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Extreme E SUV premieres with Continental tyres

Two new Continental tyre types, specially developed for the off-road racing series Extreme E SUV, have made their global debut. The unveiling of these cutting-edge products follows the announcement earlier this year of Continental’s partnership with the electric racing series. As a founding partner, Continental, the premium tyre manufacturer, is set to provide tyre technology for this unprecedented rally driving competition.

The new tyres, with summer and winter tyre technology and designed for the world’s toughest driving conditions, were presented to the public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed along with the unique electric sports utility vehicle. Together, driver, car and tyres will tackle some of the most extreme locations across the globe, from the Himalayas and the Arctic to the Indian Ocean and deserts.

Karel Kucera, Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at Continental, commented: “At Continental, we pride ourselves as leaders in ground-breaking automotive technology and so our partnership with Extreme E comes naturally. With the cutting-edge tyre designs that we developed for Extreme E SUV, we guarantee perfect grip for acceleration, braking and precision handling on the toughest tracks.”

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All Extreme E teams must use the same set of standardised equipment, created and assembled by motorsport manufacturer Spark Racing Technology, equipped with a battery manufactured by Williams Advanced Engineering, as well as Continental tyres.

Prototype testing of the electric SUV has now begun in earnest, with substantial tyre technology contributions from Founding Partner, Continental. Each Extreme E team will receive two sets of summer and winter tyres, optimised for every conceivable facet of performance and safety required by their electric SUVs.

The race series is due to commence in 2021.

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LAMBORGHINI HURACAN LSR AVIO LP610-4 by LUETHEN MOTORSPORT

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When we talk about Lamborghini we know it is the perfect car, nothing to add on it but to LUETHEN Motorsport there’s another story for the Lamborghini Huracan LSR.

From the factory, the Lamborghini Huracan is already a special and spectacular vehicle. Powerful, aggressive design and high traction are the three key features of the Huracan LP 610-4 and also of the LP 580-2.
With the Huracan LSR (Luethen Sport Race) tuning package for the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, LUETHEN Motorsport emphasize the aggressive design and improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle for sportier handling.

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Such a perfectionist vehicle is undeniably the – limited to 250 copies – Lamborghini Huracan LSR Avio LP610-4. LUETHEN Motorsport tackled this exclusive fighting machine with an Huracan LSR aerodynamic package made of carbon, whereby the abbreviation LSR stands for Luethen Sport Race.

The Huracan LSR Carbon Fiber Aerodynamic Package includes a two-piece front splitter, Canard spoilers, side splitters, side skirts, and a rear wing.

The most striking component is the rear wing, which is available in three different heights and optionally with or without winglets. The angle of attack of the rear wing can be adjusted in two stages.

The front splitter and the Canard spoiler provide more downforce on the front axle. The Canard spoilers are available either as a pair or as a double pair.

The bolide is also equipped with FL.10 forged rims by ROC Schmiederäder GmbH, each in 20 inches at the front axle and each 21 inches at the rear axle.

The crew of LUETHEN Motorsport makes possible – up to the complete “tailored suit” for customer vehicles – what is not impossible. The main goal in the in-house development is to set a mark of first-class quality by applying uniqueness and functional designs.

Enjoy the photos and video of this amazingly tuned Lamborghini Huracan LSR

ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW:

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BACK TO NATURE

Eight in ten of us think the smartest breakthroughs in science, technology and safety will come from copying nature – citing examples like cats eyes, Velcro and solar panels – found new research out today.

Biomimicry is the imitation of nature to solve the challenges we face. The study of 2,000 adults revealed that people agree it is four and a half times more effective to mimic nature than develop ideas from scratch.

The research for Uniroyal, the rain tyre, saw that one in four of us are fascinated by technology found in swimsuits, boat surfaces and car tyres, all modelled on the characteristics of shark skin that has microscopic patterns to allow better water dispersal.

People believe that biomimicry is better because it offers proven results, is a more natural solution and a better use of scarce resources.

Mark Griffiths at Uniroyal said: “Quite often the challenges we face have already been solved, so putting our brightest minds to work studying the natural world makes sense.

“Our experts at Uniroyal recognised the exceptional dispersal of water by shark skin and inspired by that developed some of the best performing tyres for wet weather braking.”

The research found that we believe that healthcare (55 per cent), energy generation (43 per cent) and food and farming (31 per cent) are the sectors that are likely to benefit most from biomimicry.

