Sunday, May 29, 2016


Aston Martin and Italian design-house Zagato have unveiled their latest creation, the Vanquish Zagato Concept at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa, Lake Como Italy. The Vanquish Zagato Concept is the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades, pairing Aston Martin's acclaimed sporting, dynamic and material qualities with Zagato's signature design language. 

From the iconic DB4 GT Zagato of 1960 through to the V12 Vantage Zagato of 2011, every collaboration has accentuated key aspects of Aston Martin's design journey and brought them together with Zagato's own race-inspired design language. The result is a group of four sports cars that represent some of Aston Martin's most avant-garde expressions.

The Vanquish Zagato Concept’s glasshouse wraps around the bodywork like a visor, enhancing its aggressive stance. A new evolution of the classic side strake runs from wheel arch to door just like the new DB11 and a detail originally showcased on the celebratory CC-100. 

A sharp crease on the rear wheel arch transforms into the rear flanks, where it meets the cascading roofline. Inside, the Vanquish Zagato Concept embodies the fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship, replete with many singular touches. Herringbone carbon fibre is paired with shadow and anodized bronze and aniline leather to give the facia, vents and rotary dials a rich material quality.

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, May 24, 2016

Vans are back

The Ford Transit, one of the best-selling vans in the world, has been in constant production since 1965 and is now available in SA in several new and exciting configurations with added features. If you are looking for space, The Ford Transit Van has 15.1 cubic meters of cargo space in the back. That’s 15,100 litres or the space to pack in 629 grocery shopping bags. The Ford Transit Custom Sport, which is available with all the same driving technology found in a luxury sedan. From Ford’s hands-free SYNC®2 entertainment centre, lane-keeping alert, parking sensors, cruise control, rear-view camera, and electronic stability control, the Ford Transit Custom Sport could be the new ride for your family.

Listed below are 10 unique custom Ford Vans

1.    The Limo
Stretch limousines are out of date. So Chicago-based Windy City Limousines converted their Ford Transit into a plush ride equipped to carry 13 passengers in luxury and style – with a wooden floor, black leather couch-style seating and two flat-screen televisions.

2.    The Snowboarder
This shred-ready Ford Transit is modified with a custom boot dryer, snowboard rack, tuning bench and portable DJ booth to make snowboarding even more fun for its riders. “It’s an absolute dream of a creative hub that we can do anything out of,” says So-Gnar CEO Pat Milbery.

3.    The Artist
The first Ford Transit buyer in the United States, ZL Feng, is an art professor and skilled artist who uses his van to transport his art to museums, galleries, art shows and art buyers’ homes.

4.    The Coffee Shop
What better way to bring the people coffee than with a stylish mobile coffee shop. The Grateful Grail mobile coffee shop cruises around Baltimore, visiting local music festivals and events. Brothers and Grateful Grail owners Brian and David Seward customized the van themselves.

5.    The Surfer Dude
Champion surfer Izzy Paskowitz and his Surfers Healing team use a Ford Transit to transport surfboards, beach gear and life jackets as they introduce kids with autism to surfing.

 6.    The Caterer
Catering and vans go hand in hand. The jumbo Ford Transit van, used by Park Place Caterers in Ford HQ’s back yard, is customized with a liftgate and inverter to power a refrigerator and hotbox – delivering deliciousness to the local community.

7.    The Animal Rescuer
Shultz’s Guest House uses its Ford Transit to transport orphaned dogs – sometimes from several states away – to a private farm in Dedham, USA, where they are safe from being euthanized until permanent homes are found for them.

 8.    The Food Truck
Everyone’s favourite kind of van. The Spread’s Ford Transit is a mobile deli – serving breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps and fresh-baked bagels.

9.    The Pet Stylist
Wag ’n Tails Mobile Conversions in Granger, USA, converts Ford Transit vans into fully self-contained mobile pet grooming studios, complete with full-size tubs, hydro-massage shampoo systems, grooming tables, blow dryers, vacuums and fridges.

10.  The Mobility Van
Eighty-six-year-old Forrest Baker explores the Pacific Northwest with the help of his specially modified Ford Transit, which includes a lift for his off-road wheelchair, high-visibility lights and bull guard. “Without a doubt, this is the finest purpose-built vehicle I have ever had the pleasure of owning,” Baker wrote to his Ford dealership where he has been a loyal customer for more than 45 years.

 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.

Coscharis Motors Introduces Ford Brands, introduces robust after sales package

Coscharis Motors, a foremost automobile dealer and representatives of Ford Motor Corporation in Nigeria, recently introduced the 2016 edition of three Ford brands namely; Ford Explorer, Ford Figo, and the Ford Ranger, into the Nigerian market. 

Coscharis Motors also unveiled it's Ford Protect package (in replacement to the ESP - Extended Service Plan) on all Ford variants purchased in any of Coscharis Motors offices within Nigeria. The package offers free service for 4 years or 120,000 kilometres whichever comes first, to its existing and prospective customers on all variants of the Ford brand purchased from any Coscharis Motors showrooms nation-wide. Customers will also enjoy; Free oil change, Free tyre rotation, Free brake pads, Free wiper blades, Free belts and hoses and Free shocks. 

L - R: Fabian Anuforo, Fleet Sales Manager, Ford, Coscharis Motors; Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Services, Coscharis Group; Vasant Rele, General Manager, After sales, Ford, Coscharis Motors during the media parley to officially unveil the 2016 new models of Fird vehicles and Ford Protect Campaign at Coscharis Ford Showroom in Lagos recently.

The General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Services, Mr. Abiona Babarinde explained that the Ford Protect scheme is in line with the vision Henry Ford had over 100 years ago, which seeks to make automobiles available and affordable to all mankind. Another reason for the offer is our desire to take over our customers’ worries about vehicle maintenance and free their minds so that they can focus more on the accomplishment of their primary objectives in business and leisure.

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.