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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elegantly tailored Open-Top Grand Tourer

All-New Bentley Continental GT Convertible

By Shereen Shabnam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exclusive Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Makes Middle East Debut


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Nissan GT-R in the Middle East

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

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

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

Precision + craftsmanship + brute force

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit www.gt-r50.nissan

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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New refined 2019 Corolla XLi Exclusive arrives in UAE


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The world’s most popular sedan with over 44 million units sold worldwide, the Toyota Corolla, is now available in an exclusive variant in the UAE, loaded with new refined and sophisticated features.

Available in limited quantities, the 2019 Corolla XLi Exclusive marks the newest and most premium addition to the Corolla line-up. It comes with a refined, advanced, and sophisticated styling which sets it apart in its segment. Building on the nameplate’s heritage carrying on the legacy as a symbol of quality, durability and reliability in the medium size sedan segment.

The Toyota Corolla XLi Exclusive is enhanced with additional features such as front fog lamps, sunroof, rear trunk spoiler, leather-trimmed steering wheel audio and telephone controls, leather-trimmed gear lever and wireless charger, pushing up the desirability quotient.

The vehicle is designed to deliver a thrilling driving experience powered by a proven 1.6-litre in-line four-cylinder engine producing 121 horsepower and 15.7 kg-m of torque. Complementing the enhanced performance is the Multidrive 7S transmission that delivers unprecedented best-in-class fuel economy of 18.1 Km / L. The new Corolla is both fun and efficient!

Safety is a top priority for Toyota and being a family sedan first and foremost, the 2019 Corolla Xli Exclusive is loaded with a host of safety features including an advanced vehicle stability system, a tire pressure warning system, rear fog lamps, ISO-FIX and two airbags.

Inside, the cabin is more premium than ever, bringing a new level of chic craftsmanship with a warm comfortable interior that further enhances both the driver and the passager’s experience. The new Corolla Xli Exclusive is available in eight exterior paint choices, with body coloured door handles and mirrors that complement the new styling.

“Ever since its introduction in 1966, the Toyota Corolla nameplate has become synonymous with reliability, value for money and bullet-proof build quality and the latest iteration is set to drive that legend forward. The 2019 Corolla lives up to its decades-old heritage and promises unrivalled practicality and value for money,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota.

The Toyota Corolla 2019 XLi is now available for purchase at Al-Futtaim Toyota showrooms across the UAE, for AED 75,500 inclusive of VAT. It can be booked for a test drive through www.toyota.ae.


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Volvo XC40 wins Women’s World Car of the Year 2018 award


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Volvo Cars has added a new title to its XC40’s string of awards being named the Supreme Winner of 2018 Women’s World Car of the Year to that list – the only car awards in the world voted entirely by women motoring writers. 34 jurors from 27 countries selected Volvo’s first compact SUV as the best new car of the year for women. In two anonymous rounds of votes, the XC40 prevailed against five competing models.

The world’s only automobile award dedicated for women reflects the growing importance of women as an independent customer group as well as their purchasing power. Automakers are considering criteria important to women when buying a car, shown in the WWCOTY decision making process. The award is measured by safety, price-performance, appearance, storage space, child-friendliness, comfort and environmental footprint, as well as color options and desirability.

“Holding the title of “Family Car of the Year 2018”, it comes as no surprise that the XC40 took first place in the 2018 Women’s World Car of the Year. Winning this award highlights Volvo Cars’ dedication to providing a first-class product to women and their families,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “This award also endorses the XC40 as a game changer in the industry boosting the right combination of design, comfort and safety that appeals to both men and women around the world.”

“With women driving the transformation of the automotive market in the region, addressing the aspirations of the new female customer segment is an indispensable part of our vision.” Samuelsson added.

Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera that helps drivers maneuvertheir car into tight parking spaces.

The XC40 also offers ingenious interior design and storage ideas with more functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a foldout hook for small bags, plus a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.

In 2017, the company announced its commitment to electrify all Volvo Cars launched from 2019. In line with this leadership position in electrification, a hybridised as well as a pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later.


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Innovative car wash system in Abu Dhabi


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Revolutionary car wash facility at Mushrif Mall promises efficient 5-minute car wash service, without queues most of the time.

