Weststar trains Mercedes-Benz dealers

In collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Headquarters, Daimler AG, Weststar Associates (Authorised General Distributors of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Nigeria) recently held a one-week product training in its premises. Participants included nationwide dealers as well as dealer representatives from various African countries such as the Gambia, Rwanda, Ghana and Nigeria. The product training, which was organised by Daimler AG, was jointly coordinated by Abdul Ligali, head trainer, Weststar Associates and Uwe Strauss, certified global trainer for Mercedes- Benz passenger cars. The primary focus of this year’s training was to…

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Uber’s new CEO plans IPO in 18-36 months

Uber Technologies Inc.’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told employees on Wednesday the ride-services company could go public in 18 to 36 months, according to media reports. Khosrowshahi, who led Expedia Inc for 12 years, made the remarks as he introduced himself to Uber’s workforce on Wednesday during an all-staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters. He discussed his plans for Uber that include rebuilding the company’s culture, stemming losses as well as conducting an initial public offering. “This company has to change,” Khosrowshahi told employees, according to the Twitter feed…

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Peugeot 308 GTi 2017 review

The Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugoet Sport is the latest car in a long line of hot hatches that attempts to take on the VW Golf GTI at its own game. Compared to the hard-edged 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport, the 308 GTi is slightly softer and friendlier.   The 308 GTi feels solid and locked down over demanding roads and yet manages a degree of playfulness and adjustability when you want it. The quality of engineering in the 308 GTi is apparent, just as it is in other models…

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ECOSAD, new speed limiter, unveiled in Abuja

The newly and locally developed automobile speed limit, referred to as Ikani Engine Contactless Over Speed Alert (ECOSAD), is cheaper than the one previously approved for use in Nigeria by the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC). The innovator of the speed limit, Engr. Sunday Ojonimi Agada, who disclosed this after an official presentation of the device to the Minister of Science and Technology in Abuja recently, also said that the ECOSAD would save Nigeria of N200 billion every two months. Agada said from his analysis about N200 billion will be…

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VW unveils another SUV

Volkswagen just unveiled a full-size crossover SUV that will be the latest piece in the company’s recovery plan. “The T-Prime Concept GTE will be the new flagship of the Volkswagen brand,” Volkswagen brand chairman Dr. Herbert Diess said at the presentation. While it has thrived in key markets such as China and Europe, Volkswagen has struggled to gain market share in the US. One key reason — VW doesn’t have enough SUVs to satisfy consumer demand. In a market driven by SUV sales, the brand has only two on sale…

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Volkswagen S’Africa emerges Exporter of the Years

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) walked away with three awards at the Eastern Cape’s Exporters Club Awards. These three awards, namely the 2017 SJM Flex Environmental Merit Award, the 2017 Best Exporter OEM Award and the 2017 Exporter of the Year Award, were presented at a gala event held in Port Elizabeth. VWSA received a Merit Award for Continuous Improvement in the SJM Flex Environmental Award Category which is awarded to exporters who are ISO 14001 accredited and who pursue excellence in environmental management. For the fourth year in a…

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Chevy’s Ford Edge, Nissan Murano’s rival takes shape

Paul Ogbuokiri, With agenct reports Chevrolet’s newest crossover, which will slot between the Equinox and the Traverse, has been spotted testing alongside a Nissan Murano, suggesting it will be more crossover than SUV. Chevrolet shrank the newest, third-generation Equinox and made the second-generation Traverse larger to make room for the new crossover — which reportedly will be called the Blazer, just as Ford prepares to resurrect the Bronco nameplate. The Blazer is expected to compete directly with the Murano and Ford Edge and could possibly offer a third row of…

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Nissan celebrates 70 years of electric vehicles

Exactly 70 years after the debut of its first electric vehicle (EV), Nissan’s most advanced EV ever – the Nissan BladeGlider sports car – took center stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The 100 per cent electric prototype spent Goodwood festival weekend in the thick of the action, with electrifying performances on the famous Hillclimb course. The culmination of the weekend was a test session on the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit. Putting the all-electric BladeGlider through its paces was NISMO athlete Lucas Ordóñez, who became…

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Electric car threatens oil’s century-long reign

Paul Ogbuokiri, with Agency report The over a century dominance of diesel and petrol vehicle might be diminishing, in part due to a surge in electric vehicle (EV) sales from automakers such as Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., General Motors Co. and Tesla Inc. Improved battery technology and incrementally lower costs for EVs has in turn propelled the theory of peak oil demand, in which the world’s thirst for oil will soon stop growing, or even taper off. Companies that generate revenues by digging up and processing the fossil fuel are…

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Mercedes-Benz raises bar on voice control with new E-class

Mobility has once again been refined with the introduction of vehicular control using voice commands. Mercedes-Benz has further enhanced the performance of the Linguatronic voice control system for navigation use and entertainment. This is one of the many efforts aimed at perfecting mobility in the autonomous future. The new E-class features a new Audio 200 entry-level radio that comes with a larger display, new infotainment software and the option of a widescreen cockpit. Major highlights include the new Mercedes-Benz SD map navigation, which turns the radio to a high-end navigation…

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