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Saturday, 30 May 2015

CFAO to roll out Nigerian motorbikes in Sept

All is set for the CFAO Group to produce its first
of Yamaha brand of motorcycles in Nigeria in
conjunction with its technical partner, Yamaha
Motor Corporation of Japan, as it has fixed
September 2015 as the rollout date.
According to The Punch, the two companies had in April this year jointly
incorporated a company named CFAO Yamaha
Motor Nigeria Limited to assemble Yamaha
motorcycles in Nigeria.
The assembly plant located on the premises of the
CFAO within the Amuwo Odofin industrial zone in
Lagos is said to have a production target of
70,000 Yamaha motorcycles by 2018.
The incorporation of the company was achieved
less than four months after a joint venture
agreement was signed by the two firms with the
objective of contributing to the development of the
country’s transportation industry.
A statement by the CFAO obtained on Tuesday
confirmed the development, adding that “as a
result of this incorporation, CFAO Yamaha Motor
Nigeria Limited is now set to fix its factory
equipment; test-run the assembly process and
appoint several dealers in preparation for the first
roll out of brand new Yamaha motorcycles with
effect from September this year.”
It quoted the pioneering Managing Director of the
new company, Mr. Olivier Levigne, as expressing
confidence that Nigerians and the country at large
would enjoy the benefits that Yamaha motorcycles
would bring especially with quality assured local
assembly line and a wide distribution network
nationwide.
Levigne, coming with decades of experience in
automobile brands such as Peugeot, Chevrolet
and Mitsubishi in Nigeria, said his team would
include a couple of Japanese experts from the
YMC of Japan.
“The new company will take advantage of the
manufacturing and marketing expertise of Yamaha
Motor Corporation, Japan, the CFAO’s business
experience and vast distribution network in
Nigeria spanning over 113 years,” the statement
said.
It also said the company would introduce other
Yamaha products such as outboard engines,
water vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, power
generators and water pumps.
Levigne said that the management of the CFAO
Yamaha Motor Nigeria was ready to admit more
dealers for its marine products, motorcycles,
power generators and spare parts, just as it would
empower authorised workshops and professionally
trained mechanics for the task ahead.
The statement described the CFAO as a front-
ranking specialised distributor and preferred
partner of major international brands, serving the
high-potential equipment, healthcare and
consumer goods markets in Africa and the French
overseas territories.
The firm, it noted, has operations in 37 countries,
including 34 in Africa, and seven French overseas
territories, adding, the “CFAO is a 97.8 per cent-
owned subsidiary of TTC (Japan).”
It also said Yamaha Motor’s diverse business and
wide variety of products had been built around its
proprietary technologies focused on small
engines, fibre glass-reinforced plastics and
electronic control.

Nissan market share in Nigeria hits 10%

Nissan Motors says it has hit a 10 per cent
market share mark in Nigeria, increasing the
spread of its product range in the country from
four per cent last year.
The company, which recently established a joint
venture with Stallion Group, said this at the
opening of a new ultra-modern showroom in
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Mike Whitfield, the managing director of Nissan
South Africa and President of Nissan in Sub
Saharan Africa, who stated this, also hinted that
the firm hoped to increase the market share to 13
at the end of the current financial year.
He said this followed the establishment in 2013 of
a Lagos-based assembly plant in partnership with
the Stallion Group. The plant, which produces an
average of 200 units a month, assembles the
Nissan Patrol, Almera and NP300 for the local
market.
Whitfield said, “Nigeria is one of the most
important markets in our Africa growth strategy,
part of which is a strong Nissan dealer network.
We are delighted to attend the opening of the
Victoria Island dealership, offering a customer
experience in keeping with our ‘Innovation that
Excites’ brand promise.
“We intend to increase our market share to 13 per
cent during the current financial year, driven
mainly by sales in the pickup segment.”
The new showroom, according to the company’s
statement, brings to 11 the number of Nissan
dealerships in Nigeria, which it notes as a
demonstration of Nissan’s commitment to
increase its brand visibility in Africa’s most
populous country.
The General Manager, Sub-Sahara Region, Nissan
South Africa – Africa Region South, Mr. Jim
Dando, applauded the Nigeria’s new automotive
policy, saying, “This policy will form the basis on
which major manufacturers will invest in
manufacturing plants and local equipment
manufacturing.”
He said Stallion had also moved up its market.
“We worked side by side to achieve this goal and
within Nissan, we have a strong desire to
contribute to the rebuilding of industrialisation in
Nigeria and be contributors to the growth of the
manufacturing sector.
The Managing Director, Stallion NMN, Mr. Parvir
Singh, described the new 3S facility as ‘futuristic’,
and unparallelled in Nigeria.
“Our Victoria Island dealership meets the
standards of the Nissan’s global corporate
identity, currently being rolled out across the
Nissan dealership network worldwide,” he said.
According to the statement, the 3S (sales, service
and spares) facility, occupying 900 square metres,
features a canteen, quick service facility,
conference room and upper floor display area
showcasing Nissan’s range of locally-produced
and imported passenger, sports utility, crossover
and light commercial vehicles.
Source: The Punch

Thursday, 28 May 2015

NCS advises NAC on abandoned vehicles

The Nigeria Customs Service has called on the
National Automotive Council to work out the
technology that will convert all abandoned
vehicles littering the nation’s roads into
something useful.
The Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko
Abdullahi, said this through the Assistant
Comptroller General, Tariff & Trade, Banke
Adeyemo, at a forum in Lagos.
The forum, which focused on the Nigerian
Automotive Industry Development Plan was
organised by NAC in conjunction with Ships &
Ports Communication Company. It was attended
by representatives of the Nigerian Ports Authority,
Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Nigerian Ports
Consultative Council, freight forwarding
associations, importers and auto dealers.
Abdullahi said, “Nigeria has got huge quantities of
scrap; there are so many abandoned vehicles
along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. Since metal
scrap is prohibited from being exported, NAC can
set up a structure for the use of the scrap in the
auto policy.
“The implementation of government’s fiscal
policies rests on the NCS. However, Nigeria’s
border is vast and securing it is no easy task.
That is why the NCS now has a coordinated
border structure in place which includes the
Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Police Force
and some other government agencies to help
protect our borders.”
He added that as part of the efforts to curtail
smuggling, the NCS had gone into partnership
with the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure that
only vehicles that had paid their customs duty
would be registered.
Source: Punch

