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AutoTrends: Toyota Highlander 2023 excites with turbo, new tech



Toyota Highlander, which has been the best-selling midsize crossover in the United States for six consecutive years, is getting a significant update for 2023, the leading automaker has said.

According to a new report by, the biggest change occurs under the hood as the 3.5-litre V6 engine has been replaced by a new turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder.

A turbocharged engine uses turbine power and forced induction to push extra compressed air into your engine’s combustion chamber.

The 2023 model Highlander produces 265hp (198 kW/269 PS) and 309lb-ft (418 Nm) of torque, which is a loss of 30 hp (22 kW / 30 PS) but a gain of 46lb-ft (62 Nm).


This is considered a mixed bag and the situation is further complicated by a combined fuel economy rating that is expected to remain at 24 mpg. This is somewhat surprising, but Toyota said the four-cylinder is more environmentally friendly as it offers “more than a 50 per cent reduction in NOx and NMOG [emissions] as well as an improvement in CO2 emissions compared to the outgoing V6 engine.”

Environmentally conscious consumers will likely opt for the familiar Highlander Hybrid.

It features a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, which enable the crossover to have a combined output of 243 hp (181kW / 246 PS) and an estimated fuel economy rating of 36 mpg combined.


Moving into the cabin, Limited and Platinum trims now come equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that replaces the previous analog gauges and 7-inch display.

Toyota did not say much about it, but the digital instrument cluster offers some degree of personalization as there will be four different display modes known as Casual, Smart, Tough and Sporty.

The higher-end trims also benefit from a new 12.3-inch infotainment system, which will also be available as an option on the mid-level XLE and XSE that come standard with an 8-inch display.

Speaking of screens, the entry-level Highlander L and LE trade their tiny 4.2-inch multi-information display for a larger 7-inch setup.

Getting back to the infotainment system, all 2023 Highlanders are equipped with the Toyota Audio Multimedia system that debuted on the 2022 Tundra.

It offers cloud-based navigation, over-the-air updates, and an intelligent assistant that responds to the “Hey Toyota” wake word.

The infotainment system also has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as integrated Apple Music and Amazon Music streaming with the available Wi-Fi Connect subscription.

Additional changes are minor, but Limited and Platinum trims gain power folding side mirrors, while the XLE and XSE now come equipped with a hands-free power liftgate.

More importantly, the available wireless smartphone charger is no longer hidden in the center console as it moves to the instrument panel shelf, which puts it within easy reach.

Rounding out the highlights are a new Cypress paint job, and updated Harvest Beige and Glazed Caramel interiors that trade Noble Brown accents for Black contrasts. Furthermore, the 2023 Highlander XSE gains new 20-inch wheels with a black finish.

The 2023 Toyota Highlander should arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year and we can expect to learn more details closer to launch.

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NADDC DG, KPMG economist Kale for LCCI auto industry symposium



NADDC DG, KPMG economist Kale for LCCI auto industry symposium


The Auto & Allied sub-Sectoral Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is set to hold a symposium on the Nigeria’s fledging automotive industry.

The programme holding on November 30, 2023 with the theme: The Auto & Allied Sector, Present-Day Realities in Nigeria’, at the LCCI Commerce House, Victoria Island, Lagos, will be attended by many leading auto industry stakeholders as well as experts from other fields of the economy.

According to a statement made available by Austin Akpovili, chairman of the symposium organizing committee, guest speakers expected at the symposium are Joseph Oluwemimo-Osanipin, director-general, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC); Yemi Kale, partner and chief economist at KPMG Professional Services.

Panelists at the programme are Aissatou Diuof, general manager, Suzuki by CFAO Motors Nigeria Limited; Mayokun Fadeyibi, chief operating officer, Autochek Africa; and Diana Chen, chairman and chief executive officer, CIG Motors Limited.

Michael Olawale-Cole, president of LCCI and Kunle Jayesimi are the chief host and host respectively.

Commenting on the forthcoming symposium, Jayesimi, who is chairman of the Auto & Allied sub-Sectoral Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that the theme of this year’s symposium reflects the current realities confronting Nigeria’s automotive sector.

He expressed optimism that both the keynote speakers and the panelists invited to the symposium would provide useful insights and frameworks on best ways possible to address the hydra-headed problem confronting the local automotive sector over the years.

On his own submission, Akpovili, chairman of the symposium organising committee stated that, he is very positive that the calibre of the speakers at this year’s symposium would provide quality propositions on the way forward for the automobile industry in the present day realities of Nigeria.

Expected at the all-important symposium are all the major automobile dealers, Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria (AMDON), the Nigerian Automobile Manufacturers Association (NAMA) and the mechanic bodies.

Others targeted are the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), KPMG and Delloite, the Japanese embassy, the German and United States consulates.

The list also includes the Bureau of Public Enterprise, the Nigeria Customs Service, Publicity and Advocacy group of the of LCCI Chambers, customs clearing agents/association with Frank Aigbogun, publisher of of BusinessDay as the moderator.

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Updated: Honda, Suzuki, Changan (Mikano) battle for Nigeria’s car of the year



Updated: Honda, Suzuki, Changan (Mikano) battle for Nigeria’s car of the year

  •  Other categories nominees named

Two Japanese auto brands, Honda and Suzuki are to slug it out with a Chinese brand, Changan of Mikano for this year’s car of the year in Nigeria.

The Awards Committee of the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) released list of nominees for its 2023 Nigeria Auto Awards on Friday morning.
The grand award event is scheduled for December 14 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The list features over 30 models of automobiles which cut across several segments of the auto industry, as well as auto showrooms and vehicle assembly plants in the country.

