The C5 Aircross: We Never Have an SUV Gone So Far

Citroën has revealed a daring compact SUV with a colorful and strong identity in a world premiere. Citroën’s interpretation of a compact SUV, C-Aircross marks a new stage for Citroën in the deployment of its product strategy. The C5 Aircross, a compact-sized crossover that looks unlike other sport utility vehicle, is on the road today.

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The “people-minded SUV” is actually a Peugeot 3008 in disguise, albeit with a number of mechanical mods. The suspension system is arguably the biggest difference, with the C5 Aircross benefiting from Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. As a direct replacement for the Hydractive 3+ hydropneumatics offered in the second-gen C5, these babies are described as “unlike anything else on the market.”

Citroen C5 Aircross-Exterior

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New INFINITI Q60 Sports Coupe: Designed and Engineered to Perform

The INFINITI Q60 is a premium sports coupe that combines a completely all-new design with exhilarating performance and dynamics. The taut, muscular lines of the exterior underline the Q60’s considerable performance potential – reinforced by an advanced all-new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine.

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Power

The high performance 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive ‘VR’ powertrain family is born out of the brand’s extensive in-house experience in six-cylinder powertrain development. The new engine available with 400hp in the Q60 Red Sport 400 – has been designed to offer increased power and torque while maintaining high levels of efficiency.

A four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, turbocharged to produce 208 hp, is also available. As standard, power is channeled through the Q60’s rear wheels for immediate dynamic responses.

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Unifying Features

The Q60 is characterized by flowing sculptural lines and strong, muscular proportions. Its sinewy athleticism confidently projects a sense of motion and power, coupled with an effortless, almost weightless stance.

Unifying features such as the double-arch grille and the crescent-cut C-pillars – which arc forward and emphasize the car’s dynamic quality – ensure that the sports coupe is instantly recognizable as an INFINITI. LED headlights, employing ‘light guide technology’ to spread light evenly on the road ahead, are designed to emulate the shape of the human eye, providing an alluring ‘face’ to the car.

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On the Trail of the New Mercedes-Benz SL 400

 Words: H.Soukar, Photos: H.Soukar, T.Soukar

Just another weekend, just another hot car test, eh? Arf. The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400, as you will notice, isn’t your typical hot convertible. Sportscar? GT? Saloon? The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 remains hard to categorize. H.Soukar finds out how the range-topping supercar stacks against all its competitors.

 

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 looks completely different from the standard car, not least with its extraordinary exterior lines reminiscent of an SLR. The new Mercedes-Benz SL400 picks up minor styling changes, updated technology and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The colossal front end sweeps through to the passenger cabin and wide rear. It features signature chrome hood elements, gills on the sides.

A three-part roof, with sections consisting of steel, rubber, and plastic, folds away at the touch of a button in a mere of less than 17 seconds. 

More about this in the following video:

I spent time driving with the roof on and off and found that the new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 doesn’t scuttle shake anywhere near as badly as it once did. 

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Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi Steers PEUGEOT 3008DKR to Victory

The PEUGEOT 3008DKR scorched the best time on the fifth and final stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, with UAE’s celebrated racing driver on the wheel, Sheikh Khalid bin Faisal Al Qassimi, who claimed an historic overall victory on the third round of 2017 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

The PEUGEOT 3008DKR

PEUGEOT SPORT’s official driver Sheikh Khalid proved to be very strong in racing the dunes of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge aboard his PEUGEOT 3008DKR – run by PH Sport. Scoring an epic last stage win with a steady pace, he went over the 5 days of intense action and 1 324km of timed sections with the overall best chrono (19h16min24,8).

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The victory is history-making as no Emirati has won the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge ever since it was made an official round of the FIA Cross Country Rallies World Cup in March 2009 – not since Mohammed Mattar won it from 1991-92 when the event was known as the UAE Desert Challenge.

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Hyundai Motorsport Wins WRC Tour de Corse in Double Podium Finish

Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its first victory of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), taking first and third places in the Tour de Corse, lifting the team to second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship rankings.

Thierry Neuville secured first place, driving the #5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, while team mate Dani Sordo picked up his first podium of 2017 with an assured drive to third, missing out on second position by just 1.3-seconds. Hayden Paddon finished sixth to ensure all three Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team crews finished a gruelling rally on Corsica.

The result represents the fourth WRC victory in total for Hyundai Motorsport, and the team’s fifth double podium result. It also puts the team firmly back in contention for the 2017 Championship, after accidents cost Neuville an early lead in both the Monte Carlo and Sweden rallies.

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Hyundai’s New-Generation Azera Will Be a Game-Changer for the Middle East’s Executive Car Segment

Hyundai’s All-New Azera is set to be a game-changer in the Middle East’s large sedan market when it launches in the region next month, building on more than 30 years’ experience to set new standards in a highly competitive segment.

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The new Azera is the sixth generation for the model, also called the Grandeur in Korea, since its launch in 1986 as the Hyundai brand’s original premium car. Each generation has offered high levels of comfort and equipment, generous interior space for driver and passengers, and progressively more sophisticated engineering.