Toyota confirms report on assembly plant

In the next three months, a Toyota assembly plant
will commence operation in Nigeria, the Chairman,
Toyota Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo has
said.
This has thus confirmed a report by The Punch
published on July 21, last year, which hinted that
Toyota would “start an assembly plant in Nigeria
next year (this year) to retain its number one
position in the local auto market.”
With this, Toyota has joined the list of 23 local
auto companies that have indicated interest in
setting up assembly plants in the country after the
Federal Government’s announcement of a new
automotive policy in September 2013.
The auto policy, which took effect on July 1 2014,
had raised the import tariff on fully built cars from
20 per cent to 70 per cent for companies without
assembly plants in the country; a zero per cent
duty on imported Completely Knocked Down
units. The CKD refers to the total number of parts
required to assemble a vehicle.
A few months after the policy announcement,
Nissan Motor Company of Japan unveiled the first
set of Patrol jeeps assembled in its Lagos-based
assembly plant and presented to President
Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.
Although Ade-Ojo said the introduction of the new
auto policy came without giving everybody in the
auto business a fair deal, Toyota Nigeria was
determined to remain in business and would
continue to give its customers the best.
The TNL chairman, who spoke during the 2015
Toyota Awards in Lagos, expressing appreciation
to the customers for making the brand the leader
in the auto industry and promised its loyal
customers improved services and quality
products at affordable rate.
He said, “We are taking measures to make
available your loved Toyota models. We have
started an assembly, which, from all business
parameters, we were convinced it was not the
wisest way to go but we have to sustain our
business. You must have been denied your
cherished brand, but by the grace of God, you will
again enjoy the best models in the Toyota brand
lineup.”
He, however, did not disclose the models to be
assembled in Nigeria by his company.
Meanwhile, First Bank Nigeria Plc emerged the
Customer of the Year at the award ceremony and
was rewarded with the star prize of a brand new
Toyota Avenza.
The Department of Petroleum Resources and
Access Bank emerged first and second runners-
up, respectively with a cash prize of N2m and
N1.5m.
In the journalists’ category, Vanguard Motoring
Editor, Mr. Theodore Opara, went home with the
star prize, a Samsung Galaxy S6 telephone.
Mr. Mike Ochoma of BusinessDay newspaper and
Rasheed Bisiriyu of The PUNCH emerged first and
second runners- up, respectively.
Ade-Ojo said, “The philosophy of customer first is
key to us and we are taking the necessary steps
to ensure that you enjoy your Toyota in Nigeria
because your satisfaction is important to us.’’
Source: The Punch

Nigerian Custom Service advises NAC on abandoned vehicles

The Nigeria Customs Service has called on the
National Automotive Council to work out the
technology that will convert all abandoned
vehicles littering the nation’s roads into
something useful.
The Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko
Abdullahi, said this through the Assistant
Comptroller General, Tariff & Trade, Banke
Adeyemo, at a forum in Lagos.
The forum, which focused on the Nigerian
Automotive Industry Development Plan was
organised by NAC in conjunction with Ships &
Ports Communication Company. It was attended
by representatives of the Nigerian Ports Authority,
Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Nigerian Ports
Consultative Council, freight forwarding
associations, importers and auto dealers.
Abdullahi said, “Nigeria has got huge quantities of
scrap; there are so many abandoned vehicles
along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. Since metal
scrap is prohibited from being exported, NAC can
set up a structure for the use of the scrap in the
auto policy.
“The implementation of government’s fiscal
policies rests on the NCS. However, Nigeria’s
border is vast and securing it is no easy task.
That is why the NCS now has a coordinated
border structure in place which includes the
Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Police Force
and some other government agencies to help
protect our borders.”
He added that as part of the efforts to curtail
smuggling, the NCS had gone into partnership
with the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure that
only vehicles that had paid their customs duty
would be registered.
Source: The Punch

Win a Pair of Ford Mustangs in the 2015 Mustang Dream Giveaway

New Beginning Children’s Homes is giving away a
pair of Ford Mustang GTs in the 2015 Mustang
Dream Giveaway drawing. The grand prize includes
a 1965 Ford Mustang K-code Fastback and a 2015
Ford Mustang GT 50th Anniversary Edition.
Additionally, $30,000 cash is also included to be
used to cover taxes on the prize.
Both cars are finished in Wimbledon White. The
1965 Mustang GT features a Pony interior, while
the 50th Anniversary car features a two-tone
cashmere and black Pony leather interior. All
original 1965 Shelby GT350 models were based on
K-code fastback models.
Where the K-code fastback is powered by a high-
performance 289-cubic-inch V-8, the 2015 Ford
Mustang GT is powered by a 435-hp 5.0-liter
Coyote V-8 backed by a six-speed automatic
transmission. The 50th Anniversary model is the
only automatic-equipped 2015 Ford Mustang GT
built with the Performance Package (Brembo six-
piston brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P
Zero summer tires, retuned springs, bushings,
monotube rear dampers, and larger anti-roll bar).
New Beginning Children’s Homes provides “family-
style long-term residential care” to foster children
in need. More details on how to enter the giveaway
at http://www.dreamgiveaway.com .
Source: New Beginning Children’s Homes

BMW shows off its newest concept car: the3.0 CSL Hommage

Every now and then, BMW releases a concept
car that is the design team's way of honoring
its classic models. Last year it was the M1
Hommage (which the BMW i8 essentially pulled
its design language from). In 2011 it was the
crazy open-top roadster 328 . BMW did it again. According to theverge.com the automaker introduced a reimagining
of its classic 1970s coupé with the all-new 3.0
CSL Hommage concept car.
Everything about it — from the big rear spoiler,
to the molded body kit look, to the "Golf
Yellow" coloring — is sure to ruffle
traditionalists, but that's sort of the whole point
of concept cars in the first place. Unlike the i8,
this car won't even see a limited production
run.
That said, there are a few things to love about
this car, like the gorgeous futuristic cockpit.
The Golf Yellow color looks like it works really
nicely in the piping and stitching of the bucket
seats, especially contrasted against the jet-
black material. The minimalist steering wheel
also looks great, and is eerily similar to the
one found in the Golf GTE Sport concept car
that VW unveiled last week .
Look closely and you'll also find the classic
BMW blue and red lining a curved wooden
dashboard. There's even an element in the
center console that lets you strap down a few
racing helmets. If you're a big fan of #longform
reading, there is a ton more detail available on
BMW's website. The company also released a
bevy of photos, renderings, and concept art,
which you can see below.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

