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Middle East Automotive News

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SUPREME GRAND TOURER

ROAD TRIP RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR

CAR REVIEW MG ZS

ROAD TRIP MCLAREN 570S SPIDER


ISSUE 12 | MAY/JUNE 2018

EDITORIAL Founder/Managing Director Tarek Hawchar Co-Founder Natali Leonova Editor-in-Chief Adel Habib Motoring Editor Stephan Lewis Associate Editor Adam Baeur Advertising Manager Sidhart Saigal Creative Director Roman Khidko Creative Artist Hany Said Art Editor Viktor Blashuk Graphic Designer Alexander Rybalku Photographers Natali Leonova, Malek Fayoumi Etiquette & Image Consultant Dr. Marie Abou Rached Contributing Editors Thomas Olsen, Nick Janes

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Dear Reader, We finally launched Qatar Car Award and we are eager to start working on this amazing project for the next year after all the success it got. Congratulations to all the winners, you can check them on www.qatarcaraward.com Our main story in this issue is not like any other adventure. To have your breakfast in Austria, your lunch in Italy and your dinner in Germany cannot be accomplished easily but with the all-new Bentley Continental GT it was a walk in the park. Another road trip took us with Mclaren to Jabal Jais to experience the longest zip line in the world. Did I try it? Why would I if I got a higher dose of adrenaline climbing up the mountain with the Mclaren 570S Spider. Our editor-in-chief took the roaring Range Rover Sport SVR on a road trip in UK. Tons of good news and on top of it the launch of the first Roll-Royce SUV, the Cullinan. Yes, a new international debate has started, Cullinan or Bentayga. Well, time will tell. Elsewhere, we test drive the MG ZS, the brand is now available in Qatar and my generation surely remembers it but is it as good as it used to be? Enjoy the issue,

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ABDULLAH ABDULGHANI & BROS. CO. TO SUPPORT OVERDRIVE RACING TEAM AND TOYOTA GAZO RACING TEAM

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bdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co. (AAB), Toyota’s exclusive dealer in Qatar announced their support to the Toyota team taking part in the Qatar Cross Country Rally at a Press Conference held at the Main Toyota Showroom, Al Abdulghani Tower. Overdrive and Toyota Gazoo Racing will be having 5 Toyota Hilux taking part in the Qatar Cross Country Rally led by Qatar’s esteemed rally driver Mr. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiah. Addressing the Media, R.K. Murugan, AAB Acting CEO announced AAB’s support to the Toyota Team taking part in the Qatar Cross Country Rally for all their local logistics requirement and wished the team all success to come out as the winners of 2018 Qatar Cross Country Rally. Overdrive Racing and Toyota Gazo Racing team is led by Mr. Nasser Saleh Al Attiayah along with Mr. Giniel De Villiers, Mr. Erik Van loon, Mr. Aron Domzala and Mr. Yasir Seaidan. Mr. Nasser Al Attiyah and South African team mate Mr. Giniel de Villiers are both previous winners of Dakkar Rally and are the top favourites. Qatar Cross Country Rally is expected to witness some truly international field competitors from more than 15 countries who are set to challenge for honors in their various categories at next week’s Qatar Cross Country Rally, round 4 of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies and round two of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.

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Toyota Hilux Pick-ups are world renowned for their ruggedness & toughness and is the market leader in the pick-up segment in Qatar. Pushing the Limits for Better, Toyota Gazoo Racing embodies Toyota’s commitment to overcoming every limit to make “ever-better” cars. Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co. W.L.L. Toyota was established in 1958 as part of Qatar’s infrastructure development. In 1964, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. was awarded the Toyota Dealership. As one of the forerunners of successful businesses in Qatar, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Toyota has established a name for itself with sound business practices and ethics – a reputation earned through honesty, integrity and impeccable relationship with its customers, business partners and employees.


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AAB INAUGURATES ITS NEWEST STATE OF THE ART LEXUS SHOWROOM

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AB announced the official inauguration of its new state of art Lexus Showroom. Dr. Nasser Abdulghani Al Abdulghani AAB Chairman along with Mr. R.K. Murugan AAB Acting CEO and Mr. Firas Mufti Senior Marketing Manager Lexus opened up the launch event. Senior officials from Toyota Motor Cooperation were also present which included Mr. Nobuhiko Murakami, CEO - East Asia, Oceania & ME Region, the guest of honor his excellency the Japanese ambassador to Qatar Mr. Seiichi Otsuka and other TMC Senior Managing Officers. During welcoming speech Dr. Nasser Abdulghani Al Abdulghani said, “Today, and in celebration of our 60th year anniversary we at Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co. will continue to set new standards in luxury and premium service with the launch of our newest & most technologically advanced Lexus showroom in the region. By focusing on Purity, Quality, Omotenashi hospitality & Takumi materials our new showroom will indulge our guests with its emotional texture and Japanese ambience. These designs use the highest of quality furniture to merge with the luxurious image of the Lexus brand. Our new Showroom will provide our customers with a sophisticated, tranquil environment where they can feel at ease and anticipate the joy of owning a Lexus. An exclusive Lexus owners lounge located on the 1st floor will be their home away from home with complimentary finger food, sweets and beverages from our Lexus Café in addition to Lexus reading material to captivate their minds. Our commitment to our customers has always been our top priority. The biggest gift we can offer our customers today is the total ownership experience of driving a Lexus. Catering to owners from all segments and having the largest hybrid range in the region we at Lexus Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co. will surpass the boundaries of limitation to simply make you experience amazing!” The showroom is a facility totaling 28,000 Sq. Meter with 2 main floors, the ground floor measuring 2,900 sq. Meter, the 1st floor measuring 1,200 sq. Meter & the basement floor measuring 1,400 sq. Meter A total

of 34 vehicles can be displayed 22 of which are new in the ground floor & 12 of which are pre-owned vehicles in the basement floor. The concept built around transforming function into emotion, performance into passion & technology into imagination can be seen. The showroom will simply be inspired by the best modern applications of traditional Japanese culture combined with an amazing experiential Salon.The ground floor consists of modern amenities ranging from a reception area, waiting lounges inspired by Zed gardens, exclusive sales consultant desks and individual delivery areas all add to the fascinating total ownership experience. On the First floor, our customers will get to experience Lexus luxury away from their vehicle…a lavish lounge area with leather seats, Lexus reading material, merchandise & a café all in one. 2 entrances from the back & front, the front being the main customer entrance and the back being the offices entrance. The center lounge area is the main fundamental part of the showroom. 10 exclusive sales consultant booths. Five in each side personalize the customer centric experience. 2 delivery suites can take two separate cars at a time with a personalized feel & touch. 2 beautiful zen gardens in each side of the showroom and the stairs / lift area moves you up to the first floor.

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ALFARDAN AUTOMOBILES RECEIVES HONOUR AT BMW’S ‘EXCELLENCE IN SALES’ GLOBAL AWARDS

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lfardan Automobiles, BMW Group’s importer in Qatar, continued with its exceptional pursuit of excellence, receiving Best Retailer in Customer Care in the Middle East, Region Africa, Russia and the Importer Markets Eastern Europe at the BMW ‘Excellence in Sales’ global awards ceremony in Munich in the Customer Care category. Ma’n Al-Hamawi, Chief Operating Officer of Alfardan Automotive Operations received the award of Best Retailer in Customer Care in the Middle East, Region Africa, Russia and the Importer Markets Eastern Europe by Mr. Pieter Nota. Commenting on the success, Ma’n Al-Hamawi said: “It was truly an honor receiving this award on behalf of Alfardan Automobiles and to get such recognition on a global scale. We constantly strive to provide both BMW and MINI customers with the best quality service, so we are proud to be honored with this distinctive award by the BMW Group as it reflects our unwavering efforts to strengthen and maintain our leading position.” Rabih Ataya, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, said: “This is a remarkable achievement to bring home to our market. With the significant potential for further growth in the market, we are geared up to continue to deliver total satisfaction and offer customers in Qatar the experience they deserve.” 14 ISSUE 12 / maqinaonline.com


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BMW honored its best dealers from around the world at a celebratory awards evening in the BMW Group Classic. Pieter Nota, BMW AG management board member responsible for Sales and Brand BMW handed out the awards to the 41 top dealers, saying they were a thankyou from the company to its international dealer body, which had worked so hard to make 2017 yet another successful year. The Excellence in Sales Award is given in six different categories, plus a special Jury Award. In total, 3,100 dealers from 85 countries entered the competition. The highly-qualified jury selected the 41 winners in the categories Sales, Aftersales, Customer Service, Luxury Class and BMW i & BMW i Performance. The Manager of the Year award recognises the exceptional engagement of individual entrepreneurs. The area of sustainability was given importance, with the introduction this year of the “Most Sustainable Dealer” award. An overall winner was then selected in each category.

Pieter Nota, BMW AG management board member responsible for Sales and Brand BMW said: “2017 was the seventh year in a row where we achieved a new sales record. This consistent success is only possible with strong partners in the dealer organisation,” said Pieter Nota. “Satisfied customers are what we all strive to have. We are all working with the common goal to become even more customer-focused and service-oriented. Today’s winners are setting a great example and the Excellence in Sales Award is our thank-you to them, recognizing their achievement,” he continued. BMW invited the 41 winners to a three-day visit to Munich which included sight-seeing, fine-dining and exclusive experiences, as well as the awards ceremony. A tour of Munich in historic BMW cars offered the dealers a very special way to experience their brand’s home city.

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ALFARDAN SPORTS MOTORS

HOSTS AN EXCLUSIVE PASSIONE FERRARI DAY EXPERIENCE

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lfardan Sports Motors, the official dealer of Ferrari in Qatar, turned passion for cars and motor racing into a thrilling Passione Ferrari day this weekend. Ferrari’s 71 years of style, speed and blistering on-track performance, where present at the Losail International Circuit of Doha where an exclusive selection of Ferrari owners and prospects enjoyed an adrenaline-filled day testing the Ferrari 488 GTB, 488 Spider and 812 Superfast.

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In the ninth edition of the Passione Ferrari day in Qatar, the marque’s latest products were presented by the talented team of Pilotas from the home of the Prancing Horse, Maranello, stimulating an exciting drive cherishing Ferrari’s qualities admired by millions worldwide. The special drive experience began with a Ferrari parade starting from Alfardan Sports Motor’s showroom at the Pearl where the group was under the guidance of the Ferrari expert team.


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Commenting on the event, General Manager of Ferrari Qatar at Alfardan Sports Motors, Charly Dagher, said: “Owning a Ferrari is much more than a pure driving experience; it’s an invitation to a lifestyle that can only be accessed by the elite. We are proud of our ability to showcase this lifestyle to our owners and prospects with events such as these, that underline the exhilaration and elegance of the Ferrari world. Our track days are always incredibly popular and we at Alfardan Sports Motors are pleased to lead the market in offering world-class driving experiences in Qatar.” During the Passione Ferrari day, select Ferrari approved vehicles will be on display where participants can engage with Ferrari’s latest technologies and unique experiences. Alfardan Sports Motors caters to aficionados of sports vehicles in Qatar, offering one of the world’s most coveted iconic brands in sports and luxury automobiles.

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ALFARDAN SPORTS MOTORS MARKS SECOND MASERATI SPONSORSHIP FOR 13TH HEYA FASHION SHOW

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lfardan Sports Motors, the official dealer of Maserati in Qatar, has announced its exclusive partnership for the 13th Heya Arabian Fashion Show as the exhibition’s official car sponsor. This is the second consecutive year that the brand has partnered with the luxury event, bringing to prominence the unparalleled legacy and craftsmanship that Maserati is renowned for. Held under the Patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, the annual event will convene top fashion entrepreneurs from across 12 countries to reveal their latest works to discerning patrons in the country. With Maserati’s unprecedented design, style and attention to detail, it’s only befitting that the Italian marquee has been appointed as the VIP vehicle for the exhibition. As the official car brand, Maserati will provide the Ghibli S Q4, Quattroporte S and GTS models as designated vehicles for high-profile guests during the five-day exhibition. Each of the cars is an example of sophistication, allowing guests to indulge in the plush detailing and comfort synonymous with the Trident. The Ghibli S and Quattoporte S feature the Q4 intelligent all-wheel-drive system that keeps the performance and comfort of the car at its inspirational best. Meanwhile, the flagship Quattroporte GTS – with its magnificient 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 – offers a combination of high-capacity power and high-end intelligence. In addition, the dealership is proud to display the 2018 Levante & Ghibli models, which will dazzle guests with their innovative design and personality. Commenting on the partnership, Charly Dagher, General Manager of Maserati Qatar at Alfardan Sports Motors said: “We are extremely delighted to power the 13th HEYA fashion show as its official car sponsor. This is one of the most sought after events in the luxury market, celebrating impeccable style and workmanship like no other. We are always striving to exemplify Maserati’s Italian automotive excellence, and this exhibition provides us the perfect venue to celebrate the legacy of the brand. We are excited to offer guests the true Maserati experience by transporting them in timeless elegance.” The HEYA Arabian Fashion Show is the leading Arabian fashion exhibition in Qatar that welcomes up-and-coming designers and veterans every year. This year’s edition will be held from 25-29 April at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.

