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Jaguar previews F-Pace ahead of Frankfurt

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LONDON: The F-PACE has been known for some time and Jaguar today gave the world a preview with the release of an exclusive image and film. Camouflaged prototypes have already been seen showing the everyday usability and ride and handling of the F-PACE, by supporting Team Sky on the Tour de France, enduring more than a quarter of a million miles of extreme testing at JLR test centres in Dubai and Sweden, and tackling some of the most challenging roads in world. The F-PACE will be the first ever compact luxury SUV from the famous British luxury and sports car…

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New Fiat 500 and singer Ella Eyre debut new track

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LONDON: The new FIAT 500 and British singer-songwriter Ella Eyre created history on Wednesday night by debuting a re-mastered iconic track on stage together. A star-studded crowd gathered at an exclusive event in Potters Fields Park here to witness a specially re-mastered version of the number one track “Best Of My Love” by The Emotions. The new FIAT 500 and Ella performed the track on a giant vinyl record, 15 metres in diameter, with the new car laying down the opening beats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmkHAyB5RVk Sebastiano Fedrigo, Head of Brand, FIAT UK, said: “With more than 1.5 million units sold worldwide, the…

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Aston Martin launching limited DB9 GT Bond Edition

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LONDON: British luxury carmaker Aston Martin is celebrating the release of James Bond film “Spectre” with the launch of a special “Bond Edition” of its DB9 GT, limited to 150 examples. Using the 6.0-litre, V12-engined grand tourer – the most powerful DB9 to date – as its starting point, the special edition adds Spectre Silver paint, sterling silver Aston Martin badges on the front and rear, and “007 Bond Edition” exterior badging. Inside, it features numbered sill plaques with the 007 logo, gun barrel embroidery and a special Bond Edition start-up screen on the infotainment system. A suite of Bond-themed…

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INRIX Road Weather offers smarter way to avoid dangerous driving conditions

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SEATTLE: INRIX Road Weather aims to give drivers the sort of heads up as to the prevailing conditions that a traditional weather forecast can’t provide and in doing so try to reduce road traffic accidents caused by adverse meteorological conditions. INRIX’s new service draws real-time data from connected vehicles actually on the road thanks to a partnership with the Global Weather Corporation (GWC) analyzes that information to predict how weather patterns are changing as well for alerting other drivers to immediate road surface conditions. “INRIX has been focused on making driving not only more efficient, but also safer,” said the…

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30 world debuts to blitz LA Auto Show

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LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Auto Show has announced that 30 world debuts, totalling 50 vehicle unveilings overall, would be introduced. Almost every manufacturer will be making news, and while most have yet to announce details, a few manufacturers have begun to share their debut plans. Specifically, Infiniti will have a global reveal of its all-new QX30 crossover and Hyundai will host the world premiere of its all-new Elantra.  Other debuts include Jaguar’s first luxury SUV, the F-PACE (slated for first showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September), and Kia’s next-generation Sportage. Other automakers officially confirming premieres include Alfa…

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VW CFO Poetsch to become chairman

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BERLIN: Volkswagen’s finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch was set to become the new VW chairman as he was endorsed by the carmaker’s top-level committees and ex-chairman Ferdinand Piech. Europe’s biggest carmaker has been looking for a permanent successor to Piech, who was ousted in April after clashing with chief executive Martin Winterkorn over strategy but still wields influence through his family holding. One day after proposing to extend the CEO’s contract by two years until the end of 2018, the supervisory board’s executive and nomination committees proposed to elect Poetsch, 64, as chairman, VW said today. “Mr Poetsch distinguishes himself…

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Either shut up or make some Noice-y

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PETALING JAYA: Speak up, rally support from friends and get rewarded. That’s the gist of what a new app called Noicey is attempting to do. Noicey is a community-based platform for consumers to share their everyday experience with friends, family  and followers – and earned Noicey tokens that could be exchanged for products, services or experiences. According to the developer Cloud Creatures, Noicey gives consumers direct access to genuine opinions and reviews on the best and worst places, products and services. It is a way to bring together like-minded individuals through private and public in-app communities and rewards everyone with…

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Continental debuts new SportContact 6 (SC6) tyre

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HANOVER (Germany): Continental, the German tyre-maker, has officially debuted its latest SportContact 6 (SC6) tyre for the high performance segment. The new SC6 is available in 41 dimensions for wheel sizes of 19 to 23 inches and it gets an improvement of 14% in steering precision, 11% for dry road handling, 7% for durability and comfort, 4% for overall grip and 2% for wet-grip over its predecessor – the ContiSportContact 5 P. The 350kph-approved tyre possesses a new high-grip “Black Chili” compound that has high levels of adhesion and is soft enough to mould itself to the uneven road surfaces…

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Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo for the fans

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FRANKFURT: Specifically for the 66th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Bugatti has transformed a virtual project into tangible reality. The French super sports car brand will be presenting its virtual concept Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, which it developed in cooperation with Polyphony Digital Inc, creator of the Gran Turismo video game franchise, as a real show car. The project is the brand’s tribute to its great racing tradition of the 1920s and 1930s and its victories in Le Mans 24-hour races. “When the target group suddenly grows from 450 Veyron owners to several million fans, gamers and high performance…

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Open-top luxury in the S-Class Cabriolet

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STUTTGART: The new S-Class Cabriolet is the first open-top luxury four-seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971. It will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Also on show in Frankfurt will be a superlative dream car from Mercedes‑AMG in the guise of the S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet. Its 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine offers an output of 585hp and peak torque of 900Nm, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard and acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds. The new S-Class Cabriolet has innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made…

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