Breathtaking Performance & Elegance – McLAREN 570GT

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The McLaren 570GT is the most luxurious and refined of any McLaren to date with a light, airy cabin upholstered and specified with the highest quality materials throughout. Practical enough for everyday use, the two-seat, mid-enginedsports car 570GT is designed for practicality and comfort, while remaining a true McLaren.

Very few people have the opportunity to possess a McLaren and this alone makes owners’ part of an exclusive club with a wide range of vehicle customisation options and lifestyle experiences.

The McLaren 570GT joins the 570S Coupé and 540C Coupé as the third model in the recently announced Sports Series family. The clean lines of the revised glasshouse give the 570GT a sleek and refined silhouette, and mark out the second of three bodystyles, which will eventually complete the Sports Series.

The standard fixed glass Panoramic Roof provides a bright, open cabin running through to the large rear glass hatch creating the most luxurious and relaxing McLaren driving environment. Craftsmanship throughout the interior of the 570GT are of the highest level, upholstered and specified with quality materials and the latest technologies throughout.

The 570GT is the most practical model ever launched by McLaren Automotive, targeted towards longer journeys  and weekends away. Within the spacious and ergonomically-optimised cabin, a pair of eight-way electrically adjustable sports seats are upholstered in leather as standard. The control interfaces for the air conditioning, telephony, navigation and audio systems are managed through the centrally mounted touchscreen.

The panoramic roof adds more light and a sense of space to the interior. The roof glass is treated with 18 percent transmission tint and also features SSF (Sound & Solar Film) to absorb solar radiation while providing additional noise insulation. With the increased glass area of the 570GT, cabin temperatures are regulated and maintained by an enhanced dual-zone air conditioning system, allowing fully automatic and independent settings for passenger and driver.

The front luggage area remains unchanged from the Coupé, providing 150 litres of stowage, while a further 220 litres of space is available behind the seats on the leather-lined Touring Deck. This additional space is accessed via the side opening Glass Hatch offering more storage space.

Refinement and day-to-day usability are further enhanced through the latest tyre technology from McLaren Automotive technical partner, Pirelli. The 570GT features specially developed Pirelli P Zero™ tyres, whichreduce in-cabin road noise by up to three decibels.

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As with all models in the Sports Series, the 570GT is extensively equipped throughout with the latest technologies and the highest quality materials. As standard, the new model features extended leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated seats with memory function, front and rear parking sensors, an electric steering column with easy entry and exit function.

Under the skin, the 570GT has been developed with a unique dynamic setup to reflect its positioning, while retaining the supercar levels of engagement experienced on the 570S Coupé. Pure McLaren design and engineering combine to produce a car with breath-taking performance yet increased levels of luxury and refinement.

First introduced on the iconic McLaren F1, and now signature to each of the models in the McLaren Automotive range, the 570GT features distinctive dihedral doors, which open upwards and outwards. A signature McLaren feature, the dihedral doors makes entering and leaving the car as effortless as possible.

Power and torque remain at 570PS (562bhp) and 600 Nm (443lb ft) and power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed seamless-shift transmission with adjustment through Normal, Sport and Track settings to produce one of the most rewarding and engaging driving experiences in the sports car class.

The 570GT is hence a thorough bred sports car designed for the driver who wants a high performance car with elements of luxury and comfort for longer drives.

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Masters of Luxury- First Bentayga to join Bentley’s famous Heritage Collection

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In constant pursuit of the exquisite, the powerful and the exclusive, Bentley Motors first production of the extraordinary Bentley Bentayga is now a reality. As the catalyst for one of the biggest investment programmes in the company’s history, Bentley’s SUV takes the class to a new level.

Discerning Middle East clients will be delighted to note the vast range of options and opportunities they can personalisein Bentayga while enjoying ground-breaking technology that opens up new experiences in a SUV.

With innovation at its heart, the Bentayga displays unprecedented power, speed and efficiency, setting new standards in the SUV sector. The first production Bentayga, finished in paint colour, Anthracite, was handcrafted across 130 hours.

