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Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 Craziest Cars

TOKYO AUTO SALON 2019 is one of the largest annual custom cars and car-related products show held on 11, 12 and 13 January at Makuhari Messe Tokyo Japan.

Tokyo Auto Salon this year was a great success with more than 330,666 attendees, 906 vehicles from customized cars, Japanese Classic Cars, crazy tuned cars and customized classics from BMW, Ferrari and more.

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In this year’s show, lots of great customizers were present onsite such as Kuhl bringing in some of his best work on Nissan GT-R, American Muscle Cars and most importantly Japanese Suzuki and more, in addition to the yearly releases of LibertyWalk and other tuners.

this year as well, we were able to see lots of Nissan vehicles such as the snowmobile 370 z, electric cars and more. the show was also characterized by extreme tuning for classic European cars that marked the sportscars era from the ’80s and 90’s such as Lancia, BMW, and Ferraris.

Tokyo Auto Salon is positioning itself as the place to be when it comes to extreme tuning and crazy stuff beyond imagination, the show is a trendsetter for those who love Japanese cars, Japanese culture or even Japanese tuning on European cars.

For those of you who are not familiar with Tokyo Auto Salon here’s a lesson in history: TOKYO AUTO SALON inaugurated in 1983 as “Tokyo Exciting Car Show” in a bid to establish the custom car culture”. TOKYO AUTO SALON, marked the show’s 37th anniversary, now is the annual car extravaganza covering the gamut of custom car related concerns. The show brings the best opportunity to experience an exciting mixture of the latest trends in the powerful custom car scene and colourful lively entertaining content.

TOKYO AUTO SALON 2020 will take place from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 January 2020 at MAKUHARI MESSE International Convention Complex, Tokyo Japan

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Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition to Premiere at Chicago Auto Show

Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that it will showcase the world premiere of the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition at the Chicago Auto Show, open to the public Feb. 7-18.1

The original Mazda MX-5 debuted at the Chicago Motor Show in 1989 and the nameplate celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The iconic model has become a symbol of Mazda’s car-making philosophy and tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. The 30th-anniversary special edition was created as an expression of appreciation for the customers all over the world who have supported the success of the model over the last 30 years.

Now and into the future, Mazda remains committed to the idea behind the original Mazda MX-5 in 1989: a car that makes everyone happy.

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Lebanese American University Auto Days 2018

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Our 2nd stop this year part of the University Automotive Days 2018 Tour was the Lebanese American University held on the 18th of April 2018.

Once more the campus in Beirut was transformed into an arena of the best Tuned and Muscle Cars with the presence of experts from every automotive field.

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Students of Lau lineup to check out the Best Tuned Cars provided by Auto Fashion in addition to Auto Fashion Color Changing activity that turned the Mazda CX-3 from grey to green in just a few hours.

Two Muscle Cars were there as well to complete the car display scene The Vitamin C Cuda and the superbly red and black Camaro SS.

Looking to the other side, you can see the Champion Oil and Lubricants stand next to the Hankook Tires stand with the presence of the Race Champion Paul Khawand that shared his knowledge in the mechanical field including the right choice of Engine Oil and how to select the best suitable tire for the students’ cars. During the break, Paul Khawand and his team organized a Tire Pile up competition under the name of Hankook Pit Stop Challenge where students competed to pile up tires on top of each other in a fun and entertaining activity.

Just a few meters away from the Hankook and Champion stand, you can find the Mazda setup display the Mazda 3 sedan where student competed for the best race time on the PlayStation setup by DomTech and the winners got the chance to take the Mazda for the weekend.

And what is an automotive day without the Motorcycles, ANB Motorcycles displayed an array of the best new motorcycles from KTM, Vespa, Aprilia and so much more and helped students learn more about the riding techniques and safety measures to take on when driving a motorcycle.

The event is insured by Commercial insurance and organized by Xclusive SARL with the collaboration of the Safety and awareness Club in LAU.

See you next year.

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University Automotive Day 2018 USEK

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The 15th of March 2018 was not the average studying day at Universite Saint-Esprit Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon as the campus was transformed into a mini motor show full of cars, fun, and awareness.

