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Hyundai launches new generation Tucson, an SUV with daring aura

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By Rasheed Bisiriyu

The launch of a new look Hyundai Tucson SUV on Monday was ecstatic as many SUV enthusiasts and analysts say they are excited about the entire virtual unveiling experience.

They acknowledge that the new vehicle, a fourth generation Tucson, built for the 2022 market, evokes a combative and daring aura.

“We were excited about the virtual launch event, which took place in West Hollywood, California, on Monday,” say MSN Auto analysts.

Hyundai’s Global Chief Operating Officer José Muñoz and SangYup Lee, who runs the Hyundai Global Design Centre, spoke at the event on the new wonder machine on the wheels.

The professional surfer Sage Erickson, a Hyundai brand ambassador, made an appearance as well.

Hyundai says the 2022 Tucson will be quieter, smoother, and more fun to drive than the outgoing model.

The automaker uses more sound-deadening materials and has an acoustic windshield to reduce the wind noise from coming into the cabin.

Hybrid models use “e-handling” technology, which should improve the steering response and vehicle stability while providing a fun-driving experience.

According to Motor Trends, the new vehicle has a lot of unique things. First, it notes that in a big departure from the current styling, Hyundai sketched the fourth-generation Tucson with angled character lines and a big grille, turning the compact SUV into a distinct player in an ultra-competitive segment.

“The styling isn’t the only big change for the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, though. It’s longer, wider, and taller than the current SUV, and it will be available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid for the first time,” it states.

Hyundai says the new car provides the automaker an opportunity to begin its next adventurous chapter and push the boundaries of efficiency a lot higher.

It says, “The entirely new look with a longer, wider body takes SUV design into more modern territory. And its complex network of sensors and cameras help keep you even safer while making driving—and parking— a lot easier.

“For the first time ever Tucson is giving you choices that push the boundaries of efficiency and performance: from the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid to the race-inspired N Line.”

The auto news website provides other striking details about the new Tuckson SUV. For instance, it notes that the change in proportions means more space inside.

The 2022 Tucson is said to be 5.9 inches longer, 0.6 inch wider and 0.6 inch taller than the model it replaces, with its wheelbase also increasing by 3.4 inches.

This means the new Tucson is now about the same size as the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, two SUVs that have also got bigger recently.

The Tucson is the latest model to embody Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, which is seen in the Sonata and Elantra sedans but until now had not made its way to an SUV.

Motor Trends also states, “One of the most striking elements is the integration of the daytime running lights into the grille, which gives the 2022 Tucson a wider, futuristic appearance.

“Taking a page from the Kona and Santa Fe designs, the headlights are nestled in the front bumper, giving the Tucson a combative face. Combined with the well-defined fender openings and sharp character lines on the hood, the Tucson has a concept-y look in pictures, but once you see it in person, it embodies a sharper style that brings a new identity to the table.” 

Interior

The new Hyundai Tucson interior is spacious. When you enter the cabin, you will be welcomed by big screens and tons of techs.

The Tucson Limited model is equipped with a 10.3-inch touchscreen, capacitive HVAC controls, ambient lighting, and another 10.3-inch screen for the instrument cluster. Lower trims get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with a 4.2-inch LCD display on the instrument cluster, but they benefit from wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, something you don’t get with the 10.3-inch touchscreen.

Sitting in the driver’s seat you get a sense of spaciousness from the cabin. The hidden air vents on the dashboard and the lack of a physical lever (say hello to push-buttons) make the cabin feel roomier.

The Limited model also uses piano black trim and cloth on the door panels that looks and feels premium while adding a bit of character to the cabin.

The bigger proportions mean more space inside. The second-row seats feel like a living room, with a whooping 41.3 inches of legroom.

Engine

It has three engine options. They are gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

Tucson’s bigger 2.5-litre, four-cylinder gas engine gives you more power with an estimated 187hp and 182lb.-ft. of torque.

Tucson hybrid’s 1.6L turbocharged engine kicks out 226hp estimated total combined system power. And HTRAC All Wheel Drive comes standard.

The third option offers you electric when you want it; and gas when you need it.

Tucson plug-in hybrid’s 1.6L turbocharged engine with 13.8kWh battery power charges in just under two hours. And with standard HTRAC All Wheel Drive and all-electric drive mode, the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid is a win-win.

Those opting for the Tucson hybrid or plug-in hybrid will get a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic, an electric motor, and standard all-wheel drive.

The regular hybrid gets a 1.49-kWh battery to deliver about 226 hp and 258 lb-ft, per Hyundai’s estimates, while getting 37 mpg combined.

