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FROM JAPAN TO QATAR PART II
TOYOTA SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND EFFORTS
ISSUE 06 |FEB/MAR 2017
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A WORD FROM OUR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dear Reader, In this edition of Maqina magazine, we parade with several million riyals Ferraris to the iconic Letbelah private museum where we get a chance to meet Maranello’s finest from over the years. Once we’re done admiring the work of art that is a Ferrari in the flesh and get a history and after-service maintenance lesson, we head back over to Japan where we continue our previous story highlighting Toyota’s important safety and environmental research and efforts. Following that up we have a breath-taking track day McLaren organized, where we were lucky to drive one of their most spectacular automobiles to date. Of course, we can’t and shouldn’t forget the Ferrari GTC4Lusso and our amazing time spent with it. The spiritual and physical successor to the FF shows us what a 2+2 Ferrari with all-wheel drive is really capable of. Start flipping the pages to find out how we got on with it. Enjoy the issue,
10 THE ALL NEW BMW 5 SERIES SEDAN
10 NEWS - BMW 5 SERIES SEDAN - LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR S - CHEVROLET MALIBU - FROM JAPAN TO QATAR PART II
42 LOCAL NEWS LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR S
- ALFARDAN AUTOMOBILES 2 DECADES
- ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS DOHA - FERRARI QATAR
- SUV-GAC GS4 - JAGUAR LAND ROVER DRIVE TOUR - MASERATI LEVANTE LUXURY SUV
- MCLAREN DOHA TRACK DAY - ROLLS ROYCE & MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI PARTNER - SKYLINE AUTOMOTIVE PLANS FOR HYUNDAI & GENESIS BRANDS
FROM JAPAN TO QATAR PART II
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80 FERRARI GTC4LUSSO
80 COVER STORY FERRARI GTC4LUSSO
89 Road Trip
99 Radar VOLVO S90
- BMW ALPINA B7 BI TURBO - MOTO GUZZI INTRODUCING “THE FLYING FORTRESS”
114 INTERVIEW FRANCESCO MARCHIONNA 118 DASHBOARD
120 GEARBOX BMW ALPINA B7 BI TURBO POWERS
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- TAG Heuer - Ixoost Esavox Lamborghini Speaker System
NEWS THE NEW BMW 5 SERIES / ALL NEW LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR S 2017 CHEVROLET MALIBU / FERRARI PARADE JLR EXPERIENCE / ROLLS-ROYCE & MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI
MIDDLE EAST & WORLDWIDE AUTOMOTIVE NEWS
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The All New
BMW 5 Series Sedan The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan. Further enhanced dynamics, an unbeatable line-up of assistance systems, an unmatched degree of connectivity and a new and innovative operating system are the most important new features.
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he new BMW 5 Series Sedan therefore has all the tools it needs to continue the remarkable success recorded by its predecessors; around 7.9 million BMW 5 Series cars were sold across its first six generations. “The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series points the way into the future, as we have defined it with our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. We see technological leadership, emotionally rich products and digitalisation as essential factors in achieving success. With the expansion of our model portfolio in the large-vehicle classes, we are satisfying the wishes of many customers. I’m in no doubt that the new BMW 5 Series will set new benchmarks technologically, but also have huge emotional appeal. It remains the epitome of the business sedan,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG.
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Superior driving pleasure and unsurpassed aerodynamics. Rigorous application of the BMW EfficientLightweight lightweight design concept, with increased use of aluminum and high-strength steels, reduces the weight of the 5 Series Sedan by up to 100 kilograms from that of its predecessor. The newly designed chassis, a low centre of gravity, BMWâ€™s hallmark even weight distribution and a lightweight body offering exceptional torsional stiffness combine a wonderfully dynamic driving experience with the long-distance comfort for which the BMW 5 Series is renowned.
Various chassis options such as Integral Active Steering, which can now be teamed with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, add further talents to a dynamics-focused overall package designed to ensure the BMW 5 Series once again stands at the top of its class. The drag coefficient of the new, 4,935 millimetre-long BMW 5 Series Sedan (Cd = 0.22 at its most efficient) sets the benchmark in its class.
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The next step to automated driving. A wealth of assistance systems are on hand in the new BMW 5 Series to offer the driver unbeatable support – not only at critical moments but also in less demanding situations at the wheel, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic, and monotonous stretches of motorway. To this end, it is fitted as standard with a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car. New features in the BMW 5 Series alongside the evasion aid and Crossing traffic warning are
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the Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs. The BMW 5 Series also takes another step towards automated driving with extended functions for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) system and Steering and lane control assistant. These include adoption of speed restrictions, which drivers can select as part of the Speed Limit Assist option. Drivers
can confirm adoption of a speed restriction and make an adjustment of +/– 15 km/h / 9 mph in the system settings. From rest to 210 km/h (130 mph) the car assists the driver with distance-keeping, accelerating, braking and lane control. This increases comfort significantly – in particular at low speeds and in slow-moving traffic on clogged up motorway sections. The intelligent Auto Start Stop function now adjusts its responses to the route and traffic conditions and therefore offers even greater driving comfort.
Intuitive usability and extensive comfort. With even greater user-friendliness as its goal, the new BMW 5 Series is equipped with the latestgeneration iDrive system. In top specification, it displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a highresolution 10.25-inch screen. The system can be operated using the iDrive Controller, by voice command or gestures, or by touching the display controls directly, as the driver wishes. The large, tile-style panels can be arranged as desired and show the content of the underlying menus in constantly updated form. The latest-generation full-colour BMW Head-Up Display has a projection surface that is 70 per cent larger than before and displays traffic signs, telephone listings, radio stations, music tracks, navigation instructions and warnings from the assistance systems.
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Maximising the levels of on-board comfort are extended storage options, greater legroom for rear-seat passengers and comfort seats with massage function, not to mention innovative seat operation using touch sensors and four-zone climate control complete with ionisation and discreet air fragrancing. Special Synergy Thermoacoustic Capsule (SYNTAK) engine encapsulation technology, the acoustic glazing for the windscreen and the acoustic headliner bring about another noticeable reduction in noise levels inside the car. All headlight variants specified for the BMW 5 Series Sedan come as standard with LED technology. Available as an option are Adaptive LED Headlights with variable light distribution including adaptive roundabout lights and BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle high beam with a range of up to 500 metres.
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Advanced link-up of man, machine and environment.
Personalised content through BMW Connected Onboard.
The new BMW 5 Series also offers a compelling proposition in terms of connectivity. Extensive BMW ConnectedDrive features are joined by new services which lavish business travellers with extra comfort and save them time. These include the new ParkNow technology for digital parking space reservation and payment, the On-Street Parking Information intelligent parking space search function and the optional Parking Assistant, which detects empty spots and parks the vehicle automatically. Plus, the Microsoft Exchange service now enables Microsoft Office 365 users to sync emails, calendar entries and contacts and edit them inside their car.
BMW Connected, the personal digital mobility assistant from BMW, has been available in Europe since July 2016. The next development stage of the system, complete with additional services, is set to be introduced with the new BMW 5 Series. BMW Connected Onboard gives drivers an overview of their mobility-related information.
Meanwhile, the optional Remote Parking system allows the BMW 5 Series Sedan to be manoeuvred into even the tightest parking spaces remotely using the car key. And smartphone integration has been further improved â€“ from Apple CarPlay (which, in a first for a carmaker, has been incorporated fully wirelessly), to inductive phone charging and the WiFi hotspot for up to ten devices.
Relevant content such as the upcoming navigation destinations and estimated arrival time recorded in their personal mobility agenda are transferred seamlessly into the car from their smartphone and displayed on the personalised screen. Remote 3D View allows drivers to call up three-dimensional views of the area around their car on their smartphone while on the move. And that means they need never lose sight of their car.
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Iâ€™m in no doubt that the new BMW 5 Series will set new benchmarks technologically, but also have huge emotional appeal. It remains the epitome of the business sedan Harald KrĂźger
Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG.
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BMW 530i and BMW 540i: the new petrol engines. All the engines in the 5 Series Sedan line-up belong to the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics family of power units. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology imbues all the members of the family with outstanding performance combined with exceptional efficiency. Two diesel engines and two petrol variants will be available from launch, working in tandem with either rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. The new two-litre four-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW 530i develops peak torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) and maximum output of 185 kW/252 hp. Its fuel consumption in the combined cycle comes in at
5.4 litres/100 km (52.3 mpg imp)*, which means CO2 emissions of 126 g/km – down more than 11 per cent on its predecessor’s figures. The BMW 530i accelerates from 0 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The flagship engine at launch will be the 250 kW/340 hp unit under the bonnet of the new BMW 540i. This three-litre straight-six produces torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). Despite its extra output and sharper dynamic edge, average fuel consumption stands at only 6.5 l/100 km (43.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are kept to just 150 g/km*. In xDrive guise, the BMW 540i powers from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4.8 seconds.
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THE LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR S ELEVATING THE BENCHMARK FOR SUPER SPORTS CARS 20 ISSUE 6 / maqinaonline.com
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• THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE V12 LAMBORGHINI FLAGSHIP • NEW ICONIC DESIGN FEATURES FOCUSED ON AERODYNAMIC PERFORMANCE • NEW FOUR-WHEEL STEERING SYSTEM • SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED SUSPENSION AND ELECTRONICS, AND CUSTOMISABLE DRIVING MODES • MORE POWERFUL NATURALLY ASPIRATED V12 ENGINE OUTPUTTING 740 HP • 0-100KM/H IN 2.9 SECONDS, TOP SPEED OF 350 KM/H
he new Lamborghini Aventador S is characterized by new aerodynamic design, redeveloped suspension, increased power and new driving dynamics. The ‘S’ is the suffix of previous enhanced Lamborghini models and defines a new benchmark for the V12 Lamborghini. “This is the next generation Aventador as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali. “The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.”