As usual, when the University Automotive Days Tour comes to the campus, students and professors come to witness the best cars and motorcycles on display and enjoy a day full of activities and awareness.

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Xclusive SARL in support of the Student Office Affairs in USEK organized the first stop of the University Automotive Days Tour at USEK Kaslik, the event included several Tuned Cars on display brought to us by Auto Fashion the leading tuning shop in Lebanon. Auto Fashion spoke about the benefits of wrapping vs painting the car and also conducted a competition showing the students how to wrap a car where one student got the chance to wrap a Mazda 2 and win 100$ vouchers from Auto Fashion.

Just next to it was the Hankook Tires stand where the Drift and Speed Test Champion Paul Khawand from Hankook Racing team talked about the importance of tires safety and how students can select the best suitable tire for their cars and how they can detect defected tires in addition to the Hankook Race Pit Stop Challenge where students won discount vouchers from Hankook.

Onsite was also present Champion Oil, supported by the champ Paul Khawand talking about the importance of having the right oil for engines and how oil and lubrication affect the lifetime of the engine. Champion Oil, Braun Shavers, and Sony PlayStation conducted a PS race tournament where students got the chance to win a Braun Shavers and Oil packs from Champion Oil for the best timing.

Supporting Road Safety, Commercial Insurance offered insurance policies for the students who experienced the don’t text and drive campaign and tried to text while racing the Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation and were shown that it is impossible to text and stay on track.

Mazda was also present and talked about Road Safety, Fuel Economy and low emissions engines with the SkyActiv technology available on Mazda Cars and students who took part in the Mazda Competition won a weekend test drive onboard the Mazda CX-3.

Motorcycle Safety is becoming more and more of importance on roads these days, this is why ANB Motorcycles were present during the USEK Automotive Day and talked about Motorcycle Safety and awareness and the importance of proper safety gear when riding and the new safe riding techniques. Students got the chance to win free motorcycle riding sessions by ANB Motorcycles.

The USEK stop was one of the best universities we hit in the past 4 years and we expect to come back again next week for an even bigger and better event part of the 5th Edition of University Automotive days tour 2019, see you next year.

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MAZDA’S NEW SKYACTIV-X ENGINE HAS POTENTIAL TO RIVAL CO2 OF EVS WHEN MEASURED ‘WELL-TO-WHEEL’

Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-X engine, which combusts through compression ignition, shows the potential to reduce emissions from an internal combustion engine to below that of an electric vehicle when measured well-to-wheel.

Committed to the principle of the right solution at the right time, Mazda has concluded that, until the growing quantity of power from renewables replaces the dirtiest forms of electricity generation such as brown coal, electric powertrains do not currently satisfy to society’s wish for a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Rather, the company is focusing on bettering the real-world emissions of EVs by maximizing the efficiency of the internal combustion engine, as exemplified by its new, next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine.

This is not to suggest Mazda is turning its back on the development of the electric powertrain. Committed to reducing its corporate average ‘Well-to-Wheel’ CO2 emissions to 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030, and to 90 percent by 2050, the company will introduce an EV and mild hybrid technology -or micro-hybridisation- in 2019, models with built-in batteries in 2020, and the brand’s first plug-in hybrid in 2025.

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With two-thirds of global electricity production currently relying on the use of fossil fuels, Mazda believes regulations placing the absolute emissions of an EV (electric vehicle) at zero to be disingenuous. In order to more correctly measure CO2emissions over the life cycle of a vehicle, Mazda is moving beyond current ‘Tank-to-Wheel’ evaluations (which consider only emissions whilst driving), to a ‘Well-to-Wheel’ method, which also considers fuel extraction, manufacturing, and shipping.

The use of ‘Well-to-Wheel’ emissions evaluation will allow Mazda to make a more accurate assessment of the appropriate powertrain development paths to pursue in the immediate future. In this context, the company has reconsidered the ecological merits of EV vehicles which consume power generated by using fossil fuels.

