Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dynamic tweaks for Discovery Sport

With sales reaching nearly 30,000 in the first half of 2015, Land Rover has further enhanced the visual appeal of its latest premium, compact SUV with the launch of the Discovery Sport Dynamic at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. 

The Discovery Sport with Dynamic pack features a number of exterior enhancements, including Narvik Black exterior details, body-coloured mouldings and door claddings and the choice of a unique new 19” wheel design in Satin Dark Grey, or a 20” Gloss Black wheel.  

The capability of the Discovery Sport is heightened by the introduction of All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) on petrol models, for 2016. ATPC is an advanced system that enables drivers to set and maintain a steady speed in off-road conditions. 

Another new feature is the Gesture Tailgate which provides the user with the ability to open and close the powered tailgate by means of a kick gesture, enabling the user hands-free access to the load space.

Tosan Aduayi is the founder of Trendy Africa Magazine and has been an Auto columnist since 1994

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover Unveils 007 cars

Jaguar Land Rover is celebrating their vehicles appearing in the new Bond (007) adventure, SPECTRE. Cars, including the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and the iconic Land Rover Defender, stole the show as they were unveiled in public for the first time at the palatial Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt.

Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and David Bautista (Hinx) were guests of honour at the glamorous event showcasing special stunt vehicles used in the latest instalment of the James Bond series.  Guests were entertained by British singer and musician John Newman, who performed a number of top ten hits from his album. 

SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, sees the Jaguar C-X75 drive through the moonlit streets of Rome in one of the movie’s most iconic high speed chase scenes.  

Driven by Hinx, played by David Bautista, the C-X75 supercar, named the most advanced Jaguar ever created, was provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in collaboration with development partner Williams Advanced Engineering headquarters in Oxfordshire, England.  

Tosan Aduayi is the founder of Trendy Africa Magazine and has been an Auto columnist since 1994

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dawn is the new don of Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce production is guided by three basic principles. The first is by Sir Henry Royce; “Strive for perfection in everything you do. The second; “Take the best that exists and make it better” as seen in the Phantom Series II and Ghost Series II as they were carefully updated in 2012 and 2014 respectively.  The third; “When it does not exist, design it.” And thus, Wraith was born. And so, the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, the world’s only true modern four-seater super-luxury drophead, is born.

In 1952, the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn drophead, which became the muse for the designers of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, was finished by Rolls-Royce coachbuilders Park Ward and delivered to its first customer, Colonel W.A. Phillips in Canada. Rolls-Royce’s new Dawn has taken inspiration from the Silver Dawn. The Dawn is fitted with a twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 powertrain that churns out 563bhp that propels the body mass from0-100kmh in 4.9 secs while managing a governed top speed of 250 kmh.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn’s effortless dynamism is augmented with the addition of Satellite Aided Transmission, a technology that made its global debut on Wraith in 2013. Satellite Aided Transmission utilizes GPS data to allow the car to see beyond what the driver sees, anticipating their next move based on location and driving style. It uses this information to select the most appropriate gear from the Dawn’s 8-speed ZF gearbox to ensure the driver is able to appropriately exploit the power from the Rolls-Royce 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12, ensuring an effortless and seamless drive experience. Satellite Aided Transmission comes as standard on Dawn.

Additional techs include the LED lighting technology which is enhanced by adaptive technology. Electronically controlled reflectors move in the direction of travel in response to wheel turns to give a greater depth of vision when cornering and a whiter, brighter light ensures effortless and safe driving on dark roads whilst helping reduce driver tiredness.

In addition, automatic dipping of full-beam headlights has been replaced with revolutionary new glare-free technology. When a car approaches, light is deflected to ensure the oncoming driver is not dazzled. Night-time driving safety is boosted by the head-up display and heat detection system that detects both human and animal heat signatures, and issues an audible warning to the driver of possible danger.

by Tosan Aduayi

The All-new Bentley Bentayga SUV is super hot, fast, luxurious and powerful

Bentley Motors has announced full details of its pinnacle, sector-defining new model, the Bentayga. With an all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 powertrain delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h), the Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. It offers a true Bentley driving experience and showcases innovative technology features.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, the Bentayga’s styling is pure Bentley. Sculptural with an elegant, timeless execution, it perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. From the four round LED headlamps and large matrix grille, to the distinctive power line and muscular haunches, the Bentley DNA is apparent throughout.

The Bentley Bentayga boasts the world’s finest automotive cabin, with unrivalled levels of precision. The detailing in metal, wood and leather – including meticulous tolerances between elements of trim – is the epitome of modern British luxury. This level of perfection is only achievable thanks to the exceptional craft and skill of Bentley’s colleagues in Crewe.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “The Bentayga is truly the Bentley of SUVs. It redefines luxury in the SUV sector and offers a genuine Bentley experience in any environment, thanks to a combination of unparalleled attention to detail, go-anywhere ability and cutting-edge technology”.