Other sectors to gain are in the areas of environmental protection, water conservation and transport.

Mark Griffiths adds: “Based on shark skin, Uniroyal ensures fantastic water dispersal on wet roads allowing vehicles to perform at their safest. When the tyre is able to get rid of surface water more quickly, it is less likely the car will aquaplane and the driver lose control.”

The study also found that a third of motorists are unaware that manufacturers develop tyres specifically for rain and wet conditions.

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Global automotive aftermarket manufacturers gear up for robust business growth at Automechanika Dubai 2018

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Demand for Middle East spare parts and auto services on upward trend with market tipped to surpass US$15 billion mark by 2021

Global automotive aftermarket manufacturers are gearing up for period of robust business growth in the Middle East, while new research indicates car sales and the corresponding demand for spare parts and auto services is on an upward trend.

IQR is a Spanish producer of lubricants under the brand name Matrix, and is launching its operations in the Gulf region to find new partners, while Autopumps from the UK is testing the regional waters for the supply of its aftermarket parts not only for the automotive industry, but for industrial, agricultural, and marine applications.

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And Cyprus headquartered ALCO Filters is looking to build on its millions of dollars of revenue generated every year in the Middle East for its vast range of 3,500 filters, after establishing a regional presence years ago.

All three are among more than 2,000 exhibitors from 57 countries at the upcoming Automechanika Dubai 2018 trade fair, the Middle East and Africa’s largest exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and services industry.

The exhibitors’ sentiment is underlined by research from analysts TechSci Research that suggests an uptick in passenger and commercial vehicle sales coupled with an increase of cars-in-use across the Middle East will have a positive flow-on effect on the automotive aftermarket.

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According to TechSci, Middle East sales revenue from engine and car components, systems, tyres, and auto accessories, will surpass the US$15 billion mark by 2021, compared to approximately US$12.4 billion in 2017, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 4.9 percent.

That’s welcomed by the likes of ALCO, IQR, and Autopumps, along with the hundreds of other exhibitors making their preparations ahead of Automechanika Dubai’s 16th edition, which will take place from 1 – 3 May 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

A long-time exhibitor at the annual three-day event, ALCO Filters will launch its new filter range for cars, trucks, earth moving equipment, and stationary engines. “We’ve been exhibiting at Automechanika Dubai since 2006, and have since generated cumulatively more than US$10 million of new business in the Middle East,” said Loizos Louca, ALCO Filters’ Managing Director.

“Having a strong presence in the region, we’re keen to meet up with existing clients at Automechanika Dubai 2018 and expand our clientele base through meeting new prospects. The fact that 52 percent of visitors to the trade fair are international coupled with the current value of the Middle East auto aftermarket makes this exhibition attractive to attend.”

José Luis Cid, CEO of IQR, a debut exhibitor at Automechanika Dubai 2018, said participating is part of an overall strategy to find new partners in countries where it has no presence: “We’re now present in 35 countries and all our efforts are focused toward expanding our international network to become a global brand,” he said.

“Also, we’re launching Matrax Lubricants in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and therefore being at Automechanika Dubai 2018 enables us to show participants our brand and our values.”

Meanwhile, Autopumps will launch various products at Automechanika Dubai 2018, including an expansion of its Commercial and Industrial pumps range. “We’re also showcasing our expertise in the manufacture and supply of commercial camshafts, rockers and engine valves for off highway, agricultural, marine and heavy goods vehicle applications,” said Bill Cotton, Owner and Managing Director of Autopumps.

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“We’ve identified the Middle East as a strong market, which is growing in the commercial vehicle parts sector. Dubai is the regional hub for business and a standout player on the global stage. Automechanika Dubai is one of the key trade shows in the commercial parts sector, and we’re using the platform to meet with key industry contacts and decision makers, and strengthen business in the region,” added Cotton.

Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Automechanika Dubai 2018 spreads over six product sections of Parts & Components; Electronics & Systems; Accessories & Customising; Repair & Maintenance; Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning; and Tyres & Batteries.

Its global influence is highlighted by the presence of 25 country pavilions and 36 international trade associations, while 90 per cent of exhibitors, and 52 per cent of the 30,000-plus visitors are expected to come from outside of the UAE. The 16th edition will also reflect a sense of renewed optimism in the automotive aftermarket, where emerging trends and disruptive technologies are steering the industry toward a bold new future.

