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Ford goes more elegant with Ice-White Mustangs (coupe) edition

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Ford has announced the introduction of an Ice-White Edition as an addition to the elegant Mustang option list. This is considered a revival of vintage special edition for Mustang.

It specifically states that it will offer Mustang and Mustang Mach-E Ice White Edition models for 2022, noting that this white-on-white package is coming for the first time since 1993.

The Ice White editions will be available for Mustang GT Premium, Mustang EcoBoost Premium, and Mustang Mach-E Premium models, it says.

Auto reviews including cnet.com note that it is the first time Ford is rolling out a package available for both the Mustang coupe and the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV.

Ford reveals this special edition in time to kick off the Woodward Dream Cruise, which takes place on the famed Woodward Avenue in Michigan on the third Saturday of every August.

Ford says this package also pays homage to the 1993 Mustang LX convertible Fox-Body that was painted in triple white.

Mustang Brand Marketing Manager Jim Owens says, “Mustang has always had the power to attract attention on the road, but the new Mustang Ice White Edition could—just like the original ’93 triple-white Fox-body feature Mustang—become one of the hot collectibles of future generations.”

A report by autoweek.com says the Mustang GT Premium and EcoBoost Premium will be finished in Oxford white and feature white badging.

According to Ford, the 19-inch machined wheels are also Oxford white, just like the white wheels on the triple-white Fox-body.

Viewing the inside, it is said to be the mostly black interior features white accents: namely, white inserts in the seats and door panels, as well as a white insert on the dash.

The Mustang Mach-E Premium is the same colour with matching badges. The seats, arm rest, and center console are light space grey, while the rest of the interior is black.

In its Roadshow report, cnet.com says for the Mustang Mach-E, this package will be available with the Premium trim exclusively and wears a Star White Metallic exterior color. Exterior trim also ditches dark colors in favor of white accents, including the pony badge, and 19-inch wheels with white-painted pockets complete the look. Ford kept trying to use the phrase “ice-out” to describe the look, but let’s not try and make that a thing, shall we?

The SUV’s interior dons light gray upholstery and a silver hex pattern provides some interesting detail to the instrument panel. Like the exterior, the cockpit also sports white pony badges.

Moving on to the Mustang coupe, the car’s look borrows inspiration from the 1993 Triple White Fox Body Mustang. It wears an Oxford White exterior color complete with ice-white elements around the taillights and 19-inch wheels that throw it back to the ’90s in their design. The interior rocks a black-and-white look with white leather inserts on the doors and seats, while contrasting white stitching breaks up the black on various trim pieces. An aluminum accent on the dash helps keep the pony car’s cooler mode going.

Ford says these Ice Edition Mustangs will be available to order in the fall and are expected to arrive at dealerships early in 2022.

 

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Toyota-Suzuki joint SUV coming in August, Africa listed

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The collaboration between Toyota and Suzuki is set to manifest in concrete terms as Toyota says it will start the production of a new SUV model developed by Suzuki at Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd from August.

The Suzuki-developed SUV will come with mild and strong hybrid variants – made in India for both brands, multiple sources including motorauthority.com report.

The two companies are said to be planning to export the new model to markets outside India including Africa.

Toyota and Suzuki are promoting mutual supply of vehicles globally, which is one of the collaborations in their business partnership.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding for a business alliance in 2017. Since then, the two companies have been bringing together Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in technologies for compact vehicles for joint collaboration in production and in the widespread popularization of electrified vehicles.
The powertrains of the new model to be on sale in India will be equipped with mild hybrid developed by Suzuki and strong hybrid developed by Toyota.
By bringing together strengths of both Toyota and Suzuki through the collaboration, the two companies say they will be able to provide a wide variety of vehicle electrification technologies to customers and contribute to the acceleration of electrification and the realization of a carbon-neutral society in India.

While Suzuki leads and understands the India market, Toyota brings hybrid tech to the table.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited and TKM will market the new model in India as Suzuki and Toyota models, respectively.

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Ford to end production of Focus in 2025

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Ford has confirmed that it will stop producing the Focus model in 2025, in a move that threatens the longer-term future of its Saarlouis, Germany plant that only makes that model.

Nigeria may not miss the exit of the Focus as it has not really been as popular as other Ford models such as the Escape, the Edge and Everest.

Ford however said that its plant in Saarlouis would continue to produce the Ford Focus passenger car, while the company is also evaluating options for future site concepts.
In Europe, Ford has emphasised the future role for electrified models – which includes its Cologne plant in Germany being a hub for EV production. It will build a new SUV based on VW’s MEB platform from 2023.
Ford also recently announced that its Valencia, Spain, plant would receive investment for making electric vehicles on a next-generation electric vehicle architecture.

 

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Coscharis offers Renault customers N150,000 free service, flexible finance scheme

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Coscharis Motors Plc has announced a free service voucher worth N150,000  for every Renault vehicle purchased from the company.

