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The big boys have gone SUV crazy

Call it a revolution if you like or a new wind of change. This is what is happening in the automobile  industry at the moment. The real big boys in the auto industry have decided to take the SUV world by storm. Never in my wildest dream could I have imagined Rolls Royce, the ultimate luxury car maker breaking its tradition of building luxury sedans after many decades in the business nor could I have imaged Lamborghini building sport utility vehicles in addition to its known area of speciality, which  are sport cars. What about Aston Martin and Bentley toeing the same line of building SUVs at this present time? But then, the only constant thing in life is change.

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JAC owes success to Ade Ojo’s pedigree — JAC boss

Management of JAC Motors Nigeria, has revealed that it owes its  success in the Nigerian auto world  largely to the astute pedigree of the Chairman, Toyota Nigeria Limited and Founder, Elizade Group of Companies, Chief Michael Ade Ojo.The JAC boss made the startling revelation, while presenting a surprise birthday gift to the auto guru who turned 80 years recently.At a surprise birthday bash and gift presentation in the morning of Chief Ade Ojo’s 80th birthday, Managing Director of JAC Elizade Autoland, Mr Demola Ade Ojo revealed that “everyone acknowledges the fact that the name Elizade has opened doors for  JAC in Nigeria. Daddy, it’s your reputation that has really made us to sell this brand in Nigeria. We know that you love the brand and you likened it to what Toyota was about 40 years ago when it started in Nigeria.We are not ashamed to say that we wouldn’t have been what we are now, but for your pedigree and marketing skills”.

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FRSC records 11% decrease in accident deaths during 2018 Eid-el-fitri

The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC,  has said that the agency recorded 11 per cent decrease in the number of people kill in road traffic crashes nationwide compared to 57 deaths during the same period, in 2017 of Eid-El-Fitri Salla period. The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, revealed that there was a significant increase in the number of people rescued without injury during the 2018 Sallah special patrol exercise which was given a wider coverage than previous years, when compared to the same period of Easter celebration in 2017.

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Smart safety features that stand Ford Ranger Pickup out

Safety features usually rank very high on a parents’ list of priorities when looking to buy a new family car. But with so many advances in technology and engineering in the auto industry in recent years, it can be a bit overwhelming for buyers to make sense of all the terminology, and know exactly which features to look for during the decision-making process.

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Porsche builds first fully electric sports car, Taycan

The future of mobility is another step closer: Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin next year. In preparation, the vehicle has now been given its official name: The “Mission E” concept study, the name currently used to describe Porsche’s complete electric offering, will be known as the Taycan. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. “Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom”, explains Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. The oriental name also signifies the launch of the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche. Porsche announced the name for its first purely electric series as part of the “70 years of sports cars” ceremony.

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Mercedes-Benz posts 63rd consecutive sales record

Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles around the world last month than ever before in May. A total of 198,187 cars with the three-pointed star were handed over to customers (+2.3%). The premium brand thus achieved best-ever unit sales for the 63rd month in succession. In the first five months of this year, 985,063 units were sold, which is 5.4% more than in the prior-year. Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new registrations in May in countries including Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, USA, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and Australia.

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Land Rover making all-terrain autonomy a reality

Jaguar Land Rover is de-veloping autonomous cars capable of all-terrain, off-road driving in any weather condition.  The world-first ‘CORTEX’ project will take self-driving cars off-road, ensuring they are fully capable in any weather condition: dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog. As part of the project, a ‘5D’ technique combining acoustic, video, radar, light detection and distance sensing (LiDAR) data live in real-time is being engineered. Access to this combined data improves the awareness of the environment the car is in. Machine-learning enables the self-driving car to behave in an increasingly sophisticated way, allowing it to handle any weather condition on any terrain. Chris Holmes, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, explained:”It’s important that we develop our self-driving vehicles with the same capability and performance customers expect from all Jaguars and Land Rovers. Self-driving is an inevitability for the automotive industry and ensuring that our autonomous offering is the most enjoyable, capable and safe is what drives us to explore the boundaries of innovation. CORTEX gives us the opportunity to work with some fantastic partners whose expertise will help us realise this vision in the near future.”

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