 1994’s redesign.

But the rear angle is probably the closest to a historical feature, with a long rear window and a decklid that ducks down between the taillights.

Interior

Inside, the Integra is spacious and pleasant to touch. The layout is similar to the Civic’s, with a wide console housing the shifter and storage leading up to a dash-mounted touchscreen.

But the dash in the Integra is terraced for more visual interest, and the mesh trim inserts are a diamond pattern rather than the honeycomb found in the Honda. While the A-Spec package primarily includes exterior changes such as gloss-black window trim and 18-inch alloy wheels, the technology package adds in a wireless charge pad, ambient lighting, and a 9.0-inch touchscreen to replace the base 7.0-inch screen.

It also boasts wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Standard heated front seats are eight-way adjustable and apparently are focused to help stabilize the driver.

The rear seats fold flat to help squeeze large items into the cargo area if you need the extra space.

Engine

Powering the Integra is the 1.5-litre turbocharged I4 that makes 200 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Those number will rise when more potent variants hit the street, but this is right in line with the more pedestrian Honda Civic Si.

This engine mates to either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual, which should be good news for Integra fans.

Underneath the body, people will find a set of MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link suspension controlling the rear wheels.

Adaptive dampers are available if you want more control over the suspension. Steering is predictably electrically assisted, but Acura promises a variable steering ratio that also changes its feel relative to one of its three drive modes: comfort, normal, and sport.

Official pricing is still to be determined, but Acura claims the Integra’s going to start around $30,000 when it launches in spring.

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Davido, Tuface, Ned Nwoko, others on alert as Ferrari recalls nearly every car

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Super-rich Nigerians and celebrities who drive Ferrari will have to surrender their Italian luxury sports car to the manufacturer to fix a major problem.

Ferrari has discovered a big stopping problem, with 19 of its models dating back to 2005 reportedly at risk of a potential brake failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Some of those known to have the super luxury car in Nigeria are singer Davido; former Arsenal and Super Eagles sensational striker Kanu Nwankwo; rapper and billionaire daughter DJ Cuppy; Ned Nwoko with his Nollywood wife, Reginal Daniels, and another famous ex-Super Eagles player Obafemi Martins.

MotorTrend, an online auto journal, on Monday reported the NHTSA filing as indicating that the issue had to do with the brake fluid reservoir cap which “may not vent properly, creating a vacuum inside the brake fluid reservoir, and resulting in a brake fluid leak that may lead to a partial or total loss of brake function.”

According to the NHTSA recall report, a whopping 23,555 Ferraris are implicated and will need to be serviced.

Owners are expected to receive messages from Ferrari with instructions for proactive repairs before September 24, 2022.

Considering the average price of a Ferrari is at least hundreds of thousand dollars, some quick math proves billions of dollars worth of Ferraris are potentially defective.

The report said Ferrari would replace the brake fluid reservoir cap and update the software in the affected vehicles to provide for a different warning message if the vehicle should lose sufficient brake fluid.

In the meantime, if your Ferrari flashes a “low Brake Fluid” warning, NHTSA directs you to pull off of the road as soon as it is safe to do so and have the car immediately towed to a Ferrari service centre.

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Ford Trucks to showcase zero emission technologies at Sept IAA fair

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Ford Trucks says it will return in a big way to the IAA Transportation, where it will unveil its new surprise zero emission technologies and innovations.

The IAA Transportation is adjudged the world’s leading trade fair for mobility, transport, and logistics and it is taking place this year from September 20 to 25 in Hanover, Germany.

The auto firm stated this in a statement, adding that this would advance towards the automaker’s global competition as a distinctive player in production, design, and product development.

It says the company will showcase the international award-winner F-MAX and present its CO2-neutral transport solutions roadmap, also new specifications and features, bringing connected mobility technologies to Ford Trucks customers, offering more convenience and greater efficiency.

