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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Toyota trains 500 technicians, lady mechanics

Toyota Nigeria Limited says no fewer than 500 technicians benefit from its annual training programme organised in accordance with the standard set by its parent company, Toyota Motor Corporation.
It said the training, also extended to lady mechanics across the country, was aimed at keeping the service teams handling its brand of vehicles up to date with the modern automotive technology and how to fix new vehicles with ease.
The TNL stated this during a meeting between some senior managers of the firm with its dealers and customers in Lagos to discuss issues affecting the development of the brand in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the Head, Dealer Development and Special Projects, TNL, Mr. Henry Ojuoko, all its dealers’ technicians would continue to benefit from technical training being facilitated by the company.
It said the training programme involved a four-step certification system, which would ensure that the skill-sets of the dealers’ technicians were at par with other Toyota technicians worldwide.
In addition, the firm said it organised “a refresher course, which ensures that all the TNL’s dealers’ technicians who have attained the four-step certification system are kept abreast of new technological developments.”
It said the firm also organised a special service campaign aimed at ensuring that Toyota customers’ vehicles were always in safe operating conditions and constituted no danger to the driver and occupants.
“These activities become necessary if the manufacturer observes that a manufactured part may not serve for the originally intended minimum duration, that is, operational fitness of the vehicle may be affected; introduction of new technologies, which will enhance the continued usage of Toyota vehicles in service; new software programmes, which enhance driving experience and operational fitness of Toyota vehicles,” it stated.
It encouraged owners of Toyota vehicles to take advantage of the special service campaign even as it listed the benefits of maintaining their vehicles with its dealerships as having access to quality spare parts, qualified technicians and professional advice and support.

Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 gets zinged with new driving features

Japanese automaker, Mazda Motor Company, says it is updating its Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 with the company’s G-Vectoring Control as standard equipment for 2017, an online journal, Automotive News, has reported.
While Mazda 3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan) is a compact car, Mazda 6 (known as the Mazda Atenza in China and Japan) is a large family.
The GVC controls the engine drive torque to generate deceleration G forces when the driver begins turning the steering wheel, thereby shifting load to the front wheels. The system also increases front wheel-tyre grip.
Quoting the automaker, the report says the G-Vectoring Control will help to deliver smoother and more efficient vehicle behaviour.
It adds that the rest of the brand’s lineup will receive the feature later, giving an indication that it will soon become a standard facility in the Mazda vehicles.
It explains how the control works, saying, when a driver maintains a constant steering angle, the GVC immediately recovers engine drive torque, transferring load to the rear wheels to enhance vehicle stability.
“The series of load transfers draws out more grip from the front and rear tyres, enhancing vehicle responsiveness; and stability better aligned with the driver’s intentions,” it states.
Mazda also says the GVC will allow for better handling and greater stability on slippery surfaces, in addition to offering more comfortable ride.
It notes that the GVC, which is a software control system, does not increase the vehicle weight.
Mazda is said to be making other changes to the Mazda6 to give the midsize sedan a more premium feel for the 2017 model year.
Some of the features available on the Grand Touring models equipped with the premium package are Nappa leather seats, a steering wheel heater and rear-seat heaters.
The Grand Touring models are said to have received laminated front side windows, similar to what is available in the CX-9 Grand Touring and Signature crossovers.
A new grille, a new rear bumper, new wheels and a steering wheel introduced on the 2016 CX-9 are other features that will be found in the 2017 model of Mazda3 hatchback.
According to the automaker, dynamic dampers on the rear suspension trailing arms and suspension cross-member will help strengthen the ride quietness.
It says the 2017 model is three decibels quieter at 25mph over rough roads because of tighter body gaps and improved sound insulation.
source: Punch , Mazda

Thursday, 25 August 2016



It has come to the attention of this Ministry that a notice of intervention to enforce is currently circulating in the social media and has been attributed to it.

For the avoidance of doubt and for clarification purposes, the Ministry has not issued any such statement of intention to enforce through Electronic Billing System. 

