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Continental opens flagship Middle East service centre in Dubai

Continental, the premium German tyre and automotive technology company, today opened its largest Middle East service centre in Dubai. The brand-new full-service facility, which has been launched in partnership with Royal Step Car Services, will provide customers in the UAE with a one-stop shop for all their car servicing needs.

Continental’s new flagship facility has more than 10 service bays and offers a full range of premium tyre and car care services. These include, tyre repairs and fitting, wheel alignment, battery servicing, air conditioning servicing, oil changes, electrical work, brake services, car wash, car accessories and other general maintenance. There is also a dedicated customer waiting area and product display area.

The new service centre, which is located on 4th Street in Al Quoz 1, was opened by executives from Continental, Royal Step Car Services and Emirates for Universal Tyres (EUT), the sole distributor for Continental in the UAE. Present at the official launch ceremony were Karel Kucera, Managing Director of Continental Middle East and Shaun Smith, General Manager at EUT, who both handed over the certificate of authorised dealership to Hassan El Haj, Managing Director of Royal Step Car Services.

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The opening of the new facility is the latest in a series of developments that have seen the German brand significantly enhance its support for customers across the UAE and Middle East. The new Generation 6 range of tyres, which have been developed specifically for the region, were launched last year, while a new parts warehouse, allowing smoother parts supply, was opened in Jebel Ali earlier this year.

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Commenting on the opening, Karel Kucera, Managing Director of Continental Middle East, said: “This new flagship service centre allows Continental to make its premium range of tyres and other services even more accessible to customers in Dubai. It also demonstrates the commitment of both Continental and our UAE partner Royal Step Car Services to all of our customers, whether they be private individuals or companies, at a time when we are experiencing increased demand across the region.”

Hassan El Haj, Managing Director of Royal Step Car Services, said: “The investment in this new facility ensures that we lead the market when it comes to offering customers the best in terms of both servicing and products. Everything has been done to make each visitor’s experience a special one, which we believe will appeal to customers in Dubai who are very much accustomed to receiving the best.”

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Shaun Smith, General Manager at EUT, commented: “We are pleased to welcome Royal Step Car Services as an authorised dealer and further broaden the Continental family in the UAE. Under the guidance of Mr El Haj, they have developed a first-class one-stop shop that will contribute to the growing sales of Continental’s premium products for the coming years in the emirates.”

2019 will also see the Middle East launch of Continental’s new digital tyre monitoring platform, ContiConnect™. Designed especially for commercial vehicles, the new platform helps fleets to maximise efficiency and send alerts if tyre pressure deviates from the defined value. This follows the arrival earlier last year of ContiPressureCheck™, a first-of-its-kind monitoring system for buses and trucks that continuously monitors tyre pressure and temperature.

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PIRELLI OPENS P ZERO WORLD IN DUBAI

THE FOURTH TYRE BOUTIQUE AND THIRD CONTINENT FOR THIS UNIQUE SHOP CONCEPT

PIRELLI’S DUBAI FLAGSHIP STORE ALSO HOSTS THE ‘TRACK EXPERT’: A SPECIALIST IN CIRCUIT DRIVING

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P Zero World reaches its third continent: after Los Angeles, Munich and Monte-Carlo, the latest flagship store has opened in Dubai. This bespoke symbol of Pirelli’s retail strategy – and its leading position in the market – now makes its mark in a key territory that links the Middle East with the rest of the world. A parade of more than 60 supercars belonging to fans and local collectors celebrated the opening of the new store, having first paraded through the city, while the following day more than 200 cars took to the track at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi for the P Zero Experience: Pirelli’s own brand of track day.

The P Zero World concept has often been summarised as a ‘boutique for tyres’: in other words, a shop where customers can find Pirelli’s most exclusive products alongside services dedicated to the exotic worlds of luxury and sports cars. The P Zero World boutiques are the only places where the entire range of Pirelli tyres is available, such as the P Zero Trofeo R – the road-homologated tyre with the highest performance levels of the entire range – or the Pirelli Collezione for collectors’ cars: designed to combine classic looks with modern performance.

Naturally, the entire range of Pirelli products is available to customers, including motorbike tyres and Velo tyres, as well as Pirelli Design accessories. The exclusive services available to customers of the new P Zero World in Dubai include car valeting and courtesy cars. But not only that: P Zero World allows people to immerse themselves in the world of Pirelli, from the images symbolising the world’s most famous calendar, to the multi-coloured display of F1 tyres.

This underlines Pirelli’s strategy that is focussed on premium and prestige products: an area of the market that shows constant growth, where the Italian firm has been able to gain a solid leadership recognised by both customers and carmakers. In numbers, this means that Pirelli supplies more than half the world’s prestige cars with original equipment. So more than one out of every two supercars leaves the factory on Pirelli tyres, while the Italian firm has also taken 20% of the premium market, confirming its leadership of the entire high value sector.

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WHY DUBAI?

