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An automotive technology firm, Autochek, has launched a website and a mobile application where people can buy, sell and fix their cars as well as obtain finance their new automobile and enjoy a trade-in option, using their smartphones from any location.

An official launch and demo session was held in Lagos on Thursday to guide users on how to navigate through the website and the mobile application and take advantage of the vast offerings designed to remove all car troubles for motorists.

Commenting on the launch, the Vice President commercial, Mayokun Fadeyibi, said, “AutoChek’s mission is to enable and enhance automotive commerce across Africa through technology, creating value for all stakeholders in the ecosystem. The recent launch of the website and mobile application reflects Autochek’s commitment as the platform provides seamless access to financing services that ease car ownership in Nigeria and Africa.

“We are proud of the resources and services put together for the convenience of our customers by our financial partners, dealer partners and workshops.

“We are very excited about the future of Autochek in leading and expanding the frontiers of the African automotive industry at large.”

she also said, “AutoChek is the future of the African automobile industry, and It isn’t for nothing that we recently closed a $3.4million pre-seed to boost our service delivery in the auto market,” she said.

She described the mobile app as an end-to-end auto solution offering that would give customers a wide array of options helping them to make informed automobile decisions with convenience.

According to her, the website and mobile application feature auto brands, auto product details and descriptions, Autocheck doctors for an automatic diagnosis of your car problems, and a service booking platform for the inspection of cars customers want to sell.

“Anyone interested in effectively meeting an automobile need can head over to the website or download the mobile application to get started, she added.

The Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Etop Ikpe, also speaking at the event, said Autochek was pleased to provide a variety of key solutions to tackle some of the challenges posed by a lack of auto funding in the African automotive industry.

“Autochek’s website and mobile application come with a ‘get pre-qualified’ feature where customers can receive funding to own the car of their dreams,” he stated.

He said after going through the pre-qualification process, customers could browse a personalised inventory curated just for them, and enjoy instalment payments on received car loans.

The firm also said in a statement that with the launch of the app, it was set to transform the African automobile industry by using technology to recreate the buying, maintenance and selling experience of motorists and car owners in Africa.

It said, using autochek.africa, and the mobile application that can be downloaded from Google play, customers can lock down a car of their choice with a deposit, receive funds to own a car, get better deals for selling their cars, diagnose their cars and enjoy premium maintenance service right at their doorstep.

“Customers can also enjoy other packages put together to ensure a seamless ownership of cars; access to a wide range of brands, both brand new and used, visibility of the condition of your choice car, registration of both local and foreign used cars, access to an extensive list of car workshops in Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Accra and other major cities in Nigeria and West Africa.”

The Group Managing Director of Courteville Business Solutions, Bola Akindele, initiator of autoreg, congratulated the Autochek team for thinking of solving the auto problems with technology and starting with Lagos, noting that the scheme would go places once Lagosians accepted it.

 

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150 OEMs, others set for Lagos motor fair, Africa autoparts expo

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Arrangements have been concluded for the hosting of the 18th edition of the Lagos Motor Fair and 11th Africa Autoparts Expo in Lagos.

BKG Exhibitions Limited, organisers of the annual event, stated this, adding that it would be a bumper package as 50 Original Engine Manufacturers (OEMs) from different parts of the world had confirmed their participation at the fair.

Chairman of the organising committee for the show, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, said at a press briefing in Lagos that the event is scheduled to hold on June 4-7, 2024 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island.

Agwu, who is also BKG managing director, declared, “Over 150 confirmed Original Equipment Manufacturers from all over the world are already preparing to be at the show.

“From the financial sector, auto financing and acquisition facilities and schemes shall be on display at the various stands of the firms from the sector.

“Those interested in enjoying the synergy existing between the automobile industry and the Insurance sector will get the best and latest from reputable Insurance Companies at the fair arena.

“Some of the automobile dealers will showcase their own in-house finance/ acquisition schemes.”

He said almost all the major vehicle manufacturers and dealers in Nigeria would be participating at the fair.

