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Renault: Coscharis unveils assembly plant, after-sale service, three models

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L-R: Pius Onu, After-Sales Manager, Renault, Coscharis Motors; Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group, Sola Adigun, General Manager, Sales Renault, Coscharis Motors; Olayinka Oladipo, Sales Manager, Renault, Coscharis Motors; Felix Mahan, Brand Manager, Renault, Coscharis Motors, in Lagos …on Friday.

Coscharis Motors has taken the Nigeria’s auto industry by storm as it begins the assembling of re-engineered Renault vehicles in its Lagos plant barely a year after it announced its partnership with the Renault Group.

The auto firm showcased to motoring journalists on Friday the Renault assembly plant as some models were being put together, moving from one stage to another until the finishing point.

The company also unveils three new Renault models and the headquarters of the after-sale facilities at its Awoyaya office in the Lekki area of Lagos.

Coscharis says it can now handle total maintenance and repair of the Renault models with its complementary after-sale centres in in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Uyo.

After a guided tour of the Renault arena including the showroom, after-sale service place and the assembly line, motoring journalists had a feel of the new models of the brand in a test drive.

Cosharis Motors formally announced its partnership with the Renault Group in July 2019 as its representative in Nigeria.

“As of today, Coscharis Motors is set to commence Renault vehicle sales based on locally assembled models and fully built models for Nigeria roads,” Group Managing Director, Coscharis Group, Josiah Samuel, said.

He added, “The plan is to ensure that we continually deliver value for money by providing quality automobile like the Renault brand vehicles to discerning Nigerians at affordable price range.

“So far, we have secured all the requisite OEM’s ratings and approvals to commence assemblage of the Duster and Logan while we are presently bringing in fully-built Koleos, Kwid (and Oroch is to be introduced at a later date).”

The GMD said Coscharis had been fully equipped to handle all after-sale services and repairs.

“We have the original parts coupled with the right tools to fix the parts and Renault-certified technicians to fix your vehicles. With the technical back up of our Renault partners, we are positioned to deliver a seamless after-sale service across our available facilities across the country for both existing owners and potential new customers,” he said.

The Koleos

Coscharis says the Koleos is designed with a sense of detail and personality enhanced by its sleek appearance and athletic curves.

It comes with the DNA of a true 4X4 as its all-mode 4×4-i technology allows one to select the transmission mode that the vehicle will need while moving through the dirty, muddy or sandy area, according to a statement by the General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications at the Coscharis Group, Abiona Babarinde.

Koleos comes with a range of driver assistance technologies including active emergency braking, blind spot detection system, easy trunk access and R-Link 2 media system, it adds in a report.

 Duster

For the Duster, the firm says customers can choose from 1.6-Litre to 2.0 litre engine, adding, whichever engine, it is built with a robust off-roader looks.

It notes that with the superb ground clearance, the Duster is a practical and durable vehicle for the Nigerian road.

It states, “The interior of the all-new Duster reflects its generous, adventure-seeking nature. The spacious cabin is bright and reassuring. The driver and passenger seats provide plenty of support to ensure your comfort wherever you go. The upholstery features a high-quality finish, as does the dashboard, where particular emphasis was placed on ergonomic design.

Simple and intuitive, the multimedia system Media Nav with touching screen allows you to navigate through all the different functionalities: navigation, phone, radio, Aux/USB ports and Bluetooth® connection to listen to your favorite music.”

Logan

According to the firm, the new Renault Logan has an even more modern and dynamic design. With redesigned front and rear end panels featuring the new Renault brand light signature, New Renault Logan is a beauty to behold.

It states, “New Renault Logan has five generous seats to comfortably accommodate all your passengers. Enjoy useful and smart new storage areas, including a phone pouch and a front passenger side net pouch. There’s a new 12 V output in the rear for charging your devices. There’s also a 1/3-2/3* split-fold rear bench seat and a spacious boot to transport everything you need in the way that suits you.”

The vehicle is said to combine utility and pleasure during a journey.

It gives the Logan’s ground clearance level as 155-164mm, which enhances its capacity to cope with extremely poor road surfaces.

“The mechanics, bodywork (opening panels), air conditioning/ventilation system and passenger compartment all specially designed to cope with certain countries’ environments where dust is omnipresent.

“Logan has an excellent thermal comfort standard (the vehicle is designed to deal with “extremely hot” conditions,” it states.

Kwid

For the Renault Kwid, the auto firm says it offers plenty of headroom, legroom and elbowroom for the driver and up to four passengers, with good storage spaces everywhere.

The Renault KWID’s class-leading boot space of 290L can be extended up to 1100L, making it the perfect partner for a long road trip, says the company.

 

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Lamborghini pushes out final Aventador, Ultimae, ends V12 supercar

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Supercar manufacturer, Lamborghini, has announced the production of the last Aventador. You can call it Avantador’s last dance. The final Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae was rolled off the production line in Sant’Agata, Italy, and kissing goodbye to V12-powered supercar that shaped an era. The Lamborghini V12 will be hybridised going forward.

This Ultimae Roadster marks the 11,465th Aventador to reach customers worldwide. First launched in 2011, the Aventador is not exactly modern, but when it debuted, it was described by CEO Stephan Winkelmann as “a jump of two generations in terms of design and technology,” with “performance that is simply overwhelming.”