Dubai, at the centre of the United Arab Emirates, has been an important commercial and transport hub throughout history, which has always made it one of the most open places to influences and trends from the rest of the world in the Middle East. It’s no coincidence that in 2020 Dubai will host Expo: the world exhibition that will attract 25 million tourists. In Dubai, there’s a huge passion for cars, making it the second-most important car market for the whole of the Gulf, behind only Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates are at the centre of the Middle Eastern car market, a region that expects a yearly growth of 4-5% in luxury cars over the next few years.

Proof of this overriding passion can even be seen in Dubai’s police force, which boasts a supercar fleet that any car collector would be proud of: including a Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF, Bentley Continental GT, McLaren 12C and Audi R8. Some of these police cars took part in the parade of 60 supercars that marked the opening of Dubai’s P Zero World. W Motors, the first Arab hypercar company, is also active in Dubai, with a Pirelli-equipped Fenyr SuperSport a highlight of the opening of P Zero World. The CEO of W Motors, Ralph R. Debbas, was an honoured guest at the opening, representing a visionary and exclusive constructor shaping the future mobility in the region. An Aston Martin Zagato was additionally on display. For the famed Italian coachbuilder, Zagato, Dubai was the start of celebrations to mark its centenary, as P Zero World was opened.

So it’s no surprise that in Dubai – and in the United Arab Emirates in general – this passion for sports cars goes hand in hand with clear and precise choices from motorists. When it comes to tyres, homologations and marked tyres have an important strategic importance in this market, where the tendency from supercar owners is to buy marked tyres whenever a change is needed: in other words, tyres that have been designed specifically for the cars they are fitted to. It’s a choice that is at the heart of a strategy Pirelli calls the ‘Perfect Fit’, where the Italian firm is market leader.

The markings on the tyres signify that they have been specifically made for a particular model of car, with different symbols indicating different constructors. These tyres are born thanks a shared development programme between Pirelli and the carmakers in question that lasts for around 2-3 years and results in tyres that are precisely tailored to the cars they are destined for. This forms a fundamental guarantee for the owners of these cars that they will be able to obtain the maximum in terms of performance and handling, which characterise the fundamental design of the car.

CAFFÈ ITALIANO AND TRACK EXPERT

The P Zero World shop in Dubai is housed in a new 600-metre square building (split between the showroom and workshop) featuring 5 technicians, 2 salespeople and a receptionist. There are four ramps where tyre maintenance can be carried out, using state of the art of machinery. These include the most modern lasers to align wheels, and completely automatic tyre mounting equipment that requires no human intervention and guarantees a perfect job, thanks to technology that ensures no wheel rims are ever damaged.

Furthermore, P Zero World in Dubai is equipped with one of the quickest balancing machines out there that is able to rapidly solve elusive problems, such as vibrations through the steering wheel, that traditional systems cannot identify.

While they wait for work to be carried out, customers can entertain themselves with a life-size Formula 1 simulator and enjoy a real Italian coffee, courtesy of P Zero World, while the technicians look after the car. A ‘Track Expert’ is also at every customer’s disposal, ready to give advice about car set-up and tyre management, as well as specific suggestions when it comes to track driving.

Gaetano Trezza, Pirelli’s Head of Trade & Operative Marketing, said: “Pirelli’s retail strategy is focussed on points of sale activation, in collaboration with partners who are already active on site.

This is certainly the case in Dubai with our distributor Al Hawai, which has worked exclusively with Pirelli for 32 years. Consequently we can rely on a loyal customer base, but above all on the reliability and skill of companies with a passion for our job. P Zero World is the jewel in the crown of this strategy, where clients can discover our brand, exclusive products, and services at the highest level in a unique context. Furthermore, customers get the chance to find out more about our partner brands, which helps us to create an atmosphere that sets P Zero World apart from any other tyre facility. Next up is the opening of P Zero World in Melbourne, Australia.”

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Advanced Telematics in Fleet Management

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Real-time communication, driver’s monitored behavior, reduction of accidents and damages to vehicles and freight, reduction of operating costs, fuel savings, safety improvements and vehicle performance optimization, are just a few terms being used in telematics for fleet management. Nowadays, in the world of mobile technology, it is of great importance to be in line with latest technologies to ensure high quality products and services. Telematics device manufacturers, navigation and digital map developers, smart sensors and HW manufacturers, M2M providers, OEMs, telematics solution providers, logistics and transport companies, and other participants of telematics fleet management industry, must offer latest technologies in order to make improvements in driver efficiency and fleet performance.

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So, how do telematics solutions work in practice? Today’s connected trucks ensure fleet managers to control the use of vehicles and observe driver’s behavior. By using cab-mounted tablets, fleet managers can warn drivers about heavy traffics, thus avoiding time and money related costs.

Good routing apps for example, can help saving the driving time which leads to fuel savings and amplifies overall fleet utilization. The use of vehicle sensors is also of great importance, as they warn of engine and other diagnostic issues. Overall monitoring of vehicle diagnostics and contacting repair centers enable drivers and fleet managers to plan further activities.

So, what are advanced telematics technologies in fleet management? Which products and services will help reduce operating costs, but improve driver’s wellness and satisfy customers? What is the future of telematics in fleet management?