MitsubishiReportedly Admits PonderingTurning EVOInto ACrossover

Brace yourself: the next Mitsubishi EVO
may not be based on a lancer, according
to a recent report. Apparently, the
automaker could use the compact ASX /
Outlander Sport crossover as a base
instead of the traditional sedan.
They’d obviously have to think of a
different place to put the huge spoiler,
but it could definitely work. AutoExpress
quotes Mitsubishi’s UK boss, Lance
Bradley, who said the move from sedan
to crossover “isn’t a huge jump,” and
it’s one they can afford.
He adds that “When you’re not making
money, there are things you can’t do.
When you are making money you can do
things that are good for the brand, but
won’t necessarily make that much
money. We’re not at a point where it’ll
definitely happen, but we’ve got a lot of
senior management talking about it.”
Older reports covering future Mitsubishi
EVOs did suggest this move, as well as
the addition of a hybrid system too. The
vehicle used won’t be the current ASX,
as it’s due to be phased out and
replaced by an all-new model.
Along with it, Mitsubishi is also said to
be looking towards upping the perceived
quality and premium feeling of its
vehicles. This is definitely desirable for
the brand, as its current interiors are a
mixed bag, really; Subaru may have even
overtaken them in the meantime…
Source: carscoops

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Mercedes-Benz GL Replacement Spied

You ‘ll recall we mentioned Mercedes-Benz is
renaming its SUVs in a nomenclature move
that’ll see all of them have the ‘G’ moniker. The
GL replacement now called GLS has been spied
in its test mule. Carscoops photographers
caught some lightly camouflaged GLS testers in
the States, including two cars wearing the AMG
Sport Package.
If the Rechristening M-Class now GLE rocks
your boat then you can expect it to be
regurgitated all over again with the GLS. The
GL has always been an extended version of the
M-Class and this will be the case for the GLS
and GLE.
Source: autofocusblog

Could Tesla Have the PowerSolution For Nigerians?

Elon Musk the CEO of electric car company
Tesla Motors needs no introduction. He
recently launched a new solution that might see
him become a darling in some Nigerians
households especially during times like this
where the country’s poor energy supply calls
for a need to have a reliable alternative power
solution.
The product is a battery that can be mounted
on a garage wall and ignored according to an
Autoblog staff. Average US home loses power
for just under 2 hours a year but to us in
Nigeria, its an everyday tool that will be
cherished and looked forward to especially after
a hard day at work and not wanting to hear the
sound of your generator.
The product is called Powerball, its Tesla’s
home battery solution- an unobtrusive, and
tucked away on a wall item that will serve as
backup power source similar to a generator. At
an installed cost of about $7,000 ($3,500 for
the battery while the inverter, installation and
other cost amount for the balance) you can get
the stress-relieving tool that’s capable of
keeping your family happy.
I’m kind of upset writing this article as I haven’t
had power in my house for the last few days
and this discovery couldn’t be better timed but
my grouse is with the fact that it does just
exactly what my current inverter does albeit for
5 times the price and you can’t even
accommodate your air conditioning. For that
price you can buy an inverter that
accommodates your A/C here in Nigeria.
Source: autofocusblog

Monday, 25 May 2015

VIO not permitted to check driver's licence, vehicle particulars- FRSC

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, on Monday, said that the corps would commence a crackdown on drivers who possess fake drivers license.

He also explained that the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) were not permitted by law to inspect vehicle and drivers licences.

Paying a courtesy visit to the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, Oyeyemi explained that people who work with some elements to procure fake drivers licence would not have a hiding place.

He also appealed to the Inspector General for improved collaboration with the corps, especially in the areas of security, sharing intelligence and prosecution of offenders.

He also declared war on some youths who constitute themselves into nuisance on Abuja streets driving vehicles recklessly in the name of “stunting”, adding that they constitute danger not only to themselves, but also on the generality of road users...I know I heard someone say "COOL", ok it's probably the wind...lol

Oyeyemi equally lamented the abuse of siren and construction of speed breakers indiscriminately by some persons or communities.

According to him, “The statutory responsibility of the VIO does not include to stop people and ask for drivers licence. There is no statutory powers given them to do so.

“All that we do are contained in the transfer of powers by the IG. If the police stops you to ask for your particulars, they are doing what they are statutorily empowered to do. What we need is collaboration to be able to do our jobs very well.

Speaking on the progress the corps has made, the FRSC boss said that road crashes reduced by 40 per cent last year.

SOURCE: tribuneonlineng.com

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Nico Rosberg wins the 2015 Monaco GP, the third year in a row

Nico Rosberg has won the Monaco Grand Prix for
the third straight year after a late crash involving
teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton's
bid for a fourth win of the season.
Hamilton was cruising toward his 37th career win
until the 17-year-old Verstappen had a huge crash at Site Devote  ploughing into the barrier after hitting the rear of Grosjeans Lotus as he
tried to overtake the Lotus driver. That meant a
safety car had to come out at the start of the 64th
lap, and when it did Hamilton suddenly found
himself behind both Rosberg and Ferrari's
Sebastian Vettel due to a blunder caused by the Mercedes team.
When the safety car left, Hamilton had only a few
laps to try and get past Vettel and Rosberg on the
most difficult track to overtake a driver on F1.
Instead, Vettel was second and Hamilton a
disappointing third, Hamilton would definitely need some apology for that.
It was Rosberg's second win of the season
following his win two weeks ago at the Spanish
GP.Here is the result

Monaco GP
1. Rosberg
2. Vettel
3.Hamilton
4. Kvyat
5. Riccardo
6. Raikkonen
7. Perez
8. Button
9. Nasr
10. Sainz
11. Hulkenberg
12. Grosjean
13. Erricson
14. Bottas
15. Massa
16. Merhi
17. Stevens

DNF
Verstappen- Crash
Alonso-Gearbox
Maldonado-Brakes.

Nico Rosberg wins the 2015 Monaco GP, the third year in a row

Nico Rosberg has won the Monaco Grand Prix for
the third straight year after a late crash involving
teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton's
bid for a fourth win of the season.
Hamilton was cruising toward his 37th career win
until the 17-year-old Verstappen had a huge crash at Site Devote  ploughing into the barrier after hitting the rear of Grosjeans Lotus as he
tried to overtake the Lotus driver. That meant a
safety car had to come out at the start of the 64th
lap, and when it did Hamilton suddenly found
himself behind both Rosberg and Ferrari's
Sebastian Vettel due to a blunder caused by the Mercedes team.
When the safety car left, Hamilton had only a few
laps to try and get past Vettel and Rosberg on the
most difficult track to overtake a driver on F1.
Instead, Vettel was second and Hamilton a
disappointing third, Hamilton would definitely need some apology for that.
It was Rosberg's second win of the season
following his win two weeks ago at the Spanish
GP.Here is the result

Monaco GP
1. Rosberg
2. Vettel
3.Hamilton
4. Kvyat
5. Riccardo
6. Raikkonen
7. Perez
8. Button
9. Nasr
10. Sainz
11. Hulkenberg
12. Grosjean
13. Erricson
14. Bottas
15. Massa
16. Merhi
17. Stevens

DNF
Verstappen- Crash
Alonso-Gearbox
Maldonado-Brakes.

