Aerodynamic Performance – Aventador S

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By Shereen Shabanam

With the hills of Tuscany as the backdrop and in the company of fellow supercar motoring enthusiasts from around the globe over a few days, I recently tested the new Lamborghini Aventador S which has a new aerodynamic design, redeveloped suspension, increased power and new driving dynamics.

The ‘S’ is the suffix of previous enhanced Lamborghini models and defines a new benchmark for the V12 Lamborghini and indicates the new Aventador generation, redesigned to achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency while accenting the Aventador’s complex, muscular dynamism.

According to Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali, the Aventador S has a visionary design, cutting-edge technology with driving dynamics that elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.

A more aggressive nose and longer front splitter redirect airflow for better aerodynamic efficiency, improved engine cooling and increased cooling to the radiators. Two air ducts in the side of the front bumper reduce aerodynamic interference from the front tires and optimize wake flow to the rear radiator.

The rear of the Aventador S is dominated by a black diffuser, available on request in carbon fiber, characterized by a number of vertical fins that amplify the airflow effects, reduce drag through pressure recovery and generate downforce. Three single exhaust outlets exit through the rear bumper.

During the drive, we learnt how the rear wing, movable in three positions depending on speed and drive select mode, optimizes the car’s improved overall balance, working with vortex generators created in the front and rear of the chassis’ underside that maximize air flow as well as assist in brake cooling.

With the Aventador S design, the front downforce has been improved by more than 130% over the previous Aventador coupé. When the wing is in its optimum position the overall efficiency at high downforce is improved by over 50%, and in low drag by more than 400% compared to the previous model.

The Aventador S is redeveloped around a ‘total control concept’ to provide a superior drive, ride and performance; every aspect of the car’s suspension and electronic control systems has been advanced, with the goal of particularly enhanced control and driving emotion.

Also interesting is the smart Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA) control unit that manage these systems in the car. LDVA is the new brain of the car, which receives real time and precise information on body motion via input from all sensors of the car and defines the best set-up of all active systems that guarantee the best vehicle dynamics in each situation.

The Aventador S is more agile with a reduced turning radius, ensuring higher performance in curves and making it easy to maneuver in town and at low speeds. On the tracks, I tried all four different driving modes: STRADA, SPORT, CORSA and the new EGO mode, which influence the behavior of the traction (engine, gearbox, 4WD), steering (LRS, LDS, Servotronic) and suspension (LMS).

STRADA stands for maximum comfort and daily use. SPORT provides a sporty, rear-wheel drive feel and CORSA is suitable for maximum track performance.

EGO is the new driving mode option. This provides several additional and individual set-up profiles, customizable by the driver’s preferred criteria for traction, steering and suspension within the STRADA, SPORT and CORSA settings.

In STRADA, the progressive damping is smoothed for better comfort and stability on rough roads. Torque is split 40/60 to the front and rear as standard: safe and stable with maximum adhesion, the car is easily driven and controlled.

In SPORT mode, the stabilizing effect of the Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering allows up to 90% torque to the rear wheels for maximum sportiness and driving fun on curving roads. Driving precision and driver feedback is improved, while maintaining safety and without compromising on comfort.

While I drove mainly in SPORT mode, I tried the CORSA as well experiencing less intrusive dynamic and traction control intervention while maintaining driving precision and traction. In this mode, high levels of damping force maximize driver feeling and feedback from driver inputs including steering, braking and throttle.

Counter-phase steering is enhanced in high-performance situations and torque is balanced to both axles, with a maximum 20/80 split to front and rear for more neutral behavior and to maximize track-oriented performance.

The Lamborghini Aventador’s naturally aspirated twelve cylinder, 6.5 liter engine outputs an additional 40 hp over its predecessor, to a maximum 740 hp, with a 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is reached in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 350 km/h. Transmission is provided by Lamborghini’s lightweight Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) 7-speed shifting system, providing robotized gear shifts in up to 50 milliseconds.

The Aventador S comes with new, specially developed set of Pirelli P Zero tires. Designed to optimize steering, traction, lane changes and braking efficiency, the tires are specifically designed to respond to the dynamic behavior induced by the Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering, ensuring handling consistency and driver feedback.

With improved force generation from both front and rear tires, the Pirelli P Zero tires provide a higher lateral acceleration and reduce understeer characteristics. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard equipment for the Aventador S.

The training at the Mugello Circuit with the Aventador S enthralled the most seasoned supercar drivers and owners and the thrills on the tracks proved once again the brand’s superior road power that exudes only from a Lamborghini.

Mopar, Jeep and Western Motors present at the 2019 Abu Dhabi International Motorshow

Mopar®, Jeep®and Western Motors, a member of ALFAHIM Group and the authorised distributor of Jeep in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, have a major presence at the 4th Abu Dhabi International Motor Show (ADIMS) and are showcasing two exclusive Mopar editions of the Jeep Wrangler created especially for the event, which runs until March 30th at ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre).

