Automotive news

Genesis Supplies Luxury G80 Sedans to Eastern Economic Forum

  • Genesis G80 is the Official Car of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF)
  • 150 luxury Genesis G80 sedans transported dignitaries attending the event
  • Meeting hosted delegates from 56 countries in Russian city of Vladivostok

Genesis has supplied 150 of its premium G80 sedans to the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), a high-profile political event held in Vladivostok, Russia, during early September. As the exclusive automotive brand of the forum, Genesis played an important role in providing transportation for prominent political figures from around the world.

“It is a very exciting opportunity for Genesis to partner with the Eastern Economic Forum and provide the official car of the Forum,” Alexey Kalitsev, Managing Director of Genesis in Russia, said. “We are sure that the participating members at this occasion will enjoy the excellent quality and comfort offered by the G80 luxury sedan.”


The EEF takes place annually in Vladivostok and is one of the major events for the region’s economy. The key goal of the EEF is to strengthen relations within the global investment community, presenting new terms of investment and business, in addition to providing expert evaluation of the economic potential of Russia’s Far East region. This year, the forum was attended by thousands of representatives from 56 different countries.

4,600 representatives of business, expert, and scientific communities and the public from 56 countries in 2016. 4,600 representatives of business, expert, and scientific communities and the public from 56 countries in 2016.

The Genesis brand, which launched during 2016, is experiencing significant global success in selected countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas – including several markets in the Middle East.

“Genesis is rapidly establishing itself as a brand of choice for luxury motoring, which is reflected in its use for official transport at this economic forum,” said Head of Genesis for Africa and the Middle East, Mike Song. “The response to Genesis has been very positive, building its reputation for advanced engineering and high quality.”


Aftermarket News

Avon Tyres OE Fitment For New TVR Launching At Goodwood Revival

Avon Tyres announced today that British sports car maker TVR has commissioned a bespoke Avon tyre as the original equipment (OE) fitment for the new TVR model which will be unveiled at Goodwood Revival on Friday 8 September.

Avon’s ultra-high performance ZZ5, which exists within Avon’s current tyre range, has been developed further to feature a unique performance compound and new sidewall graphics for exclusive fitment to the much-anticipated and latest TVR to launch.

Created in conjunction with Gordon Murray Design, the 1200kg TVR promises incredible 200mph performance and 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds, thanks to its 400bhp per tonne, five-litre, Cosworth developed V8 engine.


Avon’s British and racing heritage, along with its expertise in producing high performance rubber, made Avon Tyres the number one choice for TVR when selecting a tyre for its new sports car.

The unveiling of the TVR will be a first for the world-renowned Goodwood Revival, as TVR is the first ever car manufacturer to launch a brand new vehicle at the Sussex-based event. The new car will go on display in the ‘Earls Court’ building, and will be showcased at the centre of a display which features a number of heritage TVRs, in celebration of the British marque’s 70th anniversary.

Avon has enjoyed a long association with the TVR marque, having previously supplied tyres for models produced between the late 1950s and 2004.

Michiel Kramer, Avon Tyres Marketing Director, said, “Avon is delighted to have been chosen as the OE tyre for the new TVR, due to be launched at the forthcoming Goodwood Revival. Sharing similar brand values, both Avon Tyres and TVR are high performance British brands and proud to manufacture here in the UK.

“Developing a bespoke tyre for TVR is an incredibly exciting project which demonstrates Avon’s advanced technology and experience in ultra-high performance tyre design.”


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The All-New Bentley Continental GT

The Definition Of Luxury Grand Touring

  • Third generation of the peerless Continental GT: the definitive luxury Grand Tourer
  • A statement of true luxury: bold, sculptured exterior design
  • Innovative luxurious interior offers unrivalled Grand Touring refinement
  • Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain
  • Seamless integration of handcrafted, natural materials and cutting-edge technology
  • Revolutionary Bentley Rotating Display and digital instrument panel
  • Enhanced version of renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine delivers
  • 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.)
  • 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds); top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph)
  • Dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission for faster, more efficient performance
  • Video News Release available, access details in notes to editors

Bentley Motors has announced full details of its new Continental GT, the definitive Grand Tourer.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, the new third-generation Bentley Continental GT combines spirited, focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology, to create the finest Grand Tourer ever produced.


Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for nearly one hundred years. The new, third-generation Continental GT is the pinnacle of our design and engineering achievements and marks the next step in Bentley’s journey.

“We are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level.”

At the heart of the new Continental GT sits an all-new, enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine, mated, for the first time, to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission, for faster, more efficient gear changes.

