All-New Lexus LC Performance Coupe Opens New Chapter in Brand History

The emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the 2018 LC flagship performance coupe. A concept car come to life, the Lexus LC combines stunning design, scintillating performance, long-distance comfort and premium craftsmanship to join an elite group of international grand touring coupes.

Lexus LC 500

The Lexus LC 500 makes the strongest statement yet about the brand’s future direction. Previewed by the LF-LC concept in 2012, the Lexus LC debuted as a production model at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This spring it arrives in Lexus dealerships as the V8-powered LC 500 with an MSRP of $92,000 and the LC 500h with a new Multi Stage Hybrid powertrain at an MSRP of $96,510. Toyota Motor Corporation president, Akio Toyoda, who is also Chief Branding Officer and master driver for Lexus, inspired development of the LC. Focused on offering more emotional and exciting vehicles for global markets, he called for a flagship production coupe echoing the spirit of the hand-built Lexus LFA supercar and delivering the visual impact of the Lexus LF-LC concept.

 
Provocative, Elegant and Purely Lexus
 
Debuting at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Lexus LF-LC was a true concept, not a thinly disguised pre-production prototype. The LF-LC won the EyesOn Design award for Concept Car and stirred many to question whether Lexus would build it. Turning the LF-LC concept into a production model while remaining faithful to its visual excitement required nothing less than a new development process, combining design and engineering disciplines as never before at Lexus. The process yielded an entirely new platform for the LC, called GA–L (Global Architecture – Luxury), which also forms the foundation for the all-new 2018 LS flagship sedan and will underpin future front engine/rear-wheel drive Lexus models. The platform was designed with a lower center of gravity to aid agility and driving pleasure and to enable more alluring vehicle designs. The production LC preserves the concept’s adventurous appearance, and the design itself  helped achieve performance targets, especially with regard to low center of gravity, aerodynamics and high-speed stability. It’s also a trophy winner, having won the EyesOn Design awards for Design Excellence – Production Car and Interior Design.

Lexus Identity
 
Immediately identifiable as a Lexus thanks to its hallmark spindle grille and dynamic character lines, the 2018 LC represents the most passionate expression of the brand’s design direction. The grille itself features a unique mesh texture that changes visual tension as it spreads across the front of the car. Independent L-shaped daytime running lights beneath new ultra-compact Triple LED headlamps create the distinctive LC front lighting signature. Functional venting serves aerodynamic stability and cooling. The combination of a large glass panel and blacked-out rear pillars creates a floating roof appearance, and chrome-plated moldings along the edges, which echo the lines of a traditional Japanese sword, amplify the effect. One can, however, order an optional carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof in place of the glass.

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Nissan Powers Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for 14th Consecutive Year

Nissan Middle East is once again shifting into high gear as  Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, powered by Nissan, fast approaches. This is the 14th consecutive year in which Nissan will be the principal sponsor of this iconic event, formerly known as the UAE Desert Challenge, which this year runs from April 1 to 6 and will form the third round of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.

Taking place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dafrah Region, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is also the opening round of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship for bikes and quads.

Samir Cherfan, Nissan Middle East managing director said: “Over the years Nissan has become synonymous with the Desert Challenge and our relationship with the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) the event organizer, has allowed a deep and mutual level of trust, respect and understanding to develop between us. This in turn has helped grow the reputation of the event to the extent that it’s now recognized around the world as one of the toughest and yet most enjoyable challenges on the Cross Country Rallying calendar.”

“Nissan has become an invaluable partner in our work to promote and develop the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, and I’m pleased to extend this relationship so that we can increase the event’s exposure in the future,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE, the rally organizers, and President of Emirates Motor Sports Federation.

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Bugatti Delivers First Chiron Super Sports Cars to Customers

This week, the doors of Bugatti’s “Atelier” at the brand’s headquarters in Molsheim opened for the delivery of the first customer vehicles in the Bugatti Chiron1series.

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Nissan Signs Actor Margot Robbie As its First Electric Vehicle Ambassador

Actor Margot Robbie has been revealed as the new electric vehicle (EV) ambassador of Nissan by racing the carmaker’s radical all-electric BladeGlider sports car around the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix circuit, at midnight.