During the assembly process, the car passed through a new bodystore, a new paint shop and a new assembly line, all part of this substantial investment.

According to Robin Peel, Head of Marketing for MEAI & Asia Pacific, Bentley ‎Motors, the Bentley Bentayga will be the benchmark against which all other SUVs are measured, defining a new segment – the luxury SUV. Robin also mentions that the Bentayga combines unparalleled luxury with effortless ‎performance and everyday ‎usability.‎

Visually, Bentayga is every inch a Bentley. From the distinctive matrix grille and four familiar round headlights to the luxurious materials and attention to detail in the handcrafted cabin interior. Innovative production techniques add to a look that is at once familiar yet sets it apart from other SUVs.

The subtle reinterpretation of the marque’s signature design traits is evident, from the super-formed, ultra sharp powerline to the handcrafted interior. It is the perfect balance between sporting prowess and everything else one would want in a SUV.

Bentley’s Innovative technology completes the experience, connecting the driver and passengers with Bentley’s most advanced, intuitive infotainment and driver assistance technologies. Bentayga clearly leads the way in technological advances at Bentley.

Keeping design in mind, technology in Bentayga has been seamlessly integrated into the vehicle to offer intelligent functionality. The subtle application of this extraordinary technology means you hardly notice it until you need it and the functionality makes every journey more comfortable and satisfying, whether you’re in the driving seat or relaxing as a passenger.

The designers’ vision was to extend the Bentley design values of exquisite materials, exclusivity and individuality, and transport authentic luxury to new landscapes.

The all-new W12 engine is breathtakingly powerful with a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). But performance is not just about unadulterated speed. Bentayga can tow up to 3,500kg with consummate ease and takes all kinds of off-road conditions in its stride.

Bentayga is clearly the fastest, most ‎powerful, most ‎luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world.

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Audi and Johannes Kepler University of Linz to establish center for artificial intelligence

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  • Cooperation with Prof. Sepp Hochreiter’s Institute of Bioinformatics
  • The “Audi.JKU deep learning center” will focus on self-learning functions in connection with cars
  • Michael Schmid, Head of the Audi Academy: “We are ensuring the knowledge transfer from research into practice”

Audi and the Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU) are to conduct joint research into the intelligent car of the future. For this purpose, the university and the brand with the Four Rings will now establish the “Audi.JKU deep learning center” in Linz. Through cooperation with the Institute for Bioinformatics headed by Prof. Sepp Hochreiter, Audi plans to promote the use of artificial intelligence in automobiles.

Prof. Sepp Hochreiter is one of Europe’s leading experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). He has made major contributions with fundamental research into deep‑learning technologies – a methodology that is based on the learning processes of the human brain. The long short‑term memory (LSTM) that he developed is used for speech‑recognition software in all smartphones all over the world. Hochreiter’s Institute for Bioinformatics at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU) has long been held in high regard by AI experts. Exchanges of opinions and experience with Audi on the subject of autonomous driving have been taking place for several years, and the two partners successfully concluded their first joint project in 2016. “The application of AI has enormous potential for self‑driving cars, not just for speech recognition, but even for predicting passengers’ intentions and needs, and reacting to them,” stated Prof. Sepp Hochreiter. “Thanks to LSTM networks, drivers in the future will feel safer in their cars than in their own living rooms.”

“With the establishment of the ‘Audi.JKU deep learning center,’ we are placing our cooperation on solid foundations,” said Michael Schmid, Head of the Audi Academy. “We are thus creating a win‑win situation for both sides. Audi is supporting the essential basic research in the field of artificial intelligence. At the same time, we are ensuring rapid knowledge transfer into practice and making contacts with talented young people.” As part of the cooperation, Audi will also support selected young scientists at JKU Linz.