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ALFARDAN SPORTS MOTORS PARTICIPATED IN QATAR INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW 2018 WITH MASERATI AS THE OFFICIAL CAR SPONSOR

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aserati, the world-renowned manufacturer of luxury automobiles, is a name brand synonymous with sophistication, racing performance and fine craftsmanship. Under the dealership of Alfardan Sports Motors, the Italian marque exhibited its well-known elegance at the 5th edition of the Qatar International Boat Show as the official car sponsor. This is the first time that Maserati has partnered with Qatar’s elite maritime exhibition, which has witnessed an annual convergence of luxury yachts and boats from around the world. Alfardan Sports Motors was aiming to expose the brand’s unrivalled majesty and attention to detail, which made it a befitting choice of vehicle for an event of such opulence.

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For this year’s edition, VVIP guests were transported in a dazzling fleet of 10 Maserati cars that served as designated vehicles during the five-day boat show. Guests were allowed to experience the exceptional style and performance of one of the world’s most iconic automotive manufacturers. In addition, Maserati displayed it’s first-ever SUV – the Levante, together with the latest generation of Quattroporte and the new generation Ghibli MY18 along the island’s marina walkway. Visitors were invited to explore the marquee’s cutting-edge design, Italian craftsmanship and innovation that set it a class apart, where they took an advantage of booking a test-drive for any model of their preference at the display.


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Commenting on the partnership, Charly Dagher, General Manager of Maserati Qatar, Alfardan Sports Motors, said: “We are very proud that Maserati was chosen as the official car sponsor for the Qatar International Boat Show. This is one of the highly anticipated shows that attracted impressive motorboats, luxury yachts along with the region’s boat enthusiasts. The brand’s celebrated legacy has continuously made it a leading vehicle choice for some of the country’s prestigious events. We were always committed to enhance the Maserati brand experience during the course of the exhibition, where guests were invited to discover the true masterpiece of its Italian heritage and luxurious appeal.” Under the auspices of H.E. the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the fifth edition of the Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) took place from 13-17 March, 2018 at the Pearl-Qatar Island.

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lfardan Premier Motors Co. the official retailer of Jaguar Land Rover in the State of Qatar has announced the arrival of the new Jaguar E-PACE in its showrooms.

The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat, compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle. Trademark Jaguar driving dynamics and design put the brand’s sports car DNA in a practical design packed with advanced technologies to keep you connected.

THE NEW JAGUAR E-PACE

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The exterior design is inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car and characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches that give the E-PACE a bold and purposeful stance, instantly communicating dynamic agility. Jaguar sports car DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic. Samer Bou Dargham, General Manager for Alfardan Premier Motors said: “Introducing the new Jaguar E-PACE in Qatar is an exciting moment for us as we have seen great anticipation from our customers in this market. The E-PACE, this new compact SUV, combines the interior space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle.”


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E-PACE: Connected, Intelligent, Agile, Responsive The Jaguar E-PACE is connected and intelligent. The 10-inch touchscreen comes as standard and connects customers to their favourite apps, including Spotify. Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl system allows you to keep the vehicle secure by tracking it on your smartphone, automatically alerts the emergency services in case of an accident and allows you to check fuel levels and mileage remotely via a smartphone or smartwatch. Customers can warm up the car, cool it down and even start it remotely using InControl. Digital connectivity can be found throughout the cabin, ready for every need of the modern family. There are up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.

Configurable Dynamics gives the driver even more control with individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics suspension system. Adaptive Dynamics senses driver input, body and wheel movements and preemptively loads the suspension and chassis and adjusts the damping for improved roll control and agility in all conditions.

The E-PACE has exceptional interior space for its class. The compact SUV can seat five in absolute comfort with generous rear legroom. The large luggage space is made possible by the vehicle’s sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension architecture and can fit a pushchair, a set of golf clubs and a large suitcase.

E-PACE is available with a powerful 300PS Ingenium petrol turbo engine powering the sporting SUV from 0-100km/h in just 6.4 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 243km/h.

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E-PACE’s Active Driveline all-wheel-drive system is a technological first for Jaguar. The intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character. The system’s torque-biasing capability delivers optimal stability, dynamics and fuel efficiency in all conditions and all weathers. The E-PACE features the very latest safety and driver assistance technologies. A stereo camera which supports Lane Keep Assist and also combines with the electric power assisted steering system and rear radars to deliver a Blind Spot Assist function, to help reduce the risk of sideswipe collisions on multi-lane roads. A new Forward Traffic Detection system also warns drivers of approaching vehicles at junctions where visibility is restricted. Advanced active safety features include a pedestrian airbag, which deploys from beneath the trailing edge of the bonnet in the event of a collision.

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The E-PACE is the first Jaguar to feature the company’s nextgeneration Head-Up Display technology. The advanced display can project up to 66 per cent more information onto the windscreen using large, full-colour graphics with enhanced clarity. Essential information including vehicle speed and navigation directions are in full view at all times, with alerts and updates for the infotainment, safety and convenience features all projected directly into the driver’s eyeline – reducing the need to look away from the road. An optional 12.3-inch full colour digital instrument panel and choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian put the E-PACE on a par with vehicles from the class above when it comes to interior technology.


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The E-PACE is also available with Jaguar’s innovative wearable Activity Key. The waterproof and shockproof wristband has an integrated transponder, allowing the driver to lock the main key inside the vehicle when enjoying outdoor pursuits such as running or cycling. Whenever the Activity Key is activated, by holding the wristband up to the upper edge of the number plate surround on the tailgate, any conventional key fobs left inside the vehicle are disabled. The strong chassis also allows owners to tow up to 1,800kg (braked), ideal for customers who use their E-PACE for both business and pleasure. The E-PACE is now available at Alfardan Premier Motors showrooms in Qatar with prices starting from QR 136,100.

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AUTO CLASS CARS

LAUNCHES THE MG BRAND IN QATAR WITH 3 NEW MODELS

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uto Class Cars, the authorized distributor of MG cars in Qatar, has celebrated last Wednesday the launch of the MG brand in Qatar at a special ceremony held at its new state of the art showroom on Salwa Road. The event was attended by HE Sheikh Nasser Bin Nawaf Al Thani, Deputy CEO - NBK Holding, Mr. Tom Lee, Managing Director of SAIC Motor Middle East, the parent company of MG Motor, as well as VIPs, guests and members of media. The launch of the iconic British automotive brand comes hot on the heels of the initial new partnership agreement that was signed by SAIC Motor and Auto Class. Auto Class will introduce the new model line-up of sedans and SUVs that will go on sale in its state of the art showroom, providing an array of services for its customers. During the ceremony, a line-up of three new 2018 MG cars were revealed, including the MG 360, ZS and RX5. HE Sheikh Faleh Bin Nawaf Al Thani, Automotive Operations Director - NBK Holding: “We are proud to officially launch this partnership with SAIC Motors and MG in Qatar, to provide car enthusiasts with a wide range of reliable cars. It is our pleasure to receive the first batch of customers who are keen to drive away a good car with distinctive features and affordable prices, in addition to services that reflect the values and principles of our company”. Mr. Tom Lee, Managing Director for the Middle East. Commenting on the partnership: “Auto Class is the natural choice for us as a retail partner in Qatar; the automotive knowledge they possess, and quality and efficiency of the service they offer, is unrivalled. Together with Auto Class we are dedicated to delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction through our innovative product range and customer experience.” Mr. Ihab El Feky – Group Automotive Director, NBK said: “Today we start a new era for MG in Qatar. With Auto Class, we are confident our customers will be closer to this brand and they will be able to feel its distinctive features, that makes MG their favorite choice. We thank our partners at MG and look forward to a prosperous collaboration in the coming years.” The new MG ZS The new MG ZS is now available in three high value trim levels - 1.5L STD, 1.5L COM and 1.5L LUX – the perfect option for buyers seeking a good-looking, well-equipped, well-built car at a sensible price. The arrival of MG’s new crossover marks an exciting new era of design for the famous British car brand with the introduction of a totally modern design philosophy. Based on ‘Emotional Dynamism’, this more expressive design language showcased by the MG ZS is set to feature across all upcoming models, and emphasises the premium experience and commitment to quality of the ambitious brand.

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MG RX5 The new MG RX5 will appeal to a range of customers in Qatar, especially younger buyers looking for value for money in a stylish, technologically-advanced package that allows them to stand out from the crowd. Equipped with a 1.5T petrol engine and 7-speed automatic gearbox the MG RX5 is available as entry level standard or mid-range COM models. The more powerful 2.0T power plant is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and is offered for either COM or top-of-the-range LUX trim levels, with the latter featuring all-wheel drive. The MG RX5 boasts an attractive, futuristic design that is instantly recognisable, notably at the front where the stylish square LED headlamps, imposing wing-shaped grille and innovative fog lamps endow it with real on-the-road presence. MG 360 The MG 360 is proud to offer the largest interior space in its class. The super-long wheelbase gives a more comfortable and ergonomic driving experience, with plenty of room for both the driver and all the passengers. With its natural exquisite design, the MG 360 is the latest addition in an extensive line of beautiful cars from the MG family.

The meticulously crafted details give the car a bold and confident identity on the road. The MG 360 comes with a 109-horsepower engine, with a dual variable camshaft and a 4 automatic BOSCH engine management system transmission, along with a multi-mode Intelligent Control and a Max Power (Kw of 78/6000).


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HOFELE BESPOKE BASED ON THE MERCEDES-BENZ GLS 63

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t was only one month ago that HOFELE-Design showed us their version of the Mercedes-Benz GLS 400, at that time they said that they had something a bit “Special” in production.

A ‘Special Edition’ GLS 63 given the HOFELE exterior and interior treatment by the new department at HOFELE called BESPOKE. This vehiclewas designed and commissionedby itsowner to be a unique combination of aggressive sporty design with anultra-high luxury interior finished in Aston Martin Chancellor Red Leather, trimmed in the Maybach style –This perforated and quilted nappa leather with double diamond stitching is becoming aHOFELE trade mark and the deep red leather with the owners initials embossed into the headrests looks fantastic, especially against the black exterior.

​ OFELE is a German Tuning company specialising in H Mercedes-Benz based vehicles that has been around for over 30 years and is now developing an entirely new range of exterior and interior enhancements for many of Stuttgart’s current and future models. We are told coming soon will be a HOFELE based on the new G – Wagon - can’t wait..!!

Flared wheel arches with custom carbon finishers and the 23” wheels are the most noticeable exterior enhancements. More subtle is the treatment given to the front bumper and rear exhaust valance as well as the rear spoiler. Somehow HOFELE manages to put all the elements together in a way that really enhances the overall design. We are also told that under the skin there are few surprises, including an advanced exhaust control valve system that makes the already great sounding V8 biturbo sound even more outrageous, but we will have to wait our turn for a test drive to experience it. maqinaonline.com / ISSUE 12 29


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ALFARDAN AUTOMOBILES TAKES ITS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL WITH THE REMAKE OF ITS BMW AND MINI MADINAT KHALIFA BRANCH SERVICE CENTER

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lfardan Automobiles, the official BMW Group importer in Qatar, has opened its newly renovated and expanded BMW and MINI Madinat Khalifa branch service centre, bringing new and improved facilities and services to its customers, giving them an unparalleled opportunity to experience the brands. Featuring a spacious and luxurious waiting lounge with increased seating areas for customers, the Madinat Khalifa branch service centre offers quick services and small repairs for BMW & MINI cars. The entire refurbishment has been completed according to the latest BMW standards to provide new and more comprehensive facilities to Alfardan Automobiles’ customer base.

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Part of the new renovation, which has increased the floor space considerably, includes a dedicated MINI reception and a wide range of BMW and MINI accessories and lifestyle items. Commenting on the Madinat Khalifa branch service centre, Rabih Ataya, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, said: “We are excited to expand our presence and offerings in Qatar and for our customers to experience the Madinat Khalifa service branch which is now bigger and better than ever before. We constantly strive to provide both BMW and MINI customers with the best quality service and we look forward to hearing feedback from our customers on the new services we have added to the centre.” Alfardan Automobiles will continue moving forward with its strategic expansion plan across the country. Within this context, a new BMW aftersales branch is scheduled to open in Al Khor later this year.

The service centre is based in Madinat Khalifa next to Land Mark Mall and is now open from Saturday to Thursday from 7am 12pm.

Ataya continued, “With the significant potential for further growth in the market, the new service branch is geared up to deliver total satisfaction and offer customers in Qatar the experience they deserve.”

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ALFARDAN PREMIER MOTORS

REVEALS THE NEW JAGUAR E-PACE AT THE MALL OF QATAR

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lfardan Premier Motors Co., the official retailer of Jaguar Land Rover in the State of Qatar, has announced the arrival of the new Jaguar E-PACE in its showrooms.

