Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ford Motor Company hosts Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme in Nigeria

Ford Motor Company, in conjunction with its distributor Coscharis Motors, hosted the Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme in Lagos, Nigeria. This highly-acclaimed programme was implemented for the first time in Nigeria in 2016 in order to improve driving skills and road safety in Nigeria.

The 2017 edition comprised of a special training session for members of the Nigeria Auto Journalists’ Association (NAJA). The DSFL programme featured driving on a 4x4 trail requiring the use of four-wheel drive, as well as a special presentation on child safety in the car.

Participants had the opportunity to learn about the features that the Ford Ranger offers such as safety, departure angles, brake distance on gravel and anti-lock braking system (A.B.S) and how to use other four-wheel drive functions such as traction control, locking differential and drive train.


L-R: Motebang Mokoena, Ford Driving Skills For Life (DSFL) Trainer; Abiona Babarinde, General Manager Marketing & Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group; Derek Kirkby, Ford - DSFL Director; and Felix Mahan, Brand Manager Ford, Coscharis Motors; at the DSFL training held in Lagos recently.

Drinking and driving will be under the spotlight again, with the use of the drunk-driving goggles. These goggles imitate a drunk driver and simulate how alcohol actually impairs driving skills.  

NAJA, the umbrella body for all journalists in Nigeria covering the automobile and automotive industry, is already setting a good example by insisting that its members undergo annual training and Ford’s DSFL is part of this programme. This initiative has already been highly praised by the Nigerian Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (NAMA).



“Against this background, Ford is very pleased to be able to offer its proven road safety tool in the form of the Driving Skills for Life programme,” commented Abiona Babarinde, General Manager - Marketing and Corporate Communications, at Ford’s distributor, Coscharis Motors.

“This time around we are concentrating in working with the local motoring journalists and we trust they will transfer all their learning on the DSFL course to their readers and viewers to spread the importance of safe driving and road safety.”



Ford launched DSFL in the United States in 2003 and the programme has been improved and adapted to suit local conditions in many other global markets over the years. It was launched in South Africa in 2014, introduced into Angola in 2015 and last year it was rolled out in Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya.

Ford DSFL, is a comprehensive programme aimed at providing new skills and information to newly licensed drivers and improve the defensive driving ability of experienced drivers. The programme also addresses both the inexperience of young drivers as well as issues surrounding distracted driving, thereby, enhancing eco-driving to personal safety and the environment. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ultra-new BMW 8 series concept

The new BMW 8 Series Coupe, slated for launch in 2018 is being unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este demonstrating its razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history.

According to the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Kr├╝ger, “The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand. This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class.”


The BMW Concept 8 Series reveals much of what is to come. “The BMW Concept 8 Series is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving machine,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “It is a luxurious sports car which embodies both unadulterated dynamics and modern luxury like arguably no other. 

For me, it’s a slice of pure automotive fascination.” The BMW Concept 8 Series is a preview of a model which BMW is set to introduce in a similar form in the coming year. The BMW 8 Series Coupe will build on the company’s successful tradition of luxurious sports cars and adds another exciting model. 



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 BMW 5 SERIES EARNS IIHS TOP RATINGS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 BMW 5 Series a “Top Safety Pick +”, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offering class-leading safety. The seventh generation BMW 5 Series qualified for the “TSP+” thanks to its performance in five different crash tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. Receiving the Institute’s highest rating, for an optional front crash prevention system with ‘Superior’ rating, as well as the ‘Good’ rating for headlights.





The latest generation BMW 5 Series is praised by the IIHS for its body and structure design, boosting its performance in the small overlap front crash test. Results from the test indicate that the driver space is well maintained with only 5 inches of maximum intrusion at the footrest, showing a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of the same severity. Additionally, the 5 Series available Frontal Collision Warning with either City Collision Mitigation or with Extended Collision Mitigation earn “Superior” ratings in front crash prevention, both avoiding collisions during testing at 12 mph and 25 mph.

Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder and publisher of Trendy Africa Magazine and has reported on Motoring with trademark columns (Roadrunner, Carliners). He is also the founder of Flowtran global.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Merc updates its S-Class for 2018

The newly updated S-Class Sedan comes with an array of new features including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist which now provides even more support for the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. The speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of curves or junctions. Further unique features of the S-Class in its segment include the LED Intelligent Light System with Ultra-Wide Beam, Road Surface Scan (the forward-looking detection of bumps) and curve-tilting function.

