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Dear Reader, In this edition of Maqina Magazine, we kick things off with a review of Genesis’ brand-new G90. Does the Korean limousine have what it takes to rival the likes of Merc’s S-Class and BMW’s 7-Series? Read on to find out. We also take three Ferraris on a little road trip in Dubai, discovering their differences and similarities along the way. The star in this edition however, is Land Rover’s new Discovery. We reviewed the HSE trim on extremely harsh terrain in Qatar, as well as on road. Last but by no means least, we sat down and had a chat with Charly Dagher, General Manager of Alfardan Sports Motors. The subject? Maserati’s excellent Levante SUV. We think you’ll really love that one. We sure know we did.

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AAB Lexus unveils all-new

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he emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the all-new 2018 Lexus LC flagship performance coupe. Available now in Lexus dealerships across the GCC and Levant, the LC combines stunning design, scintillating performance, long-distance comfort and premium craftsmanship to join an elite group of international grand touring coupes. The Lexus LC is a powerful, emotionally stirring realization of the vision of Lexus master driver Akio Toyoda for a flagship production coupe that echoes the spirit of the hand-built Lexus LFA supercar and delivers the visual impact of the Lexus LF-LC concept. Koji Sato, Chief Engineer of the Lexus LC, said: “While maximizing the fundamental taste of the LF-LC, we applied completely different specifications to create a design that goes beyond the concept – a design that will captivate you as soon as you see it. In my view, pursuing beautiful design and elaborating superior performance are two very similar aspects. Beauty is the identity of Lexus’ design. Every feature of the LC is the result of an integrated approach to design and engineering. The entire team has worked together, including engineers and designers, to create such a great car.” “The all-new Lexus LC is a flagship coupe which represents the evolution of Lexus as a lifestyle brand that will surprise and delight customers. The car symbolizes the beginning of a new phase for Lexus, which is all about creating greater synergy between engineering and design,” said Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative of Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation. “The LC makes the strongest statement yet about the brand’s future direction, and is the result of painstaking craftsmanship, attention to detail and an advanced, future-oriented approach to engineering. It’s a car that offers a pleasurable driving experience which enhances the user’s lifestyle.” Yoshitsugu added, “We are grateful to our customers in the GCC and Levant for their constant support and encouragement for our efforts to push the boundaries of automobile design and engineering, thus inspiring us to strive harder in creating ‘ever-better cars’. And we are confident the strong emotional appeal of the all-new Lexus LC will strike a chord with audiences in the region.” Provocative, elegant and purely Lexus Based on the groundbreaking design of the LF-LC concept car which was shown at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the Lexus LC debuted as a production model at the 2016 edition of NAIAS. / ISSUE 8 13


Turning the LF-LC concept into a production model while remaining faithful to its visual excitement required nothing less than a new development process, combining design and engineering disciplines as never before at Lexus. The production LC preserves the concept’s adventurous appearance, and the design itself helped achieve performance targets, especially with regard to the low center of gravity, aerodynamics and high-speed stability. Just like its concept predecessor, which won the EyesOn Design award for Concept Car in 2012, the production LC is also a trophy winner, having claimed two awards at the 2016 EyesOn Design Awards–in the Production Car and Interior Design categories. Emotional design that reinforces the Lexus identity Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the Lexus LC, said: “This was one of the first times for Lexus that designers were closely involved in the dynamic engineering development, so we could understand the driving goals and support them with the car’s design. The 2012 LF-LC concept model was the starting point, not our final goal. This means we didn’t just duplicate LF-LC’s surfaces and lines onto the production platform. Even though we decided to maintain LF-LC’s design language and theme, we added more emotion. I’d like to thank very much all the colleagues who were involved in the car’s development at Lexus International.” Immediately identifiable as a Lexus thanks to its hallmark spindle

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grille and dynamic character lines, the 2018 LC represents the most passionate expression of the brand’s design direction. The grille itself features a unique mesh texture that changes visual tension as it spreads across the front of the car. Independent L-shaped daytime running lights beneath new ultra-compact triple LED headlamps create the distinctive LC front lighting signature. The combination of a large glass panel and blacked-out rear pillars creates a floating roof appearance, and chrome-plated moldings along the edges, which echo the lines of a traditional Japanese sword, amplify the effect. The body’s substantial, “planted” look stems from prominent quarter panels that flare away from the center of the car and door panels that are pulled inward. The flowing lines maintain a consistent tension in the body panels through to the rear, where very slim tail lamps use mirrors to create a three-dimensional sequence of L-shaped graphics. The sweeping roofline tapers rearward between muscular, sloping fender tops, underscoring the car’s wide and stable stance, and the Lexus spindle shape is repeated in the rear fascia. Large ducts feed air into the rear wheel arches, the airstream exiting smoothly across the tire sidewall to bolster straight-line stability and steering responsiveness. The all-new Lexus LC is available in eleven vibrant colors including a newly-developed Naples Yellow Contrast Layering, which accentuates the car’s sportiness with the realization of a high intensity yellow for the exterior panels.


High-output V8 with sound and fury Powered by a high-performance V8 engine, the all-new Lexus LC 500 exhales through the variable Active Exhaust upon startup, with the 5-liter naturally aspirated V8 issuing a clarion call to driving enthusiasts. The LC 500 can sprint from zero to 100 km in less than 4.7 seconds. It’s a well-proven performance engine, with a low-mass reciprocating assembly using lightweight forged connecting rods, along with titanium intake and exhaust valves to allow a 7,300-rpm redline. The 32-valve cylinder heads, equipped with performance-tuned VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent by electric motor), take full advantage of the engine’s low internal friction and aggressive valvetrain specs. The D-4S injection system uses direct fuel injection that allows a high compression ratio augmented by port fuel injectors to enhance low-speed response. Under acceleration, the LC 500 reveals its character in a continuously rising power curve, with the 471 hp developed at 7,100 rpm and the torque peak of 55.0 kg-m at 4,800 rpm. The fast-revving V8 issues a stunning soundtrack amplified by a special resonance tube connecting the intake to the firewall, plus a standard Active Exhaust that rumbles and roars like a high-performance GT should. Lexus considers the sound of the engine to be an important

contributor to delivering a genuinely multi-sensory driving pleasure. And in the new LC 500, the company has taken great steps to achieve truly emotional engine sound, where Lexus engineers have worked to combine the sounds produced both by the air intake system at the front and the exhaust system at the rear to create what they describe as a “concert hall” effect inside the cabin, both as the car gains speed and slows down. The sound has been developed specifically for the LC, to reflect the coupe’s specific performance qualities. The driver can adjust the natural exhaust sound level via the Drive Mode Select system. The Lexus LC debuts the first 10-speed automatic transmission for a luxury automobile. Smaller and lighter than some 8-speed units, this new transmission executes shifts at speeds rivaling dual-clutch transmissions, yet with the seamless performance and smoothness of a torque converter automatic. The LC allows manual shifting via magnesium paddles. Even drivers who pride themselves on making expertly timed shifts, however, will find the advanced electronic control system– which anticipates the driver’s inputs by monitoring acceleration, braking and lateral-g forces – always chooses the ideal ratio. Torque converter lock-up engages in all ranges except when starting off to provide a direct feel and also aid fuel efficiency. / ISSUE 8 15


The Drive Mode Select feature provides integrated control of multiple systems, offering enhanced driving pleasure by allowing the driver to select drive modes suitable for the situation, or to match their preferred driving style. In addition to the five drive modes set in advance, a Custom Mode has been provided, enabling the user to freely combine each mode. SPORT S+ extracts the most from the powertrain and transmission shifts and also fully opens the baffles in the Active Exhaust under acceleration. The V8 is a good citizen, too, switching to the Atkinson cycle to enhance fuel efficiency at cruising speeds and Otto cycle for higher performance levels when accelerating, thus providing the perfect mix of power and efficiency. The next-generation hybrid Lexus, which introduced the world’s first luxury hybrid 13 years ago, developed a new Multi Stage Hybrid System specifically for the LC 500h. Like other Lexus hybrid configurations, the Multi Stage Hybrid System teams the gasoline engine with two electric motors/generators, but similarities end there. The Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine uses D-4S direct fuel injection, and lightweight valvetrain components allow a 6,600-rpm redline, with Dual VVT-i ensuring ample torque across the engine speed range. The Multi Stage Hybrid System is a world’s first construction that combines the Lexus hybrid system with variable gears.

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By controlling the output of both the higher rpm 3.5-liter V6 engine and the electric motor, it achieves powerful performance from low speeds through to high range driving. In addition, operating points were selected for high system efficiency from low through to high speeds and the sphere of Electric Vehicle (EV) performance has been enlarged. Altogether, these helped to deliver an emotive driving experience, superior fuel efficiency, and comfortable cruising. The Multi Stage Hybrid System also allows for more electric assist at lower vehicle speeds, and it enables the LC 500h to operate with the gasoline engine off at speeds of up to 140 km/h. The combined system output is 354 hp, yet that figure does not fully indicate the LC 500h’s performance potential. The LC uses an advanced Driver’s Mind Index (DMI) control to understand the driver’s intentions which helps to optimize gear selection. The power generated from the engine and the motor is rapidly and accurately sent to the tires, providing for a high-performance engine rpm and acceleration in accordance with the driver’s intentions. When driving along winding roads, the car changes to a lower gear, and proceeds to actively downshift when braking. On the other hand, during more challenging sports driving, the battery provides additional output so as to achieve a greater torque sensation, thus providing an emotional driving experience that will change the way hybrids have been perceived.


Thanks to the Multi Stage Hybrid System’s design, the driver is also able to take advantage of an M mode to select and hold gears manually, using paddle shifts mounted behind the steering wheel. The coordinated control of the Power Split Device and the gear shifting mechanism ensures the gear shift will start instantaneously with the computer receiving the signal from the paddle shift, giving an exceptionally quick response.

driver inputs and the road surface, yielding more precise steering response with better initial effort. The LC driver will feel the effectiveness of the suspension design in the immediate response at initial turn-in, controlled body motion and precise, linear response that create a rhythmical and smooth driving experience. The LC’s electric power steering (EPS) gives a natural feel, while yielding high handling precision.

Chief Engineer Koji Sato explained: “In the past, people only associated hybrid with ‘eco’. We wanted to broaden that perception and create a true high-performance powertrain.”

The LC exhibits razor-sharp reflexes, exceptional handling balance and rock-solid stability. Rock solid could also describe the stiffest unibody Lexus has ever produced. The strategic use of lightweight, high-strength steels yields a structure that is resistant to twisting forces. The combination of high-strength steels, aluminum and CFRP, along with deleting a spare tire in favor of run-flat tires and moving the 12v battery to the trunk area, helps yield 52:48 weight distribution (LC 500h). The LC engineers followed an ‘inertia spec’ to locate as much mass as possible toward the center and lower in the chassis to improve the center of gravity. The low center of gravity also enabled Lexus to reduce the LC’s roll angle without making the suspension too stiff, which would hurt ride comfort.