The plug-in hybrid uses a 13.8-kWh battery that allows the Tucson to cover about 28 miles on electric drive only before reverting to full-hybrid operation.

Power numbers rise to around 260hp and fuel economy numbers increase to about 70 mpg-e.

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We’re committed to Tinubu’s Pi-CNG initiative, says Cedric Masters Group

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We’re committed to Tinubu’s Pi-CNG initiative, says Cedric Masters Group

Cedric Masters Group says it is committed to achieving the mandate of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards the conversion of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) considered cheaper and cleaner to run.

Amselm Ilekuba, Chairman and chief executive of the group who disclosed this also said Cedric Masters Group is lucky to be among the first promoters of the Pi-CNG initiative of President Tinubu.

He said apart from creating huge employment for Nigerians with other positive spin-off effects and businesses, he would in collaboration with his technical team transfer the CNG conversion skill acquired at the CNG Centre in Texas, Houston.

This, he pointed out, was one of the core areas that would generate massive jobs for the people.

The Cedric Masters Group boss made this commitment when he received Joseph Osanipin, director-general of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), and his team during a facility tour of the upcoming local automobile assembler located along the Lekki-Ajah Expressway, Lagos.

The NADDC DG accompanied by Sani Musa, the director of policy and planning and other staff of the agency, on Monday this week embarked on a tour of some auto assembly plants in the South-West.

Cedric Masters Group is a conglomerate that is also into automobile and component parts.

The company manufactures component parts from its facility in the South-East while for proximity and business expansion purposes, it is setting up its assembly plant in Lagos.

Cedric Autos got the assembly licence with a clear mandate from the NADDC to start rolling out locally assembled vehicles from the plant within 18 months.

Ilekuba expressed delight over the visit by the auto assembly regulatory agency, adding that the physical construction of the plant, the cable laying were in progress.

He said, “I am happy that they have come today to see how far we have gone with the physical construction, the cable laying; the equipment and every other facility has started coming. What we are waiting for now is the installation of all the equipment by our foreign partners.”

The full set of state-of-the-art automobile assembly equipment to be installed comprises automatic assembly line, post floor plate car lift with Solemoid unlock, scissor lift, four post flour plate car lift for 4-wheel alignment, semi automatic tyre changer, wheel balancer, air conditioning handling system and screw air compressor complete set-split type.

Others are movable manual hydraulic jack, foldable shop crane, transmission jack, hand hydraulic table truck, mobile pneumatic oil filling machine, paint spray booth, rear axle distribution rack, cargo lift, component of rain test (water nozzle and booster pump) and forklift.

Meanwhile, Cedric Masters said it started its staff recruitment and training in the past months with payment in preparation for a official roll-out of the brand to Nigerians very soon.

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Director General of National Automotive Design And Development Council, Mr. Joseph Osanipin, has expressed satisfaction with the state of Lanre Shittu auto assembly plant and the volume of work being carried out there.

He specifically commended the company for focusing on the assembling of commercial vehicles, especially trucks and pickups as well as the compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered vehicles.

The DG spoke after inspecting the LSM auto assembly plant in Lagos and was taken through the process of putting the JAC truck components together as well as conversion of LSM pickups to run on CNG.

Osanipin said, “I’m very impressed with what I saw here. Lanre Shittu Motors has picked where its strength is – the pickups and trucks.

“I’m also impressed about their human capital development. We have seen the training facility and capacity. We also saw the spare parts. It means they are ready to support their vehicles with sufficient parts when the need arises.

“I have seen capacity and ability to meet the demand of the market. What we have seen here, I’m not too surprised because Lanre Shittu Motors has been there over the years.”

About 95 per cent of the workers engaged at both truck and pickup sections of the plant are Nigerians.

The DG spoke on the readiness of industry for the CNG-powered vehicles, saying, “From my assessment of what the LSM is doing, it means the assemblers are ready for the CNG vehicle initiative.”

He urged Nigerians to embrace the initiative, noting that it is cost-effective.

“Again, looking at the safety measures being put in place here at LSM, it shows we are ready for CNG. The next set of conversion to be done here will be the trucks,” he said.

Managing Director of Lanre Shittu Motors, Mr. Taiwo Shittu, said the company had delivered some CNG-powered mass transit buses for airport shuttle.

He disclosed that LSM could do six units daily, adding that the firm saw the huge business in the CNG-powered vehicles shortly after the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government and went straight into it.

He said, “We know from our knowledge of automobile – this is our 43 years in the industry – that once the fuel subsidy is removed, the next option is the CNG. So we went straight into CNG vehicles.