New Toyota Hilux Debuts for Other Markets - Better Than 2016 Tacoma?

The new eighth-generation Toyota Hilux was just
unveiled in Bangkok today, officially marking the
on-sale date for Thai consumers. The new pickup
was redesigned to offer more comfort for
passengers, while increasing its toughness on the
outside.
It all starts with the Hilux’s newly developed frame
and suspension, where an enlarged side rail cross-
section is said to improve comfort, ruggedness,
and safety. Meanwhile, an upgraded leaf spring
suspension and shock absorbers enhance off-road
performance and comfort. For an even more fine-
tuned ride, customers will be able to choose from
three suspension options: standard, heavy-duty,
and comfort. In addition to all that, Toyota also
equipped the pickup with newly developed engines
and a new six-speed automatic transmission.
According to Toyota, the new drivetrains improve
efficiency and reduce engine noise.
Although the Hilux is likely to be offered with a
variety of other diesel and turbocharged engines,
the pickup that debuted in Thailand was the Hilux
Double-Cab, which comes equipped with a 2.8-
liter turbodiesel I-4 engine that makes 175 hp and
332 lb-ft of torque. As for its appearance, the
Hilux, which we’ve spied out testing before, has a
similar design to our own Toyota Tacoma, but less
boxy. The pickup features a more slender front
grille compared to its predecessor, LED headlights,
and a tougher front bumper. To make the Hilux
look tougher, designers enlarged the wheel well
flares, while inside, they made it a more pleasant
place to be with nicer seats and added goodies.
Now that you’ve seen the new Hilux, would you
rather have that in the U.S. over the new 2016
Tacoma?
The Hilux and the Tacoma used to be very closely
related, but diverged when the Tacoma replaced
the Hilux for the U.S. market in 1995. The new
Tacoma was also completely redone, with a subtle
new exterior look, nicer interior, and a more
efficient 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V-6 and six-speed
automatic or manual transmission. The Tacoma
was also fitted with a newly revised suspension
and gained loads of new features and new trim
levels.
Which truck would you rather have? The new Hilux
or the 2016 Tacoma? Let us know in the
comments below.
Source: motor trend.com

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Motorsport: F1 Practice session report for #Monaco Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton has claimed his first ever pole position in Monaco, edging out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Lewis Hamilton comfortably claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, as his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg's qualifying challenge went awry and he had to settle for second.
The reigning world number one finally broke his Monaco starting grid  jinx by claiming pole position ahead of his Mercedes Benz teammate Nico Rosberg who pipped him to it two years ago.  Hamilton's time of one minute 15.098 seconds was enough to eke past Rosberg, with Ferarri's Sebastian Vettel following home in third.
The result gives Hamilton a huge advantage on this narrow track where overtaking is notoriously difficult.
It's looking likely that the reigning world champion would add to his impressive number  of victories already accumulated this season, as 10 of the last  11 winners had started on pole, the only driver who didn't start on pole but went on the win is ironically , Hamilton himself who came from third to win back In 2008.
The final results looks like this ;
QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION: MONACO GRAND PRIX  
1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:15.098
2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:15.440
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1:15.849
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault 1:16.041
5. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull - Renault 1:16.182
6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:16.427
7. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1:16.808
8. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault 1:16.931
9. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Mercedes 1:16.946
10. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso - Renault 1:16.957
- - - - - - - - - -
11. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Mercedes 1:17.007 (will serve a five-place grid penalty after unscheduled gearbox change)
12. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:17.093
13. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:17.193
14. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1:17.278
15. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:26.632
- - - - - - - - - -
16. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber - Ferrari 1:18.101
17. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1:18.434
18. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari 1:18.513
19. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1:20.655
20. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia - Ferrari 1:20.904
All eyes would be at the circuit de Monaco to see if Lewis Hamilton can continue his blistering form, or if Nico Rosberg can pull a rabbit out of the hat. 
Till tomorrow .
Written by Chris Nonso

New Zagato Mostro pays homage to 1950s Maserati

Design house Zagato has revealed a stunning
coachbuilt Mostro sports car with Maserati V8 -
and only 5 will be built
Italian design house Zagato is famed for styling
some of the world prettiest and most exotic
models, and it hasn't disappointed with its latest
effort. The Mostro is a limited-edition, coachbuilt
model built to pay tribute to 1957 Maserati 450 S
Zagato 'Monster'.
The Mostro will make its debut at the Concorso
d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy. It features carbon-
fibre bodywork and a lightweight "MonoCell"
carbon-fibre tub chassis, much like the one you'll
find in any of Mclaren 's current supercars. Steel
tubing is used to enclose the cockpit.
Under that svelte front-end sits a dry-sump
Maserati-sourced V8 engine . There are no
details on power yet, although Zagato has made
reference to the 400bhp of the original fifties racer,
known as "il Mostro" for its monstrous
performance. It connects to a six-speed semi-
automatic gearbox at the back powering the rear
wheels.
It's clear that the dramatic long bonnet and
shapely rear poses a considerable effort for
Zagato's coachbuilders, as only five will be made.
And there's no point in us speculating a price, as
every example has been sold to established Zagato
collectors.
Source: Autoexpress

Peugeot Takes A Swipe AtVolkwagen CC With 408 GT

French automaker has taken a swipe at the
unconventional Volkswagen CC with its own
invention to be called Peugeot 408GT. The
move is seen as a step in a right direction for
Peugeot who are moving further upmarket with
the aim of creating competition for the likes of
Volkswagen CC, Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi
A5 Sportsback. It is believed that the segment
is growing with a lot of potential.
It is believed that the Peugeot Exalt concept
introduced at the Beijing show last year will
underpin the new 408 GT. Its characterised by
Claw-shaped LED headlights over the flared
arches, short overhangs, chunky C-pillar and
cascading roofline.
It will get same powerplants as the 308,
meaning diesel engines could range from
120bhp to 180bhp, while petrol versions with
up to 267bhp coming from a 1.6-litre four-
cylinder turbo.
Source: Autoexpress

Former Top Gear Trio Planning ‘House Of Cars’ Netflix Show

The former Top gear trio comprising of Jeremy
Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond
are planning a new car show on Netflix to be
called ‘House of Cars’ according to Daily
Mirror. The trio and former executive producer
Andy Wilman are negotiating with the online
service to create a new petrol head series.
One of their pals revealed the name of the show
is in line with Netflix’ House of Cards, the
popular drama with Kevin Spacey acting as US
Congressman Frank Underwood.
We can’t wait to have these guys back on our
telly. I’ve personally missed them, I nearly had
a panic attack when Jeremy had the race
controversy last year so I almost knew he was
going to get the sack when this year’s punching
saga occurred.