The outgoing generation has sold strongly in the Middle East, and the latest version represents a bold step forward in the model’s evolution. Hyundai’s increasing commitment to leading the market in terms of design and technology is clear in every detail.

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Racing Action In Sepang Continues With Thrilling Race Two at Malaysian Round

Back in Sepang for race two of the first round of the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Series, another thrilling day of racing action was enjoyed by drivers and spectators alike at Malaysia’s revered International Circuit. Teams once again took to the track to do battle for the podium, while enthusiasts and fans gathered to watch the races and catch a glimpse of other events taking place at the track over the weekend, such as the Blancpain GT Series Asia, which saw a number of Lamborghini Huracán GT3 competing.

Racing Action In Sepang Continues With Thrilling Race Two at Malaysian Round-race

One of the highlights of the afternoon pre-race was a stunning Lamborghini customer car parade, where local car owners were invited to bring their prize bulls to the track to showcase the beauty and instantly recognizable Italian style which is Lamborghini. With a mixture of both modern and retro classics on show, such as the Aventador and Diablo models, enthusiasts took time to admire the visionary road cars produced by the legendary Sant’Agata carmaker.

The second of two qualifying sessions on Saturday, held just 10 minutes after the first, was again favorable for Clazzio Racing, who once more took pole position for race two, both drivers showing confidence in their abilities on the Malaysian circuit; local Squadra Corse Young Driver’s Program graduate Afiq Yazid and teammate Cozzolino Kei of Japan clearly on form at the start of the Super Trofeo racing season. Sharing with them row one this time was X-One Racing Team drivers Antonio D’Amico of Italy and his teammate Nicolas Costa of Brazil, up from fourth on the grid in race one. Again, third on the grid was Polish driver Artur Janosz of Lazarus Racing Team and Meindert Van Buuren from the Netherlands, while in fourth was Carrie Schreiner of Germany with Australian teammate Richard Goddard with FFF racing Team, up from ninth in race one.

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Abu Dhabi Motors Celebrates Three Wins at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars World Dealer Conference

Abu Dhabi Motors, the sole authorized dealer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, has been recognized for its stellar performance in 2016, picking up a host of awards at the annual World Dealer Conference held in London, including Best Bespoke Dealer Worldwide for the ninth time.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars World Dealer Conference

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars World Dealer Conference

Head to head against the dealerships across the marque’s global network, Abu Dhabi Motors received three accolades, including Best Bespoke Dealer Worldwide; Best Bespoke Dealer of the Year Middle East and Africa and Best Black Badge Activity. The awards, held annually as part of the World Dealer Conference, add to the dealership’s ever-growing list of achievements; at the recent Regional Dealer Awards held in Dubai in January, Abu Dhabi Motors was awarded in four categories: Aftersales Dealer of the Year Middle East Region; Best Improved Bespoke Dealer Middle East Region; Best Bespoke Dealer Middle East Region and Best Marketing Initiative Middle East Region.

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Aston Martin Starts Conversion of St Athan Facility Ahead of SUV Production in 2019

Aston Martin today hosted a special ceremony that launched Phase II of the redevelopment of MOD St Athan.  The site in South Wales will become the British luxury carmaker’s second UK manufacturing plant.

(L to R) Dr. Andy Palmer (President & CEO, Aston Martin), Carwyn Jones (First Minister of Wales), Sir Michael Fallon (Secretary of State for Defence) & Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales)

(L to R) Dr. Andy Palmer (President & CEO, Aston Martin), Carwyn Jones (First Minister of Wales), Sir Michael Fallon (Secretary of State for Defense) & Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales)

The former military site was formally handed over from the Ministry of Defense to Aston Martin by Secretary of State Sir Michael Fallon at a ceremony including Aston Martin President and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer, and Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns and Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones. With the commencement of these works, Aston Martin St Athan is on target to commence production of the company’s new SUV, the Aston Martin DBX, in 2019.

Dr. Andy Palmer (President & CEO, Aston Martin)

Dr. Andy Palmer (President & CEO, Aston Martin)

Dr. Palmer commented: “Due to its sheer size and scale, the St Athan Super Hangars represented an excellent opportunity for us to build our second manufacturing facility, within the envelope of an existing structure. It is perhaps fitting that St Athan is, like our headquarters and sports car factory at Gaydon, a former Royal Air Force base.

Today I am pleased to welcome Secretary of State for Defense, Sir Michael Fallon and Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, both of whom have been instrumental in helping us secure this facility. I am also especially pleased to welcome back the First Minister, who has worked side-by-side with us on this program from inception to completion.

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Nissan and NISMO Announce Global Motorsport Program for 2017

The 2017 motorsport season is about to start, and on behalf of Nissan, Takao Katagiri, CEO and president of NISMO, has now officially announced Nissan/NISMO’s motorsport activities for 2017. These are as follows:

  1. SUPER GT GT500

With sights firmly set on reclaiming the GT500 championship title, Nissan/NISMO will field four newly developed Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 entries in 2017.

Having won the SUPER GT GT500 Championship two years in a row in 2014 and 2015, but missing out on a third consecutive title after leading the championship until the last event in 2016, NISMO will be back at the track with the driver pairing of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli in Nissan’s ace car #23.

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