The system is not new or specific to the Ministry. It is the fines and fees segment of the central Billing System of the State Government that has come into effect a few months earlier. The use of e – tickets is not just taking off.

As part of the Central Billing System adopted by the Lagos State Government to manage its revenue process, the fines imposed by Agencies under the Ministry of Transportation has been changed to e – ticketing.

The Electronic Billing System, an automation system, involves removal of hand written tickets and its replacement with an electronically generated fine ticket which makes it less susceptible to human frailties.

The introduction, which is to be generally implemented by all the agencies of the State Government, is already being implemented by concerned agencies including the Ministry of Transportation of which LASTMA and Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) are part.

Fines to be paid are in accordance with the provisions of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012 schedule I dealing with “Traffic Offences Penalties”. The fines ranges from N20, 000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira) only to N250, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) only depending on the offence and the number of times such a person has been apprehended.

While noting that the Ministry of Transportation is committed to promoting the culture of safety and security on the road, we urge the general public to be obedient to the officials who are to see to management on traffic on the road as well as obey all regulations and rules as established by the Ministry in its quest for sanity on Lagos roads.

The introduction of the regime of e-tickets is not punitive as the State Government will prefer obedience to the law leading to sanity on the road than all the financial resources that could accrue from the exercise.

Road infraction fines are of general application and not specific to any group of motorists. The Ministry of Transportation and its Agencies are determined to ensure compliance to the provisions of the State’s Road Traffic Law 2012 and will do so mindful of the right of citizens.

Part of the information being circulated includes fines due to re-certification of drivers by Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI).

While the statement stipulates fines and what offences attract fines as if they are new, we Will like to state that Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) will only continue to operate within the confines of the Traffic Law of 2012 and not on any new rules.   

It is our hope that people become conversant with the provisions of the law rather than be caught in the web of mitigating consequences of disobeying the law.

Biola Fagunwa.
Director, Public Affairs,
Ministry of Transportation
Alausa - Ikeja


Monday, 8 August 2016

By 2020, Numbers of Electric Car Charging Points May Exceed The Numbers Of Petrol Stations.

“The number of electric car charging points in the UK could exceed the amount of petrol stations within the next four years”

Electric car production is rising rapidly with every passing day and this has also resulted in the rising numbers of charging stations across the UK. Car giant, Nissan has carried out a research and the outcome of the research has shown that Research the number of UK electric car chargers will overtake the number of fuel stations in four years.

Records from 2015 shows that there were just 8,472 fuel stations in the UK, down from 37,539 in 1970. Assuming a steady rate of decline, Nissan predicts that by August 2020 this will fall to under 7,870. If the numbers of petrol stations continue to decline at such rate, there’ll be no more than 7,870 petrol stations in the UK by 2020.

Nissan's research also shows that 98 per cent of motorway services in the UK have charging stations and there are only four gas stations left in London's congestion charge zone as compared to 2011 where only a few hundred chargers were available and by 2016 it has grown to more than 4,100 in 2016 as electric car sales increased too. According to Go Ultra Low, the joint government and car industry campaign, more than 115 electric cars were registered every day in the first quarter of 2016, equivalent to one every 13 minutes. The campaign also believes electric power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027, with more than 1.3m electric cars registered each year.

Nissan has shared that its lab is looking to further develop its electric vehicles so as to increase its number applications or uses which is said to include giving back to the national grid - with the built-in batteries in being used to store electricity for use in high-demand periods, in emergencies and generator back-ups.

What do you think about this development? Is it for the best or should it be a thing of worry? Let us know in the comment section below…

Friday, 5 August 2016

10 solid Reasons Why you should choose the Manual over the Automatic car

The manual transmission or stick shift as we call it is as old as man himself and was once the standard style in all vehicles; unfortunately, the rapid advancement in technology threatens to put it to extinction. The automatic transmission has infiltrated the manual ranks and has generally become the choice of the majority, finding a manual transmission in just about any car is like finding a spoon in a haystack, its still hard, just not as hard as finding a needle; but even with the possible extinction the manual transmission faces, I don't think it will obliterated anytime soon.

