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.

Jaguar Land Rover reveals plans for new electrified vehicles

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Jaguar Land Rover today revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich, UK. The announcement is the next significant step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK.

“We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, Electronic Drive Units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”

The first new electric car to be produced at the plant will be Jaguar’s flagship luxury saloon, the XJ. The choice of business leaders, celebrities, politicians and royalty for over five decades and through eight generations of production, the XJ is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK and has been exported to more than 120 countries.

The news was confirmed to workers at Castle Bromwich as production of the current XJ came to an end. Credited with pioneering a range of industry-first innovations during its 50 years of production, the new XJ will build on the characteristics synonymous with its predecessors – beautiful design, intelligent performance and revered luxury.

The new all-electric model will be created by the same expert team of designers and product development specialists responsible for delivering the world’s first premium electric SUV, and 2019 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar I-PACE.

Today’s announcement, which safeguards several thousand jobs in the UK, is the next stage in execution of Jaguar Land Rover’s electrification strategy. In January the company confirmed plans to bring battery and Electric Drive Unit (EDU) assembly to the Midlands with investment in new and existing facilities. These investments have been anticipated in the company’s previously communicated capital investment plans.

The new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall, operational in 2020, will be the most innovative and technologically advanced in the UK with an installed capacity of 150,000 units. Together with the Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC), home of Jaguar Land Rover’s global EDU production, these facilities will power the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover models.

 The extensive transformation of Castle Bromwich to become the UK’s first premium electrified vehicle plant will be the most significant in the plant’s history. Later this month, work will begin to commence the installation of all-new facilities and technologies required to support Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Designed and engineered in-house, MLA enables flexible production of clean efficient diesel and petrol vehicles alongside full electric and hybrid models.

The expansion of Jaguar Land Rover’s electrified vehicle line up will see customers offered a greater choice of vehicles to suit their lifestyles. However increased consumer take-up remains a challenge.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Convenience and affordability are the two key enablers to drive the uptake of electric vehicles to the levels that we all need. Charging should be as easy as re-fuelling a conventional vehicle.

“Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad. The UK has the raw materials, scientific research in our universities and an existing supplier base to put the UK at the leading edge of mobility and job creation.”

As Jaguar Land Rover today makes its commitment to electric car manufacturing in the UK, it calls on government and industry to work together to bring giga-scale battery production to the country. This builds on the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and the government’s Faraday Challenge, essential for next generation battery technology to create smaller, denser, cheaper batteries. These critical steps will also support and grow the existing supply chain, making the UK less dependent on essential materials sourced abroad today.

Together, these initiatives enable battery production and demand for automotive companies, to attract future giga-scale factories to the UK. 

Peugeot’s All-new 2008 SUV revealed

PEUGEOT has revealed first details of its exciting new compact SUV, the 2008, which becomes the third member of the French brand’s stylish SUV line-up. Set to arrive in the Middle East in 2020, the new PEUGEOT 2008 is an ultra-modern interpretation of the instinctive and versatile driving experience that exemplifies the brand’s vision of an exciting future.

PEUGEOT strengthened its current SUV range with the introduction of the refreshed 3008, followed by the arrival of the 5008, which both arrived in the Middle East in 2017. Now, the new PEUGEOT 2008 is designed to bolster the line-up further, demonstrating the compatibility between technology and pleasure.

Rakesh Nair, Managing Director, PEUGEOT Middle East, said: “Our SUV line-up is second to none; last year, our flagship 3008 model was honoured with the public vote in the Middle East Car of the Year, and was named 2018 European Car of the Year, amongst many other accolades. Alongside our seven-seat 5008, the all-new 2008 will further strengthen our legendary SUV line-up.

Peugeot has a way of blending chic styling, supreme comfort and premium, cutting-edge technology in a way that no other car maker can. I look forward to introducing the new 2008 to our growing family of customers in the GCC markets next year.”

With its powerful and distinctive style, the new 2008 is positioned at the heart of its segment, ready to contribute to the success of the PEUGEOT SUV range with its own take on what a compact SUV should offer: affirmation through design, and differentiation through innovation and technology. It embodies PEUGEOT’s ambitions to write a new and remarkable chapter in the history of its SUV range and is fully in line with the current style of the range, yet simultaneously displays its own personality.

Putting the latest technology at the driver’s finger tips, the 2008 introduces a new interpretation of PEUGEOT’s innovative iCockpit® system, first seen on the 208. The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® 3D is a world-first in the segment, including a compact steering wheel for better handling and grip, a large HD touch screen, and now, an innovative 3D heads-up display.

The new 2008 offers customers levels and standards of equipment that are usually seen in cars in higher segments. Amongst the unprecedented variety of cutting-edge technology available is:

Drive Assist– paving the way to semi-autonomous driving by combining a lane departure avoidance system

Adaptive Cruise Control

Park Assist– automatically managing the steering when entering and leaving a parking spot

Latest-generation automatic emergency braking

Ensuring a connected travel experience, information is integrated into the central screen thanks to MirrorScreen compatibility including a MirrorLink™ connection, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

Developed in partnership with French high-end specialist in high-fidelity sound, FOCAL®, the premium hi-fi system of the new 2008 SUV PEUGEOT will satisfy even the most demanding music lovers. The result of over three years of development, it uses technologies usually reserved for patented FOCAL® living room installations.