Design and Aerodynamics The design of the new Aventador S clearly indicates the new Aventador generation. The Aventador S features a number of exterior developments, particularly in front and rear, while its profile remains clearly an Aventador. Every modified component is redesigned for a purpose, achieving maximum aerodynamic efficiency while accenting the Aventador’s complex, muscular dynamism. Furthermore, Lamborghini Centro Stile has intelligently integrated certain elements of past icons, such as the lines of rear wheel arches reminiscent of the original Countach.
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NEWS A more aggressive nose and longer front splitter redirect airflow for better aerodynamic efficiency, improved engine cooling and increased cooling to the radiators. Two air ducts in the side of the front bumper reduce aerodynamic interference from the front tires and optimize wake flow to the rear radiator. The rear of the Aventador S is dominated by a black diffuser, available on request in carbon fiber, characterized by a number of vertical fins that amplify the airflow effects, reduce drag through pressure recovery and generate downforce. Three single exhaust outlets exit through the rear bumper. The active rear wing is movable in three positions depending on speed and drive select mode, and optimizes the carâ€™s improved overall balance, working with vortex generators created in the front and rear of the chassisâ€™ underside that maximize air flow as well as assist in brake cooling. The Aventador S design results in significantly enhanced aerodynamic performance. Front downforce has been improved by more than 130% over the previous Aventador coupĂŠ. When the wing is in its optimum position the overall efficiency at high downforce is improved by over 50%, and in low drag by more than 400% compared to the previous model.
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Four masterpieces evolve driving emotion: Four-wheel drive, new active suspension, new four-wheel steering system and the new EGO driving mode The Aventador S chassis retains the Aventador’s unique and extremely rigid lightweight carbon fiber monocoque with attached aluminum frames resulting in a dry weight of just 1,575 kg. The Aventador S is redeveloped around a ‘total control concept’ to provide a superior drive, ride and performance; every aspect of the car’s suspension and electronic control systems has been advanced, with the goal of particularly enhanced control and driving emotion. Enhanced lateral control comes from new fourwheel steering, adopted for the first time on a series production Lamborghini. The system provides improved agility at low and medium speeds and more stability at high speed. On the front axle it is combined with Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS), tuned for a more natural and responsive feel with a sharper turn-in. It is specially adapted to integrate with the active Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering (LRS) on the rear axle: two separate actuators react in five milliseconds to driver’s steering movements, allowing a real-time angle and cornering stiffness adjustment. At low speeds, rear wheels wheels face in opposite direction to the steering angle, thereby virtually reducing the wheelbase. With less steering wheel angle required, the Aventador S is more agile with a reduced turning radius, ensuring higher performance in curves and making it easy to maneuver in town and at low speeds. Conversely at higher speeds both front and rear wheels share the same steering angle, thus virtually extending the wheelbase, providing increased stability and optimizing the responsiveness of the car. Vertical control comes from Lamborghini’s updated pushrod and Lamborghini Magneto-rheological Suspension (LMS), with revised kinematics adapted to the new four-wheel steering. New suspension geometry, optimized for Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering, includes upper and lower arm and wheel carrier to reduce caster and load on the system. A new real-time variable damping system optimizes wheel and body control, and balance and ground stiffness is maximized. New rear springs also enhance the car’s balance.
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car, which receives real time and precise information on body motion via input from all sensors of the car. It instantly defines the best set-up of all active systems in order to guarantee the best vehicle dynamics in each and every condition.
EGO is the new driving mode option. This provides several additional and individual set-up profiles, customizable by the driver, selecting his preferred criteria for traction, steering and suspension within the STRADA, SPORT and CORSA settings.
EGO conceptâ€“customizable driving modes
All driving modes have been recalibrated in the Aventador S, improving ESC integration with all-wheel drive and the interface between engine torque management system and traction control reaction. The continuous torque split to front and rear axles in each driving mode is recalibrated for the Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering and the differentiation between the driving modes is enhanced.
The Aventador S allows the driver to select between four different driving modes: STRADA, SPORT, CORSA and the new EGO mode, which influence the behavior of traction (engine, gearbox, 4WD), steering (LRS, LDS, Servotronic) and suspension (LMS). STRADA stands for maximum comfort and daily use. SPORT provides a sporty, rear-wheel drive feel and CORSA is suitable for maximum track performance.
NEWS In STRADA, the progressive damping is smoothed for better comfort and stability on rough roads. Torque is split 40/60 to the front and rear as standard: safe and stable with maximum adhesion, the car is easily driven and controlled. In SPORT mode, the stabilizing effect of the Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering allows up to 90% torque to the rear wheels for maximum sportiness and driving fun on curving roads. Driving precision and driver feedback is improved, while maintaining safety and without compromising on comfort. When powering off the accelerator, less torque is shifted to the front axle to enhance the car’s agility, with oversteer and drifting easy using light throttle and steering wheel control.
In CORSA, drivers experience less intrusive dynamic and traction control intervention while maintaining driving precision and traction. High levels of damping force maximize driver feeling and feedback from driver inputs including steering, braking and throttle. Counter-phase steering is enhanced in high-performance situations and torque is balanced to both axles, with a maximum 20/80 split to front and rear for more neutral behavior and to maximize track-oriented performance.
The engine and exhaust The Lamborghini Aventador’s naturally aspirated twelve cylinder, 6.5 liter engine outputs an additional 40 hp over its
predecessor, to a maximum 740 hp, with a 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. To achieve the power increase, both VVT (Variable Valve Timing) and VIS (Variable Intake System) have been optimized in order to obtain an enriched torque curve. Additionally, the maximum engine revs have been increased from 8,350 to 8,500 rpm. A dry weight of just 1,575 kg provides a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.13 kg/hp. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is reached in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 350 km/h. Transmission is provided by Lamborghini’s lightweight Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) 7-speed shifting system, providing robotized gear shifts in up to 50 milliseconds.
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The Aventador S adopts a new exhaust system developed as the result of a significant R&D project. More than 20% lighter than its predecessor and the product of testing multiple configurations, the results are an enhanced Lamborghini sound and resonance from the already inimitable V12 aspirated engine, with the three single pipe outlets at the rear of the Aventador S a visual reminder of the new exhaust system. As in its predecessor, the Aventador S is equipped with a stop-and-start system and cylinder deactivation for optimized engine efficiency. When full engine capacity is not required, six of the twelve cylinders are temporarily deactivated by switching off one cylinder bank. When the driver accelerates, the system switches back instantaneously to twelve-cylinder mode, with the changeover virtually impossible to detect by the driver.
Tires and braking system The Aventador S sits on a new, specially developed set of Pirelli P Zero tires. Designed to optimize steering, traction, lane changes and braking efficiency, the tires are specifically designed to respond to the dynamic behavior induced by the Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering, ensuring handling consistency and driver feedback. With improved force generation from both front and rear tires, the Pirelli P Zero tires provide a higher lateral acceleration and reduce understeer characteristics. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard equipment for the Aventador S. The ventilated and perforated carbon ceramic discs (Ø 400 x 38 mm – Ø 380 x 38 mm) enhance braking performance from 100 km/h to standstill in 31 m.
Aventador S – a driver’s environment The cockpit of the Aventador S brings new functionality and refinement. A new TFT digital dashboard can be customized according to the driver’s preferences, with different kombi screens for STRADA, SPORT and CORSA in conjunction with the EGO mode. Selected from the driving modes options on the control panel, the EGO button reveals further options on pop-up digital screens, allowing the driver to choose his preferred settings. AppleCarPlay comes as a standard specification, allowing the cockpit’s occupants to manage voice activated communications and entertainment from personal Apple devices. The Lamborghini telemetry system is an optional specification: recording lap times and track performance as well as trip data, the telemetry system is especially appealing to the owner who wants to take his car on track. The interior specification of the Aventador S is virtually limitless through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customization program.
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THE ALL-NEW MALIBU
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he Chevrolet Malibu has remained an enduring classic among its peers since it was introduced more than 50 years ago. Now, the quintessential midsize sedan boldly steps into the future with an all-new 2017 model that is completely restyled and engineered to offer more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features than ever. Longer and lighter, the new Malibu also offers more interior space. Built on an entirely new architecture, the all-new Malibu is 60 mm longer and has a wheelbase that is 93 mm longer than the previous model. Through the extensive application of high-strength steel and advanced weight reduction technologies, the all-new Malibu shed 130 kg of mass. This supports its best-in-segment fuel economy and exhilarating ride performance. Additional vehicle highlights: •
Agile, sophisticated and sleek exterior design incorporates details that advance Chevrolet’s signature cues
Preventive safety technologies include up-to 6 air bags, with available features such as Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Automatic Parking Assist and Side Blind Zoe Alerts are also available
New Chevrolet MyLink with Apple CarPlay compatibility
The new Malibu will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ.
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Performance and efficiency Beneath the all-new Malibu’s athletic-looking skin is a stronger, lighter body structure that contributes to its efficiency and driving dynamics. The greater application of high-strength steel enabled the use of thinner components in the body structure. The 186 horsepower 2.5L ECOTEC engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission offers performance to match the Malibu’s stunning good looks. This vehicle was engineered with effective fuel efficiency in mind, with leading fuel economy of 14.3 km/L. The all-new Malibu features a MacPherson strut front suspension design that delivers a greater measure of control with rebound spring, and a proven four-link suspension design to offer segment-best ride and handling through individually tuned bushings on each link. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and standard disc brakes with Duralife™ brake rotors along with four-channel ABS offer straighter, more controlled braking in all conditions as well as an improved feeling of firmness and smoothness.
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Available active safety features include: •
Front Pedestrian Alert that uses a forward-looking camera to help avoid or reduce the harm caused by crashes with pedestrians ahead of the vehicle. The system can apply automatic last-second braking
New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert
New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Front and Rear Park Assist
Intellibeam, which automatically switches the headlamps to high beam for better road illumination and improved visibility
Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Automatic Braking
Automatic Parking Assist.
