IKA Germany appoints authorised GeBe trader

IKA Germany (IKA Industrie- und Kraftfahrzeugausrüstung GmbH), a leading global player in the automotive aftermarket spare parts supplies with customers in over 70 countries across five continents, has appointed the Pan-Africa automotive media agency , Auto Report Africa, as an Authorised GeBe Trader and its agent for Nigeria and Ghana with oversight for the rest of West Africa. The appointment is part of the move by the German company to fully launch into the West African markets with GeBe range of products, including its newly-introduced made-in-Germany GeBe premium water pumps…

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Aulic woos auto investors to Lagos Trade Fair Complex

Plans export hub Paul Ogbuokiri Chairman of Aulic Nigeria Limited, concessionaires of Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, Prof. Nick Nzeh has said the management of the facility is discussing with the dealer of major automobile manufacturing companies in Nigeria to open their maintenance hub in the complex and train the mechanics in the complex to help maintain the facility. Prof Nzeh spoke with Sunday Telegraph in reaction the protest last week by people in the complex, who identified themselves as members of the National Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), over an…

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Mercedes rests B-class electric car

…to invest $11bn on new generation EV Mercedes-Benz said it will drop the slow-selling B-class Electric Drive after the 2017 model year as it focuses its electric car efforts largely on the EQ family instead. Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran confirmed the vehicle’s demise, saying the production would be phased out in the third quarter. There are no details on a replacement, Moran said. Mercedes will halt B-class Electric Drive assembly in Rastatt, Germany, as it converts the plant to production of next-generation compact vehicles in 2018, Moran said. Mercedes…

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Ferrari confirms plan for utility vehicle

Ferrari confirmed it is considering an expansion into the utility vehicle business by “reinventing” the segment and plans to boost the range of hybrid sports cars even as the company seeks to maintain an exclusivity status. Details of the new strategy will be unveiled next year. “It will probably happen but it will happen in Ferrari’s style,” CEO Sergio Marchionne said of the planned utility vehicle on a conference call Wednesday after Ferrari reported a 24 per cent advance in second-quarter profit. “That space is too big and too inviting…

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Nissan-Renault beats VW, Toyota as top auto seller

The alliance of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA of France led in global vehicle sales for the first half of this year, the first time it has claimed top rank, beating perennial top-sellers Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors. The Nissan-Renault alliance, which has included Mitsubishi Motors Corp, it acquired the Japanese automaker last year, sold 5,268,079 vehicles around the world in January-June. That was more than Volkswagen AG at 5,155,600, and Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp., which said Friday it sold 5,129,000 vehicles in the first half.…

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Mercedes-Benz unveils their first pickup truck ever

Paul Ogbuokiri German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has unveiled their first pickup truck ever. The company unveiled the vehicle in Stuttgart, Germany and became the first premium carmaker to make a pickup truck. Mercedes-Benz has entered the pickup category as the company feels that pickup’s are no longer just being seen as a workhorse and are rather becoming lifestyle vehicles. Keeping this in mind, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup truck will be offered in three different variants; Pure, Progressive and Power. While the Pure variant is aimed at functional use, the Progressive is…

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How safe are Hyundai i30, new Honda Civic, latest Ford Mustang, others?

Following recent crash test and assessment carried out by EuroNCAP, new Hyundai i30 scored a maximum five stars. Also surviving the latest crash trial with maximum stars are Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Opel Insignia, SEAT Ibiza and VW Arteon. Face-lifted Mustang: Ford introduced updates that made the car’s safety better in key areas, showing that the automaker cares about its customers and safety reputation As revealed by EuroNCAP on Wednesday, Honda’s latest Civic scored four stars. Whereas the face-lifted Ford Mustang managed to garner three stars, adding additional star to the…

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Auto Trader: Hyundai i30 fastest selling used car in June

The Hyundai i30 was the fastest selling used car in June according to Auto Trader Data from its portal showed that a petrol automatic version of the i30 took an average of 16 days to leave the forecourt, followed closely by a petrol manual, which took 19. The Hyundai ix35 (petrol manual) reached fifth on the national top 10 list, taking 20 days to turn. Hyundai isn’t the only brand to enjoy multiple listings for the same model. The 2012 Nissan Qashqai (petrol manual) made it into the top three,…

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Incentives to boost car sales hit 11% in June

Paul Ogbuokiri Automakers are steadily increasing incentive spending, as U.S. light-vehicle sales continue to slow heading into the second half of 2017. ALG reports automakers spent an average of $3,550 per new vehicle sold in June, up 9.7 per cent from a year ago. The average discount is expected to account for 10.8 per cent of the average transaction price of vehicles sold last month — marking the 11th time in the past year that incentive spending has accounted for 10 per cent or more of the sale price, according…

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Massilla Motors launches new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in Nigeria

Sole distributor of Mitsubishi Motors in Nigeria, Massilia Motors Limited on Thursday in Lagos, unveiled the third generation of Pajero Sport with an expectation to capture sales that have been halved by economic downturn. Though, this is the first time the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is formally being launched in Nigeria, the distributor was optimistic that the car, which is seeing its first full redesign in seven years, boasts of features that would appeal to Nigerians and lead the mid-size SUV segment in the country. The company’s Deputy Managing Director,…

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