Based on the new and efficient version of the latest generation CMP (Common Modular Platform), the new SUV PEUGEOT 2008 is a multi-energy vehicle. Globally, it will offer a choice of three types of power -100% electric, petrol or diesel – and the 2008 range comes in three trim levels – Active, Allure, and, GT Line.

For ‘a la carte’ driving, depending on the specification, the 2008 has a choice of driving modes: ‘Eco’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’. An optional Grip Control is connected with the hill assist descent control (HADC) to perfectly and safely control the vehicle on steep slopes.

The new PEUGEOT 2008 will be available across the GCC in 2020.

Over 40 PERCENT OF UAE STUDENTS’ CARS MAY HAVE UNSAFE TYRES

A majority of young drivers in the UAE are not taking the required steps to ensure that their cars meet recommended standards of safety when it comes to tyre maintenance, with independent tests revealing that over 40 percent of students’ cars are equipped with one or more tyres that do not meet recommended safety standards.

These are among the findings of new research undertaken by Continental, the premium tyre and automotive manufacturer, which found that over 50 percent of young drivers aged 18-24 were not checking their tyres in line with expert advice, and over ten percent were ignorant of the importance of the role tyres play in road safety.

This new research is the latest undertaken by Continental in the Middle East as part of its global Vison Zero safety initiative. Following on from last year’s study regarding the attitude of parents of children of school age towards their car tyres, the German brand has this time focused on relatively new drivers through two studies: one in collaboration with YouGov and another in partnership with leading educational institutions in the UAE – American University in Dubai and University of Dubai.

While the situation regarding road safety has improved over recent years, it continues to be an important issue in the UAE, with figures from the Ministry of Interior and National Transport Authorityshowing that 468 people lost their lives on the country’s roads in 2018 [1]. Furthermore, according to UAE Ministry of Interior data, 45 percent of all road accidents UAE-wide are caused by young drivers (18-30)[2].

According to the Continental-commissioned YouGov survey, more than half (55 percent) of car owners in the UAE aged between 18 and 24 years old had not checked their tyres in the past month. Tyres should be checked regularly, as unbalanced air pressure, insufficient tread depth and irregular wear can lead to catastrophic tyre failure. Both Continental and Dubai’s RTA recommend that drivers check their car’s tyre pressure every couple of weeks [3].

The survey also confirmed significant ignorance about the important role that tyres play. Despite tyres being the only point of contact between a car and the road, more than one in ten (11 percent) of youngsters questioned stated that it was ‘not at all important’ or ‘not very important’ to have well maintained tyres, and just 63 percent considered it to be very important.

The potential safety issues highlighted by the survey were dramatically confirmed by the findings of Continental’s own checks on over 330 cars at the two Dubai universities.Of the cars checked, 44 percent had at least one tyre that did not adhere to recognised safety standards. The nature of the issues discovered included incorrectly inflated tyres, damaged or cracked tyres, expired tyres and worn treads.

Incorrect tyre pressures, which can contribute to irregular tread wear and side-wall damage, were found in 101 (30 percent) of these cases. But arguably of most concern was the fact that the experts found that 21 cars (six percent) needed to have all four tyres replaced.

Staff from Continental and its local partner, Emirates for Universal Tyres (EUT),checked 331 vehicles parked at the American University in Dubai and University of Dubai over several days, testing for air pressure, tyre sizes, tread depth, wear and punctures. At the same time, students were able to engage with Continental experts to find out more about the importance of tyre safety. They were also provided with a Continental Safety Tips booklet.

Speaking about the tyre safety initiative, Haitham Al Maaini, Acting Director, Student Services Department at University of Dubai, said: “At University of Dubai, we are determined to spread safety awareness among our students and personnel, particularly road safety. Our initiatives come in line with the efforts made by UAE authorities to reduce fatalities and protect people’s lives from car accidents mostly caused by high speed driving or using road-unworthy vehicles. Therefore, the comprehensive tyre check campaign delivered by Continental at University of Dubai was essential and very beneficial to our students.”

The UAE results from the Continental YouGov survey were gleaned from a wider study focused more specifically on millennials, covering three Arab markets and engaging with over 1,500 respondents.

As a frontrunner in automotive technological advancements and road safety, Continental is a dedicated advocate of greater safety on the roads – its global Vision Zero initiative aims to totally eradicate road accidents and deliver Zero fatalities, Zero injuries and Zero crashes. These surveys were commissioned by Continental as part of its approach to delivering Vision Zero through enhancing drivers’ knowledge, attitude and awareness.

New 911 arrives at Porsche Centre Dubai

Faster, more powerful and, more efficient than ever before, the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 has arrived at Porsche Centre Dubai, Al Nabooda Automobiles. Revealed at a special event held at the brand’s showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road, two variants, the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera S and the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S, highlighted the design and performance evolution of the brand’s most iconic sports car. The rear-engine model range has been redesigned and now showcases a more muscular look that pays tribute to its past, while also embracing the future with technology woven into its DNA. The new S- and 4S models are available as a Coupe and a Cabriolet.

