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Toyota, JAXA join forces to develop Lunar Rover for space exploration

THE Japan Aerospace Ex-ploration Agency, JAXA, and Toyota Motor Corporation have agreed to consider the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration. As a first step, JAXA and Toyota have reached agreement to further cooperate on and accelerate their ongoing joint study of a manned, pressurised rover that employs fuel cell electric vehicle technologies. Such a form of mobility is deemed necessary for human exploration activities on the lunar surface. Even with the limited amount of energy that can be transported to the moon, the pressurised rover would have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 km.
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Lagos Motor Fair organiser seeks bailout for auto sector

BKG Exhibitions, organis-ers of the annual Lagos International Motor Fair & Autoparts Expo Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to urgently bail out the nation’s automotive sector because of the role it plays in the life of the people.
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Porsche launches new front, rear and mid-engine models

A HIGHLIGHT in its own right, the new 911 Cabriolet is one of three new sports cars Porsche intends to launch at the 89th Geneva Motor Show. “With each new generation of the 911, we face the challenge of enhancing our iconic car carefully and yet consistently to meet the needs of the future,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. Alongside the rear-engine 911 Cabriolet, Porsche also unveils the mid-engine 718 T, a 300 hp (220 kW) driving machine available in the Boxster and Cayman variants. The Macan S, with a new V6 turbocharged front engine, completes the debuting trio as a bestseller in the brand’s model range.
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Mercedes-Benz tempts Nigerian customers with transformed G-Class

AFTER its production officially kicked off in Graz in May, the new G-Class has become one of the most demanded passenger cars of 2018. This new model has been hailed as the “biggest transformation” in the G’s 39 years-old history, as it raises the bar in all relevant areas while maintaining familiar and popular features from its design icon. This is just as Weststar Associates Limited, the authorized general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria said it is proud to welcome the new “G” to customers and enthusiasts of Mercedes-Benz in the country.
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Rolls-Royce at Geneva Motor Show

By Theodore Opara
ROLLS-Royce Motor Cars has returned to the Geneva Motor Show and debut its full current product portfolio for the first time on an international stage. Representing the near-infinite Bespoke possibilities at the heart of its record-breaking success in 2018, the marque is presenting one of an extraordinary collection of 25 Phantoms alongside the first publicly-revealed Bespoke Cullinan commission. In addition, two powerful visions of Black Badge and a highly Bespoke Dawn has been revealed, each informed by the taste patterns of a younger, more assertive breed of entrepreneur drawn to the brand.
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Ford tests light-based visual language in new models

HAND gestures, head nods and thumbs-up signals all help to ensure drivers, pedestrians and cyclists know what each other is doing. But how will self driven vehicles, with no human driver, communicate with those around them?
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South African-built Ranger tops pickup sales in Europe

South African-built Ranger tops pickup sales in Europe

International demand for Ford’s Ranger pickup reached an all-time high in 2018, with Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria having shipped a total of 68,364 units to export markets – a substantial 16.2 per cent increase compared to 2017. Combined Ranger production for the domestic and export markets for 2018 ended on 98 505 units, […] …

Jaguar enhances XE beauty, performance

The new Jaguar XE which will be available in sub-Sahara Africa market in the second half of the year has raised the bar in its segment in terms of refinement and appearance. The XE will be available in 2.0-litre engine. The new Jaguar XE delivers an enhanced exterior design, all-new luxurious interior and advanced technologies.
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