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Sleeker design with lighter, stronger body structure The exterior of the all-new Malibu has sleek and sporty proportions with uniquely sculpted surfaces, advancing Chevrolet’s signature design. It incorporates slim, sweeping headlamps and offers a progressive take on the brand’s distinct dual-port grille. Three body-side character lines add drama to the design and distinguish it as a contemporary Chevrolet. Premium design cues are incorporated on all models, with contemporary lighting technology featured across the lineup, including light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps. The longer wheelbase allows a more open execution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit interior while improving knee clearance in the front and providing
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additional space in back. Every styling detail – including the steering wheel, the cluster and even the buttons – is completely new, indicating the next design direction for Chevrolet. The IP panel’s down-and-away design and lower cowl allow more space up front and ensure greater visibility with the infotainment system naturally delineated into it. The separated center console creates more room for the driver and front-seat passenger’s legs and knees. The completely redesigned rear-seat area provides vastly improved roominess compared to the previousgeneration Malibu, resulting in 33 mm more legroom and better knee clearance. The added wheelbase helps provide better in-cabin comfort and functionality.
NEWS On the LTZ, extensively applied soft-touch components and wooden deco elements exude a high level of quality, complementing the ambient lighting running through the IP and storage pocket, for a premium atmosphere.
Apple CarPlay compatibility Malibuâ€™s MyLink infotainment system gives owners a smart and simple way to access Apple CarPlay. Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features customers want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicleâ€™s display in a smart, simple manner. That allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps is at http://www.apple.com/ae/ios/carplay/. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers spend more time with eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
2017 Chevrolet Malibu Specifications Length (mm) Height (mm) Width (mm) Wheelbase (mm) Curb Weight (kg) Engine Type Displacement (cc) Max. Power (ps / rpm) Max. Torque (kg.m / rpm) Transmission Front Suspension Rear Suspension Front Brakes Rear Brakes Fuel Efficiency (km/L) Fuel Tank Volume (L)
4,923 1,470 1,854 2,829 1,471 2.5L, SIDI, DOHC 2,490 186/6,000 25.5/@4,000 6-speed AT MacPherson Strut 4 Link Suspension Ventilated Disc Solid Disc 14.3 61.7
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FROM JAPAN TO QATAR PART II
TOYOTAâ€™S IMPORTANT SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS BY: Tarek Hawchar | Photos: Natali Leonova
egular readers will remember that in our last article, we featured the Toyota Prius on the cover of the magazine. Before that happened, we had a chance to visit Japan and the Toyota HQ specifically. We test drove the Prius and the Mirai on the incredible Fuji Speedway, and more importantly, we had a tour of the Prius plant, a giant complex with unbelievable machinery inside. Toyota proved to be one of the best hosts weâ€™ve ever had, giving us a full tour of their facilities as well as seminars explaining all of the effort they put into their vehicles.
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Toyota has always been a commissioner of safety and environmentalism, but starting from 2011 and their 3-pillar approach to addressing the world’s pollution issues, they’ve really taken the game to a whole different level. The 3-pillar approach aims at achieving three things: contribute to a low-carbon society, contribute to a recycling-based society, and last but not least, ensure environmental protection. They went about addressing those issues in a number of ways. Firstly, by developing and designing low-carbon emitting, environmentally friendly vehicles. They’ve been looking at alternatives to fossil fuels such as biofuel, electricity and hydrogen for the last quarter of a century, and lots of EVs, FCVs and PHVs from Toyota have changed how the world looked at alternative fuel sources. The result, effectively, is the modernday Prius and Mirai, two of the most environmentally conscious vehicles on the planet. Since the launch of the first Toyota Prius back in 1997, when it was basically the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, a staggering 9 million units have been sold worldwide. In that time, the Prius is estimated to have lowered CO2 emissions by 67 million tons, or roughly equivalent to the same amount of weight as 24 million Land Cruisers. It conserved 15 million kilometers of gasoline compared to a normal, non-hybrid vehicle, an equivalent to the amount needed to make 3,400 roundtrips from the Earth to the sun and back. Development of the first-gen Prius actually started in 1993. The concept of the car was radical from the start: Toyota wanted to create the modern car, suitable to the 21st century and change the entire vehicle development method. The project was codenamed
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“G12”. They first set out with the idea of creating a vehicle with 1.5 times better fuel economy than that of standard vehicles, but the figure was deemed too low to put the car in mass-production. Their ideal target of 2 times better fuel economy represented a much better starting point. Toyota’s hybrid powertrain aimed at combining the best of both worlds: achieve the instant power delivery and improved fuel economy of a full-on electric car, but retain the traditional benefits a gasoline powered vehicle has to offer. When done effectively, a hybrid vehicle offers loads more than what either gasoline or electric cars can do individually. With excellent driving characteristics and eco-friendly features, it appeals to all generations and every type of driver. Today, Toyota offers hybrid powertrains for most of its lineup, to meet diverse customer needs. From the smallest Aqua and Yaris, to the largest GS, LS, RX, and even Dyna and Toyoace, the work trucks. There are roughly 4.4 million HVs in Japan alone, with a further 3 million in the U.S. and 1.1 million in Europe. The incentives for purchasing an HV, up to this point, have been extremely appealing to a lot of people. You get tax deduction, subsidies and in the U.S., even favorable treatment in the form of carpooling. Even if you were the only person inside the car, if your car manages 45 mpg or more, you’re free to use the carpool lane.
The way in which Toyota’s Hybrid System works is fascinating. When first setting off, an electric motor drives the wheels using nothing but electricity from the battery. The same is true under light-load driving, when not a lot is demanded in terms of power and torque. The engine’s power is split into two different portions. The first one is used to power the driven wheels directly, when it needs to kick in to take over from the electric motor. The other part is there to assist the generator/motor, which in turn assists the engine. Power efficiency has been achieved by smart power split between the different portions. The excess electricity generated under light-driving goes back to charging the battery. To further charge up the battery, Toyota fitted regeneration brakes which directly charge the battery. When the amount of charged electricity has reduced, the engine drives a generator which recharges the batteries.
It’s not just about the cars however. Toyota is aware that as a large car manufacturer, it has the civil duty to take care of the Earth and set an example for others to follow. As of March 2015, around 42,000 HV batteries have been collected and recycled, with Toyota further promoting the recycling of HV batteries. Not only that, but they’ve been planting trees at production plants and in the Forest of Toyota, promoting a more conscious, sustainable society which can work in conjunction with nature. The long-term plan for Toyota is quite simple: they want to achieve a standard of zero environmental impact in the next decade or so. To do this, they’ve outlined six different challenges which all aim to bring the CO2 levels down to 0, whether it’s actual car emissions or car production and manufacturing processes.
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If thereâ€™s one thing Toyotaâ€™s known for, other than their hybrids, is their excellent safety rating. Toyota is the most safety-oriented car manufacturer, regularly going all-out on research and development to ensure their cars are as safe as they can possibly be. They use a three-part initiative to achieve this: the people, the cars and traffic environment.
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When it comes to integrated safety features, theyâ€™re divided into a couple of key sectors. The first one is Parking. The features here are somewhat luxuries rather than necessities. None the less, they can stop you from bumping into other objects or even people, which makes them more than worthwhile. A back-guide monitor, Intelligent Parking Assist and Intelligent clearance sonar all fall under this category.
Next on the list is Active safety, an array of systems which are there to prevent an accident from happening. Radar Cruise control, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Alert and Adaptive High Beam system all fall in this category. There’s also night view and navigation collaborative control. Although these may be considered somewhat luxury (extra) systems which do not come standard by other manufacturers, their true value comes
only once you have to rely on them in a dangerous situation. They can literally be a life saver, preventing an accident from happening in the first place. The usual array of Dynamic control systems such as VSC, TC and ABS are standard in every car by now. Pre-Collision Safety systems offer basic functions such as alerts and brake-assist, to inform you of the situation that’s unfolding. It’s the Passive Safety System’s job to protect you in the event that an accident does happen. They’re called passive because they activate only after an accident occurs, where as the active ones remain turned on all the time, monitoring and tracking vital information data and reacting based on it. In a collision, the hood pops up thanks to a new feature which enables it to do so, the seatbelts tensions up, airbags deploy and the collision absorbing body soaks up most of the impact. A Help Net is there to offer rescue services which react quickly and can save your life. Toyota has developed an incredibly accurate computer model representing the human body dubbed “THUMS”. They use a crash test dummy in vehicle crash tests in addition to the model. The aim is quite simple. THUMS is used to research real-world safety information and improve it. THUMS was developed using high-resolution CT scans of a living human subject, so it features the same fragile organs as we do. It also experiences the same G-forces we do, so Toyota can accurately portray what happens to the human body in a given situation using THUMS. Each individual body part can be separately customized and integrated, making THUMS extremely versatile. The THUMS program is divided into subcategories, such as THUMS AM50 if it’s a midsize male, THUMS AF05 if it’s a small female, and so on. It is then used to understand the various injuries a human would suffer in a given situation and estimate the effectiveness of a certain safety technology. It is a very safe and reliable way of understanding how the human body behaves, without actually having to put a human life in danger. It’s currently used throughout the world, although Europe is the biggest customer. The single biggest industry where it’s used however is NASCAR. Yes, the very NASCAR. The effects THUMS has had can be immediately seen. Just look up how many injuries happen in NASCAR, versus the amount of crashes a single race can experience. NASCAR drivers are at a risk of rib fractures at high-speed lateral impacts with the wall, so to prevent that happening, THUMS crash simulations lead to the development of a chest support device for lowering the rib fracture risk. It’s now a requirement in all NASCAR vehicles. From the research and development Toyota puts into their hybrid vehicles, to the great lengths they go to ensure their vehicles are the safest on the planet, it’s clear they are a company which cares for the customer, a company which cares for the people. They are setting an example for other manufacturers, they’re leading by example. For that, we salute you Toyota.
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Alfardan Automobiles celebrates two decades of continued success
n 1996, Alfardan Automobiles was recognized as the official BMW Group importer in Qatar, giving the company legal rights to import and sell BMW cars throughout the country. The business soon began to flourish thanks to Alfardan Automobiles’ reputation, years of expertise within the automotive industry and investments in new state-of-the-art BMW and MINI showrooms and aftersales facilities in Qatar.
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Ihab Allam, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, said: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone and I would like to thank our customers for their unwavering loyalty and support over the years. I also want to thank the BMW Group, whose guidance and support, together with its premium and luxurious products, has enabled us to grow and develop. We will continue to press forward with our expansion plans and are excited for the years ahead.”