International Conference and Exhibition

Above mentioned questions will be discussed at the 5th edition of Telematics Conference Middle East & Africa which will be held on 28 March 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The annual conference and exhibition, focusing on telematics for fleet management will host approximately 150 delegates, namely, telematics solution providers, telematics device manufacturers, navigation and digital map developers, smart sensors and HW manufacturers, IoT experts, M2M providers, OEMs, market research specialists, logistics and transport companies, and startup companies starting business in the field of telematics. The main topic of this edition will be on “Advanced Telematics in Fleet Management”. The conference program will be enriched by globally and regionally recognized speakers and many network possibilities. Latest products and services from telematics in fleet management will be presented at the exhibition with 15 exhibition booths, all being part of the event.

For more information:
www.telematics-conference.com/mea
Nevena Knezevic
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Telematics Conference
M:+386 68 154 413
E: nevena@telematics-conference.com

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W Motors teams up with Supercar Owners Circle for SOC Weekend Dubai & Abu Dhabi 2019

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W Motors, the Middle East’s only developer of hypercars, is proud to have partnered with the Supercar Owners Circle for the SOC Weekend on 11th-12th January 2019.

The two-day event was based out of the Bvlgari Resort Dubai and combined some of the rarest supercars in the world with exclusive presentations, a visit to the SBH Royal Auto Gallery, several convoy drives and a Yas Marina Circuit track experience amongst other one-off automotive centric experiences.

As part of the exhilarating programme offered to Supercar Owners Circle members and several private W Motors guests, W Motors Founder & CEO Ralph R. Debbas took to the floor to present his vision, discussing past, present and future, whilst giving special insights into the industry and upcoming pioneering innovations from the company.

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The Fenyr SuperSport and Lykan HyperSport were present over the course of the weekend, taking part in all drives and leaving event participants captivated.

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The Ultimate Mitsubishi Offer from Al Habtoor Motors gives customers added convenience and greater value with lower EMIs

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Al Habtoor Motors-Mitsubishi launches one of the greatest offers for its customers this October. ‘The Ultimate Mitsubishi Offer’ presents the entire line-up of Mitsubishi cars and SUV’s with an incredible 1.99% interest for 5 years, making it really convenient for the customers.

The low interest rates have contributed to lower EMIs whereby customers can now buy the stylish Montero Sport at AED 1,340 per month, the feature-packed Eclipse Cross at AED 1,310 per month, the smart cross-over ASX at AED 1,130 per month, the legendary Pajero SUV at AED 1,490 per month, the Outlander 7-Seater family SUV at AED 1,190 per month, the stylish Lancer EX sedan at AED 660 per month, the compact Attrage sedan at AED 570 and the hot hatchback Mirage at AED 560 per month.

What makes the offer even more special is vehicles comes with Free 5 Years or 100,000 Km Warranty, 1 Year Free Insurance, Free Service up to 60,000 km, Free LLumar® Tinting, and ScotchgardTM Protection. Best of all, customers can avail 2% Trade-in Bonus in addition to the above offers.

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“As our customers gear up to welcome the cooler months, we are offering them the ultimate reason to select a new drive from the Mitsubishi Range. We have strived to keep the initial cost of ownership as well as the EMI on long term, thanks to the low interest rate while adding value to their purchase significantly with a host of benefits that promises our customers the best value for their money”, added C.V. Ravin, General Manager Sales – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Al Habtoor Motors.

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV joins the Dubai Police fleet

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the latest electric vehicle to join the prestigious Dubai Police fleet of cars, with the first eight units patrolling the roads as of today. With an impressive line-up of hybrid and electric vehicles in the police force already, the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers long-range practicality of up to 520 kilometers on a single charge – unprecedented in its segment.

Dedicated to being a key driver in the region’s motoring landscape, General Motors’ EV efforts fall in line with the Dubai Government’s vision for more sustainable and smart mobility solutions.

Brigadier Dr. Muhammad Nasser Al Razooqi, Director of Transport and Rescue: “This partnership with Chevrolet is part of our ongoing commitment to better serve the citizens and residents of Dubai while also leading the way in Dubai’s green initiative. The addition of eight Chevrolet Bolt EV cars to our Dubai Police electric fleet will make a big impact in our mission to raise awareness around the benefits of electrification within the Emirate.”

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Already a game changer in the electric vehicle space, the Chevrolet Bolt EV brings together a long history of automotive manufacturing with cutting-edge green technology to produce one of the most practical electric vehicles in the market today.

Speaking on the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s addition to the Dubai Police fleet, John Roth, President & Managing Director of General Motors Africa & Middle East said: “We are proud to support the Dubai Government in its vision to make the Emirate a greener city. The Dubai Green Mobility Initiative has set some ambitious targets, including a 10% penetration of alternate propulsion vehicles in government fleets by 2020. This is a bold target, and we look forward to being equally bold in General Motors’ role as a reliable partner, with the Chevrolet Bolt EV forming the backbone of these fleets, starting with the world-famous Dubai Police fleet.”

General Motors is leading the charge toward a fully-electric future, both regionally and internationally as part of the company’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, ideals that are well-aligned with that of the Dubai Government.