A new, technically advanced, adaptive chassis uses Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System to ensure a responsive ride and exceptional handling and refinement in all road conditions. The new system controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement as well as making the car feel effortlessly precise.

The muscular exterior design, created using revolutionary technology, results in a lightweight, yet stiff, body. The engine is positioned further back to improve weight distribution, resulting in driver-focused, dynamic performance.

Offering four seats and improved luggage capacity for genuine real-world usability, the new Bentley Continental GT’s luxurious cabin is packed with exquisite details such as a new ‘diamond in diamond’ leather design. In addition, significant work has gone into harmonising the extensive portfolio of 15 colours across hides and carpets.

The new Continental GT also showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology. An advanced, fully digital, driver-focused instrument panel and Bentley Rotating Display for the driver are among the suite of innovations. The latter features an impressive 12.3” touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves the veneer to reveal the touchscreen as well as three elegant analogue dials.

The interior design of the Continental GT is tailored specifically to the modern luxury customer, with unrivalled attention to detail that creates an effortless ownership experience. The cabin seamlessly integrates cutting-edge onboard technology with the finest handcrafted natural materials. The result is an exquisite, harmonised, connected and luxurious space.

The new Continental GT will make its global debut at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show between 12 and 24 September, 2017.



Automotive news

From vintage to modern, MG Live! showcases 97 years of MG history

MG fans from across the globe gathered this June at the annual MG Live! event in Silverstone, United Kingdom.

The biggest car event to be held anywhere in the world saw MG enthusiasts show off a collection of around 3,000 vehicles, spanning the brand’s 97-year history.

Standing proudly alongside the vintage models was the MG ZS – set to arrive in the Middle East later in 2017, this SUV showcases a new design language and a host of technological features, demonstrating the evolution of the brand over the years.




Automotive news

Bentley introduces ‘SZR by Mulliner’ limited edition to celebrate brand’s global flagship store

Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding division, has designed three special Continental GTC V8 S models, specifically for the UAE market. The exclusive ‘SZR by Mulliner’ limited edition commemorates the largest Bentley showroom in the world on Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) in Dubai.

Featuring eye-catching Orange Flame paintwork, a unique interior trim, and Bentley’s acclaimed V8 powerplant, the ‘SZR by Mulliner’ is living proof of Mulliner’s commitment to innovation. It further demonstrates Bentley’s intention to revolutionise customer experience in the world of luxury motoring.

Stephen Reynolds, Regional Director at Bentley Motors, commented: “We wanted to do something special for our loyal UAE customers, and these one-off Mulliner models offer a truly exclusive proposition, befitting such an important event in Bentley’s history.  We are particularly proud to have developed the ‘SZR by Mulliner’ in recognition of the special relationship that Bentley has with Al Habtoor Motors, who are one of our most important global partners.”


A spark of inspiration

The craftsmen at Mulliner find inspiration everywhere – the challenge is transforming that very inspiration into engineering perfection. The ‘SZR by Mulliner’ was a chance to explore innovative fabrics and colour combinations while recognising the stunning Al Habtoor Motors Bentley showroom, which is fast becoming one of the most iconic buildings on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The limited edition model is a glowing example of Mulliner’s flare and passion, exemplified by the contrasting Orange Flame and Ghost White paintwork. The striking body kit features Orange Flame bonnet, radiator shell, windscreen surround and door mirrors, and is complemented by the 21” six twin spoke black machined rims and unique treadplates engraved with the words “SZR by Mulliner”.

An exceptional tri-tone interior required the creation of a new trim: Sparkle Carbon. This was developed from meshing three different fabrics – carbon fibre, copper foil and metal wire – which were then lacquered, polished and cut to size and applied to the fascia panel, console and instrument panel.

The look of the convertible is further elevated by the exclusive interior with Linen as the main hide with Beluga and Orange touches, fluted seats and Mulliner’s signature diamond quilting. Other touches include Mulliner embroidery on all four headrests and a steering wheel with an orange “12 o’clock” stripe.

Enduring performance and efficiency

Under the bonnet of the ‘SZR by Mulliner’ limited edition lies Bentley’s acclaimed 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 powertrain, which is mated to an eight-speed transmission.

The engine can deliver a maximum 528 PS (520 bhp/388 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) of torque, ensuring the model’s reputation for impeccable performance. With a top speed of 308 km/h, the spirited model can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds.