The “Audi.JKU deep learning center” starts work with five projects. Research will be conducted for example into how cars driving in piloted mode in complex traffic situations can be exactly aware of and interpret their environment. Potential dangers must be recognized at an early stage and reaction times must be optimized. Another project deals with the use of artificial intelligence in vehicle sensors. “The latest findings are vital for us to make our cars more intelligent step by step,” explained Dr. Peter Steiner, Chief Executive of Audi Electronics Venture GmbH. Audi’s software company functions as a specialized interface and contact point for JKU Linz. “We have been developing our global network in the field of artificial intelligence for many years, and are delighted that we have been able to gain Prof. Hochreiter and his institute as an additional competent partner,” said Steiner.

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A REGAL RIDE: ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST SERIES II

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Rolls-Royce Ghost has proven to be no ordinary power. It has propelled Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to new heights with a less formal, more contemporary and dynamic expression of Rolls-Royce luxury. It has attracted a new generation of clients to Rolls-Royce –the Captains of Industry, entrepreneurs and successful business men and women who are a unique, exclusive group of exceptional achievers who drive success in today’s world. I had the pleasure to drive the car for a few days and it certainly made me feel like Head of State. According to Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is for leaders who know what they want and they go outto achieve it. And then, having accomplished their objectives, they reward themselves with the ultimate symbol of success, a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The brand has answered clients’ demands for the best in effortless dynamism, modern luxury and industry-leading technology. Clothed in a discreetly updated design that protects the iconic character of a Rolls-Royce, the brand proudly introduces Ghost Series II as an oasis of calm in a frenetic business world.

The Ghost Series II offers the latest technological advances to the growing base of highly successful customers. Since its launch, Ghost has become the ultimate symbol of success for leading entrepreneurs across the globe. Winning critical media and customer acclaim and driving the company to four consecutive historic sales records, Ghost has led a new, younger generation of highly successful men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership; a key pillar in the marque’s highly successful sustainable growth strategy.

In essence, Ghost is a Rolls-Royce that meets its owner’s every need. It is an exquisitely appointed business tool for the business week and an engaging and effortless driving experience for leisure at the weekend. Having driven the car for both reasons, it was a delightfully smooth ride and commanded attention not just on the roads but when parked at hotels and business centres while I attended meetings and press events.

The bold new generation of Rolls-Royce customer seeks a car with a silent assurance – a cosseting, super-premium environment in which to conduct business and augment their leisure time. In Ghost Series II, tradition blends perfectly with this bold, contemporary direction.

An uncompromising approach to materials and craftsmanship remains and traditional visual tenets were re-imagined to express the car’s modernity and dynamism. For example the stately presence of Phantom’s grille made way for a softer, less formal design – its subtle curvature more akin to a jet air-intake than traditional pantheon facia. Flowing ‘yacht lines’ and powerful flanks hint at the car’s inherent dynamism, whilst traditional Rolls-Royce DNA is expressed in the elevated prow, large uninterrupted surfaces, long bonnet and short overhang.

Ghost Series II is the ultimate contemporary combination of luxury, technology and connectivity available to the successful entrepreneur on the move today. It is an oasis of calm in a busy connected world where he or she can do business in peace. It presents the driver and occupants with a comprehensive example of effortless Rolls-Royce connectivity, a network where communication between car, environment and driver helps lower the pulse, ease the journey and delight the occupants.

Key to this is the discreet placement of the car’s technological functions. Accessed through a one-touch call button or the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller, on-board Wi-Fi facilitates email, file sharing, telephony and video-conferencing. The user is also able to watch televised business news in order to remain ahead of the game. Navigation assistance is by the same one-touch call button for wherever the owner wishes to go, with directions that anticipate and avoid unnecessary delays are offered.Information from the significantly updated Multimedia Interface and Navigation system is displayed beautifully on a new 10.25” high definition screen.

In 2014, the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine celebrates her 103rd birthday. More than any other symbol of luxury, the flying lady stands as a genuine icon, one whose beautiful image continues to adorn the grille, but is now also reproduced within Ghost Series II’s cabin depicted below the crystal glass surface of the new rotary controller.

This Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller presents a touch pad with the ability to write characters by finger, as well as the ability to scroll through function menus by turning the chrome dial and pressing down to select its functions.

The Rotary Controller’s touch pad also allows ‘pull and pinch’ features, replicating intuitive smart phone functionality. These help the user pinpoint chosen areas on the screen or help to make them larger. For example, different areas of a map can be found by moving a finger across the touch pad, whilst street resolution can be made larger or smaller by pinching or pulling.

Rolls-Royce employs experts for all aspects of high-end craftsmanship, from hand-painted coach lines to finely tuned audio systems. Finely tuned by expert Rolls-Royce audio engineers and naturally incorporating the finest hardware and latest advances in connectivity, Bespoke Audio is the most exhaustively designed automotive hi-fi system ever developed.

Ensuring perfect acoustic balance and performance was central to the design process of the car. Rolls-Royce’s in-house audio engineers were consulted throughout the design process of the car on the effect proposed changes in the wider design of the car may have on the performance of the system – a practice unparalleled in the automotive world.

Eighteen individually-tuned speakers, with both theatre and studio settings, deliver a pure ‘larger than live’ sensation. Two bass speakers located in the boot complement seven speakers meticulously placed throughout the cabin. Two ‘exciter’ speakers in the roof-lining bring the sound to occupants’ ear level creating a completely unique listening sensation.

iPod and iPad connections allow the importation of music, but also podcast and audio book downloads. Bluetooth audio streaming is an option too, from one of two phones that can be paired with equal functionality.

A number of music searches can be made via the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller, including a “play more like this” function while online Gracenote® access for CDs with hit selection make navigating music collections an effortless experience. But it is the sound quality itself that places Ghost Series II at the pinnacle of in-car audio.

Interior comfort and style are enhanced with re-designed seats. Electronically adjustable thigh supports for front seat passengers complement a new seat structure, enhancing Ghost’s unchallenged interior comfort levels.

A revised rear seat design ensures absolute comfort for those wishing to conduct business or simply relax. In ‘Lounge seat’ configuration, the seats are gently angled towards each other to create a more intimate setting, allowing passengers to communicate more easily.

The most recent developments in LED lighting technology have also been applied to Ghost Series II. The way this light is managed is significantly enhanced by adaptive technology. Electronically controlled reflectors move in the direction of travel in response to steering-wheel turns to give a greater depth of vision when cornering and a whiter, brighter light ensures effortless and safe driving on dark roads whilst helping reduce driver tiredness.

Ghost Series II’s effortless dynamism is augmented with the addition of Satellite Aided Transmission, a technology that utilises GPS data to allow the car to see beyond what the driver sees, anticipating their next move based on location and driving style.

Ghost presents the perfect blend of driving dynamics and hallmark Rolls-Royce comfort. Ghost Series II customers can specify a Dynamic Driving Package that offers a more involving driving experience with no compromise to ride quality.

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Double victory for Audi in “Best Cars 2017”

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Audi has driven home two overall wins in the “Best Cars 2017” competition. The Audi A1 triumphed in the “Small Car” category in the reader survey conducted by “auto motor und sport” magazine, and the Audi A3 won the “Compact Car” class.

But that was not the only award the company with the four rings could celebrate recently. The Audi Q2 has won Gold in the German Design Award. At the award ceremony the compact SUV secured the highest award for “Excellent Production Design – Transportation.”

The “auto motor und sport” award ceremony was held for the 41st time this year. Readers of the renowned trade journal selected their favorites from 378 models in eleven categories. The publication selected an overall winner and a top import in each category. In the “Small Car” category, 20.7 percent of the readers selected the Audi A1, and 17.1 percent chose the Audi A3 as the top of the “Compact Car” class.