“The Abu Dhabi International Motor Show is an ideal platform for us to showcase some of Jeeps most capable ever 4×4’s, especially as we are also offering visitors a special deal for any purchase confirmed at the show,” said Malcolm Cooper, General Manager of Western Motors. “Our Mopar special models on display and available to order at the show, are the Moab Edition Wrangler Sport 4-door in Firecracker Red and Platinum Edition Wrangler Sahara 4-door in Granite Crystal Metallic – both have been extensively accessorised and styled by Mopar.”

The Moab Edition Wrangler features a 2-inch / 50.8 mm suspension lift kit, front and rear Rubicon®steel bumpers, snorkel, receiver, Rubicon Winch with guard hoop, centre mounting adapter plate and light mounting brackets, 7-inch / 177.8 mm and 5-inch / 127 mm off-road lights, skid plate package, special chrome switch bank trim, heavy duty black plastic door sill guards, front and rear grab handles plus a tailgate table.

The Moab’s distinctive 17” x 8.5″ black beadlock wheels are fitted with Kumho Road Venture AT51 all-terrain tyres and there’s a tailgate mounted spare tyre carrier with reinforced hinge and relocated centre high mount stop lamp that can handle tyres of up to 37″.

Completing the Moab’s unique styling are Moab Mountain body side graphics, a special new 1941 hood graphic, black powder coated filler cap and Jeep Performance Part emblem.

Mopar’s other special Wrangler, the Platinum Edition Sahara 4-Door, also features a range of Mopar accessories and has been purpose-built specifically to create a unique urban lifestyle vehicle, including tyres that have an aggressive look but deliver a very smooth on-road ride. In keeping with its name, the Platinum Edition features high quality chrome accessories and accents that perfectly complement its Granite Crystal Metallic paintwork and really make it stand out, including stylish side steps, door sill guards with a special polished Wrangler logo, mirror caps, fuel door and valve stem caps.

The Platinum Edition rides on all-new 17″ Mopar off-road Gear Wheel rims with a 12 mm offset – they are fitted with Kumho Road Venture AT51 all-terrain tyres and have up to 35″ tyre capability.

There are additional stylish and functional Mopar touches throughout the vehicle, including moulded front and rear splash guards, a 2-inch / 50.8 mm hitch receiver, Trailrail vertical cargo divider, black mesh bikini top, lightweight Molle modular load carrying equipment, a hitch mount bike carrier, relocated centre high mount stop lamp for the tyre carrier and premium carpet floor mats.

Other vehicles on display include the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 Limited and Compass Trailhawk. As well as exciting vehicles, Western Motors exclusive Abu Dhabi International Motor Show offer comprises a comprehensive 2-year / 40,000 km service package plus 5-year / 100,000 km manufacturer warranty as standard.

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster named ‘Best Supercar’ at the 2019 MECOTY Awards

The Aventador S Roadster has been named ‘Best Supercar’ at the Middle East Car of The Year Awards (MECOTY), marking the brand’s second consecutive win in the same category after the Huracán Performante won the MECOTY prize in 2018. Announced during a gala event held earlier this week at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the prestigious award recognises the Aventador S Roadster for its class-leading performance figures.

The Aventador S Roadster, presented for the first time at the IAA 2017, represents a new benchmark in the world of V12 luxury super sport cars. The only mid-rear engine V12 super sports roadster, the Aventador S Roadster combines the technologies and driving dynamics of the Aventador S with an emotive, open-air driving experience. Accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.0 seconds and with a top speed 350 km/h, the Aventador S Roadster boasts a 6.5 litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine that produces an output of 740 hp and 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

Damien Percheron, Head of Middle East & Africa at Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., said: “The Aventador S Roadster sets new benchmarks in technology and performance on both road and track. To be named as a category winner at the MECOTY Awards is testament to the pre-eminence of the Aventador S Roadster in the supercar segment, not only in the Middle East but also across the globe.”

The Aventador S Roadster maintains an unmistakable design along with unique features reflecting its roadster persona: a combination of distinctive Lamborghini design DNA and the product of extensive aerodynamic testing. The roadster’s unique status is enhanced by multiple colour and trim options, including new materials and extensive use of carbon fibre as well as virtually limitless potential through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam personalisation program.

Saeed Marzouqui, Chairman, Organizing Committee, MECOTY, said “At MECOTY, we strive to provide objective evaluation of the cars we put to test and try to help consumers make the right choice when it comes to investing in a new car. Despite the tight competition, Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster was able to win the hearts of the jurors and confirm the brand’s domination the ‘Supercar’ category for the last two years at MECOTY.”