A world class dealership

The ‘SZR by Mulliner’, built in celebration of the Dubai-based Bentley flagship showroom, is the perfect nod to the company’s largest standalone dealership in the world, which covers some 75,000 Sq.Ft.

The Al Habtoor Motors Bentley showroom has been designed to go beyond any previous luxury automotive experience and features one of the world’s most advanced luminary façades, comprising 160,000 LED lights. The impressive entranceway includes one of the world’s first Aqua Graphic Water Curtains which can recognise and project a customer’s name in 3D as soon as they walk through the doors.

The unprecedented design encompasses three stories for model display as well as three basement floors for parking, a roof garden, a Bentley merchandise boutique, a VIP Majlis, a specialised customer handover area and a Mulliner room for bespoke commissioning.


Automotive news

Kona: World Premiere of an Urban SUV for Active Lifestyles

Hyundai has unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up of stylish SUVs, the Kona compact SUV. With a strong, impactful design and uncompromised individuality, the Kona is designed to appeal to modern customers with active lifestyles.

The Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing line-up of Hyundai SUVs that feature progressive design with high interior refinement and spaciousness.

“With the Kona, we have created a stylish and highly functional compact SUV, perfectly suited to the needs of customers who pursue challenging, action-filled lifestyles,” said Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading safety features.”


Uncompromised individuality and purposeful character

The Kona offers uncompromised individuality and innovative features, with a bold, daring image that hints at the future design direction of Hyundai Motor’s next generation of SUV models.

High-contrast design elements give the impression of a masculine protective ‘armor’, while futuristic LED lamps create a high-tech look.

Aggressive body styling emphasizes the car’s well-proportioned, dynamic silhouette. Its low and wide stance, long wheelbase and short overhangs ensure sporty, nimble handling, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at high speed. It is also the first SUV to adopt Hyundai’s new signature design feature, the Cascading Grille, featuring a sporty mesh pattern, flanked by exceptional wing-type fenders that dominate the front design.

All-new platform delivers exceptional power, performance and safety

The new Kona is offered with a combination of advanced gasoline and diesel engines of various power outputs – dependent on the market. These include a 2.0-liter MPI Atkinson-cycle engine producing 149PS, the Gamma 1.6T-GDI engine boasting 177PS, and a highly efficient 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 120PS.

The lightweight body frame has been developed with 51.8% Advanced High Strength Steel to deliver class-leading levels of passive safety. Active safety features include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car’s front-facing camera and radar to detect imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three further systems also utilize the front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); High Beam Assist (HBA); and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

Advanced infotainment and connectivity technology

The Kona boasts a suite of sophisticated technologies, paired with user-friendly functionality to ensure driver and passengers can stay informed and entertained.

The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay where specified, with a 5-, 7- or 8-inch display (offered as standard or option dependent on the market).

A new Head-Up Display (HUD) projects a virtual image onto the clear glass panel mounted behind the instrument panel to enable the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.

In a first for the segment, the Kona features smartphone wireless charging. Available as an option with all Kona models, customers simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless charging interface, located in the center console storage, to easily recharge without the need for cables.

Kona Iron Man Special Edition

At the world premiere of the all-new Kona, Hyundai Motor unveiled a special edition that shares the name of Marvel’s heroic and powerful character – Iron Man.

With greater width (+40mm), the Kona Iron Man Special Edition presents a confident stance, while special LEDs are applied to the headlights, which sit beneath a matt gray hood, embellished with red and gold accents.

The Kona Iron Man Special Edition’s dynamic exterior is further complemented by a 19-inch directional wheel badged with an Iron Man Mask in the center, as well as off-road tires 716mm in outside diameter.

The special edition will go on display at Hyundai Motor’s Motorstudio in Seoul, Korea, for a month following its global reveal.

The Kona will go on sale in Korea later this month, followed by North America and Europe.


Test Driven

Cadillac CTS-V the Beauty and the 640 HP Beast

It has been exactly one year since we drove the Cadillac CTS from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, and I still remember the article and the luxurious driving sensation as if it was yesterday; the deluxe on the inside, the beauty on the outside, and the super comfort of this luxury sedan by General Motors as it took us on a self-driven cruise from the city of dreams to the capital of the UAE.


The CTS was pearl white and had the most stunning luxurious exterior and interior, powered by a 2.0L Turbocharged engine. Well all of this is about to change, as today we are test driving the CTS in its “V” edition. If you think that the CTS has anything to do with the CTS-V, you are way off track, and to prove it, we took the CTS-V on the same cruise as we did with the CTS… Wow, what a rush!