The Audi Q7 took second place in the “Large SUV/Offroad Vehicle” category with 10.4 percent of the vote. Third place finishes went to the Audi A4 in the “Midsize” category, to the Audi A6 in the “Upper Midsize” class, to the Audi R8 Spyder in the “Convertibles” class and to the Audi Q2 in the “Compact SUV/Offroad Vehicle” category.

“The Audi Q2 surprises with a design that is fully independent and not just a scaled-down version of its big brother,” the jury of the German Design Award competition said in their decision. The new SUV presents itself as an automobile with balanced proportions, which offers plenty of space for its class and is at least as much fun. “This elegant car has the potential to be a trendsetter,” according to the jury’s summary.

The polygonal design of the Audi Q2 brings new facets to the brand’s formal idiom. At the front, a strong image is created by the Singleframe grille in octagonal design that is positioned up high as well as by the large air inlets. On its flanks the Q2 plays with polygon forms. Below the windows, the sharply drawn shoulder line divides into two contours, one above the other. They frame a concave surface with six corners.

The concave shape of the flanks emphasizes the wheels and with them the quattro character of the Audi Q2. The interior takes up the taut and angular form language of the exterior. Despite the coupé-like roof line and compact outer dimensions, adults enjoy ample head and leg room in the rear. One highlight in the interior is the LED lighting package with backlit decorative trim. These shine with a homogeneous light that can be selected from ten colors using the control system.

The German Design Award is presented by the German Design Council and is one of the most prestigious competitions in the design industry. With the prize, the international jury panel recognizes innovative products and projects that break new ground in the German and international design world.

Presenting a new jewelry collection: Audi Sport by C6

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A custom-made collection of jewelry and accessories, composed of carbon fibre and diamonds is the result of a brand cooperation between Audi and C6. To celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the exclusive Audi Sport collection is now available to purchase in the Middle East.

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C6 is an awarded Danish jewelry concept developed by designer Anne Cohen. It builds on the idea of combining different forms of the carbon element – C6 – through using graphite and diamonds. No other materials are added – the stones are instead placed directly into the graphite using advanced craftsmanship techniques.

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Audi Sport and the red rhombus stand for ultimate performance, progressiveness and passion in motor sports. Carbon fibre is one of the most effective materials employed in the production of high-performance cars. C6 was selected by Audi to design a collection that innovatively combines carbon fibre and diamonds in uniquely captivating pieces. The design lines of some items are inspired by the interior of the new Audi R8.

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Audi Sport by C6 contains six different items including rings, bracelets, pendants, cufflinks and key chains. The collection can be seen and purchased online at www.C6.dk.

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Kia to transport players and officials at FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

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  • Kia hands over 83 vehicles for FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
  • International football tournament to take place in Russia from the 17th of June
  • Kia Motors is the official automotive partner of FIFA

Kia Motors has supplied 83 vehicles to ensure smooth running of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. The vehicle handover ceremony took place on June 8 at the Spartak Moscow stadium in the Russian capital.

The FIFA Confederations Cup will start on the 17th of June, with eight teams vying for a place in the final, to be held in Saint Petersburg on July 2. The tournament is contested by the holders of each of the six regional championships (Australia, Cameroon, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal), along with the FIFA World Cup holder (Germany) and the 2018 host nation (Russia).

Official automotive partner to FIFA, Kia Motors has supplied the 83-strong fleet of vehicles including Mohave, Sorento, Sportage and cee’d to transport national football teams, referees, officials and delegates during the international tournament. Kia will also provide 24-hour roadside support throughout the tournament.

More than 80 delegates from Kia Motors, FIFA, and media attended the official vehicle handover ceremony at the 45,360-capacity stadium, home to the newly-crowned Russian Premier League champions, Spartak Moscow, and the Russian international football team.

Attending the handover ceremony, Jay Neuhaus, FIFA Head of Rights Delivery & Hospitality, said: “Kia Motors has been our official partner since 2007 and we are grateful for its support in supplying tournament vehicles for this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The fleet of vehicles will ensure the smooth operation of the event, enabling us to transport players, media and officials throughout the tournament. Both FIFA and Kia share a passion for football, and these cars will be used behind the scenes to deliver the excitement of ‘the beautiful game’ to fans around the globe.”

