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Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it will remove a ban on women driving, ending its status as the only country in the world to impose such restrictions on half the population.

Women will be entitled to driving licenses starting in June next year, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a royal decree. Committees from various ministries have been set up to examine implementation, and they’ll report within 30 days, the SPA said.

It’s the most dramatic move so far in the government’s effort to liberalize Saudi society, a counterpart to an ambitious program of economic modernization that’s intended to reduce the kingdom’s dependence on oil.

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Volkswagen Unleashes Sedric, the New Self-Driving Car

Sedric is an electric powered vehicle, which has been designed from scratch as an autonomous vehicle. The mobility concept was designed as part of Volkswagen’s ‘Together – Strategy 2025′.

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“At the Volkswagen Group, we want to play a leading role in driving forward the transformation into a new era. We want to structure this process and we are therefore also increasing the pace of development and intensifying investments in these important innovative fields of digitalization and autonomy. We have also created a new structure within our organisation to achieve this. This will empower the Volkswagen Group to advance from being an automotive manufacturer to become a leading mobility provider. Our vision is to become a leading provider of sustainable mobility by the year 2025,” commented Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Head of Research and Development, Volkswagen Group.

Volkswagen Sedric

The car will carry 2 + 2 passengers, and has been designed for easy access and usability for users with all levels of mobility included disabled and visually impaired passengers.

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Third Generation of the All-new Continental GT: the Definitive Luxury Grand Tourer

Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of its all-new Continental GT, the definitive Grand Tourer.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, the new third-generation Bentley Continental GT combines spirited, focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology, to create the finest Grand Tourer ever produced.

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Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley has been at the forefront of luxury Grand Touring for nearly one hundred years. The new, third-generation Continental GT is the pinnacle of our design and engineering achievements and marks the next step in Bentley’s journey.

“We are the world leader in luxury mobility and our products and services define new luxury in the automotive world. The new Continental GT encapsulates our desire to innovate as well as celebrate our heritage and take the Bentley ownership experience to the next, unparalleled level.”

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At the heart of the new Continental GT sits an all-new, enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine, mated, for the first time, to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission, for faster, more efficient gear changes.

An Adaptive Chassis

A new, technically advanced, adaptive chassis uses Bentley’s intelligent 48-volt Dynamic Ride System to ensure a responsive ride and exceptional handling and refinement in all road conditions. The new system controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement as well as making the car feel effortlessly precise.

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The muscular exterior design, created using revolutionary technology, results in a lightweight, yet stiff, body. The engine is positioned further back to improve weight distribution, resulting in driver-focused, dynamic performance.

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MINI to Shape the Future of Urban Mobility

MINI is shaping the future of urban mobility by providing driving fun in increasing diversity. At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the British premium brand gives visitors an impression of how the unmistakable MINI feeling will develop in future to cover a broader range beyond the current model program.

Innovative concepts and technologies provide additional room for individual flair and highly emotional experiences, while continuing to enhance the thrilling agility and exemplary efficiency that are typical of MINI.

The MINI Electric Concept showcased in Frankfurt for the first time embodies a whole new dimension of the brand’s characteristic go-kart feeling, now combining it with locally emission-free mobility. The concept vehicle conveys a message of sustainable urban transportation in MINI style while at the same time previewing a volume production model that will follow soon. The first purely electrically powered MINI to be manufactured in large-scale production will go on the road in 2019 – precisely 60 years after the classic Mini was first launched. It will make electro mobility a highly emotional experience that combines driving fun, style and individual flair – as is characteristic of the MINI brand.

Lots of driving fun on a small surface area – this traditional principle will remain an integral part of MINI in the future, too. It is a fundamental element of its character that is derived from spectacular motor racing success. 50 years ago the classic Mini achieved its third outright victory at the Monte Carlo Rally. The MINI ACV 30 concept study presented 20 years ago, demonstrated just how much the model’s racing career influenced not only the history of the classic Mini but also the development of the modern MINI.

The Anniversary Concept Vehicle that came out right on time to mark the 30th anniversary of the car’s third triumph at the “Monte” showed how the classic Mini’s characteristic design features – such as the hexagon radiator grille and the large circular headlamps – could be transferred to a modern vehicle concept. The foundation stone was laid for a new era full of driving fun and individual style in a variety of forms.

