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Six Family-Focused Features Define GMC’s Crossovers

The men and women who designed, engineered, tested, and built the GMC’s 2018 crossovers, Acadia and all-new Terrain, aren’t only professional-grade engineers and designers – many of them are parents. By blending personal experience with feedback from customers, GMC were well set to equip the new Acadia and all-new Terrain with a variety of family-focused features.

As contemporary vehicles designed for families on-the-go, both the Acadia and all-new Terrain are re-imagined crossovers aimed at the heart of the mid-size and compact SUV segments respectively. Both models are designed to offer greater versatility and refinement, with more advanced safety technology and efficient powertrains.

Six of the family-focused features which the Acadia and all-new Terrain have to offer include:

2018 GMC Terrain Interior
2018 GMC Terrain Interior
  1. Rear seat reminder

The GMC Acadia and all-new Terrain are equipped with Rear Seat Reminder, an industry-first feature.

Over the last few years, there have been a number of reported cases in the GCC where children have suffered from severe heatstroke when left unattended in vehicles. The Rear Seat Reminder feature is an initial step towards using technology to help remind drivers to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle.

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing Pre-Season Testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia

Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans today completed three days of crucial pre-season testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. The British team focused on performance and reliability ahead of their second season in the series.

During the off–season Panasonic Jaguar Racing have spent time focusing on developing a new powertrain, improving the efficiency of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, and utilizing high strength lightweight materials to optimize the design and packaging of key components. These improvements were put to test over the three-days, enabling the team to gather as much information as they could ahead of the season kick off in December.

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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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Interview with Hassan Soukar on Influencer Importance, Part I

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Hassan Soukar, one of the well-known automotive and tech influncers in the GCC region, who co-authored some ground-breaking reviews on many products; thus, helped heaps of  brands jump-start sales and increase their brand awareness and reach.

Hassan Soukar-automotive Influencer-Bentley

What’s your definition of an ‘influencer’?

it’s clear that an influencer comes in many shapes and forms, but the most important two factors that define influence are an engaged audience, and a level of advocacy which is driven by conviction. I think a lot of people tend to use the words influence and followers interchangeably, but you don’t need a particular large audience to have influence, you need conviction and trust. I know that when I recommend a cellphone, a watch, a perfume, or a car to one of my friends or family members, they will consider buying it, because they trust my recommendations.

Hassan Soukar-Mercedes-Benz C300-01

What do you usually do when you get paid to share an opinion about a car of anything else?

If I get paid to share my opinion about a specific car model or any other product on Instagram to 200k followers, I may have an audience to spread awareness to, but the #ad created is not a form of earned media, and as such is not as powerful as my organic recommendation.

Hassan Soukar-automotive Influencer-Jaguar F-Type

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Volkswagen to Put an Electric Microbus into Production

VW announced that it will build a version of its I.D. Buzz concept bus, which it hopes to begin selling by 2022.

I.D. Buzz concept bus-18

Unveiled earlier this year the Detroit Auto Show, the vehicle is a clear homage to the iconic vehicle that the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. The production version of the concept is expected to deviate little from the blunt-faced original, because all of the batteries will be mounted under the floor. Think of a longer, more van-like Chevrolet Bolt and you can get an idea of what the electric VW might be like to drive.

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The New Cadillac CTS-V on Course to Match the Racing Pace

Aware that rivals from Audi and Mercedes are relentlessly upping the performance game, the new Cadillac CTS-V strives to take the lead; thus broadcasts its eminent capabilities…

I was privileged to be the first hack to drive the new Cadillac CTS-V on Dubai’s astounding roads. It was a bit smoggy as I prepared to go in the new Cadillac CTS-V, which elevated the heart rate…..

The new Cadillac CTS-V -01

Hailed as the dawning of a new era for the American car maker, the new flagship sedan has been comprehensively re-engineered. It seems that GM intends it to mount a successful challenge against upmarket rivals such as Audi S6, and Lexus GS F.