The LC is the first Lexus hybrid to use a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery. The battery pack fits neatly between the rear seats and the luggage compartment and has a high-power density, with its 84 cells producing 310.8 volts. A chassis with sports car moves Built on the new Lexus Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform, the LC harmonizes driving performance, design and craftsmanship in unprecedented ways to achieve a new sense of ingenuity. Achieving sports car handling with a high degree of ride comfort, while maintaining the low hood height, was a particularly demanding challenge. The solution was a double ball joint front suspension that allows for control of the smallest movements from

The increased lateral stiffness of the run-flat tires complements the LC’s highly rigid suspension, while reduced vertical stiffness aids ride comfort. The high-performance braking system employs 6-piston front brake calipers and 4-piston rear calipers. The LC is available with 21-inch forged alloy wheels that offer a lightweight design, black-and-chrome coating and a polished finish. / ISSUE 8 17

To produce the optional carbon fiber roof with its twill weave effect, Lexus employs a new, high-speed resin transfer molding process, developed at the Motomachi factory from a technique originally used in the production of the LFA supercar. Another new technique is used for combining aluminum with steel to help save weight in key areas, notably the front suspension towers. A new benchmark for GT cabins The dynamic luxury theme of the exterior is carried through into the LC’s cabin, which brings together elegance, quality and sophistication with a driver-focused cockpit. The ideal grand touring coupe cabin must strike a balance between function and comfort, sporting intent and luxury. The Lexus LC hits that note with an intuitive layout and an optimal seating position that set the stage for spirited driving. The design places the driver’s hip point as close as possible to the car’s center of gravity, where feedback from the car is the most communicative to the driver. The low instrument panel position, together with the low hood line and narrow A pillars, give the low-seated driver a commanding view of the road. All driving controls are easy to reach without altering one’s posture. Lexus positioned the information displays at the same height, to reduce the degree of eye movement required to read them. The instrument binnacle houses the latest version of the TFT display technology introduced in the Lexus LFA supercar, including a moving central ring. Comfort and luxury are no less thorough. The LC’s exclusive seats feel as good as they look, with a new two-part construction technique where the main part of the seatback drapes over the shoulder area and then wraps around the seatback. Bolsters in the shoulder area help hold the driver securely in cornering maneuvers, and the optional sports seats feature even more substantial bolsters. The steering wheel cross section changes around its circumference to allow for variations in grip and twisting of the wrist, and large, substantial feeling magnesium alloy paddle shifters are easily hooked by the fingertips. The front passenger has not been ignored; the side of the center console rises to form an integrated grab handle. With function, there is also beauty and impeccable craftsmanship. The flowing lines of the door panels serve as an extension of an exterior

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line that flows from the hood and through the windshield to build a sense of continuity between the exterior and interior. The Lexus LC comes in four distinctive interior color schemes that include new Breezy Blue and Ochre, together with Dark Rose and Black seen in other Lexus models. The quality and finish of the upholstery, trim materials and detailing reflect the Takumi craftsmanship and fine attention to detail for which Lexus is renowned. It can be seen and felt in the hand stitching of the leather-wrapped gearshift lever and the draping treatment of the Alcantara door panel trim, among numerous other details. The Lexus LC cockpit artfully integrates the brand’s latest audio, navigation and connectivity technologies, making them easily accessible. The new Lexus multimedia package combines an inviting graphic user interface with software that enables future enhancements, and the center console features the latest-generation Remote Touch Interface touchpad control, with quick and intuitive operation. As thrilling as the LC sounds from the outside, Lexus also ensured that sounds inside the cabin would delight those with a fine ear for musical detail. Lexus has enjoyed an auto industry-exclusive partnership with Mark Levinson since 2001, giving its customers the benefit of bespoke audio systems of the highest quality in its vehicles. The new LC follows in this tradition, offering Mark Levinson audio systems with exclusive equipment from their topof-the-range Reference Product. The 13-speaker audio system uses innovative technologies to deliver concert hall quality sound. The LC’s Mark Levinson audio system also features Clari-Fi music restoration technology that enhances music playback by automatically analyzing and improving the quality of all types of compressed, digitized music sources.


It identifies music signals that have been compressed and restores them in real time during playback to achieve an accurate and full listening experience. Comprehensive suite of safety technologies Both versions of the LC are equipped as standard with Lexus Safety System+, an array of active safety features that can help the driver avoid an accident, or help lessen the consequences of a collision. The system uses a camera and millimeter-wave radar to monitor the road ahead for potential hazards and collision risks. The package includes advanced driver assistance functions such as Pre-Crash System (PCS), a combination of collision detection and collision preparation systems; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control System (DRCC), which supplements the conventional system with a vehicle-to-vehicle distance control mode that helps maintain a suitable distance from the preceding vehicle; Lane-Keeping Assist (LKA), which uses a camera sensor located in the upper windshield area to detect lane markings while driving and then provides the driver with information and steering assistance in accordance with road and driving conditions; and Automatic High Beam (AHB), which detects nearby light sources such as the headlights or tail lights of vehicles ahead and automatically switches between high beams and low beams to ensure optimum nighttime visibility.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system, designed to help prevent potential danger in parking situations; Blind Spot Monitor, which detects and warns the driver of vehicles approaching or positioned in the adjacent lanes; Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), which helps prevent side skids and also to stabilize the vehicle while turning on a curve; as well as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

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»» BMW M760Li displayed at the for the first time in Qatar »» BMW M3 makes is regional premier regionally »» BMW Group stand attracts large crowds during the first day of the Motor Show

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he first day of the Qatar International Motor Show saw the official BMW Group importer in Qatar, Alfardan Automobiles, reveal for the first time in the Middle East, the latest BMW M3. Attendees also had the opportunity to see a brandnew model from the 7 Series, the BMW M760Li. Additionally, various other BMW models are on display for the five-day Motor Show that is scheduled to run from 18th to the 22nd April 2017.

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Mr. Ihab Allam, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, commented: “The Qatar International Motor Show is one of the most recognizable yearly automotive events in the region. This year, we have the BMW M3 make a regional premier for the first time in Qatar. As the biggest market for the M models in the Middle East, this is a suitable location to make its first appearance. Mr. Ihab continued:

also offers a high level of superior ride comfort, resulting in a compelling statement and a completely new benchmark in the luxury sedan segment.

“We are also very excited to showcase the BMW M760Li as it highlights the ability of the brand to combine the highest levels of both luxury and performance.”

Launched in Doha earlier this year, the all-new BMW 5 Series Sedan also garnered the attention of attendees. The 7th generation 5 Series offers industry-first assistance systems with a sporty, elegant and stylish figure. Also, other BMW models made a preview at the motor show including the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M, the BMW i8, and BMW M2.

The latest BMW M3 was premiered for the first time in the Middle East at Qatar Motor Show. The car’s minor cosmetic changes have been influenced from the BMW M4. Adaptive full-LED headlights will be fitted on the Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) BMW M3 along with updated M emblems on the front seats, chrome trimmings, electroplated detailing, and updated taillights.

The Qatar Motor Show took place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. Concluding on Saturday 22nd April, 2017, it brought together some of the most notable international carmakers highlighting their latest models as well as car accessory companies highlight the latest in auto and performance trends.

The BMW 7 Series was also a head turner during Qatar Motor Show. Headlined by its exceptional enhancement and supreme power delivery at all times, the 12-cylinder petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology under the bonnet reinforces the new car’s range-topping status. The boldly dynamic driving characteristics of the BMW M760Li xDrive / ISSUE 8 23





lfardan Motorcycles recently held an exhibition of more than 20 luxurious motorbikes at the Losail International Circuit Grandstand for customers and motorcycle enthusiasts during the Qatar MotoGP event which took place from March 24 to 26, 2017.

The motorsports company displayed its latest range of motorbikes featuring the world’s most exclusive and luxurious brands (Ducati , KTM, Triumph, BMW Motorrad, Piaggio, Vespa, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia) as well as the latest apparel collection available for sale in a special area at the venue. Ayad As-Siaidi, General Manager of Alfardan Motorcycles, said: “Alfardan Motorcycles has once again capped a successful participation at the muchanticipated Qatar MotoGP for bringing closer to fans and enthusiasts topof-the-line motorbikes while they watch the best motorcyclists at one of the country’s premier event, the Qatar Grand Prix. The best in class motorcycle brands have become an essential feature of this internationally-focused event and are much awaited by motorsports and racing aficianados, which is why we always prepare to showcase brands that they also witness racing ahead under the floodlights.”

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lfardan Sports Motors, the official dealer of Ferrari and Maserati in Qatar, launched a first-of-its-kind safety drive across schools in Qatar to raise awareness on the perils of speeding. Revered for their lineage of the world’s fastest cars, the two iconic automotive brands reaffirmed their commitment to safety by spearheading a pioneering initiative that aims to foster a culture of responsible driving among the nation’s youth. The safety drive kicked-off at the Global Academy International where representatives hosted a comprehensive interactive session in which they presented thought-provoking facts and figures on the rising occurrences of traffic incidents. According to the annual statistics shared by Qatar’s Traffic Department, speeding was reported as the key cause of road deaths in 2016 with an average of 4564 violations per day. Despite celebrating the passion for speed on the racetrack for years, students were encouraged to place safety above thrill when on the road – at all times. Another major issue highlighted by the campaign was the dangerous trend of distracted driving and its fatal repercussions. Citing data from the Traffic Department, the dealership informed a tech-savvy audience that 80% of accidents were caused by mobile phone usage. In fact, smartphones topped the list of common driving distractions, which included eating, or drinking, adjusting radio or temperature controls, other vehicle occupants as well as driving on autopilot. In an effort to instil road discipline among the youth, students were briefed on the importance of street signs in addition to the benefits of wearing a seatbelt. In a study conducted by Curtin University in 2012, 57.3% of young drivers in Qatar chose not to buckle up while driving. About 46.2% respondents stated discomfort as the primary reason to avoid seatbelts, while others lacked confidence in its

ability to save lives. Dismissing this misconception, the dealership revealed to students that seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45% and risk of serious injury by 50%, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Commenting on the launch of the safety drive, Charly Dagher, General Manager of Ferrari and Maserati Qatar at Alfardan Sports Motors, said: “Ferrari and Maserati have for long held an illustrious racing heritage. Though speed is part of their sporty DNA, both brands have continuously strived to achieve the highest standards of safety as part of their unparalleled automotive excellence.” He added: “Given the alarming rate of traffic incidents in Qatar, we believe it was necessary to bring about a change, especially among the young generation. The youth are most susceptible to reckless driving and we hope to turn them into disciplined drivers. Through our campaign, we aim to reach out to as many schools in the country and demonstrate to young students the true meaning of responsible driving that we, as a brand, strongly support.” On her part, Mrs Issmat Munir El Sheikh, Principal of Global Academy International, said: “Safety is one of the key lessons that we impart to our students on a daily basis. We are proud to be part of this unique initiative by Alfardan Sports Motors. It’s beneficial for our children to understand about the importance of road safety at a young age, and what’s even better is that they learn it from their favourite car brands.” The safety drive was initiated in line with the 33rd GCC Traffic Safety Week. Alfardan Sports Motors is committed to delivering a world-class brand experience by inspiring customers to follow road safety practices. / ISSUE 8 25




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lfardan Premier Motors Co., the exclusive retailer of Land Rover in the State of Qatar, has revealed the full-sized, three row, sevenseat All-New Land Rover Discovery SUV during the 2017 Qatar Motor Show.

the vehicle’s dynamic appearance, sophisticated surfaces and precisely engineered details.