The prototype 190km/h Nissan BladeGlider, which hits 100km/h in less than five seconds, challenges the conventional thinking of what an all-electric sports car could look like in the future. Showcasing all the fun and excitement of pure electric vehicles, the prototype is part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision of how cars should be driven, powered and integrated into society.

Nissan signs actor Margot Robbie as its first electric vehicle ambassador
Nissan signs actor Margot Robbie as its first electric vehicle ambassador

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Geneva International Motor Show 2017: Bugatti Honored for Best Stand Design

At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, Bugatti has received an award for its stand design. In the opinion of a jury consisting of communications and publicity specialists of the Club de publicité et de communication de Genève (CPG), the French super sports car manufacturer had the best stand at the show.

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Hyundai Reveals Details of Next-generation Accent

The All-new Hyundai Accent has made its world premiere at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Since its launch in 1994, the car has steadily gained popularity and built a firm foundation for the fifth-generation model.

The All-new Accent builds on the strengths of its predecessors, incorporating Hyundai’s modern engineering prowess and expertise in research and development. The All-new Accent boasts bold design, a sophisticated interior, a more efficient powertrain, noticeably reduced cabin noise, and significantly enhanced driving dynamics. Highlighting Hyundai Motor’s leadership in automotive innovation, the company’s newest subcompact car is equipped with the latest in safety technologies and convenience features.

The Accent four-door sedan will begin to arrive in markets globally from the third quarter this year, followed by the All-new Accent 5-door the next quarter.

“The Hyundai Accent has been enormously successful worldwide,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s Head of Operations for Africa and the Middle East. “The model has firmly established our brand as a leader in the small car market, and this new generation will set new standards in its class.”

Driver-focused engineering and enhanced safety

The All-new Accent is set to raise the segment benchmarks for driving dynamics and safety while delivering outstanding fuel efficiency and maintaining Hyundai’s competitive position for unbeatable value. Defined by its solidity, the All-new Accent uses 54.5% Advanced High-Strength Steel – up from 41.5% in the fourth generation – from the company’s affiliate Hyundai Steel plant. In addition, the Accent’s chassis has improved torsional rigidity by 32% by using 98.5 meters of structural adhesives to enhance rigidity.

This new, rigid chassis improves quality perception, noise isolation, and driving dynamics. The application of Advanced High-Strength Steel improves collision performance without adding unnecessary weight, which helps reduce fuel consumption and deliver better driving feel.

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Choose the Perfect Model for You with McLaren’s Online Configurator

Supercar buyers and enthusiasts worldwide can now view and explore the new McLaren 720S, which made its public debut last week at the 87thGeneva International Motor Show, in full detail online on a new micro-site dedicated to McLaren’s second-generation Super Series. Through this website, you can choose the perfect model for you. The website also features a new digital configurator that allows users to design a car to a specification of their choice.

McLaren’s Online Configurator

The standard 720S specification and the Performance and Luxury levels above are detailed in the new 2D online configurator, which showcases interior color choices and a palette of 34 exterior paint colors, as well as option packs and individual options. This is the starting point for customers interested in the new McLaren 720S, ahead of visiting a McLaren retailer to place an order or deciding instead to commission McLaren Special Operations to create a truly bespoke car.

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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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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Welcomes Minister of State to Its Technology and Logistics Center

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars welcomed The Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards and MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, to the company’s Technology and Logistics Center, located in Mr. Gibb’s constituency. During the visit Mr. Gibb toured the facility, met the expert team onsite and was briefed on the company’s future plans to expand the Center.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars welcomed The Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards and MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, to the company’s Technology and Logistics Center, located in Mr. Gibb’s constituency. During the visit Mr. Gibb toured the facility, met the expert team onsite and was briefed on the company’s future plans to expand the Center. He also took the opportunity to learn more about the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars apprenticeship, graduate and intern programs.

Ciaran McCrickard / Mindworks – RRMC Director of Global Communications Richard Carter (tall, glasses) shows local MP Nick Gibb (glasses) around the motorcar’s Technology and Logisitcs center near Bognor Regis, West Sussex, along with other staff

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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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