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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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R.T. Briscoe begins conversion of vehicles to run on CNG/LPG 

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R.T. Briscoe Plc has commenced conversion of petrol and diesel vehicles to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Group Managing Director of the company, Mr Seyi Onajide, disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in Lagos.

He also unveiled a number projects embarked upon by the company including securing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise N10 billion through a savings and investments scheme.

Onajide said the automotive division of the conglomerate decided to set up a CNG/LPG conversion facility in line with the Federal Government’s CNG initiative (Pi-CNG).

“We started the conversion of petrol or diesel engine cars into CNG and LPG without government funding and we believe it is the future of automobile industry. We have successfully done that on some pick-up vehicles,” he said.

The R.T. Briscoe CEO said the company had submitted a proposal to the Presidential CNG committee.

“They invited us to participate in the CNG initiative. We believe that the average vehicle owner in Nigeria and even commuters can benefit from this initiative because it has a lot of benefits. It will save costs for the motoring public,” he said.

Onajide said the CNG conversion kits being used are manufactured in Europe with one of the best global rating standards .

He added that the automotive division of the R.T. Briscoe has well-trained technical and professional team that could handle the installation.

Even as he noted that the future looked promising, he observed the initiative could be impeded by the non-availability of CNG and LPG refilling stations and expressed support for a hybrid model.

He said, R.T. Briscoe had approached some corporate institutions that are fleet owners that have justifiable reasons to build gas-refilled plants on their premises.

According to him, until gas-refilling stations are readily available, CNG would be limited to big organisations that could house and store gas.

The highpoint of the event was the inspection with a test drive of the finished vehicles converted to run on CNG.

RT Briscoe Plc is engaged in the sales and servicing of Toyota vehicles, technical services, material handling and property development and management.

The Presidential CNG Initiative (Pi-CNG) is a component of the palliative intervention of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration directed at providing succour to the masses occasioned by the hardships of the fuel subsidy removal policy of the Federal Government.

With a projected $2.5 billion investment by 2027, the Presidential CNG Initiative plans to drive Nigeria towards a sustainable and prosperous future, where every citizen has the opportunity to thrive.

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Customs CG for auto industry summit, stakeholders express support 

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Major stakeholders in the automotive sector have expressed support for the maiden edition of the Nigeria Auto Industry Summit (NAISU) scheduled to hold at Radisson Lagos, GRA Ikeja, on June 27, 2024.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Adewale Adeniyi, and officials from the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) are expected to speak on myriad challenges facing auto importers and how to boost the confidence of stakeholders in the clearing process.

The event is being organised by the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) in partnership with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC).

A statement by the organisers said the event had received major boost from Weststar Associates Limited, the authorized distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the country; and Carloha Nigeria, the exclusive distributor of Chery in the country.

Other leading stakeholders that have keyed into the event with full commitment are Toyota Nigeria Limited (TNL), Lanre Shittu Motors, Globe Motors and CFAO Nigeria, while others are expected to join the efforts to move the industry forward any time from now.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs & Excise (NCE) , Mr. Adewale Adeniyi and officials from the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) are expected to address the myriad of challenges facing auto importers at the summit in order to boost the confidence of stakeholders in the clearing process.

Envisioned as an annual flagship event of the country’s automotive industry to rally all stakeholders together in addressing the challenges facing them, the auto industry summit will recommend practical solutions to the government through a communiqué at the end of the event in order to fully explore the great potential in the automotive sector for national development .

Expected to be declared open by the Minister of Industries, Trade and investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, the summit, which has as theme, ‘Reviving Nigeria’s Economy through the Automotive Sector’, will have the NADDC Director General, Mr. Joseph Osannipin, as the chief host.

The NADDC boss is expected to be supported at the summit by members of the Nigeria Association of Automotive Manufacturers (NAMA) as well as leading stakeholders across Nigeria.

Commenting on the importance of the summit for the development of the country’s automotive sector, Chairman, organizing committee of NAISU, Femi Owoeye, said, “Initiating this summit is vital, especially at this moment in history when Nigeria is struggling to map its way out of the prevailing global economic despair.

