FG urged to strike balance between eco-friendly vehicles, combustion engines
•As Kia introduces new SUVs
As automakers consider eco-friendly vehicles as part of efforts to reduce carbon emission from combustion engines, there has been emphasis on the need for Nigeria to strike a balance with adequate infrastructure and policy by government.
The Marketing Manager, Dana Motors Limited, Olawale Jimoh made a case for a balance at the launch of its Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) Kia Sonet and Seltos respectively.
According to Jimoh, Nigeria is currently bedeviled with infrastructure and electricity challenges let alone charging stations for electric vehicles to thrive in the country.
While attesting that the future of motoring is electric, he said Kia is a leading brand in innovation in Nigeria as there are several other competitors in the market and are currently operating in the country.
He urged the government to come up with policies that support eco-friendly vehicles to allow Nigeria to compete globally.
Besides, Kia Nigeria showcased the ultra-modern 2022 Seltos and Sonet Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) with a plan to capture the B segment market of the market.
Jimoh said that the brands, which were assembled in Nigeria, were the best in its segment..He said the two brands, which arrived about two weeks ago came with modern exteriors and interiors and are already receiving high demands from auto enthusiasts in the country.
Jimoh said that Sonet is a compact SUV with dinky little wheels, and a bubbly roof and leather seats as a standard.
Demands for Compact SUV have increased recently, not just in Nigeria, but around the world, which tends to satisfy Social and Network of enthusiasts.
The brand he explained comes with a 1.5ltr multi-point injection engine and six automatic transitions with massive fuel economy.
The Sonet is cute and comes with interesting details like the 8 inches screen that can perform multiple tasks like navigation instructions, roomy interior and aesthetic facilities that make the brand more attractive than its contemporaries.
In a bid to match the needs of a wide array of customer preferences, the Sonet he said would be available in a dual trim concept that includes a sporty GT-Line trim.
Enhancing the Sonet’s athletic and energetic appeal, the GT-Line models offer sportiness both inside and out, he added.
He said: The Sonet has a trendy and savvy design as parts of its key features. The target consumers are the small family as it gives them comfort and ensures an increase in daily life and communication. The engine is punchy with lots of tugs.
“Built through synthesising customer insight, Kia has formulated the Sonet, a compact SUV design built to world-leading standards, pioneering segment-leading features, and design that naturally nestles itself into the increasingly demanding urban lives of individuals.”
The Sonet goes for N11.7 million and can be converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which is part of the Federal Government’s campaign.
Kia Seltos is a compact SUV that is bold, stylish and comes with the right size for its class. It is a bigger dimension of Sonet, wider and comes with 1.6 litres engine that pumps out 175 horsepower and 16inches alloy rims that grip the road firmly, while the wheels are shod with high-grip 205/60 R16, 215/55 R17 or 235/45 R18 tyres.
The Seltos gives the driver the chance to navigate the road more easily than others in its class.
The Seltos offers noticeably more space for people and cargo than others in the segment.
The Seltos offers distinctive exterior design details, such as its long hood, a strong, character line on the front bumper, and sharp lines pressed into the bodywork.
It also sports a wide ‘tiger nose grille’, making the car instantly recognizable as a Kia, but with a difference. Its robust shoulder line and glasshouse shape, which tapers towards the rear of the car, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. The rear bumper with a metallic muffler effect accentuates this dynamic appearance.