Boasting unbeatable capability and versatility, the All-New Discovery clearly embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure. The fifthgeneration model benefits from Land Rover’s strong, safe and light fullsize SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other.

Speaking at the launch, Rabih Ataya, General Manager for Alfardan Premier Motors said: “Since its reveal, the All-New Discovery has been highly anticipated by customers here in Qatar. We have already received a number of orders for the vehicle mirroring the outstanding response the new model has received from enthusiasts all over the region. An iconic Land Rover vehicle, we expect the All-New Discovery to continue driving traffic to our showrooms.”

Revealed to a selection of key media, Qatar’s most notable VIP guests in addition to loyal Land Rover customers, the All-New Discovery was on display at Jaguar Land Rover’s stand, giving guests a first look at

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the next chapter of the Land Rover Discovery family with revolutionary design and engineering. A nod to our brand heritage and DNA, this new model fully demonstrates the spirit of adventure that has always been at the heart of the Discovery family. Introducing the All-New Discovery here in Qatar alongside our partners Alfardan Premier Motors, we are extremely excited to offer customers and enthusiasts the ultimate combination of practicality and sophisticated design.” The Seven Wonders of Discovery: Seven principles describe the essence of Discovery and have guided its creation:

• Premium interior combines leading design with durable, highquality materials and space for the whole family 3. King of the hill: unstoppable on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers • Land Rover’s full-sized SUV architecture delivers world-beating all-terrain capability • Lightweight aluminium construction saves 480kg, • Towing king: best-in-class 3,500kg towing capacity** and semiautonomous Advanced Tow Assist take the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres

1. The Magnificent Seven: every seat is the best seat in the house • Flexible interior provides seven full-sized adult seats,

4. British creativity: designed with charm & sophistication loved by the world • Design retains key Discovery family cues, adding optimised proportions and sophisticated surfaces

2. A much loved member of the family: keeping you safe for the last 26 years • Semi-autonomous safety technology provides the family peace of mind

5. Storage addiction: discover the space for everything • Up to 2,500-litres of luggage space and clever storage for 21st century family essentials

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6. Connects every generation: Ingenious features that make life easier • Digital Discovery equipped with up to nine USB ports, and six 12-volt charging points 7. After the roads end: reaching threatened habitats and vulnerable people • All-New Discovery will continue Land Rover’s work in humanitarian aid and conservation projects around the world Powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient six cylinder engine, the All-New Discovery is also paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. Land Rover’s advanced 340PS supercharged petrol 3.0-litre V6, the Si6, provides 450Nm of torque to deliver relaxed performance and capability. The All-New Discovery is available exclusively at Alfardan Premier Motors showrooms across Qatar with prices starting from QR 217,900. / ISSUE 8 29




-Auto, the official importer of Audi in Qatar, launched the all-new RS 3 Sedan and the new Audi S5 during a spectacular track event held at the Lusail International Race Circuit The new Audi RS3 LMS was also displayed at the event. The twoday occasion gathered clients, fans and sports car lovers, offering them a first-hand experience of the Audi Sport range including the RS 3, RS 7 and the R8. In addition to delighting fast car aficionados, the dealership also dedicated an exclusive session for members of the media to indulge in the sporty thrill. The Audi Sport range embodies the successful racing heritage of the brand, delivering the fundamentals of motorsports technology on to the road. A prime demonstration of the blistering performance of these models was experienced at the state-of-the-art Lusail track, where guests put the R and RS models to test. The event gave privileged attendees an adrenaline-filled circuit lap session with the R8 V10 Plus, under the supervision of skilled Audi instructors. Powered by a 610-hp mid-mounted engine, the model thrilled participants, as it blazed the 5km circuit with quattro four-wheel drive satisfaction Guests were also given the opportunity to participate in dynamic exercises with the RS7 and the RS3, during which Audi Sport specialists shared techniques on track driving – including braking skills and slalom control. Both models offered exceptional performance as result of their powerful TFSI engines. While the RS 3 is equipped with the most powerful series-production five-cylinder in the world – the 2.5 TFSI, delivering a power output of 294 kW (400 hp), the athletic RS 7 Sportback sprints from 0–100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds with its 4.0 TFSI engine.

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Commenting on the successful conclusion of the event, Ahmad Shariefi, General Manager of Audi Qatar, said: “Motorsports success is deeply rooted in Audi history and Audi Sport continues to excite and with regular podium success on the race track today. We are proud to provide our customers and fans with a unique opportunity to experience this celebrated racing DNA. The Audi Sport range of cars is specifically designed to meet the growing demand for performance models in the region, combining the thrill of speed with everyday functionality.” He added: “The remarkable journey of Audi in Qatar is incomplete without the continuous support of our dear media members. We are glad to provide them a personal demonstration of the brand’s technologically advanced engineering.” Launched by Audi Middle East, Audi Sport is a new performance subsidiary that caters to the special needs of fast car lovers. The dedicated brand is built on the pillars of Motorsport, Performance Models, Performance Parts, Merchandising and Audi Exclusive. As the official dealer of Audi Sport in the country, Q-Auto is committed to fuel the sporty passion among its clientele through exclusive community-focused initiatives.

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Q-Auto was established in July 2012, under the leadership of HE Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani. As a dealer, Q-Auto strives to deliver unparalleled levels of quality, commitment and service excellence. The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in 12 countries. 100 percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include Audi Sport GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy). In 2016, the Audi Group delivered to customers about 1.868 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 3,457 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and 55,451 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. In the 2016 fiscal year, AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €59.3 billion and an operating profit of €3.1 billion. At present, approximately 88,000 people work for the company all over the world, more than 60,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on sustainable products and technologies for the future of mobility. AUDI AG’s commitment to the region was confirmed through the foundation of its fully owned subsidiary in 2005. The current Middle East model range comprises the Audi A3 & S3 Sedan/Sportback and RS 3 Sedan/Sportback, A4 and RS 4 Avant, the A5/S5 Coupe, Cabriolet and RS 5 Coupe and Cabriolet, the A6, S6, RS 6 performance, A7, S7, RS 7 & RS 7 performance, A8, A8 L, S8 & S8 plus, the Audi Q2, Q3, RS Q3 performance, Q5 & SQ5, Q7 and the Audi TT Coupe/Roadster, TTS Coupe, TT RS Coupe, the Audi R8 Coupe, R8 Coupe V10 plus as well as the R8 Spyder. / ISSUE 8 33




Free insurance and servicing packages on the popular X Range, All New BMW 5 Series, and BMW 7 Series


fardan Automobiles, the official importer of BMW Group in Qatar, has launched a host of new and exclusive offers during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Aligning itself along the Month of Giving for another year, Alfardan Automobiles has something to offer for every customer looking to own their favourite BMW model. For those seeking Joy and style, BMW Group’s X line-up is a fantastic choice. Customers can now own the BMW X Model at a starting price of QR 139,000, Along with a host of benefits including a BMW service package for 5 years or 60,000kms, warranty up to 3 years or 200,000kms, a Lifestyle and Accessories voucher worth QR 1,000, also one year full comprehensive insurance, and free window tinting. Consistently amongst BMW Group’s best-selling vehicles, the BMW 7 Series offer innovative design and technology features both inside and out, for luxury-conscious


customers. The BMW 7 Series is the world’s most successful model series in this premium segment, and has proved to be a popular model for Qatari-based customers over the years. In line with the Holy Month, Alfardan Automobiles is also offering its existing and new customers the opportunity to own the popular BMW 730Li sedan at a starting price of QR 299,000 with BMW Service Inclusive 5 years/100,000km, warranty up to 3 years/200,000km, window tinting, one year hassle free comprehensive insurance and a BMW lifestyle voucher. Joining the splendid Ramadan offers this year is the eagerly anticipated all new BMW 530i that was launched in the showroom in February. Customers can now get the opportunity to own the all new BMW 530i sedan at a starting price of QR 199,000 with BMW Service Inclusive 3 years/60,000km, warranty up to 3 years/ unlimited mileage. Ihab Allam, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, said: “We always look at ways to give back to our loyal customers and those considering joining the Alfardan Automobiles family. The Holy Month of Ramadan is a great occasion for us to offer exclusive deals and servicing packages in order to show our appreciation and gratitude to those loyal to us and the BMW Group brand.”

Alfardan Automobiles will welcome customers to its showrooms during special Ramadan working hours: The main service centre in the Industrial Area will operate from Saturday to Thursday from 8:00am to 2:00pm. The workshop/body shop from 8:00am to 2:00pm and the parts department from 8:00am to 2:00pm and 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The Khalifa Town Service Centre will be operating from Saturday to Thursday 8:00am to 2:00pm and 7:30pm to 1:30am.

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lfardan Sports Motors, the official dealer of Ferrari in Qatar, unveiled the brand-new 812 Superfast at the Qatar Motor Show 2017 amidst a glittering ceremony that marked the inauguration of the high-profile motor event. The stunning model is a benchmark in the mid-front-engine sports car segment, pushing the boundaries of speed and performance like never before.

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True to its name, the 812 Superfast is indubitably the fastest road-going Ferrari ever built. Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12, the vehicle achieves its maximum power output at 8,500 rpm with a maximum speed of 340 Km/h, springing from 0-100 in 2.9 seconds. Designed as the flagship V12 Berlinetta, the model embodies Ferrari’s revered V12 heritage that sprung to life in 1947, with the birth of the brand. Its timely world premiere at Geneva Motor Show, followed by the Qatar Motor Show, coincides with Ferrari’s 70th anniversary celebrations this year, building on its recognition as the only manufacturer to have continuously produced sports cars with 12-cylinder engines throughout that time. The 812 Superfast further impresses with its trendy silhouette and a radically redesigned cabin that reveals its sportier DNA. Furthermore, this is the first Ferrari to feature the Electric Power Steering (EPS), which when integrated with all of the electronic vehicle dynamics controls can fully

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exploit the performance of the car. The vehicle also sees the debut of the Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) that improves the agility and response time to steering wheel inputs. Commenting on the launch of the brand new super car, Charley Dagher, General Manager of Ferrari at Alfardan Sports Motors, said: “We are extremely thrilled to be part of the Qatar Motor Show, This is an incredible opportunity to connect with fast car aficionados, and offer them a unique perspective of the Ferrari world. The 812 Superfast is a significant model in the Ferrari history. It’s not just the fastest, but also the most powerful production car up to date. We are eager to demonstrate Ferrari’s superior technological advancements and impeccable craftsmanship that make the brand a leader in the luxury sports car segment. The Qatar Motor Show runs from 18-22 April 2017, gathering world-renowned automotive brands from the global industry at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. Alfardan Sports Motors is committed to bringing Ferrari’s Italian heritage to the forefront with the launch of the new 812 Superfast. / ISSUE 8 39


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oha Marketing Services Company W.L.L (DOMASCO), an Al-Futtaim company and the distributor for GAC Motor in Qatar, has launched the seven-seat SUV, the GS8 and the next-generation luxury sedan, the GA8 at an event held at The St. Regis Doha. The event was attended by HE Li Chen, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in the State of Qatar, Wang Shunsheng, Deputy General Manager, GAC Motor, Liu Haoyuan, Director of International Business Department, GAC Motor, Faisal Sharif, Managing Director of DOMASCO, Mohammed Majeed, Sales & Marketing Manager, GAC Qatar and other senior management from DOMASCO. Speaking at the launch of the two models, Faisal Sharif, Managing Director of DOMASCO said: “The GS8 and GA8 are a result of years of research and development from GAC Motor’s and combines state-of-the-art technology and innovation. With the launch of these two models, we are now able to offer customers an even wider choice from GAC and welcome all our customers to test drive an experience these two amazing vehicles.” / ISSUE 8 41


GS8 The GS8 high-end SUV is powered by GAC Motor’s golden dynamic Ti POWER 320T engine and six-speed automatic gearbox. By applying the Chinese company’s second generation i-4WD 2.0 four-wheel drive system, the GS8 offers a powerful yet smooth ride across six driving modes: sandy roads, muddy roads, snowy roads, intelligent auto, sports, and ECO. It also applies the latest Bosch electronic stability program 9.1 (ESP 9.1) that improves the car’s stability by detecting and reducing the loss of traction (skidding).

system that can navigate, raise collision alerts and actively assist in braking. A 360-degree panorama visual imaging system makes driving and riding the GA8 much safer and easier.