“Being one of the drivers of the global economy, the automobile industry, if given the necessary impetus in Nigeria, is capable of transforming the country to an automotive manufacturing hub in Africa.

“To this end, Nigeria Auto Industry Summit shall annually produce significant information compost that would help the government to make it happen. That is why the maiden event is themed: Reviving Nigeria’s Economy through the Automotive Sector.”

On his part, Chairman of NAJA, Mike Ochonma, said, “Significantly, the summit shall bridge the information and communication gap between the nation’s auto industry stakeholders and relevant government agencies.

“Moreover, annually, the summit shall give a single and united voice for the auto industry leaders to set developmental agenda aimed at kick-starting and driving relevant government policies towards a sustainable development of the automotive industry in Nigeria and ultimately position the country as a frontline beneficiary of the African Free Trade Agreement Area.”

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ASPAMDA, SON forge partnership against fake auto parts distribution 

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President of Auto Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers Association (ASPAMDA), Trade Fair complex, Lagos, Lagos, Hon. Ngozi Emechebe, has said the association does not condone the distribution of fake parts in the country.

This, according to him, is why ASPAMDA collaborates with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria to rid the market of fake auto spare parts.

He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a three-day 2024 West Africa Automotive Show (WAAS), held recently in Lagos.

Emechebe, who spoke on the topic ‘The Challenge of Substandard Parts in the Market’, said, “At the ASPAMDA market in Lagos, we do not tolerate the distribution of fake parts as our members are well informed and enlightened to avoid dealings in fake parts.

“To tell you how serious we are against the distribution of fake parts within our market, we have partnered with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) who facilitate periodic seminars against fake parts.

“We have also provided a permanent office for SON inside our market, where full time SON personnel are stationed, working with us in this regard.

“Let me seize this opportunity to commend SON for its relentless fight against fake parts in Nigeria.

“I also want to call on other auto parts markets in Nigeria to emulate the example of ASPAMDA in its partnership with SON.

“However, I call on the Federal Government to boost the capacity of SON so that it can expand its operations in fighting this scourge in Nigeria.

“The fight against production and selling of fake auto spare parts must be seen as a collective responsibility. All stakeholders must therefore collaborate to expose those engaged in the criminal act and severely punish the criminals”.

Expressing delight at the choice of the topic, he said, “The choice of the topic for this year is apt. The issue is very important because the challenges posed by fake parts not only affect the industry, but the economy in general, and wellbeing of the country.

“The issue of fake parts is one that I am very concerned about, because it has been discussed in many other conferences before now and it is still a relevant topic even after so many years of discussion.

“Fake auto parts are counterfeit or unauthorised reproduction of parts made to look like genuine parts, but often with inferior quality.

“Fake parts may cost significantly less than the genuine parts, but they are often unreliable and potentially dangerous.”

Recalling that the issue has been around for a very long time, the ASPAMDA president said, “In Nigeria, the issue of fakery is not new as there is hardly any industry or sector that is not challenged by the faking of original products.

“However, in the auto sector, the use of fake parts has led to many Road Traffic Crashes on our highways resulting in injuries and deaths; and economic wastage as unsuspecting patrons of fake parts are forced to spend more on the long run.

“Experts have also estimated that Nigeria loses about N100 billion annually as a result of road crashes, many of which are caused by the use of fake parts on automobiles.

“The issue has also contributed significantly in stunting the genuine growth of the auto industry in Nigeria”.

He spoke on the benefit of genuine parts. Emechebe said, “The use of genuine auto parts comes with a lot of benefits such as safety which should be a top priority for any vehicle owner.

“Investing in high-quality automobile spare parts ensures your vehicle is safe and reliable; and it also ensures guaranteed warranty protection.

“Other benefits associated with the use of genuine parts include lowering total cost, ensuring quality and reliability.

“A non-genuine spare can offer a lower “up front” cost. This may provide a short-term gain, but it takes no account of the total cost.”

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