Vice President at Ford Trucks, Serhan Turfan, says, “As an innovative brand that has the purpose of “to be the road mate that cares about customers and makes their businesses thrive”, we focus on future andprioritize R&D efforts on bringing next-generation technologies to the market. The transition of heavy commercial vehicles to zero emissions is critical for a sustainable future. Therefore, our objectiveis mainly to contribute to reduce operating costs and CO2 emissions in road transport while increasing fleet productivity.

We look forward to presenting our innovations in line with our zero emission mission and new connectivity technologies that will thrive our customers’ businesses.”

According to the statement, Ford Trucks will take the point it has reached in new generation technologies to the next level in 2022 IAA Transportation with its new product variants, plus updated services and technologies and its current product range, launched in more than 40 countries.

It states, “Ford Trucks will showcase the latest variants of the IToY award winner F-MAXas well as the latest cutting-edge technology and services at the exhibition area.

“Ford Trucks is exclusively marketed in Nigeria by Coscharis Motors Plc, a leading automobile dealership in the country. Some of the Ford Trucks variants currently stocked by Coscharis Motors include the Trailer Head, Waste Disposal Truck, Tipper, Concrete Mixer, etc.”

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Multi-billion naira NADDC land, imported equipment rot away, says ex-agency boss

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Nigeria may have lost multi-billion naira invested in massive landed property and imported equipment acquired by the National Automotive Design and Development Council for auto industry projects in some parts of the country.

A former acting Director-General of the agency, Mr Luqman Mamudu, gave this indication on Thursday, saying the millions of dollars facilities imported for the projects were no longer functioning.

He stated this in Abuja, where chief executive officers of auto companies and other stakeholders called for a review of Finance Act making it difficult for for local auto assemblers to compete with sellers of fully built imported vehicles.
They spoke at Auto CEOs Forum, an interactive session involving major players, Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, heads of relevant government agencies such as Nigeria Customs Service, Bureau of Public Procurement and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Statistics and National Automotive Design and Development Council.
Mamudu said the FG invested billions of naira to acquire the huge land and import needed equipment for industrial clusters in six major cities across the country to give the auto policy a sound footing.
For instance, he said in Ikorodu, Lagos State, while about N1bn was spent to bring in test equipment for a facility to test vehicles emission level, the government paid N300m for the land housing the test centre.
Mamudu however lamented that nothing was currently happening the Lagos centre and other places.
He debunked the insinuation the NADDC did not consult widely before the auto policy was put together, adding that for about six months the agency held meetings and with other agencies, relevant groups and auto players on the matter.
He gave an overview of the policy, its objectives using a global template and the requirements to actualise the project such as incentives to attract investors/OEMs, acceptable credit facility for vehicle assemblers and buyers and anti-smuggling programme.
He said, “There is no need to change the NAIDP. We only need. We need to review time taken for renewal of yearly licence. It doesn’t have to take five months.
The Comptroller General of NCS, Col. Hameed Ali, represented by Controller Musa Mba, said the agency was carried along in formulating the policy.

According to him, they only implement the duty as passed onto the agency.

He said the auto policy is a long-term project, which would take time to mature, just as he stressed that it should be private sector-driven.
Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig Gen Buba Marwa, who spoke through Mr. Gadzama Bashir, accused some auto importers of bringing in hard drugs.
Indeed, he said some import cars from Canada concealed with Colorado, a variant of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp).
He called for the cooperation of auto players to rid the country of banned substance.
Auto CEOs who spoke through Olutobi Ajayi of Nord Motors, Taiwo Shittu of Lanre Shittu Motors, and Deputy Managing Director, CFAO Motors, Kunke Jaiyesimi, the current import duty of 10 per cent import duty for fully built units (vehicles) and 10 per cent for Semi-Knocked Down vehicles was discouraging local assembly of vehicles.
There is no way local assembly plants can compete with FBU vehicle importers at 10 per cent duty. We buy diesel, pay workers, among other running cost but they don’t do,” said Ajayi.
They called for a review of the Finance Act.

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