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Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, Euisun Chung, has said the firm will open a new chapter in its history with its world-class hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Hyundai appointed Chung as group chairman last week Wednesday, cementing his succession from his octogenarian father in a move to give impetus to the world’s fifth-largest automaker’s push into electric vehicles and flying cars.

In the first generational handover at the South Korean automobile giant in 20 years, Chung, 49, said he hoped to lead change at South Korea’s second-biggest conglomerate.

Specifically, he said the technology would be used not only in automobiles, but also as an eco-friendly energy solution for the future of humanity.

A statement by the Stallion Autos, the representative of the automaker in Nigeria, quoted Chung as saying, “Our world-class hydrogen fuel cell technology will be used not only in automobiles, but also in various fields, as an eco-friendly energy solution for the future of humanity.”

Embracing the vision ‘Together for a Better Future,’ the group would develop and acquire key technologies and capabilities to overcome market uncertainties, including COVID-19, the statement added.

It said Chung, in his inauguration remarks, presented the future direction of the group as one focused on customers, humanity, future and social contribution.

“All of our goals and efforts must be customer-centric. The first step to customer happiness is to enable them to focus on their own lives through perfect quality of our products and services,” said the newly inaugurated Chairman Chung.

It added that Chung has over the years stressed the customer-centric approach and customer satisfaction, and applied the concept more broadly to all of humanity.

“For the free movement and prosperity of humanity, we will develop the world’s most innovative and reliable autonomous driving technology, offering entirely new mobility experiences,” said Chung.

The statement also said the new Hyundai chairman was spearheading the group’s transformation from an automaker into a future mobility solution provider.

“Our world-class hydrogen fuel cell technology will be used not only in automobiles, but also in various fields, as an eco-friendly energy solution for the future of humanity,” Chung also said.

It added the group would offer mobility solutions tailored toward customer lifestyles and continue to grow its market leadership in various fields such as autonomous driving, electrification, hydrogen fuel cell, robotics and Urban Air Mobility.

It recalled that the group recently formed a venture Motional Inc with Aptiv to develop and deploy industry-leading full autonomous driving technology.

“It is collaborating with partners around the globe to provide mobility services that meet the varying needs of different regions.”

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

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

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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