Other intelligent technology attributes include automatic tailgate opening and a series of auxiliary driving assistance systems for active and passive protection, such as emergency braking and lane departure warning.

Customers wanting to book a test drive can call 44248989 or visit .

The GS8’s matrix-type LED headlights and U-shaped taillights generate a deep, multi-layered lighting effect and combine for an aggressive yet calm aesthetic, while the elegantly simple interior adopts a seven-seat, three-row layout and an ultra-size panoramic sunroof. Both the exterior and interior of the car are a testament to GAC Motor’s ability to blend technical R&D strength and quality assurance with an upscale design. GA8 The GA8 model comes with cutting-edge power and electronic systems, matching technology and world-class materials for interior decoration to provide the most convenient driving and riding experience. The sedan features an all-around intelligent driving assistance

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The GA8 is powered by GAC Motor’s second generation 320T engine which is supported by technologies such as a low-inertia e-Turbo turbocharger that can bring down 35 percent of inertia, GCCS combustion control that improves the combustion rate by 22 percent while lowering the gas consumption by 15 percent, as well as DCV VT double-span variable valve timing.






aleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co., the exclusive agent of INFINITI in the state of Qatar, unveiled the all-new INFINITI Q60 during an exclusive golf tournament at Doha Golf Club.

Offering 400hp from a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the allnew INFINITI Q60 is a premium sports coupe that combines a completely, all-new design philosophy with exhilarating performance and dynamics.

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“We are pleased to partner with Doha Golf Club at this special day to introduce one of the most eagerly anticipated all-new models from INFINITI,” said Martin Aherne, General Manager – Automotive at Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co. “The all-new Q60 is the third generation of INFINITI’s iconic sports coupe that will, without doubt, deliver an exceptional drive to our customers. With its “powerful elegance” design philosophy, integrated with empowering performance from world-first technologies, the all-new Q60 is a significant addition to our INFINITI model range that will sustain our promise to deliver the best premium experience.” The taut, muscular lines of the exterior underline the Q60’s considerable performance potential – reinforced by an advanced all-new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. The high performance 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive ‘VR’ powertrain family is born out of the brand’s extensive in-house experience in six-cylinder powertrain development. The new engine available with 400hp in the Q60 Red Sport 400 – has been designed to offer increased power and torque while maintaining high levels of efficiency.

A four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, turbocharged to produce 208hp, is also available. As standard, power is channelled through the Q60’s rear wheels for immediate dynamic responses. The Q60 is characterized by flowing sculptural lines and strong, muscular proportions. Its sinewy athleticism confidently projects a sense of motion and power, coupled with an effortless, almost weightless stance. Unifying features such as the double-arch grille and the crescentcut C-pillars – which arc forward and emphasize the car’s dynamic quality – ensure that the sports coupe is instantly recognizable as an INFINITI. LED headlights, employing ‘light guide technology’ to spread light evenly on the road ahead, are designed to emulate the shape of the human eye, providing an alluring ‘face’ to the car. The Q60 features newly-designed 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels as standard. The ‘Red Sport 400’ models – more performanceoriented versions of the car – have wider wheels and tires at the rear, contributing to a more aggressive stance while also improving / ISSUE 8 45


handling and grip with a higher capacity for lateral G-forces. The wheel gaps – the spaces between tires and wheel arches – are tighter than ever, further lowering the visual volume of the car and giving it a low, powerful stance. The Q60 embodies INFINITI’s dedication to developing new and innovative driving technologies that deliver a confidence-inspiring and personalized experience behind the wheel. The second-generation of INFINITI’s world-first Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) is an advanced ‘steer-by-wire’ system that has undergone significant re-tuning to enhance steering feel and feedback without compromising comfort. The Q60 driver can choose from seven personalized modes to customize steering performance according to their preferred driving style. Developed to work in tandem with DAS, an all-new electronic suspension system, Dynamic Digital Suspension (DDS), monitors the vehicle’s body roll, pitch and bounce rate to deliver a secure ride by further reducing unwanted steering feel and vibrations. The Q60 includes safety technologies that actively protect people in and around the car. The Q60’s suite of driver assistive safety

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technologies allows the car to monitor for and identify potential hazards, actively assisting the driver to avoid those hazards, and, if a collision is unavoidable, mitigate the effects. The range of active, and passive, safety technologies include: • Monitoring for hazards: Around View Monitor; Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist • Appearance of a hazard: Lane Departure Prevention; Blind Spot Intervention; Moving Object Detection; Predictive Forward Collision Warning • Avoiding and mitigating the effects of a collision: Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection; Back-up Collision Intervention

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SKYLINE AUTOMOTIVE SET TO TRANSFORM AUTO MARKET IN QATAR WITH LAUNCH OF IONIQ Next-generation eco-friendly vehicle is a clear highlight from opening day of the Qatar Motor Show


kyline Automotive – the official distribution partner of the Hyundai Motor Company in Qatar – made a strong debut at this year’s Motor Show by unveiling one of the undoubted highlights of the first day.

Speaking to reporters and VIPs at the Qatar Motor Show, General Manager Paiman El Malla introduced the ground-breaking IONIQ – the next-generation in eco-friendly vehicles – to Qatar. IONIQ is an innovative, industry-leading hybrid that is the first car in the world to offer separate hybrid, full electric and plug in hybrid powertrains within one body type. It has been making waves around the world since its global launch last year, and has collected a slew of the industry’s most coveted awards. The IONIQ Hybrid has unseated the previous fuel-efficiency record holder in its class, surpassing the Toyota Prius Eco by 2 miles per gallon (mpg) to boast the best fuel mileage of any non-plug-in vehicle.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S rated the IONIQ Hybrid at 58 mpg in combined city and highway driving, which translates into 4.1 liters per 100km. Based on the extent of the reaction at the motor show and the positive response from visitors and motor enthusiasts alike, Skyline Automotive expects robust demand for the hybrid version of the car, which it will begin selling to customers from May of this year. “Our enthusiasm for bringing the IONIQ to Qatar is part of our goal to offer customers a diverse product range to meet their individual needs and expectations, which are evolving to include environmentally-friendly options for mobility. Automotive enthusiasts’ pursuit of greater fuel efficiency has created a strong global market for eco-friendly vehicles that meet drivers’ everyday needs, Qatar notwithstanding. That’s why more options are needed to help make responsible choices easier for consumers,” said Paiman El Malla, General Manager of Skyline Automotive. He added, “The IONIQ is also the first major step towards our mission to support the development of Qatar on an economic, social and environmental level. We believe there is enormous potential and desire from people and businesses in Qatar to reduce their environmental footprint and we hope to help them make that choice with the IONIQ.” IONIQ combines advanced features, beautiful design, smart technology and a driving experience that’s responsive and rewarding. Its robust and lightweight body combined with highperformance components have been specially designed and engineered to work perfectly with each other. Key features that define the car include: • Performance. The compact electric motor works with the specifically calibrated 1.6 GDi petrol engine to improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions to an estimated 79 g/km. The petrol engine, together with a 32kW electric motor, delivers a combined 103.6kW of power and up to 265Nm of torque and a top speed of 185 km/h. The electric motor recharges on the go, working together with the dual-clutch transmission to deliver smooth and responsive automatic gear changes with the use of low-viscosity transmission oil. • Driving experience. A class leading 0.24 coefficient of drag allows for a highly aerodynamic performance. A number of noise reduction measures and the use of aluminum and other unconventional materials in the body reduce vehicle weight, deliver excellent ride quality and a quiet and comfortable driving experience. • Impeccable design, inside and out. The visual identity of the IONIQ was inspired by a future where responsible mobility is part of everyday life, leading to a futuristic look and feel that fits people’s everyday lives. The IONIQ’s interior layout offers a clutter-free, intuitive design, using eco-friendly materials such as volcanic stone, soybean oil and sugar cane, which add a clean and sleek visual appearance to the design.

• Infotainment and connectivity. The driver-focused layout is spacious and logical. To suit the varied needs and lifestyles of motorists, the IONIQ Hybrid is equipped with a high-definition 7-inch information cluster with an outstanding resolution. It displays all gauge functions, which automatically bring up the most useful information depending on the selected drive mode. The IONIQ is also infinitely interconnected, allowing users to integrate their smartphone with its infotainment system by providing both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®. IONIQ even offers a wireless charging pad. • Safety features. The IONIQ is equipped with the latest in active and passive safety technology, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as seven airbags and a highly rigid body structure. The IONIQ Hybrid is one of nine cars presented by Skyline Automotive at the Qatar Motor Show and includes other awardwinning vehicles in a range of sizes. Skyline Automotive’s presence at the show highlights the business’ commitment to presenting a product range that is ideally suited to Qatar as well as delivering Hyundai’s vision of continuously improving fuel-efficiency and environmental performance. The IONIQ Hybrid is on display at the Qatar Motor Show running at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center until April 22. The show is open to the public from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday, and 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday. The IONIQ is located at stand D. / ISSUE 8 49




his Ramadan, Alfardan Sports Motors – the official dealer of Maserati in Qatar - is offering clients a remarkable deal on its complete range of luxury sports cars to celebrate the season’s spirit of giving.

Reaffirming its commitment to service excellence, the dealership is focused on providing a rewarding experience to new customers upon the purchase of a brand new Maserati during this holy month. As part of the offer, every client is entitled to a one year full comprehensive insurance scheme and warranty and service packages that protect the vehicle for 5 years. The offer also includes other services such as glass tinting, paint and leather protection, in addition to gift vouchers worth QR 5,000 of Maserati’s stylish merchandise. Alternatively, customers can avail a choice of receiving a cashback of QR 50,000 when they purchase a new car.