Exclusively revealed at the Mall of Qatar, the New Jaguar E-PACE was on display at the event offering guests to a closer look at the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and perfect lines which define all Jaguar cars. The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat, compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle. Trademark Jaguar driving dynamics and design put the brand’s sports car DNA in a practical design packed with advanced technologies to keep you connected.

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The exterior design is inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car and characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches that give the E-PACE a bold and purposeful stance, instantly communicating dynamic agility. Jaguar sports car DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic. Samer Bou Dargham, General Manager for Alfardan Premier Motors said: “Introducing the new Jaguar E-PACE in Qatar is an exciting moment for us as we have seen great anticipation from our customers in this market. The E-PACE, this new compact SUV, combines the interior space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle.”

E-PACE: Connected, Intelligent, Agile, Responsive The Jaguar E-PACE is connected and intelligent. The 10-inch touchscreen comes as standard and connects customers to their favourite apps, including Spotify. Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl system allows you to keep the vehicle secure by tracking it on your smartphone, automatically alerts the emergency services in case of an accident and allows you to check fuel levels and mileage remotely via a smartphone or smartwatch. Customers can

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warm up the car, cool it down and even start it remotely using InControl. Digital connectivity can be found throughout the cabin, ready for every need of the modern family. There are up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices. The E-PACE has exceptional interior space for its class. The compact SUV can seat five in absolute comfort with generous rear legroom. The large luggage space is made possible by the vehicle’s sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension architecture and can fit a pushchair, a set of golf clubs and a large suitcase.

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Configurable Dynamics gives the driver even more control with individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics suspension system. Adaptive Dynamics senses driver input, body and wheel movements and pre-emptively loads the suspension and chassis and adjusts the damping for improved roll control and agility in all conditions. E-PACE is available with a powerful 300PS Ingenium petrol turbo engine powering the sporting SUV from 0-100km/h in just 6.4 seconds before reaching an electronicallylimited top speed of 243km/h.


NEWS E-PACE’s Active Driveline all-wheeldrive system is a technological first for Jaguar. The intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character. The system’s torque-biasing capability delivers optimal stability, dynamics and fuel efficiency in all conditions and all weathers. The E-PACE features the very latest safety and driver assistance technologies. A stereo camera which supports Lane Keep Assist and also combines with the electric power assisted steering system and rear radars to deliver a Blind Spot Assist function, to help reduce the risk of sideswipe collisions on multi-lane roads. A new Forward Traffic Detection system also warns drivers of approaching vehicles at junctions where visibility is restricted. Advanced active safety features include a pedestrian airbag, which deploys from beneath the trailing edge of the bonnet in the event of a collision. The E-PACE is the first Jaguar to feature the company’s next-generation HeadUp Display technology. The advanced display can project up to 66 per cent more information onto the windscreen using large, full-colour graphics with enhanced clarity. Essential information including vehicle speed and navigation directions are in full view at all

times, with alerts and updates for the infotainment, safety and convenience features all projected directly into the driver’s eyeline – reducing the need to look away from the road. An optional 12.3-inch full colour digital instrument panel and choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian put the E-PACE on a par with vehicles from the class above when it comes to interior technology. The E-PACE is also available with Jaguar’s innovative wearable Activity Key. The waterproof and shockproof wristband has an integrated transponder, allowing the driver to lock the main key inside the vehicle when enjoying outdoor pursuits such as running or cycling. Whenever the Activity Key is activated, by holding the wristband up to the upper edge of the number plate surround on the tailgate, any conventional key fobs left inside the vehicle are disabled. The strong chassis also allows owners to tow up to 1,800kg (braked), ideal for customers who use their E-PACE for both business and pleasure. The E-PACE is now available at Alfardan Premier Motors showrooms in Qatar with prices starting from QR 136,100.

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GENESIS G80 SPORT NAMED THE BEST MID-SIZE PREMIUM SPORT SEDAN IN QATAR

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he Genesis G80 Sport has been awarded the Best Mid-Size Premium Sport Sedan at the inaugural Qatar Car Award ceremony held at the St. Regis hotel in Doha on May 9th. The Qatar Car Award will become a yearly showcase that recognizes automotive excellence based on in-depth review and testing of vehicles, which helps crown the best options across several categories. The award-winning Genesis G80, along with the rest of the Genesis luxury line-up of vehicles that has been taking the automotive world by storm, is available with Skyline Automotive W.L.L., the official distributor of Genesis in Qatar. Spearheaded by automotive experts from Arab Motors and Maqina, the Qatar Car Award is Qatar’s only recognized automotive award ceremony, offering a comprehensive review of the best models on the market. It recognizes a number of segment-leading vehicles in several categories, including Best Luxury Coupe, Best Supercar, Best Compact SUV, and Best Hybrid Car. Winners were chosen based on the quality of design, interiors and engines, as well as test drive performance. Mr. Paiman El Malla, General Manager of Skyline Automotive W.L.L. said, “As the world’s newest luxury car brand, we consider the Middle East as an important market for Genesis. With a luxury segment that is very strong and also very demanding, we are proud that the brand’s attention to the smallest details in creating cars that stand out among the competition and that it is being recognized by peers in Qatar.”

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The design of the G80 Sport is inspired by an athlete waiting in the start position for the starter’s signal. Concise, copper-colored elements connect the exterior and the interior design. It also incorporates a three-spoke leather steering wheel, genuine carbon fiber interior trim, leather sport seats and unique 19-inch wheels that are just some of the exclusive design and performance features. Underneath its attractive exterior, the G80 Sport’s 3.3-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine boasts 365 horsepower, and is paired with a sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission. Supported by an upgraded suspension system, this robust new powertrain delivers superior driving dynamics, improved ride compliance and sport agility.


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SKYLINE AUTOMOTIVE W.L.L. ANNOUNCES WINNER OF A TRIP TO FIFA 2018 IN RUSSIA

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kyline Automotive W.L.L., the official distributor for the Hyundai Motor Company in Qatar has announced Norman Palmenco as the winner of its Fortune Drive to Russia campaign. The raffle draw took place at the B Ring showroom, with the winner announced on Skyline Automotive’s official Hyundai Instagram page (@ hyundaimotorqatar). Skyline Automotive W.L.L. invited the people of Qatar to take part in a competition to win a trip to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup which ran through May 9. People wishing to enter the raffle were asked to schedule a test drive or purchase a car and register to enter the raffle draw. The winner was provided with a comprehensive, once-in-a-lifetime

FIFA package, including flights and accommodation for two people for a four-day stay in Russia and tickets to attend one of the World Cup matches. “As a nation that understands the integral role sports play in the country, Qatar has championed the popularity of football in the community and the region. It will become the first Arab country to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. Hyundai Motor aims to position itself as a brand that delivers the excitement of the world’s greatest game to football fans all over the world, and remains deeply committed to supporting and furthering the development of the sport. As the official distributor of Hyundai Motor in Qatar, Skyline Automotive W.L.L. is proud to offer this unique opportunity to our guests and customers,” said Johan Madarasz, Marketing Manager at Skyline Automotive W.L.L. Automotive in Qatar. Skyline Automotive W.L.L. emerged as a breakthrough auto brand in Qatar just over a year ago, earning praise and recognition from peers and customers in the market. It now ranks among the top automotive brands in the country as a result of its keen focus on the customer journey, anticipating client needs and offering groundbreaking solutions such as innovative promotions and service offers. Hyundai considers football sponsorships as a core element of its strategy and as an engaging way to communicate with communities by sharing their passion for football. Following its successful participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, Hyundai will be maintaining its role as the Official Automotive Partner of FIFA until 2022 in Qatar. maqinaonline.com / ISSUE 12 37


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PREMIER LAUNCH OF THE NEW AUDI A8 IN QATAR

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udi Qatar celebrated the region’s premier customer launch event of the new Audi A8 on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 at the luxurious Al Hazm Mall Galleria in the presence of 150 VVIP guests.

With strikingly stylish design, dynamic-all wheel steering, an innovative touch screen operating concept and the electrification of all drive units, the fourth generation of the A8 provides the brand with the Four Rings its latest reference for Vorsprung durch Technik. The luxury sedan is the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving. From the end of 2018, Audi will gradually be taking piloted driving functions such as parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production.

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The Audi A8 is the first production model to define a new design era for Audi that will be incorporated for the entire brand. It symbolises sporty elegance, progressive status and sophistication. The front-end with its broad, upright Singleframe grille, the fluid muscular vehicle body and the rear with the continuous light strip, exude a strong presence. The TFSI engine that is available in the Audi A8, exhibits impressive power, smooth running and efficiency. This V6 turbo, 3.0-liter, turbocharged direct injection gasoline engine produces 340 hp and develops 500 Nm of torque. It propels the A8 with its standard-fit quattro drive from zero to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds (the A8 L takes 5.7 seconds) and on up to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Its NEDC fuel consumption is just 7.7 to 8.00 liters per 100 kilometers.

The all-new Audi A8 is available now to purchase in Qatar at the Q-Auto Showroom located at Salwa Road. “As the first country in the Middle East to host our customer launch event with the first cars in the region, we are pleased to have pre-sold the first shipment already and continue to receive bookings. The new Audi A8 recently won the “Word Luxury Car 2018” in New York, which underscores the status of our flagship model,” stated Ahmed Shariefi, General Manager of Q – Auto Audi, at the launch event.

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ith the new BMW M2 Competition (combined fuel consumption with six-speed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 228 – 225 g/km*; combined with optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT): 9,2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 210 – 209 g/km)*, BMW M GmbH is setting fresh benchmarks in the compact highperformance sports car segment and adding marked refinement to the character of the BMW M2 Coupé • New six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, based on the power unit from the BMW M3/M4, threelitre cubic capacity, 302 kW/410 HP, peak torque of 550 Nm (combined fuel consumption with six-speed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 228 – 225 g/km*; combined with optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT):

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9,2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 210 – 209 g/km)*. • Sprint from 0 to 100 km/h: 4.2 s (with six-speed manual gearbox 4.4 s), top speed: 250 km/h (limited), 280 km/h with M Driver´s Package (limited). • High-precision CFRP strut and bulkhead strut for increased front section rigidity. • New cooling system, including new front skirt and larger, redesigned BMW kidney in high-gloss black.


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• New dual exhaust system with two electrically-controlled flaps. • New, optional M Sport brakes with brake calipers painted grey. • New optional M Sport bucket seat with integrated headrests and illuminated M2 badge at shoulder height. • Selector switches for immediate access to various engine and steering characteristics, as well as DCT settings via Drivelogic. • Exclusive new metallic Hockenheim Silver paint. • The BMW M2 Competition replaces its predecessor, the BMW M2 Coupé. * Fuel consumption figures are provisional (in some cases), based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified. The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown are determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model and may vary during the configuration. The values of the vehicles labeled with (…) are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDCequivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here]. The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and Pkw-EnVKV in its current version

applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification. For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/ verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html CONSUMPTION AND EMISSION DATA. Combined fuel consumption with six-speed manual gearbox: 10,0 – 9,9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 228 – 225 g/km*; combined with optional M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT): 9,2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 210 – 209 g/km*

SPRINT FROM 0 TO 100 KM/H: 4.2 S (WITH SIX-SPEED MANUAL GEARBOX 4.4 S) TOP SPEED: 250 KM/H (LIMITED), 280 KM/H WITH M DRIVER´S PACKAGE (LIMITED)

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THE NEW BMW M5 ARRIVES IN QATAR Alfardan Automobiles showcased the BMW M5 for the first time at an exclusive event in Doha during the Semi Final of the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix 2018.

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lfardan Automobiles, the official BMW Group importer in Qatar, hosted an exclusive preview of the new BMW M5 last weekend at Losail Circuit Sports Club during the Semi Final of the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix 2018.

Featuring M xDrive all-wheel drive for the first time in the highperformance segment this car takes BMW M GmbH into new territory. This change of tack sees the M5 exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality in all driving conditions. The new M xDrive is the most emotionally engaging all-wheel-drive system yet to grace the high-performance segment. It works with a central transfer case with multi-plate clutch and distributes drive fully variably between the front and rear axle, as required. Another ingredient in the car’s supreme traction in all road and weather conditions is the Active M Differential at the rear axle, which also works fully variably and has a locking effect between 0 and 100 per cent. Providing ample power for the new BMW M5 is a 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The M engineers have carried out significant revisions to the outgoing model’s power unit. For example, newly developed turbochargers, ultra-efficient indirect charge air cooling and increased fuel injection pressure together help


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to raise output and, above all, torque. The engine develops 441 kW/600 hp at 5,600 – 6,700 rpm, while a monumental 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque is placed at the driver’s disposal from as low down as 1,800 rpm and remains there until 5,600 rpm. Rabih Ataya, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, said: “We take pride in meticulously planning and creating the ideal platform to give Qatar’s BMW fans the best brand experiences it is only fitting that we are able to unveil the new BMW M5 in a way that is so fitting for this car. This car is committed to building on the tradition of a concept – the luxurious four-door business sedan with a taste for the race track – first glimpsed in 1984 with the original BMW M5.”The new model was also used as the safety car at the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix that took place at Losail Circuit Sports Club from the 16th to 18th March 2018. Since 1999, BMW M has always taken the lead whenever the world’s best motorcycle pilots take to the race track. In addition to custom-made and compulsory safety devices, the BMW M GmbH engineers have donated an extensive line of BMW M Performance accessories to the Safety Car, creating not only eye-catching accents but also fulfilling functional requirements for aerodynamics, cooling and lightweight construction.  Alfardan Automobiles kicked off the year with the announcement of its newly renovated and expanded BMW and MINI Khalifa Service Centre, bringing new and improved facilities and services to its customers. The service centre is based in in Madinat Khalifa next to Land Mark Mall and is open from Saturday to Thursday from 7am - 12pm. The new BMW M5 will be available in Qatar showrooms starting next month.

