Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ford and Coscharis Motors co-sponsor 'The Next Titan'

L-R: Mr Mide Kunle-Akinlaja, Executive Producer, The Next Titan; Mr. Abiona Babarinde, General Manager Marketing & Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group; at the premiere event of The Next Titan entrepreneurial reality TV show, co-sponsored by Ford and Coscharis Motors Plc.
L-R: Mr. Felix Mahan, Brand Manager Ford, Coscharis Motors Plc; Mr Mide Kunle-Akinlaja, Executive Producer, The Next Titan; Mr. Abiona Babarinde, General Manager Marketing & Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group; at the premiere event of The Next Titan entrepreneurial reality TV show, co-sponsored by Ford and Coscharis Motors Plc.





Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamborghini opens two new dealerships in North America

Automobili Lamborghini has debuted its new corporate identity in North America with two dealership grand opening celebrations on consecutive evenings in both Toronto, Ontario and Sterling, Virginia.


The exclusive VIP events in Toronto and Sterling on 5 October and 6 October, respectively, included attendance by Lamborghini’s global Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali.


The grand opening of Lamborghini Uptown Toronto marks the debut of the re-design in Canada, an international hub offering great visibility for Lamborghini brand. Canada is now the fifth largest market for the brand around the world yielding record sales following its third consecutive year of growth.


Lamborghini Sterling, which is located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is the first U.S. showroom to feature the brand’s new design. The Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Armando Varricchio, was also on hand to commemorate the occasion alongside other VIP customers and notable guests who came out to support the new Lamborghini store.



The redesigned showroom environments reflect the need for increased space as Lamborghini accelerates its model expansion and double its sales volume with the launch of its new super sport SUV, the Urus, by 2018.

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coscharis unveils 2018 BMW 5 series in Lagos

Exclusive dealers of BMW in Nigeria, Coscharis motors, recently unveiled the 2018 BMW 5 series at the Banana Island cultural festival, Banana Island, Lagos. The 7th generation 5 series was earlier launched globally in February 2017 in Europe.




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Friday, September 22, 2017

Toyota wins big in Texas with Green Energy

Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) headquarters campus in Plano, Texas has officially achieved LEED Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Jonathan Kraatz, executive director, USGBC Texas Chapter, presented the prized Platinum plaque to Jim Lentz, TMNA president and chief executive officer, today at the new campus. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Toyota’s new campus is the largest commercial LEED Platinum project in the state of Texas, to date.

Toyota Motor North America achieved LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for green building techniques, such as sustainable landscaping. The 8.79-megawatt solar power system produces enough energy to power 1,200 homes per year and provides up to 33 percent of daily electric needs for the Plano campus.

“At Toyota, we have a longstanding commitment to sustainability and preserving our natural resources,” said Lentz. “With the installation of greenspaces, thousands of solar panels, a massive rain water capture system, and natural light wells, we have designed our new headquarters to reflect the local habitat and enhance its biodiversity. Recognition as a LEED Platinum facility is a testament of our efforts to become a model for energy efficiency and sustainability, and speaks to our challenge to ourselves to create a net positive impact on the planet by 2050.”

“USGBC is proud to award LEED Platinum to Toyota, for their thoughtfulness in their campus energy planning and space design as well as the overall net positive impact on the community and environment,” said Kraatz. “Our mission at USGBC has challenged organizations to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Toyota’s new Texas campus is a great example of what can be accomplished with the right leadership.”

TMNA CEO Jim Lentz (right) receives the LEED Platinum Certification from Jonathan Kraatz (left), executive director, Dallas chapter, U.S. Green Building Council, for green building techniques on September 21, 2017.

