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Automotive experts and other major stakeholders have called for accelerated work on the ongoing legislative framework for the updated National Automotive Industry Development Plan.

They spoke in Lagos on Wednesday at an interactive forum organised by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC).

The experts including representatives of the KPMG and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and automakers lamented that the prolonged delay in the enactment of the auto industry act was holding back the development of the nation’s automotive sector.

The 2023 NAIDP approved by the Federal Executive Council in May is aimed at enabling the exponential increase in the local production vehicles, reaching 40 per cent local content, 30 per cent locally produced electric vehicles, generating one million jobs and enforcing patronage of locally produced vehicles by government and companies working on government contracts.

Mr Ogoegbunam Chukwurah, Lead Export Market Development, National Action Committee on AfCFTA, gave a lecture on the benefits creating a single market in Africa would have for Nigeria’s auto sector.

He dwelt on how Nigerian auto players could take advantage of opportunities offered by AfCFTA to play on the global auto business stage.

Advisory Manager at KPMG Tobi David spoke on the various components of the NAIDP 2023 and was optimistic about Nigeria becoming a West African hub in the automotive industry.

A former acting DG of NADDC Luqman Mamudu focused on the challenges of implementing the policy and the way forward.

The auto experts and others agreed on the need to waste no further time in making the auto industry law a reality.

They also recommended the setting up of an working committee for the 2023 NAIDP implementation with a project management office and a two-yearly review of the progress being made.

Speaking via zoom, Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, said, “The auto industry is key to achieving economic diversification. And this is in line with the mandate of the ministry to ensure full diversification and full industrialisation of the economy.”

To facilitate market access and market expansion, she assured of engagement with different economic players to ease the difficulties in doing business and allow local manufacturers to participate in AfCFTA to export their products.

Director General of the NADDC, Mr Joseph Osanipin, in his welcome address, stated that the NAIDP is a critical pillar of the government’s efforts to transform the automotive sector and position it as a key driver of economic growth and job creation.

He said, “The plan is designed to address the key challenges facing the sector such as low production level, insufficient local content and limited access to financing.”

Osanipin maintained that the NAIDP 2023 is a comprehensive and ambitious plan that seeks to align local policies with AfCFTA in such a manner that would allow the industry to compete favourably on the continental and eventually global level.

He said the policy would ensure sustainability and environmental responsibility as it offers incentives in the area of the CNG and electric-powered vehicles.

Chairman of Nigerian Automobile Manufacturers Association (NAMA), Mr. Bawo Omagbitse, expressed the group’s appreciation to the NADDC for putting up the forum.

He stressed the eagerness of NAMA to work closely with the NADDC and other relevant authorities for proper implementation of the auto policy, adding that NAMA would develop internal guidance system to ensure that members operate in accordance with the rules and regulations provided in the NAIDP document.

Other participants at the meeting included representatives from Motorcycle Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), GM Motors, Anammco, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing ltd, Proforce, JET Motors, Mikano Motors, Nord Motors, Stallion, Perfection Motors, Toyota Nig. Ltd, Honda, CIG Motors, Dangote Sinotruck, Coscharis Motors, Kewalram, Dana Motors, VON Auto, Lanre Shittu Motors, CFAO and Saglev.

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Jetour unveils another SUV, X70 Plus, with elegant features

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Jetour unveils another SUV, X70 Plus, with elegant features

Jetour has flaunted to the Nigerian SUV lovers features of its new model, X70 Plus, also called Elegance in this market.
The auto Jetour Mobility Service says in a statement that the model is coming with stylish design and outstanding power.
“Looking for a compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that is pragmatic, stylish, and comfortable, delivering power on demand? Then the Jetour X70 Plus, newly introduced in Nigeria by Jetour Mobility Services, is what you desire. The Jetour X70 Plus has both 1.5T 6DCT and 1.6T 7DCT just like the Dashing,” it states.
It is equipped with a 20-inch aluminum wheel hub featuring light weight, higher firmness, faster heat dissipation and better aesthetics, which enhances better fuel consumption, stability and safety.