Porsche Recalls 918 Spyder for Wiring Woes

Bad news for Porsche 918 Spyder owners :
Porsche is recalling a bunch of the
quickest-ever production hypercars for a
wiring problem affecting vehicles
manufactured up until April of this year.
Alert every 918 owner you know( I'm sure there is a few of'em in Nigeria).
The problem has to do with the electric
wiring harness for one of the car’s many
radiator fans, which can chafe up against
a carbon-fiber component in certain
cases. Porsche says the fix will involve
rerouting the wiring harness, and the
production line has been updated with
the fix so it shouldn’t affect the car from
this point forward.
Porsche says the recall affects 223 vehicles
in the U.S., and diagnosis and repair will
take about a half a day. Somehow, we
imagine most owners of the $850,000
machine have a second car to drive while
their hybrid screamers are in the shop.

The Koenigsegg Regera; The Hypercar whithout a conventional gearbox

It's Koenigsegg's ‘Regera' - translated as ‘to reign'
in Swedish - and is a milestone in the history of our  favourite Swedish hypercar
manufacturer, because it's been built as a
luxurious car with crushing speed.
Just how crushing will blow your minds. The
According to TopGear, Regera sits on a highly modified Agera chassis,
here significantly changed to accommodate a 9kW
battery pack in the centre of the car, which we'll
get to shortly.
This means the entire front end had to be
reworked, while the rear chassis - in a first for
Koenigsegg - was fitted with new rubber mounts
instead of solid ones, to provide more comfort and
quietness.
Then there's the drivetrain: Koenigsegg's proven
5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sits proudly in the middle,
pumping out a healthy 1100bhp alone, direct to
the rear wheels.
But instead of being attached to a normal
transmission, the Regera uses something called
the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system. There's a
small, crank-mounted electric motor to fill the
torque gap (and act as a starter motor) together
with a hydraulic coupling.
Each rear wheel then gets its own electric motor,
and we're told that triplet of electric motors
amounts to around 700bhp alone. Christian tells
us that from take-off, with the coupling open, you
power off purely on electric drive, with no need for
a gearbox. As soon as it gains a few more revs,
the hydraulic coupling begins to close, and the
smaller crank-mounted electric motor joins in to
help the bottom part of the torque curve.
And then finally, once the engine gets up to speed,
that kicks in from around 30mph upwards. "We
managed to take a heavy, expensive lump out of
the equation [the transmission], without sacrificing
the ability of the combustion engine to provide
drive to the rear wheels," Christian tells TG.
The Regera is rear wheel drive only, so 0-62mph
takes a relatively tardy 2.7 seconds. "We can't go
any faster than that because of traction," Christian
says. 0-186mph takes 12 seconds flat, while
0-250mph takes under 20 seconds. It'll go from
93mph to 155mph in just 3.2 seconds, and top out
at 255mph. Let those numbers swirl around your
head for a moment.
Because it's a petrol-electric hybrid, you can travel
up to around 18 miles on pure electric power
alone, but we suspect with a twin-turbo 5.0-litre
V8 on board, you'll likely want to utilise
everything. In total, Koenigsegg reckons on an
output somewhere close to 1800bhp and 1475lb ft
of torque.
Why remove the transmission completely? "I've
been wanting to create something like this without
a CVT's horrible elasticity, and the weight and
complexity transmissions bring," Christian tells TG.
"I came up with the idea last summer, and
calculated that there is no need to have any gears.
It was a eureka moment for me!"
The body is a marvel, with all sorts of aero going
on: witness the monster side scoops, the front
diffuser arrangement and the sleek bodywork.
There's also a foldable top mounted rear wing, an
active chassis with active shock absorber stiffness
front and back, active aero flaps underneath the car
- both left and right - that you can control
individually as on the One:1, and ‘soft-close'
doors. The front tyres are also wider than the
rears, to compensate for the weight distribution of
that battery pack.
Inside there's a 9.1-inch infotainment system, and
six-way adjustable carbon memory seats, too.
Want one? The Regera's base price is $1,890,000 -
just over £1.2m - and Christian is only building 80
units. "We've already sold four even before
anybody has seen the car," he tells us, "so the
mood for this feels very positive".
This show-stand beauty is car number one, and is
around '95 per cent finished'. After the Geneva
show, it'll be completed, and then ‘beaten up'
around the track to finalise its development. We
can't wait to have a go.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Motorsport:Hamilton Leads verstappen stars in Monte Carlo

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton topped Thursday morning’s opening practice for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2015, lapping the famous street circuit just 0.149s faster than Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, who is competing here for the very first time.

In a closely contested session which saw the track improve significantly towards the end, Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. Carlos Sainz was fifth for Toro Rosso, followed by the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado and the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.

Kimi Raikkonen finished up eighth for Ferrari, with last year’s winner Nico Rosberg ninth for Mercedes and the Williams of Felipe Massa completing the top ten, all of who were covered by little more than a second.

Things, however, were not quite as they seemed. The session was all about maintaining tyre and brake temperatures, and the timing of your runs - and Verstappen's fabulous effort of 1m 18.899swas one of several that came late in the session, on a track that improved all the way through the 90 minutes.

Hamilton's 1m 18.750s, in contrast, was set earlier on and proved good enough to keep him at the top for the remainder of the session, albeit by increasingly small margins.

The Briton was in mighty form throughout. He got down to a 1m 22s early on, at a time when others were exercising caution -and were all more than six seconds slower - on a track that was still drying following earlier downpours.

That confidence continued and when Nico Rosberg edged briefly ahead by 0.002s mid-way through, Hamilton's response was to go half a second faster; later he went a second quicker.

Ricciardo took his Red Bull to third with 1m 19.086s, while behind Vettel the order changed several times before Sainz eventually claimed fifth in the second Toro Rosso on 1m 19.245s, ahead of Maldonadoon 1m 19.454s and Kvyat on 1m 19.520s.

Raikkonen, eighth on 1m 19.679s, had chased Hamilton and Vettel before Ferrari's programme called for other thingsrather than fast laps when others were making them, and the same held true for Rosberg, ninth on 1m 19.762s.

