Fiat, maker of Ferrari, Maserati, returns to Nigeria

Weststar to launch Fiat Tipo Weststar Associates Limited (authorised general distributors of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram in Nigeria) has announced the arrival of the much-anticipated Italian brand – FIAT in Nigeria. It said in a statement during the week that plans are already in motion to officially launch the first model to return – the ‘FIAT Tipo’. “This makes Weststar also the authorised distributor for Fiat and Fiat professional automobiles in the country.” Fiat is majorly known as automakers of luxurious high performance sports cars such as Ferrari…

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LCCI decries slow implementation of auto policy

The Chairman of the Auto and Allied sector group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Oseme Oigiagbe, has expressed regret that three years after the introduction of the new auto policy, significant achievements have not been recorded. Oigiagbe, who is an Executive Director of Truck Masters automobile company, made this remark in a paper at the recent 5th Nigeria Transport Awards and Lecture (NTA &L), organised by Transport Day newspaper in Lagos. Explaining that implementation of the policy has been more of ‘motion without movement’, he…

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Chinese bus maker, Higer, to establish plant in Nigeria

As the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) gains wider acceptance and accolades, Higer Bus Company Limited of China is concluding plans to build a world-class bus manufacturing plant in Nigeria. Towards this end, the auto maker is entering into a tripartite partnership with two other Nigerian companies, Globe Motors and Asia-Africa International FZE Company located in Lekki Free Trade Zone. Senior officials from Higer Bus, who arrived Nigeria, recently, were said to be in conjunction with their Nigerian partners, working out details of the logistics required to commence bus…

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Dangote Sinotruk plant plans10, 000 trucks yearly

Targets West African market, 3,000 jobs Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Limited, assemblers of Sinotruk in Nigeria, has disclosed that when its ultra-modern assembly plan in Lagos reaches it full capacity, it would be producing about 20 to 30 trucks daily and about 10, 000 units of the truck head annually. It added that the plant was set up to cater for the truck needs of Nigeria and the West African market. “When we develop the capacity to meet our 24-hour production, we will be producing 20 to 30 trucks daily…

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GAC excites govs, others with GA8, GS8

GGAC Motors co of China used the opportunity of the first edition of the Nigeria Governors’ Investment Forum, which was was held recently in Guangzhou, China to showcase its aware inspiring brands, GA8 and GS8 to the Nigerian dignitaries and other stakeholders. Governors from nine states in Nigeria, which include Alhaji Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State; Chief Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Chief Dr Samuel Ortom of Benue State were at the event. Sunday Telegraph learnt that the participants at the forum from Nigeria and China conducted in-depth…

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New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: Born to run

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a spacious, refined van that offers mobility in an economical and sustainable manner. With its low emissions and fuel consumption, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter provides first class transportation of passengers and cargo safely to any desired destination. Now available for immediate delivery in Nigeria, the Sprinter serves as a key instrument for mass transport of people and goods all around the country. It takes the strain off the driver’s daily workload by yielding a load compartment of 17 cubic meters, which accommodates a payload of 2695 kilograms….

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Toyota gets license to Microsoft’s connected vehicle patents

Microsoft said it will license many of its connected vehicle patents to Toyota Motor Corp. in its most wide-ranging intellectual property agreement with an automaker. The software company is giving Toyota access to its suite of vehicle technologies, which includes an operating system, voice recognition, gesture control, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity tools. The agreement is not exclusive, and Microsoft said it is looking to partner with additional automakers. The companies would not disclose the financial terms of the deal, announced Wednesday. “Microsoft doesn’t make cars, we are working closely with…

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