And despite the recent slowdown across the region, car sales in the Middle East in the long-term will recover, with analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S) estimating light vehicle sales will grow at a compound annual growth rate of eight percent, reaching 4.1 million units by 2021. That’ll put the total number of cars in operation in the region at 41.36 million according to F&S, compared to an estimated 37 million in 2017.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Passenger cars constitute a major vehicle segment in the Middle East and Africa, while stabilising oil prices and significant government infrastructure in a number of regional countries will also boost growth in the commercial vehicle segment in the coming years.

“Over its past 15 years, Automechanika Dubai has succeeded in bringing together leading automotive aftermarket brands to this fast-growing region, providing an important opportunity to connect with new prospects, have face to face interactions with existing customers, create brand awareness, and position themselves as reliable suppliers of premium quality aftermarket products and services.”

Automechanika Dubai 2018 returns with its popular Truck Competence initiative, where more than 1,500 exhibitors will showcase their products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.

It will also feature the popular Automechanika Academy – a series of seminars, presentations, and workshops about key issues and regulations that affect the automotive aftermarket, and the African Buyer-Seller Meet, connecting suppliers with buyers from the world’s second largest continent.

More information about is available at: www.automechanikadubai.com.

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HATECO a One Stop Destination for all Automotive Needs

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Around the year, Arab Motor World Staff receives calls and inquiries about where to go for the best car servicing and what is needed for better car care.

Thus we have decided to shed light on the main companies in the business and highlight their history, present and future.

For this issue, we will be visiting HATECO S.A.R.L. headquarters in Tripoli for an insight about their progress in the automotive servicing industry.

History and the road to the future:

Hamad Ajaje Trading Establishment Company was founded in 1970 by Hamad Ajaje under the name of Hamad Ajaje Trading & Sons to promote tires and batteries in Tripoli, Lebanon. The venture evolved over the years to enter 2001 with its new name: HATECO S.A.R.L.

At present, the firm manages three branches and one main headquarter to efficiently serve its customers and has become one of Lebanon’s key importers and sole distributors of some of the best international brands in the fields of Tires, Batteries, Wheels, Lubricants and other automotive related products.

In addition, HATECO expanded over the years and entered 2013 with the opening of a new Workshop consisting of the latest technology and equipment to introduce new automotive services to the retail industry.

As a result, the company has built a solid reputation of reliability for its stakeholders and will always remain the most trusted name for automotive related products.

HATECO’s vision is to be the major provider of all automotive-related products in Lebanon and the MENA region.

HATECO’s mission is to bring the best automotive-related products from around the world and distribute them to the people of Lebanon and the MENA region.

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Here’s a quick look at HATECO’s main services:

  • Oil Change
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Brake Disc Services (Change or Straightening)
  • Brake Pads
  • Wheel Balancing
  • Repair Services
  • Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Rim Straightening
  • Wiper Blade Services

* Use of Bosch products for oil filters, brake discs,
brake pads, and suspension parts.

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HATECO S.A.R.L. manages several brands covering all aspects of automotive servicing such as:

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In addition, HATECO S.A.R.L. has expanded from a national company covering only the Lebanese territories to a wider international network serving: Syria, Iraq, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Gambia, Congo, Liberia.

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LIQUI MOLY enters the IMSA series with Turner Motorsport

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Biggest sponsorship of the German oil producer in the USA – 24H Daytona as a prelude

It is LIQUI MOLY’s largest sponsorship investment in the US. The German oil specialist enters the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Turner Motorsport. “That adds a big boost to LIQUI MOLY’s reputation,” said Peter Baumann, marketing director for LIQUI MOLY.

LIQUI MOLY becomes official lubricant supplier of Turner Motorsport. “This means we are subjecting our oils to one of the toughest tests,” says Peter Baumann. The prelude is already in a few days at the 24 Hours of Daytona. There, Turner Motorsport starts with a BMW M6 GT3 in LIQUI MOLY livery.

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“LIQUI MOLY was our dream partner,” said Will Turner, president of Turner Motorsport. “Without the perfect oil, you do not even have to compete in a long-distance race. Here, short-term peak performance is not enough. The oil must withstand extreme endurance. “That’s why Turner Motorsport will now use and sell LIQUI MOLY not only on the track, but also in their workshops. Sebastian Zelger, Director LIQUI MOLY USA is also excited about the partnership: “Turner Motorsport is the 7 time championship winning race team. They are an excellent fit to us.”