Delivering the fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs to the Dubai Police, Mark Jenkins, CEO of Al Ghandi Auto, one of the brand’s official dealers in the UAE, commented: “As one of the Emirate’s leading dealerships, we have a strong relationship with the Dubai Police and remain firmly committed to supporting them in creating a sustainable landscape in future mobility. We are extremely proud to be handing over these Chevrolet Bolt EV units, signifying our dedication to bringing innovation that complements the direction of the Dubai government.”

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New Lotus showroom opens in Dubai

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Lotus Cars shows its commitment to the UAE with the official opening of the brand-new Lotus showroom in Dubai. The Lotus Dubai facility on Sheikh Zayed Road is the result of a partnership with Adamas Motors and offers new and existing customers the opportunity to experience the famous brand first hand in the heart of Dubai.

Officially opened today by Marcus Blake, Commercial Director of Group Lotus plc and H.E Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the ceremony included esteemed guests, key media and senior management from across the Lotus operations.

The new 5000 square feet Lotus Dubai showroom, capable of showcasing up to 10 cars, opened its doors with the presentation of the range of Lotus vehicles carefully selected and optioned to suit the aspirations of customers in the UAE. On display at the inaugural event was the limited-edition Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 with 3 of the worldwide volume of 25 units making their way to the GCC; the only Lotus 3-Eleven 430 in the Middle East finished in the famous Lotus black and gold livery; and the internationally acclaimed and fastest Lotus production vehicle ever, the Lotus Evora GT430.

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Marcus Blake, Commercial Director of Group Lotus plc commented, “On behalf of Group Lotus, I welcome Adamas Motors to the Lotus brand, in our 70th Anniversary year. Adamas Motors joins Lotus at a very exciting point in the company’s history. Our desirable, benchmark and handcrafted sports cars are consistently being awarded five-star accolades from media around the world. The Lotus business is also growing globally and expanding into new markets, so welcoming even more discerning drivers behind the wheel of this exclusive and British brand.

The UAE is an important market for Lotus and it has even greater potential for the future. With Lotus Cars Middle East and Adamas Motors, we’re looking forward to welcoming both our current and new customers in the region to the Lotus brand.”

Mr Karl Hamer, Chief Executive Officer of Adamas Motors said, “We are extremely proud to be appointed as the new Lotus Cars dealer for the UAE. The Lotus DNA fits perfectly to Adamas Motors’ business platform, specializing in prestige and performance vehicles and being committed to providing UAE customers with an unrivalled motoring and ownership experience.

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With Lotus now in its 70th year, I reflect on my personal interest in Lotus since I was a young man, growing up watching James Bond movies and the true days on Formula 1, so I am so pleased and excited to be working with this wonderful brand in the UAE today. Our showroom design and ambience can be likened to that of a boutique hotel, where our customers can come and enjoy a coffee and hold business meetings, we want it to be a place that UAE motorists can enjoy. Relationship is everything and we will ensure that our customers, manufacturers and our employees experience a business they are proud to be associated with.”

Jonathan Stretton, Regional Director of Lotus Cars Middle East commented, “Dubai is an important market in the Middle East and partnering with Adamas Motors in this impressive facility further presents our commitment to supporting the Lotus brand and developing our presence in the region. Adamas Motors management has a great deal of expertise in the sports and performance car sector and much experience in the GCC. The investment in this new Lotus Dubai showroom and the focus from Adamas Motors on offering exceptional customer service means that Lotus is set to create growth and significant customer loyalty in the UAE today and as the new era for Lotus unfolds.”

The new Lotus Dubai showroom includes a configuration room, allowing customers to plan their Lotus vehicle colour and trim selections in a comfortable and private space, alongside a customer lounge where guests can relax and enjoy a coffee made by a professional barista.

Lotus customers in Dubai will be able to service their cars at a new solus Lotus, state-of-the-art workshop facility in Al Quoz, with customers welcomed to the facility in person or invited to use a performance vehicle transporter specifically designed to safely carry the range of Lotus vehicles.

Lotus is to be presented by Adamas Motors in the capital of the UAE, with the launch of the first ever Lotus showroom in Abu Dhabi due to be announced in the coming months.

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The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS a future blast from the past

Our story begins today from the late 1950s when the German manufacturer Porsche decided to enter the race arena with a revolutionary car: the “718”.

The “718” of the 1950’s shocked all race enthusiasts by being able to out-race its competitors equipped with a relatively smaller four-cylinder mid-engine. This phenomenon car created a new milestone in the history of automotive racing and manufacturing.

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Fast forward 40 years later to 1996, Porsche introduced the first generation of Boxster, this particular car is one of the main factors that contributed to the financial recovery of Porsche at that time.

To be followed later on with three successful generations of Porsche Boxster, out of which is this 4th generation amazing machine.

Taking our time machine back to the current present, we have decided to experiment the legend of the 718 mixed with the lucky charm of the Boxster adding to it the GTS badge: “The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS”, and there is no better place to go enjoy this experience other than the empty paved desert roads of Dubai.