Already renowned for fast and efficient service, the Express Auto Wash (EAW) located at Mushrif Mall in the heart of Abu Dhabi, in partnership with MacNeil of North America, brings customers premium automatic car wash facilities not seen before in this part of the world.

Matthew Jadali, the CEO of Express Auto Wash confirms that the environment friendly facility has a 250-foot (80m) tunnel equipped with fifty-five kilometers of wire, piping and plumbing, allowing multiple cars to be washed simultaneously saving your valuable time.

Express Auto Wash, a pioneer of tunnel car washes in the UAE ensures 95% of the water is recycled and the facility hosts the most reliable and safest conveyor, MacNeil’s XR-1000 for fast service. The 360 ° high tech car wash systems with 48 high-pressure undercarriage water nozzles add to the efficiency of the wash.

The customer experience is five-star quality, using MN Versa Arches, streamers, foamers and tire chemical applicators, washing all vehicle surfaces including the under-carriage, providing customers with an exceptional wash and rinse, while the MN Tech 21 Turbo Drying System completes the drying process.”

Cleanliness, professionalism, and passion is evident at Express Auto Wash on arrival, and as each car travels seamlessly along the automated belt through various stages of the car wash cycle. The fast and yet thorough clean saves corporate and private customers valuable time that can be spent more productively at home and in the office.

Added to that, the high quality microcellular closed-cell Envirosoft foam brushes from MacNeil allow faster line speeds and clean, quiet and safe operation. Express Auto Wash also offers touch free car wash for the more delicate and premium cars.

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 Express Goldbasic exterior wash offers high Pressure Rinses, Pre-Soak, Wheel Clean, Undercarriage, Touch Free or basic car wash, Tri-Colour Foam, Lustra Wax, Rain Shield, Super Dryer and Hand Dry Finish.

PlatinumWash includes the basic Express Gold services in addition to full interior vacuum, dashboards and window cleaning.

Diamond PolishingAdditional services include full car detailing, diamond body polishing and interior wet and dry cleaning.

Express Auto Wash has a loyalty program that offers one free car wash after every ten washes. There is also a customer referral program where three new plate numbers of friends and family introduced to EAW gets the customer 15 free washes for one month.

Tuesday is ladies day with a 15% discount, while Corporates with over 50 cars, Express Auto Wash offers special packages and rates. First time visitors get a 15% discount while customers with special needs receive a 25% discount.

“Monthly memberships are available and if booked online, the automatic monthly payments are at 10% off,” the CEO adds, 

“There has been an increased interest from the GCC countries eager to learn the specifics of the express auto wash business model in creating automatic car washes and we are keen to share our expertise in the business.”

The mission of Express Auto Wash is to lead the vehicle care industry by always putting customer service, innovation and performance first and their vision is to be passionate champions of world-class car wash solutions.

An Exterior Sedan wash costs AED 30/- and Exterior SUV costs AED 35/-. Extra Services include Mat-wash, Dashboard Polishing, interior and exterior car detailing, AC treatment as well as Bacteria and Odour removal in vehicles, for which a price list is posted on the EAW website.




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Alix Capper MurdochJoining the jury panel of Women’s World Car of the Year for 2019 is Alix Capper Murdoch. She comes with an impressive background in broadcasting, driver training and media communications all connected with motor racing and the motoring industry.

The Scotswomanbegan her career with the Royal Air Force as a driver before studying media at Aberdeen University. During that time she became the pit-lane commentator at Knockhill,Scotland’s only racing circuit, as well as presenting on local radio.

Between those duties she ranthe Clio Cup team, Xcel Motorsport, in the British Touring Car and ASCAR championships until a chance encounter with the GM of Dubai Autodromesaw her move to the Middle East.  She then began life as a racing instructor, host of a motoring radio show and a judge for Autocar M.E.magazine. She also set up and ran the first manufacturer-backed racing championship in the region, the Maserati Trofeo Middle East.

In 2005 she was chosen to host a motoring television show and became the ‘voice’ of GP2 Asia.  From there she worked with Formula One management as official commentator for GP2 Asia and Speedcar. All the while she continued to teach driving skills and started her own training as a stunt driver and a FIA official.