“Ramadan is an inspiring month of happiness, harmony and community spirit. We believe it’s the perfect time to connect with our clients and gift them the peace of mind when owning a Maserati of their choice including added value benefits and services.” said Charly Dagher, General Manager of Maserati Qatar, Alfardan Sports Motors. The exclusive offer is valid until the end of Ramadan and includes the stylish coupe GranTurismo models, the sports executive sedan – Ghibli, the latest generation of Maserati’s flagship sedan – Quattroporte and its first-ever SUV, the Levante. / ISSUE 8 51





o celebrate the commencement of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Alfardan Automobiles, the official importer of MINI in Qatar, has launched exclusive offers for customers looking to own a new MINI model.

Throughout Ramadan, Customers will have the opportunity to purchase a new MINI John Cooper Works Hatch and selected MINI Models with a special Offers which includes an Exclusive Package for Service & warranty. Offers include a five-year MINI Service Inclusive or 60,000 kilometers, and a three years or unlimited mileage warranty (whichever comes first), and one year free insurance & Alfardan Jewelry Gift voucher minimum 3000 QR. Customers can also get a chance to get their hands on a phenomenal package for MINI 3 Door Hatch, which includes a twoyear warranty, unlimited mileage, and a MINI Service Inclusive for three years or 40,000km (whichever comes first). Ihab Allam, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, said: “The Holy Month of Ramadan is about giving back and showing appreciation to everyone. We consider our customers as part of the Alfardan Automobile’s family and to show our wishes we are providing them with an opportunity to have a lower cost ownership and exceptional values on a wide range of selected MINI models.” The offer will run throughout Ramadan at Alfardan Automobiles’ showrooms in Suhaim Bin Hamad Street and Alfardan Towers in West Bay. Alfardan Automobiles will welcome customers to its showrooms during special Ramadan working hours: The main service centre in the Industrial Area will operate from Saturday to Thursday from 8:00am to 02:00pm. The workshop/body shop from 8:00am to 2:00pm and the parts department from 8:00am to 2:00pm and 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The Khalifa Town Service Centre will be operating from Saturday to Thursday 08:00am to 2:00pm and 7:30pm to 01:30am.

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NASSER BIN KHALED AUTOMOBILES SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDES QATAR MOTOR SHOW 2017 NBK Automobiles has the largest, luxurious and interactive stand with the largest number of cars displayed Three cars awarded as best new revealed cars in the show

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asser Bin Khaled Automobiles, the authorized general dealer of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, accomplished huge success in Qatar Motor Show 2017. The annual event, one of the most important auto shows in the Gulf region, drew a huge number of visitors to its grand pavilion, where its three newlyrevealed cars were listed as 3 top cars in the show. Distinguished as the most luxurious and largest in size, NBK Automobiles pavilion displayed a wide range of cars from different categories. The interactive pavilion also enticed the visitors with its 3D printer which can generate a 3D idol for visitors in various sizes and shapes. The audience could also try to race with Mercedes-Benz cars in a circuit that simulates real races and shows the skills of professional drivers.

Khalid Sha’aban, General Manager, Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles said: “NBK Automobiles again witnessed a very successful participation at Qatar Motor Show. Thanks to its space and luxury, our pavilion was under the spotlight of visitors, and displayed a wide range of our top cars. Visitors also had the chance to entertain and interact with the 3D printer and car simulator race of Mercedes Benz cars. We are committed to the motor show and its vision and will always work not only to meet the client’s expectation but also to surpass them”. The seventh edition of Qatar Motor Show took place from 18 to 22 April at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. The exhibition has become a regular date in the automobile event calendar and offers one of the best informative platforms about car manufacturing.

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enesis, the world’s newest luxury auto brand, has made its Qatar Motor Show debut this week, marking the brand’s official arrival to the country. Presented by Skyline Automotive, which will serve as the exclusive dealer of Genesis in Qatar, the meticulously designed vehicles will deliver an unprecedented combination of refined performance, human-centered luxury and industry-leading safety features.




Qatar’s luxury auto market, one of the fastest growing and selective globally, can now experience a new standard in comfort and convenience from the Genesis flagship full-size G90 sedan and the G80 mid-luxury sedan. “Presenting an entirely new luxury car at a premier event like the Qatar Motor Show, which seeks to satisfy the most discerning automotive enthusiasts in the world, is a thrilling experience. Qatar is a market synonymous with luxury, and the Genesis directly caters to that, delivering a new experience to Genesis owners. Our aim is to be the best luxury auto brand on the market and earn client loyalty by offering superior cars supported by an impeccable client service and attention to detail,” said Paiman El Malla, General Manager of Skyline Automotive. Skyline Automotive has taken customer service to the next level for Genesis clients through an enhanced owner experience. Committing

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to a worry-free customer journey, the Genesis Experience combines a suite of customer programs with an industry-best warranty to exceed anything currently available in the luxury market. Re-imagining the often time-consuming vehicle service and maintenance process, Skyline Automotive offers Genesis owners complimentary maintenance for five years. And rather than driving to the dealership for the service appointment, Genesis owners get the ultimate convenience of having their vehicle picked up and dropped off at a time and location of their choice. ‫ب‬ With customers’ needs and expectations ever top of mind for the creators of the Genesis, every detail of the owner experience is committed to creating human-focused innovations that help transform people’s lives. This was the driving force behind the creation of the Genesis Concierge service, which aims to deliver a simple and convenient way to address each customer’s unique needs.


Genesis Concierge is an exclusive lifestyle concierge membership offered to Genesis owners on a complimentary basis for two years. The service brings together a global network of over 1,300 consultants, many of whom are based in the Middle East to address the specific needs of regional clients. It offers a fully integrated concierge program combining travel, medical and security assistance through a partnership with SOS International. The Genesis G90 and G80 models, displayed at the Qatar Motor Show, are the first in a planned range of cars expected to redefine the top end of the automotive market in Qatar. There is a strong appetite to welcome the new G80 Sport edition, followed by the Genesis brand’s third and smallest model, the dynamic rear-drive G70 sedan, which will be available in Qatar exclusively at the Skyline Automotive dealership this fall. An entire lineup of new luxury Genesis models, including SUVs and a coupe, will be rolled out through to 2020. / ISSUE 8 59




Qatar Motor Show concludes successful first day with MINI highlight being the all-new MINI Countryman Also on display was the MINI convertible, MINI Clubman and MINI 3-door Hatch

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he first day of the Qatar Motor Show saw guests delighted by the all new MINI Countryman thanks to Alfardan Automobiles, the official BMW Group Importer in Qatar. Taking place from 18th to 22nd April, the seventh edition of the Qatar Motor Show allows MINI enthusiasts to experience the biggest and most versatile model in the brand’s 57-year history. The all New MINI Countryman has pursued its path to success both on and off-road. The large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive now gives an additional boost to the brand’s advance into the premium compact segment. The latest generation of the MINI Countryman goes even further in terms of the model’s versatility, agility and premium character. Thanks to its powerful proportions, the new MINI Countryman has a particularly distinctive presence. Its unmistakable aura is defined by an extended ground clearance and raised seating position, further emphasised by the MINI ALL4 exterior look and high roof rails. Mr. Ihab Allam, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, commented: “It’s been a great first day at the Qatar Motor Show and we are excited to have broung another great model to the region,

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further highlighting the importance of the Qatar market for the MINI brand. MINI being present at the Qatar Motor Show this year is a great step to further highlight the brand’s strong presence in Qatar which saw sales increase by 7% in 2016.� Besides the all-new MINI Countryman, versatile MINI Clubman also gave fans of the brand a hands-on experience at the motor show. Also on display was the MINI Convertible with exterior design that comprises a balance between top-class elegance and sporty flair. Maintaining the classic MINI design features, the MINI Convertible is further enhanced with circular headlamps and rear lights with chrome surrounds, hexagonal radiator grille, black peripheral body surround, side turn indicator elements and a large selection of body finishes including the variant of Caribbean Aqua metallic. The Qatar Motor Show took place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. Concluded on Saturday 22nd April, 2017, it brought together some of the most notable international carmakers highlighting their latest models as well as car accessory companies highlight the latest in auto and performance trends. / ISSUE 8 63




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• The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé sets the bar a notch higher as it combines the beauty and classic virtues of a grand tourer with state-of-the-art technology. • With a length of 4826 mm, a width of 1860 mm and a height of 1430 mm, the new E-Class Coupé easily outstrips its predecessor in length, width and height. • The elegantly fashioned interior is stylistically in tune with the E-Class philosophy of fusing luxury and excitement. • As a member of the current E-Class family, the new Coupé is significantly more intelligent than its predecessor. • At market launch, there will be an initial choice between three petrol engines with a range of outputs from 135 kW (184 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp).

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ith its expressive coupé-esque proportions, clear and sensual design and long-distance comfort for four people, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé combines the beauty and classic virtues of a grand tourer with state-of-the-art technology. It also offers the groundbreaking intelligence of the E-Class family with Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Widescreen Cockpit and the latest driver assistance systems with the option of, among other things, partially automated driving. Powerful engines with low exhaust emissions and comfortable suspensions with selective damping guarantee a sporty and agile driving experience. Following in the steps of the world’s most intelligent executive sedan, the newest member of the successful E-Class family is an exciting addition. “It takes an elaborate feat of engineering to uphold two hallmarks of the E-Class Coupe: its unmatched style and extraordinary strength. And the view from outside is no less enticing, with an undeniably athletic profile and chiselled physique that expresses confidence. The E-Class Coupé embodies passion that you can see and beauty that you can feel,” said Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing & Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East


The E-Class Coupé marks a new step in the evolution of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy by fusing the charm and technological superiority of the sedan with a sportier and sleeker profile. With its flawless proportions, the new Coupé exhibits a puristic, surface-accentuated design with reduced lines and sensual forms. The vehicle’s coupé design is characterised by a distinctive front end with low-positioned sports grille and central star, a long bonnet with powerdomes, a rearward-shifted, squat greenhouse and a muscular rear end. World premiere: welcome feature of tail lamp Equally typical of a Mercedes coupé are

the two-part, extremely flat LED tail lamps, which, in combination with LED MULTIBEAM headlamps, celebrate the world premiere of a welcome feature. When the vehicle is opened, the taillight LEDs illuminate successively from the centre of the vehicle outwards. Upon locking the vehicle, the light sequence runs in the opposite direction. Both are additionally combined with an up and down dimming feature. Sporty, luxurious interior with refined details The interior of the new E-Class Coupé embodies the synthesis of sporty emotion and luxurious intelligence. Positioned in the driver’s direct field of vision, the instrument cluster shows virtual instruments, which can

be selected by the driver in three different styles, “Classic”, “Sport” and “Progressive”, depending on which information and views the driver considers relevant. Touch Control buttons in the steering wheel enable the driver to control the instrument cluster and multimedia system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The avant-garde yet highly luxurious seats in the Coupé take their cue from the sedan. The sporty individual-seat characteristics find their distinctive impression in all four seats. A wealth of extremely high-grade design details bear witness to the superlative standard of a sporty luxury coupé. / ISSUE 8 67


High-grade materials and contemporary colour landscapes come together to create a sporty, contemporary luxury look. The attractive appointments in yacht blue in combination with macchiato beige lend the vehicle a cool, sophisticated yachting look. The new E-Class Coupé will also offer a choice of two new innovative, lightwood trim packages in openpore and high-gloss finishes.

predecessor in terms of length, width and height. The principal beneficiary of the wider track, with 1605 mm at the front (+67 mm) and 1609 mm at the rear (+68 mm), is the driving dynamics.