Daytona is familiar territory for LIQUI MOLY. The brand competed there in 1980 with a Porsche 935. At that time, the LIQUI MOLY-Porsche won the 24-hour race with a lead of 33 laps. “It would be great if we could bring in such a result again,” says Peter Baumann.

Formerly Porsche, now Turner Motorsport with a BMW: “We maintain a long cooperation with the German auto companies,” said Peter Baumann. “Our oils are officially approved by BMW and the other manufacturers like Mercedes and Volkswagen.”

“By participating in the IMSA series and promoting it, we are strengthening our brand awareness and showing the quality that LIQUI MOLY provides,” says Peter Baumann. “Because what performs well on the racetrack will also perform well on the road.”

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Continental introduces first tyre range developed specifically for the Middle East

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Continental, the premium German tyre brand, has become the first manufacturer to develop a full range of tyres specifically for the Middle East market. Officially launched in the region this week, Continental’s new Generation 6 range of products offers car owners a selection of robust tyres designed to cope with the unique road conditions found across the region.

The Generation 6 range comprises three distinct product lines: ComfortContact 6 for smaller cars and city driving, UltraContact 6 for larger sedans and MaxContact 6 for high performance vehicles. The new range will go on sale across the Middle East early in 2018, combining advanced German technology and all-round automotive know-how with local expertise to deliver unmatched levels of comfort and robustness, as well as first-class handling and braking abilities, ensuring one of the safest ranges of tyres on the market in line with the brand’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatalities, injuries and accidents on the roads.

The robust design of the new Generation 6 range provides high resistance to damage from hazards such as potholes, debris and kerb impacts, helping to prolong the tyre’s life. All products feature the latest technological advances for enhanced grip, handling and braking, and quieter and more comfortable rides.

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Continental has invested significant resources to ensure that the region’s car owners can now enjoy the benefits of the company’s expertise. Upon opening its Middle East office in 2014, the brand commenced a detailed programme of research into the market. This was followed by a two-year development and production phase, which has resulted in the creation of 60 different tyre sizes across the three lines.

Like all of Continental’s tyres, the new Generation 6 tyre range was put through an extensive testing process including a series of tests in Middle East, the tyres’ target markets. In addition, the new tyre range was also tested at Continental’s fully-automated tyre-testing in-house facility in Hannover, the only such facility owned by a tyre manufacturer in the world. The facility employs over 800 employees at the company’s Research and Development (R&D) and Testing divisions in Germany. Testing and evaluating over 250,000 tyres every year, under all conditions, the company covers more than 160,000,000 km in endurance and high speed tests and evaluates more than 250,000 materials.

 The new tyre range was launched this week (13 December) at a special driving event at the Dubai Autodrome, attended by some 110 Continental importers, retailers and distributors. José Luis de La Fuente, Continental Middle East’s managing director, said: “The Middle East is a key market for Continental – our products very much lend themselves to the climatic and driving conditions encountered across the region. But we wanted to take our offering to the next level and provide our customers an even higher quality choice of tyres, so developing a range bespoke to the region was the natural next step.”

One of the top three automotive suppliers worldwide, Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for the sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. It offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable transport solutions, including brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics and tyres. As a leading global tyre manufacturer, Continental’s tyre division generated sales of €10.7 billion in 2016 and has over 24 production and development locations worldwide.

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Continental’s new Generation 6 range

ComfortContact 6

The ComfortContact 6 has been designed for owners of smaller cars who use them for the daily commute and who expect a premium tyre that offers good mileage and a quiet, safe ride. This new tyre displays exceptional qualities when it comes to dry handling and ride comfort. It also delivers low noise levels, optimised rolling resistance and higher mileage.

The impact of road noise is lessened by two new features. ‘Harmonic comfort chambers’ located on the inner shoulder of the tyre pattern reduce noise harshness and direct noise emissions away from the car’s occupants, while specially designed round-shaped groove elements further break up the noise waves to reduce sound levels. The polymers of the tyre compound are combined with a strong, durable sulfur network and feature special softeners that adapt better to the roughness of the road surface, which combine to deliver both a more comfortable ride and higher mileage.

 

UltraContact 6

A balanced tyre for everyday driving, especially on highways, the UltraContact 6 targets owners of mid-size saloon cars, from the Nissan Altima up to the BMW 5 and Jaguar XF, who are seeking an ideal combination of driving comfort, safety and performance. It delivers extremely short braking distances in dry and wet conditions, a high grip level for braking and cornering, and the perfect combination of good mileage and low noise.