Speaking during the launch event, K Rajaram, Chief Executive Officer, Porsche Importer Dubai and Northern Emirates, Al Nabooda Automobiles LLC, said: “Just like the first generation, the latest 911 is a sports car for the new era. Our icon has once again evolved and is now more powerful, more emotional, and more efficient than its predecessors. It is the best 911 Porsche has ever produced and this eighth generation maintains the 911’s status as a pure driver’s car that also offers everyday usability and unique design. As such, I am delighted to announce that the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera 4S are now available.”

911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S deliver 450 hp
The turbocharged flat-six engine of both models now produces 450 hp. This corresponds to an increase of 30 hp compared with the previous generation. The two 911 variants beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera S needs 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S, with all-wheel drive, just 3.6 seconds. This makes both models 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessors. The optional Sport Chrono Package reduces the sprint by a further 0.2 seconds. Power in the new models is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission. Top speeds are now measured at 308 km/h for the 911 Carrera S and 306 km/h for the all-wheel drive version. The fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) of the 911 Carrera S is 8.9 l/100 km, while the 911 Carrera 4S records this figure as 9.0 l/100 km.

Porsche Design DNA
The new 911’s silhouette remains iconic with an exterior design that draws on its earlier generations, making it familiar and yet undoubtedly new. This eighth incarnation is more assertive, with significantly wider wheel housings arch over the 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The rear end is now the same width across all models, highlighting the slimline centre section. At the front, the body is 45 mm wider. Electrical pop-out handles in the doors emphasise the tapered and smooth side contour, while a bonnet with a pronounced recess evokes the design of the first 911 generations. At the rear, all models feature a rear significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light strip. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer shell is now made from aluminium.

Redesigned interior with clear lines
The completely new interior is characterised by the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments, inspired by the 911 models from the 1970s. Alongside the central rev counter – typical for Porsche – two thin, frameless displays supply information to the driver. The centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is now 10.9 inches and can be operated easily and without distraction thanks to the new interior design. Located underneath this there is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions. The seats have also been fundamentally modified.

Improved driving dynamics
The new 911 advances driving dynamics with the new mixed size tyre configuration, with 20-inch wheels on the front axle and 21-inch wheels on the rear axle. At the same time, the tyres on the rear drive-axle are significantly wider than on the front wheels.
The combination results in increased stability, traction and balance while reduced understeer and oversteer improve safety. The refined chassis design is completed by the next generation of Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which has been extensively developed for the new 911.

Innovative lightweight roof with Coupé characteristics
The Carrera Cabriolet S and 4S use innovative technology to achieve a previously unattainable coupé-like roof curvature of the closed fabric panel bow roof, something that also offers aerodynamic benefits. A new and lighter hydraulic roof drive allows the convertible top to be opened and closed in around 12 seconds in each case – like on the previous model, this is possible at speeds up to 50 km/h. The integrated, electrically operated wind deflector ensures increased comfort in the 911 Carrera Cabriolet at higher speeds.

New assistance systems increase safety and comfort
In a world first, Porsche has developed the Wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the vehicle for enhanced safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). 

Brighter and smarter
The new optional LED matrix headlights with PDLS Plus are an eye-catching development. The energy centre of the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System matrix headlights is made up of 84 individual LEDs. The generated light beam corresponds in range and intensity to laser light. This is distributed so that the driver always benefits from maximum illumination of the road, without dazzling or disturbing other road users.
The new Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S are now available at local Porsche Centres in Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah. 

Basic retail prices are as follows:

911 Carrera S Coupe AED 474,600
911 Carrera 4S Coupe AED 504,600
911 Carrera S Cabriolet AED 519,700
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet AED 549,600

As can be expected from Porsche, further 911 derivatives will arrive in due course.

FAST & LUXURIOUS- New Bentayga Speed is world’s fastest production SUV

By Shereen Shabnam

 

Powerful, individual, exquisite and imperious luxury reflects the hallmarks of the multi-award winning Bentley Bentayga, made for those who demand luxury without compromise.

Currently the world’s fastest production SUV, the Bentayga Speed features an enhanced 635 PS (626 bhp) version of the renowned 6.0-litre W12 engine that delivers a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) and 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.

The Bentayga set the luxury SUV benchmark, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions. Sculpted with an elegant, timeless execution, the Bentayga’s style perfectly balances athleticism with confidence.

The Bentayga Speed is the most powerful and performance-oriented Bentayga to date. It builds on a long tradition of Speed models that was born with the Continental GT in 2007 and pushes the boundaries of Bentayga performance. With a top speed of 190 mph, the Bentayga Speed is our most powerful and performance-oriented variant to date.

To match the elevated levels of performance, the Bentayga Speed sports a purposeful exterior look. Dark-tint headlights, body-coloured side skirts and a striking tailgate spoiler hint at the SUV’s performance credentials. Dark-tint radiator and bumper grilles, a unique 22-inch wheel design available in three finishes and Speed signature badging add to the sporting design cues.

Inside, the Bentayga Speed introduces a dramatic design theme. This includes elegantly crafted ‘swooshes’ around the door and door grab, on the edge of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console; a new contrast stitching on the diamond quilting; discreet Speed badging; a Speed illuminated treadplate signature; and the use of Alcantara materials for the first time in a Bentayga.