Massa managed a 1m 19.766s that proved just enough to secure 10th ahead of the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. The Spaniard looked very hooked up as his 1m 19.791s at one stage left him fifth behind the Mercedes and the Ferraris, while Button was held in the garage with technical problems, believed to be ERS-related, and only got going properly in the final 40 minutes. His 1m 20.202s was thus a good effort.

Behind them, Romain Grosjean was 13th for Lotus with 1m 20.274s ahead of the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 20.619s and 1m 20.784s respectively.

Sauber had a tough time, with Felipe Nasr 16th on 1m 20.857s, but not as tough as Valtteri Bottas who was unhappy with his Williams' brake temperatures on his way to1m 20.917s. Marcus Ericsson was next on 1m 21.219s in the other Sauber, as Will Stevens finally moved ahead of Marussia team mate Roberto Merhi's on the very last lap, with 1m 23.234s to 1m 23.404s.

SOURCE: Formula1.com

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro!! Out for Mustang's flesh and blood

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has arrived, and it
looks trim and toned—and thirsty for Ford Mustang
blood.
Yes, we’ve already mentioned that car. There’s
simply no way to avoid the Mustang when you
discuss the Camaro, just as there’s no denying
that the Ford largely overshadowed the Chevy for
five decades. Consider that the first 1967 Camaro
was a two-year-late response to the Blue Oval’s
original pony. Or that, until recently, the Mustang
traditionally outsold the Camaro. Or that the
Camaro nameplate was scuttled from 2003
through 2009, an indignity never suffered by the
Mustang. (To be fair, that the front-drive Probe
was intended to be a Mustang might be the bigger
humiliation.) Or, perhaps worst of all for bow-tie
fans, that the Camaro has usually lost to the
Mustang in our comparison tests.
Caranddriver.com says
But the slate has been wiped clean; the road
course, drag strip, and Woodward Avenue freshly
prepared for battle; and the Camaro reinvigorated
with more muscle and a plethora of new
technologies. This should be good.
Laying the Groundwork
The most potent weapon in the new, sixth-gen
Camaro’s arsenal is its platform. The new car sits
on GM’s Alpha architecture, the foundation on
which the Cadillac ATS and CTS have built their
reputations for kick-ass dynamics. Chevrolet says
that the new car is 28 percent more structurally
rigid than the last one, and that some 70 percent
of its Alpha component set is unique to the 2016
Camaro. (This seems like a good point to drop in
the fact that the only carry-over part numbers are
said to be the bow tie on the decklid and the SS
badge.) The Alpha bones make for a slightly
smaller Camaro in every dimension; the 2016 is
2.3 inches shorter overall, 0.8 inch narrower, and
1.1 inch shorter in height. The wheelbase is down
by 1.6 inches, and the track measurements, front
and rear, are reduced by between 0.4 and 1.1 inch,
depending on trim level.
All the decimal shaving results in a car that,
depending on the trim level, is more than 200
pounds lighter at the curb, according to Chevrolet ;
the body-in-white alone is down by 133 pounds.
Even before we dive into the rest of the chassis
and powertrain details, that’s already promising—
weight is the enemy of performance, after all.
Rendering the cross-dash beam in aluminum
instead of steel saved 9.2 pounds, while 26
pounds were pulled from the suspension by using
aluminum links up front and punching holes into
the steel links fitted out back. Once again, the front
end is suspended via struts while the rear gets a
multilink arrangement; GM’s sublime Magnetic
Ride Control active dampers will be available for
the first time on the Camaro SS.
Every Camaro can be equipped with Brembo
brakes, and the branding is standard—and the
pieces beefier—on the SS. Non-SS models get
12.6-inch rotors squeezed by four-piston calipers
at the front and 12.4-inch discs and single-piston
calipers out back, while the SS upgrades to four-
piston fixed calipers all around and 13.6- and
13.3-inch rotors. Eighteen-inch wheels and
Goodyear Eagle Sport all-seasons are stock on
non-SS models, and they can be upgraded to 20-
inchers with Eagle F1 Asymmetric run-flats. The
SS will roll off the Lansing, Michigan, assembly
line with 20-inch wheels wrapped in Eagle F1
Asymmetric 2 run-flats (you know, for twice the
eagle-ness).
Powertrain: 4-6-8
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro engine lineup is very
similar to the Mustang’s, as it features a
turbocharged four-cylinder and naturally aspirated
V-6 and V-8 options, but the blown four will serve
as the base motor in the Chevy. The two smaller
engines will be available in both LT and 2LT guise
(they’re the only two trims with those engines),
while the eight-cylinder is again SS-exclusive. In
contrast, the V-6 Mustang is the bottom feeder
and available with very little in the way of options.
The four—the first in a Camaro in 30 years—and
the six can be ordered bolted to a Tremec TR3160
six-speed manual transmission or GM’s 8L45
eight-speed automatic. The SS gets the same
transmission types and gear counts, but the
manual is the familiar Tremec TR6060 (now with
active rev-matching) and the automatic is the 8L90
that’s also available in the latest Corvette.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes 275
horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, just about
equal with its output in the Cadillac ATS and CTS.
Chevy says it’ll return more than 30 mpg on the
highway and hustle the Camaro to 60 mph in less
than six seconds, although the company doesn’t
specify which transmission achieves those
numbers. For reference, we’ve tested the EcoBoost
Mustang and achieved zero to 60 mph in 5.5
( manual) and 5.2 seconds ( automatic). GM’s 2.0-
liter is too coarse and uneven in its Cadillac
applications, but hopefully the Camaro wizards
have found a way to smooth out the power
delivery. We also wouldn’t mind if they made it rev
a little more freely.

FRSC reveals cost of obtaining drivers license

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, has revealed the real cost of obtaining a driver’s licence in the country.

The Nigerian Tribune reported that, Boboye, while speaking in Abuja, said the real cost of obtaining a driver’s licence from the corp was N6,350. He made the disclosure on Tuesday, at a one-day workshop organised by the commission for members of security agencies in the country on verification procedure of DL and number plates.

The FRSC boss said citizens can get their licences in licencing offices nationwide, adding that those, who gave other people money and passports to collect licences for them were doing themselves a lot of harm.

“Going through third party costs more money and produces fake licence to unsuspecting applicants, which is an offence. Cost of original driver’s licence is N6,350 and the applicant must go for biometrics at any licensing office across the country to obtain the licence.

“This is safer and costs less compared to the ones that pay third party for driver’s licence and at the end of the day, they will be apprehended for carrying fake licence,” Boboye said.

Boboye also stated that, it was a criminal offence for anyone to carry fake drivers licence, adding that those found with fakes drivers licence will be prosecuted.

Various Nigerian have been complaining that the FRSC wascharging too much to get drivers licence. Nigerians pay as much as 15,000 to 17,000 Naira to obtain a drivers licence.

