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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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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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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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Patrol NISMO takes Wheels ‘Best SUV’ crown

The Nissan Patrol NISMO has been awarded ‘SUV of the Year’ at the Wheels Car of the Year ceremony.

 

During the publication’s annual Car of the Year (COTY) awards, the Patrol NISMO challenged its major competitors before an esteemed judging panel. The Nissan was labelled the strongest vehicle in three major categories: desert capability, on-road performance, and comfort.

“Patrol leaves them in the dust,” explained the judges in the award citation. “The 5.6-liter V8, mated to a slick seven-speed automatic, has been poked and prodded to deliver more performance, and with all four wheels digging in for added traction, along with its off-road ability still intact, this is actually three cars rolled into one. It’s still a brilliant family car with loads of room for seven adults to sit in total comfort. It’s a superb off-roader with all sorts of driver aids to tame difficult terrains and it’s a sporty SUV, too. It can do it all and sure is deserving of this accolade.”

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New PEUGEOT 3008 SUV Named “Car of the Year 2017”

The new PEUGEOT 3008 was named the 2017 Car of the Year on Monday 6 March in Geneva by a judging panel comprising 58 European journalists. The judging panel acclaimed its style, interior design and performance. This prestigious trophy joins the twenty other prizes the new PEUGEOT 3008 has already won. The vehicle is the fifth PEUGEOT to win Car of the Year and the first SUV honored in the history of the COTY prize.

Car of the Year 2017: the new Peugeot 3008 SUV arrived right on time! It appeals to choosy customers who want to stand out and have new experiences, aiming to become a major contender in the compact SUV category. The new PEUGEOT 3008 offers a unique blend of style, comfort and road handling. The spectacular PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is state of the art and gives new meaning to being in the driver’s seat. It offers a more intuitive and intense driving experience, with a compact steering wheel, 12.3” head-up display and central capacitive touchscreen console with ergonomic piano keys to top it all off. The new PEUGEOT 3008 also offers a number of driving aids and other high-tech equipment, as well as seamless connectivity.

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Amr – Taking Aston Martin to New Extremes

Aston Martin has chosen the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to launch AMR – an exciting new brand that brings a new dimension of race inspired dynamism and performance.

Reflecting Aston Martin’s racing pedigree, AMR takes technology and inspiration from motorsport to amplify the sporting prowess present across the model range. With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, AMR takes Aston Martin’s road cars to new and exciting extremes.

The AMR brand follows in the wheel-tracks of successive iconic Aston Martin road cars which boasted top-level racing pedigree. In the mid-1930s the success of Aston Martin’s Team Cars in the Ulster TT road race led the marque to build further examples of the lightweight two-seater for sale to the public. In 1951, Sir David Brown introduced uprated and highly desirable ‘Vantage’ specification models, and steered the marque to an historic outright win at Le Mans with the iconic DBR1 in 1959.

Since the formation of Aston Martin Racing (AMR) in 2004 Aston Martin has enjoyed success in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), winning the 2016 FIA WEC GT Drivers Championship, while also securing three class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans over this period. Similarly, Aston Martin Racing’s GT3 and GT4 racers have secured countless victories and championship titles around the world.

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The 2017 Volvo S90 T6: A Five-Star Hotel Suite On Wheels

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

Have you ever seen a luxurious five-star hotel suite making its way throughout the streets and highways? This is no puzzle, guys! It seems that Volvo has made its mind  to turn boyhood dreams into reality. To clarify, I am not talking about “all show, no go” concept car here. This whip is real and being driven–it’s the 2017 Volvo S90 T6.

The 2017 Volvo S90 T6 features bespoke styling elements. Many of them are drawn directly from the masterpiece XC90. Despite retaining the same specs of the said XC90, this luxury sedan sports a different grille and unique headlight and tail-light graphics as well as added chrome and individual wheel designs.

 The 2017 Volvo S90 T6 revamps up performance and luxury for a reasonable price. The car is but a younger brother to the XC90. It seems that the designers went a little bit away from the square-ish design. It worked in Europe but not globally. Some people find it a bit too different.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro is the 2016 Autoscommunity Car of the Year

The Chevrolet Camaro clearly deserved to win our 2016 Car of the Year accolade. Why’s that? Because the sixth-generation Camaro is based on General Motor’s awesome Alpha platform architecture, the same structure that underpins the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the latter being our 2014 Car of the Year. Additionally, we’ve long felt that the ATS has been a burbling V-8, a smart transmission, and an interior upgrade away from KO-ing the BMW 3 Series. Especially as you can absolutely make the argument that GM’s core competency is the small-block. Long story short, we have a history of loving the wondrous-to-drive, lightweight, aluminum- and high-strength-steel intensive Alpha platform. But man, have we been waiting for the General to offer a small-block with a manual transmission.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro is the 2016 Autoscommunity Car of the Year

Advancement in Design

Obviously, the sixth-gen Camaro looks closely related to the fifth-gen version. Since Chevy sells more than 80,000 Camaros a year, we understand why the automaker went for evolution as opposed to a revolutionary design. That said, the new Camaro design is excellent. “The surface handling is fresh, and the line work is great,” Gale, our legendary guest design judge, said. “The biggest area of visual change is likely the C-pillar and quarter window area for most people. Wheel to body, gesture, and overall graphics add to a very nimble appearance, especially the rear three-quarter view.”

2016 Chevrolet Camaro is the 2016 Autoscommunity Car of the Year

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