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THE NEW BMW M5

SELECTED AS OFFICIAL SAFETY CAR AT MOTOGP QATAR GRAND PRIX 2018 FOURTEENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ALFARDAN AUTOMOBILES AND MOTOGP™ GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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lfardan Automobiles, the official BMW Group importer in Qatar, today announced that the new BMW M5, arriving in showrooms next month, will be used as the Safety Car at the MotoGP™ Qatar Grand Prix taking place at Losail International Circuit from the

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16th to the 18th of March 2018. This will be the fourteenth consecutive year of partnership between Alfardan Automobiles and MotoGP™ Grand Prix of Qatar. Since 1999, BMW M has always taken the lead whenever the world’s


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best motorcycle pilots take to the race track. In addition to custom-made and compulsory safety devices, the BMW M GmbH engineers have donated an extensive line of BMW M Performance accessories to the Safety Car, creating not only eye-catching accents but also fulfilling functional requirements for aerodynamics, cooling and lightweight construction.

grace the high-performance segment. It works with a central transfer case with multi-plate clutch and distributes drive fully variably between the front and rear axle, as required. Another ingredient in the car’s supreme traction in all road and weather conditions is the Active M Differential at the rear axle, which also works fully variably and has a locking effect between 0 and 100 per cent.

2018 marks the 20th season of BMW M as the “Official Car of MotoGP™”. Since the start of the partnership, BMW has consistently introduced innovative ideas to the commitment – and always ensures the highest possible degree of safety at the racetrack, courtesy of the very latest technology. BMW M Division creates new highlights every season with its Safety Cars. The latest models and impressive technical innovations – this is what makes the BMW M MotoGP™ Safety Cars of the past, present and future so special.

The transformation of the BMW M5 to a MotoGP™ Safety Car was completed by the inclusion of special racing features and the necessary safety equipment. The front splitter is a prototype developed specifically for the BMW M5 MotoGP™ Safety Car. The bonnet latches are taken directly from racing. The bucket seats from the BMW M4 GTS guarantee a combination of comfort and maximum security for their occupants when being in action on the racetrack. The flat light bar on the roof uses modern LED technology. It is controlled via a specially-developed cockpit panel. Another important signalling system is provided by the flashing front lights, consisting of blue LED lamps in the front grills and flashing corona rings for the headlamps.

Featuring M xDrive all-wheel drive for the first time in the high-performance segment this car takes BMW M GmbH into new territory. This change of tack sees the M5 exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality in all driving conditions. The new M xDrive is the most emotionally engaging all-wheel-drive system yet to

Ahead of the race, Rabih Ataya, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, commented:

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“A MotoGP™ Safety Car faces enormous challenges. It is vital to lead a field of unique, high-performance race prototypes safely through all sorts of conditions. Innovative motorsport technology is an essential part of this. The new BMW M5 forms the perfect basis for a safety car, as its technical features ensure perfect handling, even at the limits of driving dynamics – on the road and on the racetrack. Development never stands still in MotoGP, which is always pushing its limits further and further. The same is true for the BMW M GmbH – and the new M5 MotoGP Safety Car is an outstanding example of our pursuit of innovation and maximum levels of performance.” He continued: “The MotoGP™ fascinates every season with dynamics, high performance and innovation – attributes which are unequivocally connected to BMW M. Alfardan Automobiles has gone from strength-to-strength in Qatar and we are proud to continue our successful partnership for the fourteenth year running with the internationally focused MotoGP™ again this year. We remain, as ever, committed to supporting and promoting Qatar’s ever-expanding sporting calendar.”

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The MotoGP™ Championship is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing in the world. Starting in 1949, the sport has become hugely popular and is followed by millions globally. It is synonymous with exciting racing, high performance and the very latest technology. World Championship titles are awarded in three categories: the elite Moto GP class, Moto2 and Moto3. Alfardan Automobiles kicked off the year with the announcement of its newly renovated and expanded BMW and MINI Khalifa Service Centre, bringing new and improved facilities and services to its customers. The service centre is based in in Madinat Khalifa next to Land Mark Mall and is open from Saturday to Thursday from 7am - 12pm. The new BMW M5 will be unveiled at an exclusive event taking place during the MotoGP™ and will be available in Qatar showrooms from next month.

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LEXUS LC 500H RECEIVES BEST SPORT COUPE FROM MAQINA & ARAB MOTORS IN THE 2018 QATAR CAR AWARD QATAR CAR AWARD RECOGNIZES AUTOMOTIVE ACHIEVEMENT IN THE INDUSTRY Leading automotive magazines Maqina and Arab Motors, recognized automotive achievements in the first edition of the Qatar Car Award held at St. Regis hotel on May 9

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atar Car Award is a yearly special edition and award ceremony put together by two of the leading automotive magazines in the Middle East, Maqina and Arab Motors magazines. The event is organized to recognize automotive achievement after putting most of the vehicles in Qatar into their paces, subsequently crowning the best. The first edition of the event was held on May 9 at the St. Regis Hotel. The automotive industry in Qatar and other nations in the region has witnessed tremendous growth in recent times with more car brands and other such operators in the industry making their way into the region. However, the efforts of car manufacturers and dealers have not been particularly recognized by the media and the outside world in general. Consequently, Maqina and Arab Motors have partnered to organize the first of its kind event to recognize the achievements of car brands and dealers. Lexus Qatar receives the award of best Sport Coupe for the Lexus LC500.

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 all-new 2018 Lexus LC flagship performance coupe. The Lexus LC is a powerful, emotionally stirring realization of the vision of Lexus master driver for a flagship production coupe that echoes the spirit of the hand-built Lexus LFA supercar and delivers the visual impact of the Lexus LF-LC concept. While maximizing the fundamental taste of the LF-LC, we applied completely different specifications to create a design that goes beyond the concept – a design that will captivate you as soon as you see it. Pursuing beautiful design and elaborating superior performance are two very similar aspects. Beauty is the identity of Lexus’ design. Every feature of the LC is the result of an integrated approach to design and engineering. The entire team has worked together, including engineers and designers, to create such a great car. “The Lexus LC is a flagship coupe which represents the evolution of Lexus as a lifestyle brand that will surprise and delight customers. The car symbolizes the beginning of a new phase for Lexus, which is all about creating greater synergy between engineering and design. The LC makes the strongest statement yet about the brand’s future direction, and is the result of painstaking craftsmanship, attention to detail and an advanced, future-oriented approach to engineering. It’s a car that offers a pleasurable driving experience which enhances the user’s lifestyle.

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ALFARDAN AUTOMOBILES UNVEILS THE ALL-NEW BMW X2 DURING EXCLUSIVE EVENT IN MALL OF QATAR

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lfardan Automobiles, the official BMW Group importer in Qatar, has welcomed the eagerly anticipated BMW X2 to its showroom. With a design oozing individuality from every pore and a sporty suspension set-up, the BMW X2 pushes back boundaries, puts a firework under old habits and brings previously uncharted levels of driving pleasure to this vehicle segment at Mall of Qatar.

the grand unveiling to get themselves acquainted with the new model.”

Rabih Ataya, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, commented: “We have been waiting with great enthusiasm to reveal the all new BMW X2 to the Qatari market and are thrilled that it’s finally here. This Sports Activity Coupe truly goes above and beyond any rival past or present in bringing joy and driving pleasure to the segment. It’s a car that appeals primarily to a young, extrovert and active target group who value individuality and genuine fun at the wheel. We invite everyone to join us for

The bold, uncompromising nature of the new BMW X2 is evident at first sight. This vehicle stands out from the crowd in any setting. Even next to its bigger brothers, the BMW X4 and X6, the BMW X2 makes a wholly distinctive impression. The main contributing factor here is the car’s exterior design, which essentially combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of a BMW X model.

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The petrol engine offered from launch: the BMW X2 sDrive20i petrol model with 141 kW / 192 hp (fuel consumption combined: 5.9 – 5.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 134 – 126 g/km)*


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IT IS SHORTER AND MORE THAN SEVEN CENTIMETRES LOWER THAN THE BMW X1 YET HAS THE SAME WHEELBASE

“The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, in describing the new BMW X2. “Its standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of the BMW to the compact segment.”

Another striking detail more typical of a BMW coupe is the placement of the brand logo on the C-pillars. Reminiscent of legendary BMW models such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL, this is another element that underscores the sporting aspirations of the BMW X2.

On the road, the BMW X2 has the poise of an athlete in peak condition. This is true for the basic version and even more so for M Sport and M Sport X models. The BMW X2 M Sport X combines design elements from BMW M and the BMW X family. Eloquent looks, dynamic proportions. Above all, it is the BMW X2’s proportions which create its expressive, dynamic demeanour. It is shorter and more than seven centimetres lower than the BMW X1 yet has the same wheelbase. Featuring short overhangs, it also has a stretched, coupe-style roofline and slim window graphic. A distinctive character that departs from the BMW script. Many of the design details emphasise the BMW X2’s standalone nature while simultaneously and unequivocally signalling its membership of the X family. The time-honoured BMW kidney grille is just one example, turning the familiar trapezoidal shape on its head and instead widening from top to bottom. This is the first time this design detail has seen the light of day on a modern BMW.

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TOYOTA MC 86 FOR TEAM UPGARAGE CLINCHES FIRST PLACE IN SUPER GT 300 SERIES OPENER

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oyota started off the 2018 AUTOBACS SUPER GT 300 series recently with a bang thanks to an astounding victory and a thrilling podium finish at Okayama International Circuit. UPGARAGE 86 MC, driven by Yuhki Nakayama and Takashi Kobayashi, won the race, while HOPPY 86 MC co-piloted by Takamitsu Matsui and Sho Tsuboi finished third in the tightly-fought opening round of the new season. “We would like to congratulate the teams for an excellent start and exceptional performance in the opening round of the season,” said Yugo Miyamoto, Chief Representative of Middle East & North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation. “At Toyota, we believe that racing events such as the AUTOBACS SUPER GT series are an opportunity to not only test the mettle of our performance machines and leading technologies, but also to guide the future development of Toyota vehicles, as we continue to make ‘ever-better’ cars. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our fans for their support and constant encouragement for our racing initiatives.” At the start of the GT300 class race held at Okayama International Circuit, the No. 88 rival team held the lead, followed by the No. 11 and the No. 21 competitor teams. But tightly-fought battles ensued as No. 25 HOPPY 86 MC, with Sho Tsuboi at the wheel, joined the competition for the top four positions, showing off its superior performance. As the leading No. 88 gradually began to fall off the pace, No. 11 managed to pass it on the hairpin of lap nine and Sho Tsuboi in the No. 25 HOPPY 86 MC also managed to get by No. 88 on the tenth lap. Charging up from behind, the No. 31 TOYOTA PRIUS apr GT, driven by Koki Saga, also overtook No, 88 on the 12th lap to move into the fourth position. By the 15th lap of the race, the battle for the lead was a four-car fight between the No. 25 HOPPY 86 MC, No. 31 TOYOTA PRIUS apr GT and two competitor teams, the No. 11 and No. 21.

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Things changed when the No. 21 made a swift inside move on the last corner of the lap 17 to move into the lead. Then on lap 21, the No. 11 was passed from behind by the No. 31 TOYOTA PRIUS apr GT. With this, it became a two-car battle for the lead between the No. 21 and the No. 31 TOYOTA PRIUS apr GT. The two cars raced on nose-to-tail in a tight contest until the 29th lap when there was a light bump-up between the three lead machines as the No. 21 and the No. 31 TOYOTA PRIUS apr GT got caught behind a competitor team as they slowed to enter the pit lane, which resulted in the other car to advance in position.

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When all the teams had finished their routine pit stops, the lead cars were the ones that had opted for a no-tire-change strategy to cut pit time. The No. 18 UPGARAGE 86 MC, with Yuhki Nakayama at the driver’s seat, had been in 9th place when making its pit stop on lap 28 and the No. 25 HOPPY 86 MC, driven by Takamitsu Matsui, made its pit stop on lap 30 chose to make no tire change. When all the pit stops were complete, it was the No. 25 HOPPY 86 MC that led the race. Right behind it came the No. 18 UPGARAGE 86 MC, and about 10 seconds behind them in the third position came rival teams, the No. 65 and the No. 7.

