Wednesday, May 30, 2018

KBB 10 COOLEST NEW CARS UNDER $20k FOR 2018


Kelley Blue Book has named its 10 coolest cars under $20k for 2018. The award recognizes vehicles that offer comfort, style and driving excitement at an affordable price.

1. 2018 Mazda Mazda3
Widely regarded as the best-looking and most fun-to-drive vehicle in its segment, the Mazda3 is the all-time champion of our budget-minded coolest cars list, appearing here for the 15th time.

2. 2018 Honda Civic
Kelley Blue Book's Small Car Best Buy of 2018, the Civic is a well-rounded car offered as a sedan or coupe that's comfortable, roomy, practical, efficient, packed with cool tech, and a blast to drive.

3. 2018 Hyundai Kona
The newest addition to this list is the Kona, Hyundai's new small SUV. The Kona was given a healthy dose of modern style, and the clean, crisp cabin is filled with a bevy of connectivity and advanced safety features.

4. 2018 Volkswagen Golf
Euro-tuned handling and a sporty attitude are only part of what makes the Golf such an appealing car.

5. 2018 Kia Soul
Few vehicles match the Kia Soul's alluring combination of bold style, SUV-like versatility, and practicality, with a roster of standard and available features that add to the Soul's value.

6. 2018 Jeep Renegade
Of all the vehicles on this list, the Renegade is the one that can get you the furthest beyond where the pavement ends.

7. 2018 Subaru Impreza
Already earning extra credit for its standard all-wheel drive, a recent redesign gives the Impreza sedan and hatchback sharper looks, more refinement.

8. 2018 Honda Fit
This diminutive hatchback has a feature called the Magic Seat that gives the interior space and versatility that rivals that of a small SUV.

9. 2018 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai's Elantra was already established as a high-value car loaded with a wide array of standard features.

10. 2018 Chevrolet Sonic
The Sonic's starting price of $16,170 makes it the most affordable car on this list. But what keeps Chevrolet's subcompact sedan and hatch on our list of coolest cars is its compelling combination of tech, comfort and a fun attitude, all wrapped in redesigned sheetmetal.

Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder, Trendy Africa Magazine and Flowtran global blog. He has reported on Motoring with trademark columns; Roadrunner and Carliners. Contact; tosan@trendyafrica.com


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Only 300 Jaguar XE Project 8 sedans will be hand built


Engineering fine-tuning on the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has almost finished, ahead of production starting in June. Only 300 units will be hand built worldwide. The fastest high performance sedan in the world will hit top speeds of about 322km/h and 0-100km/h acceleration takes just 3.7 seconds. With a 441kW version of Jaguar’s legendary supercharged 5.0-litre V8, Project 8 is the most powerful Jaguar road car to date.

Unlike most high performance production sedans, the four-wheel-drive Project 8 is studded with genuine motor racing technology. This includes, as standard, adjustable ride height, adjustable camber, adjustable front splitter and rear wing, a flat underbody, a differential oil cooler, track-perfect Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres as standard on forged 20-inch wheels and – a production car first – F1-style ceramic wheel bearings.

The front uprights, two-part upper wishbones, balljoints in place of rubber bushes, twin coil springs, dampers, lower suspension bushes, anti-roll bars and latest specification carbon ceramic brakes are all new and bespoke to Project 8. The only carryover body components from the standard XE are the roof and front door skins, both made from aluminium. The vented bonnet and flared front wings and bumpers are made from lightweight carbon fibre.

In its most extreme settings, and in ‘Track’ mode, Project 8 delivers 122kg of downforce at 300km/h – that’s 25 percent more than its nearest rival. And, it is the first Jaguar to offer a Track mode, standard on all versions, which tailors driveline and stability control systems for circuit use by sharpening throttle and steering responses and tuning the dampers to their most aggressive setting.

Two versions of Project 8 are available. The four-seat version contains all the motorsport technology that is the hallmark of Project 8. In addition, there is a more hardcore two-seat Track Pack version that saves 12.2kg in weight and includes carbon fibre racing seats and four-point safety harnesses. In place of the back seat is a solid metal panel and Harness Retention Hoop, which helps boost torsional rigidity by 27 percent over the four-seat version.