Here are 10 reason why you should love the manual ride;
1) Low Cost Of Maintenance Or Repair.
A manual car like its rival requires continuous maintenance but unlike its rival, its cost of maintenance and repairs is significantly less. If you don't understand, go back to your secondary school teacher and ask him/her about demand and supply.

2) Fuel Economy
Cars with manual transmissions always get better fuel economy than cars with automatic. Manual cars have been known to save drivers between 5% and 15% on their fuel costs. The manual car is more lighter and normally comes with more gears than their automatic counterparts, the aftermath is that you’ll get more kilometres out of the petrol you pump in than you would with an automatic.

3) Control
Automatic transmissions are designed to choose the best gear for any situation but they tend to shift to higher gears and waste engine power which doesn’t allow drivers to quickly anticipate an oncoming condition. Manual transmissions give drivers greater control over the vehicle. I'm sure most of us if not all have seen Fast n Furious(The movie, 1-7) and was wowed by the way the likes of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker(R.I.P), Lusacris and Tyrese felt totally in control - sorry scratch that, they were in total control and the cars were so submissive like watching Fifty Shades Of Grey. I mean what feeling could possible beat that!!!

4) Power
The transmission of a car either automatic or manual, allows the vehicle to change gears, thereby transferring power from the engine to the drive axle. This it does in the most efficient way by varying the gear ratio. Lower gears are accompanied with increased power and less speed. Higher gears, on the other hand, are accompanied with less power and increased speed and it defines how cars responds for any given situation. An automatic transmission is designed to shift in a way that doesn’t exactly use all of an engine’s power while manual transmissions tend to take advantage of more of an engine’s power thanks to more specific and exact transmission shifts.

5) Theft
If you own a manual car, car theft shouldn't be on your list of worries. With the great ease in driving the automatic transmission has brought with it, today's generation so large in number feel there's no need to learn the manual transmission and as a result there's an higher demand for the automatic transmission than the manual. This has also brought down the rate of manual car theft - you can't go stealing a manual car just because you can drive an automatic transmission. No, it doesn't work that way, best try the other way around.

6) Reduced Distraction
The manual car loves to keep her occupants engaged to avoid unnecessary distractions like staring at other girls(Cars), making phone calls, snap chatting, tweeting or texting. She gives you no choice except if you are too super of a being to keep texting or tweeting while upshifting or downshifting and also stepping on and off the clutch, break or accelerator. The same cannot be said of its rival, the automatic.

7) No borrowing allowed.
Nowadays, we pretty well know that everyone can practically drive an automatic transmission but not just anyone can drive a manual car and yes, its an added advantage for car owners who own a manual car - especially if you have friends who borrow more than they give.
Bad friend: Bro what's up. My chick is coming over today - can I borrow your car to just drive her around.

Me: Sure thing, I'm your man. Can you drive manual?
Bad friend: Chai, no o
Me: Eeyah, looks like you will be hiring a taxi.

8) Keep and feel the classics
If you are a lover of classic and cool cars - old but gold as I love to call it. It's assumed you already know how to drive a manual transmission, if you don't, well too bad they hardly came with auto trannys.

9) Dead Battery Push Start
This is one of the unique aspects of a manual vehicle that I find thrilling all the time. It seems hilarious that you could bring a dead car back to life but in every sense its just amazing. So, how do you push start a car?  
- Start the ignition like you normally do.
- Put the gear in neutral.
- Get 2 or 3 people to help push the car.
- Once your car is in constant motion, press down the clutch and shift to gear 2.
- Lift your foot off the clutch and step on the gas/accelerator.
Off you go, that wasn't so hard right!