Our Journey in Dubai began with a Rendez-vous with Two Porsche Boxster fanatics and owners trying to understand the passion behind their attachment to the Boxster previous generations: Mario Maatouq owner of a Porsche Boxster generation II and Melanie Schindler owner of Boxster Generation III GTS and of course I had to show up with the fourth generation Porsche 718 Boxster GTS.

As expected, stories were swapped across about our passion for the Porsche brand especially that I’m a Porsche fanatic myself and the life they lived inside their Porsche noting that both of them own several Porsche as well.

After going through the history of the Boxster and trying to prove which is the best generation, we took a pause and decided to put the 3 cars next to each other for a visual evolution of this amazing machine.

If I want to talk about the car I’m driving: the 4th generation of Boxster, it was clear that this generation has the slickest appearance with the adoption of “Sport design” by Porsche backed up by its completely new front bumper and the latest technology and design for the front and tail headlights.

Paradoxically, although Mario and Milani were dazzled by the new design, Mario was hooked on his second generation Boxster that for him had a unique family value. Melanie insisted that she is somehow connected to her third-generation Boxster from first sight despite the fact that they own several Porsche cars at home. However, the fourth generation had a different appeal for everybody and from here our journey begins.

Once inside the cabin, you cannot but notice that the car you are driving is a GTS by all means. The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS features two standard Sport Seats Plus engraved with the GTS logo on the headrest, a GTS logo on the RPM dials reminding you at all times that this is not an ordinary vehicle. In addition, and for that extra athletic design the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS cockpit comes with Alcantara materials, carbon fiber, and brushed aluminum laid out on most cabin design parts.

The dream starts at the first engine spark as the “GTS” logo welcomes you on the TFT screen coped with a unique symphony emanating from that sporty exhaust system. In just a few seconds, I was pumped up and ready to roll joined by my two Porsche fellows with their 2nd and 3rd generation Boxster. Rooftop down, I was enjoying my time with the new “PCM” infotainment system keeping me company, entrained and connected at all times with the easy to use touch-screen as we cruise the urban side of Dubai.

Unfortunately, Mario and Melanie’s journey came to an end as we reached the last metropolitan scenery of Dubai and started to enter the empty free roads of the tranquil desert. The silence was torn by the thunder of the Boxster’s revving; I was living a performance experience like no other “within speed limits off course” that brought back the history of the legendary 718 in the 1950s taking its competitors by surprise with a smaller engine size.

A quick comparison between the third and fourth generation engines came as a surprise: the first is a 3.4-liter V6 engine and the second is a four-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharger, however despite the smaller displacement, the 718 produced an additional 35 hp reaching a total of 365 horsepower and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 290 km/h coped with the PDK gearbox.

On the drivability level, the adrenaline rush and action flairs don’t come only from engine performance, it is a combination of several factors that make the Boxster GTS one of the most stable vehicles in speeding cornering. In addition to the mid-car location engine, the complex systems of suspension and stability control using Porsche’s experience in racing give the driver an unprecedented sensation of joy. The 718 Boxster GTS comes equipped with Porsche Active Suspension System “PASM”, PSM Sport and PTV coped with a mechanical rear differential lock, allows aspiring drivers to get closer to the maximum vehicle limits without taking the risk of losing control.

For me, one of the most important features of the fourth generation is the “PTPA” application, allowing the driver to record driving data directly from the race ring on his smartphone and being able to share it on his social media accounts or even analyze his driving techniques.

And if that isn’t enough, for straight line racers like myself the “Launch control” function is what makes it all worthwhile and don’t get me started on that small button on the steering wheel “Sport Response button” that gets you all drooling to get the maximum rush for 20 seconds simulating Hollywood movies experience or even race games.

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Al Tayer Motors Enters Fast Vehicle Servicing Business

Al Tayer Motors, one of the UAE’s premier automotive dealerships, has entered into the fast vehicle servicing business.  The company, represented by Premier Motors in Abu Dhabi, has opened the first Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center in Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Park area.

Staffed by a team of experienced factory-trained technicians, the facility provides services ranging from periodic maintenance, oil & filters change, battery and brakes check, coolant and brake fluid change, AC service, tire replacement as well as wheel balancing and alignment for all makes & models, including light commercial vehicles.

“Our after-sales department has won numerous awards at regional and international levels for the quality of service and care provided by its well-trained technicians. Customers in the UAE capital can rest assured that they will get quick, reliable service from our expert technicians at some of the most competitive rates in the market for vehicle servicing within Abu Dhabi city. We plan to open more such facilities across the UAE in a phased manner,” said Ashok Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, Al Tayer Motors.

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The drive-in facility does not require prior appointments and caters to all makes or models, using quality parts and lubricants from reputed companies such as Motorcraft® / Omnicraft®, genuine parts and premium quality aftermarket parts. Customers also benefit from a detailed vehicle health inspection during every visit.

The facility offers complimentary wifi access in a well-appointed lounge for customers to relax while they wait for their cars to be serviced.

Further information on the facility is available through www.quicklaneuae.com, www.facebook.com/quicklaneuae/, www.instagram.com/quicklaneuae/, or by calling the toll-free number 800QLANE.