As with all Bentaygas, the all-wheel-drive Speed is equipped with Electronic Differential Lock and up to eight Drive Dynamics modes. Bespoke engineering revisions to the Sport mode provide a more dynamic drive, while a greater exhaust character and firmer suspension tune further increase driver engagement. The Bentayga’s permanent all-wheel drive offers class-leading handling and go-anywhere ability, while powerful ceramic brakes are also an option.

Handcrafted in Crewe, England, the Bentayga’s cabin is the epitome of modern British design. Bentayga Speed introduces a new colour split interior, specifically designed to highlight unique styling lines. Key to this is the use of Alcantara trim in a Bentayga for the first time.

Bentayga Speed is indeed an SUV that meets the needs of all types of drive experience in a truly luxurious cabin.

 

Castrol takes the lead in top quality engine oil

Just like other critical spare parts, your vehicle depends on topquality engine oil to keep it running smoothly and ensure that its engine is properly protected.

That’s why Castrol, the world leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of premium lubricating oils, greases and related services to automotive, industrial, marine, aviation, oil exploration and production customers, has launched a new initiative to support workshops around the UAE.

A newly introduced fleet of dedicated delivery vehicles serving the whole of the UAE has been put in place so that essential supplies of Castrol’s segment leading brands – Edge, Magnatecand GTX – recommended by leading automotive manufacturersincluding Audi, BMW, Ford, MAN, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo, Seat, Skoda, Tata and Volkswagen – are always available without delay to mechanics, who recognise that Castrol is the number one oil brand.

“Changing your vehicle’s oil at regular intervals isn’t just a good idea – it’s a vital part of keeping it running properly,” said Mohammed Aqel, General Manager of Central Trading Company, a member of the Al Rostamani Group and authoriseddistributor of Castrol automotive lubricants in the United Arab Emirates. “Quality engine oil keeps the internal parts of the engine lubricated and cool, stopping the moving parts from grinding against each other causing wear and damage.”

To celebrate the launch of this new initiative, Castrol fleet had avery important first mission that originated from the very heart of the brand’s commitment to support and encourage people – to deliver iftar refreshments to more than 3,000 hard working mechanics across the country.

“People, just like, vehicles, need to be looked after carefully,” said Aqel. “That’s why we were particularly happy to be able to mark the introduction of the new delivery fleet with such an honourable task.”

To further increase awareness of how essential quality engine oil is, consumer engagements will also soon be launched across UAE in partnership with Central Trading Company.

Today’s engines are more powerful and efficient than ever, meaning that they have to work at higher pressures than before. Castrol’s range of engine oils covers every specific need, whatever the demands.

Castrol Edge is the brand’s strongest and most advanced oil yet- it’s boosted with Titanium FST TM to double its film strength, preventing oil film breakdown and reducing friction, giving it the strength to push the boundaries of performance.

Up to 75% of engine wear occurs while your engine warms up,and when it stops, oil normally drains off critical engine parts, but Castrol Magnatec, with a recently launched derivativeespecially designed for SUV’s, features unique intelligent molecules that cling to the engine like a magnet, providing an extra layer of protection from the moment you start, dramatically reducing engine wear.

Engine sludge can block vital oil ways just like cholesterol, andif untreated can deprive an engine of power and, ultimately, its life.

Castrol GTX Double Action formula cleans away old sludge, while protecting against new sludge formation, meeting and exceeding even the toughest industry standards.

For over 100 years, Castrol branded products have beenrecognised globally for innovation and high performance – the result of the company’s commitment to premium quality and cutting-edge technology. The brand tests its engine oils in the most extreme situations – from rigorous lab and industry testing to the highly competitive world of motorsports. That’s why only Castrol can proudly state, “It’s more than just oil. It’s liquid engineering.”

To get the very best protection for your engine, find out which is the right Castrol oil for your vehicle and your specific requirements – talk to your mechanic when you go for your next service.

 

Prinx Chengshan on Automechanika Dubai 2019

Recently, Prinx Chengshan, showed up on Automechanika Dubai 2019. Automechanika Dubai is the largest and most professional auto parts exhibition in the Middle East. It is one of the largest international auto parts series exhibitions and the second most popular Auto Parts Exhibition in the world. Every year, it attracts a large number of international exhibitors from auto parts manufacturers as well as purchasers and buyers from the Middle East.

In this exhibition, Prinx Chengshan, with its four brands “Prinx”, “Chengshan”, “Austone” and “Fortune”, made impressive appearance with high comments. Prinx Chengshan has full line of semi-steel radial tires, all-steel radial tires and bias tire.

In the aspect of semi steel tire, Fortune FSR-101 is suitable for commercial light truck or pickup in all road condition. Its loading performance, high mileage, wear resistance and wet skid resistance are outstanding. The pattern of Maspire M/T tire for cross-country is designed to cope with various harsh road conditions. And for all steel tires, Prinx Chengshan displayed two products of medium and long distance truck tires for the Middle East and African markets, Chengshan CST103 and Austone AT115. CST103 has excellent performance in high mileage, even wear, stone-ejection; AT 115 performs well in high-speed driving with low rolling resistance and good durability.

