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Newly inaugurated Toyota-certified Lagos service centre excites Osinbajo

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday inaugurated a Toyota-certified service centre in the Oshodi end of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway Lagos.
The state-of-the-art facility built by Toyota Nigeria Limited is described as a legacy project comprising a standard showroom, a collision repair centre, a general repair workshop with sophisticated equipment and a spare parts warehouse.


Osinbajo said with the level of sophistication and deployment of modern technology at the facility, the centre stands out as a milestone achievement that would contribute immensely to the development of the auto industry and the nation’s economy.
He said, “I must confess to being quite fascinated by the multiple resources and outcomes that this facility possesses and is designed to achieve.
“It is not merely a service centre for providing quality after-sale service (although we are told that is one of the objectives for establishing it), it is actually developed as a teaching, research and resource centre, to provide dealers with world-class, practical hands-on training.”
The VP said the capacity building aspect of the facility tallied with a number of skill acquisition and empowerment schemes of the Federal Government for young Nigerians.
“This year also, the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme will begin. Every year under the programme, 20,000 graduates, after their youth service, will be given fully-paid internships that will last for 12 months in reputable private and public sector organisations across the country such as Toyota Nigeria Limited.
According to him, part of the duties of government is to provide the fertile ground and enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
He commended the TNL team led by its chairman, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo for the visionary project.
“We must all be proud of the achievements of Toyota Nigeria in the past decades.Toyota is by far Nigeria’s favourite car. But it came to be so because of the foresight, commitment to high values and focused investments of Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, OON, the founder and visioner of this foremost automotive enterprise, starting over 50 years ago with the establishment of Elizade Motors.”


Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, said the establishment of the centre showed the commitment of Toyota Nigeria towards addressing the concerns of its consumers.
“Today’s event is a brilliant manifestation of the enabling business environment created by this administration and their unparalleled leadership,” he said.
The minister also said, “Nobody hopes for a collision or looks forward to repairing their car but when these challenges do arise, knowing that there is a place that one can take one’s car to, and it will be operated on by the manufacturer gives consumers peace of mind.”
He reiterated the ministry’s commitment to complementing the efforts of Toyota Nigeria in reviving the auto sector.


Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folasade Jaji, said the establishment of the centre was a clear statement of the Toyota Nigeria’s commitment to the continuous growth of the company.
“In addition, the modern technology and equipment available within the facility will boost the technical capability of the local technicians and impact positively on the drive to improve our capacity as a nation in science and technology,” the governor said.
Chairman of the TNL, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, described the event as memorable one that gave him fulfilment.


Managing Director of the TNL, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo, said following the movement of the corporate headquarters of the TNL to Lekki, Lagos, in 2009, the company decided to convert the old office to a standard after-sale centre.
He said apart from providing quality maintenance service, genuine spare parts and standard showroom for Toyota vehicles, the facility would serve as a resource place “for market study to gather data on market dynamics and obtain feedback on customers experiences and expectations.”
He said the centre would help in bridging the demand/supply gap for quality after-sale service by vehicle owners in Nigeria.
Ade-Ojo stressed that the company had entered into partnerships with some of the world-leading relevant firms to ensure the service delivery at the centre would be driven by global best practice processes and well-trained certified technicians.

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Davido, Tuface, Ned Nwoko, others on alert as Ferrari recalls nearly every car

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Super-rich Nigerians and celebrities who drive Ferrari will have to surrender their Italian luxury sports car to the manufacturer to fix a major problem.

Ferrari has discovered a big stopping problem, with 19 of its models dating back to 2005 reportedly at risk of a potential brake failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Some of those known to have the super luxury car in Nigeria are singer Davido; former Arsenal and Super Eagles sensational striker Kanu Nwankwo; rapper and billionaire daughter DJ Cuppy; Ned Nwoko with his Nollywood wife, Reginal Daniels, and another famous ex-Super Eagles player Obafemi Martins.

MotorTrend, an online auto journal, on Monday reported the NHTSA filing as indicating that the issue had to do with the brake fluid reservoir cap which “may not vent properly, creating a vacuum inside the brake fluid reservoir, and resulting in a brake fluid leak that may lead to a partial or total loss of brake function.”

According to the NHTSA recall report, a whopping 23,555 Ferraris are implicated and will need to be serviced.

Owners are expected to receive messages from Ferrari with instructions for proactive repairs before September 24, 2022.

Considering the average price of a Ferrari is at least hundreds of thousand dollars, some quick math proves billions of dollars worth of Ferraris are potentially defective.

The report said Ferrari would replace the brake fluid reservoir cap and update the software in the affected vehicles to provide for a different warning message if the vehicle should lose sufficient brake fluid.

In the meantime, if your Ferrari flashes a “low Brake Fluid” warning, NHTSA directs you to pull off of the road as soon as it is safe to do so and have the car immediately towed to a Ferrari service centre.