No. 18 UPGARAGE 86 MC (Yuhki Nakayama and Takashi Kobayashi) »» Race: 1st, 77 laps »» Best Lap: 1’27.618

The battle for the lead was a close nose-totail contest until the 57th lap when Kobayashi in the No. 18 UPGARAGE 86 MC overtook Matsui. Meanwhile, the No. 7 running in fourth position was putting pressure on the No. 65 until it managed to pass it on the 70th lap. Then, on the 72nd lap, the No. 7 passed the No. 25 HOPPY 86 MC. Meanwhile, the No. 18 UPGARAGE 86 MC in the lead managed to cross the finish line first. This turned the team’s first SUPER GT podium into a victory as well. The No. 7 finished second and the No. 25 HOPPY 86 MC secured the third place.

No. HOPPY 86 MC (Takamitsu Matsui and Sho Tsuboi) »» Race: 3rd, 77 laps »» Best Lap: 1’27.632

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DOMASCO INTRODUCES 2018 GL1800 GOLD WING IN QATAR Doha Marketing Services Company W.L.L (DOMASCO), the exclusive distributor of Honda vehicles in Qatar, has introduced the 2018 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing.

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ince its introduction in 1975, the Honda Goldwing has always been the ultimate in two-wheeled travel. It is a motorcycle that has been very much on its own journey, growing in physical size and displacement over the decades, all the while creating an enduring and unrivalled reputation for luxury, quality and comfort. It has amassed a huge fan base here in Qatar and numbers grow each year, with the riders wanting to be part of the Gold Wing heritage. “The Honda Gold Wing enjoys legendary status in the country. The new model is more exciting to ride than ever and Honda has made the Gold Wing smaller and lighter and added all the hardware and software a modern rider could wish for. It is very much a true rider’s motorcycle and we are extremely pleased to introduce this iconic bike to our customers,” said Faisal Sharif, Managing Director of DOMASCO. The 2018 GL1800 Gold Wing takes a new direction and is brand new from the wheels-up. It still has an evocative, flat six-cylinder engine that delivers an avalanche of torque and power, and it still remains Honda’s flagship premium tourer, loaded with features that allow two people to ride in style. Sharing a common engine and chassis platform, the new ‘Wing will be available as the base model GL1800 Gold Wing, and as a ‘Tour’ edition with top box, which will also offer a version equipped with DCT and air bag. Depending on the variant, up to 48kg has been saved compared to the previous model.

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Optimised for size, the new flat six-cylinder engine has lost none of its power, torque and addictive delivery. Throttle By Wire has been added, with 4 rider modes; TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) maintains rear wheel traction while the suspension damping and Combined Brake System (CBS) alter depending on mode selected. Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Idling Stop add ease of use and improve fuel efficiency. The manual transmission is now 6-speed, while the new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) features 7-speeds, with clutch feel, shift speed and rpm range of up/downshifts tailored specifically to each riding mode. It also features a creep forward and back function. The manual machine employs the same reverse system as the previous design. The performance improvement is matched by even greater levels of relaxation: the stylish, aerodynamically-efficient fairing channels air around the rider and the electric screen adjusts for preference; the seats provide all-day comfort. New features like the smart key system, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity bring even more convenience. STYLING & EQUIPMENT The new Gold Wing is a completely different proposition and replaces the relaxed lines of the outgoing model with a more honed, athletic ethos.

Also on display is the motorcycle itself – the double wishbone front suspension, flat six-cylinder engine, exhausts – in all their functional beauty. Drawn together the design elements create cutting edge style, underpinned by incredible levels of engineering and electronics. Screen angle and height adjustment is step-less. Available as options are a larger screen, a fully-adjustable deflector for the arms and upper body and fixed deflectors for the lower legs and feet. All lighting is LED. The lower portion of the headlights use five polished optical lenses on both sides to create a Jewel-Eye low beam light signature. Using high beam (in the upper portion) creates a stereoscopic impression. The front indicators are housed in the mirrors and the indicators also auto-cancel; the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation.

Luxurious instrumentation creates a unique cockpit. Different low-contrast colours with dark tones are applied to the dials, of which the peripheral areas form cone-shaped slopes to create a feeling of depth. A ring with a metal texture surrounds each dial, and the graduations glow in LED, giving concrete depth and a calm, cool image. The 7-inch full-color TFT liquid crystal display screen provides infotainment-related information (for the audio systems) as well as managing the HSTC and suspension adjustment. Information is displayed in differentiated segments in a very functional order, so the rider can get all the relevant data with the minimum of eye movement.

The rear top box of the ‘Tour’ versions will hold two full-face helmets; combined with the panniers 110L storage capacity is available.

Operation of the luggage is simplified. With the smart key present a push button opens the panniers and top box. It is also possible to temporarily unlock the luggage via remote control; the unlock button on the smart key enables the passenger to instantly access the saddlebags and the rear luggage box. Hydraulic dampers smooth the opening and closing. Pushing and holding the call button results in the indicators flashing.

Capacity of the fuel tank is 4 litres less at 21 litres. But as the new Gold Wing is so much lighter and more aerodynamic, improved fuel economy of 5.6 litres/100km means tank range is similar to the previous design.

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CHASSIS The new Gold Wing’s die-cast aluminium twin beam frame is designed to package the engine in a tighter space, 40mm further forward. Its structural thickness has been optimised in each area to deliver a smooth and stable ride, from walking speed upwards, whether on tight city streets or out on the open road. The frame and swingarm together are 2kg lighter than the previous design. Rear spring preload is also now electrically adjusted. It’s an intuitive – rather than numerical – system. Separate from the four riding modes, there are four settings of preload relative to load from soft to hard: single rider; rider with luggage; rider with pillion, and rider with pillion fully loaded with luggage. The setting is displayed on the TFT screen and adjusted via switch. ENGINE Core to the previous Gold Wing’s appeal was its turbine-smooth flat six-cylinder engine, which produced torque from low rpm with a distinctive power delivery and feel that quickly became addictive.

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To realise the handling ambitions of the new chassis the 1,833cc engine too has been redrawn. Still as a horizontally-opposed flat six, but now with four valves per cylinder rather than two, much more compact in size and 6.2kg lighter. Peak power of 93kW arrives @ 5,500rpm, with peak torque of 170Nm delivered @ 4,500rpm. The bore size of 73mm (from 74mm) has been optimised to stroke of 73mm and bore pitch shortened 9mm; the left and right cylinders are offset 4mm and the cylinder sleeves are now aluminium. Compression ratio is set at 10.5:1. TOUR mode is the base setting for comfort and power. It gives a direct 100% opening ratio between throttle grip and throttle body butterfly, with ‘default’ damping and front/ rear brake force distribution. SPORT serves up the highest throttle to butterfly ratio and delivers strong acceleration, with firmer damping and rear brake lever pressure. ECON mode offers maximum fuel economy and easy cruising, with lower throttle to

butterfly ratio and default damping and brake force. RAIN turns the dial down to suit wet and slippery conditions, with lowest throttle to butterfly ratio, default braking force distribution and soft suspension damping. In all four riding modes HSTC constantly allows controllable acceleration in slippery conditions. To complement the engine’s deep bass signature the exhausts now emit a powerful throb, without excessive noise. The crosssectional areas of the exhaust pipes have been reduced 20% for two out of the six cylinders, bringing about the change in sound volume and depth. The ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) combines the generator and starter motor into one component, with the generator effectively becoming the starter motor when supplied with reverse power. Key characteristics of the Idling Stop system are the ultra-quiet start-up of the engine thanks to the use of ISG, and the smooth


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starting feeling achieved through a combination of DCT and TBW control. When stopping at a traffic light with the Idling Stop system on, the engine automatically stops after three seconds and, when restarting, the rider only needs to turn the throttle, which immediately starts the engine. Hill starts on a conventional motorcycle often involve simultaneously releasing the brakes, opening the throttle and engaging the clutch according to the grade of the slope. To ease this effort, the new manual transmission Gold Wing has adopted Hill Start Assist (HSA). The new 6-speed manual gearbox lowers the engine speed when cruising at 100km/h, compared to the previous 5-speed design. It’s also fitted with a ‘cam damper’ between the clutch and transmission, separating each inertial mass, reducing noise and improving shift quality/durability.

DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is a natural fit for the new Gold Wing engine and development revolved around DCT as the base. This is the third all-new generation of the system and the first to have 7-speeds, specifically designed for long-distance cruising; it’s also extremely smooth and fast shifting. And lighter than the 5-speed manual transmission fitted to the previous design. The new Gold Wing’s DCT features a 1.8km/h forward Walking Mode with reverse of 1.2km/h, operated instantly from a +/- switch on the left handlebar. The all-new Honda Gold Wing is available at the Honda showroom located at Khalifa street near National mosque and TV signal. For more information, call 800 8123 or visit www.honda.com.qa.

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HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED BEST HYBRID CAR AT THE QATAR CAR AWARDS

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he IONIQ Hybrid has been named as the Best Hybrid Car at the inaugural Qatar Car Award for 2018 organized by two of the leading automotive magazines in the Middle East, Maqina and Arabmotors. The Qatar Car Award will be an annual showcase recognizing automotive excellence revealed through rigorous testing and review by the expert team at Maqina and Arabmotors. Hyundai vehicles are available in Qatar at Skyline Automotive W.L.L., the official distribution partner for the Hyundai Motor Company in Qatar. Spearheaded by the knowledgeable team from Maqina and Arabmotors, the Qatar Car Award is Qatar’s only recognized automotive award ceremony, focusing on selecting vehicles that perform best in Qatar’s unique environment. It honors a number of segment-leading vehicles in several categories, including Best Luxury Coupe, Best Supercar, Best Compact SUV, and Best Luxury Crossover. Winners were chosen based on the quality of design, interiors and engines, as well as test drive performance. “Hyundai Motors has ambitious plans for low or zero emission cars and is quickly establishing itself as a leader in this sector. Adapting a flexible approach that aims to provide a realistic transition towards clean mobility that fits the different needs and markets, IONIQ Hybrid is the first step towards a full range of electric cars in Qatar,” said Mr. Paiman El Malla, General Manager of Skyline Automotive W.L.L. “Skyline Automotive W.L.L. has been the official distribution partner for the Hyundai Motor Company in the country since early 2017 and we are proud to be offering some of the best and most diverse cars available in Qatar to our customers,” he added. Internationally, the Hyundai Motor Company has a wider range of drivetrains than any other company, including fully electric, plug-in, hybrid, and hydrogen

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fuel cell. Current production models, include electric versions of the IONIQ – which is also available as a plug-in and a hybrid, the KONA compact SUV, the NEXO, and the Le Fil Rouge concept car that was revealed in Geneva International Motor Show in 2018. The IONIQ Hybrid has rewritten the rules for fuel-efficient vehicles and is a response to consumer demand for greener automobiles that deliver exceptional driving experiences. It is a physical example of Hyundai’s commitment to lead the automobile industry’s sustainability agenda, both in Qatar and around the world. The IONIQ Hybrid combines two engines – a 32kW electric motor and a Kappa 1.6-liter Atkinson GDi engine – which alternate seamlessly through a highly advanced predictive energy management system that collects and analyzes data based on travel routes, driving style and individual driving habits, to optimize energy storage in switching between electric and gasoline propulsion modes to improve overall fuel efficiency. The IONIQ emits 79g/km of CO2 compared to around 118g/ km in the normal vehicle.


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MAZDA CELEBRATES 50 MILLION VEHICLES MADE IN JAPAN

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azda Motor Corporation has announced that cumulative production in Japan reached 50 million units on May 15. The company held a commemorative ceremony recently at its Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi prefecture. Representative Director, President and CEO Masamichi Kogai, executive officers and union representatives were in attendance. The 50 million-unit milestone was achieved 86 years and seven months after Mazda produced its first three-wheeled truck in October 1931. “Mazda began making cars 86 years ago, and now we’ve reached 50 million units of production in Japan. Even making 1 million cars a year, it would take 50 years to reach this milestone, showing just how long Mazda’s history is,” said Kogai at the ceremony. “Moving forward, Mazda will continue to build a strong brand through a variety of initiatives. Our plants in Hofu and Hiroshima will continue to evolve and act as parent factories, rapidly deploying their technologies and skills to our overseas plants. I’d like us all to work together to ensure these plants continue to embody the kind of technical prowess that does justice to Japan’s proud history of Monotsukuri.” Mazda began its journey as an automaker in 1931, when it started producing three-wheeled trucks in Hiroshima. In 1960 it commenced production of the R360 Coupe micro-mini, marking a bold entry into the passenger car market. Vehicle manufacture started at Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi in 1982, and domestic production duties have since been shared between the Hofu and Hiroshima Plants. The production techniques and flexible production systems developed at these plants have helped Mazda to grow its business. Mixed production lines capable of producing different models on a single line enable manufacture of multiple models at low volumes, a breakthrough in the traditional tradeoff between product variety and competitiveness and volume efficiency.

