£5 Million of Aston Martins Sold at Bonhams

The 18th annual Aston Martin Sale, held at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell and hosted by international auction house Bonhams, achieved over £5 Million last weekend.

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Star of the Show

One of the surprise stars of the show was a 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate Car, one of only three created, originally converted to its shooting brake format at Aston Martin Works. The rather unique and bespoke Aston Martin sold for an incredible £337,500.

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The Top Lot of the Day

Another highlight was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which took £561,500, making it the top lot of the day. The iconic car drew many bids and eventually went to a telephone bidder who now owns a piece of automotive history. Other early ‘DB’ models proved popular: a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series III’ 4.2-Liter Sports Saloon achieving £399,100 and a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage Sports Saloon selling for £382,300.

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The All-New PEUGEOT 3008 SUV Makes Middle East Debut

The all-new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV was lately unveiled during a regional launch event at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai. The high-profile event was attended by Jean-Philippe Imparato, Chief Executive Officer of Peugeot brand, Jean-Christophe Quemard, Executive Vice-President Africa-Middle East of PSA Group, Cedric Zayoun, Managing Director of the GCC region at PSA Group and UAE’s celebrated rally driver Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi, in addition to over 100 key figures from the industry and prominent media outlets from the UAE and the region.  

The all-new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV

Under the theme “Stop imagining the future; Drive it”, the event featured futuristic multi-sensorial stations, where the attendees got the chance to discover the vehicle with a unique and immersive virtual reality experience. Making its debut through a remarkable show, the European Car of The Year 2017 features a spectacular, advanced dashboard. This coherent and highly technological ensemble is the latest generation PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, a novel concept that has rewritten the book on the car cockpit. The large 8” touch-screen resembles a tablet installed in the center of the dashboard and is equipped with capacitive technology for greater reactivity and practicality. It is accompanied by six elegant piano-key “toggle switches” – giving direct and permanent access to the main control functions: radio, climate control, navigation, vehicle parameters, telephone and mobile applications.

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Bentley Mulsanne: Built for that Rare Breed of Person Who Refuses to Let a Single Experience Pass them By

For Bentley Mulsanne Speed and Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase owners, life will be a quest to make their mark on the world – to use new vision and ideas to create meaningful change. For the Bentley Mulsanne is a mobile environment for the visionary at work. Front or rear, it’s a place to unleash your thinking. 

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The majestic new Bentley Mulsanne range was revealed at the 87th  Geneva Motor Show. And, as this spectacular film clearly shows, the pinnacle of the Bentley range has undergone a remarkable redesign for 17MY, reinforcing its position as the ultimate handmade luxury car – a truly extraordinary limousine. Vertical stainless steel vanes have been re-introduced to the striking front grille, which is flanked by new all-LED headlamps with adaptive technology. The result: even greater road presence.

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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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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.

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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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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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Honda Civic wins “Best Compact Sedan” of the year at the Middle East Car of the Year Awards 2017

Honda Civic won ‘Best Compact Sedan’ of the year adjudged by Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) 2017 held at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi on 30th March 2017. In addition to the MECOTY, the Civic has won ‘Best Small Car’ in the MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards, Saudi Auto ‘Car of the Year’ award as well as ‘North American Car of the Year’ award. 

Honda Civic wins “Best Compact Sedan” of the year at the Middle East Car of the Year Awards 2017

The 10th generation Honda Civic was introduced in April 2016 with a 1.5L Turbo and a 2.0L Engine. Due to the success of the new model and to provide our customers with a wider variety, a 1.6L Engine grade was introduced in December 2016 as an entry-level grade option. The Civic offers a 5-grade line up with three engine sizes and a whole host of new and standard features depicting it as more modern, functional as well as an efficient sedan. Following the launch, regional sales of the Honda Civic rose by 93% this year. 

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Rolls-Royce Collaborates with British Music Legends for Series of Bespoke Wraith Models

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce a series of nine remarkable Wraith ‘Inspired by British Music’ cars, created in collaboration with, and celebrating the legacy of, some of British music’s most revered rock and vocal artists.

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The first four of these Bespoke cars have been unveiled for the first time today at the Sanderson Hotel in Fitzroia, London by the artists who created them in partnership with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE, Sir Ray Davies of The Kinks, and Giles Martin, son of songwriter and producer Sir George Martin and a world-renowned producer and songwriter in his own right.