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Alfardan Automobiles has witnessed a successful journey so far, supporting the robust growth and prosperity of the BMW Group in Qatar, with a 75% increase in total BMW and MINI units being sold within the past decade. The impressive sales numbers could be credited to the popularity of the X5, X6 and the 7 Series amongst Qatar-based customers. Both performance sub-brands - BMW M and MINI John Cooper Works - have also performed strongly through Alfardan Automobiles, which has achieved pole position in the region in the sales of both.
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The partnership between Alfardan Automobiles and BMW Group started off with the Al Sadd Showroom and a service facility in Doha Industrial Area. As a consequence of considerable increase in demand over the years, Alfardan Automobiles invested in a new showroom in the Westbay area in 2008, along with an expansion of the aftersales service facilities to accommodate the growth of Qatar-based customers. With the Westbay showroom currently following the BMW brand corporate identity, the Al Sadd Showroom will soon follow and be renovated and brand aligned. In line with the 20th anniversary, the BMW importer in Qatar announced exclusive offers on the popular BMW X6 and BMW X5 to mark the occasion, customers looking to purchase one of the models will receive BMW Service for five years/60,000km (whichever comes first), up to five years warranty or 200,000km (whichever comes first) and one year free insurance. Over the course of the past 20 years, Alfardan Automobiles has managed to provide quality service consistently and has integrated transparency and convenience in all areas of customer and stakeholder relations. The brand has emerged as a leading player in the Qatari automotive industry, complemented by the partnership between Alfardan Automobiles and BMW Group. With a shared ambition to expand in the market, the partnership is set to evolve.
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ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS DOHA RECOGNISED FOR EXCELLENCE AT ROLLS-ROYCE REGIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha, the sole authorized dealer of RollsRoyce Motor Cars in Qatar, has been recognized for its stellar performance in 2016 by winning five awards at the annual Rolls-Royce Regional Dealer Awards for Middle East and Africa, held recently in Dubai, UAE. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha picked up accolades for outstanding achievement in Aftersales and best Aftersales Marketing Initiative. In addition to these, two Certificates of Excellence were awarded for an
outstanding achievement, one in Marketing and one Public Relations achieving this award for the third time running - all which helped to contribute towards Roll-Royce Motor Cars Doha ongoing success. This regional recognition is testament to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha commitment to delivering phenomenal results across all verticals of its Rolls-Royce Motor Cars business. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha has had a strong start to 2017 so far and look forward to another successful, promising year ahead.
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Ferrari Qatar demonstrates its commitment to aftersales service with a private tour to iconic Letbelah musuem
n celebration of the brand’s rich automobile heritage, Alfardan Sports Motors – the official dealer of Ferrari in Qatar – organised an exclusive visit to Letbelah – the private museum of Omar Alfardan. The tour offered Ferrari owners, for the first time, a rendezvous with the classic models of the Prancing Horse lineage, while also shedding light on the significance of aftersales vehicle maintenance. The event commenced with an exciting parade of Ferrari cars, as owners made their way from the state-of-the-art showroom at The Pearl-Qatar to the museum, joined by Ferrari Middle East and Africa’s General
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Manager - Giulio Zauner and Aftersales Manager - Francesco Marchionna. Upon arriving at Letbelah, guests were treated to a private viewing of Omar Alfardan’s prized collection of vintage cars. The spectacular ensemble featured top names from yesteryear such as: Ferrari Super America, Testarossa, 288 GTO, 612, F40, F50, Enzo and a replica of the F1 – demonstrating the brand’s motoring prowess since 1940. A highlight of the tour was the LaFerrari sculpture – an exclusive bronze life-size replica of the limited edition LaFerrari hybrid sports car. The piece was crafted by renowned Iraqi artist Ahmed Al-Bahrani, and pays homage to the iconic LaFerrari car with its elegance, sophistication and superior quality that have become its trademark in the automotive industry. While Letbelah was hailed as a sanctuary for classic car lovers, it also presented a true reflection of Ferrari’s unparalleled standards of luxury and craftsmanship – meticulously preserved by Omar Alfardan. Delving into the aspect of vehicle maintenance, Ferrari Qatar’s aftersales team proceeded to brief guests on how to keep their Ferraris in mint condition for a considerable period of time.
LO C A L N E W S Charly Dagher, General Manager of Ferrari Qatar, Alfardan Sports Motors, said: “We are extremely grateful to Omar Alfardan for providing us this wonderful opportunity to view his impressive collection; and we commend his efforts in preserving such an extensive scale of vintage cars. This unique initiative was also made successful, thanks to the support of the Ferrari Regional Office and Headquarters. With this visit, we sincerely hope to encourage our Ferrarists to invest in the thorough maintenance of their cars. Furthermore, we have a dedicated aftersales team, specifically trained to understand your needs and offer the best-in-class service. They have an exceptional know-how of the brand and will help you to experience the ultimate performance of the Prancing Horse.” As part of its commitment towards quality, Ferrari Qatar provides its customers a range of aftersales services and benefits. This includes a Ferrari Genuine Maintenance programme that covers all the scheduled maintenance for the first seven-years of the vehicle’s life, and extends to any subsequent owner within the seven years. The programme covers the scheduled maintenance labour along with the relative original spare parts, engine oil and brake fluid.
To further enhance the durability of a Ferrari vehicle, the Ferrari Pre-Owned Warranty service allows clients to avail a warranty of up to 10 years, including spares and repairs. Moreover, the vehicle also remains under warranty even if it changes ownership.
Customers can also avail the Welcome Back Programme to update the car’s software, thanks to the use of modern diagnostic instruments. This service also includes one year of roadside assistance along with an exclusive invite to the World of Maranello.
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“ The GS4 encompasses GAC’s best technologies to deliver a trendy, sleek and sporty design along with outstanding fuel efficiency and safety ”
The benchmark-setting urban SUV - GAC GS4 - makes its Qatar debut
l-Futtaim’s Doha Marketing Services Company W.L.L. (DOMASCO), the distributor for GAC in Qatar, announced this that the all new GS4 is now available in the GAC showroom. GAC MOTOR has shown the world its remarkable R&D progress and strength in the SUV field. As one of the latest products of GAC MOTOR, and after an impressive global premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the GS4 won the “Innovation for the Future” award by Yahoo Finance. Crystallizing the latest R&D achievements, processes, standards and quality requirements of GAC, the GS4 far exceeds urban consumers’ expectations of a premium compact SUV. This signature model also received a gold medal from the C-ECAP (China Eco-Car Assessment Program) and 5-star rating from C-NCAP (China NCAP Safety Assessment), demonstrating a clear advantage in low emissions while ensuring optimal performances and safety. Commenting on the launch of GAC’s award winning, hi-tech, urban SUV, Faisal Sharif, the Managing Director at DOMASCO said, “Innovation is everything in the automotive world and GAC MOTOR continues to impress the industry with GS4. The model features unrivalled creativity in terms of both appearance and technology. From the remarkable product DNA and features of GS4, one can easily find that it is bound to become a leader in the compact SUV market.”. He added, “Combining it with the experience we give to our customers at every touch point in their journey with DOMASCO, we will set new benchmarks.”
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GS4, embodies the highest level of vehicle power systems. GAC MOTOR’s new secondgeneration 235T engine utilises the GCCS combustion control technology and lowinertia electrically-controlled E-Turbo. Featuring comprehensive innovations and optimization in the 3 major areas of design, process and materials, the 235T engine offers unrivalled advantages of high torque, low fuel consumption and excellent mute performance. The torque output is class leading, and considerably more than many of the competitors that use engines of a larger displacement. Moreover, the GS4 is equipped with intelligent configurations, such as PEPS, a smart key system and multi-mode fulldimensional driving memory.
GS4 constitutes a perfect rendition of the GAC MOTOR brand’s world-leading “Light & Shadow Sculpture 2.0” design aesthetics. A symmetrical and fluent body generates a wonderful high-class temperament. Unlike the compact, thin and light style of Japanese cars, GS4 features dynamic lines and light & shade changes to accentuate a sense of solidness and power of European cars, with a due emphasis on the posture and proportionality of the whole vehicle. Amidst the seamless conversion between light and shade, GS4 acquires a more spectacular image and creates a new breath of dynamism and fashion, uplifting its appearance to a new height.
Safety As for safety, GS4 continues to adopt the “GAC safe body structure” and is equipped with the latest ESP from BOSCH. As the only five-star safety car family in China, GS4 will provide consumers with comprehensive premium safety protection.
Interior Styling As for the interior, GS4 carries forward the fine craftsmanship and user-friendly traditions of the whole GS family. The high-end elegant interior exudes a great taste of fashion. The finely crafted dashboard and door panels offer an unrivalled hand feel. The seats are of suitable softness and hardness, while the
steering wheel offers a great hand feel. The center console layout and the seat design make most use of the ergonomics philosophy and can fully meet the needs of urban consumers for texture and comfort. Recently, GAC MOTOR was covered by finance magazine Forbes, which is quoted as saying that GAC MOTOR is no longer an emerging automaker only targeting domestic market, but a globally competitive international automobile enterprise. Thanks to its influential power and innovation capability, this young Chinese brand is vigorously establishing an international benchmark as a pacesetter among domestic brands. “The GS4 encompasses GAC’s best technologies to deliver a trendy, sleek and sporty design along with outstanding fuel efficiency and safety.” stated Andrew Parrot, Head of Sales and Marketing for GAC at DOMASCO. He added “We are inviting our customers to our showroom to see this benchmark setting, award winning, urban SUV for themselves and experience it firsthand with a test drive.”
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ALFARDAN PREMIER MOTORS HOSTS SUCCESSFUL QATAR EDITION OF GLOBAL JAGUAR LAND ROVER DRIVE TOUR
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lfardan Premier Motors Co., the exclusive retailer of Jaguar Land Rover in the State of Qatar wrapped up its Jaguar Land Rover Experiential Event that took place at The Pearl-Qatar from 24 to 26 November, 2016.