A mid-sized electric car consumes around 20 kilowatt-hours of electricity per 100km. Production of this power with coal translates into CO2 emissions of 200g/km; with petroleum, 156g/km; and with LNG (liquefied petroleum gas) 100g/km. When converted to a ‘Well-to-Wheel’ figure, then, the average CO2 emissions of an EV are some 128g/km, depending on the power generation source, whilst that of a Mazda SKYACTIV-G petrol engine of comparable power is 142g/km. This means that with as little as a 10% improvement in efficiency, SKYACTIV-G engine emissions will be on a par with those of electric vehicles.

In fact, a SKYACTIV-G engine produces less CO2, ’Well-to-Wheel’, than EVs whose electricity is generated by coal or petroleum. And whilst EVs using LNG-produced electricity have 30 percent lower emissions, Mazda believes it can improve the internal combustion engine sufficiently to match that level.

Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-X engine represents a significant step towards that goal. It is the world’s first commercial petrol engine to use compression ignition, in which the fuel-air mixture ignites spontaneously when compressed by the piston.

The company’s proprietary combustion method -Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI)- combines the spark ignition of a petrol engine with the compression ignition of a diesel. This overcomes two issues that have, until now, impeded the commercialization of compression ignition petrol engines; maximizing the operating zone in which compression ignition is possible, and achieving a seamless transition between compression ignition and spark ignition.

Two of the key factors to the successful operation of SPCCI are; firstly, the engine’s ability to switch from the ideal, stoichiometric, 14.7:1 air-to-fuel mixture of a conventional petrol engine to the lean-burn mixture -over 29.4:1; and secondly, the continuous use of spark plugs. When the engine is cold or running at high revs, the spark plugs ignite the mixture in a conventional manner.

When the engine is in lean-burn mode -about 80 percent of the time- the spark plugs ignite a pulse of fuel-rich mixture injected into the center of the cylinders under ultra-high pressure during the compression stroke. This, in turn, provokes compression ignition with a rapid and particularly even burn which is leading to a more powerful piston stroke. The combustion timing is controlled by the flame from the spark plug. Hence, SPCCI combines the advantages of both petrol and diesel engines to achieve outstanding environmental performance, power, and acceleration.

Combined with a supercharger to boost intake pressure, compression ignition delivers unprecedented engine response and an increase in torque of 10-30 percent over the current SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, whilst the super lean-burn improves engine efficiency by up to 20-30 percent over the current SKYACTYIV-G. Moreover, SKYACTIV-X even equals or exceeds the latest SKYACTIV-D diesel engine in fuel efficiency.

Operating with high efficiency across a wide range of rpm and engine loads, the SKYACTIV-X engine allows greater latitude in the selection of gear ratios, providing both superior fuel economy and driving performance.

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Mazda Vision Coupe Wins Concept Car of the Year in Europe

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Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the Mazda Vision Coupe has won Concept Car of the Year at the 11th Car Design Night in Geneva, Switzerland.

Car Design Night Geneva is held each year to coincide with the Geneva Motor Show and attracts car designers from all over the world. The annual event is hosted by Car Design News, an online and print publication established in 1999 to serve the international automotive design community.

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Concept Car of the Year is awarded to the concept model that attracts the most votes from a panel of 18 judges, many of whom are current design directors at global automakers. Mazda’s Vision Coupe was also named “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year” in Paris last month, making this the model’s second global design award.

“Following on from Paris last month, we are delighted once again to have Vision Coupe recognized with a global design award. And it’s truly an honor to have this model, which aims to express the essence of Japanese aesthetics, applauded by some of the world’s top car designers,” said Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s Managing Executive Officer in charge of Design and Brand Style. “The essence of this design concept will be evident in the next generation of Mazda cars, the first of which is due for launch in 2019.”

Revealed in Tokyo in 2017, Vision Coupe is a design vision model for the next generation of Mazda cars. It represents the next phase of KODO-Soul of Motion design, in which the expression of vitality and dynamism has evolved in pursuit of an essential Japanese aesthetic. The concept’s flowing and deceptively simple “one motion” form speaks of elegance and high quality.