Over the past decades, Prinx Chengshan adhered to the development of globalization, aiming at brining good travel experience to global users. Prinx Chengshan has built a global layout with two production bases in China and Thailand, three sales centers in China, Europe and North America. With dedication and global customer orientation, Prinx Chengshan brand image is successful spreading all over the world. With advanced concepts and excellent quality, the market share and brand influence of Prinx Chengshan products continue to enhance. Prinx Chengshan has more than 460 cooperative distributors worldwide, covering more than 130 countries and regions.

As one of the most important exhibitions in the Middle East, Automechanika Dubai not only provides a product showing stage for Prinx Chengshan, but also creates precious oppotunity for Prinx Chengshan to communicate with customers in the Middle East, Africa and other regions. In the future, Prinx Chengshan will deepen the road of internationalization and keep providing high-quality tire products for global users.

A modern Flying Spur from Bentley

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Bentley Motors today announces details of the world’s most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports sedan – the all-new Flying Spur. Whether driving or being driven, the all-new Flying Spur offers a unique combination of limousine luxury and sports sedan performance, blending bold new road presence with world-leading interior quality and design, plus cutting-edge customer-focused technology.

“As with the launch of the Continental GT, the new Flying Spur is a ground up development that pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement,” comments Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted at the Home of Bentley in Crewe, England, the new Flying Spur showcases Bentley’s unique application of cutting-edge & modern technology, seamlessly integrating the latest British craftsmanship with innovation features. The latest generation of Flying Spur pushes the existing boundaries of refinement and attention to detail to create the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built.

The new Flying Spur showcases Bentley’s modern sculptural design language through elegant yet muscular proportions, the marque’s latest generation of unique, cut-crystal effect LED matrix headlamps – now enhanced by chrome sleeves – and new wrap-around rear lamps with ‘B’ motifs. New 22-inch wheel designs communicate the new Flying Spur’s unique personality and prowess.

Newly-designed for the next century, a ‘Flying B’ mascot adorns the nose of the new Flying Spur for the first time in modern memory, rising from beneath a beautifully modern Bentley badge to denote the precious quality of the model.

A technological tour de force, the new Flying Spur is the most advanced luxury Grand Touring sedan available today, offering a host of cutting-edge technologies thanks to its totally new and advanced aluminium and composite chassis and 48V electronic architecture.

It features Electronic All-Wheel Steering for the first time on a Bentley, coupled with Active All-Wheel Drive and Bentley Dynamic Ride, delivering phenomenal handling and ride. New three-chamber air springs allow a much greater range of suspension adjustment between limousine-style ride comfort and sporting levels of body control – a driving experience of extraordinary breadth and capability not seen in this segment before.

A host of new Driver Assistance Systems are fitted to the new Flying Spur as standard, including Traffic Assist, City Assist and Blind Spot Warning, while the ground-breaking Bentley uses state-of-the-art, multi-material body construction.

At the heart of the new Flying Spur is an enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12, mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission for faster, smoother gear changes. This new TSI engine delivers 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.), 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds) and a top speed of 207mph (333 km/h).

A 130mm longer wheelbase means the new Flying Spur features a spacious and luxurious cabin that offers peerless comfort and refinement. As well as an extensive list of Single and Dual Veneer wood options, the sedan offers both Bentley’s new fluted leather seating and the unique Mulliner Driving Specification diamond quilting on the seats and an automotive world-first: three-dimensional diamond quilted leather door inserts.

Such modern handcraftsmanship is combined with a host of cutting-edge technologies selected to enhance the driver’s and passenger comfort and enjoyment of the new Flying Spur. For example, the HD digital instrument panel display, the unique rotating centre console with choice of 12.3 inch digital touchscreen, beautiful analogue dials or digital detoxifying veneer, and the remote control touch screen for rear passengers all combine to make the Flying Spur’s cabin the most modern, innovative and luxurious place to travel in.

Tailored specifically to the modern luxury customer, the interior can be further enhanced with a panoramic glass sunroof stretching the full-length of the roof.

The new Flying Spur is available to order from this Autumn and customer deliveries will begin in early 2020.

Flying Spur – An All-New Design

The bold exterior design of the Flying Spur is based on a new and modern vision that is unmistakably Bentley. With a wheelbase lengthened by 130mm compared to the second generation model, the new Flying Spur now has an increased road presence and stronger, more muscular lines that sweep the full length of the car.

The new Flying Spur has been recreated from the ground up on a wholly new platform. Its sculpted surfaces and beautiful power lines are made possible by the use of aluminium superforming, a process first proven on the new Bentley Continental GT.

Bentley has utilised the latest technologies in aluminium extrusions and castings alongside high-strength steels for the new Flying Spur, offering best-in-class body stiffness to optimise handling and rigidity.

LED matrix headlights are standard on the Flying Spur, with unique cut-crystal effect detailing. A chrome sleeve has been added behind the cut element making them sparkle, even when not lit. At the rear, wrap-around lamps utilises the familiar ‘B’ graphic and echoes the diamond knurling of the interior air vents. A choice of new 21-inch wheels is offered as standard, as well as the option of two unique 22-inch Mulliner Specifications.

A full size, glass-to-glass panoramic sunroof can be specified. The front panel tilts and slides rearwards over the top of the fixed back panel. Alcantara blinds deploy electrically and are colour-matched to the 15 interior headlining colours.