The state-of-the-art, 100-acre campus boasts a Platinum-sized list of sustainability aspects, from renewable energy to drought resistant landscaping: 

Renewable Energy
Largest onsite corporate solar installation among non-utility companies in Texas
8.79-Megawatt solar power system, designed and installed by SunPower Corp.
Produces up to 33 percent of daily electric needs for headquarters campus
Reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions by 7,198 metric tons
Creates enough energy to power 1,200 average US homes for a year
Installation of high efficiency lighting and building envelopes to reduce energy usage on campus
Specialized rooftop design teeming with plant life to manage rainwater, reduce heat and further insulate the buildings
Flexible energy contract to preserve and resell excess power generation back to the grid
Grid energy offset by Texas wind farm renewable energy credits
Repurposed Rainwater
State-of-the-art rainwater capture system will provide up to three months of water supply for irrigation use
Cistern water storage with a capacity to hold 400,000 gallons of harvested rain water
Estimated to save more than 11 million gallons of potable (drinking) water annually
Excess drain water will be collected and repurposed for sanitary facility use
Recycling
More than 99 percent of the construction waste was recycled
Construction waste was sorted offsite at North Texas’ first Construction and Demolition waste processing facility

Sustainable Landscaping
Exterior landscaping features drought-tolerant, North Texas indigenous plants like savannah, oaklands and wildflower meadows
Campus landscape will provide a natural habitat for endangered pollinators and monarch butterflies
Approximately 1,300 trees planted onsite by Toyota
More than 80 mature trees saved or relocated onsite, including a 100-year-old oak tree
Landscaping will be managed without expensive mowing, fertilizers, chemicals or artificial irrigation
Historic wetlands on the northeast corner of the campus were preserved to protect its natural state
Professionals who led this project include a host of Dallas-based firms: KDC Real Estate Development & Investments to develop and build the campus, architect Corgan Associates to design the campus, and Austin Commercial to manage the construction.



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, 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.


Monday, January 30, 2017

RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR: GRIPPING ACCELERATION IN ALL CONDITIONS

Range Rover Sport SVR delivers devastating pace in all driving conditions. Merging legendary all-terrain capability with 405kW of V8 power and advanced traction technology provides Land Rover’s fastest vehicle with unique real world performance. 

Since going on sale in 2015, the Range Rover Sport SVR has showcased the abilities of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. This super-SUV has contributed to more than 285,000 second-generation Range Rover Sports being delivered to customers around the world since the ranged was launched in 2014. Many buyers will have been attracted by the 0-100km/h time of only 4.7 seconds.

When the perfect traction offered by clean, dry asphalt isn’t available, most sports cars immediately suffer from a lack of grip, stability and performance. But no sports car has the benefit of Land Rover’s legendary all-terrain know-how.

The intelligent system automatically selects the appropriate driving mode to suit traction conditions including: General Driving, Dynamic, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl. The driver can also use a simple rotary controller on the centre console to choose a specific mode. On Asphalt, SVR has been timed at 4.7 seconds, on grass; 5.5 seconds, on gravel; 5.3 seconds while on snow; 11.3 seconds.


“The Range Rover Sport SVR is famed for its on-road performance but this hasn’t been achieved at the expense of customary Land Rover capability,” said Driver Darren Jones, Stability Applications Leader, Jaguar Land Rover. “Our Terrain Response 2 technology takes the stress out of driving in all conditions.”

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, January 9, 2017

2018 Toyota Camry is a total Evolution

The eighth-generation 2018 Camry has gone through a total evolution utilizing TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) which represents a completely new strategy to the way the company designs, engineers, and packages its vehicles. 

TNGA retains all of Toyota’s traditional values of superlative build quality and safety while injecting a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses. The physical manifestation is the usage of a new engine, transmission and GA-K platform.



 “The all-new 2018 Camry is, without a doubt, the most captivating mid-size sedan we’ve ever produced,” said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations.  “It delivers on everything Camry owners have come to expect from America’s best-selling car, and adds to it, jaw-dropping design, more advanced technology, cutting-edge safety systems, and stirring performance that raises it to an unparalleled level of excitement.”  


The 2018 Toyota Camry will again be available in four grades: LE, XLE, SE and XSE.  

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.