The auto firm is the sole representative of the Renault brand in Nigeria.

Making the announcement during the recently concluded Lagos Motor Fair, the General Manager, Renault Sales, Coscharis Motors, Sola Adigun, said, “We want to use the opportunity of our presence at this motor fair to announce to our customers and prospects that we will be offering a free service voucher worth N150,000.00 for every Renault vehicle purchased from Coscharis Motors at this motor fair and afterwards.”

According to him, the free service voucher is one of the exciting giveaways the Renault customers stand to gain from buying a Renault vehicle from Coscharis Motors Plc.

Even as Adigun said the free service voucher offer would extend beyond the just concluded motor fair to all Coscharis showrooms across the country, he gave July 30, this year as the last day for the promo.

A statement by the auto firm also said it had arranged a finance scheme from the sister company, Coscharis Mobility, for willing customers to purchase any of their preferred Renault vehicles.

It stated that Coscharis Mobility would enable the payment for the vehicle(s) to be spread over a period of time after 30 perc ent initial deposit of the principal value.

It also quoted the General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications for the Coscharis Group, Abiona Babarinde, as saying, “Currently, we are still assembling two variants of the Renault brand locally at our assembly plant in Awoyaya, Lagos, namely: Logan and Duster.

“Clearly, we have the capacity to add more variants to our local assembly line and hope that the time will soon come when the infrastructural deficit in the country will improve to give conducive business environment to investors like Coscharis that still believe in our nation, Nigeria. Then, we shall gladly increase the number of locally assembled variants and probably assemble all the variants that we market in the country.

“More importantly for us is that this gives us the opportunity to deliver value to the bigger economy in terms of job employment amongst other economic advantages with the sustenance and expansion of the local assemblies across the country.”

Coscharis, it stated, offers trade-in option to customers using a Renault vehicle and intending to exchange for a new model.

It said, “Renault was one of the brands which put up an outstanding presence at the recently concluded Lagos Motor Fair. “Five variants of the brand were put on display for visitors at the fair, including Logan and Duster, which are both assembled in Nigeria. Others are Koleos, Oroch and Kwid.”

Brand Manager of Renault at Coscharis Motors, Felix Mahan, gave some details about the models in the statement.

The Koleos

The Koleos is designed with a sense of detail and personality enhanced by its sleek appearance and athletic curves.

Behind its chic urban styling, Koleos has the DNA of a true 4X4.

The ALL MODE 4×4-i technology allows you to select the transmission mode that your vehicle will need to be equally at home on dirt, mud or sand as it is on tarmac.

Koleos comes with a range of driver assistance technologies including active emergency braking, blind spot detection system, easy trunk access and R-Link 2 media system.

Duster

Customers can choose from 1.6-Litre to 2.0Litre engine but whichever engine, it is built with a robust off-roader looks. With the superb ground clearance, the Duster is a practical and durable vehicle for the Nigerian road.

The interior of the All-new Duster reflects its generous, adventure-seeking nature. The spacious cabin is bright and reassuring.

The driver and passenger seats provide plenty of support to ensure your comfort wherever you go. The upholstery features a high-quality finish, as does the dashboard, where particular emphasis was placed on ergonomic design.

Simple and intuitive, the multimedia system Media Nav with touching screen allows you to navigate through all the different functionalities: navigation, phone, radio, Aux/USB ports and Bluetooth® connection to listen to your favorite music.

It also comes with hands free card to lock and unlock the doors from a distance as well as assist to start the air-conditioning before getting into the car.

Logan

New Renault Logan has an even more modern and dynamic design. With redesigned front and rear end panels featuring the new Renault brand light signature, New Renault Logan is a beauty to behold.

New Renault Logan has five generous seats to comfortably accommodate all your passengers. Enjoy useful and smart new storage areas, including a phone pouch and a front passenger side net pouch.

There is a new 12V output in the rear for charging your devices. There’s also a 1/3-2/3* split-fold rear bench seat and a spacious boot to transport everything you need in the way that suits you. You can combine utility and pleasure for a journey you are sure to love, depending on the version.

Logan’s ground clearance level (155-164mm) enhances its capacity to cope with extremely poor road surfaces (potholes, cobbles, uneven surfaces.

The mechanics, bodywork (opening panels), air conditioning/ventilation system and passenger compartment all specially designed to cope with certain countries’ environments where dust is omnipresent. Logan has an excellent thermal comfort standard (the vehicle is designed to deal with “extremely hot” conditions.

Kwid

Inside Renault Kwid, there is plenty of headroom, legroom and elbowroom for the driver plus up to four passengers.

There are ingenious storage spaces everywhere.

The Renault KWID’s class-leading boot space of 290L can be extended up to 1100L, making it the perfect partner for a long road trip.

 

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