Notable banks and insurance companies, major oil companies; manufacturers and dealers in auto spare parts and accessories have booked to participate in the event, he added.

There will also a conference/workshop session featuring germaine industry issues and key stakeholders.

Agwu said, “The aim of this segment is to inform, educate and contribute to policy decisions and implementation in the sector.”

“The fair will be a landmark and a benchmark in auto show business in the entire West African subregion as the all-inclusive event has been packaged to ensure that all stakeholders have a rewarding experience.

“Each of the days that the fair will last is loaded with activities and events that will make this edition remarkably different and we intend to improve and add on this in subsequent editions,” he said.

Visitors can also update their knowledge about Fleet Management from experts in the field that would be on the ground at the fair.

He also said, “We have carefully put in place a lot of crowd-pulling activities all geared toward driving much traffic into the fair. “These include but are not limited to performances by popular artists, cultural and fashion displays, models/automobile parades and a roadshow.”

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Nigeria gets new Mercedes-Benz GLS, offering extraordinary driving pleasure

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Nigeria gets new Mercedes-Benz GLS, offering extraordinary driving pleasure

 

Weststar Associates Limited has announced the introduction to Nigeria new Mercedes-Benz GLS Facelift, viewed as a symbol of grandeur and innovation.
Weststar, authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria, says the new model is coming with features specially crafted to elevate driving experience to new heights.
According to a statement by the firm, the Mercedes-Benz GLS Facelift represents a fusion of power and opulence, a symbol of luxury and innovation.
This update is said to propel the GLS to new heights, reaffirming its status as a commanding and sophisticated choice in the luxury SUV category in Nigeria.
It also comes with a bold exterior, advanced features and electrified powertrains.
Part of the statement read, “The GLS Facelift blends elegance with power, solidifying its place as the pinnacle of luxury SUVs.
“The updated GLS makes an unforgettable entrance with a revamped front fascia.
“At its core is an imposing, larger gloss grille featuring four horizontal bars, adding a sense of authority to its presence.
“Gloss black surrounds adorn the lower air vents. A striking new LED DRL pattern in the LED headlights gives the GLS a sharper and more aggressive aesthetic.”


Design
Giving more details about the design, the firm says the vehicle comes with new alloy wheel options, and the rear boasts distinctive LED taillights with a 3-pot LED pattern.
Even though it retains the hallmark design of the previous version, the new GLS Facelift introduces an array of features to enhance the cabin experience.
The highlight is the new 3-spoke steering wheel, equipped with capacitive steering-mounted controls, which promises heightened control for drivers.

Infotainment
Its infotainment system and instrument cluster are said to be powered by the latest MBUX operating software, providing additional display modes and an immersive technological experience.
Occupants of the new GLS Facelift are in for maximum luxury Luxury with a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, the Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system with Dolby Atmos®, a 360-degree parking camera for effortless maneuvering, adaptive air suspension, adaptive LED lighting for superior visibility, and a powered tailgate for added convenience.
Weststar says the new GLS Facelift integrates a 48V mild hybrid system into all of its powertrains, enhancing performance and efficiency.
This innovative system provides an addition of up to 16kW of power and 250Nm of torque for short bursts. The standard GLS Facelift lineup offers an array of engine choices, including two petrol options.

Engine performance
The GLS 450 is powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, generating 280 [381] kW [hp] and 500 Nm of torque, offering a balance of power and efficiency.
Stepping up, the GLS 580 features a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with 380 [517] kW [hp] and 730 Nm of torque, providing rapid acceleration.
For enthusiasts with a penchant for sportier luxury, the GLS 63 AMG model is an embodiment of power and sophistication.
It features Nappa leather-upholstered seats in distinctive color schemes, offering a captivating environment.
The MBUX infotainment system incorporates AMG-specific menu layouts, adding a sporty edge to the interior.
The GLS 63 AMG model is packed with an electric panoramic sunroof, heated and vented front seats, adaptive headlights, AMG’s performance exhaust system, a premium sound system and the 360-degree parking pilot.
This comprehensive package caters to those who desire both power and luxury.