The Flying B mascot that adorns the bonnet is available for the first time on a modern day Flying Spur. In Bentley’s Centenary year, the mascot has been restyled for the next century and is an evolution of previous designs. Electronically-deployed and illuminated, it is linked to the welcome lighting sequence and keyless entry system as the driver approaches the car.

The new Flying Spur also features a gloss black radiator matrix, with bright chrome surround and vertical vanes that hark back to the iconic 1957 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur. The lower matrix can be specified in either black or bright chrome.

Standard paint options for the Flying Spur extend to a class-leading portfolio of 17 Bentley colours, carefully selected to complement the character and lines of the car.

The Finest Handcrafted Cabin

The interior of the all-new Flying Spur showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating a modern cabin of unrivalled luxury and innovation. Stylish and unique, it features new, supremely comfortable seats in 15 hide colours, with Bentley’s ‘Wing’ theme across the lower console and fascia.

Sweeping horizontal veneer flows across the dashboard and into the doors, emphasising the spacious width of the cabin. An elegant, floating centre console houses a customisable 12.3-inch HD touchscreen and new Bentley ‘sculptural’ centre vents to the front and rear, housing stowage as well as inductive ‘wireless’ charging and two USB sockets for mobile phones.

The industry-first Bentley Rotating Display is also now available on the new Flying Spur. When the engine start button is pressed, the veneer section in the middle of the dashboard rotates to reveal a 12.3-inch touchscreen, displaying three, customisable digital tiles. The second side of the display reveals three elegant analogue dials showing outside temperature, a compass and a chronometer. A complete digital detox can be selected on the third side, to simply enjoy the seamless wood veneer fascia continuing around the cabin.

In another example of Bentley’s exacting attention to detail, the traditional round ‘bullseye’ vents have been replaced in the centre of the dashboard with new shaped, precision detailed vents between which sits the Bentley clock. Fine bronze detailing around the clock and switches lift the switchgear to a new level of refinement.

Three-dimensional diamond quilted leather door inserts are used for the first time in a car, inspired by the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 design concept. New diamond knurling adorns the rotary switches and is also available on the air vents and clock. In order to produce the decorative detail, a new software algorithm had to be invented to work with the complex curves of the ducts.

Crown Cut Walnut is offered as a new wood veneer option, which uses a straight cut process to provide a more modern finish. As well as the popular Dark Fiddleback and Piano Black options, a range of five further veneers are available. Dual veneer finish can also be specified in all veneer types to add an even more bespoke feel to the cabin.

The wing-theme graphic continues around the interior of the cabin doors, creating an elegant colour split and seamless link between the front and rear seats. Mood Lighting is newly available as an option, with the choice of seven colours and varying intensities.

The Flying Spur’s all-new seats feature a twin-flute design and increased functionality, including heating, ventilation, multi-mode massage, adjustable bolsters and top tilt. With the optional Mulliner Driving Specification, the new three-dimensional leather combines with traditional stitching and embroidery work.

The rear seats provide a luxurious, cosseting travelling environment, with a folding centre armrest and manually deployed centre headrest that stows away when not in use for maximum visibility.

Power & Agility Unleashed

The new Bentley Flying Spur is powered by a W12 twin-turbocharged TSI engine that sets a new benchmark in performance, agility and dynamism. The engine is developed and hand-built in Crewe.

The most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world, the unique ‘W’ configuration means that the engine is considerably shorter than an equivalent V12, benefitting weight distribution and maximizing cabin space.

The Flying Spur’s new powertrain uses the very latest engine management technology, delivering noticeably enhanced performance when compared to the previous generation model. It produces 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft) of torque, accelerating the car to 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds (100 km/h in 3.8 seconds), and on to a top speed of 207mph (333 km/h).

A more forward front axle position improves weight distribution in the new Flying Spur, enabling improved dynamic precision, handling and balance when coupled with active All-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Steering and Bentley Dynamic Ride.

The new Flying Spur uses the same 8-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission as the Continental GT, for smooth and refined acceleration, quicker gearshifts and improved fuel economy. Faster gearshifts are achieved by pre-selecting the next gear, shortening the interruption of torque to the wheels and so improving performance. Maximum speed is reached in sixth gear, with the overdrive gears (seventh and eighth) used for economic grand touring.

The previous generation Flying Spur employed a permanent all-wheel-drive system with a fixed 60:40 power split to the rear/front axles. The all-new model has a clutched system which delivers two-wheel drive to the rear axle. Depending on the road conditions and wheel slip, it will then automatically send drive to the front axle as required, as an active all-wheel drive system. Turn-in response is also dramatically improved. The front end of the all-new Flying Spur feels much lighter and changes direction almost at the speed of thought. The understeer effect experienced with fixed all-wheel drive is virtually eliminated, making the car feel more balanced overall.

Torque distribution varies according to the selected Drive Dynamics Mode. In Comfort and Bentley modes, the system will send up to 480 Nm of torque to the front axle to offer greater grip and driveability. In Sport, the system limits the available torque to the front axle to 280 Nm, maintaining a higher torque level at the rear for a more dynamic feel. Torque is also managed across each axle by a torque-vectoring-by-brake system.