Bringing together Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts, the event is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Global Drive Experience tour and included a variety of driving activities to offer prospective clients an exclusive drive experience with professional drivers. Commenting on the event, Ben Wilkinson, Experiential Marketing Manager for Jaguar Land Rover MENAP, said: “We are constantly looking for ways to deliver outstanding and engaging driving experiences to our audiences across the region. Hosting the Jaguar Land Rover Global Drive Experience tours in our key MENA markets is a great opportunity to showcase our latest innovations in terms of technology, performance and expertise.”
“Hosting this event in Qatar as part of the global Jaguar Art of Performance Tour and Land Rover Experience Drive Tour is a great honour and a perfect opportunity to build on the experiences we offer our customers here in Qatar all year long,” said Hussein Adra, Marketing & Customer Relationship Manager for Alfardan Premier Motors. Jaguar activities were based on the Art of Performance tour - a global initiative developed to enable a premium, modern experience of “new generation Jaguars” delivering high-end engaging, entertaining experiences to customers. The main highlight of the Qatar Jaguar Driving Experience was the Jaguar Smart Cone Challenge, a new technology solely owned by Jaguar which encourages customers to compete against each other on distance, time and accuracy. The winner was invited to compete in the Jaguar Smart Cone global finale after which the Ultimate winner will attain the coveted title of Art of Performance Tour Champion and will win a unique trip to an international Drive Event.
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The event also included a Land Rover Scored Precision Activity and Land Rover Terrain Trailer Activation where attendees were able to challenge each other. The activities are part of the Land Rover Experience Drive Tour, a regional drive experience aiming to introduce new audiences to the brand and showcase the capabilities of the vehicles in the naturally challenging terrain exclusive to the MENA region â€“ a perfect environment for Land Rovers to be used to full potential. The winner was invited to attend the Land Rover Experience Tour finale in Bahrain for a chance to win a Land Rover Adventure of a lifetime to South America.
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Jaguar activities were based on the Art of Performance tour - a global initiative developed to enable a premium, modern experience of â€œnew generation Jaguarsâ€?delivering high-end engaging, entertaining experiences to customers
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Maserati Levante records significant demand in Qatarâ€™s luxury SUV segment
lfardan Sports Motors, the official dealer of Maserati in Qatar, is pleased to report an unprecedented increase in demand of the Levante, following its much-anticipated debut in the country earlier this year. The model has quickly become a preferred vehicle of choice in the luxury SUV segment, for clients seeking exceptional on-road and off-road capability alongside day-to-day comfort and practicality. The introduction of the new model has not only led to a 38% increase in Maserati sales in August across the Middle East, India & Africa region, but has also secured, in Qatar, an order bank of 4 months as well as a waiting period of 4 months for special orders.t
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Commenting on the success of the car, Charly Dagher, General Manager of Maserati Qatar at Alfardan Sports Motors, said: “We are extremely delighted with the phenomenal response the Levante has received among our clients in Qatar. As the Maserati’s first SUV, the car has set a unique benchmark in the segment. Both variants – the Levante and the Levante S – are in roughly equal demand. The GCC is a very significant market for the Maserati SUV, as clients are particularly keen on exploring off-road terrains as well as sporty on-road capabilities.” By tapping into the largest luxury segment of the automobile industry, the Levante introduces a new concept to the SUV world, delivering best in class comfort even on rough terrains. Its distinctive design combines spaciousness and coupé lines, while its range of cutting-edge technology administers new levels of safety and entertainment on the road.
Available in two variants – the Levante and the Levante S – the model’s sporty demeanour is powered by the Maserati 3-litre V6 engine with twin turbo. The top of the range Levante S with 430hp makes it to 100km/h in just 5.2” and has a top speed of 264 km/h. The 350hp Levante achieves the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.0” and a 251km/h top speed. Both versions adopt an eight-speed automatic ZF gearbox with a choice of drive modes: Normal, I.C.E., Sport or Off-road. The Levante is available at the luxurious Maserati showroom located at The Pearl-Qatar.
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HOSTED THEIR BEST TRACK DAY TO DATE IN QATAR BY: Tarek Hawchar
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ecently, we had the opportunity to attend a McLaren Doha track day, and we’re glad to say we weren’t disappointed one bit. It was the complete opposite in fact, as it proved to be the best track day event we have ever attended. Invited customers and media people got a once in a lifetime opportunity to drive McLaren’s very own 570GT and 570S complete with instructors and hot laps. We’ll get back to our experience in a second, let’s just introduce the amazing cars McLaren provided for us.
First, we have the 570S. Advertised as McLaren’s “baby sportscar”, or entry-level, don’t let the moniker fool you. This is a full-on supercar killer. It murders nearly every other supercar on track, thanks to its monstrous 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 developing 562 hp, the incredibly agile chassis and of course, the trick aero. Oh, it also has 600 Nmft of torque. The lightweight chassis coupled with the insane power means the 570S is able to reach 100 Km/h in just 2.9 seconds. Then there’s the 570GT. Essentially a “road” version of the 570S, it’s just as capable on the track, with some added comfort and practicality for the road.
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The day started off uneventful. Well, as uneventful as a bunch of enthusiasts waiting to drive supercars can be. After a quick brief on safety protocols and some track information, it was time to actually hit the track. We all expected this to be a standard track day, where we get to drive the cars ourselves at a decent pace, but nowhere near the limit. As it turns out, McLaren had other plans. We received one on one private sessions with the instructors who taught us how to drive on a track properly. This was, in the full meaning of the words, a real track day. Most of us never knew a car could brake or corner so hard, as you never really drive them more than 7/10 on the road. This was a real eye-opening experience. Weirdly, it makes you a better driver overall, not just on the track. You gain a sense of where the grip is, how the car reacts when it starts to slide and how much pressure you can apply when braking before it starts to lock up or the ABS kicks in.
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This was, without a doubt, the most amazing track day we’ve attended so far. Getting an invitation from McLaren Doha to drive a supercar is one thing, but pushing it to its limit with a professional next to you is something dreams are made out of. When you’re in the zone, you can actually imagine what it’s like to be racing with 20 other cars who are going just as insanely fast as you, within a few meters of each other. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat.
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ROLLS-ROYCE AND MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI PARTNER TO GIVE GUESTS THE ROYAL EXPERIENCE
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha, the sole authorized dealer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Qatar, has partnered with Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha, the ultra-luxury resort located on its own man-made island, to create the Rolls-Royce of hotel experiences. Guests staying at the Royal Suite will enjoy a bespoke luxury experience infused with the personalized and authentic touch that is unique to the Rolls-Royce brand. Catering to the royal families, dignitaries, celebrities, and other guests that stay at one of Marsa Malaz Kempinskiâ€™s Royal Suites, the Rolls-Royce experience begins even before the hotel arrival as guests are picked up from their preferred location in Doha in a chauffeured Bespoke Rolls-Royce. Upon checking into their lavish 650 squaremeter suite they are introduced to their private butler and given a choice of a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ghost, Wraith or Dawn to drive during their stay.
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Guest can start their mornings with a casual stroll through the luscious gardens of Marsa Malaz Kempinski, followed by a relaxing day in their very own private Roman bath overlooking the exquisite turquoise Gulf waters. All their needs shall be anticipated by their personal butler, from a refreshing towel to a romantic dinner experience in a private beach gazebo. A Royal Breakfast awaits the following morning in the comfort of their remarkable Suite followed by a sensational treatment in the only Spa by Clarins in the Middle East, comprising of the finest gold and chocolate to leave the skin feeling enriched. Rolls-Royce’s partnership with Marsa Malaz Kempinski includes models that cater to all tastes of the VIP guests visiting the hotel. The full model line-up is offered including Phantom, the ultimate expression of
Rolls-Royce luxury; Wraith, the most powerful RollsRoyce in history; Ghost, the pinnacle business limousine and Dawn which provides the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience in the world. Commenting on the partnership, Mr Ihab Allam, General Manager of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Doha, said: “We’re delighted to announce this new extension of our partnership with Marsa Malaz Kempinski, further strengthening our relationship with this ultra-luxury hotel, as well as the relationship between both of our leading global brands. We have always been committed to providing customer service of the highest standards to our valued clients and we are pleased to extend this to guests of the Royal Suites at Marsa Malaz Kempinski.”
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A paradise for getaways, the island features a private beach and outdoor swimming pools, water sports facilities, private yacht jetties, tennis courts and plush gardens and patios.
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SKYLINE AUTOMOTIVE SETS OUT AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR HYUNDAI AND GENESIS BRANDS IN QATAR Official distribution partner kick-starts bold vision for growth in key GCC market
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ewly appointed as the official distribution partner for the State of Qatar by Hyundai Motor Company, Skyline Automotive has embarked on an ambitious plan for growing the global automotive brand in the country by setting new standards for dealers.
“Skyline Automotive is making rapid progress in delivering strong and exciting plans to build the profile and market share of the Hyundai and the luxury Genesis brands from our showroom on B-ring road. Our vision for Skyline Automotive is to establish a new benchmark operating model for quality in Qatar by investing in our business, market and people,” explained General Manager Paiman El Malla. According to Mr. El Malla, partnering with the Hyundai Motor Company was a strategic decision reflecting the manufacturer’s success in delivering value and quality in the auto industry in recent years. “Hyundai has invested significant resources in building up high-tech research and development divisions and utilising high-grade materials that offer quality on a par with luxury brands but at more competitive prices.” added El Malla. To achieve the ambitious goals Skyline Automotive has set for success in Qatar, the company is investing heavily in its operations, its people and in building both automotive brands with a clear strategy focused on the following:
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Bringing an incredible product range to Qatar. Skyline Automotive carefully chose the product range it offers Qatarâ€™s motorists to meet a range of needs and expectations. Skyline Automotive will stock 15 different 2017 models across city cars, coupes, sedans, SUVs and luxury sedans. The 2017 models available now include: i10, i30, Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Creata, Tuscon, Santa Fe and Grand Santa Fe, Veloster, H1 vans and the luxury G80 and G90 Genesis models. The hybrid IONIQ models will be available in April of 2017. This will make Skyline Automotive the first dealer to introduce the hybrid IONIQ models to Qatar in line with their focus on offering a wide variety of options to customers and paving the way for its environmentally-conscious consumers.