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Unprecedented luxury onboard the Rolls Royce Phantom 2018

On every occasion and at every new release by the British Manufacturer Rolls-Royce, the same eternal question pops up: Do you think that Rolls-Royce Luxury vehicles are made to be self-driven or Chauffeur Driven?

So we took advantage of our presence in the United Arab Emirates, specifically in Dubai, to answer once and for all this eternal question.

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Landing in Dubai for a short 8-hour trip and as a first timer in the city of dreams, I wanted to indulge myself in luxury and elegance but I didn’t know where to start. I initiated a call to my colleague Nabil and asked him to prepare a fast tour around the main landmarks of Dubai.

Stepping out of the hotel, I was immediately stunned with Super Cars and Luxury Cars gathered at the Hotel entrance, however, only one magnificent palatial mansion gleaming in front of my eyes in English white and elegant Tuscan Sun colors captured my attention. It was the 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom the icon of pure elegance and luxury.

Admiring this British Masterpiece moving slowly towards my direction, time froze for a moment as the handsome driver stepped out of the vehicle and gently with a hand gesture invited me in as he opens the doors with a poise. I was transported immediately to the Cinderella Fairytale waiting to step into her carriage for that unforgettable experience.

As the magical moment slips out, I just realized that the Rolls Royce Driver was none other than my colleague Nabil fulfilling his pledge to take me for an unforgettable drive around Dubai filled with Elegance and Luxury. Let the Journey begins.

The rear seat view in the Rolls Royce Phantom was beyond imagination, a fantastic experience that stimulates senses in every aspect. The comfort of the seats along with the luxury materials used from leather with tan and arctic white colors, Paldao veneer and other refined tissues simulate and even exceed any First-Class services. The 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom is luxury at its best.

Having said that, the Rolls Royce Phantom is designed to be the perfect luxury station for any businessmen or women as it comes heavily loaded with connectivity and controls guaranteed to save time and provide the perfect setup to conduct business efficiently.

For successful people, Business and leisure are a must to maintain creativity and excellence in life, the Rolls Royce Phantom is no stranger to that concept as the same connectivity and controls used for business can be implemented in leisure for an extraordinary entertaining experience. The Veneered Picnic Tables along with the folding screens and the astonishing controls of the full vehicle including the entertainment system provide you with a chance to unwind and relax in the rear seats in elegance and style. Taking it a step further, massage seats and reclining seating configuration as you admire the starlight headliner and rest your head on those RR Monogram hand-stitched on all Headrests after that long working day surely exceeds any 5-Star SPA experience.

Pampered in luxury onboard the Rolls Royce Phantom moving from one landmark to another around the busy streets of Dubai, I was intrigued to learn more about the other side of this luxurious mansion “The Driving Experience”. I turned to my colleague Nabil for that different point of view since he took the role of chauffeuring me for these few hours (in my opinion he didn’t seem to mind doing so, I mean he was driving a Rolls Royce Phantom).

The feedback from the cockpit was instant, the smile on his face says it all. The same look and feel of the rear seats are clearly reflected on the front seats as well. The luxury and elegance is laid out in every single detail of the Rolls Royce Phantom 2018 from Art Gallery to the famous Rolls Royce bespoke Watch…, I mean you can literally place your favorite painting or even diamond or Swarovski on the dashboard, our Phantom came with the Regatta Sails in Arctic White Gallery.

As for the driving sensation, the British chef d’oeuvre floats on the roads even on bumpy ones providing ultimate comfort for the driver as well as the passengers. the Rolls Royce comes fully loaded with countless driving assistance, safety and control systems guaranteeing a stress feel and enjoyable drive even on long trips. What captured Nabil’s attention was the newly developed suspension system for that extra comfort and the eight-speed ZF satellite connected gearbox. And Yes he affirmed: “Satellite connected gearbox” that actually receives information via satellite connectivity about the various types and elevation of terrains and automatically adjusts the torque and acceleration to eliminate any chance of discomfort during the journey.

“Now imagine the engine on the Rolls-Royce Phantom”, he added: “We are talking about a V 12-cylinder engine with a capacity of 6.75 liters Twin-Turbo Charged capable of generating 563 horsepower and a torque of 900 N/m @1700 RPM, the sound of that engine must be extremely loud”. In reality, I personally couldn’t hear the engine sound not even any road noise despite that the streets were busy and traffic surrounded us from every angle. Once more Nabil’s input cleared out the picture, the 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom has the best in class road noise reduction with improved glass isolation, 9 layers of paint and even specially designed tires filled with foam eliminating any chance of undesired noise trying to squeeze into the Phantom and disturbing your unwinding.

Lots of attention to details and features are built into this elegant palace, makes it really hard to answer that eternal question posed since the first Phantom was created in 1925.

So will you drive your Rolls Royce Phantom or have it chauffeur driven?

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The most anticipated launch of the year – The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class arrives in style to the Middle East

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Dubai

The arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class was celebrated at Al Serkal Avenue in Dubai this week. The event introduced to the region the legendary flagship model – taking a leap into a new era in terms of technology while staying true to its unrivalled legacy.