Tosan Aduayi is a veteran motoring journalist and contributor - tosan@trendyafrica.com


Monday, April 2, 2018

Range Rover Velar named most beautiful car in the world


The Range Rover Velar has been judged the most beautifully designed vehicle on the planet, winning the World Car Design of the Year title at the 2018 World Car Awards. Bringing glamor, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family, Velar offers a unique combination of design excellence and engineering integrity.

The distinctive design of the Range Rover Velar features perfectly optimized proportions and a stunning silhouette. Its super-slim Premium LED headlights, flush deployable door handles and sleek Touch Pro Duo infotainment are all hallmarks of Range Rover’s reductionist design philosophy.

Launched last year and named after the codename for the original concept Range Rovers of the late 1960s, the Velar fills the space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
In the U.S., three engines are currently offered, including a 247HP 2.0-liter Ingenium turbocharged gasoline engine, 180HP 2.0-liter Ingenium turbocharged diesel engine, and potent 380HP 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine.

Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, the Velar delivers the practicality, connectivity and capability expected from the Range Rover family. With the latest technology and the inclusion of more sustainable materials, this luxury SUV is designed to go Above and Beyond.
The Range Rover Velar, priced from $49,900 (MSRP) in the US, the vehicle is available to order now at Land Rover retailers.

Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder, Trendy Africa Magazine and Flowtran global blog. Contact; tosan@trendyafrica.com


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Road Safety - A Social Responsibility

Debmarine Namibia embarked upon a long road safety awareness campaign to promote and inculcate road-safety consciousness in the country, primarily among its employees, but also aimed at drivers, passengers and the community members at large. Road safety and accident prevention are recurring, frequently explored subjects, although not always from the same perspective. 

The campaign conducted by Debmarine Namibia, was firstly rolled out internally among the company’s employees. The Company routinely captures and monitors road-related accident statistics of its employees and came to the realisation that with the rise in road-related risky behaviour, employees are more at risk away from the workplace than in the workplace.

This led to the introduction of the internal Safety Ripple Campaign, designed to sensitise employees and create dialogue on the various aspects of risky road behaviour in an effort to encourage responsible safety culture and behaviour. Today, the Debmarine Namibia Facebook page published its locally produced video clip “Driving Safely Is A Social Responsibility”, which is a social experiment dealing with vehicle maintenance awareness. This is part of the Company’s external campaign, as a responsible corporate citizen to encourage other corporates and citizens to weigh in on addressing road safety, as a social responsibility.


Road Safety requires not only driver fitness, but also vehicle fitness. A well maintained vehicle not only speaks volumes about the owner, but also will protect its driver and passengers on the road. The video shows the diverse reactions of Namibian drivers/passengers from all walks of life, when suddenly being confronted with possible drastic consequences of vehicle failure on roads. It is a clear call-to-action to most Namibian drivers to regularly service their vehicles, especially in December, as fatal accidents are punctually on the rise at this time of the year.

Spotting risky behavior is part of the campaign, aiming to make the community more aware of the fundamental importance of vehicle maintenance, which could alone reduce road fatalities. For every person killed in traffic crashes, many more suffer serious injuries with life-changing consequences, such as the story showcased in the Debmarine Namibia’s video. Serious injuries are not only more common, but also often more costly to society because of long-time rehabilitation and healthcare needs.

While it may be obvious that accident-related events are linked to risky behaviour, in Namibia, rollover crashes are mainly attributed to speeding, fatigue, alcohol, but also worn-out tyres, resulting in the loss of vehicle control.