The chamfered angle of the UltraContact 6’s Diamond Edge tread pattern helps reduce tread flex and maximise road contact when braking. An advanced Diamond Blend Compound features a combination of short-chained grip-polymers for advanced braking and handling, and long-chained mileage-polymers for reduced wear. The introduction of Noise Breakers 2.0, an enhanced version of the existing Noise Breaker concept, cuts noise waves within the tyre grooves for a quieter trip.

 

MaxContact 6

With the MaxContact 6, Continental’s experts have developed a high performance tyre to satisfy the demands of experienced drivers seeking the thrill of driving, even in everyday commuting, in models such as Ford Mustang, BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class. They expect a performance-driven tyre that excels in braking and handling in dry and wet conditions with strong grip and direct feedback from the road.

The extreme high grip requirements are met by a specifically designed Adaptive Grip Compound, which incorporates special adhesive polymers within the tyre’s compound, while six functional elements in the Multifunctional Tread optimise braking distances, handling and grip. A newly designed, adaptive Xtreme-Force ply material is made of polyester and woven into a solid fabric structure that reduces flexing during hard cornering and at high speeds to provide maximum control and better handling, while at lower speeds it retains its flexibility for a comfortable ride.

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For healthy gears: LIQUI MOLY presents two gearbox oils specially for classic cars

Just as modern motor oils are out of place in classic cars, modern gearbox oils only belong in modern vehicles. This is because new oils are generally too low viscosity for old gearboxes. The material compatibility also plays a major role: For in many classic car gearboxes, particularly if built before 1950, non-ferrous metals, such as bronze as well as white metals or alloys, were still used. They cannot tolerate the additives in modern gearbox oils. “They attack the metals. Also, the additives in the API classes GL 5 and 4 are simply oversized for classic cars,” says Oliver Kuhn. He is the assistant laboratory manager for lubricants at LIQUI MOLY.

The classification of gearbox oils touches upon the American Petroleum Institute (API) and ranges from API GL 1 to API GL 5. Put simply: The higher the number, the more modern the oil is and, correspondingly, the greater the additives are. “Manual gearboxes and axle drives used to be separated and, consequently, the properties for the respective gearbox oil were also clearly defined,” explains Oliver Kuhn. Manual gearbox oils were designed predominantly for their behavior towards the synchronizer rings and were given fewer or milder additives. Because there are significantly higher pressures in axle drives, the lubricants correspondingly had greater additives.

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One might therefore assume that old lubricant oil recipes could be used. But the expert advises against this: “These do not correspond to the latest level of knowledge. In turn, they do not have sufficient additives,” explains the expert. The LIQUI MOLY Classic gearbox oils SAE 90 and SAE 140 fill this niche with specially adapted additive packages. “Our new gearbox lubricants combine the latest expertise with the understanding for the requirements of old vehicles.”

As classic cars are almost exclusively used in summer, both gearbox oils are a little thicker and the base oils are adapted to the age of the vehicles.

While the Classic gearbox oil SAE 140 is suitable for manual gearboxes of classic vehicles and axle drives with low loads, the SAE 90 can only be used in manual gearboxes. LIQUI MOLY recommends both lubricants for vehicles, motors and transmissions requiring the following specifications or genuine part numbers: API GL1, API GL 2, API GL 3. Both Classic lubricants are available in 1 litre containers.

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Firestone launches first Middle East and Africa website

Firestone launches their first Middle East and Africa website, making finding the right tyres as easy as the click of a button. Created with user experience firmly in mind, the site design mirrors Firestone’s fresh, youthful, reliable and easy-to-use brand personality. Led by the launch of its FS100 tyre earlier this year, Firestone is reaffirming its core philosophy – to allow the young-at-heart the “freedom to drive” and discover. The launch of the website is a significant milestone for the Firestone brand growth in the Middle East and Africa region.

The new MEA website offers relevant product and company information to end-users, tyre professionals, vehicle dealers and other stakeholders in a clear and trendy design.  It has a robust tyre finder for passenger cars, easy to use store locator and a social dashboard to look at trending social media content.

In addition to this, the site will provide users with information on current promotions in the market and allow the user to place enquiries to Firestone tyre distributors within their geographical area. The site is perfectly compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, and is available in both English and Arabic languages.