In 2016 and 2017, Mazda Motor Company took steps to increase its production flexibility for crossover models and create a framework capable of responding quickly to changes in demand. The domestic plants take the lead with Mazda’s global car-making; production techniques and technologies established in Japan are then rolled out to overseas facilities. Mazda aims to sell 1,660,000 cars this fiscal year and plans to establish a global production framework capable of manufacturing two million units annually by fiscal year ending March 2024. Massproduction of vehicles featuring next-generation technologies and design is slated to start in 2019, and Mazda will continue expanding its production framework in an effort to get cars to customers as quickly as possible. Aspiring to create a world in which cars can co-exist sustainably with people, society and the earth, Mazda will continue to enrich people’s live through various touchpoints, including the manufacture of high-quality cars, and become a brand with which customers feel a strong emotional bond. National Car Company(NCC), the sole agent for Mazda vehicles in Qatar since 1971, have contributed significantly over the last 5 decades in establishing the premium Japanese brand through an efficient network of sales and aftersales facilities as well as a strong team of qualified and skilled personnel. National Car Company offers the entire range of new generation Mazda sedans, SUVs and pick-ups displayed in a state of the art showroom located in Fereej Al Nasr which is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 9 pm except on Fridays when the showroom is open during evening hours.

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ALFARDAN SPORTS MOTORS PRESENTS THE FERRARI PORTOFINO IN QATAR

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lfardan Sports Motors, the official importer of Ferrari in Qatar, welcomed the latest model from the iconic Ferrari stable, the Ferrari Portofino. The new model arrived to the market this month showcasing perfect combination of outright performance and versatility in addition to a level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort unparalleled on the market. Ferrari has chosen a particularly evocative name for this exceptionally versatile drop-top car. Portofino is renowned for its charming port and, over the years, has become internationally synonymous with elegance, sportiness and understated luxury. The launch colour of the new Ferrari has also been dedicated to this marvellous town: Rosso Portofino. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most

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powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips. The Ferrari Portofino’s all-new chassis features a significant weight saving over the California T it replaces. Thanks to the extensive use of modern production technologies, all the chassis and bodyin-white components have been redesigned with a consequent reduction in weight despite an increase in torsional rigidity. The Portofino is a Ferrari designed to be driven every day that also effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupé to a droptop capable of delivering a unique Ferrari soundtrack and superb driving pleasure even in day-to-day situations.


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ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS DOHA ANNOUNCES ARRIVAL OF NEW CULLINAN SUV MODEL AT EXCLUSIVE UNVEILING IN QATAR

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olls-Royce Motor Cars Doha, the authorised dealer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Qatar, has officially unveiled the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The Cullinan, the first-ever SUV in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, was unveiled to privileged guests, top tier customers and invited members of the press at an exclusive invite-only event held at the luxurious surroundings of Kempinski Marsa Malaz, The Pearl - Doha, on May 13 and May14. Hosted by Mr Rabih Ataya, General Manager Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha (RRMCD), the event highlighted the stunning array of engineering achievements and design features that make the Cullinan one of the finest luxury SUVs on the market today.

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Marking Rolls-Royce’s debut in the SUV market, the Cullinan has been created to meet the demands of customers in the region and around the globe who desire a combination of high-end refinement, superior comfort and powerful offroad capabilities. The Cullinan is a true ‘Effortless Everywhere’ SUV. Equally at home off-road or in the city, it offers uncompromised luxury to allow the driver and passengers to fully embrace and enjoy the world around them, wherever they dare to go. The Cullinan represents the culmination of Rolls-Royce’s long and celebrated history. It is the natural evolution of the carmaker’s luxury concept, from delivering the ultimate in urban transport to fully embracing every environment and conquering every terrain.


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Unmistakably a true Rolls-Royce, the Cullinan’s immense road presence and uncompromising stature is complemented by key luxury design touches for unrivalled interior refinement. Created to take the world in its stride, the ‘Effortless Everywhere’ ethos behind the creation of this luxury SUV is powered by a 6.75 V12, twin turbo engine delivering 571 horsepower, meaning the Cullinan provides an effortless driving experience.

“The region continues to be an important market for Rolls-Royce and we are sure the Cullinan will prove to be popular with luxury SUV customers who demand a higher level of performance and comfort.”

Mr Ataya said: “The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan was officially unveiled to distinguished guests, industry figures and members of the media at an exclusive unveiling in Qatar’s capital, Doha. “The Cullinan marks the next stage in the ongoing development of Rolls-Royce in the Middle East.

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THE THIRD EDITION OF THE MERCEDES TROPHY GOLF TOURNAMENT IN QATAR GATHERS 88 PLAYERS Organized by NBK Automobiles

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asser Bin Khaled Automobiles, the exclusive dealers of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, hosted the third Mercedes Trophy Golf Tournament that took place on 17th March at Doha Golf Club, with the participation of Mercedes-Benz car owners & golf enthusiasts in Qatar. The third edition of the Mercedes Trophy Golf Tournament gathered 88 players in three main categories: Men A (0-12 handicap), Men B (13-24 handicap) and Women.

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The sessions witnessed healthy competition where Johan Anton Hazejager won the first place in Men’s Category A scoring 37 points, while Simon Davis and Benjamin Coleman got the second and third places respectively. In Men’s Category B, Jean Paul Arcidiacono scored 39 points to reserve the first place followed by Mike Khoo in the second place and Arnav Dutta in the third. In the women’s category, Nada Mir scored 38 points and won the trophy, while Nguyen Thi Chau ANH was the first runner up and Julia Deeley was the second Runner up. Besides, four players received special prizes for their exceptional performance, including Simon Davis for the longest drive, David Wallace for longest putt holed, while Nguyen Thi Chau ANH for the nearest to the rope, and Jean Paul Arcidiacono for the nearest to the pin. All participants got valuable gifts from NBK Automobiles and event while the winners received their trophies and prizes during the gala awards ceremony. The tournament reflects NBK Automobiles and MercedesBenz’s appreciation to patrons of the luxury brand, and is designed to create an interactive community sports event that brings people together to celebrate the values and ethos of the brand known for excellence, luxury and quality. This year, Blue Salon and Total are the sponsors of the third Mercedes Trophy Golf Tournament. The third Mercedes Trophy Golf Tournament also gathered media from Qatar who attended a full day of joy and excitement. Starting with the open-air breakfast with NBK Automobiles team among Mercedes-Benz cars, the reporters who represent dailies, magazines and online portals, along with social media influencers enjoyed a full and comprehensive golf training session under the supervision of professional trainers.

HE Sheik Faleh Bin Nawaf Al Thani, Operations Director – Auto, NBK Holding said: “following the success of the past two editions, Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles is pleased to host the third Mercedes Trophy Golf Tournament in Qatar. It is through such tournaments we reiterate our commitment to promote sports and social engagement with our valued customers and golf enthusiasts in Qatar”. “We thank all players for their participation and would also like to thank our partners and sponsors, Blue Salon and Total for all their support to make this tournament a success. We would also congratulate the winners of the third edition of the cup that it became a key event in Qatar’s social and sports calendar”, He added.

2018 marks the 28th Anniversary of the prestigious Mercedes Trophy Golf Tournament globally. It is an exclusive series of invitational golf tournaments conducted over the world for Mercedes-Benz Owners. Each year, over 60,000 players from more than 60 countries tee off at the Mercedes Trophy in local, regional and national events, competing to qualify for the Mercedes Trophy World Final at the ‘home of the automobile’, Stuttgart, Germany. This venue underlines the close relations between the brand Mercedes-Benz and golf, and reflects the values of luxury and elegance that they represent. Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles has built its success by establishing solid, longstanding relationships with its customers, and through offering a wide range of quality products and services. Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles has built its reputation as brand committed to premium quality service and market leadership. The company promises to not only meet customer expectations, but to exceed them. Established in 1957, Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles is Qatar’s exclusive distributor of one of the world’s most respected, iconic brands Mercedes-Benz.

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LUXURY FIRST

expressed in a unique way for this exclusive addition to the Range Rover family.

RANGE ROVER SV COUPÉ MAKES ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN QATAR ACROSS THE REGION

SV Coupé’s purity of line is perfectly complemented by elegant powerclose doors with frameless glass. In combination with the panoramic roof, light floods into the cabin, accentuating the relaxed, sophisticated and contemporary ambience.

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Enhanced luxury and exquisite craftsmanship extends inside too, with semi-aniline leather front seats bringing Range Rover’s already premium interior to a new level of luxury: accommodation comparable to private jets and yachts. Their gradated diamond quilt design is unique to SV Coupé.

eing the first in the region, Alfardan Premier Motors Co. the exclusive retailer of Jaguar Land Rover in the State of Qatar hosted an exclusive event of the world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupé: the limited-edition two-door Range Rover SV Coupé.

Created by Land Rover Design and Special Vehicle Operations, SV Coupé is an exemplar of Range Rover design, craftsmanship and capability. It features a seductive body allied to the next-generation of cabin luxury – with the peerless all-terrain ability expected from Range Rover. No more than 999 will be hand-crafted by SVO for clients worldwide. Beautiful proportions with a powerful stance give SV Coupé unrivalled on-road presence. The signature floating roof, continuous waist and tapering tail are instantly recognizable Range Rover DNA, yet are

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Carefully curated body colour combinations, including a new Contour Graphic available in four duo-tone colourways, are offset by unique side vent and grille designs. This is also the first Range Rover with a 23-inch wheel option.

Each SV Coupé will be hand-assembled to the client’s personal specification by the fastidious experts at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK – a first for Range Rover. John Edwards, Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director said: “The introduction of the new SV Coupé brings a new level of individual expression to the Range Rover portfolio and builds on the success of Special Vehicle Operations’ existing bespoke Range Rover programme. Feedback from SV clients who have already seen the vehicle in confidential commissioning sessions has been overwhelmingly positive.”


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Samer Bou Dargham, General Manager for Alfardan Premier Motors added: “We are extremely honoured to launch this fine example of automotive technology and performance engineering in Qatar. This introduction marks a key milestone for our Land Rover brand’s history, as we continue to deliver unrivalled levels of excellence, innovative technologies and uncompromised performance to our customers.” SV Coupé clients can choose from four front-to-rear contrast interior colourways, or a range of single-tone interior colours. Both are complemented by a choice of three elegant wood veneers. A first for Range Rover is Nautica, which carefully balances heritage craftsmanship with new technology, fusing walnut and sycamore together. Optional paint finishes include Liquesence, which brings a sensational liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time. Additionally, Special Vehicle Operations’ bespoke personalisation team offers SV Coupé clients the opportunity to indulge their desire to create a truly unique vehicle to their exacting taste, granting access to 100 more paint colours, plus unique ‘match to sample’ hues, with a range of finishes; duo-tone front and rear leather colours with a bespoke quilt pattern; contrast stitching; headrest embroidery; doorhandle and treadplate engraving and semi-precious metal badging. SV Coupé is also the fastest-ever full-size Range Rover, with a 165mph top speed. Powered by an exhilarating 565PS 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, the most powerful engine ever placed in a full-size Range Rover, means SV Coupé hits 0-60mph in just 5.0 seconds. The suspension is tuned to provide a more driver-focused edge than the standard Range Rover, with a ride height lowered by 8mm, but will remain composed and comfortable at all times. Plus, the SV Coupé loses none of Range Rover’s legendary all-terrain ability, with 900mm maximum wading depth – and a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes. maqinaonline.com / ISSUE 12 65


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ALFARDAN SPORTS MOTORS CELEBRATES RAMADAN WITH EXCLUSIVE MASERATI OFFER

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aserati, the world-renowned manufacturer of luxury automobiles, is a name synonymous with sophistication, racing performance and attention to detail. As official dealers of the Italian marquee in Qatar, Alfardan Sports Motors brings the unparalleled brand experience to clients in the country through an array of services and amenities. For the month of Ramadan, Alfardan Sports Motors is committed to rewarding its clients in line with the season’s spirit of giving. In an unprecedented move, the dealership has announced coverage of installments for a period of 6 months ensuring peace of mind and real value that comes with the ownership experience. As part of the offer, clients are entitled to a one-year full comprehensive insurance scheme in addition to a 3-year full warranty and service package up to 60,000 km. The package covers all genuine Maserati components and consumables, including air, pollen and oil filters, as well as their replacement and technical inspections.

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Maserati’s superior craftsmanship is matched by its premium accessories, allowing clients to drive in world-class comfort and style. For the Holy Month, the clients can enjoy a range of merchandise by redeeming exclusive gift vouchers. In addition, they can also avail services such as glass tinting that perfectly enhances the vehicle’s sporty aesthetics. Commenting on the Ramadan offer, Charly Dagher, General Manager of Maserati Qatar, Alfardan Sports Motors, said: “The month of Ramadan is a special time for us to reflect upon our values as a company and make a difference. Every year, we take this opportunity to give back to our clients, by offering them a range of benefits and services. We are driven by a simple goal of elevating the Maserati experience, in line with our culture of service excellence.” The exclusive offer is valid until the end of Ramadan and includes the full range of Maserati – from the stylish coupe GranTurismo models to the sports executive sedan – Ghibli, the latest generation of Maserati’s flagship sedan – Quattroporte and its first-ever SUV, the Levante.