A plug-in hybrid replacement is expected to be revealed later this year, having been spied testing.

Lamborghini made sure the final model was the most powerful, with the 6.5-litre unit producing 10bhp more than in the previous range-topping Aventador, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, sending 769bhp (780PS, hence the name) to both axles. The Aventador-based Essenza SCV12 produces 819bhp but is limited to track use.

The Ultimae’s 531lb ft torque peak matches the SVJ’s, with which it shares its power- to-weight ratio. But with a 0-62mph time of just 2.8sec and a top speed of 221mph, the Ultimae is the fastest road-going Aventador.

The 350 coupés and 250 roadsters – each sold with a numbered plaque – were offered in a range of unique colour schemes, including a new grey-on-grey option with contrasting red trim elements, while the roadster could be specified with an exposed carbonfibre roof panel. It was also subtly marked out from other Aventadors by way of a unique styling package that “took the best components” of the S and SVJ.

The Aventador’s plug-in hybrid replacement will serve as a bridge to pure-electric Lamborghini models in the future.

This electrified future will see the Hurácan and Lamborghini Urus also go down the same route, and an all-electric 2+2 introduced in the second half of the decade.

Importantly, however, while its replacement will use an electrified drivetrain, it will take the bulk of its power from a large-capacity V12, in line with company boss Stephan Winkelmann’s commitment to the emotional value of its supercars.

He told Autocar last year that there is “a lot of emotion attached” to the 12-cylinder engine, which he is particularly aware of, having been involved in the launch of the Aventador in his first stint as the boss of Lamborghini in 2011.

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Lagos holds car-free day, residents to go cycling, walking Sunday

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Residents of Lagos on Sunday (tomorrow) are expected to take to trekking and cycling as the state observes car-free day.

The Lagos State Government said this in a statement, adding that the programme would be organise in collaborating with the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI).

It stated that the event was to encourage road users and motorists to park their cars for a day and take up active and inclusive means of transport such as cycling and walking known as Non-Motorized Transport (NMT).

It stated that traffic would be diverted around Alausa/Ikeja as cyclists would utilise Governor’s Office Road, through Mobolaji Johnson Ave, Billings Way, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Aromire, Adeniyi Jones, and Oba Akran Way for bicycle ride to mark the event while about 400 metres of the Governor’s Avenue will be closed for the event.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said the aim of the initiative was to create awareness about the benefits of NMT, which include reduced environmental pollution.

The commissioner who was quoted in a statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Bolanle Ogunlola, added that the initiative would reduce insufficient physical activity and sedentary behaviour to promote health of the people regardless of their ages.

He cited the significant drop in air pollution recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, when movement was curtailed and many private cars and public vehicles were off the roads, which he said resulted in reduction of vehicular carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

This, he stressed, helped in improving the quality of air, as well as increase in physical exercise and improved health practice.

Oladehinde said, “Vehicular emissions have now become a global issue. In Nigeria as well as other developing countries, 25% of the air pollution problems are as a result of automobile exhaust.

“This is very evident in the number of unroadworthy, smoky vehicles plying our roads on daily basis, causing not just health issues but visibility problems and sometimes accidents.”

He also said the event would  provide cities and governments an opportunity to do more in advancing public transport systems which could be run more efficiently through provision of viable, reliable alternatives to the cars in the urban areas, as well as implementing NMT with walking, cycling and inclusive mobility given priority.

Oladeinde said the event being coordinated by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation along with other Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Lagos Urban Development Initiative was necessary to continuously enlighten the citizenry on the importance of environmental health.

He urged motorists to prepare to join the rest of the world in observing the Car Free Day.

The commissioner disclosed that hundreds of people are expected to convene at the Alausa, Ikeja venue where many fun and exciting activities such as cycling, cycling training, cycling competitions, skating, stretches, music, dance would hold.

 

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Auction: Lagos Assembly reviewing traffic law, says Justice commissioner

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The Lagos State House of Assembly is currently reviewing the state Transport Sector Reform Law (2018) for amendment, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, has said.

He said this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

It was a reaction to the criticism that greeted last Thursday’s auction of vehicles impounded for traffic offences by officials of the state government.

Onigbanjo said, “The Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law is currently being reviewed by the state House of Assembly and amendments will be in place as soon as possible.

“This issue of driving against traffic has become such a nuisance, such a danger, and such a menace to society that something drastic has to be done, and the legislators at that time imposed these penalties.

“There is a process to amend the law so people can go up to their representatives in the state house of assembly and make agitations that in our view, this is draconian and we think you should change the law. That could kick-start the process but ongoing right now, there is a process to review the law.”

There has been public outcry after abandoned and impounded vehicles were auctioned last week by the Lagos State Government at the Task Force Yard, Ikeja.

Some of those who attended the public sale included drivers whose vehicles were seized for disobeying traffic laws.

The event was filled with different dramas from bidders and businessmen who came solely for business purposes.

The Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 states that anyone who drives in a direction prohibited by the law or neglects traffic direction will have to forfeit the vehicle as a fine and, in addition, serve one-year imprisonment for a first-time offender and three years imprisonment for second-time offenders.

 

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