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MAZDA’S GENEVA MOTOR SHOW STAND SPOTLIGHTS THE NEW MAZDA6, STUNNING CONCEPT CARS AND NEXT-GENERATION ENGINE TECHNOLOGY

The Mazda stand will be one of the busiest at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show next month. It will feature the world debut of the new Mazda6 Tourer, the European debut of the new Mazda6 Saloon, and two stunning concept vehicles -the Mazda VISION COUPE and Mazda KAI CONCEPT, as well as showcasing Mazda’s revolutionary SKYACTIV-X next-generation petrol engine.

The latest update of the Mazda6 is the most comprehensive yet, offering enhanced quality in almost every detail of Mazda’s flagship model. It features a more mature, elegant and refined exterior design, extensive interior revisions including completely new seating, boosted SKYACTIV powertrain performance, enhanced driving dynamics, greater aerodynamic efficiency, reduced NVH and an even broader range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety features, such as a 360° view monitor and an intelligent speed assist system.

The Mazda VISION COUPE, recently crowned ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’, adopts the basic form of a flowing four-door coupe. It forgoes the rhythmical motion that prior iterations of KODO design emphasised in body styling, opting instead for a simple form that strips away all non-essential elements to follow the principle of ‘Less is More’. Tremendous time and care have been invested on the bodywork, especially the play of light across its surfaces.

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Its name Kai meaning ‘Pioneer’, the Mazda KAI CONCEPT compact hatchback sets the stage for the future of the Mazda brand, showcasing the company’s breakthrough technologies and the latest evolution of its KODO design. Within next-generation SKYACTIV-VEHICLE ARCHITECTURE which maximises the human body’s inherent abilities to effect the ultimate connection between driver and car, it adopts Mazda’s revolutionary SKYACTIV-X powertrain.

Exclusive to Mazda, SKYACTIV-X is a ground-breaking engine which introduces an innovative combustion method called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI). Set to become the world’s first commercial petrol engine to use compression ignition*, SKYACTIV-X combines the benefits of a spark-ignition petrol engine -expansiveness at high rpm and cleaner emissions- with those of a compression diesel engine -superior initial response and fuel economy- to produce a crossover engine that delivers the best of both worlds.

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Mazda UAE maintains unwavering growth

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With the launch of the all-new Mazda CX-5 at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show, Galadari, one of the UAE’s leading automobile distributors continue its journey of growth with the Mazda brand in the UAE.

The second generation CX-5, considered as Mazda’s answer to customers who are looking to purchase a new SUV with power and fuel efficiency, gathered great attention at this year’s show.

“We have had tremendous growth in both volume and market share in KSA followed by UAE during the last year and we do not want to stop there,” said Axel Dreyer, GM at Galadari Automobiles, adding, “the new CX-5 already won a lot of awards worldwide so we are confident that it will appeal to the UAE customers as well. The Mazda CX-5 is a premium Japanese product with a stunning design and many tech features for an unmatched value for money.”

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The Mazda CX-5 refines every aspect of Mazda’s design and technology. The slogan for the development of the all-new CX-5 was “an SUV all customers will enjoy” – born of a desire to provide every driver and passenger a deeper relationship with the car.

Dreyer described the car as a perfect fit for families due to its many safety features and spacious interior. The vehicle has received the very best of scores in both US and European crash tests.

At this year’s Dubai International Motor Show, the second generation Mazda CX-5 was revealed to the Middle East market, featuring refined styling, premium-looking exterior, new technology and an interior that gives all occupants a pleasant feeling.

The model with a new body colour, Soul Red Crystal, combines vivid highlights and crystalline depths and further accentuates the design of the new CX-5.

The model is engineered in line with human sensibilities to deliver responsive performance that conforms to the driver’s expectations. It also prioritizes passenger comfort, with a quiet cabin and pleasant ride feel, and adopts G-Vectoring Control, the first of the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS vehicle motion control technologies.

Discover the all-new Mazda CX-5 at the Dubai International Motor Show, running till November 18, 2017. The model is on display at Mazda Stand No. 410, Hall 4 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

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Mazda UAE Unveils the All-New CX-5 in Dubai Motor Show 2017

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The all new CX-5, which refines every aspect of Mazda’s design and technology, will be debuting in the Middle East at the Dubai International Motor Show on November 14, 2017.