Source: naij.com

Friday, 15 May 2015

The 2016 Camaro Leaks on CNBC

In 2014, car enthusiasts had their own share of teases, announcements and debuts of the next generation Mustang and Hellcat Charger both which were released in 2015. While Ford and Dodge were at war locking horns and trying to out gun each other- keeping us entertained in the process.
We wondered and pondered, while some elements were angered as to why  Chevrolet decided to keep things Lowkey with the Camaro preventing a full blown muscle car war as a result. A while ago, they announced to everybody who cared to listen that they have a good reason for keeping us waiting and the reason is the #CamaroSix.
The camarosix is the sixth  generation of the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevy has done a great job of keeping our mouths watery ....well up until now.
The 2016 Chevy Camaro debuts on May 16, but CNBC did a story on the new pony car a day early.
It seemed inevitable. Eventually some outlet would get access to fully uncovered pictures of the sixth-generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and let them loose early. Embargoes break. All. The. Time. And for this round, credit goes to CNBC's Squawk Box...thanks to them anyway.
It really doesn't matter what auto manufacturers do, they can't keep the wraps on a good car for long. Case in point: the 2016 Chevy Camaro. It wasn't supposed to be revealed until May 16 at Detroit's Belle Isle, but CNBC aired its special on the new car Friday. A few eagle-eyed enthusiasts took the opportunity and snapped a photo of their TV screens, with full front and rear views. Nice work Matthew the Car Guy and Italopaula, we hope your followers increase exponentially.
In general, the leaked images confirm much of an evolved style, with a slim grille up front, a rounded tail, and a very short rear deck.
Check out the leaked images and strap in for tomorrow's big Camaro reveal.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Amazing Facts why Nigerians Love Japanese Cars

When compared with the French Peugeot or the German Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, the loved and well embraced Toyota, Nissan and Honda of our time are late comers to the Nigerian automobile market. This is a fact people barely remember owing to the current wave of Japmobiles-Japanese cars-in Nigeria. The shift in the demand for more Japanese cars in Nigeria instead of more European cars is very much in line with the global shift to light-weight vehicles with better fuel economy and reliability.

According to vehicle sales data at the end of 2013, Toyota still held the top spot in total vehicle sales, followed by a strong European contender-Volkswagen. In this article, I will go beyond justifying the current market shift to Japanese vehicles solely from a global market perspective. In line with what obtains in the Nigerian vehicle market and general transport trends in this region, I have observed a few collective trends which may have led to this local market shift beyond key global or western influence. I will go further to try and explain why Nigerians have come to love Japanese cars so much and why this may be a very difficult trend to reverse.
Initial low price required for vehicle and spare-parts purchase: as many people have a very wrong notion about European car spare-parts pricing, for instance Mercedes Benz parts are traditionally tagged ‘too expensive’. But the truth here is the seemingly higher initial expense required to purchase a Mercedes car part is relative to the expected time it will serve you. A Nissan shock-absorber may cost half the price of that of a Mercedes but would hardly match serving half the life-span of the Mercedes spare-part; it’s not a question of durability, it’s just the clear strategies adopted by these distinct vehicle makers. In a cash-based society like ours with a struggling number of the middle-class individuals, without a doubt, the Japanese strategy suits us very well. A significant chunk of individuals are not after owning super vehicles as they need a simple transporter capable of moving them from point A to point B. They want the car with the lowest price tag and lowest spare-part cost regardless of the long-term durability prospects or frequency of repairs owing to more frequent spare-part replacements or maintenance procedures.

Nigerians are largely ‘safe followers’ and poor researchers: this is very glaring in our purchasing attitude. Some just love Toyota cars owing to the safety in numbers. However, in the real sense of it, you can’t rule out popularity of a particular brand when choosing which to spend your money on but, there a several other factors to consider. A typical Nigerian will land at his/her conclusion based on the facts that many people use Japanese cars and many mechanics know their way around these cars- which is hardly true for newer models.

Japanese cars have good 3rd hand value: when it comes to reselling vehicles in Nigeria, European cars are seen as ‘bad market’, as Japanese cars are the ones that ‘move well’ in the market. But why is this the case? Japanese cars have lighter weight and fewer automation making them more reliable even to non-attentive owners, but European cars with more automation require that extra attention most Nigerian buyers are not willing to give.

Fuel economy is the king: over here in Nigeria, the true test of how fuel thirsty a vehicle is happens to be a measure of its fuel consumption when something is wrong with the engine or drivetrain. Nigerians don’t want a car that will consume excess fuel just because a few sensors or an injector is bad, as they will rather manage. If a vehicle can’t maintain reasonable fuel economy levels while they are ‘managing’, it simply means the vehicle is a true fuel guzzler.

Transporters choice: many transporters prefer Japanese vehicles like Mazda buses/cars, Nissan vehicles, Toyota vehicles and the new wave of Chinese vehicles generally. A good example of this shift from European to Asian vehicles is the fleet history of Cross Country transport which operates across West-Africa. They first began in 2002 with Volkswagen buses but today they have a fleet which comprises majorly of Asian brands like Toyota, Nissan, President Hiace , Foton and our locally made Innoson. Preferences of this kind go a long way to cement the motoring public’s perception about the reliability of Japanese vehicles as these inter-state commuter buses are subjected to repeated stresses and road impact more than any city car, hence why they are used as a perfect yard-stick in passenger vehicle selection.

Vehicle dealerships/car sale centers in Nigeria are largely uncreative: every dealer hopes to get a market share and very few really think about a long-term strategy to go up against well embraced and loved Japanese cars. A few notable efforts have been made by dealers like Cosharis, Dana, amongst others in the past to lure Nigerians to try out European, Koreans and American marques but, for there to be a true market shift, there has to be a more sustained and collective approach backed by better after-sales services and better post-warranty policies.

Our average mechanics are lazy and non-progressive, but street smart: the same mechanics that will worship the 1999 ‘tiny light’ Toyota Camry will out rightly regard the 2008 ‘muscle’ Toyota Camry as a problematic car. This is simply because the tiptronic gear system (which is electronically mated to the engine) is any average mechanic’s nightmare. A typical Nigerian mechanic isn’t conscious of technological advancement around him/her. Rather than trying to learn new things, they will rather justify their love for the old technologies, just as they did with the injector system when manufacturers began phasing out carburetors. These same mechanics are however, smart enough to influence purchasing decisions of their clients to enable them remain relevant.

So if you happen to be a Japanese-crazy Nigerian vehicle owner, please share why you love your car so much.

