BKG Exhibitions Limited has fixed May 30 to June 4, 2022 for the 16th edition of its repackaged Lagos motor fair & auto-part Expo Africa.
Managing Director of BKG Exhibitions Limited, Mr Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, adding that fair holding at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, would be largely indoors to provide cozy environment for both exhibitors and visitors.
He said while automobile exhibition would hold from May 30 to June 4, the auto part makers/dealers’ session had been fixed for June 1 – June 4.
According to Agwu, this edition is holding despite all odds to ensure that the automotive sector of the Nigerian economy remains in the front burner of economic discourse in Nigeria, having in mind the challenges of the global economies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties surrounding the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP).
Although Agwu, who is also chairman of the organizing committee, admitted that organising the event had been very challenging, “we are always striving to ensure that it becomes a key event in the sector which could contribute immensely in enhancing its rapid development; as we use it annually to draw the necessary attention from both the public and private sectors.”
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He called for more government support to the automobile companies operating in the country.
“If it is not done now, it will in the very near future affect a whole lot in the life of the people and the economy,” he stated.
He urged stakeholders to participate actively and see the fair as an opportunity to show the strength and ruggedness of the players in the sector, the policy inconsistencies notwithstanding.
“Without re-fleeting, accidents rates will increase astronomically; calling on the government to really think deep about developing this sector. Working together, the stakeholders can put the issues of the sector on the front burners of economic discuss and policy in the country.
“We have invited all the major automotive and allied sector manufacturers, assemblers, dealers, agents, etc. to participate in this very important edition and happily, the response has been tremendous and we are expecting virtually all of them to actively participate.
“Special offers, rebates, gifts, and lots of other pocket-friendly finance options have been packaged for visitors and especially those that make purchases at the fair. There will also be free expert advisories on visitors’ vehicles from the brand representatives and other up-to-date information on brands, models, and the industry in general throughout the duration of the fair.”
Auto finance: CBN, NADDC discuss new options for vehicle buyers
The Director General of the National Auotomotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, says the agency has commenced discussions with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to design workable solutions for auto financing to make vehicle purchase affordable for Nigerians.
He stated this in a presentation made at the 9th Annual Transport Lecture organized by Transport Day Newspapers, with the theme, ‘Nigeria’s Transportation For Development: Sectoral Achievements, Prospects and Challenges’, held in Abuja.
“We had a meeting with the CBN yesterday on auto financing. We want to work out a solution that would enable Nigerians to buy new vehicles and pay over a period of six years,” he said.
The NADDC boss said the move was part of the agency’s efforts geared towards promoting and enhancing value addition in the transport cum automotive sector of the economy by creating a conducive business climate to further enhance investment inflow and industrialization.
Aliyu also said the NADDC was rapidly shifting attention to carbonless transport system in Nigeria in a bid to develop and promote advanced transport technology in the automotive industry.
He said, “This is because, vehicle electrification is inevitable, it is the future of automotive industry worldwide and we are working assiduously towards achieving its comprehensive and sustainable adoption in Nigeria.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that poor maintenance culture of vehicles in the transport sector contributes immensely to environmental pollution. The use of EVs that have advanced technology will not only curb these excesses but will also lead to more productivity in the industry.
“Currently, one of our top focus areas is scaling up production of applicable electric vehicles locally, to enable Nigeria meet its target for the Paris Accord and 2060 net zero commitment, both on reducing harmful gas emissions from vehicles” he said.
He further stated the NADDC recently set up a technical committee on electric vehicle development plan aimed at drawing up a comprehensive development programme for vehicle electrification in Nigeria.
According to the NADDC boss, this plan will also ensure that made-in Nigeria EVs are of world standards and compete favourably in the global market.
“As a pilot scheme project, the NADDC has established 100% Solar Powered EV Charging Stations at Usman Danfodio University Sokoto, University of Lagos and University of Nigeria Nsukka and also discussing with other stakeholders for collaboration in establishing more charging infrastructure all over the country.
“In conclusion, NADDC is committed to establishing and giving support to development programmes that will aid the Nigerian transport sector.
“I therefore urge all stakeholders to begin to think of a paradigm shift from the conventional vehicles to carbonless transportation system and key into the vehicle electrification projects of the Council with a view to achieving cleaner air in Nigeria.”
AutoTrends: Stop driving your old crossovers, Mercedes warns, recalls ML, others
Mercedes-Benz has asked owners of certain older crossovers to stop driving due a to corroded brake booster that could cause the brakes to fail.
The automaker said the request and corresponding recall applied to 292,287 ML-, GL-, and R-Class crossovers and SUVs from the 2006-2012 model years.
Recalls are common, but urging customers to stop driving is not, according to thecarconnection.com.
In the affected vehicles, water exposure in the brake booster housing can cause a joint to corrode, leading to a leak in the brake system.
Brake force may also be reduced, forcing drivers to press harder on the brake pedal to decelerate and come to a stop. In rare cases, Mercedes said, it may be impossible to stop if there has been severe corrosion.
The risk of a crash or injury would increase, although Mercedes said it was aware of no known crashes or injuries related to the issue.
According to the premium brand automaker, the emergency brake pedal is not affected, and could be used in case of a regular brake pedal failure. Mercedes will provide complimentary towing of the affected vehicles to service centers.
Dealers are expected to inspect the brake booster housing and replace parts as required. If the part cannot be fixed immediately, Mercedes said it will help “coordinate an individual solution for the customer, including alternate mobility.”
AutoTrends: Hyundai Sonata models face fuel leak risk
A potential fuel hose leak in 2013 and 2014 models of Hyundai Sonata has again led to the immediate recall of the vehicles globally.
The NHTSA disclosed this, noting that the factory fault could increase the risk of a fire.
The 2013-2014 Sonata and 2013-2014 Kia Optima had previously been recalled for a fuel hose that can crack prematurely and leak fuel.
The tape and zip-tie remedy for those earlier recalls did not stick.
With the new recall, the fuel line will be replaced at no cost to owners, Hyundai states.
Without the proper fix, the leaking fuel could come in contact with a spark or ignition source that could cause a fire in the engine compartment, thecarconnection.com notes.
The recall encompasses 215,171 Sonatas. Owners may smell fuel on vehicles equipped with either the 2.0-litre turbo-4 or 2.4-litre inline-4 engines. Hyundai reported 138 incidents in the past two years of the defect, but the automaker said there were no known crashes, fires, or injuries.
Hybrid versions of both sedans from those model years were recalled for a separate fire risk.
Hyundai and sister brand Kia have issued a series of recalls for increased fire risk for a variety of reasons, ranging from a faulty electrical socket (2011-2012 vehicles) to a short circuit in the braking system (2006-2011 Elantras).
Owners will be notified by mail as early as July 5, and will be instructed to take their affected Sonata into a dealer to have the fuel feed line replaced at no charge, regardless of warranty status.
Hyundai owners who paid for fuel line repairs to address the leak will be reimbursed.
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