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JLR research’ll help autonomous vehicles drive like humans, not robots

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Jaguar Land Rover is investing in a research project that will help future autonomous vehicles drive naturally like human drivers, rather than like robots. A fleet of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be driven daily by employees of the London Borough of Greenwich, to establish how a range of different drivers react to real-world driving situations, including heavy traffic, busy junctions, road works and bad weather.

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Auto assemblers seek govt intervention for survival

With the down turn of the economy, the auto sector is undoubtedly one of the worst hit, as low patronage has forced many companies in the sector, especially those who have invested heavily in the setting up of auto assembly plants, to sack staff and scale down some of their operations, reports XYZ Nigeria is not new in the business of auto assembling, as government’s interest in this area can be traced back to the 70s when the Federal Government collaborated with some auto companies abroad to establish assembly plants.

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Volkswagen Centre unveils all-new Passat

The Volkswagen Centre has unveiled the much anticipated revolutionary tech-savvy eight-generation 2016 Volkswagen Passat in Nigeria. Positioned between Golf (Jetta) and Phaeton in the current Volkswagen line-up, the new Passat is significantly fitted with swank exterior, more aggressive features with exceptionally refined interior appointments. The new Passat’s exterior is characterized by sleek horizontal lines with uniquely shaped headlight units and LED headlamps that look strikingly different. This is in addition to short overhangs, long wheelbase, striking bonnet and shoulder lines with excellently shaped radiator grille and front bumper.

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Hyundai Motors, Diamond Bank Vehicle Credit scheme runs till end of Feb

Prospective patrons and fleet managers willing to access soft bank loans to procure Hyundai vehicles at discount price without necessarily undergoing bureaucratic bank charges can take advantage of Hyundai Motors Nigeria and Diamond Bank PLC ‘Dream Deal’ vehicle finance offer the management of both organizations have announced that this scheme will run till end of February 2016.

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All new Ford Explorer debuts with Enhanced Smart Technology

THE 2016 Ford Explorer is now available in left-hand drive markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, bringing more smart technologies, improved performance and efficiency, as well as greater all-round capabilities to this popular model. As America’s top-selling sports utility vehicle (SUV) for the past 25 years – with more than 7 million sold in the United States alone – the Explorer has a formidable reputation that will reach even greater heights in its updated form.

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Oando Marketing boosts skills acquisition with Oleum Academy

IN furtherance of its commitment to consistently improve technical skills amongst auto mechanics, Oando Marketing Plc, leading petroleum Distribution Company in sub-Saharan Africa, recently graduated its second stream of 200 mechanics from its Oleum Academy, in continuation of its training programme aimed at harnessing the potentials of auto-mechanics in Nigeria. The granduants, who cut across diverse backgrounds, were awarded the Oleum Academy certificates accredited by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

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Porsche exceeds 2015 target

Porsche AG can look back on an extremely successful fiscal year. With 225,121 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide, the company achieved a new record in 2015, exceeding the previous record of 189,849 cars in 2014 by 19 per cent. “The figures reflect the pulling power of our brand and the appeal of our products which we have launched on the market in the past few years, focusing completely on the development, production and sales of highly emotional sports cars is paying off,” says Dr. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

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Jaguar XE, safest large family car in 2015

The Jaguaar XE sports sedan triumphed in Euro NCAP’s prestigious Best in Class Cars of 2015 awards, coming first in the large family car category. The XE has already received the maximum five-star rating from Euro NCAP against 2015’s highly demanding test protocols. In awarding the XE with best in class honours, Euro NCAP praised the high levels of active and passive safety systems fitted to the XE.

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L-R: Managing Director of FAW, China, Wang Zhi Jian;  acting Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Lagos, Li Yong; Chairman of Lee group, S.F Lee; Director of Policy and Planning, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Luqman Mamudu; and General Manager of Perfection Motors Company Limited, Mr. Adrian Fourie; at the FAW auto assembly plant, when FAW and Perfection Motors Company Limited unveiled the FAW plant, showroom and workshop in Ikeja, Lagos recently.

Forex: NADDC makes case for local auto assemblers

The National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC has appealed to the Federal Government to grant concessions to local auto assemblers in the country to source foreign exchange for the development of the local auto assembly plants. Mr. Luqman Mamudu, Director, Policy and Planning, National Automotive Design and Development Council, made this appeal at the opening of Perfection Motors Nigeria Limited FAW Truck plant and showroom in Ikeja, Lagos recently.

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•Joel Piaskowski, redesigned the new Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang, my team’s best job – Piaskowski

Mr. Joel Piaskowski, head of the team that redesigned the all-new Ford Mustang, has described the iconic sports car as the best job by his team so far, having worked in leading automobile companies across continents. The Mustang, which took the motoring world by storm when it was introduced into the market 50 years ago, has metamorphosed into one of the most powerful sport cars in the market at the moment with the creativity of Piaskowski and his team.

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Ford GT drivers revealed for World Endurance Battle

FORD Chip Ganassi Racing has revealed that Marino Franchitti, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx have been selected to race in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the wheel of the all-new Ford GT. Ford is running two cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The intention is for the two teams to come together in June for a four-car effort at arguably the most famous endurance race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours, fifty years after its historic 1-2-3 finish. The FIA WEC will visit a further three locations in Europe, Silverstone (UK), Nurburgring (Germany) and Spa (Belgium).

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Mitsubishi Fuso Canter as light truck to watch

THE Nigerian auto market is obviously not lacking when it comes to different brands of automobiles, and even more interesting is the truck segment where the competition is tense because the country is a growing market. The names are many, but one name that has stood the test of time over the years is the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter, a light truck distributed in Nigeria by CFAO Motors Nigeria Limited.

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