JLR unveils first Range Rover made under social distancing measures

T his week, the first Range Rover made under new social distancing measures drove off the production line at Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing plant in Solihull, following the recent temporary pause in production due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company in a statement disclosed that effective social distancing, hygiene and health monitoring measures are in place following an extensive review of all production lines, engineering facilities, office areas and communal spaces as the company starts a phased return to manufacturing. It said employees’ health and wellbeing are at the centre…

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COVID-19: Electric car sales to fall not more than other vehicles –Research

W oldwide electric car registrations are set to fall 18 per cent this year, but those of combustion engine cars are set to drop even faster, analysts BloombergNEF (BNEF) said on Tuesday, as the automotive sector is hammered by the coronavirus crisis. In a report, BNEF forecast registrations of combustion engine cars would drop 23 per cent in 2020. The temporary closure of showrooms amid lockdowns to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus has disrupted sales and undermined consumer confidence, BNEF said in its annual global outlook for electric…

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New Toyota Corolla Quest unveiled

B ack in 2014, a very smart Toyota packaged the then outgoing 10th-generation Toyota Corolla into a more value-focused model badged the Toyota Corolla Quest. It was a lesson in how to gain more from an older product by re-versioning that product for a changing market, one that was increasingly looking for more value and better pricing in a B-segment sedan.   Since then, the Corolla Quest has been among the top-selling cars in sub Saharan Africa finding owners in fleets, taxi companies and of course the now go-to model…

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Ford, GE to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days

F ord Motor Co said on this week that it will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days at a plant in Michigan in cooperation with General Electric’s healthcare unit, and can then build 30,000 per month as needed to treat patients afflicted with the coronavirus. Ford said the simplified ventilator design, which is licensed by GE Healthcare from Florida-based Airon Corp and has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, can meet the needs of most COVID-19 patients and relies on air pressure without the need for…

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Coronavirus pandemic sets back Lagos-Ibadan rail project

Paul Ogbuokiri C onstruction work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line has been halted as the new coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on the Nigerian economy and the social life of the Nation. The Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria had assured that the traveling public that the facility will be ready in March despite the COVID-19 crisis. But Sunday Telegraph investigation reveal that not only was the third time missed the date set for the completion of the project, construction has completed come to a…

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Mercedes-Benz sells 200,000 vehicles in September

  Mercedes-Benz sold 202,819 vehicles worldwide last month and was at the high prior-year level in the first nine months of the year with sales of 1,715,087 units.   In the third quarter of 2018, 526,255 vehicles with the three-pointed star were delivered to customers with more than 200,000 units sold last month, sales in September were for Mercedes-Benz as a car manufacturer in the premium segment on a high level.   In addition, Mercedes-Benz certified its entire fleet for Europe according to the WLTP standard with effect as of…

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Land Rover raises £600,000 in aid of endangered Rhinos

  A rhinoceros sculpture designed by Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, has helped Tusk raise over £600,000 in aid of endangered rhinos at auction. Twenty-one unique 1.2m-long rhino sculptures were created in honour of the Tusk Rhino Trail, the London-based public art installation which concluded on World Rhino Day on September 22. The auction took place on the eve of the first Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference which will be hosted by the UK government. The conference will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and…

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Youth technoprenuers design wholly Nigerian car

  Two young engineers have unveiled a prototype design of what they called a wholly Nigerian made car. They said the car had all fabrications including the engines done in the country.   This was recently disclosed in Lagos by Interstreet Messenger Limited, an auto design company promoted by two hardworking Nigerian youths, Azuka Ijekeye, an industrialist and Dapo Akintunde, a car designer.   They said in an interview with Sunday Telegraph Autobeat that it is possible within the best possible time, to achieve a wholly Nigerian car with all…

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FRSC flags off 2018 ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign

  The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has kicked off the 2018 edition of the Don’t Drink and Drive campaign aimed at creating safety awareness on Nigerian roads in order to minimise the dangers of drink driving. The event marking the beginning of the 11th edition of the campaign was held at Nigerian Breweries, Iganmu on Thursday. Speaking at the event, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel, said the Don’t Drink and Drive campaign the initiative is designed to improve safety on…

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Asahi to launch mobile tyre service facility

Asahi Brands Limited, distributor of Bridgestone and Firestone tyres in Nigeria has concluded plans to introduce mobile tyre service facility to its customers as part efforts to allow customers experience auto care and after sales services. The facility is expected to bring a team of experts with equipment to the doorsteps of its customers with improved efforts towards customer relations. The firm also revealed that it will set up one tyre service centre in every quarter. Speaking at the inauguration of Bridgestone and Firestone tyre service workshop in Ikeja, Lagos…

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