Interior
The Mercedes-Benz GLS still comes standard as a seven-seater. However, two new leather colours are available, Catalana beige and Bahia brown. Additionally, the range of interior trim finishes has been updated, with glossy brown lime wood now standard.
The trim element MANUFAKTUR glossy black flowing lines piano lacquer, which was previously only available for the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC, is now also available for the entire GLS family from Mercedes-Benz.All GLS engines come paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system as standard.
For those seeking an extra dimension of adventure, Mercedes-Benz offers an optional ‘off-road engineering package,’ which enhances the GLS’s capabilities with underbody protection panels and a 30mm increase in ride height.
The firm says new vehicle is available nationwide in its authorised Mercedes-Benz showrooms comprising Barbedos Cars Limited, M-B Automobile Services Limited, Skymit Motors Limited, Sunny Motors Limited, and Tetralog Nigeria Limited.

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Coscharis Motors hits W’Africa Auto Show starting today with special discount, fabulous gifts, others 

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Coscharis Motors hits W’Africa Auto Show starting today with special discount, fabulous gifts, others 

Coscharis Motors Plc is participating hugely at the 2024 West Africa Automotive Show (WAAS) holding in Lagos from May 14 to 16, 2024.

The prominent automotive company and trusted representative of major international auto brands in Nigeria, announced in a statement that exciting time awaits visitors to its stand at the Landmark Event Centre, venue of the fair in Lagos.

It promised special discount, freebies, on-the-sport autocare, original parts and experts advice.

It stated, “As one of the premier dealerships in Nigeria when it comes to auto parts and auto components, Coscharis Motors Plc is poised to showcase an impressive array of automotive products from renowned Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), including Abro, MotorCraft and Omnicraft.

“From essential spare parts to top-quality lubricants, the exhibited products cater to the diverse needs of automobile enthusiasts and professionals, facilitating seamless repairs and maintenance for all makes and models of vehicles.

Abiona Babarinde, General Manager Marketing and Corporate Communications at Coscharis Group said, “We are really delighted to participate in the West Africa Automotive Show 2024 and showcase our commitment to delivering excellence in the automotive sector.

“Through our participation, we aim not to only showcase our robust product portfolio but also to connect with customers and prospects alike fostering lasting relationships built on trust and reliability in delivering value for their money over the years.

“The beauty of our participation at this year’s event is that you stand to get the original parts across various brands of any vehicle together with our certified technicians on ground to give you first hand professional after-sale guide on how best to fix the Parts; thereby delivering a one – stop shop at our stand.”

Head, Auto Care/Consumer Products Division, Coscharis Motors Plc, Dr. Obuzor Uzordinma, was also quoted as saying, “All is now set for us as a team to delight anyone that visits our stand at the exhibition.

“Our combined strong team from the Auto Care, Auto Component and After-sale teams are ready to deliver value for money at this event.

“We are poised to deliver on-the-spot offerings when it comes to original parts for all brands of vehicles as the official representative in Nigeria of various Original Equipment Manufacturers.

“To complement the parts on display will be our Home Care Consumer Goods from the iconic Abro brand portfolio on display as the exclusive representative in Nigeria.

“I hereby encourage all automobile customers, enthusiasts and families to take advantage of this opportunity to experience automotive innovation at its finest as they visit Coscharis Motors Plc at this year’s West Africa Automotive Show and unlock a world of possibilities in automotive excellence.”

The firm promised visitors to the Coscharis Motors stand an unparalleled experience, with irresistible discounts and enticing freebies.

“This exclusive opportunity allows customers to access original automotive products at unbeatable prices, enhancing both their driving experience and vehicle longevity.

“Moreover, the West Africa Automotive Show serves as a platform for attendees to engage directly with Coscharis Motors representatives, who will be on hand to address enquiries and provide insights into the comprehensive range of products and services offered by the organisa

tion,” it stated.

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