Stallion Parades All ‘European Car’ Test Drive

The Nigerian automobile media last week scored the trio of European engineered Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda range of automobiles A+ in a performance and scientific proficiency road test that started from the Porsche Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos to Banana Island Estate through Chevron Pavilion, Lekki Peninsula. A+ is the highest rating ever in a county road test usually arranged to ascertain the efficiency, ruggedness and performance of any vehicle designed to standard.

The test which lasted almost six hours offered local media the opportunity to compare the proficiency of European engineered brands of vehicles to similar products of evolving Asian automakers such as Japanese and Korean series of vehicles.

Organised by Stallion Motors, multiple automobile franchise holders and distributors of these brands, the road test essentially seeks to acquaint journalists with the ideals, values and standards of European brand of vehicles when viewed against rival brands.

Deputy Managing Director, European Brands, Stallion Motors, Mr. Julian Hardy, at the pre-test briefing, noted that the dealership isn’t only interested in selling cars but dispensing valuable information that could help end users derive optimum value from any brand of vehicle purchased from the Stallion Group.

Meanwhile, the management has said the test-drive was one of its numerous showstoppers to herald the ‘Stallion European Motor Show’ slated for September 2012.

The show, according to Stallion Motors, would also arouse the consciousness of motorists and help them rediscover the potential of European engineered vehicles such as Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda range of vehicles. Revealing that Stallion Motors’ European brand division would in September, 2012 commence a free service clinic for VWs, Audi and Skoda vehicles in all her workshops in Nigeria, Mr. Hardy said: “The exercise is aimed to reunite us with old and new customers and solve whatever challenges they may have encountered.”

The test drivers, however, unanimously agreed that European vehicles are generally safer because of their shorter braking distances in case of serious accident and imbued with better acceleration, impressive handling, matchless performance and exceptional steering response.

Some of the models put to the test by 17 automobile journalists who attended the test drive include Volkswagen Amarok pick-up, VW Polo, VW Passat, VW Tiguan and VW Touareg. And from the Audi stable are the A4, A6, A8 and Q7 while Skoda paraded Superb, Octavia and Fabia.

—Daniel Ekugo

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