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NAMA boss proffers remedy for auto industry

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari led-government came in barely three years after the National Automotive Industry Development Plan, NAIDP was approved by government and no sooner the policy document was launched than the Original Equipment Manufacturers OEMs, swung into action with a rush of investments into the sector. The policy seeks to revive domestic production of automobile, using local human and natural resources with a view to enhancing the industry’s contribution to the country’s GDP. the Impact of the policy on the automotive segment has, in fact, been tremendous. It is short of spectacular.

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Ford’s small engine ranks best

Ford’s tiny yet powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been voted best in class at the International Engine of the Year Awards for the fifth year in a row. Judges praised the combination of drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology that continue to set the standard.

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Why Toyota Hiace dominates its class

FOR close to three decades, the Toyota Hiace commuter has ruled its segment despite stiff competition from its Japanese rival, the Nissan Urvan and many Chinese models. Toyota Hiace for this long, has been cloned, especially by the Chinese auto makers but none had matched its quality, safety, comfort, reliability and overall performance. Brand by brand, the Hiace accounts for the highest number of buses on Nigerian roads in its segment. Though, there are many versions of the look-alike Hiace models but they are from different makers.

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We won’t reverse new auto policy- FG

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah has disclosed that the Federal Government has no intention of reversing the national auto policy started by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2013. The Minister who made this known at a one-day stakeholders’ forum on the Nigerian Automobile Industry recently in Lagos said that the government would rather improve on what it met on the ground by taking the contributions of the stakeholders in the auto sector.

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Mercedes Benz AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz records improved sales

Mercedes-Benz has reported a remarkable increase in sales this May with unit sales increasing by 12.9% to 170,625 vehicles. In the period of January through May, 818,175 vehicles were delivered to customers (+12.3%), more than ever before in the first five months of the year. The auto maker achieved record unit sales in Europe and the Asia-Pacific last month. Mercedes-Benz was the market leader in the USA, Japan, Canada, Australia and Taiwan in May.

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Kia: The rising profile of a brand

Who would have thought that Kia, the once lowly rated Korean automobile brand could rule the automobile world in 2016. Who could have imagined Kia as the first non-premium brand to top the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, IQS, ranking in 27 years. And who could have imagined Kia Rio as the ‘Car of the Year’ in Nigeria in 2015. These were some of the questions agitating the minds of many auto freaks since last week when the brand was rank number one in the United States auto industry for initial quality by J.D. Power. To many, it was a surprise, but the fact remains that Kia in the last 20 years had worked hard for this.

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FRSC boss cautions construction firms on warning signs

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has applauded the Federal Government for resumption of work on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and other major roads across the country following the recent mobilization of contractors, assuring that the Corps is determined to ensure that safety measures are observed at the construction areas through adequate warning signs and effective traffic management.

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Spare tyre with concealed 8.8 kg of canabis

What is the lifespan of a tyre (2)

Environmental conditions like exposure to sunlight and coastal climates, as well as poor storage and infrequent use, accelerates the aging process. In ideal conditions, a tyre may have a life expectancy that exceeds ten years from its date of manufacture. However, such conditions are rare. Aging may not exhibit any external indications and, since there is no non-destructive test to assess the serviceability of a tyre, even an inspection carried out by a tyre expert may not reveal the extent of any deterioration.”

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Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV

Finally, Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV arrives

The good news is that Mercedes-Benz GLA is now in Nigeria, courtesy, Weststar Associated Nigeria Limited, sole distributors of Mercedes-Benz, Jeep and Dodge brands in Nigeria. Described as a multi-talented compact SUV, the new GLA-Class is a complete compact SUV, ideal for day to day motoring with an off-road capability. The first Mercedes-Benz in the fast-growing compact segment is highly maneuverable around town, lively on country and pass roads and dynamic and efficient on the motorway.

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Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep record improved sales

The Chrysler Group now known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after the Fiat-Chrysler merger, has extended its amazing run of year over year gains, with May 2016 marking the 74th consecutive month where the brands combined to move more units globally than they had the same month, one year earlier. It was a slight improvement from May 2015 to May 2016, with the company improving by just 1%, but with around 3,200 more vehicles sold last month – the streak has continued.

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CVL supports FRSC expired tyre campaign with launch of Continental, GT

As the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, campaign on expired tyres gains momentum, Cambistry Ventures Limited, CVL, dealers in automotive products has come up with two world class tyre brands to save the situation. Managing Director of CVL, Sir Ikechukwu Okafor, said that it is regrettable the way and manner substandard tyres enter into the country and as a result his company, Cambistry, decided to introduce the world class tyre brands Continental and General Tyre, both manufactured in Europe.

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Kia models earn recognition from Strategic Vision, AutoPacific VSA

Kia Motors’ hard-earned reputation for delivering world-class quality and reliability across its model line was reinforced recently when Strategic Vision named it the highest quality brand under $26,000 in the research-based consultancy’s Total Quality Impact (TQI) study. Leading the way for Kia were the Sorento and Carnival, which achieved the highest TQI scores in the mid-size CUV and minivan segments (in a tie), respectively.

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What is lifespan of tyre (1)

The question that most motorists are asking is when does the car tyre expire? Car Tyres are manufactured by bonding rubber to fabric plies and steel cords. And despite the anti-aging ingredients mixed into the rubber compounds, there is a realization that tyres are perishable, as well as a growing awareness that some tyres will actually age out before their treads will wear out.

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Expect quality, affordable vehicles from Globe plant- Anumudu

The Chairman of Globe Motors, a leading automobile company in Nigeria, Mr. William Anumudu, has promised Nigerians quality and affordable vehicles from its stable when it starts rolling out cars from its ultra-modern plant in Lekki, Lagos by next month. Mr. Anumudu, disclosed in Lagos that the company is putting finishing touches to its assembly plant located at the Lekki area which has a capacity for 40,000 vehicles on completion and would generate employment for 3,500 Nigerians. Globe is investing about $150 million dollars in the plant..

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