Electronic All-Wheel Steering is an all new technology feature, which enhances both stability at highway speeds and manoeuvrability around town. During low-speed manoeuvres, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels. This has the effect of shortening the wheelbase, reducing the turning circle, increasing agility and making parking noticeably easier.

During high-speed manoeuvres, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels, increasing stability and making overtaking and lane-changes more assured. Electronic All-Wheel Steering means no compromise between high speed confidence and low speed convenience.

The new, third generation Flying Spur uses three-chamber air springs which contain 60 percent more air volume compared to the previous model. This allows more scope to vary from sporting levels of spring stiffness to luxury limousine refinement depending upon which mode the driver has selected. The new car features CDC (Continuous Damping Control), which allows continuous regulation of the dampers.

Four ride height sensors constantly measure the distance between the axle and the body. If the system detects a difference compared with the normal height, the air volume in the springs is corrected accordingly to restore the normal height.

The Bentley Dynamic Ride System is designed to improve both handling and ride comfort. A 48-volt system controls an electronic actuator unit which manages the stiffness of the anti-roll bar, changing the stiffness on demand to combat cornering forces and keep the Flying Spur level.

The new Flying Spur shares the largest iron brakes in the world with the Continental GT, with 420 mm front discs. Both front and rear calipers carry Bentley branding. Standard fit is gloss black, with a gloss red finish optional.

The new Flying Spur also sounds as good as it looks, thanks to an adaptive tailpipe control valve with variable position settings. The way exhaust gases flow into the rear half of the system has been tuned to provide a more discreet exhaust note inside the cabin for chauffeur-driven occupants.

Intelligent Technology – The All New Flying Spur

The new Flying Spur incorporates a class-leading portfolio of intelligent and intuitive equipment tailored to the driver and passengers.

The main 12.3-inch display in the centre dashboard features additional hard keys that complement the easy-to-use touchscreen functions. The HD display also has a proximity sensor to prime the screen for user inputs, offering a faster response to commands.

The screen can be configured in a number of different ways; as a single display, split 2:1 or showing three different functions at the same time on the self-configurable home screen.

The new Flying Spur offers a host of Driver Assistance Systems available, including Traffic Assist, City Assist and Blind Spot Warning. Night Vision and Head Up Display help the driver focus on the road ahead, while Top View Camera gives an eagle-eyed view of the car and its immediate surroundings, complemented by reverse traffic warning and self-parking features.

LED matrix headlamps allow the driver to maintain main beam all the time, automatically cutting a hole in the beam around other vehicles to avoid dazzling other drivers.

In the rear, an all-new Touch Screen Remote is made from beautifully-crafted materials. It integrates almost invisibly into the console but is easily removed at the touch of a button for remote use. It allows access to a wide range of applications, including control of all blinds, rear seat massage function and rear climate control, and can be used to pre-store configurations such as Mood Lighting.

A choice of three audio systems is offered in the new Flying Spur, with the standard system featuring 10 speakers and 650 Watts. A Bang & Olufsen 1,500W, 16-speaker system with illuminated grilles is aimed at lifestyle-orientated customers and benefits from the BeoSonic system – a new way for tone setting with a simple, intuitive one-touch user interface.

A unique, Naim for Bentley 2,200W, 19-speaker system with Active Bass Transducers built into the front seats is offered for the true audiophile, available with eight sound modes.

Bentley Mulliner Personalisation

Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. In the world of Mulliner, anything is possible. From requests as simple as monogrammed upholstery to the kind of elaborate tailored body modifications that can only be undertaken with the proven expertise of a truly established coachbuilder, the highly skilled and dedicated Mulliner craftsmen deliver luxury on a new level; rarity on a different scale.

The new Flying Spur redefines personalisation and bespoke luxury in its market. The range of paint colours, leather hides, wood veneers and options offer a limitless spectrum of colour to suit all tastes and preferences.

A number of hand-picked Mulliner-prepared features have been made available for the new Flying Spur. These include Lofted Diamond Leather Quilting upholstery for seats with unique Three-dimensional Diamond Leather door inserts; an exclusive Mulliner 22” wheel in two finishes; embroidered wings to all seats, sports pedals and jewelled-finish fuel filler and oil caps. Separately available, Mulliner have also developed a world-first, solid wood, three-dimensional diamond quilted door insert, exclusively available in open-pore walnut.

Toyota claims two prestigious titles at MECOTY 2019

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Toyota has once again achieved success at the 2019 Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) awards. The Toyota Yaris claimed the title of ‘Best Sub-compact Sedan,’ while the Toyota Camry was crowned ‘Best Midsize Sedan’ at the regional automotive sector’s biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony, which took place in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Now in its sixth edition, the annual MECOTY awards are renowned as the Middle East’s most authoritative industry honours program.The judging panel, which comprised 19 highly respected independent senior editors from leading automotive publications in the region, selected the two vehicles based on a rigorous set of ten criteria including design and quality (exterior and interior); emotional appeal and driver satisfaction; handling and drivability; value for money (new purchase and resale); safety and durability; comfort and practicality; performance and capability; environmental friendliness; technological innovation; and regional appeal.