Judged by a jury of leading motoring experts from across the Middle East, the MECOTY awards are the most comprehensive independent awards for carmakers in the region. The Aventador S Roadster was named the ‘2019 Supercar of the year’, ahead of finalists Ferrari 488 Pista and Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Triple win for Jaguar Land Rover at 2019 MECOTY AWARDS

Jaguar Land Rover secured three top motoring accolades at the sixth edition of the Middle East Car of the Year Awards (MECOTY), held in Abu Dhabi this week.

Attended by top media representatives and major automotive names from across the region, Jaguar was celebrated with the title of best “Sub-Compact Premium SUV” for the E-PACE, followed by success for the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which won the award for best “Midsize Executive Estate”. Meanwhile, Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport SVR scooped the award for the best “Midsize Performance SUV”, recognising the car’s superior status as the most capable performance SUV in the Middle East.

The MECOTY jury comprises 19 motoring journalists from across Middle East and Levant, and the awards recognise the region’s most exceptional vehicles.

“We’re thrilled to see Jaguar Land Rover’s extraordinary vehicle line up shine for another year, especially up against such strong competition,” commented Bruce Robertson, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Middle East and North Africa. “The MECOTY awards are one of the the region’s most coveted celebration of automotive excellence, and we’re proud of Jaguar Land Rover MENA’s wins across both brands. Recognition from our peers is just reward for our continued drive to deliver unmatched, best-in-class driving experiences for our discerning customers,” added Robertson.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake – Midsize Executive Estate of the Year

The XF Sportbrake is part of the Jaguar’s award-winning XF saloon family. The XF was launched in 2007 and has now claimed almost 200 global awards. The saloon’s Sportbrake sibling delivers equally impressive performance, design and technology, with greater practicality and space.

With sports car-derived handling, a practical 565-litre load space and advanced convenience and safety features, the XF Sportbrake has the best of Jaguar design and technology.

Jaguar E-PACE – Sub-Compact Premium SUV of the Year

The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat, compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Trademark Jaguar driving dynamics and design put the brand’s sports car DNA in a practical design packed with advanced technologies to keep you connected.

The exterior design is inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car and characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches that give the E-PACE a bold and purposeful stance, instantly communicating dynamic agility. Jaguar sports car DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic.

Range Rover Sport SVR – Midsize Performance SUV

In the case of the new Range Rover Sport SVR, that performance comes courtesy of the marque’s well-proven 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine which has been uprated to produce 575PS and 700Nm of torque. The net result of this power uplift when combined with 26kg of weight saving measures is a 0 – 100km/h acceleration time of 4.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 283km/h.

Dealing with this type of power requires a very specialised chassis set up, hence modifications that provide a more dynamic steering and handling experience for the driver. With less pitching during acceleration and braking, improved turn in and greater mid corner grip, the enhancements ultimately deliver greater body control in the most demanding driving scenarios. The driving experience is also improved sonically through enhanced powertrain exhaust sound quality.

CUSTOM SHOW EMIRATES RACES AHEAD IN ITS FIFTH LAP

To be held alongside the 4th edition of the International Motor Show Abu Dhabi in parallel with the inaugural Abu Dhabi Engine Week 2019.

Preparations are in full swing for the highly anticipated fifth edition of Custom Show Emirates (CSE) and fourth edition of International Motorshow Abu Dhabi (IMSAD) 2019, which will be held from 28-30 March 2019 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.

The shows will be part of the inaugural ‘Abu Dhabi Engine Week’ and will feature 110 local and 70 international exhibitors from 17 countries that will occupy 47,000 sqm. of indoor & outdoor space, with 30,000 expected visitors to experience over 20 onsite ‘action-packed’ activities, such as; 4×4 and Saloon Drifting, Stunt Driving, Custom Cars & Bikes Competition, Engines Battle, Bikers Build-Off, Dyno Zone, Wheelie Machine, King of Mechanics, Kids Garage and much more to keep the adrenaline pumping for the visitors.

‘’It is our honor to be part of the first Abu Dhabi Engine Week, which will be an international annual event featuring Custom Show Emirates, International Motorshow Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and FIA World Rally Cross Championship over a period of 10 adrenaline filled days to give tourists and residents an exhilarating motoring themed experience.’’ – Saeed Al Marzouqui, CEO, Custom Events, UAE.

Custom Show Emirates will feature exhibitors from USA, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, China, New Zealand, India, Japan and several GCC countries, that will showcase the latest in auto customization products and services.

‘’Funco Motorsports is excited to come back such a dynamic event. The growth since we displayed is 2017 is amazing. Custom Show Emirates is a first class show that allows us to reach a broad range of motorsports enthusiast throughout the Gulf Region.’’ – Grant George, Owner, Funco Motorsports, USA.

The show will also feature a dedicated area for custom sand vehicles, which is a hot favorite among the local community.

‘’Back for the 5th year in a row, Specialized Sports Equipment, part of the Abdulla Al Masaood & Sons Group, will this year showcase the highly anticipated Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 S for the first time in the Middle-East. The latest Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Slingshot models will also be displayed. Having never missed an occurrence, our aim is to participate at all Custom Show Emirates future editions.’’ – Karim Kassoul, General Manager, Specialized Sports Equipment, UAE.