Suzuki Espresso, Honda HR-V and Changan Eado made it to the top of the list as the cars will battle for the coveted Car-of-the-Year, while Sino Truck Dangote, Shacman and JAC will go head-to-head in the Truck-of-the-Year category.

For the Assembly Plant-of-the-Year, Lanre-Shittu Motors, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing and Mikano Motors are on the card, while Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Range Rover will slug it out in the Luxury-Brand-of-the –Year category.

Stallion (JAC), Mandilas Motors and CFAO have been nominated for the Auto Workshop of the Year.
In the Compact SUV-of-the-Year category, Changan CS35, GAC GS4 and new entrant, Honda HR-V led the category. And in the Large SUV category, Range Rover, Toyota Land Cruiser and Hyundai Palisade are the leading contenders.

Range Rover (Autobiography), BMW X7 and Mercedes G Wagon will battle for the Luxury SUV category. Maxus, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and JAC T6 will compete in the Pickup category, while GAC GS8, Changan Uni-K and JAC JS4 are the leading models in the outstanding auto design category.

In the minibus category, Toyota Hiace, Jet Mover, Foton View C2 and NORD Flit are the nominees, while Stallion Motors, ANAMMCO and Briscoe will vie for the Most Resilient Auto Company award.

Coscharis (Ford), Mikano and GAC are set to battle for the Auto Showroom of the Year award; Libra, Okeyson and GUO will compete in the Transport Company of the Year, while Bajaj and TVS are the two nominees in the Three-Wheeler of the Year category.

Chairman of the Awards committee, Rasheed Bisiriyu also revealed that Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, would be honoured with the Auto Personality of the Year for his immense contributions to the development of Nigeria’s auto industry.

He said nominees in the various categories were decided by an esteemed panel composed of experts in the industry, dealers and motoring editors.

“In producing these results, our panel demonstrated fierce dedication to their craft by selecting nominees worthy of their consideration in 2023,” he stated.

He said the anticipation for the annual auto awards is stronger than ever among consumers and the automotive sector.

He said, “The winners in the various categories will be revealed live at the grand event scheduled for December 15, 2023 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos in a grand ceremony.”

The Nigerian Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) is an association of professional journalists, writers, and corporate members whose focus is the automobile and the Nigerian automotive industry.

NAJA’s primary objective is to promote, encourage, support, and facilitate professionalism in Nigerian automotive journalism and to ensure factual and ethical reporting about the automobile and automotive issues to Nigerian consumers.

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Stakeholders brainstorm on auto policy, seek legal backing for reviewed NAIDP



Stakeholders brainstorm on auto policy, seek legal backing for reviewed NAIDP


Automotive experts and other major stakeholders have called for accelerated work on the ongoing legislative framework for the updated National Automotive Industry Development Plan.

They spoke in Lagos on Wednesday at an interactive forum organised by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC).

The experts including representatives of the KPMG and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and automakers lamented that the prolonged delay in the enactment of the auto industry act was holding back the development of the nation’s automotive sector.

The 2023 NAIDP approved by the Federal Executive Council in May is aimed at enabling the exponential increase in the local production vehicles, reaching 40 per cent local content, 30 per cent locally produced electric vehicles, generating one million jobs and enforcing patronage of locally produced vehicles by government and companies working on government contracts.

Mr Ogoegbunam Chukwurah, Lead Export Market Development, National Action Committee on AfCFTA, gave a lecture on the benefits creating a single market in Africa would have for Nigeria’s auto sector.

He dwelt on how Nigerian auto players could take advantage of opportunities offered by AfCFTA to play on the global auto business stage.

Advisory Manager at KPMG Tobi David spoke on the various components of the NAIDP 2023 and was optimistic about Nigeria becoming a West African hub in the automotive industry.

A former acting DG of NADDC Luqman Mamudu focused on the challenges of implementing the policy and the way forward.

The auto experts and others agreed on the need to waste no further time in making the auto industry law a reality.

They also recommended the setting up of an working committee for the 2023 NAIDP implementation with a project management office and a two-yearly review of the progress being made.

Speaking via zoom, Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, said, “The auto industry is key to achieving economic diversification. And this is in line with the mandate of the ministry to ensure full diversification and full industrialisation of the economy.”

To facilitate market access and market expansion, she assured of engagement with different economic players to ease the difficulties in doing business and allow local manufacturers to participate in AfCFTA to export their products.

Director General of the NADDC, Mr Joseph Osanipin, in his welcome address, stated that the NAIDP is a critical pillar of the government’s efforts to transform the automotive sector and position it as a key driver of economic growth and job creation.

He said, “The plan is designed to address the key challenges facing the sector such as low production level, insufficient local content and limited access to financing.”

Osanipin maintained that the NAIDP 2023 is a comprehensive and ambitious plan that seeks to align local policies with AfCFTA in such a manner that would allow the industry to compete favourably on the continental and eventually global level.

He said the policy would ensure sustainability and environmental responsibility as it offers incentives in the area of the CNG and electric-powered vehicles.

Chairman of Nigerian Automobile Manufacturers Association (NAMA), Mr. Bawo Omagbitse, expressed the group’s appreciation to the NADDC for putting up the forum.

He stressed the eagerness of NAMA to work closely with the NADDC and other relevant authorities for proper implementation of the auto policy, adding that NAMA would develop internal guidance system to ensure that members operate in accordance with the rules and regulations provided in the NAIDP document.

Other participants at the meeting included representatives from Motorcycle Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), GM Motors, Anammco, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing ltd, Proforce, JET Motors, Mikano Motors, Nord Motors, Stallion, Perfection Motors, Toyota Nig. Ltd, Honda, CIG Motors, Dangote Sinotruck, Coscharis Motors, Kewalram, Dana Motors, VON Auto, Lanre Shittu Motors, CFAO and Saglev.

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