The slogan for the development of the all new CX-5 was “an SUV all customers will enjoy” – born of a desire to provide every driver and their passengers with driving pleasure and a deeper relationship with the car.

The model is engineered in line with human sensibilities to deliver responsive performance that conforms to the driver’s expectations. It also prioritizes passenger comfort, with a quiet cabin and pleasant ride feel, and adopts G-Vectoring Control, the first of the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS vehicle motion control technologies.

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“At Mazda, our dream is to create an emotional connection with customers and become an essential part of their lives. To this, we have worked to strengthen the feeling of connection between car and driver, creating human-centered cars that operate in harmony with human sensibilities. We want to invigorate both body and spirit through the joy of driving and the various pleasures of car ownership. The all-new CX-5, which refines every aspect of Mazda’s current technology and design, is the first step in this journey,” said Masaya Kodama, Program Manager, Mazda CX-5.

Designed under the KODO-Soul of Motion design theme, the exterior is both bold and sensual, and the interior has been crafted to give occupants a pleasant feeling. The body color lineup includes the newly developed Soul Red Crystal, which highlights the beauty and quality of Mazda’s KODO designs.
Launched in 2012, the CX-5 was Mazda’s first new-generation model featuring SKYACTIV technology and KODO design. It has since grown into a core model that is sold in over 120 countries and accounts for approximately one quarter of Mazda’s global sales volume. It has won around 90 awards worldwide, including 2012-2013 Japan Car of the Year.

The all-new CX-5 will be on display at the Dubai International Motor Show, the largest and most established motoring event in the Middle East, running from 14 to 18 November at the Dubai World Trade Center.

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Mazda CX-5 unveiled

A.N Boukather introduces the all-new 2018 Mazda CX-5 to the Lebanese market

Right from its origins, the all-new Mazda CX-5 was introduced to the Lebanese automotive scene, when A.N. Boukather, the exclusive distributor of Mazda cars in Lebanon, unveiled the new Mazda in an outstanding press launch at their showroom in Nahr El Mot, on July 17th, 2017.

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In the presence of Mazda Motor Corporation’s General Manager of Global Sales and Marketing Division, Mr. Toru Nakajima; guests and media representatives enjoyed live music transporting them to the core of Mazda’s brand philosophy and leading to the big reveal of the iconic 1968 Mazda Cosmo symbol of heritage straight to the revolutionary mid-size SUV, unveiled in an astonishing way.

Mr. Toru Nakajima, General Manager of Global Sales and Marketing Division at Mazda Motor Corporation said: “We are very pleased to introduce the CX-5 in Lebanon. And we are sure that Lebanese people will be pleased by its performance, specs and practicality.”

From his end, Mr. Anthony A. Boukather the CEO of A.N. Boukather, said: “The new CX-5 will provide a fantastic experience for its driver. And rather than just reading about such a product, A.N. Boukather is offering the chance to live the actual experience through the test drives happening on a daily basis at our headquarters’ showroom.”

Elegance begins with simplicity. An alluring design strips away the unnecessary, leaving only what is essential and beautiful. Transcending the feeling of the human touch that created it, with every line, edge and contour intentional. This is the design philosophy behind the boldly sophisticated, all-new Mazda CX-5. Every detail matters because Driving Matters. With its reveal, A.N Boukather uncovered not just the all-new CX-5, but one of the most exceptional Mazda products of all time.

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University Automotive Day Tour 2017

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Each year as spring blossoms, Xclusive SARL hits the universities in Lebanon for an Awareness Automotive tour like no other. This year was no different with the Automotive Days taking place at the Lebanese American University and American University of Science and Technology.

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On the 15th of March 2017, and in collaboration with the Safety Awareness Club, LAU Beirut Campus witnessed a one of a kind car show displaying the Old Vs New themed vehicles as students got the chance to see the evolution of the automotive industry from the classic 1960’s era till the latest models.

