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Geely Nigeria Marks Coolray SUV Launch with Media Test-drive

Geely Nigeria, the exclusive partnership between Mikano International and Geely Global has released its new high-tech and sporty compact SUV model, called the Geely Coolray, to the Nigerian motoring journalists for a test-drive.

At the briefing before the road- test, the company’s Marketing Manager, Karima Okunola described the media test-drive as a confirmation of Geely’s adherence to International Best Practice (IBP) of transparency and total product quality management.

She noted that the media test drive was aimed at offering a personal experience to newsmen about the CoolRay’s quality and advanced characteristics for onward reportage to the nation’s motoring public.

Mated to an ergonomic electronic shift gear, the new Coolray is powered by a 1.5L turbo-charged direct injection gasoline engine, which produces 177ps at 5,500rpm and can take the Coolray from 0 to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds.

Jointly developed with Volvo, the Coolray’s engine shares 90percent of Volvo’s powertrain suppliers, with the 7DCT developed mainly by Geely and adhering strictly to Volvo standards (Volvo Autos has been under Geely Holding Company’s ownership since 2010).

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“With its launch, the Coolray today becomes the coolest and most techfilled, best in class crossover SUV on Nigerian roads,” Okunola said. Concerning design, driving the Coolray at night depicts an automotive light showcase with a bright 7inch configurable LCD instrument panel and ambient lights reflecting each of the cars three driving modes; red for Sport, Blue for Eco and Yellow for balanced or “normal” mode (this feature comes with the Sport+ trim only).

“The Coolray sports an impressive array of exceptional tech features and an innovative design built on Geely’s global- leading architecture – The B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA),” Okunola said at the media event, held at the company’s assembly plant, Karameh City along LagosIbadan Expressway.

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