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Diversity and individual character are also embodied by the other elements of the MINI trade fair showcase in Frankfurt. From 14 to 24 September, the British premium manufacturer presents a broad cross-section of its range, containing elements drawn from the current model program, its rich selection of optional equipment and the latest additions in the area of accessory and lifestyle products. The setting for this display of both current and future items is Hall 11 at the main entrance to the Frankfurt trade fair center, a site that will be shared by the BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad brands.

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Bugatti Certified at a Motorsports Gathering

This year too, Bugatti Automobiles is represented at the exclusive automobile event “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering”, one of the highlights of the Monterey Car Week currently underway in California.

The French super sports car brand is showing two Bugatti classics, a 1931 Type 51 and a 1,200 PS Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse from 2012, the world’s fastest production roadster, holding the speed record of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph).

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The French company is using its presentation today to provide information on its Bugatti Certified program, which the brand launched several years ago to provide market support for the Veyron fleet.

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The 40-series Land Cruiser: A Delicate Balance Between Classic and Modern

After establishing a reputation for quality restorations of Land Cruisers, Toyota company wanted to push the limits, and design a 40-series Land Cruiser to meet the demands of modern driving, while honoring the timeless beauty of the original design.  

Car fans love the rugged features of the 40 Series. They love its simplicity. They love its utilitarian approach… but often times, they wanted a little more.

 The 40-series Land Cruiser

A classic Land Cruiser that could be used for a quick spin around town – or on a weekend trip to the beach – but given the opportunity, a vehicle that could be pushed hard…. on and off-road.

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The 2017 INFINITI QX60 Redefines Vehicle Safety with Cutting-Edge Technologies

Arabian Automobiles Company, the exclusive dealer for INFINITI in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, unveiled last year the completely redesigned QX60 to the region. For MY2017, the model features additional enhancements that are aimed at empowering the driver with a more premium experience – a model that redefines vehicle safety with cutting edge technologies.

Making its UAE debut, the 2017 seven-passenger SUV features a state-of-the-art suite of safety features that offers customers a unique combination of comfort, control and security.

Safety Features

The QX60 features advanced technologies from the front to the rear of the vehicle that help drivers to safely navigate the busy motorways and prevent collisions from all angles. Predictive Forward Collision Warning – a highly attuned system that continuously monitors not only the vehicle directly ahead but the one ahead of that as well – provides alerts and tightens the driver’s seat belt if potential risks are detected. The QX60 also has your back, with a Backup Collision Intervention system that warns drivers when reversing of vehicles approaching the rear of the car, and helps to avoid accidents by applying the brakes. Those safety features serve to heighten driver awareness and speed reaction times during peak traffic hours, allowing for a confident drive at any time of day.

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Volkswagen Arteon: An All New Luxury Flagship

Volkswagen has pulled the wraps off a new four-door fastback that will replace the flopped $78,000 Phaeton luxury sedan as its namesake brand’s flagship model in a bid to change the conversation about the company to cars from crisis.

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The Arteon, featuring options for front-wheel and all-wheel drive, will be available first in Europe, with deliveries in Germany starting this month. The car, whose price has yet to be announced, targets buyers wanting the comfortable, upscale ride of models like Mercedes-Benz’s CLS coupe but at a lower cost.

VW ended production of the Phaeton almost a year ago and has been working ever since to introduce a vehicle that costs more than the mid-sized Passat sedan and station wagon but isn’t positioned too far above the brand’s usual mass-market segment. The Arteon is part of a general product overhaul to revive profit as the German automaker continues to wrestle with the fallout from the diesel-emissions cheating scandal that emerged in late 2015.

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A Mazda Vehicle Ended up in the Waters of Dubai Creek

Dubai Police’s Department of Maritime Rescue of the General Department of Transport and Rescue recovered a Mazda car that fell in the waters of Dubai Creek.

There were no injuries in the incident, which occurred because its driver didn’t take sufficient safety measures when it was parked, and subsequently failed to apply the manual brakes in time.

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Leading Global Lubricants Producer, Valvoline Announces Major New Partnership with ZAFCO in the United Arab Emirates

Valvoline, one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of premium quality branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, has announced the appointment of ZAFCO as its authorized distributor in the UAE.

The new partnership will combine Valvoline’s superior quality lubricant products, heritage and global know-how with ZAFCO’s strong retail distribution and local presence. Valvoline’s aim is to offer superior products with superior service standards to give better value and choice to customers.

The agreement between the two companies was signed by Mr. Craig Moughler, Valvoline’s Senior Vice President, International and Product Supply, and Mr. Azim Yusufzai, Chairman of ZAFCO, at ZAFCO’S global headquarters in Dubai.

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