There will have considerable presence of custom bike builders from Italy, Switzerland and Germany with more than 100 unique bikes on display.

‘’Motor Bike Expo is proud to be continuing its partnership with Custom Show Emirates for a third year running and we are excited to be bringing even more companies with us this year from around the world. Our relationship helps to bring together the best of the motorcycling world and forging new relationships which will see even more companies getting involved in the European market.’’

– J. Harley Staniforth, Foreign Relations, MBE, Italy.

With manufacturers planning regional launches, IMSAD will serve as a first quarter ‘sales booster’ and provide a unique opportunity for visitors to purchase new vehicles through exclusive ‘imsad-only’ offers and take advantage of special discounts, customized payment plans, special bank and insurance rates, all on the show floor. Some of the featured exhibitors include Chevrolet, GMC, MG, Subaru, Jeep, Zotye, Mitsubishi, Yas Marina Circuit and Abu Dhabi Police.

‘’Bin Hamoodah Automotive is proud to be associated with IMSAD. We will be launching the youth-oriented sport SUV ‘The Blazer’ and the legendary ‘2019 Silverado’ for the first time in Abu Dhabi. Also, we will be unveiling the new 2019 Camaro and 2019 Malibu. We look forward to having a great show and we invite all the people of Abu Dhabi to IMSAD and our stand for some never before offers on Chevrolet range.’’ – Vishal Nair, Marketing Support Manager, Bin Hamoodah Automotive, UAE.

With its impressive line-up of international exhibitors and ‘action packed’ schedule of onsite activities, the event promises to give cars and bikes enthusiasts; an experience like never before.

Engines Battle sponsors include: Platinum sponsors; HP Tuners. Gold sponsors; Bin Hamoodah Automotive, Chevrolet, Comp Cams, Corsa Performance, Edelbrock, Magnuson, Manley & Top Speed. Silver Sponsors; AFE Power, ACL, ARP, Arwani, Fast, Kooks, Lucas, Precision Turbo & Engine, Mcleod Racing & Volant Performance.

Custom Show Emirates & International Motorshow Abu Dhabi will run from 10 AM – 10 PM, 28-30 March 2019 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Tickets are priced at 55 AED and can be purchased through the event website link or directly at the venue.

BENTLEY COLLECTION CELEBRATES CENTENARY MILESTONE

On July 10 2019 Bentley marks its 100th year. To celebrate this remarkable milestone we have created the new Centenary Collectionwhich is available to order now.

The pieces in this limited edition collection feature the Bentley ‘100 Extraordinary Years’ alongside Centenary gold detailing similar to those that appear on every car built during this very special year.

The spirit and style of an incredible century is embedded into every piece. For the home, the exquisite gold-plated tealight holderand set of two napkins ringsfeaturing the distinctive Bentley knurling pattern will enrich any dinner table; the centenary espresso setof two cups with saucers, featuring a hand-painted gold coloured rim, will make a special event of any cup of coffee.

Centenary clothing accessories for menand womeninclude stylish polo shirts with the ‘Crewe’ landmark logo on the front, the Centenary logo on sleeve and Centenary gold detailing, creating stylish additions to a leisure wardrobe; cufflinks inspired by the Bentley driver control system switch featuring iconic facet-knurling, Centenary gold-coloured plating on the face and laser-etched Bentley emblem on the rear will add a sophisticated element to business attire. Other accessories include practical notebooksand lanyardsavailable to make an occasion of the everyday.

These collectible pieces are available along with other new products including heritage luggage and a selection of exquisite home accessories. Many of Bentley’s most popular pieces are also still available, including luxurious handbags, sumptuous leather jackets, contemporary clothing and stylish business accessories including the Graf von Faber-Castellfor Bentley pens. Every item captures Bentley’s inherent qualities of craftsmanship, tradition, exclusivity and style.

With many items lovingly crafted by highly skilled artisans, the Bentley Collection takes our exciting heritage and vision for the future, and seamlessly weaves it into extraordinary statement pieces. Bentley’s style reaches far beyond the worlds of fashion and car design.

Our range of clothing and accessories is crafted around the lifestyle that has long been associated with the Bentley world and subtly draws inspiration from inimitable Bentley design accents. Signature pieces in the collection such as the iconic leather jacketfeature the same intricate detailing that goes into each Bentley car. Our pure cashmere woven scarfartfully showcases the distinctive Bentley diamond quilting pattern and the contemporary briefcasetakes inspiration from the memorable wing shape of a Bentley dashboard.

In addition, our Heritage Collectionis a set of exquisitely crafted pieces paying tribute to Bentley’s rich racing history, one that stretches back to the Bentley Boys and their string of 1920s victories at Le Mans. Influenced by classic colours and materials, while also adding a distinctly modern feel, the range exudes effortless, relaxed style with a dash of flair. With elegant clothing, stylish luggageand adorable toys, the collection truly has something for everyone.