Alexander Moynov, Managing Director of Kia Motors Russia, commented: “As a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is one of the most important international football tournaments this year, and is followed by millions of fans worldwide. We are excited to be involved in making the Confederations Cup a success, and we look forward to bringing people closer to the Kia brand through this major event.”

In the build-up to 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Kia will bring back its globally popular five-a-side amateur football tournament, ‘Kia Champ into the Arena’. Kia will host its very own ‘World Final’ in Russia on the 28th of June, with five-a-side teams selected from national contests taking place in eight countries around the world. 10 winning teams will travel to Sochi to play the World Final. The finalists will also be invited to watch one of the semi-finals of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Kia’s involvement in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 also includes the company’s search for official match ball carriers. Sixteen children from all over the world will take part in the pre-match ceremony – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young football fans to hand over the match ball to the referee. Kia is also holding a ‘Lucky Drive’ competition, selecting two customers from 18 countries around the world to attend the opening match of the tournament, Russia vs. New Zealand on the 17th of June in Saint Petersburg.

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Volvo Buses puts safety as top priority for drivers this summer

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  • Bus passenger safety set to improve with roll-out of driver safety training
  • Safety courses seek to reduce fleet CO2 emissions and boost vehicle uptime with 8% improved fuel efficiency
  • Initiative forms part of manufacturer’s vision to achieve zero accidents with Volvo Group Products

Swedish manufacturer of buses and coaches, Volvo Buses, together with its partners from the transport industry, public transport authorities and private bus operators, are embarking on an initiative to significantly improve driver skills. Volvo is helping authorities and operators to initiate a series of safety training courses for drivers and their trainers with the vision to reduce road accidents, improve fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impact for businesses across the Middle East and Africa.

Volvo Buses is working closely with operators and authorities across Egypt, UAE, Tunisia and Morocco, helping them to launch a series of refresher driver training programs in local languages for drivers in the region. The company aims to develop local capabilities both in terms of local expertise and creating the course content to deliver training programs in each market.

The course covers topics about the importance of good behaviour, product knowledge, safety on the road and efficient driving skills. It also provides hands-on know-how about how to use the bus features correctly, daily checks, preventive maintenance, safety, fuel efficient driving operations and do’s & don’ts. These practical Refresher Driver training courses will ultimately help drivers improve their behaviour and contribute to achieving Volvo’s goal of zero accidents with Volvo Group products.

By training drivers to take a more cautious approach on the roads, it is expected not only that safety and passenger comfort will be improved but so too will fuel efficiency and emissions. After a recent training course conducted for a Volvo Bus customer in Tunisia, drivers increased their fuel efficiency by 8%, thereby lowering costs for the operator and also contributing to improving local air quality and lowering carbon dioxide emissions.

With rising temperatures in the Middle East region and the potential physical effects that fasting and the hot weather brings, bus drivers need to be vigilant of the passengers within their own vehicles and mindful of pedestrians on the streets. Added to this, bus drivers are also responsible for checking key elements of the vehicle before a journey, ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers on-board as well as monitoring other road users. Hence, bus drivers play a crucial role in maintaining safety, and Volvo, having recognised their importance, has embarked on initiating programs for training drivers.

Commenting on this initiative of driver training, Steve Hedouin, Vice President, MEAC (Middle East-Africa-CIS) Volvo Bus Corporation, said: “The human factor plays a decisive role in nine out of ten road accidents. It is therefore paramount that drivers know the risks on the roads. We, at Volvo Buses, intend to partner with key stakeholders and focus on our drivers to improve their driving and behavioural skills, and help them make the right decisions, with the right attitude, to prevent accidents from occurring. Our driver safety courses can also impact businesses financially as skilled drivers improve fuel efficiency and vehicle uptime.”