Drunk driving is only one of the leading causes of road accidents and it contributes significantly to accidents on the road. This led Debmarine Namibia to donate breathalyzers testing kits to the Private Sector Road Safety Forum and the MVA Fund worth N$ 130 000. The donation aims to support efforts to reduce drunk driving accidents and save lives.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Police cars get new enhancement features

General Motors Chevrolet Tahoe police cruisers will get new set of safety features. The centerpiece is a new Enhanced Driver Assist Package that’s the first of its kind for a pursuit-rated vehicle. The option package is built around five distinct technologies and features:


Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking: This feature, which has never been offered on a pursuit-rated vehicle before, automatically applies the brakes to help reduce a collision's severity if the vehicle is traveling at a low speed and the system detects that a front-end collision is imminent and the driver has not already applied the brakes.

Forward Collision Alert: This system uses radar and a forward-looking camera to measure the closing speeds between a vehicle and objects in its path. If a driver-adjustable threshold is passed, the system triggers a visual alert and audible beeps or seat pulses, if equipped.

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning: This feature provides gentle steering wheel turns to help drivers avoid crashes due to unintentionally drifting out of their lanes when they are not actively steering and the turn signals are not activated.

Safety Alert Driver Seat: The GM-patented Safety Alert Seat gives drivers the option of getting haptic seat-bottom vibration pulses instead of audible crash avoidance alerts.


Power Adjustable Pedals: Combined with the Tahoe PPV’s standard 10-way power driver seat and tilt wheel, power adjustable pedals help drivers of all sizes find their optimal driving position for comfort and control.

Tosan Aduayi is a veteran motoring journalist and contributor - tosan@trendyafrica.com

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jaguar XE SV world’s fastest 4-door

Jaguar’s SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the N├╝rburgring Nordschleife. The incredible time of 7min 21.2sec is nearly 11 seconds quicker than the previous fastest sedan around the legendary 20.76km German circuit and puts the 441kW Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coup├ęs and supercars. SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. 

The hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 takes that principle to the limit, extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan. Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) is a specialist team of Jaguar Land Rover designers, engineers and technicians dedicated to enhancing the performance, luxury and capability attributes of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Tosan Aduayi is a veteran motoring journalist and contributor - tosan@trendyafrica.com

Monday, November 20, 2017

Coscharis partners with Jumia to offer black friday bonanza

Coscharis Motors PLC, a foremost automobile dealer in Nigeria and sole representative of globally respected iconic auto brands like Ford, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Morris Garages (MG), etc, in Nigeria, has partnered with Jumia the largest online shop in Africa to present the most exciting Black Friday shopping experience so far in this part of the world.

As part of the partnership offering, Coscharis will put forward some of her vehicle brands specially to Jumia customers at heavily discounted rates. Shoppers on Jumia will also stand a chance to win a brand new Ford Figo during this Black Friday event.



General Manager Marketing and Corporate Communications for Coscharis Group, Mr. Abiona Babarinde explained that this is another way Coscharis Motors Plc is giving back to her customers as they warm up for the Yuletide season. “We will always seek new ways to delight our customers and give them value for their money, no matter the platform on which they wish to patronize us, online or offline.”

Abiona also said, “During the Jumia Black Friday Promo period, we will offer a number of our vehicle brands at heavily discounted rates for willing customers to take advantage of. Also the entry level Ford Figo will be on offer to be won via a raffle draw on the Jumia platform, for those who will patronize the platform during the Black Friday Promo period.”

Some of the variants which Coscharis Motors is expected to offer at heavily discounted rates are:
Morris Garages - MG 5 COMFORT, MG 6 COMFORT, MG 750 EXECUTIVE
Ford - Ford Expedition King Ranch
BMW - BMW 640, BMW 218i Active Tourer, BMW X-6
MINI - Mini Cooper Countryman
Jaguar - Jaguar XE, Jaguar XF
Land Rover - Range Rover Evoque Coupe, Range Rover Sport HSE

On the choice of Jumia’s Black Friday platform, Mr. Abiona said “Jumia is one of the best online shopping platforms in our market and offers exciting customer experience to shoppers. These are qualities that resonate with our drive to always add value to our numerous customers.” Black Friday falls on November 24th, 2017.

Tosan Aduayi is a veteran motoring journalist and contributor - tosan@trendyafrica.com