Cadillac Sheds Light on Its Next Level of Race-Inspired Cars at DIMS 2017

With track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements, the Cadillac V-Series of vehicles are dual purpose luxury performers, ideal for Middle East customers, with true track capability straight from the factory, blended with sophisticated and refined features. Represented by the 2018 ATS-V and CTS-V models at the Dubai International Motor Show 2017 (14-18 November), the Cadillac V-Series is inspired by top-of-the-line, race-ready vehicles, tailor-made to bring stunning performance to everyday driving.

Over ten years since the first-generation V-series was produced, the 2018 ATS-V and CTS-V models incorporate unique performance elements with components from top automotive suppliers, and segment-leading company-exclusive technology.

Cadillac Sheds Light

The smallest and lightest V-Series car with technology enhancements, the Cadillac ATS-V, available in both sedan and coupe, delivers remarkable power and performance. Powered by the Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6, the ATS-V boasts an impressive 464 horsepower (346 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (601 Nm), enabling 0-100 km/h performance in 3.8 seconds and a segment-best top speed of 304 km/h.

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GMC Premieres Desert Fox Middle East concept vehicle at Dubai International Motor Show

The Desert Fox Middle East Concept Truck that was unveiled at the show was created exclusively for the Middle East region where GMC’s trucks are respected for their ability to work hard, and desired for the premium quality they deliver. Based on the 2018 Sierra 1500, this Concept Truck echoes the look and feel of the original, while bringing it up to date.

GMC Desert Fox Middle East concept vehicle

Combining the purposeful exterior styling of the 2018 Sierra 1500, with its large front grill and headlamps that feature GMC’s signature LED lighting, with a similar desert color and motif application to that of the original model, the Desert Fox Concept Truck simply demands attention. It is designed with a range of features, courtesy of GM-certified accessories such as a sports bar, performance exhaust system and LED roof lights, complemented with exclusively developed prototype parts, including off-road front and rear bumpers, Baja style fenders, desert terrain tires, beadlock wheels, front recovery winch and Desert Fox theme stripes.

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The All-New Mazda CX-5 Will Be Debuting in Dubai Motor Show 2017

The all new CX-5 which refines every aspect of Mazda’s design and technology will be debuting in the Middle East at the Dubai International Motor Show on November 14, 2017.

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The slogan for the development of the all new CX-5 was “an SUV all customers will enjoy” – born of a desire to provide every driver and their passengers with driving pleasure and a deeper relationship with the car.

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Cadillac: 115 Years of Innovation and Leadership Milestones

While the origins of the automotive industry are rooted in the development of the internal combustion engine in the 1860s and ‘70s, principally in France and Germany, the USA had joined in earnest by the early 1900s. Since Cadillac’s beginnings in 1902, the brand has forged a solid reputation for achieving automotive engineering firsts.

1993 Cadillac Allante Convertible
1993 Cadillac Allante Convertible

Establishing the spirit of innovation and daring that has sustained Cadillac for over a century, Model A, which was introduced during the 1903 New York Automobile show, had an overhead valve engine, rack and pinion steering and split-core fasteners which didn’t require lock washers.

The brand’s early years focused on the pursuit of refinement to enhance its leadership status. Cadillac’s tradition of industry firsts began in 1912 and the following highlights demonstrate that this was only the very start of over a century of bold design and ingenious technology.

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The Escala Concept introduces the next evolution of Cadillac design.
  1. In 1912, Cadillac’s award-winning, sophisticated Delco electrical system integrates self-starting, ignition and lighting functions for the first time.

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Virtual Reality Experience to Take Visitors on a Sensory Journey Into Jaguar Racing’s Formula E Driver’s Seat

When visitors to the Dubai International Motor Show head to the Jaguar Land Rover stand, they will find an astonishing experience. Not only they will have the opportunity to try the cutting-edge automotive technology deployed on current Jaguar Land Rover products in the premium carmaker’s Innovation Lab, but they will also get a taste of an electrifying adrenaline rush endured by the modern racing driver.

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The latest developments in the realms of vehicle head lights, cabin air quality and petrol engine technology will be showcased at the Innovation Lab while separately, motorsports enthusiasts will have a chance to enjoy the sensation of piloting a Formula E single seater racing car as part of a VR experience, highlighting Jaguar’s position as the first premium manufacturer to enter Formula E in 2016.