Still on the exterior features, the vertically aligned transparent LED light, as well as the shark fin antenna improves safety and reduces wind resistance respectively.

According to Jetour, “its impressive grill, large wheels and four LED daytime running lights perfectly complements its bold and muscular look. Featuring a wide, captivating, 62-inch ultra-wide angle panoramic roof that enhances your drive with natural lighting and ventilation.”

The Jetour X70 comes with a number of other features such as a touch screen panel that controls the air conditioning system; infotainment system compatible with latest generation smart phones; digital cockpit; front and rear parking radars; and a 10.25- inch full LCD Dual smart screen.

Its rear seat can be folded for increased cargo space, and the automatic luggage door makes access to the luggage compartment easier.

The vehicle also comes with intelligent air purification system, intuitive infotainment system, advanced wireless technology, 360-degree parking system and electrical 6-directional control driver seat.

Other features include cruise control, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring, keyless engine start, keyless entry start, multi-functional steering wheel, anti-lock brake system, front and back air bags and tyre pressure monitoring system.

Jetour X70 Plus advanced safety and stability features also include Hill Start Assist, Traction Control, electronic stability.

Paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, the vehicle’s 1.6 litre turbo engine produces maximum of 197 horsepower, facilitating better fuel consumption efficiency.

The suspension system has been engineered to withstand both On-road and Off-road terrain, be it city drive or highway drive.

The Jetour X70 Plus, known for its charming and radiant appearance and friendly ambience, comes in a variety of colours such as red, gray, blue among others.

With an apt slogan of Drive Your Future, Jetour is a product of a well-established family, the Chery Holding Group, with more than 120 billion Yuan in total asset.

Based on 23 years of production experiences, Chery Holding Group has sold over 8.5 million cars, exports exceed 1.6 million cars, and it has ranked number one in China’s passenger vehicle export 18 years in a row.
Deriving its name from two words: Jet + tour, the Nigerian representative says that the name connotes: “convenient tour”, meaning that clients who work hard in many industries can finally enjoy the benefit of their wonderful and happy lifestyle, because every moment on the road is worth cherishing and remembering.

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Kewalram unveils Nigeria’s first compact pickup, Fiat Strada

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Kewalram Chanrai, one of the frontline auto solution providers in Nigeria, has introduced the Fiat Strada, a 1.4 litre compact pickup, into the local market.
The vehicle coming with remarkable fuel efficiency and low price is the first new small pickup in the Nigerian market.
Managing Director, Kewalram Chanrai Auto/Transport Vertical, Anil Sahgal, unveiled the product at the company’s Victoria Island office in Lagos on Tuesday.