“As we speak, we are converting our vehicles to run on CNG. We have our CNG conversion kits on the ground. We have mass transit buses already at the airports for shuttle, assembled here in Nigeria.

“Another set of CNG mass transit buses have arrived at the seaport and being cleared. This will be for commercial operation. And it will reduce operation cost by twenty-five per cent.

Shittu said LSM placed premium on after-sale support, with over N2 billion worth of spare parts in its store.

“For any vehicle or auto brand to survive in Nigeria, after-sale support is very important.

“We have been sole distributor in Nigeria for many brands including MAN and JAC. Having passed through this stage, we understand that no vehicle brand can make any headway in the country without adequate parts.

“A lot of made-in-Nigeria vehicles failed in the past because the handlers did not realise that without sufficient spare parts, they cannot survive” he said.

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Fund auto credit scheme with import duty, stakeholders tell FG

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Fund auto credit scheme with import duty, stakeholders tell FG

Key operators in the automotive industry are demanding the creation of vehicle credit scheme using import levies collected on automobiles.
They also called on President Bola Tinubu to sign into law the National Auto Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) bill to give local and foreign investors more confidence in the sector.
These are parts of their resolutions after a recent Nigeria auto industry summit held in Lagos as contained in a communique.
The event was organised in Lagos by the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC).

The Federal Government had in the past made efforts to set an auto finance scheme but they were aborted somehow.

For instance, a South African bank was to spearhead the project at a time but it backed out midway.

Some three Nigerian banks were mentioned in connection with the next phase under Aliyu Jelani as NADDC DG but the effort did not materialise, making it difficult to buy new vehicles with low-interest loans.
“The proceeds of the ‘levy’ charged on the importation of passenger vehicles should be used for its purpose, which is the development of the automotive industry, ‘especially in the area of Vehicle Credit Scheme’, the communique stated .
The communique, which was delivered to the Presidency and the National Assembly on Monday, July 8th, 2024.
also noted that the NAIDP was key to the development of the nation’s economy.
They therefore urged the President to sign it into law in order to provoke OEMs’ confidence in the nation’s economy and erase their fears of policy summersault.
In the 19-paragraph communiqué made available to journalists on Thursday, prominent auto firms, among other medium-term measures, stressed that while passing the NAIDP, a provision backing compulsory patronage of locally assembled/manufactured vehicles by all government functionaries, establishments, agencies and parastatals must be re-enacted and implemented.
The stakeholders charged the government at all levels to patronise only vehicles made or assembled in Nigeria, as a way of leading by example, saving foreign exchange and securing jobs.
In the same vein, they charged the National Assembly to review the zero differentials between import of Fully Built Up (FBU) and Completely Knocked Down (CKD) commercial vehicles, which presently stands at 10 per cent.
On what they described as an unclear process utilized in the recent launch and allocation of 1000 units of CNG vehicles to local assemblers, the stakeholders asked the National Assembly to, when passing the NAIDP, incorporate a provision that mandates the Federal Government to give a fair chance for all existing auto assemblers and manufacturers to partake in supplies of CNG vehicles to the government
The communique read also read in part, “The government must simplify the CNG process by harmonizing the workings of the Federal Ministry of Finance and that of the Nigeria Customs Service on the issue of gazetted duty free allowance on CNG equipment.
“The government must ensure that all imported used vehicles, including salvaged ones, must be accompanied by certificates of integrity by originating countries.
“The government should tackle inadequate access to finance through its fiscal and monetary policies; take a second look at interest rates offered by Nigerian banks which are significantly higher compared to other countries.”
As a long term measure, the stakeholders urged the Federal Government to aggressively incentivize CKD assembly through contract manufacturing to leverage the nation’s existing automotive assembly capacities and expeditiously restart the automotive industry from its heights in the 1980s.
“The government,” they stated further, “should develop and implement an automotive raw materials and component manufacturing master plan.”
Also stated in the communiqué is a call on the government to revive tyre, battery, and glass manufacturing as a precursor to revamping local manufacture of: welded parts (exhaust system, seat frames); electrical parts (batteries, trafficators, wiring harness); plastic and rubber parts (tyres, tubes, fan blades, seat foam, oil seals, hoses, radiator grills, etc); radiator, cables, filters, brake pads/linings, windscreens, side glasses, fibre-glass parts, paints; rubber products (tyres) and thereafter, other Tier 2 and aftermarket components.
The summit was attended by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, Director General of NADDC, Mr. Joseph Osanipin and representatives of key auto industry stakeholders, the Nigeria Automotive Manufacturers Association (NAMA), Automotive Local Component Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (ALCMAN), Lagos State government and Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi.

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