Mercedes Benz S-Class wins 2016 luxury car of the year
Peugeot 301 is Nigeria’s 2016 car of the year, thanks to the majority votes it received from new vehicle lovers in Nigeria who participated in the selection process that also involved online voting.
Peugeot 301’s award ended the reign of Kia Rio, which won 2015 car of the year.
Naja is the organisers of the annual Nigerian auto awards.
“In arriving at the eventual winners, we have carefully evaluated all nominees and have been assisted by some auto customers and industry stakeholders. Interestingly, in order to make the awards more interactive and involve the motoring public, we decided to allow members of the public to participate by way of voting online,” Chairman of Naja Mr. Frank Kintum said.
The event which held in Lagos also saw Peugeot 301 beat Toyota Corolla and Nissan Almera in the 2016 car of the year contest.
All the three cars were also finalists in the 2015 contest along with Kia Rio, which was eventually won by the Rio.
The Punch quoted the Chairman of Naja, Mr. Frank Kintum, as saying that the contest was not peculiar to Nigeria as it had become a tradition globally, adding that it had brought about healthy rivalry among automobile brands in different countries including South Africa as well as European, Asian and American nations.
Kintum said the competition had led to the improvement in the relationship between automakers/ dealers and buyers through improved after-sale service.
Special guest at the event, Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State, Anofiu Elegushi, stressed the need for the big players and stakeholders, “to begin to invest in the Nigerian car. We are long overdue for such. There are a few of such (cars) in Nigeria.
While we import most cars as Semi-knocked down or such other forms we bring them in, we must now commence a process of investing in building local content into it.”
Other awards are:
2016 luxury car of the year
Mercedes Benz S-Class emerged the luxury car of the year, a category in which the BMW 7-Series and Jaguar XJ were nominated.
2016 pickup of the year
The pickup of the year went to Ford Ranger.
2016 mini bus of the year
Toyota Hiace received the mini bus of the year award.
2016 heavy truck of the year
The heavy truck of the year was won by Mercedes Actros.
2016 outstanding new entrant of the year
Globe Hyundai and Jet Van Mercedes were joint winners in the outstanding new entrant of the year category.
2016 most safety conscious transport company of the year
God is Good Motors took away the prize of the most safety conscious transport company of the year.
2016 show room of the year
The show room of the year prize was given to Nissan show room, Victoria Island (Lagos).
Tyre brand of the year
Pirelli was crowned the tyre brand of the year.
West African Coast Transport Company of the Year
Chisco Transport was recognised as the West African Coast Transport Company of the Year.
2016 motorcycle brand of the year
Yamaha was voted motorcycle brand of the year.
2016 road safety personality of the year
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, was awarded the road safety personality of the year.
2016 auto personality of the year award
President of Coscharis Group, Cosmas Maduka, got the auto personality of the year award.
2016 CEO of the year
Managing Director of Toyota Nigeria Limited was selected as the CEO of the year.
The late Executive Director of Nigeria Auto Manufacturers Association, Arthur Madueke, was given a posthumous award for his contributions to the auto industry.
How is Peugeot 301 faring in the Nigerian market?
Peugeot said over 360,000 units of the 301 had been sold.
The company also said it had unveiled its face-lifted sedan, showing a new face and equipment.
A report by paultan.org specifically said the exterior changes concentrated on the front end, featuring a new radiator grille and bonnet.
It also said the car’s lion logo had been moved on to the assembly from its previous placement on the bonnet.
“New headlamps and a redesigned bumper go on, as do LED daytime running light strips. The rear lamps have also been revised, with the brand’s opaline three-claw design now featuring on the new units,” it added.
For interior changes, it gave the details as new trim, with a choice of light or dark colour schemes, the latter based on a new fabric trim called Cran Adamantium.
It said the new 301 also introduced a seven-inch capacitive touch-screen infotainment system into the equation, adding that the system was equipped with mirror screen triple play connectivity (MirrorLink, Android Auto, Apple Carplay), a 3D TomTom navigation system and a reverse camera.
The dash panel, it said had also been redone, with new air-conditioning controls making their way on, and the power window buttons now located on the central console, placed on both sides of the gear lever.
“Four engine options will be available for the car, two petrol and two diesel.
The baseline gasoline (petrol) unit is the 1.2 litre PureTech 82, which offers 82 hp at 5,750 rpm and 118 Nm at 2,750 rpm in the way of power output.
“The other petrol engine is a 1.6L VTi 115, with 115 hp at 6,050 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,000 rpm, with manual or six-speed EAT6 automatic transmission options available,” the report said
On the safety front, the 301 had been equipped with front and side airbags, ABS, ESP, emergency brake assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system as well as Isofix mount points.