This was done after extensive testing of the vehicle on the Nigerian roads in some states under extreme conditions, covering over 29,000 kilometres.
Fiat Strada, according to the General Manager Automotive Division, Kewalram Chanrai, Mr Sudeep Mittal, is produced at the Stellantis plant in Brazil, where it emerged as the highest selling pickup last year.
He said the introduction of the vehicle in Nigeria is against the need for a high performance pickup offering great comfort with low operational cost in view of the current high cost of fuel.
The Strada, he said, is bringing higher standards in technology, design and safety to the pickup auto market segment.
“The Fiat Strada serves as a genuine driving force in the evolution of the automotive industry.
“Apart from performance and comfort, fuel economy has become very key in Nigeria now. That’s why we went to look for a pickup that fills this gap. Fiat Stranda will give value for money,” Mittal said.
He noted that with over 85,000 units sold in Brazil by the end of September 2023 and a remarkable achievement of 400,000 units since its second-generation launch in 2020, the Fiat Strada is set to conquer the Sub-Saharan African market, including Nigeria.
The compact pickup is the culmination of 25 years of expertise, he said, adding that its design was influenced by the award-winning Fiat Toro and stands out with its remarkable audacity and modernity.
The company says the Fiat Strada’s cargo capacity is unparalleled, capable of accommodating between 650kg and 720kg, depending on the version, and offering up to 1,354 litres in the single-cabin model, making it exceptionally suited to a variety of professional and personal needs.
It gives 11.8km/L fuel efficiency in city driving and 12.4km/L on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient pickups on the road today.
Its iconic LED headlights emits 20 per cent brighter light than its competitors, the company says.
The Strada is described as a technological marvel, equipped with advanced technologies such as stability control, hill start assist, and TC+.
The company says Fiat Strada ensures optimal traction, even on the most challenging terrains.
The Strada’s interior provides a cocoon of comfort, with abundant storage compartments, paired with cutting-edge air conditioning; it ensure that every trip is as enjoyable as the previous one.
On safety, the Strada is equipped comprehensively, boasting two airbags, pretensioner seatbelts, and the Isofix system for young passengers.
“Even in the unfortunate event of an accident, it has been designed to minimize risks to pedestrians.
“What truly sets the Strada apart is its versatility. It seamlessly functions as both a reliable workhorse and an elegant travel companion, representing a perfect fusion of modernity, comfort, technology, and safety.”
Chief Operating Officer, Stellantis Middle East & Africa, Mr Samir Cherfan, in a statement, said, “The introduction of the Fiat Strada in Sub-Saharan Africa marks a significant milestone for Stellantis.
“The Fiat Strada is a flexible partner for individuals who welcome change and push their limits because it combines the practicality of a family vehicle with the dependability required in a business environment.
“With this new vehicle, we expand our range of mobility solutions into the emerging entry-level pick-up segment, catering to the needs of our Sub-Saharan African customers.
“This reaffirms our commitment to strengthening our leadership in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market within the region.
“In conclusion, the new Fiat Strada is much more than just an automobile. It embodies a promise – a promise of excellence, innovation, and reliability, all offered at a price that outperforms competitors in the Sub-Saharan market.”

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Carloha set to showcase Chery vehicles at Lagos Motor Show 2024

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Carloha set to showcase Chery vehicles at Lagos Motor Show 2024

Carloha Nigeria has lined up a number new Chery models for display at the forthcoming Lagos Motor Show.
The auto show is scheduled to take place from February 16 to 17, 2024, at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Lagos Motor Show will attract enthusiasts, industry professionals, and consumers.
A statement by the Marketing Communications Manager at the Carloha Nigeria, Mathew Enuoma Aje, says the company’s participation will be a highlight of this year’s event, with the exhibition of Chery’s innovative and dynamic lineup.
The statement quotes Sales and Marketing Director of Carloha Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Omokhapue, as saying, “At Carloha Nigeria, we are thrilled to showcase Chery’s impressive lineup at the Lagos Motor Show 2024.
Chery’s commitment to quality and innovation perfectly aligns with our own values, and we are excited to introduce Nigerian consumers to the latest advancements in automotive technology.”
The firm says visitors to the auto show can expect to see a diverse range of Chery vehicles on display, including stylish sedans, versatile SUVs, and efficient compact cars.
It specifically states the vehicles for display will range from the sleek design of the Chery Arrizo to the rugged performance of the Chery Tiggo 2,Tiggo 4 pro, Tiggo 7 Pro, and Tiggo 8 Pro, adding, “there is something for every driver’s needs and preferences.”
According to the statement, in addition to showcasing Chery’s impressive lineup, Carloha Nigeria will also provide attendees with the opportunity to experience the brand’s vehicles firsthand through interactive demonstrations.
“Knowledgeable representatives will be on hand to answer questions, provide information, and assist visitors in exploring the features and capabilities of Chery vehicles,” it says.
It stresses that the Lagos Motor Show 2024 promises to be an unforgettable event for automotive enthusiasts and consumers alike.
Carloha Nigeria urges all attendees to visit its booth at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) to see Chery’s spectacular display and discover the future of driving.
It says Carloha Nigeria is proud to be the exclusive distributor of Chery vehicles in Nigeria, bringing cutting-edge technology, superior performance, and unparalleled style to Nigerian roads.
“With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Chery has established itself as a global leader in the automotive industry,” it adds.

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