2018 Nissan Pathfinder Ups Adventure-Ready Credentials with Refined Specs

Nissan has recently launched  the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder in the Middle East during an event set against the dramatic backdrop of the majestic Al Hajar Mountains in Fujairah. The Nissan Pathfinder is reborn for the 2018 model year with more adventure capability, a freshened exterior look and enhanced safety and technology – pure Pathfinder taken to a higher level of performance and style.

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The latest iteration of this popular, family-oriented four-wheel drive vehicle draws on Nissan’s vast experience of building vehicles designed to operate in testing off-road conditions while remaining perfectly at home on the highway. As an SUV vehicle, the Pathfinder retains plenty of capability in off-road environments.

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“Pathfinder has a logical and hugely practical place within the Nissan model line-up in this region,” explained Fadi Ghosn, Chief Marketing Officer of Nissan Middle East. “For 2018, Pathfinder receives much more than a typical facelift. It now offers more power, improved driving dynamics and new available driver assistance features –more of what customers need for safe, comfortable every day and weekend family adventures.”  “Most people with a family need to commute to work, drop the kids off at school and generally use their vehicles on paved surfaces. But at weekends it’s great to have the Pathfinder’s capacity to explore further afield, getting to special places that an ordinary family car cannot reach, be that in a desert, beach, wadi or mountain environment.”

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Revised Engine

The refreshed Pathfinder benefits from changes both externally and internally.  The revised 3.5-liter V6 engine has almost 7% more horse power and almost 4% more torque thanks to its new engine. These include new combustion chamber design, pistons, intake manifold, electromagnetic Valve Timing Control and a new Direct Injection Gasoline system.

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£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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Honda Launches the Completely Redesigned and Reengineered ‎All-New 2017 CR-V

Honda Motor Co. Africa and Middle East Office announced the launch of the All-New 5th Generation CR-V at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E, earlier this month. The completely redesigned and re-engineered 2017 CR-V boasts of bold new styling, a more premium interior and a host of new features and technologies aimed at enhancing CR-V’s status as the outright benchmark in the highly popular compact SUV segment.

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The New CR-V targets the highest levels of quality and driving refinement in its class with top class steering precision, ride comfort, body control and cabin quietness. The New CR-V comes in four grades namely, DX and LX in 2 Wheel Drive (2WD) and EX and Touring in All Wheel Drive (AWD).

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New Powertrain and Chassis Technology

At the heart of the 2017 CR-V is a 2.4-litre DOHC, direct injected i-VTEC engine that is mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic. The 2.4-liter engine generates 184-horsepower @ 6400rpm and a torque of 244NM @ 3900rpm. The fuel consumption statistics of the CR-V are 15.5km/L for the DX and LX grades and 14.7km/L for the EX and Touring grades.

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Peugeot 308: Writes a New Chapter in the Company’s Success Story

In unveiling the new-generation Peugeot 308 today, PEUGEOT is writing the latest chapter in the long story of its best-selling model. Stand-out exterior styling features start with an assertive vertical grille proudly framing the famous Lion badge, a superbly sleek bonnet, and a LED light signature at all trim levels.

Inside, the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® boasts a capacitive touchscreen offering connected 3D satnav, new graphics, and optimally rapid access to functions. And the new Peugeot 308 brings in all the advanced driver assistance systems found on the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV.

For superlative road performance there’s a choice of up-to-the-minute powertrains, such as the brand new BlueHDi 130 S&S engine or, most uncommon in this vehicle segment, a new eight-speed automatic transmission coupled with the BlueHDi 180 S&S engine. With new pollution-control systems on petrol and diesel versions, PEUGEOT is anticipating on the introduction of the Euro 6.c standard.

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Featuring a New Distinctive Design, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Launches in the Middle East

The new 2017 Lincoln MKZ is designed to appeal to those who are looking for something different in the luxury market. From the placement of technology features such as the push-button gear shift to re-imagined interior spaces including the floating center console, drivers can relish in discovering an unexpected experience based on intelligent function and beautiful form that offers, above all, an enjoyable ride.

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The Lincoln Experience is brought to life through the available Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine, as well as intangible elements like the quiet cabin provided by the Active Noise Control system.

Features that make the new Lincoln MKZ a haven of refined comfort include curated spaces for storage, the availability of different interior packages, available fully retractable panoramic glass roof, and concert-quality Revel audio with specially designed doors for optimal positioning of the speakers.

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“Lincoln, from its origins, has always been focused on bespoke cabins built for its passengers,” said Alex Schaeffer, Director, Lincoln Middle East. “This heritage affords us some great inspiration, and allows us to lean into what the customer wants, always remembering that the journey itself is meant to be as rewarding as the destination.”

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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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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.

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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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