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For Firestone, dependability is one of the most valued qualities. That’s why they invest a great deal of energy in delivering quality products people can rely on and have been doing so for over 100 years. “If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right” is a Firestone brand motto and an attitude that has not changed with time.

The Firestone brand is legendary in the USA where it was born over a century ago and boasts an impressive list of achievements both on and off the race track. Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber manufacturer who acquired the Firestone brand in 1988, is working hard to spread the word in MEA with initiatives in the domains of both product development and marketing. Firestone inspires generations of drivers with an advanced range of tyres built for safety, reliability and value for money as well as promotes adventure, memorable journeys and the freedom to drive.

For more information please visit: http://www.firestone-mea.com/

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Continental Introduces Fully Automated Valet Parking

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Continental Automotive Group, the German company which specialises in tyres and automotive technology, has developed an automated technology solution, enabling cars to valet park without a driver. Recently presented to the public at the 2017 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the fully automated Valet Parking function was demonstrated in a demo vehicle at Continental’s premises in the city.

Continental’s latest innovative technology has been presented at a time when autonomous driving is an increasingly hot topic in the Middle East as a number of GCC governments have revealed their plans to develop smart cities and boost autonomous driving.

“With valet parking, we have presented a driverless function, which relieves drivers from a tedious procedure,” explained Alfred Eckert, Head of Advanced Technology in Continental’s Chassis & Safety division. “The valet parking function provides drivers with a beneficial service in terms of convenience and time. It is also a concrete step towards modern mobility based on fully automated driving.”

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With this new technology, once the driver has exited the vehicle, the car navigates independently through the parking garage barrier, detecting free parking spaces and parks fully autonomously on the first floor. Pedestrians and other vehicles crossing its path are detected and the driving strategy is adapted dynamically. The next stage of development, which Continental’s team of engineers in Germany are working on now, will mean the system can also navigate up and down ramps to other levels in multi-storey parking facilities.

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An adaptable system

In the case of the first stage scenario demonstrated for valet parking, the system communicates wirelessly with the entry barrier. For this purpose, a particular communication infrastructure is activated in the barrier to allow access and calculate the time parked through an automatic process. This technology is already available in parking garages, where it is used in the form of a radio frequency identification system for parking permit holders. However, where parking barriers require a ticket for entry, drivers will have to get their tickets manually, drive through the barrier, exit the car, and then hand the rest of the parking procedure over to the vehicle. Upon request, the vehicle will return to the owner with a simple tap on a button on a mobile application for valet parking, leading the car to the exit barrier.

Continental has developed this software to enable vehicles to find a parking space regardless of the infrastructure in a parking garage. The demo vehicle detects its surroundings using four short-range radar sensors, four surround-view cameras and a forward-facing mono camera. Through the use of sensory data and a digital map, the vehicle will determine its exact position in the parking garage and navigate automatically. The sensory-based approach of the valet parking function with ramp navigation is expected to be available to the public by 2022.

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Autonomous driving in the Middle East

As a number of GCC governments begin to roll out their own plans, particularly in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the unveiling of Continental’s new technology is timely and in line with the focus on developing smart cities and boosting autonomous driving. This includes Dubai Roads and Transport Authority’s ongoing goal to make 25 percent of all journeys driverless by 2030, and Saudi Arabia’s plans for the US$ 100 billion King Abdullah Economic City remodelling to better accommodate driverless cars in recognition of potential future demand.

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Continental Presents Two New Tyre Technology Concepts For Greater Safety And Comfort

Continental is introducing two new tyre technology concepts that will make for even greater road safety and comfort in the future.

The two systems enable continuous monitoring of the tyre’s condition, as well as situation-matched adaptation of tyre performance characteristics to prevailing road conditions. The technologies, called ContiSense and ContiAdapt, will make their public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) accompanied by a tyre study.

ContiSense is based on the development of electrically conductive rubber compounds that enable electric signals to be sent from a sensor in the tyre to a receiver in the car. Rubber-based sensors continuously monitor both tread depth and temperature. If the measured values are above or below predefined limits, the system at once alerts the driver. If anything penetrates the tread, a circuit in the tyre is closed, also triggering an immediate warning for the driver – faster than the systems used to date, which only warn the driver when the tyre pressure has already begun to fall. In the future, the ContiSense system will feature additional sensors that can also be utilized individually. Information about the road surface, such as its temperature or the presence of snow, can be “felt” by the tyre and passed on to the driver. The data can be transmitted to the vehicle electronics or via bluetooth to a smartphone.