Developing people as the businessâ€™ best asset. Skyline Automotive is making considerable investments in its people to ensure staff working with customers across the entire operation have all the tools and training required to offer a truly personalized experience. They are hiring market-leading professionals to run in-house training for Skyline Automotive staff. To that end, Skyline Automotive offers continual learning opportunities and on-the-job training through modules designed to support teams in delivering the very best customer service experience. According to Mr. El Malla, this begins with hand picking the most knowledgeable and passionate staff with the right mix of experience and aptitude for success.
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Delivering an industry-leading service experience to customers. The Skyline Automotive customer-centric focus runs from the top of the organisation, developed by years of experience in the industry by its top management team. The business is also implementing a sophisticated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to enable the dealership to track and manage all touch points with customers and continually identify opportunities to improve by evaluating Customer Satisfaction Index scores.
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Setting the standard for aftersales excellence. Skyline Automotive is committed to delivering first-class aftersales service at maximum convenience to customers. To that end, Skyline Automotive customers will be able to access the Skyline Automotive Service Centre at Gate 41, Street Number 26 in the Industrial area. Skyline Automotive also plans to open a number of quick-service centres soon and currently has two to three sites under consideration. The business is also making good progress on developing its technologically-advanced, flagship showroom located on the F-ring road which is due to open next year.
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â€œHyundai has invested significant resources in building up high-tech research and development divisions and utilising high-grade materials that offer quality on a par with luxury brands but at more competitive prices.â€? General Manager Paiman El Malla
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Describing Skyline Automotive’s commitment and focus on building a successful future for Hyundai and Genesis in Qatar, Mr. El Malla continued: “As we look ahead to next year, we see real opportunity to make a positive impact on the market here. We have great products, people and plans for building the Hyundai and Genesis brands in the country.
We have all the ingredients for success and every confidence in the strength of our partnership with Hyundai Motor Company. Our team is fully committed to supporting our customers every step of the way, and we look forward to creating a new benchmark for customer service and satisfaction.”
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FERRARI GTC4LUSSO THE BRILLIANT EVERYDAY SUPERCAR By: Tarek Hawchar | Photos: Natali Leonova
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hink about a supercar, any supercar. You’re probably thinking of a two-door coupe with the engine in the front, or maybe the middle, and almost no boot space. What if we told you there’s a “practical” supercar which can fit four, has room for your luggage and features a big, shouty V12 at the front? No, it’s not the Ferrari FF, but the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, the FF’s spirited successor.
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We’ve recently had the chance to test the car out in Qatar, and we were pleasantly surprised with the four-seater Ferrari. Think of it this way: the GTC4Lusso is to the FF what the new 488 GTB is to the old 458 Italia, with one major difference, which we’ll get to later on. Let’s start with the looks first, because it looks utterly gorgeous. It’s the same concept as the FF, with some minor improvements. The design boasts Ferrari’s new visual design language, which means it looks angry and sinister from all angles, especially the front. It’s nearly as large as an S-Class, but because it’s so well proportioned, you can’t really tell. The new strakes just behind the front wheels help generate the illusion that it’s actually shorter, while the rear haunches make it more curvaceous. The rear fascia is extremely cool, with a fullblown underbody diffuser and an integrated top spoiler. The rear threequarter view is simply amazing. The hatchback hump at the back gives it an almost bullet-like shape, and it elongates the front of the car. You have to see it in person to truly appreciate how gorgeous it is, because pictures don’t do it justice.
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The design boasts Ferrari’s new visual design language, which means it looks angry and sinister from all angles, especially the front.
Inside, it’s been totally updated. The infotainment system is heaps better, the graphics have been improved and it’s a joy to use. You quickly learn how to use it because it’s genuinely intuitive. Rear passengers get 16mm more legroom, which should address the small issue the FF had. Even taller passengers can ride in the rear seats now, although they may not want to remain there for long periods of time. The steering is brand-new, and it’s equipped with bigger pads for the headlight and wiper controls. The blinkers can be activated from behind the wheel or via your thumbs from the front. It’s more functional, but it looks sillier. maqinaonline.com / ISSUE 6 83
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The dash has been redesigned with a large ten-inch central screen on the middle and a different display for the passenger (like the one in the F12 Berlinetta). The leather is of the highest-quality variety, and that, along with the peerless metal really finish off the entire look. The rear seats fold 50:50 split and there’s 800 liters of available boot space. You don’t normally are about this sort of stuff in a Ferrari, but because it’s the GTC4Lusso, a four-seater one, it’s allowed. And then, we get to the good stuff. Remember how we said this is different to the 458 and 488 in one major way? Well, it’s the engine. See, most people expected the new four-seater flagship Ferrari to feature a turbocharged V8, because, well, even performance manufacturers have been downsizing. After all, the near as makes no difference 700 horsepower turbocharged V8 in the 488 would have made a great unit for the new GTC4Lusso. Well, thankfully, Ferrari disagreed, so the new car has the same V12 as the previous FF. Mind you, the engine has been improved with redesigned pistons and a higher compression ratio, so it now offers 29 more horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque more than the FF. The dual-clutch transaxle is the same, housing an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
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On the straights, it’s a true monster. The V12 is happy to scream throughout the entire rev range, all the way to the 8,250 rpm limit. Although the GTC4Lusso is a 2 ton machine, it has no trouble keeping up with the rest of the supercars on the market. The large V12 really is the car’s party piece. It makes everything else with half the cylinders feel like a toy, even if it isn’t technically a lot faster than them. There really is no replacement for displacement, or noise as it would turn out in this case. At this point, you may be wondering how well it drives in the corners. To test that out, we introduced it to some bends to see how well it copes. The short answer is amazingly. The car has a 48:52 weight distribution and despite the fact that it weighs two tons, it doesn’t understeer or oversteer. Pushed past its absolute limit it will exhibit the most minute understeer sensation, but that’s all really. On the road, you can’t get anywhere near its limits. The four wheel drive system, although not the pinnacle of its type of technology, does wonders for the Ferrari. It’s predictable and communicative, telling you what it’s doing all of the time. Enter a corner too fast, and it will sort the situation out for you. Because it’s got tons of grip, you don’t even have to wait for the corner exit to nail the throttle. Mash it way before you thought was possible, and the GTC4Lusso just grips and goes.
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On the straights, itâ€™s a true monster. The V12 is happy to scream throughout the entire rev range, all the way to the 8,250 rpm limit.
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Granted, you can feel some of the weight in the slower corners and the fast changes of direction, but it’s nowhere near as its mass would suggest. The four-wheel drive system masks it beautifully, but it wants to be on long, open sweepers where it can use the power of the big V12. The GTC4Lusso may not be to everyone’s liking, but to certain individuals, it’s the best Ferrari ever made. We can see why. It’s got 95% of the performance the F12 offers, has seating for four, a big boot, four-wheel drive which makes it capable in all weather, and unique looks which no other Ferrari boasts. We think the GTC4Lussio may even be a future classic, especially now since they changed the name FF into something more evocative.
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ROAD TRIP VOLVO S90
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VOLVO S90 By Adel Habib
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SWEDISH SELFIE, THE S90 CAN HANDLE ALMOST ALL THE DRIVING, BUT DON’T REACH FOR YOUR PHONE JUST YET
ne thing about the Volvo S90, is that it’s easy to lose sight of this lovely saloon in light of the success of the attention grabbing XC90. That is, until you spend some time with the car. At its core the S90 is another logical extension of the design language that underpins the SUV, and one destined to challenge the usual suspects in the hotly contested segment. The S90 manages to accomplish an aesthetic that stands out, if only for its smoothness, amid a jumble of sameness, managing to be both new and timeless, without putting you to sleep. Based on Volvo’s blown 2.0-liter, which the powerplant, which it shares with the XC90 is blown to rising levels of horsepower.The car also shares its platform with the SUV, and offers a host of cutting edge tech like Pilot Assist. And, because it’s a Volvo, you can expect class-leading safety here as well. About that, back in 1958 Nils Bohlin, who previously designed ejector seats for Saab fighter jets, was hired by Volvo as their chief safety engineer, a then new position created after a relative of CEO Gunnar Engelau’s perished in a car accident. The next year, Bohlin revolutionized automotive safety by introducing the three-point harness safety belt, helping establish what became one of the brand’s key differentiators.
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In keeping with their legacy of safety conscious engineering, Volvo has spent more than half a decade engineering these safer, more streamlined seats, which are both friendlier to leg room (with less mass in the seat back, there’s more legroom for the person behind you) and extremely pleasant to sit in. There’s no bad seat in the house here, and the thoughtful ‘theatre’ positioning helps afford each passenger an improved view. The S90 is a sign if forward momentum for Volvo Cars, a company best known for its SUVs and estates, that now seems intent on making a dent in the premium sedan segment with its distinctive executive class sedan. With plenty of new technologies ranging from cutting edge safety to cloud-based apps and services, the S90 is further proof of the Swedish brand’s continuing transformation. “With the launch of the XC90 we made a clear statement of intent. We are now clearly and firmly in the game. With $11 USD billion of investment over the past five years we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be – we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.
The S90 manages to accomplish an aesthetic that stands out, if only for its smoothness, amid a jumble of sameness, managing to be both new and timeless, without putting you to sleep.
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The new Volvo S90 comes equipped with an advanced semiautonomous drive feature, Pilot Assist. The system gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car properly aligned within lane markings up to motorway speeds of around 130 km/h and no longer needs to follow another car. Pilot Assist is another step towards full autonomous drive – a key innovation area for Volvo.
The S90 also introduces a world first function to City Safety - large animal detection - a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day. The technology offers an intuitive warning and brake support to help avoid a collision. The S90 has also benefitted from Volvo Cars’ recent investment in a highly advanced chassis simulator.
The S90 will also come with a clean and powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain and one of the most luxuriously appointed interiors and connected infotainment systems in the large sedan segment.
“The S90 has taken a big stride forwards in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride. We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
“Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.