The two experiences will unfold in custom built settings which isolate the user from the general background noise and activity at the show, while the latest VR technology will transport them seemingly into another dimension. The net result is the kind of sensory experience which really is the next best thing to being there, particularly in the Formula E racing car, where show-goers will not only feel the whole-body vibrations and steering wheel feedback typical of the real experience, but they’ll have the impression of the airflow rushing past them thanks to built-in wind fans which create that effect.

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ACDelco Paint Shield Protects Cars From the Middle East Climate

While owning a new car comes with a feeling of joy, the satisfaction can sometimes be dashed by the first noticeable scratch on its glossy paintwork. The new ACDelco Paint Shield is designed to protect the most exposed areas of a vehicle while maintaining its value and appearance.

Protecting vehicles from damage caused by scratches, stone chips and dust, one of ACDelco’s leading car care products provides a barrier against the Middle East region’s harshest environmental effects. Whether it’s airborne sand, the sunshine or even the weekly wash, ACDelco’s high-tech paint shield offers year-round protection from damaging elements. Moreover, it provides enhanced paint protection against a carelessly opened door in a car park or sand scuffs encountered during off-road driving and desert dune bashing, a pastime that many GCC residents enjoy.

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Speaking about ACDelco Paint Shield, Mohammed Al Fayyad, Customer Care and Aftersales Director at General Motors Middle East, said: “One of the greatest joys of owning a new car is maintaining the vehicle in an ‘as-new’ condition for the longest possible time. Paint condition is one of the first things a second-hand buyer looks at, and is often the reason why a vehicle’s value depreciates. This is where the ACDelco Paint Shield comes in, helping new car owners to maintain the looks of their car and also to protect their investment. With the added benefit of a 5-year warranty, owners can be certain that this protection will bear the test of time.”

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The Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge Marks the New Chapter of the Black Badge Series

Abu Dhabi Motors hosted a first look at the eagerly anticipated Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge at the Yas Marina Circuit. Attendees were granted a behind-the-scenes look of the new Dawn Black Badge with live demonstrations of its features.

The Dawn is given a new and darker sensual dimension through its suite of Black Badge engineering and design treatments.

Dawn Black Badge

The Black Badge story

Since it was launched in 2016, Black Badge has become the most commanding presence on the super-luxury landscape. Its authentic Bespoke engineering and design approach has answered the demands of those customers who have said “Build us a Rolls-Royce like no other”.

Black Badge is Rolls-Royce’s response to a small and select group of clients who have asked the marque for motor cars with specific, focused characteristics that reflect their different take on life, success and the luxury they consume. These people choose to define themselves differently from their wider social group; a subset within a subset.

For over a century such individuals, possessed of a dark and restless spirit, have been drawn to Rolls-Royce’s unique allure. Luminaries including Sir Malcolm Campbell, Howard Hughes and Muhammed Ali have all shared the marque’s founding philosophy; an uncompromising refusal to accept the status quo and a constant yearn to innovate, create and advance.

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Their restless spirit was also shared by the marque’s co-founder; himself one of the great disrupters of his day. The Honourable C.S. Rolls was a man in a hurry. Not satisfied with fundamentally altering the road-car landscape, he sought more and pursued his appetite for advancement and adventure in the air; a passion that would ultimately lead to his untimely demise aged just 33.

It is this indomitable spirit that, since the launch of Black Badge, has captivated so many of today’s young owners, who are drawn to Rolls-Royce in the knowledge that no other luxury house is possessed of the vision and flexibility to meet their demands both in design and engineering terms. Indeed, Black Badge serves to amplify the inherent characteristics that have driven so many new, younger patrons of luxury to the marque.

In conceiving Black Badge versions of Wraith, Ghost and now Dawn, the marque’s Bespoke designers and engineers drew upon their instinctive understanding of the unique lives of these extraordinary men and women to create both design and engineering treatments that perfectly amplify the inherent values of these great Rolls-Royces.

Dawn Black Badge Interior

Dawn Black Badge

Created to satisfy overwhelming demand from a new breed of Rolls-Royce patrons, Dawn Black Badge stands as the most luxurious, social and sensual space from which to take in the night air. This most glamorous, uncompromising expression of open-top luxury is given a new and darker sensual dimension through its suite of Black Badge engineering and design treatments.

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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:

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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.

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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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