The AMG Line, with its unique features, such as front and rear bumpers and side skirts and larger AMG Styling wheels, will come as standard. The dots in the diamond radiator grille are chrome-plated, while the brake discs on the front axle are perforated. The interior boasts a vast range of features such as seats in high-grade ARTICO/ DINAMICA in black with grey contrasting topstitching, the Seat Comfort package and an AMG leather sports steering wheel. Additional personalization options come courtesy of the Night package with a host of design details in high-gloss black and tinted side windows.

Performance with high-tech At market launch, there will be an initial choice between three petrol engines with a range of outputs from 135 kW (184 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp). Further engine variants will follow. All the models available at market launch are standardized with the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows fast gearshifts along with lower engine speeds. This has a particularly beneficial effect on efficiency and noise.

Larger and more luxurious With a length of 4826 mm, a width of 1860 mm and a height of 1430 mm, the new E-Class Coupé clearly outstrips its

The significantly larger footprint compared with the previous model benefits passengers with extra spaciousness and comfort.

Suspension – sporty comfort The suspension on the new E-Class Coupé offers agile driving pleasure on winding roads together with exceptional ride comfort. The Coupé comes as standard with DIRECT CONTROL suspension. In the interests of a sporty look, the suspension

The new E-Class Coupé will also offer a choice of two new innovative, lightwood trim packages in open-pore and high-gloss finishes.

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is 15 millimetres lower than on the sedan and is tuned for comfort with an amplitudedependent damping system. Alternatively, the new E-Class Coupé can be equipped with multi-chamber air suspension, including all-round roll/pitch/ heave stabilisation. The three chambers of different size in the spring struts of the rear axle and two in the spring struts of the front axle make it possible to control the hardness of the suspension in three stages. In this way, occupants enjoy soft basic suspension, along with the secure feeling of good handling stability at higher speeds. DYNAMIC SELECT – choose your own driving characteristics The DYNAMIC SELECT system not only makes it possible to select the suspension characteristics in combination with DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL and AIR BODY CONTROL, but it also enables the driver to influence other vehicle settings – such as the throttle response, ECO start/stop function, shift points of the automatic transmission and more. Depending on the equipment level, DYNAMIC SELECT provides the following transmission modes: Comfort, ECO, Sport, Sport + and Individual.


“Individual” allows the driver to configure their own preferred transmission modes. E-Class innovations on board As a member of the current E-Class family, the new Coupé pushes technological boundaries and is significantly more intelligent than its predecessor. It comes with all the features of the E-Class, the most

intelligent executive sedan. Active Brake Assist comes as standard. It is able to warn the driver of an imminent collision, provide optimum support with emergency braking and, if necessary, also autonomously apply the brakes. In addition to slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles, it can also detect pedestrians crossing in the danger zone ahead of the vehicle.

Other highlights include DRIVE PILOT: this system represents Mercedes-Benz’s next step along the road to autonomous driving. As Distance Pilot DISTRONIC, it is not only able to keep the car at the correct distance behind vehicles in front on all types of road, but, for the first time, it can also automatically follow them at a speed of up to 210 km/h.

The models at a glance: E 200 Number of cylinders/arrangement 4/in-line Displacement (cc) 1991 Rated output (kW/hp at rpm) 135/184 at 5500 Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 300 at 1200-4000 Combined NEDC fuel consumption (l/100 km) 6.0 Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 136 Efficiency class B Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec.) 7.8 Top speed (km/h) 240 *Electronically limited

E 300 4/in-line 1991 180/245 at 5500 370 at 1400-4000 6.4 147 B 6.4 250*

E 400 4MATIC 6/V 2996 245/333 at 5250-6000 480 at 1600-4000 8.1 183 D 5.3 250*

The E 200 Coupé will be available from April 2017 in the GCC with a starting price of USD 59,950, with the E 300 Coupé and E 400 4MATIC Coupé available from July 2017 for USD 70,650 and USD 80,550 respectively. / ISSUE 8 69


MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS COUPÉ REVEALED AT REGIONAL LAUNCH IN DUBAI Powered by intelligence and driven by excellence, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé showcased its exceptional design and performance credentials at its regional launch at the Dubai Design District

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ttended by VIP guests, socialites, regional media and customers, the evening’s festivities highlighted the intriguing design evolution of the E-Class Coupé - from the traditional models to the three new pillars of space, design, and innovation. As a new design icon by Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class Coupé pushes the boundaries of intelligence and performance to make a statement of unrivalled excellence. Every aspect and element of the vehicle is a testament to the model’s contemporary aesthetics and the brand’s mantra of “The Best or Nothing.” Welcoming guests at the launch, Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing and Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East, said: “The new E-Class Coupé’s design and capabilities demonstrate its incredible intelligence - it is a car desired by those who seek the future today. While its technological and innovative credentials are well known, the model transcends the boundaries of automotive innovation to meet the needs of modern active lifestyles.” “This spectacular venue at the centre of Dubai’s design world is the ideal setting for showcasing our newest design icon. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé is a sleek, yet sporty showstopper.” A person of influence represented each of the three pillars of design, space and innovation. Nadine Kanso, celebrated photographer and jewellery designer, represented design. Like the design of the E-Class Coupé, her unique pieces of art reconcile tradition and modernity. Tom Arnel, a renowned restaurateur who has altered the use of interior and urban space in Dubai, personifies the E-Class Coupé’s smart use of physical space. Thea Myhrvold, founder of, is a leader in innovation; a trait shared with the unrivalled technical capabilities of the E-Class Coupé. Speaking of the collaboration, Lennart Mueller-Teut, said: “As part of our launch event we have brought forth some of the region’s finest talents to represent each of the three pillars that best define the new E-Class Coupé - these individuals have had an impact and left a mark on our region.” For the three days following the event, Mercedes-Benz will host a pop-up showroom in the Dubai Design District. For the first time in the region, customers will be able to book test drives and experience the intelligently powered Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé first-hand. GCC pricing for the new E-Class Coupé starts at USD 59,950 for the E 200 Coupé. The E 400 Coupé and E 400 4MATIC Coupé will be available from July 2017 for USD 70,650 and USD 80,550, respectively. / ISSUE 8 71


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egular readers of Maqina magazine might remember the Genesis G80 we drove in the last issue. Although it was Genesis’ first attempt of making their own car, they simply nailed it. We couldn’t get enough it, praising it every step of the way. The G90 is that car’s big brother, the flagship full-size luxury limousine if you will. Question is, can it actually compete with Europe and Japan’s finest? To find out, we took one for a test drive.


In all seriousness though, the G90 is a bit of a looker when it comes to styling. The front end is completely Right, let’s start with the name. Genesis, if you’re bespoke. We really like the large single-piece grille. unfamiliar with the name, is a sub-brand of Hyundai. It complements the car’s elegance and simplicity, as Notice we said sub-brand, not a subdivision. So it doesn’t leave room for smaller vents and what not don’t think of it as AMG or BMW’s M, but rather as to clutter up the entire front fascia. The swept-back Honda’s Acura, Nissan’s Infiniti or Toyota’s Lexus. headlights extend well into the fenders, and they do It’s a completely different brand to the one that look really aggressive, especially the top LED strip. owns it. Hyundai’s intentions with Genesis were Near the bottom of the bumper you’ll find a large clear from the start. They wanted to separate their opening stretching from one side to the other, with matching LED foglights. It’s luxury, high-end automobiles understated yet aggressive, from the mainstream ones something which is neigh-on HE GUYS OVER AT in order to create a larger impossible to achieve in the distinction between premium GENESIS SAY THEY’LL car world. and ordinary. So far, we’re

inclined to say they’ve done a fantastic job at it, judging by the G80 alone.




Visually, the larger G90 is as good, if not better, than the G80. Genesis’ new design language called “Athletic Elegance” suits the long limousine much better than it did the midsize sedan, and that’s saying something. The guys over at Genesis say they’ll implement the same design in the next five models they plan on introducing by the end of 2019. If this is what future Genesis cars will look like, sign us up.

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From a 3/4 view, it’s obvious the G90 is a large car. You expect the roof to start sloping down just behind the front doors, but it doesn’t. It extends all the way to the back of the rear doors before it starts to come down again. It reminds one of the S-Class, with that same swooping motion right after the cabin ends. To be honest, it looks even better with the G90’s front end than it does with the futuristic fascia of the S-Class. The rear taillights look similar to those found on the S-Class as well, but there’s a kink to them at the top of the lens that’s missing on the Merc. They also extend a lot more into the rear quarter panels. Overall, we really liked it.



Interior Here’s where the Genesis starts getting into its own. If someone was to tell me that a Hyundai sub-brand called Genesis would be competing with the S-Class, i would have laughed hysterically. And yet here we are. The S-Class is always one step ahead when it comes to technology and innovation, even compared to the likes of Audi and BMW, but the Genesis managed to reel it in and go head-to-head with it. The cabin is completely-brand new. Forget the old Equus sedan, this thing is on a whole new level. Everything you touch and everything you see reeks of quality. Italian leather, Nappa leather, wood trim accents in the rear, contrast stitching, polished aluminum inserts… you name it. The list goes on and on. There’s a ton of legroom and headroom in the back. If you want to have a no-hassle journey, just hire a personal chauffeur and bask in the sumptuous comfort and luxury that is the second row. It’s 95 percent there compared to the S-Class, a remarkable feat given how good the grand old Merc is. Hyundai has invested a ton of research into reducing noise, vibration and harshness. The G90 uses special sound-absorbing materials, laminated glass for individual windows and optimized suspension tuned for high-speed cruising. It sounds cool and fancy on paper, but it’s even more impressive in the real world. There’s no noise as you speed up, apart from the engine’s muted revs. Cruising at 80 km/h feels no different to cruising at 160 km/h.

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If you like to travel over long distances for an extended period of time, and do so frequently, the G90 is the perfect vehicle for you. It’ll leave you rested and relaxed even after an 8-hour stint in the driver’s seat.

Engine and Performance The base turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 in the G90 makes 365 hp and 509 Nm of torque. It’s more than capable of moving the relatively large car around, but if you’re after performance, only the bigger 5.0-liter V8 will satisfy. With 420 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque it doesn’t hang around. The new eight-speed automatic is smooth and fast, so the G90 will have no issues posting a respectable low 6 second time in the sprint to 62 mph. Although it’s rear-wheel driven in standard guise, you can specify it with the new H-TRAC AWD system. It provides additional security as well as mega traction in the wet. It’s still rear-wheel biased as the system only sends up to 40 percent of available torque to the front, but it’s an awesome feature to have if you live in a colder environment where it rains and snows often. The chassis is sorted and neutral, if not a little bit numb. The plus side is that you genuinely can’t feel a thing. Bumps and large holes in the road are practically nonexistent with the G90, you almost never have to worry about them. Some body roll is present, but not much more than one would expect from something so big and so heavy. As a highspeed, long-distance cruiser, it’s neigh-on perfect.