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ContiAdapt combines micro-compressors integrated into the wheel to adjust the tyre pressure with a variable-width rim. The system can modify the size of the contact patch, which under different road conditions is a decisive factor for both safety and comfort. Four different combinations allow perfect adaptation to wet, uneven, slippery and normal conditions. For example, a smaller contact patch combined with high tyre pressure make for low rolling resistance and energy-efficient driving on smooth, dry roads. By contrast, the combination of a larger contact patch with lower tyre pressure delivers ideal grip on slippery roads. The system also permits very low tyre pressures of below 1 bar to be set, to help ease the vehicle out of a parking space in deep snow, for example, or traverse a dangerous stretch of black ice.

ContiSense and ContiAdapt are joined by a concept tyre that enables the benefits of both systems to be fully leveraged. The tyre design features three different tread zones for driving on wet, slippery or dry surfaces. Depending on the tyre pressure and rim width, different tread zones are activated and the concept tyre adopts the required “footprint” in each case. In this way, the tyre characteristics adapt to the prevailing road conditions or driver preferences.

Continental considers both these tyre technology concepts promising solutions for the mobility of the future as tyres are adapted to meet the needs of automated driving and electrification.

Low rolling resistance, for example, makes it possible for electric cars to cover greater distances on a single charge. At the same time, the tyres can be adapted to suit the driver’s personal preferences or in response to sudden changes in the weather. These concepts are the logical next step in the future-oriented development of the REDI sensor, brought to market by Continental in 2014, which was instrumental in establishing smart communication between vehicle and tyre.

The new tyre technology concepts follow on from the two established mobility technologies ContiSeal, for the automatic sealing of punctures, and ContiSilent, for a tangible reduction in tyre/road noise. Able to draw on more than a century of experience in tyre technology and with in-house expertise in the fields of vehicle electronics and automotive IT, Continental is systematically aligning its products with the future requirements of autonomous driving and electric mobility.

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Cooper Tire Announced as Official Tyre partner for Kahn Design

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd and Kahn Design are proud to announce the designation of Cooper as the first “Official Tyre” of Kahn Design.

Cooper will be the tyre of choice for a variety of Kahn’s coach-built vehicles, for which the Middle East is an important market, including its renowned range of coach built Flying Huntsman models, which are designed by the founder and Design Director of the Kahn Group himself; Afzal Kahn.

In addition, certain Chelsea Truck Company vehicles, also produced by the Kahn Group, will be fitted with Cooper’s acclaimed Cooper Discoverer A/T3 Sport tyres.

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Already present in the Middle East, with retail partners in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Kahn Design’s bespoke creations are personalised to exact individual specifications to guarantee a completely unique vehicle. Whether exploring exciting outdoor adventures or cruising through the urban environment, Kahn design’s range of Chelsea Truck Company vehicles serve a wide range of purposes.

Eye-catching models such as the coach built Flying Huntsman 6X6 Pick Up and Flying Huntsman Longnose editions, Jeep Black Hawk edition, End Edition Defender and a plethora of Range Rover models have been snapped up by discerning buyers across the GCC and Lebanon.

This new partnership links Cooper’s passion for performance and off-road know-how with Kahn design’s design coach building and manufacturing expertise. Both brands share important core values – both are driven by success and are unrelenting in their quest for the highest quality performance.

Cooper Tire has a variety of tyres options available to meet the varying conditions of Middle East roads; the Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport, which offers outstanding grip and handling, as well as the latest generation of its most popular off-road tyre, the Discoverer STT Pro which delivers serious traction, durability and treadwear.

Cooper Tire Europe Marketing Director Michiel Kramer said, “Choosing the correct tyre is vital so it is a massive endorsement of the quality of our products that the Kahn Group has hand-picked Cooper as its ideal choice of tyre. Cooper’s range of tyres is known for its exceptional grip, handling and braking, so this is a great platform for us to demonstrate our long-standing expertise in producing tyres that are designed to handle all surfaces, both on the open road and off road.”

With tyre needs from tough and functional to urban chic, Cooper was an ideal choice according to Kahn Group CEO, Afzal Kahn. “The reliability, safety and performance of Cooper tyres is extremely high, just the way we need it for our customers to have the best driving experience we can offer. Cooper tyres are a known quantity. They work well in all the conditions that Chelsea Truck Company customers usually come across both on the open road and off-road. Cooper has such a rich history, so the two companies linking up makes perfect sense.”

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