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Ade-Ojo, Jelani, Oyeyemi, Hathiramani for honours @ Nigerian auto awards

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Founder of Elizade Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, is set to be honoured as Pillar of Auto Industry at the 2021 edition of the annual Nigeria Auto Journalists Awards.
Other prominent personalities in the Nigerian automotive industry to be honoured by the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) at the event slated for Wednesday, December 1, 2021 are the Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Jelani Aliyu; Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi; and Managing Director of Dana Motors, Jacky Hathiramani.
According to NAJA, the organisers, the event, to be held at Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos, will also be used to announce the Nigeria’s Car of the Year, among other industry awards.
NAJA in a statement said Chief Ade.Ojo is being honoured as Pillar of the Nigeria Auto Industry for his outstanding contributions to the development of Nigeria’s auto industry over the decades.
Chief Ade.Ojo has marketed and sold various auto brands like Peugeot and Volkswagen before finally settling for Toyota, a product he turned to a household name in the country.
Elizade Nigeria Limited, which was incorporated in 1973, and started business in 1971 with just one supporting employee, has become a conglomerate with several subsidiaries, and a reference point in Nigeria’s auto industry.
In a similar vein, the NADDC DG as well as the Dana Motors MD are to recognised as Auto Personalities of the Year.
While Jelani has been very consistent in pushing the narrative for alternative greener automotive fuel, Hathiramani has been able to make the Kia brand a successful name in Nigeria.
Commenting on the honours, Chairman of NAJA, Mike Ochonma, noted that it was important to hounor and recognize people who had contributed immensely to the development of the sector while alive, not when dead.
“We like to recognise people while they are still alive, which is very important so that they can also reap some rewards from their service and serve as encouragement for younger people to serve, knowing full well that when you serve, there is always recognition,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the 2021 NAJA Awards Committee, Theodore Opara, has said nominations are still coming in for the various categories of the Nigerian Auto Awards.
He said apart from the Car-of-the-Year category, there are over 15 other categories that are being contested for in this year’s edition of the prestigious awards.

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CIG upgrades Lagos auto plant to CKD, plans 5,000 vehicles yearly

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A new auto assembly plant being constructed by CIG Motors Company Limited in conjunction with the Lagos State Government has been upgraded from Semi-Knocked Down (SKD) vehicles to Complete Knocked Down vehicle components (CKD), the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said.

The governor disclosed this on Thursday during an inspection of the construction work at the Ogba project site, adding that the plant to assemble GAC brand of vehicles, would be ready by the end of this year.

The governor was received by the Chairman of the CIG Motors, Chief Diana Chen.

A statement by Gboyega Akosile, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, said Sanwo-Olu, who inspected the fully equipped assembly hall already constructed in the assembly yard, said the plant would produce 5,000 new vehicles and gradually increase to 10,000 units annually.

Part of the statement read, “Sanwo-Olu’s visit came 17 months after the governor formally sealed a Joint Venture Agreement with the automobile company for the establishment of a vehicle assembly plant in the state.

“The plant, expected to be delivered by the end of the year, will have a jointly-run factory for the production of different classes of brand new cars.

“Establishment of the vehicle assembly plant in Lagos was part of the bilateral agreements reached by the state government and Chinese investors’ community in November 2019 during Sanwo-Olu’s business trip to China.

“IBILE Holdings Limited, a state-owned corporation, is supervising the investment on behalf of the Lagos State Government.

“Other ancillary facilities already in place in the yard include wheel balancing chamber, spraying booths, maintenance hall, noise testing chambers, sprinkling arena to test for roof leakage, staff lounge and auto parts warehouse.”

The statement quoted Sanwo-Olu as saying, “This is one of the things we promised Lagosians. Apart from our relationship with CIG Motors, there is a partnership in which we are setting up a vehicle assembly plant.

“This is becoming a reality, as the site is live with structures and assembly equipment. The place has been well prepared for the production of vehicles. We initially agreed it would be SKD (Semi Knocked Down) but now the facility has moved to CKD (Completely Knocked Down).

“We are hoping that their first plan is to have a production capacity of 5,000 vehicles, after which it will be pushed to 10,000 vehicles per year.

“We are happy with the level of work at the site and the commitment of our partner to this project. The plan is that we want to stop buying fully built vehicles from abroad; we want to be able to have an assembly line where we can employ our citizens in an automobile production chain.”

According to him, the automobile assembly plant will create employment opportunities for local skilled workers, as 95 per cent of the workforce would be sourced locally.

“Also, some of the parts used in the assembly plant would be sourced locally, including air conditioning system, valves, ball joints, bolts and nuts, and batteries.”

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Ford to use renewable energy sources for vehicles

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Ford Motor Company has said every vehicle it manufactures in Michigan will be assembled using solar and other renewable energy sources as from 2025 in order to lower their emissions.

Ford Motor, General Electric and Xerox are among more than 90 companies and organizations that pledged in February to reduce their carbon emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030—without the use of offsets.

Already, Reuters reports that Michigan-based Ford has signed a renewable energy purchase pact with local provider DTE Energy, under which the utility firm will add 650 megawatts of new solar energy in the state for the automaker.

Ford operates three plants in Michigan at Dearborn, Wayne and Flat Rock that build the F-150, Mustang, Ranger and Bronco models.

Ford and other firms made that ambitious commitment as part of the US Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge programme.

In addition to helping the environment, the new initiative could help companies save money, foster innovation and add a new dimension to corporate activism.

John Savona, Ford’s vice president for manufacturing and labour affairs, said in a statement, “We’re proud to be the first automaker to join the Better Climate Challenge and to continue our commitment to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from our US manufacturing facilities.

“We’re acting now to develop a ultra-efficient, closed-loop manufacturing system, creating jobs here in the United States. And we’re sharing what we learn to help other businesses and drive to a zero-emissions transportation future that’s good for people, good for business, and good for the planet.”

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Porsche Taycan Turbo S sets new EV production record, beats Tesla MSP

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Porsche Taycan Turbo S has set a new record for the fastest production of an electric car, beating the previous record of seven minutes and 35 seconds set by Tesla Model S Plaid by a wide margin.

The automaker stated this on Wednesday, saying it went faster than Koenigsegg CCX or CCR and managed to match the Porsche 911 GT3 RS with its seven minutes and 33 seconds.

The new Nurburgring record, according to arenaev.com, is official and the car was a stock vehicle apart from the compulsory roll cage.

The weight of the car is said to be identical with a production model but the performance can be attributed to the latest Performance Kit from Porsche.

It notes that the improvement is quite magnificent – last time Taycan Turbo went around Nordschleife in seven minutes and 42 seconds.

The report says the Performance Kit will be available from December but in Germany only for now and only for the 2023 Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

With the 2023 cars being already delivered to customers, Porsche plans to offer retrofitting to existing owners, it adds.

Although it is technically road legal, the Pirelli P Zero Corsa had been really designed for track use only and Porsche suggests its customers should swap the wheel and tyre package for the standard road wheels once off the race track. This won’t affect the Performance Kit as the new software can recognize the grip levels and adjust all parameters accordingly.

The report says, “The Performance Kit doesn’t change the power output or add any new aero parts. It is simply a set of 21” RS-Spyder alloy wheels wrapped in road legal Pirelli P Zero Corsa. Those are racing tyres with a special grippy compound but have road approved thread – they aren’t slick tyres.

“Another part of the Performance Kit is the updated software for PDCC – Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control. The new software takes into account the grippy tires and allows for greater acceleration through the corners and improves torque vectoring.”

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