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Ford Trucks to showcase zero emission technologies at Sept IAA fair

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Ford Trucks says it will return in a big way to the IAA Transportation, where it will unveil its new surprise zero emission technologies and innovations.

The IAA Transportation is adjudged the world’s leading trade fair for mobility, transport, and logistics and it is taking place this year from September 20 to 25 in Hanover, Germany.

The auto firm stated this in a statement, adding that this would advance towards the automaker’s global competition as a distinctive player in production, design, and product development.

It says the company will showcase the international award-winner F-MAX and present its CO2-neutral transport solutions roadmap, also new specifications and features, bringing connected mobility technologies to Ford Trucks customers, offering more convenience and greater efficiency.

Vice President at Ford Trucks, Serhan Turfan, says, “As an innovative brand that has the purpose of “to be the road mate that cares about customers and makes their businesses thrive”, we focus on future andprioritize R&D efforts on bringing next-generation technologies to the market. The transition of heavy commercial vehicles to zero emissions is critical for a sustainable future. Therefore, our objectiveis mainly to contribute to reduce operating costs and CO2 emissions in road transport while increasing fleet productivity.

We look forward to presenting our innovations in line with our zero emission mission and new connectivity technologies that will thrive our customers’ businesses.”

According to the statement, Ford Trucks will take the point it has reached in new generation technologies to the next level in 2022 IAA Transportation with its new product variants, plus updated services and technologies and its current product range, launched in more than 40 countries.

It states, “Ford Trucks will showcase the latest variants of the IToY award winner F-MAXas well as the latest cutting-edge technology and services at the exhibition area.

“Ford Trucks is exclusively marketed in Nigeria by Coscharis Motors Plc, a leading automobile dealership in the country. Some of the Ford Trucks variants currently stocked by Coscharis Motors include the Trailer Head, Waste Disposal Truck, Tipper, Concrete Mixer, etc.”

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Multi-billion naira NADDC land, imported equipment rot away, says ex-agency boss

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Nigeria may have lost multi-billion naira invested in massive landed property and imported equipment acquired by the National Automotive Design and Development Council for auto industry projects in some parts of the country.

A former acting Director-General of the agency, Mr Luqman Mamudu, gave this indication on Thursday, saying the millions of dollars facilities imported for the projects were no longer functioning.

He stated this in Abuja, where chief executive officers of auto companies and other stakeholders called for a review of Finance Act making it difficult for for local auto assemblers to compete with sellers of fully built imported vehicles.
They spoke at Auto CEOs Forum, an interactive session involving major players, Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, heads of relevant government agencies such as Nigeria Customs Service, Bureau of Public Procurement and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Statistics and National Automotive Design and Development Council.
Mamudu said the FG invested billions of naira to acquire the huge land and import needed equipment for industrial clusters in six major cities across the country to give the auto policy a sound footing.
For instance, he said in Ikorodu, Lagos State, while about N1bn was spent to bring in test equipment for a facility to test vehicles emission level, the government paid N300m for the land housing the test centre.
Mamudu however lamented that nothing was currently happening the Lagos centre and other places.
He debunked the insinuation the NADDC did not consult widely before the auto policy was put together, adding that for about six months the agency held meetings and with other agencies, relevant groups and auto players on the matter.
He gave an overview of the policy, its objectives using a global template and the requirements to actualise the project such as incentives to attract investors/OEMs, acceptable credit facility for vehicle assemblers and buyers and anti-smuggling programme.
He said, “There is no need to change the NAIDP. We only need. We need to review time taken for renewal of yearly licence. It doesn’t have to take five months.
The Comptroller General of NCS, Col. Hameed Ali, represented by Controller Musa Mba, said the agency was carried along in formulating the policy.

According to him, they only implement the duty as passed onto the agency.

He said the auto policy is a long-term project, which would take time to mature, just as he stressed that it should be private sector-driven.
Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig Gen Buba Marwa, who spoke through Mr. Gadzama Bashir, accused some auto importers of bringing in hard drugs.
Indeed, he said some import cars from Canada concealed with Colorado, a variant of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp).
He called for the cooperation of auto players to rid the country of banned substance.
Auto CEOs who spoke through Olutobi Ajayi of Nord Motors, Taiwo Shittu of Lanre Shittu Motors, and Deputy Managing Director, CFAO Motors, Kunke Jaiyesimi, the current import duty of 10 per cent import duty for fully built units (vehicles) and 10 per cent for Semi-Knocked Down vehicles was discouraging local assembly of vehicles.
There is no way local assembly plants can compete with FBU vehicle importers at 10 per cent duty. We buy diesel, pay workers, among other running cost but they don’t do,” said Ajayi.
They called for a review of the Finance Act.

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