Cutting edge innovations include; Electronic Night Vision, which uses infra-red technology to identify potential obstacles ahead, and a Head-Up Display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety,  8” touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a 60GB hard drive, and a choice of up to 30 languages. Rear seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a removable 10.2” Android device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity.

The Bentayga will make its full public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Show from 15 to 27 September. Customer deliveries commence in early 2016.

by Tosan Aduayi

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover reveals pioneering low and zero emission Hybrids

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed some of the new and innovative low and zero emission powertrain technologies it is researching at this year’s CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event, held in the UK.
Three demonstration vehicles showcased the innovations, which includes a new unique high performance, modular electric drive module (eDM) developed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover. These are capable of producing twice the power and torque of any electric motor-generator in production today. These can be inserted between any engine and transmission to create MHEV or PHEV, or used alone for a BEV. The Concept_e technologies are the product of an advanced powertrain research programme for state-of-the-art, next-generation hybrid and battery-electric powertrain technologies which began in 2013.

Led by Jaguar Land Rover, this two-year, £16.3m research project is part-funded by Innovate UK1 and involves 12 UK technology partners2. It has brought together leading engineers and technologists from academia, the supply chain and industry to create a number of unique and innovative solutions. 
“This is a long-term Jaguar Land Rover research project exploring all aspects of future hybrid and battery electric vehicle technology,” said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover. “The three Concept_e vehicles will allow us to test and develop exciting new potential technologies that could form part of our low and zero emissions vision beyond 2020.”
“The project is also helping to develop the UK’s skills and capabilities in alternative powertrains. We are serious about helping the UK become a worldwide leader in powertrain technologies. Collaborative research programmes like this allow us to multiply the effect of our own R&D investment and nurture the UK’s technology supply chain.  This approach is helping to develop the skills and technologies that will make the UK even more competitive in the future.”

The three Concept_e research demonstrators include:
•           Concept_e MHEV. The Mild Hybrid is based on a Range Rover Evoque donor vehicle and features a prototype diesel engine (66kW) and a 48V electrical system. It incorporates a 15 kW crank integrated motor with disconnect clutch within a hybrid module sandwiched between the engine and 9 speed transmission. The motor-generator is powered by an advanced 48-volt electrical system and 48-volt lithium ion battery pack.

•           Concept_e PHEV.  The Plug-In Hybrid employs a similar architecture to the MHEV but with a prototype petrol engine (220kW) and 8 speed transmission longitudinally mounted within a Range Rover Sport donor vehicle. The electric motor is capable of up to 150kW and also takes up the function of the starter motor. The motor draws electrical energy from a 320-volt lithium ion battery packaged in the boot. The hybrid powerplant drives through the conventional automatic gearbox normally fitted to the Range Rover Sport and the full time four-wheel drive system is retained.

•           Concept_e BEV is a bespoke research demonstrator based on Jaguar Land Rover’s aluminium vehicle architecture. The underbody has been modified to mount the 70kWh HV lithium ion traction battery and electric axle drive (EAD) units. The front drive unit features a single speed transmission coupled with an 85kW electric motor. The rear drive unit features a twin speed transmission coupled with a 145kW electric motor.

“Environmental Innovation is at the heart of our business. We have a wide-ranging low emissions technology strategy, which has created innovations like our Ingenium engine family and lighter vehicles,” said Dr Epple. “Technologies like these have already helped us reduce our fleet CO2 average by 25 per cent in recent years.”

“Our future vision is to continue to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency while still delivering the luxury, performance, refinement and comfort our customers expect,” said Dr Epple. “Whether it’s optimising the internal combustion engine, advanced hybrid and battery-electric propulsion systems, the introduction of new, lightweight materials or the improvement of energy conservation through more efficient heating and ventilation technologies, we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles emit significantly less emissions in the future.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


The new S-Class Cabriolet is the fourth variant of the current S-Class family in the U.S. market and the first open-top flagship four-seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971. It offers a distinctive, sensual and exclusive design, the cutting-edge technology of the S-Class and a comprehensive warmth and wind protection concept which includes intelligent climate control for convertibles.

The new S-Class Cabriolet is exceptionally rigid. Innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made of aluminium and magnesium as well as the aluminium rear floor also lower the bodyshell weight to the level of the S-Class Coupe. The standard-fit roll-over protection system behind the rear head restraints features pyrotechnic initiation of the actuators for the first time, in addition to the roll bars themselves which are moved into position by a gas generator.