The Toyota Yaris was launched in the region in February last year with a choice of 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter enginesand is available with a Multidrive 7S transmission to offer a smooth driving experience and outstanding fuel efficiency. Designedto appeal to those who seek out the latest trends and innovations, the Yaris’ stylish exterior and spacious cabin couple superior comfort with uncompromising levels of quality and durability.

Toyota Camry sets new standards for the midsize sedan segment in design, performance, and comfort. The all-new Camry was launched in January 2018 and has created a whole new value proposition while ensuring seamless fun and excitement for drivers and passengers alike. The vehicle delivers superior handling and comes with three powertrain options; a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, a 3.5-litre V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission; and a new electrified hybrid system that combines a petrol engine with two electric motors and exemplifies Toyota’s continuous commitment to providing environmentally friendly vehicles.

The Camry’s refined interior features a distinctive design that provides comfort and convenience with an additional layer of luxury. In addition, the vehicle incorporates several cutting-edge technologies that offer an interesting and interactive driving experience and provide customers with the opportunity to explore new levels of power and entertainment through the latest technologies in its cars.

As with all Toyota models, safety remains a top priority for the Yaris and the Camry. Both vehiclescome with a comprehensive array of advanced safety features to provide unparalleled protection for drivers and their passengers, including SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), and enhanced body and platform structures, among many others.

A Strong Q1 2019 Start for Renault Middle East

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Renault Middle East announced its first-quarter 2019 commercial results, which were strengthened by higher-quality revenue and benefits from its digital strategy and award-winning vehicles.

The first quarter results showcased Renault Middle East achieving 3.54% market share in the Middle East, a growth of +0.53 points in comparison to the same period in 2018. This in accordance saw Renault, the No 1 European brand in the Middle East, achieve a sales volume increase of 23% when compared to Q1 2018, in an overall car market slightly growing by 4%.

The main contributor to this growth in GCC is the all-new Duster, which saw a 100% increase in sales volumes compared to the previous model over the same period last year.

Marwan Haidamous, Managing Director, Renault Middle East, said: “The Q1 2019 marked a good start to the year, as we executed a differentiated strategy of focusing on innovation to generate a solid performance across our business. Our digital initiatives are enhancing revenue quality and creating network competencies that will help us take advantage of growth opportunities and enhance our future performance.”

‘Easy Life’ Digital Experience

With a strong focus on the digital customer experience, Renault Middle East is taking steps to further its customers’ experience easier and more convenient – both in terms of retail and aftersales customer service.

Renault Middle East has set new standards in terms of lead response times – it responded to all online enquiries within one hour from February onwards. As a result, sales generated from online leads increased by 50% compared to the same period last year. In addition, a new home test-drive program, ‘Renault Anywhere’, was launched in Saudi Arabia, then Dubai, offering a digitized and simplified 3-step customer journey – customers can now log on to the website www.Renaultanywhere.comand choose a model, pin their location and select a date. Customers can order a Renault test drive to their home or office location, or anywhere else they wish.

Delivering the Best in Aftersales Services

With growing new vehicle sales in the region, Renault Middle East is also focusing on delivering the most convenient and cost-effective aftersales solutions to its customers driven by a vast network of distributors and market proximity. This enables it to offer a range of competitive maintenance packages available in all showrooms and fixed menu pricing to ensure greater convenience in all service centers and on its My Renault App.

Renault Middle East hosted its annual Aftersales Seminar in Morocco in February this year, gathering participants from its network of distributors from across the region to outline a new strategic aftersales roadmap, to address customer needs in times of fast changes within the industry and the markets.

Reinforcing our EV Leadership

Renault Middle East’s ambition to remain the region’s number one provider of mass market electric vehicles is still very much on track, leading to Renault Zoe winning the highly-coveted 2019 Middle East Car of the Year Award in the electric vehicles category.

In Jordan, Renault Zoe, has been in service with the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan for years, and gained the highest recognition in the market amongst competitors. Following the King’s direction in regards to the use of clean energy, in the end of 2018 the Greater Amman Municipality announced a tender to replace their current fleet of cars with electric vehicles. Renault won the tender, and the fleet of 100 Renault Zoe will be delivered to the Greater Amman Municipality in the coming days, marking a new milestone in the Zoe success story in Jordan.

As part of the commercialization process of electric vehicles into new markets, it is imperative to ensure the infrastructure and quality of electricity is of the required standard. Between April 8-11, 2019, Renault Middle East has made a full evaluation of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout Palestine. As a result, we are now very proud to count our partner, Signature Motors, in the growing electric vehicle family in the region.

Top Honors at Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) Awards 2019

On March 25, 2019, as the world’s leading car brands took centre stage at the sixth edition of the Middle East Car of the Year awards held at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, Renault Middle East made swift wins across multiple award categories. The highlight of the night was the all-new Renault Duster that won the prestigious MECOTY Public Award, claiming over 20% of the 80,000+ votes received from around the world, further cementing its market position of a brand that resonates with regional consumer expectations.

The new Renault Megane R.S. proved it is leading and redefining the C-segment sport market by securing top honors, recognized by the Jury Award in the Performance Hatchback category. Driving automotive innovation into the future, the Zoe Z.E. 40 capped off a stunning night for Renault by charging to first place to secure the Jury Award in the Electric Vehicles class.