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Excitement as Nord releases five impressive Nigeria-assembled vehicles

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L-R: Popular Nollywood actress, Chioma Akpotha; Chairman/CEO of Nord Automobiles Limited, Mr. Oluwatobi Ajayi; Mrs. Theodorah Ajayi; and another popular Nollywood actress, Mrs. Omoni Oboli, at the unveiling of Nord auto brand and five models in Lagos.

A few days to the Christmas celebration, an indigenous auto assembler, Nord Automobiles Limited, has launched five astonishing new vehicles expected to light up the end of the year festivities and usher people into the 2021 business operations.

Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Oluwatobi Ajayi, says the five new models, representing passenger and commercial segments, were all assembled by the firm in its Lagos assembly plant and built with perfection.

The vehicles are Nord sedan A3; the Nord SUV A5; Nord Flit minibus; Nord Max pick up; and Nord Tank pickup.

Ajayi spoke at Landmark event centre, Lagos, where the new vehicles were rolled out to the admiration of new vehicle enthusiasts, topnotch artistes, politicians, renowned young businesspeople and motoring journalists.

Nord, according to Ajayi, was born out of the need to check the importation of substandard vehicles into Nigeria, and to drastically reduce the huge amount spent annually on automobile importation.

Based on a current research, he said the fast-evolving Nigerian market had shown a strong demand for vehicles found to be stylish, comfortable and have premium features, adding that Nord models had come to meet such demand.

Ajayi stated that with the launch of these vehicles, “we aim to exceed expectations by offering our customers world-standard products at very competitive prices.

“The Nord vehicles are designed for the discerning customer, who craves daily satisfaction and full automobile experience. They are a perfect combination of style, performance and fuel efficiency.”

The Nord CEO also gave some of the striking features of the Nord brand of vehicles just unveiled.

  • Nord Flit mini-bus

Exterior design

For the exterior design, he notes that any Nord vehicle replicates class and luxury with a striking presence and bold looks to make sure that your car stands out anywhere you are.

For instance, he says the popular Nord Tank has a LED daylight running light and a four-wheel drive, the exteriors are powerful and elegant.

Interior design

Looking inside the vehicles, the Nord CEO says interior design is rich and sophisticated and includes several features such asg a one-button drive function, Eco-drive system, touch screen infotainment, blue tooth, audio streaming, HDMI-in-slots, USB-in-slots.

The interior is made with premium upholstery, he says.

Safety features

For maximum safety, he says the Nord vehicles are equipped with Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake Distribution, dual front airbags, and with the highest safety rating by Euro NCAP and C-NCAP.

Colour variants

Nord vehicles have over six different colours to enable buyers to customise their cars, giving it a personalised feel.

Warranty

Delivery of the models will begin immediately after concluding the purchase deal with the dealer.

In terms of warranty, the auto says the Nord vehicles offer complete peace of mind with one free scheduled maintenance service at three months or 5000km; just as the firm says customers can opt for an extended after-sales plan for total peace of mind.

A statement by the auto firm also says, “Nord aims to be a global automotive company that designs and assembles premium vehicles at relatively competitive price while offering easy access to full ownership and superior after-sales service.

“We are an automobile company working to grow with the society and our customers.”

  • Nord Tank pickup

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Lagos suspends RTEAN activities, sets up caretaker committee

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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.

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Ade.Ojo hails Mandilas GM @60, says Toyota family proud of you

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Celebrant GM Mandilas, Kemi Koyejo; Chairman of Toyota Nigeria, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, and his wife, Taiwo Ade.Ojo, at Kemi's 60th birthday in Lagos

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.

-Vanguard

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Lamborghini pushes out final Aventador, Ultimae, ends V12 supercar

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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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