ENERGIZING Comfort optional feature links various comfort systems in the vehicle together. It systematically uses the functions of the climate control system (including fragrancing) and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage), the console heating as well as lighting and musical atmospheres, and enables a specific wellness set-up tailored to the mood and need of the driver. This enhances the physical comfort and performance both while driving and during breaks.

With 64 colors, the optionally extended ambient lighting offers a wealth of individual settings. It adds lighting elements on the trim elements, central display, stowage facility at the front of the center console, handle recesses, door pockets, in the front and rear footwells and on the overhead control panel when the vehicle is equipped with the Burmester® High-End 3D Surround Sound System.
The AMG S 63 model can reach electronically limited speeds of up to 186 mph (298 kph)just after acceleration from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 secs.


The Mercedes-Benz flagship model was the best-selling luxury sedan in the world in 2016. Since 2013, the company has sold well over 300,000 sedans.

Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder and publisher of Trendy Africa Magazine and has reported on Motoring with trademark columns (Roadrunner, Carliners). He is also the founder of Flowtran global.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept show car

As part of its 50th anniversary, Mercedes-AMG is celebrating a successful past while also continuing to look forward. With the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept show car, the sports car and performance brand is giving an indication of the alternative drive configurations AMG is designing. 

This four-door coupe heralds a further extension of the AMG GT family, following the legacy of the SLS AMG and AMG GT, which were completely developed at AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach. The drive system of the AMG GT Concept represents a completely new development. 

In 2010, Mercedes-AMG proved that a super sports car with a battery/electric drive system can be realized with the SLS AMG Electric Drive. 

Additionally, Formula 1 driving dynamics and impressive efficiency are promised by the planned AMG Hypercar, which will give a sneak preview of the ultimate application of what is currently feasible with hybrid technology. 

Following the AMG brand pledge "Driving Performance," Mercedes-AMG will develop segment-specific hybrids in the future that will boast impressive performance and maximum efficiency.

Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder and publisher of Trendy Africa Magazine and has reported on Motoring with trademark columns (Roadrunner, Carliners). He is also the founder of Flowtran global.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Land Rover unveils the All-New Range Rover Velar

Land Rover has revealed its All-New Range Rover Velar, designed to fill the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. The Velar brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family, offering levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability never before seen in the mid-size SUV segment.

Created using Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, the Velar is defined by a visually reductive approach and meticulous attention to precision in every detail, which evolves Range Rover DNA and previews the next generation of Range Rover vehicles. Velar’s design is beautifully balanced, from its powerful proportions to its continuous waist line through to the taut tapered lines of the rear. The generous wheelbase contributes significantly to its elegance while helping to provide a spacious interior.

Design enabling technology has been engaged fully to create the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which is the centerpiece of Velar’s interior. Touch Pro Duo features two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens integrated seamlessly behind secret-until-lit surfaces.
The Velar delivers exceptional levels of crash protection that meets crash test regulations worldwide. Combined with a comprehensive restraints system that includes six airbags, and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems including Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and an Adaptive Speed Limiter, the Velar integrates the latest safety technology.


Exceptional performance and efficiency comes from the range of four petrol and diesel powertrains, all matched to smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.

Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder and publisher of Trendy Africa Magazine and has reported on Motoring with trademark columns (Roadrunner, Carliners). He is also the founder of Flowtran global.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ford Expedition makes a big and bold return

Ford has unveiled its biggest SUV, the Expedition, which is both larger and lighter than the aging version which was somewhat a gas guzzler. The Expedition promises better fuel economy and new features when it goes on sale later in 2017.

The 2018 Expedition is Ford’s first complete reworking of the big SUVs in about 15 years. The Expedition grows four inches in length with more three inches in the wheelbase. The bigger Expedition Max – previously called the Expedition EL – grows one inch. Its wheelbase is unchanged.




Both SUVs will be powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford expects the combination to improve fuel economy and give it class-leading towing capacity. Like Ford’s F-series pickups, it adopts all aluminum body panels and has a new frame.


Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder and publisher of Trendy Africa Magazine and has reported on Motoring with trademark columns (Roadrunner, Carliners). He is also the founder of Flowtran global.