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ALFARDAN PREMIER MOTORS REVEALS EXCLUSIVE RAMADAN DEALS FOR CUSTOMERS IN QATAR

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n celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Alfardan Premier Motors Co., the official retailer of Jaguar Land Rover in the State of Qatar, is offering customers special deals on select Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Customers can benefit from unmatchable offers by benefiting from complimentary ad-ons worth up to QAR 50,000 on select Jaguar models and up to QAR 58,000 on select Land Rover models. Commenting on the special Ramadan offers, Samer Bou Dargham, General Manager for Alfardan Premier Motors, said: “We wish all of our customers and their families a blessed Ramadan Kareem. At Alfardan Premier Motors we are dedicated to provide the very best in customer

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satisfaction and first-class service. These new Ramadan deals mean our customers will not only drive away in exceptional vehicles but will also be able to take advantage of outstanding offers to purchase their dream cars.” These exclusive Ramadan offers will be available until the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan at all Alfardan Premier Motors showrooms in Qatar. For further information on the offers, please visit your nearest Jaguar Land Rover showroom at Alfardan Premier Motors from Saturday to Thursday (9:00 am - 12:30 pm and 8:30 pm – midnight) and on Fridays (8:30 pm – midnight).


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AAB QATAR LAUNCHES THE FIRST OFFICIAL LEXUS F-CLUB IN QATAR

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bdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co., the exclusive distributor of Lexus in Qatar, has launched the first official Lexus F Club in the country. The launch was attended by owners of Lexus F and F Sport models, along with new club members, journalists, and social media influencers.

in 2006, after intensive testing on Fuji Speedway, one of the most challenging tracks in the world that also stands for the Lexus capital of “F”. The Lexus IS F was followed by the ground-breaking LFA supercar in 2009, and currently, Lexus offers two F brand models, the Lexus RC F Coupe and the four-door Luxury sports sedan Lexus GS F.

The guests were welcomed by the acting CEO Mr. R.K. Murugan on behalf of Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co. in which he thanked them for their support and wished them happy driving.

Offering a platform for owners and enthusiasts of Lexus F and F Sport models to connect and engage, the Lexus F Club will offer a wide range of exclusive benefits and rewards to the members, including discounted prices on vehicles and car rentals from Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co., exciting offers on services and products from Moteri Auto Care Center, and invitations to special Lexus events and activities. In addition, they will receive a complimentary miniature diecast model of a Lexus RC F, a copy of ‘The Art of Lexus’ book, and a Lexus-branded laser pen.

Mr. Firas Mufti – Senior Marketing Manager Lexus also briefed the attendees about the objective behind the club: “The whole purpose of the club is to build a community for thrill seekers and have them participant on a regular basis in get-togethers & different functions in which they can compare each other’s rides and interact with other F owners from all around the country”. During the adrenaline-fueled event held at the well-renowned Losail International Circuit, the new club members enjoyed a full day of thrills by driving their vehicles and test driving high-performance Lexus F models, which enable drivers of all skill levels to relish driving pleasure and a satisfying performance at all times. Lexus F models are born out of a relentless passion for driving, capturing the essence of Lexus F, its fast and dynamic response, high efficiency, and seamless performance on everyday roads and racetracks that can be enjoyed by everyone, safely. The first model of the high-performance F brand, Lexus IS F, marked a shift in the automotive industry with its flawless craftsmanship, and superior engineering, when it launched 70 ISSUE 12 / maqinaonline.com

The F engineering group at Lexus is dedicated to delivering a unique interpretation of raw driving thrills while also providing a new definition of usable power by employing motorsport engineering to offer a unique perspective on driver engagement. The DNA of the halo F models has been filtered down into F Sport models available with LS/GS/IS/CT/RX and NX including hybrid electric models such as LS500h, GS450h,RX450h , which can be visually identified by their expressive mesh grille and interior and exterior upgrades, in addition to the brakes, performance damper, and suspension.


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Its traditional Parthenon grille was made from hand-polished stainless steel, and sits high and regal on the car. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy mascot also also enjoys a higher vantage point than usual. The Cullinan can wade in water up to 21 inches high. The interior is where things get especially Rolls-y. The Cullinan fits five people, though this thing’s so huge all of them could be pro wrestlers. The back seat comes in two configurations: a lounge seat layout that’s the size of most sofas, and an individual seat option that two offers two separate chairs, divided by a huge rear centre console featuring a drinks cabinet replete with Rolls whiskey glasses, champagne flutes, and a refrigerator. It’s also got a rear glass partition wall to separate luggage from passengers. With the rear seats folded, the load capacity raises to 1930 litres — essentially more space than a standard New York bachelor apartment. Perhaps the raddest feature on the Collinan is right at the very back. You’ve got the option to pull out a retractable table and leather chairs, which instantly transform the vehicle’s tailgate into an outdoor dining lounge, or what Rolls calls “the best seat in the house.” If it sounds crazy, that’s because it is. Crazy amazing.


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The new flagship Range Rover Sport SVR puts enhanced focus on the performance of the most dynamic model in the Range Rover family, engineered to complement the core range using all the knowledge and expertise of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. Under the bonnet, the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine is the most powerful in the brand’s history, producing 575PS and generating an impressive 700Nm of torque. That’s a hike of 25PS and enough to power the Range Rover Sport SVR from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds.


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Coupled with enhancements to the chassis, the new SVR delivers more dynamic handling without compromising its traditional comfort. The engineers at SVO focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and changes to the damping hardware have improved turn-in, midcorner grip and body control. In addition to the enhanced driving experience, SVO has provided new visual cues to the model’s performance potential. The bonnet is a unique carbon fibre composite design for the first time, with integrated cooling vents that transform the front aspect of the vehicle.

Its purposeful profile transforms the SVR’s appearance and its lightweight construction delivers genuine dynamic benefits by reducing weight over the front axle. Customers can also choose a unique paint option that leaves the central section of the new bonnet’s carbon fibre weave exposed, creating an arresting high-performance aesthetic. Prominent new detailing on the front grille also catches the eye, while the side fender vents are finished in Gloss Black. Greater use of body-coloured detailing at the rear and the presence of an SVO badge in place of the Land Rover oval also help to mark out the SVR as something very special.

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REVISED DESIGNS REFLECT “THETHEMODEL’S STATUS AS THE ULTIMATE HIGH-PERFORMANCE LUXURY SUV

A new front bumper design provides a discrete change to the SVR’s assertive appearance, with changes designed to improve brake cooling. All-new brake pads and discs provide enhanced performance at higher temperatures, ensuring the braking system is more resistant to fade during dynamic driving. The SVR is available with 21-inch alloy wheels, while a new 22-inch lightweight performance alloy design is also available in two colour finishes. These changes can be complemented by a series of additional design packs – most notably, the Carbon Fibre Exterior Pack, which incorporates tasteful detailing to the front bumper, grille, fender vents, mirror covers and tailgate. Cabin changes build on the enhancements to the core model with a sharper focus on driver and passenger comfort, allied with higher specification materials and finishes. From SVR-branded treadplates that illuminate as the driver climbs aboard, to the feel of the aluminium sports pedals beneath the driver’s feet, the improvements are aimed at enhancing every element of the driving experience. Supportive new lightweight Supersport seats create an athletic silhouette and provide exceptional comfort on long journeys. They also deliver a significant 30kg weight saving over the core seat and are heated in the front and rear as standard. Finished in high-quality perforated Windsor leather, the revised designs reflect the model’s status as the ultimate high-performance luxury SUV. Seat backs finished in satin black with an embossed SVR logo on the headrests also leave no doubt about the SVR’s exclusivity. The new seats also liberate more rear legroom and create the impression of a cosseting four-seat interior, while retaining flexible five-seat capability. By contrast,, the barely padded thrones of a vintage Defender will basically rattle your posterior off (I spent a chunk of my childhood riding in one) but of late the brand has been given to more rarified levels of upholstery. I say boast because these bum-huggers serve a clear purpose and, it’s not that the seats in the SVR are bad, it’s that they’re track ready buckets designed to hold your frame in place when you’re pulling serious G’s. Yes they’d be a tad confining for the nursery school run, unless you expect to unleash the fury of the SVR when lil’ boopsie is late for story time— but aside from price tag and fuel consumption, this is an otherwise uncompromising vehicle.

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For instance, even though you sacrifice ease of egress and ingress, and might feel a little pinched after a few hundred km, the all important driver’s seat offers full 16-way electric adjustment. There’s all the fine leather, turned aluminium trim (carbon fibre is optional) and tech you’d expect in a vehicle dreamed up by the already luxurious (read special) brand’s Special Vehicle Operations— but I think we’re all here for something else: the power plant and driving dynamics. This is an SUV of almost cartoonish ability— it handles date night, off-roading, and the track with equal measures of proficiency. Sure, the owner who takes time out to practice all three in the car might be far and few in between (let’s face it, most of these beasts will be babied and coddled in warm garages) but leave it to our region to provide a few ambitious outliers. We didn’t take the SVR out on the dunes but I expect the SVR would fare about as well as the Range Rover Sport, as the ride height is precisely the same, and can be adjusted from 50mm in “access mode” up to 235mm for the trail or sands. This is where the inevitable bias of personal experience weighs against unabridged reporting— I’ve already had the pleasure of putting a Range Rover through the paces off road, and at a more substantial program. The SVR though, could be reviewed solely as an off-road vehicle and still merit a few pages of detailed coverage. This is not going to be that piece, not with that supercharged V8 so severely under-utilized for this type of driving. But then, the car’s trail credentials are an important part of the SVR’s specific context, as we need to remember that, while the SVR is many things, lightweight is not one of them at 2495 kg. JLR didn’t skimp on the off-road kit, as the four-wheel-drive system retains a low-range transfer case, lockable center differential, active roll-control system, air suspension, and wheel travel that matches the non-SVR version. Despite all of which, the Whitley car-maker reports that the SVR has netted the fastest lap time in its segment on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, at 8:14. That’s :20 better than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and, excuse the drool, an utterly jaw dropping feat. To be honest, even after enjoying the SVR on track, I was still surprised that it’s faster than, for instance, the X6. This isn’t because the SVR feels slower, but because it simply presents as a larger car. In fact BMW are already claiming that the X6 M will post faster times— but that is, for now, just talk. While the X6 drives more like a puffed up saloon, the SVR feels large and in charge, with brutal straight line acceleration more akin to say, Hellcat. Like that other fiery kitty (not to be confused with Jag’s bonkers F-Type R— more on that soon) the SVR is never shy about acknowledging its considerable mass, it just gives you an incredible set of tools to more or less feel like you’re defying gravity, dabbing the brakes, and swinging into the turns like Tarzan atop the world’s poshest vine.

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In the automotive business, if you are invited to test drive on this particular road and that too, the all-new Bentley Continental GT, you just can’t deny the offer. This first drive review highlights our road trip from Austria to Italy and finally reaching Germany with the all-new 2019 Bentley Continental GT.


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IT’S A LARGE CAR, BUT IT ISN’T BULKY OR OVERWHELMING ON THE ROAD

WE COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE THAT THE SHARP DESIGN OF THE NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT IS BASED ON THE EXP 10 SPEED 6 AND DIFFERS LARGELY FROM ITS OLDER SIBLING

Exterior It’s 9 am and we are starting our day in Austria. The plan is to have breakfast in Austria, then drive to Italy for lunch and then take a flight to Germany for dinner. Talking about the Bentley Continental GT, the grand tourer was first introduced in 2003 to appeal to the rich clientele. Fast-forward to 2017, the all-new 2019

Bentley Continental GT was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show and is definitely better and more powerful than its predecessor.We were fortunate to get the orange color, which looked awesome under the shiny sun. Moreover, the ample illumination from the skies allowed us to examine the smooth aerodynamic shape.

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THE ENGINE KEPT ON IMPRESSING AND WE COULD NOT STOP SINGING PRAISES FOR THE IT

We couldn’t help but notice that the sharp design of the new Bentley Continental GT is based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 and differs largely from its older sibling. The previous model had a box-like structure, which in no way was unbecoming, but the new simply looks a lot better. Since, it was early morning when we set out on or journey, we couldn’t test the potency of the Bentley headlights, which are a sight to behold.

Engine: V12 - 6.0 L Horsepower: 635 PS Torque: 900 Nm 0 - 100 KM: 3.7 s Transmission: 8 speed dual clutch Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive Top Speed: 333 KM/h Weight: 2,244 KG

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Interior After having a more than adequate fan-girl moment with the car, we head out on our way to a roadside cafĂŠ for breakfast. While we were absorbing the details of the opulent interior, quite a few heads were turning outside as people admired the car in all its glory. The interior is riddled with various types of leather, wood accents and sparkly chrome, giving a pleasant and sumptuous appeal. After we were done with breakfast and had grabbed a few snacks for the road, we drove straight towards Italy. The Continental GT is great for a long drive, since the seats are electronically adjustable, it makes finding the comfy position much easier and the quilt like feel is certainly a deal-maker.