Old Car Tricks That Still Apply

With all the flashing LED lights and automated vehicle controls, one may be tempted to think cars have completely changed and hence should be handled differently. However, that isn’t completely true. Even when it comes to advanced troubleshooting, the most sophisticated OBDII scanners in the hands of inexperienced mechanics are nothing but expensive toys because technicians must still avail themselves of the fundamentals of vehicle system mastery. We have emerged from times where RWDs (rear wheel drives) and ladder chassis configuration (car body mounted on an independent chassis) were the other of the day, to excessive weight-curbing designs involving modern single shell monocoque chassis and FWDs like the recently released 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA or the Toyota Camry we have grown accustomed to.

But in all these massive changes and developments, a few old-school rules still apply and yes-whatever Dads may have taught back then are still very useful. Below are a few of these useful age-old tips on car maintenance and driving that are simply ‘golden’.

Diagonal wheel tightening: whether you are going retro by using your upper muscles and manual jacks or modern torque wrenches, the diagonal wheel tightening sequence very much applies. You can read more about this here

Exhaust flue checks: even with all the modern sensors and actuators or control modules; an easy way to access the true state of an engine is to observe the state of gases leaving the tail pipe. If it’s dishing out water with clear fumes, you can have a little peace of mind; but if it’s smoking in rainbow colours, you have something to worry about. White fumes often indicate the last days of an engine’s useful life, you can read more here.

Rough steering alignment: an old experienced driver doesn’t need to drive a vehicle to discover if it needs a wheel alignment job done. A simple way these oldies figure this out is by observing the steering wheel when locked, if it doesn’t form a straight line (180o) or its poorly centred it definitely means your wheel geometry isn’t completely okay. Find out more about steering geometry here.

Allowing adequate oil circulation before high revs: according to automobile experts, the peak wearing period of engine components is during cold engine starts owing to insufficient engine oil circulation. So it’s very simple; if you plan on minimizing engine wear, just chill a little before hitting your accelerator pedal just after cranking your engine to life.

The finger viscosity check: you can still tell how used up an engine or transmission oil is when you withdraw a few drops using your dipstick. If the oil doesn’t create a thin film in between your two fingers when you slightly separate them, chances are that the oil is used up. In both cases involving the automatic gearbox and engine this simple test can help you discover burning inner gear components and fuel dilution respectively when you smell the oil withdrawn from the oil compartment.

Tyre wear indicators and groove wear pattern checks: modern day tyres are still produced with wear indicators and poor aligned tyres or un-rotated set of tyres will definitely wear abnormally. Hence these checks still remain a priority. Read more about tyre rotation here

High revving to the next filling station: it’s very logical to assume stepping on the pedal harder will always lead to higher fuel consumption. That’s stays true if you stick with lower gears as shifting to higher gears maximizes engine power and reduces fuel consumption relatively. Another added advantage of high revving is enhanced lubrication and reduced engine wear; this isn’t an excuse to over-speed, but a little gas pedal thrust is good for your engine.

Steps To Drivers Licence Renewal / Obtaining New Driver’s Licence

For those of you planning to renew your drivers license sometime, well here is a rundown of the steps you might need to take.

STEP 1:Apply online at https://www.nigeriadriverslicence.org , print out the form after filling the required fields and also print out the payment form

Step 2:Pay the Licence fee online or at the Designated Bank

Step 3:Present your form to the Board of internal Revenue Officer or VIO at the DLC for endorsement


Step 4:Proceed to the Federal Road Safety Corps Officer at the DLC for Biometric Data Capturing

Step 5:You will be given a temporary drivers licence that is valid for 60 days

OBTAINING NEW DRIVER’S LICENCE

Step 1:Attend training at accredited driving school

Step 2:The Driving school will present you to the VIO for driving test

Step 3:Pass the driving test and the VIO will issue you a Certificate of Proficiency

Step 4:Apply in person at Driver's Licence Centre (DLC)

Step 5:Pay the Licence fee online or at the Designated Banks

Step 6:Present your form to the Board of internal Revenue Officer or VIO at the DLC for endorsement

Step 7:Proceed to the Federal Road Safety Corps Officer at the DLC for Biometric Data Capturing

Step 8:You will be given a temporary drivers licence that is valid for 60 days.

Friday, 8 May 2015

The World’s First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Hits the Road






If you hanker to be a driver of a brand-new Daimler truck, there's bad news for you: the job doesn't exist anymore. The Freightliner Inspiration, the world's first self-driving semi-truck, is now undergoing testing under real road conditions in Nevada, US.

It's not yet on sale, however. The US state has certified two Freightliner Inspiration trucks to mix with regular traffic on public roads.

"Today is history," Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said Tuesday, posing along with Daimler board member Wolfgang Bernhard with a red license plate for the self-driving truck at an event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Prior to the current testing, the self-driving truck covered over 16,000 kilometers on a test circuit in Germany.

Daimler, the world's biggest truck maker, says self-driving trucks will help freight companies save money on fuel and boost safety on the roads. In 2014 Daimler's rival, Google, announced the creation of self-driving cars, without steering wheel or pedals. It's hoped that automation in freight transportation has as much potential as driverless cars.


The truck maker says that autonomous vehicles will be connected to their environment and other road users to such an extent that they will avoid areas with heavy traffic, reducing traffic jams on highways.


Despite its weight, the Inspiration truck is a smart vehicle. It maintains a safe distance from other vehicles on the highway and doesn't attempt to pass slower cars. A radar unit centered in the front bumper of the trailblazing truck monitors the road both at close and long range. The long-range sensor goes out to about 250 meters, according to Daimler. The area in front of the truck is also monitored by a stereo camera (which has a range of about 100 meters) mounted above the dashboard. The steering gear installed in the Inspiration has been road-tested in Mercedes-Benz trucks since 2011.

Daimler says the Inspiration will “significantly change” the job of truckers, creating career opportunities for drivers to become what the company calls “transport managers.” Autonomous driving will also relieve drivers from long-distance routes.

“Autonomous driving will fuse truck and driver into a team more than ever, and into a meaningful, effective and highly economical combination of man and machine,” the truck maker says.

The company says that drivers will remain “the boss in their vehicle” because the technology of the Freightliner Inspiration still requires the presence of a qualified truck driver with valid commercial driver's license in the cab and on the gauges. Daimler is not the only company to challenge automation technology for heavy-duty trucks. Sweden's Scania (a unit of Volkswagen) has been developing the so-called platooning on roads system that allows several trucks to move in tight convoy with a sole human driver in the lead vehicle. Apart from fuel savings, one of the major advantages of platooning is a reduction in traffic congestion, Scania says.



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