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.

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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 Nürburgring 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 coupés 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.

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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:
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 -

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2018 Jaguar F-Type fitted with a 4-cylinder turbo engine

The award-winning Jaguar F-TYPE is now available in Jaguar’s sub-Sahara Africa markets with a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium engine. The most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted to a Jaguar boasts superb performance, propelling the F-TYPE from a standstill to 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds – and on to a top speed of 250km/h.

The pairing of Jaguar’s all-aluminium two-seat sports car with the advanced 221kW 2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant delivers Jaguar sports car DNA with enhanced agility and improved efficiency and affordability. This is a true F-TYPE, with its own unique character.

The four-cylinder charged F-TYPE completes the 2018 model year F-TYPE line-up, joining the 423kW supercharged V8 F-TYPE SVR, 405kW F-TYPE R, 294kW F-TYPE 400 SPORT, 280kW F-TYPE S and 250kW F-TYPE – in both Coupé and Convertible body styles, as well as the R-Dynamic trim level.

Tosan Aduayi is a veteran motoring journalist and contributor -

Monday, November 6, 2017

Coscharis supports Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Annual Conference & Gala Nite in Lagos

R-L: Abiona Babarinde, General Manager Marketing and Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group; Felix Mahan, Brand Manager; Coscharis Motors Plc; Edwin Okonkwo, Sales Executive, Abro, Coscharis Motors Plc; at the Abro exhibition stand during the 2017 Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Annual Conference & Gala Nite, cosponsored by Coscharis Group, in Lagos recently.

Coscharis hosts BIMMERFEST 2017 in Lagos

Coscharis Motors Plc in partnership with BMW Club Nigeria, demonstrated the automated driving  capabilities of the new BMW 5 during the BMW Club 2017 Bimmerfest event which held recently at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island Lagos. 

The event aimed at celebrating BMW achievements and its enthusiasts across the country while highlighting BMW performance.
Middle​: Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communication,​ Coscharis Group; 2nd left:​ Kennedy Njideofor, President BMW Club Nigeria; ​extreme​ right: Cletus Aregbeshola, Coscharis BMW Brand Manager; with members of the BMW Club Nigeria during the second edition of Bimmerfest in Nigeria ​
According to Abiona Babarinde, the General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Coscharis Group, the essence of the collaboration with the BMW Club Nigeria is to create an enabling and empowering environment for BMW owners and fans in Nigeria.

From R-L: Kennedy Njideofor, President BMW Club Nigeria; Abiona Babarinde, General Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communication, Coscharis Group; Joseph Omokhapue, National Sales Manager, Coscharis BMW and other members of the BMW Club Nigeria during the second edition of Bimmerfest in Nigeria ​
”It is an avenue for the customers to be celebrated as proud owners of their favourite BMW automobile brand and share experiences amongst each other while Coscharis Motors, as the exclusive representative of BMW, gladly takes feedback towards effective resolution of any after sales setbacks overtime to further delight the customers for their continued loyalty''.

One of the key highlights of the event was when Joseph Omokhapue, the National Sales Manager, Coscharis BMW demonstrated some of the unique features in the new BMW 5 series which offer the driver unbeatable support – not only at critical moments but also in less demanding situations at the wheel, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic and monotonous stretches of motorway.

To this end, the 5 Series is fitted as standard with a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car.

source: Coscharis motors

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;

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.


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
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 Krüger, “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


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 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.