More than 10 years on saw Alix still working in radio and as an official for most of the track days at the local circuit. She became the most senior female official in Race and Rally Control for most motorsport events in the region including the Yas Marina Circuit (Formula One Chief Coms), the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the World Cross Countries Rally.

During this time, she appeared in no fewer than 20 films and television commercials and became the founder of Women at the Wheel, a course helping women overcome driving fears while introducing them to modern safety features.

As if all that wasn’t enough, Alix continued writing for automotive magazines including Top Gear Middle Eastand The National, the region’s leading newspaper; she hosted the live stage at the DubaiInternational Motor Show and two television shows covering automotive topics and reviews on four wheels and two.

Alix was then head-hunted to spend the summer working in Europe as a vehicle product specialist and trainer where she had to deliver a formidable list of all relevant information about new vehicles.

A year ago, Alix launched Miss Auto Know, which she describes as ‘a safe place for women to ask questions, gather information and seek advice on all things auto’. It has grown substantially.

“I find myself travelling a lot, writing articles, hosting events and running courses to help women,” she says, almost as an understatement given her (literal) track record.

She and her husband Simonhave now moved to Cyprus with their six rescue cats.  They have all taken up residence between Limassol and Paphos.

For further information please contact Alix Capper Murdoch.

Email.   alix@missautoknow.com

Alix Capper Murdoch – Current media outlets:

  • Miss Auto Know – website and social media channels. https://www.missautoknow.com/
  • Top Gear Middle East – magazine.
  • The National – newspaper and online.
  • ARN – Radio. Dubai Eye (Dubai Today, Drive Live, Night Line).
  • Sunshine Radio Cyprus


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Impeccable handling and great driving pleasure – Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q


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Driving the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio recently revealed numerous class-topping features which sets a new benchmark in the premium compact SUV segment. The first thing we notice is the awe-inspiring design, performance and technology in what is currently seen as one of the fastest SUV around the circuit, having clocked a new record (7 minutes 51.7 seconds) for its class on the iconic Nürburgring.

Driving on the race track, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio took to corners and long laps beautifully as it is equipped with an exclusive aluminium 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine delivering maximum power of 510hp at 6,500 rpm and generating a maximum torque of 600 Nm from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.

The specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission allows gearshifts in just 150 milliseconds in Race driving mode.Boasting an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and a best-in-class top speed of 283 km/h, the Alfa Romeo’ sports SUV is also incredibly efficient in terms of fuel consumption and emissions.

The 510hp 2.9 V6Bi-Turbo petrol engine is combined with theinnovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, which guarantees unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations.  Impeccable handing and comfort is guaranteed thanks to the Stelvio Q’s suspension layout, with the exclusive AlfaLink™technology.

Another special feature of Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the innovative electromechanical Integrated Brake System (IBS), an Alfa Romeo brand exclusive. Extreme performance and leading-edge technology are conveyed by the unique style of Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which is the finest expression of Italian design.

Alfa Romeo’s unique flair and the perfect synergy of form and function in a sensual, muscular car body is evident in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The new model’s most distinctive characteristics include the bonnet with functional air vents, sporty side-skirts and massive wheel arches, all body-coloured plus four exhaust tips.

The same sporty style, with an added touch of typically Italian elegance, is found in the interior, which has been tailored like an exquisite bespoke suit, with painstaking craftsmanship and premium materials – carbon fibre, leather and Alcantara.

Inside the car, comfort was optimum and made the drive an enjoyable experience. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by the new Alfa™ Connect 3D NAV 8.8” infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in car. Android Auto™ is also compatible with the Stelvio Q’s new infotainment system, bringing the best of Google into the car.

Conceived as a good-luck charm in the heroic period of motorsports, the Quadrifoglio (four-leaf clover), written with a capital ‘Q’ has distinguished the sports and industrial history of Alfa Romeo, and has become the logo for race cars and for the more powerful and exclusive road vehicles since 1923.

Before the drive, we were given a tour of Alfa in the past and what the brand stands for today. Alfa was born on June 24th, 1910 and become Alfa Romeo in 1918, gaining acknowledgement among car manufacturers for the quality and performance of its vehicles. Today, the Stelvio also bears the legendary Quadrifoglio badge, which certifies quality in terms of class-topping performance, steady handling and power.


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