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New generation S-Class now in Nigeria –Weststar

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The authorised distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria – Weststar Associates Limited has confirmed the arrival of the much anticipated S-class facelift in Nigeria. With the first batch now available at Authorized Mercedes-Benz showrooms in Nigeria, buyers can now order the latest model of the S-class which features new engines with a range of new technologies – says Mr. Mirko Plath Managing Director / CEO of the company.

 

He said the top-of-therange Mercedes-Benz sedan takes another big step towards the future of autonomous driving and elevates intelligent drive to the next level as the advanced design of the SClass conveys even more status and highest technological competence.

 

He added that though several new engines are offered for the new S-Class, the two new engines available for the Nigerian market are petrol (S 450) variants of six-cylinder in-line engines and a new V8 biturbo petrol engine (S 560).

 

The enhanced design of the S-Class conveys an even greater sense of status and the highest level of technological expertise. An example of this is the multibeam led headlamp, whose ultra range high beam generates the legally permitted maximum luminous intensity and only falls below the reference value in more than 650 meters. In the interior, the ambient lighting impresses in 64 colours and different colour worlds.

 

 

The energigising comfort control system links various comfort systems in the vehicle such as Thermotronic, massage or scenting functions, to increase the well-being and performance during the journey. This makes the S-Class a wellness temple on wheels.

 

The interior of the new SClass is characterised by the two new high-resolution displays, each with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. Visually, the two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a wide-screen cockpit.

 

As the instrument cluster, it contains a large display with virtual instruments in the direct field of vision of the driver as well as a central display above the center console. The new S-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel. They respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone and enable the driver to control the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.

 

The operation of distronic and cruise control with control elements directly on the steering wheel is another new feature. The NTG 5.5 generation also extends the range of telephony and telematics services: in this case the smartphone is transformed into a digital car key or parking control unit. Likewise, the Generation 4.5 driver assistance systems on the Intelligent Drive go one step further on the road to accident- free and autonomous driving.

 

Also in the S-Class is the Individual Entertainment with Blu-ray drive and high-quality displays in bonded glass, wireless telephone charging at the front and in the rear including fast pairing via NFC technology, Business Telephony in the rear with new Bluetooth handset which is visible and integrated within optimum reach with extended scope of functions such as connection of a second mobile phone and call transfer between front and rear passengers.

 

The S-Class is also making a technological leap with its state-of-the-art drive generation as the completely newly developed in-line 6-cylinder gasoline engine in the S 450 electrified with an integrated starter generator for the customer means driving pleasure with increased efficiency and with its know-how transfer from the AMG high-performance engines, the new V8 biturbo engine in the S 560 also develops its special fascination.

 

The ideal complement to this is the standard 9G-TRONIC.

 

Additional highlight is the curve inclination function in combination with Magic body control and like all the drive programs, it is set via Dynamic Select. The new S-class also features the optional energizing comfort control which links various on-board comfort systems together, e.g. climate control, ambience lighting, massage and fragrance functions, and allows customers to configure a specific wellness set-up to suit their mood or need.

 

This enhances physical comfort and performance on the road also Inside the S-Class is the touch-sensitive Touch Control buttons in the steering wheel. They respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone.

 

They enable the driver to control the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. On Comfort, customers will enjoy like never before an energisisng comfort control as this world first provides a choice of programmes which network a wide variety of comfort functions, depending on the mood or needs of the customer.

 

Ambient lighting in 64 colours and three individually adjustable illumination zones as well as ten differently combined colour schemes linked to the display style of the Widescreen Cockpit, also illuminates the tweeters as well as the roof speakers, among other things, in combination with the Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system.

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Motoring Tips: 38 FRSC Traffic Offences & Their Penalties

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If caught violating a traffic rule and you wish to wave your right to a court trial, the alternative is to pay the prescribed fine for the particular offence.

In line with our vision to engender an enlightened society with emphasis on the automotive sector, Autojosh presents a list of FRSC traffic offences together with their corresponding penalties.

  1. Traffic/Sign violation

•Penalty: N2, 000

 

  1. Road obstruction

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Route violation

•Penalty: N5, 000

  1. Driver’s Licence violation

•Penalty: N10, 000

  1. Dangerous driving

•Penalty: N50, 000

  1. Speed limit violation

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Vehicle Licence violation

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Driving under alcohol or drug influence

•Penalty: N5, 000

  1. Driving with worn-out tyre or without spare tyre

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Driving without or with shattered windscreen

•Penalty: N3, 000

  1. Overloading

•Penalty: N5, 000

  1. Driving without seatbelt

•Penalty: N2, 000

 

  1. Driving a vehicle without forged documents

 

Penalty: N20, 000

 

  1. Failure to report an accident

 

Penalty: N20, 000

 

  1. Vehicle number plate violation

 

Penalty: N3, 000

 

  1. Wrongful overtaking

 

Penalty: N3, 000

 

  1. Road marketing violation

 

Penalty: N5, 000

 

  1. Caution violation

 

Penalty: N3,000

 

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Hyundai posts strong April 2018 global sales

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Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker and No.1 Selling Korean automaker in the world, has announced its global sales results for April 2018, posting a total of 391,197 units sold, up 11.1 per cent from a year earlier.

The highest growth since December 2014 was led by strong sales of new SUV models – the all-new Santa Fe and Kona – while a recent sales rebound in the Chinese market also largely contributed to the growth.

Sales in overseas markets totaled 327,409 units, representing an increase of 12.2 per cent year-over-year. Sales increased significantly as the company’s popular subcompact SUV Kona expanded to key markets and demand remained strong in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and India.

Sales in the Korean market increased by 5.7 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year, recording 63,788 units sold. The all-new Santa Fe became the best-selling model in Korea for the second consecutive month, posting 11,837 units sold.

Hyundai Motor plans to maximize profitability by continuing its SUV sales momentum globally.

Monthly sales figures provided in this press release are unaudited and on a preliminary basis.

Hyundai Motor currently has overseas plants in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S.

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Volkswagen forecasts Nigeria automobile market rebound

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Volkswagen AG expects a rebound in vehicle sales in Nigeria as the economy recovers, the head of the company’s South African operations said.

Sales in the West African nation dropped to less than 40 units last year, according to the company. Nigeria was one of several African oil exporters hit hard when crude prices crashed in 2014, but the economy is recovering as oil rebounds.

“Now that the oil price has been recovering hopefully this situation will reverse and we can assemble and see a few hundred cars in the next year or so,” Thomas Schaefer said in an interview at a conference in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

Volkswagen resumed building cars in Nigeria in 2015, it’s first factory on the continent outside South Africa. The company is set to start producing models including the Polo, Passat and Teramont at an assembly plant in Rwanda next month.

We are “expecting to start with at least 2,000 cars in 2018 alone, but I would love to get to 10,000 cars,” Schaefer said.

While VW is continuously assessing opportunities in countries like Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania for expansion, “with these new markets it is a bit of a long shot,” he said.

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