The awareness campaign focused on Total Liban’s new app for better maintenance and updated  with  the maintenance tips and scheduled checkups, WSP Italy focusing on the importance of having OE alloys and the dangers of installing random alloys on cars, in addition to MAZDA and ANB Motorcycle with their amazing setup and the Fool Gear Vs Full Gear concept for the 2-wheelers riders.

As for the 4th of April, and in collaboration with AUST Sport Club, the AUST Beirut Campus witnessed yet another crazy automotive day with the Old Vs New Theme with a very special addition of AUST Students’ best cars on campus. The Students voted for the best car of their choice and re-lived the Automotive day experience for the 3rd time in a row.

Both events were sponsored by Total Liban, Mazda and ANB Motorcycles and insured by Commercial Insurance with a special IT Support for the PlayStation Setup by DomTech.

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Mazda’s Future Philosophy With Mr. Ryuichi Umeshita

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While being present at the Mazda CX-9 Lebanon launch event, we took advantage of this opportunity and sat down for a chit chat with Mr. Ryuichi Umeshita (Mazda Corporation’s General Manager Customer Service Division) to get a better insight on Mazda’s unique and future Philosophy and this is what he had to say.

Despite being a small market in term of volume, premium brands use Lebanon as a premium location for their marketing activities addressing the Arab World; As a manufacturer do you take that into account when doing your marketing approach?

Well, Yes. I can talk about Lebanon from two different perspectives: Marketing perspective taking into consideration that Lebanon is not one of the biggest markets however lots of Lebanese live outside Lebanon and have demonstrated over the years their attachment to their homeland and are influenced by its culture, these Lebanese occupy high positions in their country of residence and reflect the Lebanese lifestyle of high living standards thus by saying so we see Lebanon as an influential market to spread the news to the Arab World. On another perspective, we look at ANB as a strategic partner and ANB holds one of the best Customer Service practices in the world among Mazda dealers and is completely aligned with our Brand Management Strategy.

All major companies in the word are talking about Autonomous driving, how do you see this innovation and does it contradict with Mazda’s moto “Celebrate Driving / Fun2Drive”?

If you consider the car as a transportation medium to go from point A to point B then yes Autonomous driving is more convenient and easier to implement however we do not define a vehicle to be just a transportation method. Mazda sees that self-motivated and happy drivers is the Mazda Vision. In this regard, I can truly say yes we are developing Self-driven vehicles and technologies from a different approach. I mean the driver has to always be in control and enjoy the journey onboard of the Mazda however the computer may interfere at any given moment if any anomalies are detected within the driver’s health or in the event of an inevitable accident.

What changes will we see in the future in the Mazda line up? Are there any sports cars coming out “the RX vision”?

As already mentioned Mazda is a very emotional brand and we already have MX-5 which is our #1 sports car, however We have already showed the RX vision in Tokyo motor show which is a dream to us and to Sports Car fans so I can say that we are constantly developing the RX and if the time comes and we want to introduce that car in the market we will be fully ready to surprise.

Mazda is the only manufacturer that is not part of a global alliance. What can you explain about this strategy?

Mazda have decided that it will not be playing the same game as the other players in the market, we won’t be chasing volume sales. Mazda has a unique strategy to develop unique designs, unique products and unique technologies and we believe we can grow exponentially on our own.

What is Mazda’s future vision for Hybrid and Electric vehicles?

We currently have one of the most efficient and reliable engines with the SkyActive Technology implemented in our engines, we are keen that in the future some countries’ regulations will require the use of electric Motors so we are preparing for it however we will always be going for that Vroom Vroom car. So for the time being we will be sticking to gasoline and diesel engines as much as possible, we know that many companies will go down the electric path but we want the customer to say if I want a petrol engine I will go to Mazda.

On another note, our philosophy is different when it comes to emissions and efficiency, many people approach it from the concept of Tank to Wheels, we go for the Well to Wheel concept. Think about this in order to produce electricity there’s a lot of fuel used to produce the needed charge for worldwide electric cars. Thus we will continue with the petrol engines and improve it as much as possible for higher efficiency and lower emissions.

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