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Toyota to introduce new budget car before December 31

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Photo caption L R: Managing Director Toyota Nigeria Limited, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo; Group Head, Procurement, First Bank Nigeria, Mrs Damilola Adisa; and Head, Dealer Development & Special Projects, Mr Henry Ojuoko, during the presentation of the Toyota customer award to the bank in Lagos....on Friday.
  • Honours DPR, Customs, First Bank, others

Toyota Nigeria Limited has revealed its plans to introduce to the market a new entry-level vehicle before the end of the year, its Managing Director, Mr Kunle Ade-Ojo, stated this in Lagos.

He said this at the 2020 edition of the company’s annual customers’ award event, held in Lekki, where the Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria Customs Service and First Bank of Nigeria, among others, were honoured for being loyal to the brand.

Ade-Ojo said the new entry-level vehicle would come “at a friendly price”.

The TNL MD however did not reveal the name of the new product and its other details.

He said also hinted that the company planned to “stage a fleet conference that will unveil plans being put together by the TNL to continue to serve the best interest of its teeming customers in the country.”

He assured customers of the company’s commitment to continue to meet their expectations at every customer touch point.

He thanked the customers for their continued patronage and Toyota dealers for their unwavering commitment to satisfy the customers.

A statement by the company said the TNL Chairman, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, had earlier spoken about quality of the Toyota brand, which he noted was built “on a strong foundation of the ‘can-do spirit’.

He said notwithstanding the quality and performance of the brand, “We will continue to seek new ways to reach out to our numerous customers to fulfill our mandate to keep them happy and satisfied.”

The TNL chairman also said the annual award was designed to appreciate “our teeming corporate and individual customers who have been loyal to us through the years and not forgetting our indefatigable dealers that have been resolute in their quality of service delivery to our esteemed customers.”

The gesture, according to him, “is hinged on our philosophy of rewarding loyalty no matter the circumstance. We will push beyond new horizons to achieve set targets.”

The Head, Dealer Development and Special Projects, Mr Henry Ojuoko, thanked all winners for their commitment and encouraged others to be in the winner’s seat next time, adding that company looked forward to a bright and rewarding 2021.

It stated that the DPR won the Evergreen Customer of the Year award for its commitment and consistent patronage of Toyota products and services over the years.

The Nigeria Customs Service came first in the customer of the year category; the First Bank was declared the first runner-up while another bank, Guaranty Trust Bank emerged the second runner-up.

Representatives of all the winning organizations expressed appreciation for TNL’s recognition and reward of their patronage.

They assured that they would continue to patronise the TNL urged the firm to remain consistent in its delivery of quality service and products.

Prizes were also presented to auto journalists that proved their mettle and professionalism in their objective reporting of activities/events in the automobile industry and the TNL activities. Rasheed Bisiriyu formerly of Punch newspapers came first in the Motoring Journalist of the Year category; Theodore Opara of Vanguard newspapers emerged first runner-up while Mike Ochonma of BusinessDay was declared the second runner-up.

According to the statement, the TNL remains the sole distributor of Toyota products for Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Japan in Nigeria.

It said, “The company is well-positioned pan Nigeria to provide industry-best after-sale service in the areas of genuine parts, vehicles servicing/repairs and sales of Toyota vehicles approved for Nigerian roads/environment by TMC Japan.

“The TNL has enjoyed the patronage of innumerable number of customers since inception while the organisation continuously seeks the best approach and technology to meet customers’ needs and aspirations.

“Consequently, the TNL on annual basis rewards its loyal customers that have remained resolute in their commitment to the brand and its services. Year 2020 was not an exception despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the organisation made good to reward its loyal customers.”

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Auto finance: CBN, NADDC discuss new options for vehicle buyers

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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.”

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AutoTrends: Stop driving your old crossovers, Mercedes warns, recalls ML, others

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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.”

 

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AutoTrends: Hyundai Sonata models face fuel leak risk

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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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