So whether you’re engaging in the world around you or relaxing in the comfort of your home, you can do so in style with items from the Bentley Collection, and now our new Centenary Collection limited edition collectibles.  Useful and stylish, the Bentley Collection’s unique range of clothing, accessories and home products have been designed to fit perfectly into your lifestyle.

Middle East’s auto aftermarket underlined by strong international presence at Automechanika Dubai 2019

Global players express optimism in region’s US$15 billion auto parts and accessories market

 The Middle East’s potential as a key growth region for the automotive aftermarket will be underlined by a healthy international presence at the industry’s largest regional trade fair in Dubai, with global players eager to tap into a market that was valued at US$15 billion in 2018.

Automechanika Dubai 2019 is set to welcome more than 1,800 exhibitors from 61 countries when doors open for the 17thtime in June at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with participating companies expressing optimism about future business growth.

Connected cars, ride hailing services, and an increasing consumer base are key trends driving the market according to global research company Aranca, while in the Gulf region, the Dubai Expo 2020, and the decision to allow woman to drive in Saudi are other key discussion points keeping industry players hopeful.

According to Aranca, in 2018, the Middle East’s car parc (vehicles in use) crossed 21 million, with new passenger cars sales reaching 1.03 million units and commercial vehicle sales comprising 270,000 units for the year.

Approximately 27 million vehicles are expected to be in operation in the Middle East by 2023, comprising 18 million passenger cars and nine million commercial vehicles. The auto aftermarket is therefore also expected to observe a steady rise, and will reach a value of about US$18.5 billion by 2023 compared to its US$15 billion value in 2018, says Aranca.

The market potential underlines the confidence voiced by exhibitors at Automechanika Dubai 2019, and they’ll put their best foot forward when the annual three-day event opens from 10-12 June 2019.

Among these is Cyprus headquartered ALCO Filters, which will build on its millions of dollars of revenue generated every year in the Middle East with its vast range of 3,500 filters.

Loizos Louca, ALCO Filters’ Managing Director, said a lot of that growth is thanks to its exposure to the regional auto aftermarket via Automechanika Dubai: “ALCO Filters has grown by 480 percent since we started exhibiting at Automechanika Dubai which coincided with our focus on the Middle East and African (MEA) region since 2010,” said Louca.

“Automechanika Dubai has changed over the last five years, becoming more and more prominent regionally and internationally.  Our plans to expand in the MEA region are in line with the expansion of the show and its the visitor profile.

“At the show this year, we’ll launch our private label ALCO Lubricants.  These are top quality, German-made Lubricants for the complete range of passenger vehicle, light and heavy commercial vehicle applications.”

Italian exhibitor UFI Filters, a global leader in filtration technology and thermal management, is another returning exhibitor to Automechanika Dubai in 2019, and will this year highlight its Original Equipment (OE) pedigree for both light and heavy-duty vehicle applications.

“We are still new comers to the Middle East market and our growth is still far from the potential we can capture, but our business plan is very aggressive as well as solid,” said Luca Betti, Group Aftermarket Business Unit Director at UFI Filters.

“We foresee year 2020 as the most important in terms of growth, nevertheless a double digit increase is ongoing for 2019.  As a leading supplier of complete solutions for fluid filtration and thermal management, UFI Filters will present at Automechanika Dubai 2019 its latest innovations, such as its revolutionary OE technology in engine air filtration, UFI MULTITUBE, and its new generation of cabin air filtration.”

Elsewhere, American-headquartered Armolan is another Automechanika Dubai 2019 exhibitor that has high hopes in the region.  The manufacturer will this year showcase its wide range of sun protection films along with the launch of its new patented paint protection films.

Tetyana Bianchino, Managing Director of Armolan Middle East, said: “We’re seeing potential growth in Saudi Arabia as they are now issuing driving licenses to women. And of course here in the UAE with the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 that is expected to create a ripple effect on the whole GCC region.

“We’re optimistic with the investments that will be coming in; in the Dubai Expo 2020; and with the growth of the emerging taxi cab hailing applications that will surge demand,” added Bianchino.

More than 90 percent of exhibitors at Automechanika Dubai are international, making it a truly global gathering for automobile parts, accessories and supplies, while organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East expects a large turnout from the aftermarket trade, with more than 31,000 trade visitors and buyers expected to attend.

Mahmut Gazi Bilikozen, Automechanika Dubai’s Show Director, said the 2019 edition will also be held with the support of 34 international trade associations, while the participation of 23 country pavilions underlines its global footprint.

“Automechanika Dubai over the years has transformed into a trade event of truly global scale, thanks to its continued track record of innovation, targeting and fine tuning its offerings in line with the particular market requirements,” said Bilikozen.