The big S90 handles well, albeit not as unflappably well as something like the Jag XF. But then, it’s larger and less sporty, so that’s as it should be. Nonetheless, the new chassis is quite capable, body roll is minimal and there’s no tendency towards outsized understeer. Think of it as a sort of execu-sled wafter with a Swedish Chef accent.
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â€œThe S90 has taken a big stride forwards in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride. We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort,â€? Dr Peter Mertens Senior Vice President, Research & Development Volvo Car Group.
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This big-boned Swede excels at comfort, both in the driveway and on the road. We recommend the optional air suspension for a superbly smooth ride atop the 20-inch wheels that accompany the top trim level. Step up to the 21’s and things get a little less placid, but either would suffice for a run up to Jebel Hafeet, or the getaway spot of your choosing. Buy an S90 and you’ll be extremely comfortable and well looked after inside. You will also be quite safe, and that’s no small thing on our roads. Volvo is projecting zero fatalities in their cars by 2020 and so far, the data they’ve gathered since 2010 has them right on track. The legacy of Nils Bohlin is alive and well at the company, and Volvo studies real-world accidents in depth to augment the safety testing it does at its own facility. The car has a solid cage and a wide range of active avoidance systems, some unique and, one day, you may just be able to leave all the driving to Volvo. Given their track record, that could be a very good thing.
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RADAR CARS, BIKES, TRUCKS & BOATS UNDER OUR RADAR
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ALPINA B7 BI-TURBO POWERS INTO QATAR
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he new BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo has made its entry into the Qatar market. Alfardan Automobiles, the exclusive BMW Group importer in Qatar, has introduced the class-leading luxury sedan in BMW showrooms across the country, bringing together the highest standards of performance, precision dynamics and comfort. Commenting on the arrival of one of the most powerful models in the range, Mr. Ihab Allam, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, said: “The BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo is extraordinary on all levels, with elements that offer a heightened sense of luxury, agility, comfort and output. Designed to perform exceptionally under all conditions, this new model will appeal to Qatar’s discerning automotive connoisseurs.”
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The classic ALPINA design underpins the elegant and athletic appearance of the new BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo, blending form and function to offer optimum driving stability, smooth transitions, and lightness in handling, whilst creating a sleek and elegant silhouette. Offering refinement, luxurious ambience and comfort, the interiors of the BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo features an extensive range of standard equipment including high-end Nappa leather, comfort seats, a leather-covered instrument panel, ceramic applications on selected control elements and soft close doors. To enable effortless driving the vehicle also features full-colour Head-Up Display, rear view camera, the latest BMW navigation, communication and infotainment systems. The full-colour digital instrument panel in LED technology featuring an exclusive ALPINA design can switch from a classic look featuring round instruments with blue background and red needles in the Comfort Mode to the Sport Mode, a more dynamic design with blue and green drag indicators and a focus on primary information.
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In addition, exterior design elements including symmetrically-placed front and rear spoilers; adaptable BMW kidney grille that reduces aerodynamic drag and maximises cooling, 20inch ALPINA CLASSIC wheels, ALPINA sports exhaust system, exclusive paint finishes in ALPINA Blue metallic and ALPINA Green metallic, emphasize power and performance.
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The BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo is extraordinary on all levels, with elements that offer a heightened sense of luxury, agility, comfort and output. Designed to perform exceptionally under all conditions, this new model will appeal to Qatarâ€™s discerning automotive connoisseurs.â€? Ihab Allam General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles
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The cutting-edge BMW engine technology and intensive development work by ALPINA has also raised output to 447 kW (608 hp) between 5,750 and 6,250 rpm, with a maximum torque of 800 Nm available from 3000 rpm. Powered by a 4.4 litre 8-cylinder engine with Bi-Turbo charging, petrol direct injection and Valvetronic, the new model, with all-wheel drive accelerates in just 3.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, reaching a top speed of 310 km/h. Featuring the most advanced suspension technology, BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo retains the unparalleled long-distance cruising comfort of its predecessor while sharpening agility, handling and lateral dynamics to be commensurate with the enhanced power output. The Driving Dynamics Control button helps to adjust the various parameters, including height control, to facilitate a comfort or sportorientated chassis set-up. A new generation of the excellent 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC, also contributes to an exceptional driving experience in all conditions.
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MOTO GUZZI INTRODUCING
“THE FLYING FORTRESS”
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he MGX-21 is the most unconventional, rich and technological of the 1400 cc grand cruisers built at Mandello del Lario. Moto Guzzi is one of the greatest brands in the motorcycling world and in almost a century of history has produced motorcycles that are often ahead of their time, forging new ways forward subsequently adopted by everyone. The MGX-21 is the latest example of Moto Guzzi’s originality and courage, a traditional part of its heritage. The internal trembling and vibrations felt even before you climb on board, multiply when the 90° V-twin engine starts up: from the banks of the Lario to the borders of the world, your journey moves to the rhythm of the strokes of the huge pistons of the Moto Guzzi big block.
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The cruiser stands out for its design, build quality and attention to detail MGX-21 has become a large touring bike, with a pair of rigid side panniers that in no way distort that purity of design the prototype boasted, integrating harmoniously in the style of the back end. The 58-litre carrying capacity and the presence of convenient, removable internal bags guarantee space and practicality for world travellers. The external pannier covers are in carbon fibre: the deep reflections that come from the carbon fibre are combined with “total black” graphics that make the MGX-21 the darkest and most attractive bike from Mandello. Particular attention was given to the study and definition of the “batwing” design, the large top fairing that makes an essential contribution to the bike’s futuristic look. The shapes at the back also stem from the same studies and they are enhanced by carbon fibre profiles and the dual series of built-in LED lights.
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To celebrate such a personal, powerful and brave style, Moto Guzzi gave the MGX-21 the evocative soubriquet of Flying Fortress. The Flying Fortress also stands out for meticulous and obsessive attention to detail: the spectacular headlight cluster uses LED DRL lighting technology, whereas the electrical controls on the handlebar are finished with metal shells. The new Moto Guzzi shows off a large 21” alloy front wheel, now protected by lenticular carbon fibre covers with small openings where the spokes intersect with the channel. This stylistic choice also brings the technical advantage of increased stability and ease of handling due to the passage of air from one side of the hub to the other while the bike is in motion. The refined electronic engine management includes the “full Ride-by-Wire” electronic accelerator that manages 3 different
engine maps, easily selected from the handlebar controls to adapt power and torque distribution in any situation: • VELOCE • TURISMO • PIOGGIA Moto Guzzi MGX-21 is also fitted with two-channel ABS and an advanced (and patented) traction control system that can be adjusted to three different settings (that can also be disabled). The new cruise control from Moto Guzzi with multiple features makes its début on the MGX-21: this system allows the rider to maintain the selected speed without touching the throttle, as well as increasing or decreasing cruising speed using a toggle button on the left-hand handlebar control.
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The top fairing hides a highly refined instrument cluster with a monochromatic, dot matrix display with a wealth of information, also including the fuel level and engaged gear indicator, clock, average and instantaneous fuel consumption and air temperature indicator. The MGX-21 dashboard also provides a complete entertainment system that includes the stereo system, equipped with an AM/FM radio with a 25W per channel amplifier connected to a pair of loudspeakers and it manages the intercom system. Also contributing to achieving this goal is the brand new (and patented) manoeuvring assistance system that reduces the tendency (connected to the size of the front wheel) of the steering to “close” in low speed and high steering angle manoeuvres, counterbalancing the weight of the steering, thanks to a system of regressive springs and particular kinematics. All this verve is controlled by a benchmark braking system for the category worthy of a sports motorcycle, comprising a trio of large diameter discs and four-piston front callipers and radial connection that is painted red to highlight the MGX21’s exhibitionist personality.
A wide range of accessories for any need: Oversized top fairing, Black aluminium mirrors, Black brake lever , Black clutch lever, Brake and clutch master cylinder covers, GPS/smartphone bracket, Pair of, LED lights, Carbon fuel tank cover, Carbon injector covers , Carbon side covers, Side cylinder guards, Cylinder heat guards, Driver and passenger footrest cover, Rear brake lever cover, Rear brake pedal cover, Gearshift lever cover, Swingarm washers, Rear brake fluid reservoir cover, Exhaust wraps, Leather tank bag , Leather top box, Carbon passenger seat cover, Carbon luggage rack, Rider comfort saddle, Passenger comfort saddle, Indoor vehicle cover.
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Francesco Marchionna Aftersales Regional Manager of Ferrari for the Middle East and India
ecently, Maqina had a chance to talk to Francesco Marchionna, the Aftersales regional manager of Ferrari for the Middle East and India. We asked him a few questions and he was more than happy to answer them all. Following now, is that very interview. M: Thank you for speaking with us Mr. Marchionna. Let’s begin with an introduction. Tell us a bit about you and what you do. F: It’s my pleasure. As mentioned, I am the Aftersales regional manager of Ferrari for the Middle East and India. My main job is to keep customers happy and take care of the relations after the purchase has been made. Here at Ferrari, we believe we’re one big family, not just a company selling products to their customers. Everyone is a part of the greater family. M: What makes Ferrari and Alfardan Sports Motors in particular, special? F: Well, it’s the people which make the brand so special. Everyone in the workshop and the dealership is like a best friend both to one another, and to the customer. When you, as a customer, can trust and relate to the employees, you won’t just come in when your car needs a service, but can visit anytime and have a chat with likeminded people who share your passion and interests. M: So by improving the interactions with the customers, you’re making the overall experience of owning a Ferrari better? F: Exactly. Owning a Ferrari vehicle is only part of the story. Often customers come when they want to have a chat, whether it be about Ferrari in Maranello, our dealership, or just Ferrari cars in general. The Ferrari doesn’t need to have a technical issue for the customer to visit us. When there is a technical issue however, we make everything to speed up the process and take care of our customers. It isn’t always about a technical issue either. Sometimes, the customer is doing some upgrades, or wants his Ferrari to be a bit more uniquely customized.