The new S-Class premieres an intelligent climate control system, which in the future will provide for ideal climate comfort coupled with maximum user-friendliness in all open-top vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. The air conditioning experts at MercedesBenz developed a new software architecture specifically for this system, which underwent rigorous testing on state-of-the-art "hardware-in-the-loop" test stands prior to fine-tuning in the climate tunnel and on test drives.

The V8 engine of the S550 Cabriolet has an output of 449 horsepower. The displacement stands at 4663 cc, and the engine produces peak torque of 516 lb-ft from 1800 rpm. The innovative 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission supports both a dynamic and a fuel-saving driving style. MercedesAMG will also offer the S63 4MATIC Cabriolet. Its 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine offers an output of 577 hp and peak torque of 664 lb-ft, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

The S-Class Cabriolet is fitted with standard AIRMATIC semi-active air suspension that features infinitely variable damping control. This system sets standards with respect to road roar and handling stability. It can be set to a sportier or more comfort-oriented mode, according to personal tastes. The four-link front axle impresses with a high level of driving comfort, plus precise suspension action.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MG 5, the hottest hatchback in the mid-size segment

Coscharis Motors acquired the MG Franchise about three years ago as the sole representative of the brand in Nigeria. Although still relatively new in Nigeria, its rich historical heritage of over 90 years, leaves much to be desired. As one of the fastest growing brand in UK, MG recorded tremendous successes in the introduction of Hi-tech petrol and diesel engines across variants. Notable among the MG models is MG 5, the most exquisite European Hatchback in the mid-size car segment.

The MG 5 is equipped with a 1.5 liter Hyper-boost engine with a smart adaptive 6 speed Automatic Transmission which raises the power level to match other brands with larger engines. It provides greater pleasure and freedom for your driving pleasure. A powerful bi-thermostat independent dual-positioned multi-layered cooling system helps to achieve the ideal balance between temperature of the engine block and cylinder head, so that your head remains cool and efficient during intense driving. The tough manual style in genuine British MG tuning creates a higher level of control sensitivity and stability, even under extreme conditions; you can still retain your composure. Its paddle shifter's originates from F1 race technology. This feature gives you the feeling of racing on the Silverstone Circuit during intense driving experience, and satisfies you with the double enjoyment of the joy of control and comfort during driving.

With its cutting-edge design, refined style and Hi-tech features, the MG 5 is a preferred choice among the digital fashion generation. It fully caters for the needs of young buyers who enjoy a fashionable lifestyle and wish to show their distinctive personality.
The MG 5 has opted for a hatchback body style which is popular in Europe, by adopting pioneering UK design concepts.  Endowed with sharp, smooth body lines and flowing body contours, the MG 5 combines the elegance of curves with the robustness of straight lines to strike a fine balance between dynamism and elegance.

The MG 5 features a sleek high-tech textured dashboard and chrome plated finishing. Such refined workmanship sets MG 5 apart from the rest in the A-class segment, and it’s arguably the most exquisite hatchback in the mid-size car segment.
The aerodynamic body lines provide MG 5 with extremely low drag coefficient. The super-low air resistance cannot only reduce aerodynamic drag but also boost fuel economy and improve handling stability.  Additionally, its near perfect 50/50 axle load ratio improves handling performance and speed limit when cornering, which has accentuated the MG 5 sporty body nature and demonstrate the sports car design craftsmanship that has endured over eighty years.

In line with European standard and UK designs, MG 5 adopts the most double five star safety standard, namely the C-NCAP and the European pedestrian safety protection standard, with its re-enforced body, the car is extremely safe and durable while remaining light and agile You can only be sure of safety when there are multiple protections. Its design is based on five star pedestrian protection standards, plus the titan-grade driver safety protection strategy, providing safety features everywhere.
A brand new generation of seven in one intelligent active safety systems and passive safety features (ABS/ESP/CBC/MSR/EBD/BAS/TCS) ensure that the safety of every passenger is fully ensured. All direction six SRA airbags, Front pretention seat belts with loading limiting system, Auto-dimming inner rear view mirror.

Technology brings about the people oriented care. The V-PDC holographic parking assistance system helps you control everything behind your car. A super quiet extreme silence NVH space prevents external noises from entering the vehicle. The projector-type headlamps  which shine like a pair of cat eyes in the dark, is unique in its class, and adds to the beauty and active safety features of the car.
According to Mathew Aje, Brand Manager, MG, “the MG 5 is ideal for both retail and fleet customers alike, and trendy car lovers can take advantage of the Coscharis Vehicle Finance Scheme which offers customers the opportunity to own any MG car of choice with a 10% down payment to either Access Bank or Stanbic IBTC Bank, and spread the rest for over 48 months”.
He Further explained that customers can also enjoy adequate after sales back-up, genuine spare parts, Finance Leasing, one Year Free Service, test drive, Free delivery to any parts of Nigeria and 3 years Warranty or 100,000 Kilometres, whichever comes first.