10) Less Expensive
With all the above listed advantages of a manual car over an automatic car, someone is probably thinking of getting one but feels it will leave an indelible insignia on his/her bank accounts - well, that not something you have to worry about. Choosing to buy a manual car over an automatic transmission will literarily save you a $1000 less (Do the conversion yourself). You will also like to know that not all manual cars sell less than their automatic models, examples include BMWs - which is often same price as the automatic, GM vehicles such as  the 2013 Buick Regal GS and 2013 Cadillac CTS-V. Furthermore, records have shown that not all automatics came along with their rival during the production process, 67 percent of 2013 model-year cars came only as automatics...what a spoiler!
It takes dedicated time, patience and  effort to learn the joys of stick shift driving. Yes, maybe for the first week you'll feel its effects on your joints but once you get used to it - you will become a pro in no time and never want  to stop driving.

DISCLAIMER: Motoring Nigeria isn't responsible for your actions after reading this article, any actions carried out after reading this article is solely your responsibility. Read responsibly!!!
Should you decide to learn how to drive a manual transmission, follow our 3 step guides below;
> Know your cockpit
> Get moving
> Stopping and reverse
Please do leave your comments in the section below.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Eleko Motor Race, once again a huge huge success


 Moments of glory, they say, are etched in stone. These days we record memorable events not just in our minds, but on tablets, smartphones and social media. The 23rd day of July in 2016A.D will stand out not just because we say it will, but because the Eleko Motor Race held on said day. This event is an exciting blend of motorsports, community service and unadulterated fun. It’s an event unlike any other, bringing people together for friendly competition without discrimination without negatively affecting the people that dwell in its vicinity. This edition is dedicated to South African race car driver Gugu Zulu, a selfless pioneer who lived as he died, in service to humanity. An exceptional man loved and respected by all, he who lost his life climbing the Kilimanjaro for charity.

       There’s no telling what to expect when you organize an event of such magnitude but the organizers pulled it off, I wouldn’t say with ease, but it all went as planned. Thirteen racers in SUVs on a 25km long rally course segmented into four stages only starts to sound like fun when you hear what these drivers showed up in, there were two hummers, a wrangler, and one driver even showed out when he pulled up in a Ford F150 SVT raptor, the driver Mr Richard Ike won the race in 13:56,25 minutes, the second position was clinched by Mr Bayo Ayoade driving a Nissan Frontier and the third went to Mrs Eji Effiong driving a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon who took a total of 14 minutes 11.2 seconds to complete the course. My personal favorite the insanely Osakwe Racing team Nissan Xterra tuned by IMAB Workshop with upgrades to its engine, exhaust and suspension. If you think that’s all, then you are in for a surprise because this edition also featured power bikes, and for what it’s worth, they were amazing. One quick question though, where do you find celebrities fulfilling their boy racer dreams? It’s at the Eleko Motor Race, where big names like master of the wheels DJ Sose and veteran comedian Alibaba were present.

The rumble in the sands didn’t cease for one moment at the Eleko beach where the drivers assembled after their race, they soon had their eyes glued to an oval track where Eleko’s finest the Awoyaya Okada riders association had their own race, entertaining crowds with their loud revs and ample amounts of perseverance, two things you would definitely need to take a stock motorcycle round a beach track. There was never any shortage of cheers throughout the event and as if things weren’t lively enough we had a prodigy entertain us, none other than nine year old DJ Young Money doing his father proud on wheels of steel. The organizers also deemed it fit to award gifts to children of the Eleko community, and cash prizes to the Okada racers donated by The Out of Nigeria Team, the racers where recognized and the winners announced, a moment of silence followed by a eulogy for late racer Gugu Zulu.

The sponsors of the race include IMAB Workshop, OMP Racing Spirit, Sickrabbit, Out Doors Tour, Easy Riders MC, Motoring Nigeria was a media partner alongside Supersport and Naija Car Lovers. The July 2016 edition of the Eleko Motor Race was a success and its organizers can proudly beat their chests when saying so. 
By Napoleon Chukwuoma

Mr Richard Ike( Winner of  the race)

Winner of the Okada Local championship race

Folks from Carvolution Magazine( By Motoring Nigeria)

Our Amiable DJ

Alibaba also came by

DJ Sose

DJ Sose