Inside, the new Cadillac has a clean and contemporary-looking dashboard, a re-designed multi-function steering wheel and 12.3” high-definition display closely modeled on this first seen on previous model. And the Head-Up Display lets you view select vehicle data through the windshield while keeping your eyes on the road.

The new Cadillac CTS-V -Interior

Super Power

The 2017 CTS-V is offered with the choice of supercharged 6.2L V8 engine developing 640-hp and 630 lb-ft of torque capable of pushing you from 0 to 60 mph ( 100 km/h) in an Autoscommunity tested 3.8 seconds and has the ability to reach a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h) on the racetrack.  The engine is allied to an 8-speed automatic transmission plus structural and suspension components for decisive steering and cornering.  Shift through all 8 seamlessly and automatically select the right gear with Performance Algorithm Shifting to improve lap times, or switch to manual control by tapping the magnesium paddle shifters, mounted on the steering wheel for a truly hands-on experience.

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A one-of-a-kind Ride in Merc’s Autonomous Car

The F 015 autonomous car made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas more than two years ago. It’s packed with advanced (or what was considered advanced in 2015) autonomous technology, and can, in theory, run for almost 900 kilometers on a mixture of pure electric power and a hydrogen fuel cell.

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But while countless other vehicles are still trying to prove that cars can, literally, drive themselves, Merc’s autonomous car offering takes this for granted. Instead, this vehicle wants us to consider what we’ll actually do while the car is driving us around.

The steering wheel slides into the dashboard to create more of a “lounge” space. The seating configuration allows four people to face each other if they want to talk. And when the onboard conversation dries up, a bewildering collection of screens — one on the rear wall, and one on each of the doors — offers plenty of opportunity to interact with various media.

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The New Volvo V90 T6: Keep Your Eyes Peeled…..

How a car’s lover cannot be tempted when he can grab a Volvo V90 T6? H.Soukar takes a closer look…

I must be dreaming. Driving such luxurious yet powerful vehicle as the Volvo V90 is a real dream, to say the least! And if this sounds too fantastic to be true, then I am one of the lucky ones enjoying the ultimate driving adventure of this amazing wagon.

Volvo V90

A 3-day-long drive across the UAE is a real treat. As each day passes, the roads become increasingly entertaining. A few laps of the track make it clear that the engine of this car is smooth and refined and has proper, rock-steady push once the big turbo is spooled up. After 15 minutes or so, my conclusion is pretty straightforward: this is a very impressive piece of engineering.

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Rolls-Royce Announces ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – a Rolls-Royce Exhobition

Rolls-Royce has announced the Mayfair location for ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – A Rolls-Royce Exhibition. The exhibition will take place at Bonhams on Bond Street, London, the heart of the luxury world. Rolls-Royce also announced that the third Great Phantom to join the exhibition will be Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Phantom II Continental.

Need for speed: Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Phantom II

At the height of his pursuit of a new land speed record in the 1930’s, Sir Malcolm Campbell began a relationship with Rolls-Royce that would take him to glory and help him celebrate it.

ROLLS-ROYCE ANNOUNCES ‘THE GREAT EIGHT PHANTOMS’ –04

At the end of 1932 Campbell had won prestigious Grand Prix races, broken the land speed world record not once but six times, and had been knighted by King George V. He had nothing left to prove. He was the fastest man on land and yet, as restless as ever, he wanted to take a crack at the 300mph barrier, the automotive equivalent of the four-minute mile. He believed that the only engine that could power his Blue Bird to this speed was a 36.5L Rolls-Royce R aero engine, which generated a staggering 2,300 horsepower.

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From Vintage to Modern, MG Live! Showcases 97 Years of MG History

MG fans from across the globe gathered this June at the annual MG Live! event in Silverstone, United Kingdom.

MG enthusiasts show off a collection of around 3,000 vehicles
MG enthusiasts show off a collection of around 3,000 vehicles

The biggest car event to be held anywhere in the world saw MG enthusiasts show off a collection of around 3,000 vehicles, spanning the brand’s 97-year history.

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