“Middle East and African demand for the automotive service industry and aftermarket products will remain robust, with growth largely fuelled by demand from existing vehicle parc and the expected improvement of car sales moving forward.

“Automechanika Dubai is relevant for wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, traders, auto-builders, specialist workshops as well as those who are involved in fleet or transport operations,” added Bilikozen. “The show is a one-stop-shop for those wishing to source their aftermarket needs, from tyres, oils, lubricants, coolants and filters, to batteries, brakes, electrical parts, lights, to other accessories and car components.”

Automechanika Dubai 2019 comprises the six product sections of Parts & Components; Electronics & Systems; Accessories & Customizing; Repair & Maintenance; Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning; and Tyres & Batteries. The 2019 edition will also feature four new sub-sections; Agricultural Parts & Equipment; Body & Paint; Oils & Lubricants; and Motorcycle Parts.

Automechanika Dubai 2019 returns with its popular Truck Competence initiative, where more than 1,500 exhibitors will showcase their products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.

Also back is the Innovation Zone – a dedicated feature at the centre of the exhibition floor providing fresh insights into new technologies shaping the future of the global automotive aftermarket.

It will also feature the Automechanika Academy – a series of seminars, presentations, and workshops about key issues and regulations affecting the automotive aftermarket, and IMI CPD workshop certifications.

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Elegantly tailored Open-Top Grand Tourer

All-New Bentley Continental GT Convertible

By Shereen Shabnam

My tryst with Bentley recently had me up, close and personal with the third generation Bentley Continental GT model which represents all Bentley knows about creating the world’s definitive Grand Tourers.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, Bentley has outdone itself in creating the world’s most stylish and elegant Grand Tourers – the GT Convertible is the very essence of the luxury brand.

A head turner with the roof up or down, GT Convertible’s flowing, and elegant exterior styling is accented with muscular, sculptural lines. The unique Z-fold convertible roof system represents a major improvement both in terms of refinement and packaging. The elegantly tailored convertible roof sweeps open in 19 seconds to reveal exquisite, luxurious handcrafted interior with sophisticated luxury features.

The roof, with its sealing system improvements and acoustic treatments, contributes to a three-decibel reduction in overall noise levels compared to its predecessor at typical cruising speeds. The Convertible’s profile is longer and lower than its predecessor but the key signature power lines still dominate.

Behind the wheel, the driver-orientated instrument panel is fully digital and can be personalised by the driver. The new Continental GT Convertible showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology.

The finest handcrafted materials and in-car technologies harmonise to create a connected, personalised cabin. The Bentley Rotating Display offers customers option of a digital detox and easy to use. The advanced, fully digital, driver-focused instrument panel for the driver is among the suite of innovations.

When the engine start button is pressed, the veneer in the middle of the dashboard glides silently forward and rotates to reveal Bentley’s largest-ever touchscreen, a 12.3” high-definition-quality digital MMI display, elegantly designed by Bentley with a customer-configurable home screen.

In motion, drivers will enjoy the powerful and responsive driving experience from the 635 PS W12 engine, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and the latest chassis technologies. A powerful 6.0-litre Bentley W12 engine heightens the sensory experience of open-air motoring with exhilarating performance accelerating 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds) with a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).

Elegant, sophisticated and refined, the all-new Continental GT Convertible is the pinnacle of open-top luxury Grand Touring with sophisticated comfort features that create a luxurious driving experience. The 20-way adjustable Comfort Seats set new industry standards in comfort and refinement.

Bentley has worked together with Pirelli to create bespoke tyres for the new Continental GT Convertible right from the very beginning of the design phase. The latest material compounds help the tyre respond more directly to driver inputs, ensuring a dynamic experience that is balanced and communicative.

As the most sought after luxury car brand in the world, Bentley Motors combines fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley.

And the all-new Continental GT Convertible redefines personalisation with paint, leather, veneer and lifestyle options that are virtually unlimited and tailored to the individual. Bentley’s personal commissioning division will respond to the most intricate bespoke customer requirements.

 

 

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Cadillac’s global best-selling XT5 SUV arrives in the Middle East

Cadillac Middle East has announced the regional arrival of the 2019 Cadillac XT5, the brand’s global best-selling mid-size luxury SUV.

Tailored for comfort and designed for all occasions, the 2019 Cadillac XT5 offers versatility with Cadillac style and refinement. Featuring a suite of class-leading available safety features and all-weather, road-handling confidence, the XT5 offers outstanding technology and innovation for an exceptional driving experience.

Combining spacious luxury and a high-tech Cadillac User Experience the XT5 features a rear camera mirror, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibilities, auto-heated steering wheel and front- and rear-seat USB capabilities. New for 2019, the XT5 offers next-generation wireless device charging for faster charging.

Developed on a unique lightweight design structure, Cadillac’s crossover embodies the brand’s expertise for lightweight and agile driving dynamics.

