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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Fuel Cell LF-FC Concept Car Takes Center Stage at Intersect By Lexus’s Garage

Intersect By Lexus, the award-winning dynamic eatery and cultural hub located at the heart of DIFC, will be hosting Lexus’ first ever Fuel Cell flagship concept, the Lexus LF-FC at its Garage, from April 21st until the end of August. Initially revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, the LF-FC flagship concept, is a visionary vehicle that offers a peek into the design and technology direction of the brand’s future flagship sedans, evoking inspiring emotions with its distinctive design that exceeds conventional imagination, automated driving technology and high-tech vision.

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“Intersect By Lexus is the ideal host platform for such an attractive and unique concept vehicle, embodying the future emotional design direction of Lexus, but perhaps the future of the automotive mobility as we know it,” said Christopher Buxton, Managing Director of Lexus at Al-Futtaim Motors. “The LF-FC concept is a translation of Lexus’ emotional design philosophy and amazing experiences. We are very proud to bring this concept vehicle to Intersect By Lexus, a space that projects creativity and design, giving our guests the opportunity to interact with the car in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”

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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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Cadillac Super Cruise Sets the Standard for Hands-Free Highway Driving

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 will feature Super Cruise™, the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway. Unlike other driver assistance systems, Super Cruise™ utilizes two advanced technology systems — a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data — to ensure safe and confident vehicle operation. 

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These systems are added to the network of cameras and radar sensors in the CT6, providing a more data-rich approach to driver assistance that is unique in the industry.

Super Cruise Delivers Many Features

Super Cruise™ Delivers Comfort and convenience for long-distance travels and daily commutes. In addition, its hands-free capability and driver attention system help the driver safely complete common tasks in the car, such as using the navigation system, adjusting the audio system or taking a phone call.

Super Cruise™ adds automatic lane-centering to CT6’s existing suite of driver assistance active safety technologies, enabling automatic control of speed and steering during highway driving. The system, which was designed to promote driver safety and convenience, will be available this fall.

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“Super Cruise™ is a more technologically advanced hands-free driving solution, which in terms of capability, integration and validation is uniquely focused on customer convenience and safety,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “Cadillac’s philosophy is to elevate driving. Super Cruise™ enables safe, simple hands-free driving for the highway.”

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The C5 Aircross: We Never Have an SUV Gone So Far

Citroën has revealed a daring compact SUV with a colorful and strong identity in a world premiere. Citroën’s interpretation of a compact SUV, C-Aircross marks a new stage for Citroën in the deployment of its product strategy. The C5 Aircross, a compact-sized crossover that looks unlike other sport utility vehicle, is on the road today.

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The “people-minded SUV” is actually a Peugeot 3008 in disguise, albeit with a number of mechanical mods. The suspension system is arguably the biggest difference, with the C5 Aircross benefiting from Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. As a direct replacement for the Hydractive 3+ hydropneumatics offered in the second-gen C5, these babies are described as “unlike anything else on the market.”

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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

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.

The PEUGEOT 3008DKR

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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Hyundai’s New-Generation Azera Will Be a Game-Changer for the Middle East’s Executive Car Segment

Hyundai’s All-New Azera is set to be a game-changer in the Middle East’s large sedan market when it launches in the region next month, building on more than 30 years’ experience to set new standards in a highly competitive segment.

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The new Azera is the sixth generation for the model, also called the Grandeur in Korea, since its launch in 1986 as the Hyundai brand’s original premium car. Each generation has offered high levels of comfort and equipment, generous interior space for driver and passengers, and progressively more sophisticated engineering.

The outgoing generation has sold strongly in the Middle East, and the latest version represents a bold step forward in the model’s evolution. Hyundai’s increasing commitment to leading the market in terms of design and technology is clear in every detail.

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