Each of the hand-built Wraith ‘Inspired by British Music’ motor cars that have been commissioned are crafted with unique design touches that illustrate and celebrate the illustrious career of a British rock and pop legend. The British music legends involved in the project were personally invited to the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, working in close partnership with Rolls-Royce’s design experts to conceive deeply personal expressions of their music legacies. The resulting highly Bespoke Wraith motor cars represent the ultimate collectors’ items for the most ardent fans of each artist and will be sold later in 2017, with Rolls-Royce donating a proportion of the value of each to charities selected by each artist, including the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Highly creative features including a representation of seminal The Who album ‘Tommy’s’ famous cover-art adorned to a bonnet, Sir George Martin’s number one records embroidered into Wraith’s signature waterfall and door-flights engraved with hand-written lyrics and quotes, all serve to beautifully illustrate the musical legacies of the greatest names in British popular music.

The cars unveiled today have been crafted within the canvas of the Rolls-Royce Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ Bespoke collection, a series of motor cars created to celebrate Rolls-Royce’s long-held standing in music folklore. Each car – one-of-a-kind creations hand-built by Rolls-Royce’s master craftspeople – celebrates its unique commission, with the name of the artist engraved on the door treadplates and on the base of the Spirit of Ecstasy adorning the Wraith’s bonnet.

Further Bespoke touches, conceived to celebrate the artists musical legacy adorn every motor car. The ‘Lyrical Copper’ exterior paint finish is completed with a subtle motif of the Union Jack Flag on each of the cars’ C-pillars, celebrating the indelible mark made by each artist on British popular culture.

“The enduring allure of Rolls-Royce has been encouraged over the years by some of the world’s most famous and important music icons. So many have turned to Rolls-Royce to celebrate their success with the ultimate display of originality and creativity. This collaboration – with some of Britain’s most celebrated musicians – promises to add to this legacy, creating truly unique collectors’ items which also support worthy charities,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

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All-New Lexus LC Performance Coupe Opens New Chapter in Brand History

The emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the 2018 LC flagship performance coupe. A concept car come to life, the Lexus LC combines stunning design, scintillating performance, long-distance comfort and premium craftsmanship to join an elite group of international grand touring coupes.

Lexus LC 500

The Lexus LC 500 makes the strongest statement yet about the brand’s future direction. Previewed by the LF-LC concept in 2012, the Lexus LC debuted as a production model at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This spring it arrives in Lexus dealerships as the V8-powered LC 500 with an MSRP of $92,000 and the LC 500h with a new Multi Stage Hybrid powertrain at an MSRP of $96,510. Toyota Motor Corporation president, Akio Toyoda, who is also Chief Branding Officer and master driver for Lexus, inspired development of the LC. Focused on offering more emotional and exciting vehicles for global markets, he called for a flagship production coupe echoing the spirit of the hand-built Lexus LFA supercar and delivering the visual impact of the Lexus LF-LC concept.

 
Provocative, Elegant and Purely Lexus
 
Debuting at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Lexus LF-LC was a true concept, not a thinly disguised pre-production prototype. The LF-LC won the EyesOn Design award for Concept Car and stirred many to question whether Lexus would build it. Turning the LF-LC concept into a production model while remaining faithful to its visual excitement required nothing less than a new development process, combining design and engineering disciplines as never before at Lexus. The process yielded an entirely new platform for the LC, called GA–L (Global Architecture – Luxury), which also forms the foundation for the all-new 2018 LS flagship sedan and will underpin future front engine/rear-wheel drive Lexus models. The platform was designed with a lower center of gravity to aid agility and driving pleasure and to enable more alluring vehicle designs. The production LC preserves the concept’s adventurous appearance, and the design itself  helped achieve performance targets, especially with regard to low center of gravity, aerodynamics and high-speed stability. It’s also a trophy winner, having won the EyesOn Design awards for Design Excellence – Production Car and Interior Design.

Lexus Identity
 
Immediately identifiable as a Lexus thanks to its hallmark spindle grille and dynamic character lines, the 2018 LC represents the most passionate expression of the brand’s design direction. The grille itself features a unique mesh texture that changes visual tension as it spreads across the front of the car. Independent L-shaped daytime running lights beneath new ultra-compact Triple LED headlamps create the distinctive LC front lighting signature. Functional venting serves aerodynamic stability and cooling. The combination of a large glass panel and blacked-out rear pillars creates a floating roof appearance, and chrome-plated moldings along the edges, which echo the lines of a traditional Japanese sword, amplify the effect. One can, however, order an optional carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof in place of the glass.

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