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M: So Alfardan isn’t just your typical dealer then? F: Absolutely not. We take care of maintenance, upgrades, and accessories. In the past seven years or so we’ve gotten really good with accessories such as carbon fibre, wraps, etc., custom tailoring them to the customer.
M: How do you gain one’s confidence? F: Well for starters, we’re offering a seven years maintenance plan which comes with the car, free of charge. We do this to strengthen our relationship with the customers, and gain their trust. Mind you, this is in addition to the three year standard warranty, which can also be extended up to an incredible fifteen years. This makes Ferrari the only brand which has a warranty that can stretch to 15 years.
M: Isn’t it risky offering that many years of a warranty? F: I think it’s just a testament to how much we believe in our product. Naturally, for the warranty to be valid you have to take it in the workshop at least once a year or so, just for inspection and regular service such as oil and filters, but other than that, there’s not much else. If we take care of the maintenance, we’re absolutely positive the car won’t have major issues. Just look at some of the older Ferraris still being driven hard to this very day.
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M: Exactly. How old does a Ferrari need to be to be considered a classic? F: Ferraris older than 20 years can be eligible to be considered a classic. The certification for a classic car is obtained through some tests but most importantly, documentation. If we can account for the car’s maintenance over the last 20 years and know its value, we can issue the certificate. This is very important for collectors.
M: What’s the next step, the next level above the standard Ferrari ownership? F: Well, in Italy we call passionate Ferrari owners Ferraristi. Most of them attend Ferrari track days in one way or another, and own a Ferrari racing car. The new 488 Challenge which was recently launched offers a whole new world of Ferrari ownership. The 458 was already great, but the 488 is on another level. And with so many tracks and events here in the Middle East, it’s great that we’re able to offer that kind of service to the customers, strengthening our relationship even further.
M: What do you like the most about Ferrari? F: Well you know i’ve been working with Ferrari for over 20 years now, and every time i attend an Aftersales event like today i feel like i’m a part of a family, not just a Ferrari worker, customer or something else. I truly believe Ferrari is the best brand out there, and I’m sure customers can attend to that statement as well.
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M: Some people have been taking their Ferraris to thirdparty services. Now while this may not always void warranty, we know that even something as seemingly simple as an oil change can cause issues, as the wrong oil can be used, causing problems. What’s your take on the matter?
FOR STARTERS, WE’RE “OFFERING A SEVEN YEARS MAINTENANCE PLAN WHICH COMES WITH THE CAR, FREE OF CHARGE
F: Well for starters, the official workshop, Alfardan, has experience workers who specialize in Ferrari maintenance. Each one of them attends three to four trainings per year for all the Ferrari components: engine, chassis, electrics and so on. They know each and every detail of the Ferraris and have all of the necessary tools for the cars. We also use genuine parts on all of them. We have the luxury of communicating with Maranello, so we can solve issues straight from the main factory in real time. It’s not just about the money like some people think, because there’s really no difference today between us and a third-party dealer. We truly care about the customer and their car, which is why we go to great lengths in ensuring everything is done as it should be.
M: Wow, that was incredible. Thank you very much for the wonderful insight. F: You’re welcome. I hope we get more satisfied Ferrari customers and our family grows like any family should.
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BY: DR.MARIE ABOU RACHED
e all tend to focus on our personal attention while driving which is for sure fundamental. However, some of us tend to neglect or have less knowledge on someof the essential technical aspects of the vehicles thatwe drive. Therefore, we have done a research to highlight the most aspects that we personally must look at. I would like to start with tires tips. We do know that each car should have tires in good condition but let us go thru the details to have understanding about the importance of age, grooves depth, high impact signs and adjusted tire pressure. Age of exposed tires: even if the tire has good tread, we require having a look on the tire to inspect if there are signs of cracks. Tire is made of rubber compound which degrades particularly when it is exposed to environmental conditions. The more it is exposed to heat, the faster it gets dry. The dry effect would affect the braking distance negatively. Therefore, while having emergency brake, the breaking distance increases which is too dangerous and it can result to have an accident. Even if the spare tire has been always on the trunk and has never been used on the road or even exposed to sun, the spare tire must be replacedwithin 10 years from the stamped manufacture date on the side wall of the tire.
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DA SH BOA R D In the Middle East and specifically the Gulf region, if the vehicle is driven substantially during summer time, it is enough for the tire to have cracks starting from 2 years and must be replaced. It is always recommended to have the tires checked by a professional technician not only to check the age of the tires, but the uneven surface. Concerning the tread depth, if we don’t have a tire tread gauge, we can simply look at the tread wear bars that are located on the center of the surface and they are always lower than the tread. Once all of the tread are equal to those bars, it is imperative to change the tires.
TIRE PRESSURE: Tire pressure with the time gets reduced due to several factors. However, it is our responsibility to make sure that our tire is not only under inflated but not over inflated as it is related to safety and to the life span of the tire. Over inflated tire, would mean smaller contact patch which can result to less traction and lower braking distance. Moreover, it doesn’t damage the tire from the inner side. Underinflated tire, will have uneven contact with the road which will affect stability of the car. Moreover, it damages the tires, increases fuel consumption and higher CO emission due to the increased rolling resistance. Therefore, correct tire pressure puts us safe, reduces the environmental damage and we can save money. We require to always look at the owner manual of each vehicle we drive to have the correct measure according to usual load the car has.
MUST HAVE IN THE CAR: First aid kit
Battery Jumper cables
(Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream or ointment, aspirin,adhesive tape, gauze pads, CPR mask, eyewash cup, absorbent pads for bleeding, scissors, tweezers, sprain bandage, etc..)
Reflective warning triangle
Cellphones charger (will ensure that your phone battery won’t be out of power during emergency)
Vehicle’s fire extinguisher (According to each country low, vehicles’ fire extinguisher has to be installed in every vehicles). However it should be yearly inspected and to be serviced while required.
( to warn the incoming traffic)
Reflective warning jacket (to keep you more visible )
Tire Pressure Gauge and Foam Sealant (If your car is not equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, you should have in the car tire pressure gauge and tire sealant to inflate and repair temporarily your punctured tire).
Multiuse Tool kit
TIPS: • • • • • • • •
Look ahead of you as far as you can to properly anticipate upcoming hazards. Keep your windshield washer reservoir filled regularly. Keep your tires inflated. Maintain proper following distance. Keep space between you and other vehicles. Be careful with children and pets (seat belts, car seats, pet maintainers, etc.) Avoid drowsiness (If you are sleepy don’t get behind the wheel). People with certain health problems (such dizziness, lack of concentration and visual problems, etc.) Don’t stop to look at accidents.
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TAG Heuer and the Red Bull Racing Formula One Team extend their engine naming partnership for a further two seasons.
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o coincide with the last Formula One Grand Prix of the season, Marc Biver, TAG Heuer Global Sports Director, and Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing, were joined by a number of guests and media today on the Rooftop of the Yas Viceroy Hotel on Yas Island to jointly announce that Red Bull Racing will continue to run with TAG Heuer branded engines for two more years, through the 2018 season. They were joined by Daniel Ricciardo and, together, the three men pressed a button to start a clock counting down to the next Grand Prix, which will take place in Australia on 26 March 2017. This fantastic gesture symbolises the partnership between these two brands for the coming seasons.
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Marc Biver, TAG Heuer Global Sports Director stated: “Formula 1 is part of TAG Heuer’s DNA. Red Bull Racing is a young, dynamic and driven team, perfectly in tune with our marketing strategy. This extension will give us even greater visibility, with a real focus on the future. We have a lot of different projects ahead of us in 2017, projects which are both creative and exciting. Our motto #DontCrackUnderPressure is our guiding principle in all our actions, with the support of the Red Bull Racing team and its highly contagious enthusiasm.” Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing added: “I am very pleased to be extending our engine partnership with TAG Heuer today. TAG Heuer and Red Bull Racing are two brands which both have a passion for racing and a drive to do things differently, and this forms the basis of our partnership. The TAG Heuer motto of ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ is something that we at Red Bull Racing live by day-to-day, so we look forward to helping TAG Heuer tell that story in the seasons ahead.” Already the Official Timekeeper, Official Watch and Team Performance Partner of the Red Bull Racing team, following an agreement signed in December
2015, it was the team’s atypical approach to sport, performance and entertainment which appealed to TAG Heuer and which continues to be perfectly in line with the avant-garde Swiss watch brand’s marketing strategy. Beyond the visibility generated simply by featuring in the team designation which appears throughout all race broadcasts, TAG Heuer can also be seen on the drivers’ helmets, their gloves, race suits, as well as on the team uniform and, of course, on the cars themselves; on the engine cover and chassis top. Naturally, the brand will also be supporting the team on their wrists — either with connected watches, with Formula 1 or with Carrera Heuer 01 models exclusive to the team. TAG Heuer is also the founding partner and Official Timekeeper of the FIA Formula E Championship, Official Timekeeper of the legendary Carrera Panamericana and Pike’s Peak in the USA, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) and the Monaco and Macau Grands Prix, the Indy 500 in Indianapolis, and the Patrick Dempsey Racing team and WTCC endurance race. Ayrton Senna and Steve McQueen also remain members of the TAG Heuer family of ambassadors.
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IXOOST ESAVOX LAMBORGHINI SPEAKER SYSTEM
You might not be able to drive a Lambo everyday, but you can appreciate their design on a regular basis with the Ixoost Esavox Lamborghini Speaker System. Crafted from a carbon monocoque chassis, two hand-made wooden side cabinets, and an original Lamborghini exhaust, it outputs sound as loud and detailed as one of the Italian sports cars. It has
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800 wats of total power spread across two 1-inch tweeters, two 6.5-inch full-range drivers, two 8â€? woofers, and a massive 15-inch downward-facing sub. Powered on with a start button like the ones used in the cars, it accepts audio over Bluetooth or RCA inputs and is available in four exclusive colors.
In this edition of Maqina magazine, we parade with several million dollar Ferraris to the iconic Letbelah private museum where we get a chan...
Published on Mar 15, 2017
In this edition of Maqina magazine, we parade with several million dollar Ferraris to the iconic Letbelah private museum where we get a chan...