Haven undergone its greatest change in history, the new G-Class maintains its iconic design and remains a benchmark for originality, ruggedness and luxury – with regards to comfort and safety. Beneath its classic rugged exterior lies the latest cutting-edge technology, giving its drivers a much better performance than ever before.

The new model presents itself in top form – whether on or off the road and whatever the operating conditions, the off-road vehicle impresses with its performance, advanced assistance systems, outstanding handling and safety.

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At the same time, the new suspension, the DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes including the “Desert” driving mode designed specifically for the G 500 in the Middle East, the “G-Mode”- an intelligent off-road control system – and the three 100 percent differential locks enhance not only ride comfort but also agility – on any surface.

Commenting on the launch, Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing and Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East, said: “The Middle East has eagerly awaited the launch of the latest G-Class. Being one of the first markets around the world to welcome this model, we believe our customers will be immensely satisfied with its new developments, especially innovations made specifically for the region – alongside its unparalleled performance, comfort and world-class safety systems. The G-Class remains an icon, only better and stronger – but at the same time stayed true to itself and kept its character”.

Reinterpreted for today

The luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz has long been considered a design icon. In as much as the new G-Class is 53 mm longer and 121 mm wider than the previous model, its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979. It follows the philosophy of Sensual Purity and at the same time remains true to the character of the original. Iconic elements continue to serve very specific purposes, now as then, and to give the G-Class its unique appearance. All these are still found in the new model: the distinctive door handle and the characteristic closing sound, the robust exterior protective strip, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door and the prominent indicator lights. Extraordinary features like these in concert with the off-roader’s angular lines define its special look – giving it an even greater presence, on the road as well as in terrain.

More than ever, the new G-Class appears to be cast from a single piece. All surfaces have a tauter design and have more tension, while the surface quality has been taken to an even higher level. This results in narrower, more precise gaps and more harmonious transitions. In addition, the wheel arches and bumpers form a more integral part of the body and thus look less like add-on features.

Interior: authentic icon

While the exterior maintains the iconic classic look, the interior of the G-Class has undergone a fundamental modern redesign. With its off-road character and top-class luxury appointments, the model has always combined two extremes into a harmonious symbiosis. Unmistakable at first glance and from the first touch, only high-quality materials are used. Every detail is finished by hand with the utmost care.

Getting in the G-Class reveals that numerous design features from the exterior have been transposed into the interior: the shape of the round headlamps, for instance, which is reflected in the side air vents and the design of the iconic indicators, found again in the shape of the loudspeakers. Hallmarks of the model include the grab handle in front of the front passenger and the chrome-highlighted switches for the three differential locks; both have been meticulously optimised and retained as characteristic features.

The very clearly arranged and completely redesigned instrument panel features timeless tube-look analogue round dials as standard – with two 12.3-inch displays blend visually into a Widescreen Cockpit beneath a shared glass cover. In other words, fans of classic round instruments will certainly not be disappointed in the new G‑Class. Drivers can choose between three different styles for the displays – “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive” – and also select relevant information and views according to their individual needs.

Off-road: the legend surpasses itself

The primary goal of development was to redefine the quality of the handling both on and off the road. This goal has been achieved: The new G-Class performs even better off-road, while on the road it is significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor – thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the three 100-percent differential locks and LOW RANGE off-road gear reduction.

The new suspension emerged from the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz GmbH and Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The result is an independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle. The new front axle is designed in such a robust way that the off-road performance and off-road capabilities of its predecessor are maintained and partly even surpassed.

On-road: agile, comfortable, superior

The specification for the G-Class not only included solidness and superiority in terrain, but also greater driving dynamics and comfort on paved roads. Thanks to the new front axle design, the on-road performance has therefore been enhanced at the same time. On the road, the “G” is as agile as it is comfortable and provides the driver with a better steering feel.

Using a digital prototype, the developers simulated the service life of individual components and closed systems to find out in which places it would be possible to make use of lighter raw materials. The diet worked, as the G-Class has shed around 170 kg. The recipe for success: a new mix of materials comprising strong, high-strength, ultra-high-strength steels and aluminium, as well as improved production processes at the Magna Steyr plant in Austria. The rigid body shell is now made of a variety of steel grades, while the wings, bonnet and doors are made of aluminium.

However, less mass in no way translates into less stability – on the contrary, it was possible to increase the torsional rigidity of the frame, body shell and body mounts by around 55 percent, from 6,537 to 10,162 Nm/deg.

The new “G-Mode” paves the way where there is none

One of the prerequisites for the improved off-road handling characteristics is the new “G-Mode”. The G-Class changes to “G-Mode” independently of the chosen driving mode as soon as one of the three differential locks has been activated or the LOW RANGE off-road reduction gear has been engaged. This off-road mode adapts the adjustable damping of the chassis and the steering as well as the accelerator characteristic, avoids unnecessary gear shifts and thus ensures optimum control and maximum off-road capability. Drivers are able to enjoy inch-perfect manoeuvring even in the steepest terrain and receive excellent feedback on the traction capacity of the surface.