Our day started as I was at the hotel lobby in Dubai, waiting for the guys from General Motors to drop the beast off for a few days test drive. I did my homework on this car and knew that I would be impressed, so I prepared myself to come face to face with a vehicle like no-other. Finally, I got a call from the driver telling me that in a few seconds he would be outside the hotel to drop the car, but I already knew that he had arrived, as I could hear the roaring sound of that beast, even from inside the hotel.

As I reached the hotel parking lot, the Cadillac CTS-V was parked and ready for delivery.  The guy from General Motors was giving me the tour, and all I was hearing in my head was the echoes of the Imperial March from Star Wars, the perfect music for a spaceship like no other.

I went daydreaming as my mind indulged itself with a higher state of consciousness, admiring the exceptional beauty of this pearl white Caddy CTS-V; only General Motors’ Cadillac engineers can produce a car with a unique design that is at the same time luxurious and has that traits of a beast.

It all starts with the aggressive front design, V shaped hood with a Carbon-fiber hood vent needed to air the heart of this beast, flowing all the way down to a large sporty grill like no other and connected to wider front fenders. Our V was also equipped with the optional carbon fiber upgrade package offering a longer carbon front splitter, a taller carbon spoiler, and a carbon rear diffuser for a more aggressive and sporty look. On top of that, one couldn’t but notice the functional fender vents, the functional double twin exhaust tailpipes, the 19” alloy wheels, and the lower stance, giving the CTS-V the muscular shape it needs to make you think twice about racing this factory-tuned street racer luxury sedan once it flashes in your rear view mirror.

Then, just like a morning alarm clock, the pen click of the General Motors driver signing off on delivery woke me up from my daydream and placed me in the front wheel of the V.  The interior of this Cadillac is as it should be. Cadillac never ceases to impress its lovers with a sophisticated and sporty, yet luxurious, interior cabinet made out of the finest materials from leather and suede-like microfiber. The layout is driver-oriented with all the instruments and controls placed at the driver’s fingertips. I personally fell in love with the digital dashboard featuring the “V” emblem, reminding you that this is a racecar made for roads. The technology used in the CUE infotainment system includes the front Cadillac performance seats and mostly the new curb-view video system that uses two downward-facing cameras to help drivers avoid scratching the lower lip on curb bumps.

Keys in hand, ignition on, and what a rush!

Although still parked, just hearing the roaring sound of that beast made me shiver all over. It was then when I realized how much trouble I’m in. I hit the road, heading towards Abu Dhabi for an enjoyable trip, and the V Badge proved to be not just a badge for show. Equipped with the almighty Z06 Corvette super LT4 engine, with minor modifications, this Super Sedan has all what is takes to rip the tarmac off the roads. The LT4 is a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, with 640 HP and 882 N/m of torque, paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission designed by General Motors, leading to an exhilarating acceleration of 0-100 Km/h in just under 3.7 seconds and a top speed of more than 320 Km/h, making the CTS-V one of the fastest luxury sedans on the road.

The Cadillac CTS-V is a not a racecar, it is a very well crafted luxurious mean machine made for daily drives and it acts like it. Despite what people may think, the car performs superbly on the highway and has a very quiet cabinet for that luxurious cruising sensation. It is also characterized by a cylinder deactivation system that shuts down half of the cylinders in cruising mode. However, the power is there when you need it for a quick overtake.

As we reached our destination in Abu Dhabi, the 200+ Km highway didn’t quite cut it for us. The public roads are no place to push this car to its limits; however. it is always fun to try.

The CTS-V has 4 driving modes and it had to be tested, unfortunately we couldn’t use the track mode as we should but we came pretty close once we reached that empty parking lot.

Equipped with the latest driving technologies, the Cadillac CTS-V is a killer machine with a perfect precision tool. The handling was awesome; it loses control when it needs to and gains it back in perfection. All systems came into play that day: Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Performance Traction Management (PTM) system, Electronically Controlled Rear Differential, and so much more.

The sun has set and the day was over as we headed down to our Abu Dhabi Hotel to get some rest after a long day of driving and fun. I personally crashed immediately, as I couldn’t wait for the next morning to hear that roaring sound of the ignition start once more. Speaking of that, and I know lots of guys will agree with me on this, the exhaust sound is as awesome as it is forceful. However, your neighbors may think otherwise when you leave the driveway at 6 a.m.  So you might consider starting the car in tour mode, which keeps the muffler-bypass valves closed to quiet the growl until you are clear to go.

Finally, I can truly say that the Cadillac CTS-V is a combination of a beauty and a beast, in one racetrack-capable luxury sedan.