Christian Soemmer, Managing Director of Cadillac Middle East, said, “Since its launch, the Cadillac XT5 has been a real trailblazer in the mid-size luxury SUV segment across the globe. With sophisticated looks, spacious cabin and outstanding technology, the XT5 makes for an exceptional driving experience.”

Bringing a high level of sophistication that showcases Cadillac’s evolving design language, the XT5 architecture demonstrates a lean and sleek look. It has a strong visual presence with proportions that convey the driving experience and the lightweight construction underneath the surface.

For 2019, Cadillac’s 2019 XT5 looks has been refreshed with new exterior and interior colors.  Four new exterior colors are available including Shadow Metallic, Red Horizon Tintcoat and Dark Mocha Metallic. The interior has also received a full-leather seating with Sapele wood accent trim.

The XT5’s reputation for connectivity is further bolstered by additional USB ports and the latest Cadillac User Experience system to make it one of the most connected vehicles in its class. The XT5’s mobile friendliness is evident with storage for both phones and tablets in the center console and charging ports conveniently accessible in the front and rear seats.

Cadillac’s XT5 is powered with a 3.6-liter V6 engine with an SAE-certified peak output of 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 366 Nm of torque. Cadillac’s stop/start technology automatically stops and starts the engine when the vehicle is stationery, saving fuel and reducing emissions, while enhancing the quietness expected of a luxury vehicle.

An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard for the XT5, with Electronic Precision Shift –electronically controlled transmission shifter that reduces noise and vibration. The standard twin clutch all-wheel drive system continuously and automatically delivers excellent traction across a variety of conditions.

Standard on XT5 Luxury trim are the 18-inch wheels, while the Premium Luxury and Platinum models include 20-inch wheels. All versions with 20-inch wheels have a Continuous Damping Control system included, managing ride control in real-time.

The XT5 Platinum includes unique interior and exterior trim and materials and combines them with the highest technology features. Additional ride bushings on the rear cradle are exclusive to the XT5 Platinum model, tuned to provide added ride comfort for rear seat passengers. The XT5 Platinum includes unique interior and exterior trim and materials and combines them with the highest technology features.

Setting a high standard for technology and safety features, the 2019 XT5 features the next-generation Cadillac User Experience (CUE) system for connectivity and control as a standard equipment. A fast and powerful processor provides quick response and accuracy through a standard eight-inch-diagonal color touchscreen with an available embedded navigation.

The 2019 XT5 features Cadillac’s Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages to aid vision and collision avoidance. These include automatic front and rear braking for low-speed conditions, Lane Keeping Assist, , Safety Alert Seat, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning , full-speed range Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Parking Assist.

A comprehensive airbag system is available on 2019 XT5, including frontal and seat-mounted side-impact for driver and front passenger with passenger sensing system; knee for driver; head-curtain for all outboard seating positions with rollover protection

Exclusive Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Makes Middle East Debut

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Collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign reimagines Nissan’s GT-R as a custom-bodied, ultra-limited edition supercar 

UAE is the latest destination in the GT-R50’s global tour

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign –the ultimate expression of the GT-R – made its Middle East debut today at Dubai Autodrome, as part of a global tour.

The showcase of the GT-R50 prototype in the region followed its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The sports car is on a global tour that has encompassed Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the U.S and Nissan Crossing in Japan. Following the success of this tour, a unique and exclusive limited edition, inspired by the prototype, is being produced for enthusiast customers. The production run will be limited to no more than 50 vehicles in the world.

Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign to create the model, based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO. The GT-R50 celebrates the convergence of two key anniversaries; 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world, and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through the iconic GT-R.

The 50 GT-R50s set to be produced celebrate half a century of engineering leadership. The cars pay tribute to Nissan’s legendary takumis– craftsmen who have hand-built every GT-R engine for the past 50 years. While the prototype vehicle was finished in a special gray with gold accents, customers will be able to specify their preferred color combinations for the production version. They also will be able to choose interior colors and packages.[1]

Watch: The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – the ultimate expression of the GT-R

Commenting during the launch, Kalyana Sivagnanam, Regional Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Nissan AMI and President of Nissan Middle East: “Continuing our long and proud motorsport heritage in the Middle East, we are thrilled to bring the exclusive GT-R50 to customers and fans in the region. The Nissan GT-R is one of the world’s most iconic supercars, and the GT-R50 by Italdesign is the GT-R taken to the next level, with no compromise in performance, styling or craftsmanship. The GT-R50 is the perfect embodiment of the Nissan brand and an ultra-limited collector’s edition for true enthusiasts who want to own the very best Nissan has to offer.”

Watch:An Idea Coming to Life: Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

The Nissan GT-R in the Middle East

The Nissan GT-R, whether on the road or on the track, has been a strong symbol of Nissan’s engineering excellence for the last half a century. It has also held a special place in the hearts of Middle East consumers, and its popularity is continuing to grow. Monthly sales figures show that Nissan is on track to double its share of the premium sports car market by the end of fiscal year 2018 compared to 2016, making the Gulf one of the largest markets for the GT-R anywhere in the world.