Steve Hedouin continued, “Every day, millions of people across the region rely on our buses, and our job is to bring them safely to their destination. Safety always comes first at Volvo Buses, it is a core value and part of our soul, so our vision is clear: zero accidents with Volvo Group products. In 1927, Volvo’s founders stated that ’Safety is and must be the basic principle in all design work’. Today, almost 90 years later, we’re still leading the way with a range of pioneering safety innovations that are making their way throughout the vehicle industry”.

Since its inception in 1927, Volvo has introduced a series of inventive safety features within their products. One definitive prevention aid in the safety of bus, truck and car drivers is the seat belt. In ‎‎1958, Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin invented the three-point safety belt, which is used ‎globally in trucks, cars and buses today. Volvo’s visionary three-point safety belt has saved millions of lives all over the world. ‎

Now with nine decades as a standard bearer on safety issues, Volvo Buses has looked to achieve safety improvements in multiple ways. The Volvo B8 range, the latest model launched globally by Volvo Buses, is equipped with features such as Electronic Braking Systems, Electronic Stability program, and I-Coaching. I-Coaching monitors driving patterns and provides drivers with instant feedback on vital parameters, including over-speeding and harsh braking, which in turn prevents accidents from occurring. Thus, it encourages safer driving practices, improves fuel-efficiency and, subsequently, benefits the environment – all key areas that Volvo constantly strives to promote.

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Increased power and luxury: limited edition 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

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The new Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is the most powerful and distinctive 911 Turbo S to date. The coupé provides 607 hp (446 kW) and is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide. In addition to a power increase of 27 hp, the exclusive model is distinguished from the standard 911 Turbo S thanks to its unique design features and luxurious details. The sports car is being intricately finished by hand in the new “Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur” at the brand’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany. Previously known as “Porsche Exclusive”, the in-house workshop specialises in customisation as well as limited-edition series. For the first time ever, Porsche customers can have the matching chronograph watch from Porsche Design configured in the same design as their sports car.

Increased power and performance
The 3.8-litre, six-cylinder biturbo flat engine with an exclusive power kit has a maximum torque of 750 Nm, delivering between 2,250 and 4,000 rpm. This means that the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, and takes 9.6 seconds to cross the 200 km/h threshold. The sports car can reach a top speed of 330 km/h. The new model comes with black-painted 20-inch wheels with central locking as standard; their design lines are carefully finished in Golden Yellow Metallic using a new laser technology. For the first time, the brake callipers for the PCCB ceramic brake system are available directly from the factory in a black-painted version with the Porsche logo in Golden Yellow Metallic. The active sports chassis, equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Sport Chrono Package, is included in the standard equipment, as is the rear-axle steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) improving handling and stability.

Exceptional design
Some of the most distinguishing features of this sports car include the exclusive Golden Yellow Metallic paint finish and various carbon components, such as the bonnet, roof and side skirts. The two carbon-weave strips that contour the roof and bonnet accentuate the sporty look of the car. The rear view is characterised by the rear wing of the Turbo Aerokit, the new rear apron, the ram-air scoop in carbon and the exhaust system with two twin tailpipes made from stainless steel in black. In addition to Golden Yellow Metallic, the vehicle is offered in a range of other special exterior colours.

Master craftsmanship in the interior
The model’s interior is both elegant and unique. The 18-way adjustable sports seats are covered in two layers of perforated leather, with the inside layer featuring two stripes in Golden Yellow, guaranteeing a distinctive effect. The seams and the Turbo S lettering stitched on the headrests are also in contrasting Golden Yellow, meanwhile the roof lining is finished in Alcantara, with a Golden Yellow double stripe. Fine copper thread is integrated into the trim strips of the carbon interior package. A plaque featuring the limited-edition number on the passenger’s side underlines the car’s exclusivity. Finished in carbon, the door entry guards come with illuminated Exclusive Series lettering.

