By Willie Samson

AS the demand for durable and fuel efficient buses in the country is on the rise, Stallion Motors a leading automobile manufacturer in Nigeria has risen to the occasion with the introduction of a genuine and tropicalised mini bus.

The new mini bus known as Changan Star 9, can be described as a vehicle on a rescue mission where unsafe and used mini buses are holding sway. Characterised with safety, body strength, practicality and powerful engine with fuel efficiency, Changan Star 9 is positioned to be a game changer in the nation’s mini buses segment. It is introduced for sale in Nigeria by Zahav Automobile Co., the official representative of Changan automobile brand.

In the process of making the Star 9 mini bus, Changan took the body through integrated stamping technology (a process of making sheets or plates of different thicknesses into the desired shape by  mechanical stamping or ramming and does not change the thickness of the original material during the manufacturing process). As a result, the mini bus comes with an improved steel formality and body strength.

With a dimension of 4430 mm in length, a width of 1655 mm wide and height of1935 mm, Star 9 rolls out with a body held in place by panels made with integral stamping technology, which means an improved torsion resistance. Practically, when driving, you can clearly feel a sense of heaviness from the inside out. Named according to seating capacity, Changan Star 9 is by no means ‘mini’ inside. Rather, it is magically spacious, with versatile sitting formations. A spacious multiple-seater, Changan Star 9 is not only roomier than its peers; it offers multiple seating arrangements for 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 passengers, thereby maximizing space efficiency. For instance, its middle row of seats, which comes with simple adjuster, can be completely flattened.

Its rear seats also come with flexible and simple adjuster, thereby making it easy to adjust the load space according to the needs of passenger or load. Positioned as a leader for business passengers and urban logistics, the Star 9 mini bus is powered by the highly reliable 1.5L I4, MPI gasoline, 14G15S engine mated to a traditional five-speed manual gearbox. The engine produces a maximum output of 82 kW at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 130 Nm at 5000 rpm. Therefore, in addition to excellent power performance, Star 9 also combines reliability and efficiency into one clever package.  And when on the road, Star 9’s mid-mounted rear -drive results in a flexible and minimum turning radius. That added to its electronic assist system, the Changan Star 9 is fun to drive.

Star 9 comes with two-colour central control panel, which gives occupants a comfortable visual experience. It is also equipped with front row electric window, classic round knob air conditioner adjustment, storage compartments, lockers, and two user-friendly cup holders, among others. Aside from being powered by a highly reliable and efficient 1.5L I4, MPI gasoline, 14G15S engine, the Star 9 parades a strong body and ruggedness combined with affordability, all of which make it the best choice for the nation’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and logistic concerns. 

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