Conclusion It’s a genuine S-Class rival at un-S-Class like prices. If you don’t mind the Genesis name, we can’t see any reason why you’d spend more money on something which is just fractionally better than it. / ISSUE 8 79


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hen someone mentions Land Rover, most people first think of the Range Rover or the Evoque. Some will remember that they debuted a brand-new model called the Velar, but very few will actually think of the Discovery. And that really confuses us. We recently got a chance to drive the new Discovery on some harsh terrain in Qatar, and as you’re about to read, it should actually be high on the priority list of most potential Land Rover buyers. / ISSUE 8 81


Introduction The fifth-gen Discovery made its official debut back in 2016, at the Paris International Auto Show. Although it was still undeniably a Discovery, Land Rover had thoroughly reworked the interior and a large portion of the exterior as well. The V6 engine and the eightspeed auto are the only two components carried over from the last Disco with minor modifications. Everything else is either brand new or massively tweaked. The biggest change is the new aluminum-intensive unibody design in favor of the old-school ladder frame and steel-body construction. The switch to the more modern layout resulted in weight savings of just over 450KG (1,000 pounds). Needless to say, this improved both performance and efficiency massively. The example we drove was of the HSE-spec variety. It’s a step above the base S and SE, with larger 20inch 5-split alloy wheels, an Atlas silver grille, power sunroof with tilt/slide features, a powered gesture tailgate and LED headlights with the signature LED strips.

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HSE stands for High Specifications Equipment, so our Disco was practically equipped with almost everything Land Rover can cram into it. The only way to make it more unique is to go for the First Edition model, which boasts several styling upgrades to make it stand out.

Exterior It’s immediately apparent the new Discovery is, well, new. The squared off, boxy look of the last-gen model is gone for good. The new Disco borrows most of its styling cues from the larger Range Rover and now even the Velar. The body lines are a lot smoother and the entire design just sort of ‘flows’. Land Rover nailed the proportions right on the head. It manages to look modern and sophisticated but still pay tribute to the original 1989 Discovery thanks to that stepped roof at the back as well as the offset rear license plate. There’s not a lot to talk about up front. It gets the Range Rover’s headlights as well as the front grille, albeit they’ve been scaled down to fit the smaller Discovery. The side profile shows how truly gorgeous the Discovery’s proportions are. Although the doors have a massive surface area, the black rocker panels break up the monotony beautifully.

You’ll notice the C-pillar boasts a somewhat weird design, but that’s to add more rigidity into the chassis. We like the clear lenses out back, especially since the narrow taillights complement the tall silhouette nicely. Lastly, you’ll be pleased to know that the tailgate still offers the same split-design as the one on the old car. It makes loading cargo easier, but gives you somewhere to sit as well.

Interior If you thought the cabin took on from the larger Range Rover, wait until you see the interior. Unless you have the two SUVs side by side, you’ll have a hard time telling one apart from the other. There’s less space in the Discovery, but not by a lot. Headroom is the same, and so is legroom. The only thing which seems to suffer is width, but it’s not an issue at all. In fact, it’s barely noticeable. Being a large seven-seater, you’d expect to find massive comfort in the second and third row seats. And you do. We wouldn’t recommend you place full-sized adults in the rear-most row, but for shorter journeys it isn’t an issue. That being said, the second row is spoiled in terms of comfort and luxury. There are a total of nine USB ports and six 12-volt power outlets in the cabin. / ISSUE 8 83


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Technologically, the Discovery is up there with the Range Rover. The massive 10-inch touchscreen is operated by the InControl infotainment system. It’s fast and intuitive, probably the best system on the market at the moment. It offers 3G Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity and nav. Land Rover is even kind enough to provide you with something called an Activity Key wristband as well. Think of it as a remote key incorporated into the waterproof wristband. This means you don’t have to wear the bulky keys and fill up your pockets or worry about soaking them up in water.

Engine and Performance The Discovery HSE comes with one engine option alone. It’s the well-known 3.0-liter Si6 petrol unit, and it really suits the character of the SUV. With 340 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque it’s more than plenty powerful for the light Disco. The sprint to 100 km/h is dealt with in 7.1 second and it will top out at 215 km/h. Let’s be real though, no one cares about that in a Land Rover. What we care about is off-road performance and terrain capabilities. Luckily, that’s where the Discovery really comes into its own. The Terrain Response 2 system boasts computerized control over the sophisticated 4WD system, maximizing the already impressive off-road capabilities. The system offers five settings: Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and Rock. Leaving it in Auto is ideal, as we found the computer always knows what to do and it never gets the mode wrong. It comes with downhill descent control and low-range gears as well. In its tallest setting, the Discovery boasts impressive 28cm of ground clearance and fording (wading) capabilities in water up to 90cm deep.

Conclusion If you want a full-size SUV capable of seating seven comfortably, you’d have to really hate Land Rover to avoid getting the new Discovery. It’s more capable than you can imagine, and because it’s lost a lot of weight now, it’s a lot more efficient as well. The updated interior makes it a great daily driver too. We’d highly recommend it to anyone. / ISSUE 8 85

ROAD TRIP 3 DAYS. 3 SUPERCARS. 1 CITY. By: Tarek Hawchar | Photos: Natali Leonova



etting to drive a Ferrari is not something many people get to do very often. Even getting to sit in one is extremely rare. Getting to drive three of them over the span of three subsequent days however, is a once in a lifetime thing. And that’s exactly what we got when Ferrari rang us up and asked if we’d like to test drive their latest models over the course of three days. Before the representative on the other end of the phone was even done asking, I had already said yes so excited that my voice changed pitch.


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For the first portion of the experience, i was served the keys to the 488 GTB. Although i’ve driven the car before, on several occasions, this was the first time i had the car all to myself for the entire duration of the day. To start things off, i took it inside the city to find out what it’s like when it has to deal with normal, everyday situations. Right off the bat, i can report that the car is nothing short of marvelous. For such an aggressive looking thing, you’d expect it to crash on every bump and have a ride as firm as a Formula 1 car. The truth couldn’t be any further from that however. Put the suspension in its softest setting and it becomes a completely different animal. It’s docile, manageable and relaxed. It’s weird saying this, but it feels like a GT car with emphasis on sport. It’s no harder to drive than an everyday sedan or a small city compact. You get decent visibility and the steering is light. You know where each of the car’s corners is so the thing feels small and compact.


Here’s the thing however. Even though the 488 felt relaxed and quite soft, it never lost its specialness and that Ferrari character. You were always just a squeeze of the throttle away from ending up at ridiculous speed. On the busy city streets, it felt like an overpowered go-kart with a thing for comfort. Then i took it to Zayed road, the longest stretch of tarmac in the Emirates. Needless to say the 488’s 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 felt tremendously powerful there. With 670 horsepower and 760 Nm of torque, you genuinely get the feeling that you can never explore the car’s entire limits unless you’re on the race track. It can accelerate to 100 km/h in well under 3 seconds, and the speed limit comes up so fast that you can’t go full throttle almost anywhere. By the time you squeeze the thing wide open you glance down and realize you’re travelling at ridiculous speeds. Thankfully, it has the massive, oversized carbon brakes to match. As a road car, it’s on another level to anything Lambo or McLaren makes at the moment.

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For day two i got the chance to drive the 488 Spider. Needless to say, it did not disappoint in the slightest. To start at the begging however, we have to talk a little about the place we drove it in. We thought long and hard where a car such as the convertible 488 Spider would suit the most, and the answer in the end was pretty obvious: the USA. Now, of course, we couldn’t take it to the USA, but we did bring the USA to us. Namely, we took it to Last Exit, a unique Food Truck Park which is the first of its kind, especially in this region.


Sunny skies, great food and scenery reminiscent of the vast openness of the deserts in the U.S. If ever there was a place invented for the 488 Spider, this was surely it. Unlike the GTB however, i didn’t care as much about the power or the torque since it didn’t really matter. The spider offers an experience like no other. The fact that it still has the GTB’s power output with the most glorious V8 soundtrack is just a bonus, not the necessity. / ISSUE 8 95


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The last day proved to be the cherry on top of the cake. Many people discredited the original FF for breaking the ‘Ferrari rules’, claiming it could never be a true-blooded stallion since it was all-wheel drive. I’d dare anyone to drive the V12 GTC4Lusso and claim the same. This car, like it or not, is on a whole new performance level. The 488 is fast because it’s a supercar, but it’s fast when conditions allow it. You have to know what you’re doing and the weather has to be perfect. Rain makes you fight the TC in fourth gear and turning off the system is only recommended if you’re a racing driver or don’t know what fear of death is. The GTC4Lusso is not like that however. The AWD system gives mega grip in all conditions, come rain or shine. Rather worryingly, it can press on in the wet just as much as it can in the dry. It’s disconcerting a bit, because your mind can’t cope with the level of performance on offer even when conditions are not perfect. Because it’s a rear-wheel drive biased system however, it has no trouble pulling off massive drifts if you really want it to. In fact, in the dry, it feels no different to drive than any other big sports car, despite the fact it’s actually a grand tourer. The engine in the car we tested was the 6.3-liter V12 found in the last FF as well as the F12, here making 690 horsepower and 697 Nm of torque. The 488s did feel sharper and less compromised, but if you plan on taking the car on longdistance trips, it has to be the GTC4Lusso all the way.

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Summary You really can’t find faults in any of them. Ferrari has the market on lockdown at the moment. Each new model somehow manages to trump the old one, despite us, the reviewers, saying it possibly can’t. Which one should you buy if you’re in the market for a Ferrari? Well, if you want the ultimate super car experience, the 488 GTB. It’s a no brainer. If you want the looks and open-top motoring, go for the Spider. If on the other hand, you want to use your Ferrari every single day, rain or shine, and want the incredible traction it offers, you can’t go wrong with the GTC4Lusso. / ISSUE 8 99



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The General Manager of Alfardan Sports Motors – the official importer of Maserati in Qatar.


ecently, Maqina had a chance to talk to Charly Dagher, the General manager of Alfardan Sports Motors – the official importer of Maserati in Qatar.

We asked him a few questions about the Levante SUV from Maserati and he was more than happy to answer them all.

Q: What does “Levante” mean? A: The Levante name was inspired by a warm, Mediterranean wind that can change from mild to gale force in an instant, mirroring the character of the first Maserati SUV.