Truly hand-crafted
For more than 30 years, Porsche customers have been able to own customised vehicles. With the introduction of this new limited model, the sports car manufacturer is beginning a new chapter: Porsche Exclusive has now been re-branded into “Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur”. Specialising in bespoke Porsche modifications, this in-house workshop offers a range of services, including advising customers, developing special equipment options for each model range and producing limited model series.

Exclusive Chronograph from Porsche Design to match the vehicle
The optional Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series represents the first time that Porsche Design has released a watch exclusively available to customers buying this limited model series. The made-to-order chronograph combines the characteristic features of Porsche Design watches with the character of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Just like the vehicle, it is limited to 500 units. Its housing is made of lightweight titanium, and its black titanium carbide coating emphasises its sporty design. The carbon dial is taken from the striking carbon weave stripes on the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series and finished in the same exterior colour as the customer’s vehicle. The rotor design is modelled on the rims of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series and painted in the original colour. The winding mechanism features a typical Porsche central lock with the Porsche crest on the movement.

High-quality accessories
With the launch of the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Porsche customers can also enjoy an optional Exclusive Series luggage set made from leather. The visual details as well as the dimensions of the four-piece collection, consisting of two travel pieces as well as a day bag and a suit bag, are perfectly fitted for the luggage space available in the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.

Prices and sales launch
The basic retail price for the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series starts at AED 880,900 in the UAE. It will be available to order from June 8, 2017. Price information for the optional accessories will be available at the nearest Porsche Centre.
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Audi customer teams successful in Europe

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  • Audi one-two-three result in Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup
  • Four podium positions for Audi RS 3 LMS in TCR Italy and TCR Benelux
  • Nürburgring winning Audi R8 LMS on display at Audi Forum Ingolstadt

At Zolder, Belgium and Misano, Italy, Audi customer teams won seven trophies in total last weekend.

Audi R8 LMS (GT3)

Three Audi cars in front: On the third race weekend of the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, Audi customer teams decided the top three positions among themselves. In the main race at Circuit Zolder, Markus Winkelhock and Will Stevens in the Audi R8 LMS of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT were the first to cross the finish line. For Winkelhock, this marked the next success in the R8 LMS just one week following his victory in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. The former Formula 1 campaigner Stevens clinched his first ever victory in the Audi R8 LMS. Clemens Schmid and Filip Salaquarda (ISR), Stuart Leonard and Robin Frijns (WRT) perfected the success of the Audi brand in Belgium.

Eye-catcher in Ingolstadt: Audi Forum Ingolstadt visitors are able to catch a whiff of racing air these days. The Audi R8 LMS which Audi celebrated its fourth victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring on May 28, including the trophy awarded for its win, is on display in the foyer. The GT3 race car is being showcased in its original condition, all signs of wear and dirt from 4,009 kilometers of racing having been fully preserved.

Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)

Podium successes: Two drivers of an Audi RS 3 LMS – Plamen Kralev (Kraf Racing) and Massimiliano Mugelli (Pit Lane Competizioni) – made it into the top three at the second event of the 2017 TCR Italy at Misano. In race one, Kralev took second place and in race two, he trailed his brand colleague Mugelli in third place.

Vervisch on podium: Belgian Frédéric Vervisch in an Audi RS 3 LMS of ComToYou Racing achieved position three in the third of four TCR Benelux sprint races in front of a home crowd at Zolder.

Coming up next week

09–11/06 Australian GT Trophy Series, Round 2, Winton (AUS)

09–10/06 DMV GTC, rounds 7 and 8, Nürburgring (D)

10-11/06 Audi R8 LMS Cup, rounds 3 and 4, Suzuka (J)

10–11/06 TCR Portugal, rounds 3 and 4, Portimão (P)

10–11/06 TCR Spain-Ibérico, rounds 3 and 4, Portimão (P)

09–11/06 ADAC GT Masters, rounds 5 and 6, Red Bull Ring (A)

09–11/06 ADAC TCR Germany , rounds 3 and 4, Red Bull Ring (A)

09–11/06 TCR International Series, round 5, Salzburgring (A)

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