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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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Autonomous Cars to Be Allowed on California Roads Starting Next Year

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has just released its revised regulations governing the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads. After a 15-day public comment period, those rules will be submitted to the state government, which will then begin enforcing them sometime in the middle of 2018.

California is an obvious hotbed for autonomous vehicle testing, so changes made to the state’s rules governing these tests are followed closely by companies like Google and Uber that are developing fleets of self-driving cars for public use. There are currently 42 companies testing some 285 autonomous vehicles that are licensed with the DMV, officials said. Nearly 1,000 safety drivers are licensed to test those vehicles, but after the state’s rules go into effect, companies would be allowed to deploy cars without any human behind the wheel.

Autonomous Cars

The rules are a stark departure from the original proposal issued in 2015. Those draft regulations would have put the kibosh on autonomous vehicles without a human driver, such as Google’s steering wheel-less prototype. But then in May, the agency reversed itself, putting out a new proposal that would not only allow for the testing of self-driving cars without a human driver, but also regulate the manufacture and sale of fully autonomous vehicles.

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Paris Gallery Announces the Winner of the Maserati Quattroporte GTS

At an event attended by officials of Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, media representatives and senior management of Paris Gallery, the winner of a brand new luxurious Maserati Quattroporte GTS car was announced. The winner, Hamda Al Dhaheri, is a UAE national who bought her winning perfume from Paris Gallery at Rotana Mall in Al Ain.

Paris Gallery

“This is yet another successful promotion for us. We continue to give our customers fabulous opportunities to win such luxurious prizes. This time we worked closely with well-known and much-loved fragrance brands such as Versace, Missoni and Moschino to come up with this promotion. It is a huge success. We are very glad for the winner of this luxurious car, and we look forward to introducing similar promotions for the benefit of our customers in the coming months,” said a Paris Gallery spokesperson.

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Continental to Introduce Fully Automated Valet Parking

Continental Automotive Group, the German company which specializes in tires and automotive technology, has developed an automated technology solution, enabling cars to valet park without a driver. Recently presented to the public at the 2017 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the fully automated Valet Parking function was demonstrated in a demo vehicle at Continental’s premises in the city.

Continental Automated Valet Parking

Continental’s latest innovative technology has been presented at a time when autonomous driving is an increasingly hot topic in the Middle East as a number of GCC governments have revealed their plans to develop smart cities and boost autonomous driving.

“With valet parking, we have presented a driverless function, which relieves drivers from a tedious procedure,” explained Alfred Eckert, Head of Advanced Technology in Continental’s Chassis & Safety division. “The valet parking function provides drivers with a beneficial service in terms of convenience and time. It is also a concrete step towards modern mobility based on fully automated driving.”

With this new technology, once the driver has exited the vehicle, the car navigates independently through the parking garage barrier, detecting free parking spaces and parks fully autonomously on the first floor. Pedestrians and other vehicles crossing its path are detected and the driving strategy is adapted dynamically. The next stage of development, which Continental’s team of engineers in Germany are working on now, will mean the system can also navigate up and down ramps to other levels in multi-story parking facilities.

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First Look: 2018 Toyota TJ Cruiser Hybrid

The Tj CRUISER was designed for drivers with lifestyles where work and play dovetail seamlessly. The “T” in Tj CRUISER stands for “Toolbox” in reference to how the car can be used like a toolbox, while the “j” stands for “joy” in reference to the joy of visiting various places by car.

2018 Toyota TJ Cruiser Hybrid

The name “CRUISER,” which is traditionally used for Toyota’s SUV lineup, is assigned to the Tj CRUISER to express the power of the vehicle. Inside, the passenger seat can be reclined completely flat, and not only can the Tj CRUISER easily hold outdoor equipment, it can also store large items such as 3-meter long surfboards and bikes.

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Hyundai Named in Top-40 Most Valuable Brands for Three Years by Interbrand

Hyundai has maintained its position as one of the world’s 40 most valuable brands for the third year in a row, according to the latest Best Global Brands report from respected international consultancy Interbrand. The carmaker retained its place as the world’s 35th most valuable brand and sixth most valuable automotive brand, despite challenging conditions in many global markets.
Hyundai Vision G-Coupe Concept
Hyundai Vision G-Coupe Concept

Interbrand’s rankings are calculated using companies’ financial balance sheets combined with marketing activities, while also reflecting each brand’s potential profit. The analysis assessed Hyundai’s brand value as growing to US $13.2 billion for 2017 – a 5.1% increase on the previous year. The ranking comes after Hyundai sold 4.86 million units annually worldwide, and places the Hyundai name above Audi, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Porsche.

This follows a period of exponential growth for South Korea’s leading automotive manufacturer that has seen a fourfold increase in brand value since 2005, rising from US $3.5 billion to its current record value.

“Hyundai Motor aims to be a lifestyle brand rather than simply an automotive brand, so we are building on our ‘Modern Premium’ brand direction and moving into new automotive spaces that allow people to experience our brand value at every touchpoint,” said Wonhong Cho, Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company. “Our brand philosophy and blueprint for future mobility has resulted in the rise of our brand value and, in addition to quality, technology and price, our creativity and innovation will lead us to achieve sustainable brand growth in the future.”

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The annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report identifies the 100 most valuable global brands, analyzing the ways in which the strength of a brand benefits organizations, from delivering on customer expectations to driving greater economic value. The ranking is based on a combination of attributes, each contributing to a brand’s cumulative value. These include financial performance of branded products and services, the role the brand plays in influencing customer choice, and the strength of the brand in commanding a premium price or securing earnings for the company.

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Renault to Launch Twelve New Zero-Emission Electric Vehicles by 2022

As the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy announced a number of new incentives for Electric Vehicle owners in Dubai last week, Renault, in conjunction with its alliance partners, has released details of a six-year plan which will cement Renault’s reputation as EV trailblazers in the region.

The Renault, Nissan & Mitsubishi motors alliance has pledged to launch twelve new zero-emission electric vehicles by 2022. The two announcements are significant steps in supporting the ‘Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050’ which envisions Dubai having the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.

Renault Electric Vehicles

The new incentives announced by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, allow new EV buyers to charge their vehicles for free at Dewa-approved stations until 2019, access free designated green parking in Dubai, qualify for free electric vehicle registration and renewal fees, as well as, exemption from Salik’s tag fee and a licence plate sticker identifying the vehicle as an electric car.

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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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