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Normally people get bored on a road trip, but not us, because we had a 12.3-inch infotainment screen to enjoy our favorite tunes. Helping the entertainment system were Naim 2200W 18-speaker system, which are the best out of the three options Bentley offers in the Continental GT. There were two more screens, seamlessly put together, which created an illusion that all three were joined together as one. The other two panels showed a compass, so we don’t get lost on our way, an outside temperature gauge and a clock to keep track of time.


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Engine Reaching Italy from Austria takes time, but even after accumulating for all the fuel stops and breaks along the way, we made it to Italy just in time for lunch! This could easily have been more if the Continental GT didn’t boast a highway fuel economy of 8.19 kmpl thanks to its cylinder deactivation technology, which transforms the 12-cylinder engine in to a 6-cylinders. When power was needed the engine responded equally well by activating all 12 of the available cylinders. We made lesser stops for fuel and that’s always a plus while on a road trip.

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IT’S A LARGE CAR, BUT IT ISN’T BULKY OR OVERWHELMING ON THE ROAD

Exterior I like the way the G80 looks. I’ll start out by saying that. Genesis has got the proportions absolutely nailed. It’s a large car, but it isn’t bulky or overwhelming on the road. The long elongated hood, the long overhangs, the extended sloping roofline… everything has been designed to make the car as elegant and flowing as possible. If you like a car that’s a bit understated but still has lots of presence, the G80 Sport offers exactly that. The front fascia is dominated by this huge grille just below the Genesis logo. The front bumper is flanked by large air dams on each side, and a pretty substantial opening at the bottom too. The headlights do have some Mercedes-Benz-like elements, but they’re completely bespoke units. It’s a weird mix between luxury and sportiness. A good type of weird mix.

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The engine kept on impressing and we could not stop singing praises for the engine. The 6.0-litre W12 gasoline engine makes 635 PS of power and 900Nm of torque, while being paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. It reacts in a blink of an eye, or more appropriately with a press on the throttle, taking the car from 0 -100 kmh in a paltry 3.7 seconds. We could have shortened the time further by accelerating the car to its top speed of 333 kmph, but that was neither safe nor possible due to the twists and turns of the road. Plus, it is much more enjoyable to delve in the magnificence of countryside Europe by driving at a moderate pace rather than rushing through the scenery experiencing only blurry lines outside.

Unfortunately, along our route, there was repair work being done, and we had to take a detour. The detour depicted a road well suited for an off-roader SUV, but since we only had the Continental GT, it had to suffice. And boy it did not disappoint. The folks at Bentley have fitted the new Continental GT with a brand-new suspension system, consisting of sophisticated airsuspension, better front and rear axle, adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars to ensure a comfortable experience even on the toughest surfaces. Furthermore, there is a new all-wheel driving system supporting the torque received from the huge engine. However, that is only when the situation become demanding, in normal cases all power goes straight to the rear wheels.

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We made it to Italy had our lunch and said our goodbyes to the awesome car. After that we got on a plane for Munich where we had our dinner. While on the airplane, we were feeling really nostalgic and sad, since the Continental experience was over, but excited as we had had the experience of a lifetime. If you are thinking of a road trip in Europe or in fact anywhere, the Bentley Continental GT is your car. It has the best of both worlds with its sport and luxury features. The plane taking off reminded us of the demonic acceleration of the Bentley. There was literally no difference between how a plane accelerates and how the Continental shoots off towards is impressive top speed. There is nothing to hate about the Grand Tourer except the fact that it costs a fortune. So, save up on your kidneys folks!

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Although cars like this are common on Dubai roads, we were able to turn a few heads as we drove by. Perhaps, because to the untrained eye the 650S, the P1, and the 570S look very similar, or maybe because we had the roof tucked in under the blazing sun. We quickly realized the heat will be too much to bear and thus the roof was brought back on with a touch of a button. The plan was to drive on top have some snacks, enjoy the world’s longest zip line and come back. Therefore, following the set routine, we made our way to a store, grabbed some cold drinks and made our way towards Rais al Khaima where the mountainous road exists.

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Engine Specification and Drive As soon as we entered the mountainous road, it felt like we were driving on clouds. This is as much a compliment for the road as it is for the car. Power delivery is instant and highly responsive, we didn’t feel at peril maneuvering crisscross through the hairpin turns and that is all thanks to the party happening under the hood. Hidden under the hood is a 3.8-liter V8 engine that purges out 570 PS. Power delivery is efficiently maintained with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, allowing the supercar to accelerate at breakneck speeds. On the straighter patches of the Jebel Jais, we went all out on the paddle and tested the car’s mettle. Boy does it move! 0 to 100 km took an impressive 3.2 seconds and with the Sports mode turned on we didn’t have to worry about traction. The cornering capability of the car is applaudable, it really feeds off of the lower center of gravity and pushes the car into the next turn seamlessly. The engine has so much potential, which was evident from the high revving shifts we made while climbing. We drove the car like teenagers discovering the treats of speed and adrenaline for the first time. However, we couldn’t keep this up for long as there were families enjoying picnics by the side of the road. This is surprising since the road leads to nowhere. Once we reached the top of the Jais mountain the sight was incredible. It was entirely different from what one would imagine standing atop a mountain. There were no lush green fields, but arid rocky hills with a hazy horizon, which is an uncommon scenery.

Interior Impression We made our way north of Dubai for about an hour and then slightly east towards the mountains. There are plenty of road signs pointing in the right direction, which can be used, but the navigation system in the 570S works equally well. The Spider is a compact car and we felt constricted, searching for space. Thankfully, our trip was short. The space inside is cozy even for two people and the boot is sufficient for 2 small bags. There is a minimal focus on leisure, but there are still some utilities like climate control AC for the blazing desert sun, highly important for the UAE temperature, USB ports and leather seats to keep things interesting.

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Halfway through our destination, we enjoyed a few chips we bought from Dubai and enjoyed some desert music using the infotainment system. The infotainment system looks like an enlarged phablet. I guess McLaren was so focused on shrinking the car they had to tilt the screen sideways. However, it looks good and has some useful functions like an Aux port, Bluetooth audio, USB and voice command among others, all of which we used to our heart’s content. Verdict The top of the mountain has the longest zip line in the world, at least something to look forward to after finishing the uphill drive. The car needed a break after much abuse, although it is built to perform the Rais al Khaima temperature was no friend to us and neither to the 570S Spider, so we thought it best to give it a breather. My friend tried the zip line while I sat on a rock just admiring the attractive supercar. Some children even came to snap photos with the McLaren and I happily obliged. After such an adrenaline-filled drive, I was not up for the zip line, maybe I had too much of it, or it was nausea you feel on hilly roads. That’s the kind of effect this beastly supercar 104 ISSUE 12 / maqinaonline.com

has on you. As soon as my friend came back, we began our downhill descent back towards Dubai. It was getting late already and we had a nice lunch planned in an expensive restaurant. So, it would be no surprise that we zoomed down the hill. The carbon-ceramic brakes had our back when we needed them and after putting them to the test It can be said they performed exceptionally well. There are anti-lock brakes, but no hill-assists provided, so it all comes down to your driving skill while going downhill. After driving for an hour back to Dubai we made it to the restaurant in time and all the time the discussion was about the McLaren 570S Spider. It’s a car that brings out the teenager in you and it doesn’t disappoint in any way. True, it doesn’t have any modern driving assists, safety features, or enough space to fit a family, but it has what a car should have and that is a growling engine that never gives up.

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Engine: V8 - 3.8 L Twin Turbo Horsepower: 570 PS Torque: 600 Nm 0 - 100 KM: 3.2 s Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel Drive Top Speed: 328 KM/h Weight: 1,498 KG

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G Motors was a British vehicle marque until it was bought by Chinese automobile company SAIC. Since its takeover in 2011, the company has produced some exceptional vehicles and among its fleet one important mention is the MG ZS SUV. We had the chance to experience a blue colored MG ZS SUV in Doha and what we saw and felt was impressive. Overview The MG ZS was given birth to target the compact SUV market and as such, it became a direct competitor with the Nissan Juke as well as the Mazda CX-3. Both of these mentioned vehicles have already made their mark in the world, but the ZS hasn’t really got the chance.

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The SUV has just been released in Qatar as part of the MG brand revival in the country and so it would face tough competition from well-established automobile brands. Exterior Although the major selling point for the MG ZS is its technologically advanced and modern interior, the exterior is quite a deal maker itself. The SUV looks like it’s ready to go on an adventure. The curved edges and the sharp lines on the sides, as well as the front, give it a dominant appearance. At first sight, it looks like the SUV is inspired by its British roots, however, the front looks more like it has been adopted from the house of Mazda, but the huge MG logo on the front of the grille gives it away.


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As for the rear, the resemblance can be traced back to Kia – with its stylish lights - though once again the logo brings us back to reality. MG was hoping to introduce a new design DNA for its 2018 vehicles, but we couldn’t see the effort. There are LED daytime lights, contrasting colors and Although, the new model for the ZS had a change in its structure. The 2018 ZS is based on the USD (Ultimate Stiffness Design) that strengthens the vehicle skeleton by 70% strong steel. As a result, the vehicles got a 5-star (highest) rating from the C-NCAP. So the driver and passengers can feel safe and well-protected riding in the MG ZS. Interior Overall, the cabin has been well-designed with enough classy materials to make it look opulent like the carbon fiber design near the infotainment system and an option to include leather, however, we could notice some areas where the low-cost part of the SUV was evident.

The cabin is riddled with the use of low-quality plastic which is really a let-down. However, that is what a cheap SUV is all about, cost-saving and looking good while doing it. The space inside is commendable. The structure provides enough headroom, legroom and shoulder space to accommodate passengers comfortably. There are even 448 liters of space in the boot to devour all kinds of luggage. However, what’s really exciting is the dash. The value for money can be seen here thanks to the Intelligent Telematics System and a touchenabled 8” inkaLink Vehicle System that even has Apple CarPlay. Moreover, there is Bluetooth compatibility, cruise control, safety features like tire pressure monitor, over speed warning system and parking sensors with a rear parking camera among other things. That’s a pretty fair deal for a low-priced car. The climate control AC, though was a disappointment and we felt that it needs a bit of finetuning to fit into the Doha climate

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Engine There is only a single option for the engine and that is a 1.5-litre inline 4 which makes 105 horsepower while being mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine has a healthy rev limit of 5500 rpm, which is more than enough for city driving as well as for some offroading. Driving the vehicle is genuinely entertaining. The SUV has good traction and just the right amount of control on corners, which is helped by its very responsive and light steering. The suspension also does a good job of providing the vehicle with protection from bumps, potholes, and other obstacles. We also tried the three different modes found in the ZS, the Normal, Urban and Dynamic. The Normal mode does a fine job of handling and holding the vehicle in place. The Dynamic mode, on the other hand, is built for extreme conditions like off-roading or even racing, where turns have to be abrupt, solid and responsive.

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The engine is not very good on the pockets, as it has a very poor fuel economy. MG states that the ZS makes 17.3 km per 100 km. The figure sounds good but if you actually do the math, it’s about 5 km/l, which other 1.5-litre engines found in other vehicles can do better. All of this is supported by a 48 -liter tank, so we wouldn’t advise taking it on a long road with few petrol stations. The three trims include the base 1.5L STD, the mid-range 1.5L COM and the top of the class 1.5L LUX that we drove around Doha. Conclusion The MG ZS is a great crossover SUV alternative for those of you who are tight on the budget. The vehicle has all the necessary technology that an average person in this modern age will need.


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TIPS BUYING A USED CAR is like buying a watermelon, it could look pretty and appealing from the outside, yet once you slide that knife across you might end up with a disappointing desert. Here are some tips that would help you score the right car.

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Do your homework Once you decided what car suits your needs, don’t rush to score the sweetest watermelon. Do your research, ask around, and compare, sometimes even the color of the car affect its value in the market. For example, a white Landcruiser is more valuable than a golden one. So why pay the same amount when you can save some cash.

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Too many fish in the sea A common trick a seller would use, is to make you feel like you’re loosing a hell of deal if you didn’t make and instant decision. Some might say “ I have a waiting list of buyers, so if you didn’t make up your mind quickly I might have to sell it to someone else” So if you’re not sure if it is the “one” and unless you are looking at a 1955 MercedesBenz 300SL Gullwing, just walk away.

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Negotiating The best time to make an offer is after you have met with the seller and seen the car. This will indicate that you are a serious buyer and will make the seller give their actual expectations of the price. Also make sure you both agree on the price before taking the car to the inspection. Finally always remember that the strongest negotiating position is to be able to walk away and mean it.

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Inspection is the last option Once, I was offered a Land cruiser with only 70,000 KM on the odometer, the overall condition of the car made me suspicious. So I started browsing the interweb and I found the exact same car was posted for sale a couple of months back with 170,000 KM on it !

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If I had payed for an inspection, they wouldn’t be able to tell me the mileage was a fraud. Therefore before taking every car you like to an inspection shop, try all the free ways out there to find out more about the car like service history, or browsing websites where cars are posted for sale, if a car have been sold and bought many times that might tell something.

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