New automatic transmission on board

For the transfer of power, the 9G TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter was specifically adapted to meet the needs of the off-road icon. The developers have managed to reduce the shift and response times of the 9-speed transmission by means of a dedicated software application. The wide transmission ratio not only makes driving quieter and more comfortable especially at low engine speeds, it simultaneously also contributes to reducing fuel consumption.

The powerful Mercedes-AMG G 63

The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 underpins its unique position among performance off-road vehicles with the powerful drive system, the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension, the AMG-specific transmission modes and new interior with optimal widescreen cockpit.

The AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine now also replaces the previous 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine in the G 63. It generates 430 kW (585 hp) in this model and delivers a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This is available across a wide rev range between 2.500 and 3.500 rpm, providing a sense of effortless superiority. It absolves a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.

The eight-cylinder delivers its power with muscular torque in all engine speed ranges, combined with maximum efficiency for low fuel consumption and emission figures.

Unmistakable design features give the new AMG G 63 its unique appearance: the boxy silhouette, the proud bonnet, external door hinges, round headlamps, mounted direction indicators, robust door handles, muscular protective strips with inserts in high-gloss black with a silver AMG emblem, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless-steel cover and three-dimensional Mercedes star.

The front section of the G 63 is characterised by the AMG-specific radiator grille and the AMG bumper with large side air inlets and trim in matt iridium silver. The headlamps, indicators and tail lights are in LED High Performance technology as standard.

With adaptive adjustable damping: AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension

The new G 63 performs even better when off-road, and on the road, it is more dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. The agile driving impression is substantial due to the suspension system, which has been completely redesigned by Mercedes-AMG and features coil springs all-round. For the first time the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension; a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is used at the rear.

The AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive adjustable damping is standard equipment. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements, improving driving safety and ride comfort.

Via a switch on the centre console, the driver can choose between three different sets of damping characteristics, namely “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport+”, and thus individually influence the driving experience from very comfortable to taut and sporty.

Characteristics at the touch of a finger: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT

For the first time in the history of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class, the driving characteristics can be individualised at the touch of a finger with five on-road and three off-road driving modes.

With the five DYNAMIC SELECT on-road modes “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”, the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to very sporty and “M” button to switch directly to manual mode.

Three off-road modes – “Sand”, “Trail” and “Rock” – are available when driving off the beaten track. These can then be selected with the DYNAMIC SELECT rocker switch. “Trail” allows maximum performance on soft, muddy or slippery surfaces. “Sand” modifies the parameters for sporty dynamics and the best possible grip and steerability on sandy stretches or desert sand dunes. “Rock” is the mode for extremely demanding, rocky terrain with severe axle articulation and frequent lifting of one or more wheels.

AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system

For more efficiency, Mercedes-AMG has equipped the V8 engine in the G 63 with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which significantly lowers fuel consumption.

The AMG main menu on the instrument cluster informs the driver whether the cylinder deactivation system is in use and whether the engine is operating in the partial or full-load range.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission with shorter shift times

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission is used in the G 63. This has a model-specific software application to achieve very short shift times. The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes make for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined engine manipulation makes for even faster gear changes.

“Manual” mode can be selected using a separate switch. The gear changes are based on the selected transmission mode, and the driver can now change gear using paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.

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Mitsubishi Summer Surprise treats customers to a great value for money experience at Al Habtoor Motors

Al Habtoor Motors

Al Habtoor Motors-Mitsubishi lines up one of the biggest promotion this summer that aims to offer customers the added convenience of ownership and absolute value for their money as always.

Mitsubishi Summer Surprise gives customers the chance to buy their favorite Mitsubishi vehicles with the flexibility of paying a lower EMI with step-up payment scheme for the first 12 months.

Pajero owners in particular can start paying their EMI from January 2019. Al Habtoor Motors will also contribute up to 3 months of the 5 years loan EMI.

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Those who opt to buy a brand new Mitsubishi Outlander, Montero Sport, Eclipse Cross, ASX, Lancer EX, Attrage or Mirage will get the convenience of really low installments with the new twelve months step up payments starting from AED 395 P/M.

Furthermore, selected vehicles come with Free 5 Years or 100,000 Km Warranty, 1 Year Free Insurance, Free Service up to 60,000 km, Free LLumar® Tinting, and ScotchgardTM Protection. Best of all, also customers can avail 2% Trade-in Bonus in addition to the above offers.

The price advantage offers a special appeal to all customers who can now buy the Pajero at AED 995, Montero Sport at AED 895 per month, the Outlander 7-Seater family SUV at AED 795 per month, the new Eclipse Cross at AED 695 per month, the ASX at AED 595 per month, and finally the Lancer EX, Attrage and Mirage for AED 395 per month under the step-up payment offer.

“Summer is a challenging time for our customers as they have the added expenses of their family vacations. We have thus worked out a summer promotion that completely focuses on the ease of ownership and offers a value-added ownership experience with a host of additional benefits that will give them an easy ownership experience by bringing down the initial costs of ownership significantly.”, added C.V. Ravin, General Manager Sales – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Al Habtoor Motors.

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