The Middle East is also the location where the GT-R broke a Guinness World record in 2016, for the fastest ever vehicle drift. Driver Masato Kawabata (Japan) reached staggering 304.96 km/h (189.49 mi/h) while driving a Nissan GT-R NISMO at Fujairah International Airport.

“It is fitting GT-R50 is making its regional debut here as the GT-R nameplate has a special connection with customers in the Middle East,” added Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East. “GT-R, like Nissan, offers something genuinely different from anything, or anyone, else and is an important differentiator for Nissan in the Middle East. GT-R is the perfect mirror of our brand, reflecting the boldness that defines Nissan. This exclusive 50th Anniversary Edition is further proof of Nissan engineering and advanced technology.”

Precision + craftsmanship + brute force

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign starts with Nissan’s latest GT-R NISMO and re-interprets it with a European-style sensibility – combining brute force with Italian craftsmanship and tailoring. With a special power plant that boasts up to 120PS over the stock engine, as well as chassis and driveline upgrades, performance backs up the new look.

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs originated from Nissan Design Europe and Nissan Design America. Key design features include a pronounced power bulge on the hood, stretched LED headlights, a lowered roofline, and prominent “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. The exterior is finished in a Liquid Kinetic Gray color, with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings. The seats feature black Alcantara® and fine black Italian leather. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment throughout the cockpit.

Underneath its new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan’s extensive GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720PS and 780 Nm of torque. A revised Bilstein suspension damping system and upgraded Brembo braking system help handle the extra power.

Pricing of the NISMO-tuned 720PS GT-R50 by Italdesign will start at 990,000 euros before taxes and options

For serious inquiries about obtaining a Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign,

Please visit www.gt-r50.nissan

[1]Subject to homologation rules in the intended country of operation.

 

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Solar Charging System Technology revealed by Hyundai to Power Future Eco-Friendly Vehicles

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Hyundai Motor Group has announced plans to introduce solar charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.

The solar charging technology is being developed to support the vehicle’s main power source, improving mileage and reducing CO2 emissions. It can charge batteries of not just eco-friendly vehicles, including electric and hybrid vehicles, but also of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, thereby improving fuel efficiency.

Hyundai Motor Group is developing three types of solar roof charging systems: The first-generation silicon solar roof system, the second-generation semi-transparent solar roof system, and the third generation lightweight solar-lid on the vehicle’s body.

The first-generation solar roof system, which will be applied to hybrid models, includes a structure of mass-produced silicon solar panels that are mounted on an ordinary roof. This system can charge 30 to 60 percent of the battery per day, depending on the weather condition and the environment. The second-generation semi-transparent solar roof system will be applied to vehicles with internal combustion engines, for the first time in the world. Differentiated from the first-generation system, the second-generation system provides transmissive panel options, also satisfying consumers who desire a sense of openness. The semi-transparent solar panels are applied to a panoramic sunroof, maintaining transparency whilst charging an electric vehicle’s battery or an additional battery mounted on an internal combustion engine vehicle.

Applying solar charging systems to internal combustion engine vehicles will contribute to the increase in vehicle exports, by enabling vehicles to adhere to global-scale environmental laws that regulate CO2 emissions.

The third-generation lightweight solar-lid system, currently in the process of pilot study for applying to eco-friendly vehicle models, includes a structure that mounts solar panels on a bonnet and roof combined, in order to maximize energy output.

The solar charging system is composed of a solar panel, a controller, and a battery. Electricity is produced when solar energy from the sun touches the solar panel’s surface, which converts this by using photons of light from the sun and then creating the electron-hole pairs in silicon cells to generate solar electricity.

When a 100W solar panel is equipped, in 1 Sun standards (Summer noon, 1000 W/㎡intensity of radiation) it produces 100Wh of energy per hour. In the controller, Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), which controls voltage and current to increase efficiency of the electricity collected in the solar panel, and source transformation take place.

The electricity from this process is transformed to the standard voltage by the controller, then stored in the battery or utilized to decrease loads of a vehicle’s Alternating Current (AC) generator. Hyundai Motor Group took not only efficiency but also design into account while developing the solar charging system.

“In the future, various types of electricity generating technologies, including the solar charging system, will be connected to vehicles. This will enable them to develop from a passive device that consumes energy to a solution that actively generates energy,” said Jeong-Gil Park, Executive Vice

President of Engineering Design Division of Hyundai Motor Group., who has developed this technology. “The paradigm of the vehicle owner will shift from that of a consumer to an energy prosumer.”

Hyundai Motor Group will launch the first generation of this technology into its vehicles after 2019 to help meet global regulations targets and improve vehicle fuel efficiency.

 

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