Q: Being the Maserati of SUVs, what are the main pillars that were considered when designing the Levante? A: The Levante is based on the evolution of the sedan platform, designed exclusively by Maserati. The car chassis has been specifically developed to offer unique on-road drivability and competitive off-road capability, with day-today comfort and practicality. The top notch Italian SUV was conceived around three main pillars: Design, Exclusivity and Performance. It represents the optimum blend of these three elements in the SUV world. The Levante’s design is distinctive and attractive, embracing the most valuable aesthetic elements of Italian style. A central asset, its design brings a new concept to the SUV world, combining spaciousness and coupé lines while achieving the best aerodynamic efficiency in its segment with a Cx coefficient of just 0.31. Its exclusivity stems from technical features like Air Suspension and the Q4 AWD system, which come as standard equipment, and the high level of customization that includes two cutting-edge packages, Sport and Luxury. The result is a driving experience that is as unique as the Maserati brand and its customers. The thoroughbred on-road handling typical of all Maserati cars and solid off-road capabilities, as demanded in the SUV segment, describe the car’s overall dynamic. The Levante is here to excite any sports car driver counting on performanceoriented features, such as the extensive use of lightweight materials, ideal 50-50% weight distribution and its lowest in class center of gravity while encompassing features that deliver unparalleled agility in the luxury SUV class. / ISSUE 8 101


Q: The Maserati Levante comprises four driving modes; can you explain to us each mode? A: The four driving modes which are: Normal, Off-road, Sport and the Increased Control & Efficiency are designed to simplify and make the Levante driving experience more exciting. Normal Mode The default mode provides a standard setup to the pedal response, the turbo boost and the exhaust. The driver can choose between two different suspension levels: “normal”, which provides 207 mm minimum ground clearance or Aero 1 (-20 mm). The suspension set-up is the best compromise between sport and comfort damping. Sport Mode / increased suspension stiffness The “Sport” mode highlights the car’s sportier and more dynamic character: the gas pedal is more responsive, the engine mapping provides maximum over-boost throughout the range and the exhaust system opens completely, emanating a loud and deep guttural sound. In Sport mode the driver can keep the default suspension level or lower it to Aero 1. The MSP has a specific sport set-up that allows the driver to exploit the car’s on-road potential to the full. In the sport mode torque vectoring is active as well.

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When the driver clicks the “Sport” button twice, the selected mode not only calibrates the engine and transmission but also increases the suspension stiffness, giving the car better handling characteristics and switching the suspension height level to Aero 1 (-20 mm). On the screen, the air suspension image turns green along with other components. The driver can modify the height of the car, from “Aero 1” to “normal”, whilst maintaining sport mode and sport suspension damping. Off-Road Mode The off-road suspension mode can be selected using the appropriate button or from the rocker control. In this case, the ride height increases by 25 mm (off-road 1), the Skyhook system response changes and thanks to the ESP control, it can detect specific situations. The driver can raise the car by a further 15 mm (off-road 2), some 40 mm higher than in the default mode. The resulting ground clearance reaches the outstanding figure of 247 mm. The Increased Control & Efficiency (I.C.E.) Mode The Increased Control & Efficiency mode is designed for improved fuel economy, relaxed driving and low grip conditions. The transmission is set to automatic only and provides the most gentle gear changes possible. The Air Suspension setting is the same as in “normal” mode. The gas pedal mapping is set to comfort mode and all engine parameters contribute to decreasing CO2 emissions


and minimising fuel consumption. No over-boost is available and the exhaust bypass is closed up to 5,000 rpm.

“Saetta” logo, first seen on the archetypal Quattroporte in 1963, and seamlessly follows the shape of the side windows.

Q: In your opinion, what are the significant design features of the Levante that makes it distinctive and attractive among other models?

The side profile is defined by a swaged line that runs the entire length of the car. It departs from the signature side vents at the front and fades over the rear wing, defining its muscular shape and emphasizing its underlying strength.

A: Exterior Design: The imposing grille is inspired by the sensational Alfieri concept and is destined to be a signature feature of all Maserati cars from now on. The Levante is immediately recognisable as a genuine Maserati, even from a distance. The muscular shape of the rear shoulders gives it a distinctive and attractive Italian style. The signature concave grille pays homage to historical Maserati models like the Tipo 60 Birdcage. It is accentuated by the flow of the front wings, which emphasize the shape of the engine compartment lid and run into the headlight surrounds at the front. The particularly effective headlights featuring Bi-Xenon and LED technology then converge with the Trident symbol at the centre of the grille. The silhouette of the Levante moves from its feline-inspired headlights along the side of the car to the characteristic Maserati rear pillar, resulting in a coupé look that is enhanced by the frameless doors, a feature of every modern Maserati. The rear pillar is refined by the insertion of the characteristic

The profile view is completed by a wide choice of alloy wheels, lightweight and sporty and coherent with the Maserati design language, with the Trident design neatly integrated into the spokes. Interior Design: The whole interior is characterised by horizontal tension lines, highlighted by real material elements to create a feeling of absolute harmony between the front and rear passenger compartments. The interior of the Levante feels like a first class lounge thanks to the standard leather seats. It can be further enhanced with the optional dual-colour leather and, in line with a long Maserati tradition, customers can personalise the interior according to their individual taste. A total of 28 interior colour combinations are available at launch. The dashboard and the central console are redesigned in order to accommodate the 8.4” Touch Screen, the cluster of drive mode buttons, the brand new rotary knob and the air suspension switch. / ISSUE 8 103


The instrument panel follows the classic Ghibli/Quattroporte layout and is backlit with white light that contrasts nicely with the warm cabin lighting. The classic Maserati analogue clock is located in the centre of the dashboard. It features a blue background dial with white backlighting. The interior finish is in aluminium with a chrome surround for the Levante with 350 hp and the high gloss Erable trim is the standard for the Levante S. In terms of interior roominess, the car is definitely towards the top of its class. The rear seats comfortably accommodate three passengers thanks to the long wheelbase and the wide body. The two outer seats are designed to offer maximum comfort and lateral restraint. The headroom is among the best in class thanks to the ergonomic configuration of the seats.

Q: Can you mention to us some of the driver assistance systems of the Levante? A: Maserati introduces a full range of advanced driver assistance systems for the Levante, ensuring an absorbing driving experience with the highest levels of safety. • Hill Holder • Hill Descent Control • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go • Blind Spot Alert • Lane Departure Warning • Forward Collision Warning • Rear View & Surround View Camera • Park assist Hill Holder The standard Hill Holder system uses the on-board sensors to detect the vehicle’s angle when parked facing uphill and keeps the braking pressure for a few seconds so that the driver has enough time to release the brake pedal and accelerate before the car rolls backwards. Hill Descent Control Hill Descent Control (HDC), which also comes as a standard, allows a smooth and controlled hill descent on snow or rough terrain without the driver needing to touch the brake pedal.

When activated, ACC constantly monitors the space between the Levante and the vehicle ahead, maintaining a safe pre-set distance. If the traffic slows or another vehicle moves in front, it slows the car down by making it coast or by engaging the brakes. Conversely, when the vehicle ahead speeds up or moves into another lane, the system accelerates up to the pre-set speed.

When activated via the dedicated button on the steering wheel, the vehicle will descend using the ABS to control each wheel’s speed. If the vehicle accelerates with no intervention from the driver, the system will automatically apply the brakes to slow down to the desired speed that can be set up using the Cruise Control buttons.

The ACC uses a radar sensor, located on the front grille and a frontlooking camera behind the internal rear-view mirror to detect the presence of a vehicle ahead. If the ACC is automatically braking, the stoplights go on as if the driver is braking.

By applying pressure to the accelerator or the brake pedal the driver can instantly override the HDC system.

Thanks to the integrated Stop & Go function, the car will adjust to the target vehicle’s speed until it comes to a complete stop and will depart automatically within 2 seconds.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go The Levante is equipped with a cruise control system as standard. The optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with integrated Stop & Go function further increases comfort and safety when driving on main roads and motorways.

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Blind Spot Alert The Blind Spot Alert (BSA) is also included in the Levante’s wide range of standard equipment. It monitors detection zones on both sides of the car at speeds above 10 km/h and alerts the driver when a vehicle enters the blind spot zones.


The (BSA) uses two radar sensors, located inside the rear bumper, to detect vehicles that enter the blind spot zones from the rear, the front or from the side of the car. It monitors approximately one lane (3.3 m) on both sides. In the event of danger it activates a warning triangle in the appropriate exterior mirror and reacts with an audible warning if the driver uses the turn indicator to change lane. The integrated Rear Cross Path (RCP) function aids the driver when backing out of parking spaces where vision of oncoming vehicles may be impaired or blocked. The RCP system uses sensors on either side of the rear bumper and detects any vehicles or people approaching from either side at speeds from 1-3 km/h to a maximum of 16 km/h. The RCP alert is both visual and audible.

chime warn the driver that the vehicle is veering out of its lane. When the indicators are activated no warning is given. The system uses the same front looking camera in the rear-view mirror used by the AFS lighting system. The LDW can be deactivated from the Maserati Touch Control Plus and is reactivated automatically every time the engine restarts. The system works at speeds above 70 km/h. Forward Collision Warning

Lane Departure Warning

The optional Forward Collision Warning (FCW) monitors vehicles ahead by means of a camera and warns the driver via visual, audible and haptic (brake jerk) alerts when in danger of a possible rear-end collision.

The optional Lane Departure Warning (LDW) has been designed specifically for motorway driving in order to reduce the risk of the vehicle accidentally departing from its current lane.

If the driver does not take action, the system will provide a limited level of active braking to help slow the vehicle down and minimize the impact.

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compensate for this and provide the appropriate amount of additional braking. The driver can adjust the FCW sensitivity from “far” (default status) to “near” mode that gives less time for reaction. FCW can be deactivated completely. Rear View & Surround View Camera The standard rear parking camera is located above the license plate. It turns on automatically when the reverse gear is selected and shows the area behind the car on the high resolution head unit display. The Surround View Camera system, which comes optionally on the Levante with 350 hp and as a standard on the Levante S, uses four cameras in total and provides a clear 360° view around the car on a top-down image in the 8.4” MTC Plus Display. It is activated automatically in reverse gear or manually via the soft button on the 8.4” MTC Plus Display. Park Assist The Park Assist system provides visual and audible indications of the distance between the rear or front bumper and a detected obstacle when reversing or moving forward. The screen in the instrument cluster display provides visual warnings and an increasingly frequent sound according to the obstacle distance. Four sensors in the rear bumper monitor the area behind the vehicle up to approximately 2 metres and six sensors in the front bumper monitor the area in front of the vehicle up to 1.2 metres. Park Assist is fitted as a standard on all Levante variants.

Q: One of the distinctive features of The Levante is its state-ofart; 3-litre V6 engine, can you tell us more about this engine in terms of performance? A: Maserati’s new 3.0 liter V6 gasoline engines have been a great success since they were introduced in the Ghibli and Quattroporte models. The Levante features the 3-litre unit with two different power outputs 430 & 350 hp. The V6 petrol engine is twin turbo with the latest GDI technology developed by the Maserati Powertrain in conjunction with the Ferrari Powertrain development team. This new generation of Maserati engines is more powerful, more exciting to drive and more eco-friendly than ever The Levante’s 3-litre 350 hp engine has been designed to offer an outstanding driving experience along with a frugal use of fuel. It delivers 500 Nm torque from 1,750 up to 4,750 rpm. Equipped with this V6 engine, the Levante reaches 0-100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 251 km/h, a combined consumption of 10.7 l/100 km on the NEDC test cycle and 249 g/km of CO2 emissions. The 430 hp version of the twin turbo V6 engine has already made its mark in the Ghibli, and has now been improved even further to deliver an extra 20 hp.

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