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Volvo FH wins trucks of the year
A year, almost to the day, after its spectacular launch, the new Volvo FH was elected International Truck of the Year 2014 by leading commercial vehicle journalists, representing 25 magazines throughout Europe. The Truck of the Year award was received by Volvo Trucks’ President Claes Nilsson at a ceremony at the Comtrans exhibition in Moscow yesterday evening.
Summing up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year Chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “Volvo Trucks has delivered a completely new heavy-duty truck, which, with its innovative cab, hi-tech driveline components and advanced maintenance solutions, sets a new benchmark in the automotive industry.”
This is the third time the Volvo FH is elected International Truck of the Year. It also won the award in 1994 and 2000.
“We are honoured and happy. When we introduced the new FH in September 2012, we claimed that it was pushing the envelope of what a premium truck could offer. The International Truck of the Year award confirms that the Volvo FH lives up to this promise,” says Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks.
The all-new Volvo FH is a truck built with the driver in mind and the focus on improving the haulage firm’s profitability. It boasts important innovations in all crucial areas: fuel economy, ergonomics, handling, active and passive safety, and time-saving features.
The truck is available with a range of 13- and 16-litre Euro 6 engines. The I-See technology can save up to five per cent fuel. I-See uses electronically recorded information about the topography of the roads to automatically optimise gear shifting, speed and auxiliary braking.
The handling is superior thanks to an improved chassis and the option to choose individual front suspension. The driving position is better and offers greater flexibility. For instance, the steering wheel now has a neck tilt function, a world-first in the truck world. The driver has a better view of the road, not least owing to the increase in the usable window area in the cab and the innovative rear-view mirror design.
More upright A-pillars add one cubic metre of interior space. This gives 300 litres of on-board extra storage capacity and greater on-board comfort.
Volvo Trucks offers maximum uptime with the new FH. This promise is based on new technology for remotely monitoring component wear and overall vehicle condition.
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Hyundai TV Commercial for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Final Draw
It looks good. It feels good. And it’s packed with equipment to make life easier. Because choosing a car that looks great on the outside shouldn’t have to mean giving up your creature comforts on the inside. Available in 5 trim levels, the New ix35 takes so much in its stride and thanks to our Blue Drive technologies, it’s also surprisingly efficient.
The New ix35 is available in 2WD with the 1.6 GDi and 1.7 CRDi engines. The 2.0 CRDi engine includes a torque on demand 4WD system. This provides power to all wheels only when driving conditions require it, resulting in greater efficiency than permanent 4WD.
Watch the beginning of Hyundai’s ix 35 glorious journey to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
Hyundai will come to all the football fans around the world, starting with the Final Draw. Feel Hyundai’s passion towards football fans through this film.
BMW Announces Pricing for All-New X5 Sports
The newly available rear-wheel drive 2014 X5 sDrive35i will start at $53,725 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i is priced at $56,025. The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d price is $57,525 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i will start at $69,125. All prices include $925 destination and handling.
Newly-standard equipment for the X5 includes, but is not limited to, BMW’s Auto Start-Stop system, BMW’s iDrive4.2 Navigation System with Touchpad, 10 years of BMW Assist eCall service, 10 years of BMW TeleService, BMW Apps, 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat, and now standard Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering.
The all-new BMW X5 will offer a new model and a first for the original Sports Activity Vehicle, the X5 sDrive35i, which marks the first time that an X5 model has been offered with rear-wheel drive. It, along with the X5 xDrive35i, will be powered by BMW’s multi-award winning 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six. The V8-powered X5 xDrive50i will use BMW’s latest 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8. It offers improvements in horsepower and torque, while at the same time improving efficiency. These models will arrive in US showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Based on its popularity over the last several years, a new BMW Advanced Diesel model will join the line-up a few months later. The 2nd-generation X5 xDrive35d features a new 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder diesel engine. It will provide the abundant torque for which BMW Advanced diesels have become renowned while offering significant improvements in efficiency over its predecessor.
All models will be equipped with BMW’s latest 8-speed automatic transmission. As was true of its predecessors, the all-new BMW X5 will be produced exclusively at BMW’s production facility in Spartanburg, SC.
Among the attributes that have set the BMW X5 apart in the automotive landscape has been its unique blend of sporty, elegant exterior design and luxurious, flexible interior ambiance. Those attributes have been enhanced with an entirely new design, inside and out.
For customers looking to add an additional element of individuality to their new X5, the Luxury Line, xLine or M Sport will be available, as will two Interior Design Packages – Ivory White and Mocha.
Class-leading driving dynamics have been a hallmark for the BMW Sports Activity Vehicle from the very beginning and the new X5 is no different.
BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive can be complemented by Dynamic Performance Control as part of the optional Dynamic Handling Package. The Dynamic Handling Package also includes Active Roll Stabilization providing an additional edge to the X5’s sporty handling attributes as well as Dynamic Damper Control and a rear-axle air suspension. Adaptive M suspension, available as part of M Sport, also includes Dynamic Damper Control and rear air suspension with more sports-oriented suspension tuning.
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Nissan Patrol Challenge – English re-direct – Launched in 2012, ‘Nissan Patrol Challenge’ invited people from the Middle East region to dream up a challenge that really pushes the Patrol to its limit, to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan and see their idea come to life.
The Nissan Patrol Challenge reached its grand finale today with a new Guinness World Record set by the unstoppable Hero of All Terrain. In the presence of His Excellency Dr. Ghanem Alhajiri, Chairman of Sharjah International Airport, Nissan Patrol became the holder of the “heaviest object pulled by any production vehicle” Guinness World Record and notched up another historic milestone for illustrious heritage. The event, held at Sharjah International Airport, United Arab Emirates, saw an unmodified production Nissan Patrol haul a 170.9 ton cargo plane, inclusive of weight of the plane, fuel and the cargo for over 50 meters, smashing the previous record by 15 tons.
Because Nissan Middle East always aims at exceeding their customer’s expectations, the winning idea of ‘pulling a cargo plane’ was taken one step further to break a world record.
The record attempt was supported by Sharjah International Airport and held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Civil Aviation of Sharjah. In order to express its thanks for its invaluable support, Nissan shared this accolade with Sharjah International Airport.
His Excellency Dr. Ghanem Alhajiri, said: “Sharjah has an increasing role to play in international enterprise in the Middle East and Nissan’s selection of Sharjah International Airport as part of a Guinness World Record is further evidence of the growing business importance of the emirate. We congratulate Nissan on its achievement and look forward to its future innovative campaigns.”
Commenting on this iconic moment, Mr. Samir Cherfan, Managing Director, Nissan Middle-East said: “Today Nissan celebrates another landmark day in the Middle East with its second Guinness World Record in eight months. When we began this project we encouraged the people of the Middle East to dream up the next and ultimate challenge for the Hero of All Terrain, Nissan Patrol. The overwhelming response has been the inspiration for today’s historic events and we thank all who participated and His Excellency and the Sharjah International Airport for their priceless cooperation.
“The Guinness World Record for Nissan Patrol achieved here motivates us to ensure we deliver ‘Innovation that Excites’ in everything we do in the Middle East region.”
‘Nissan Patrol Challenge’ was launched in 2012 and invited the region’s people to share their great ideas of how they have dreamt of using this iconic vehicle online. Encouraging fans to design an innovative test for the Patrol and give themselves a chance of winning an once-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan and other great prizes.
The result of this successful competition resulted in today’s Guinness World Record when Nissan Patrol comfortably dragged the Ilyushin Il-76 with a laden weight of 170.9 tons. In keeping with the indomitable Hero of All Terrain’s reputation, the Ilyushin Il-76 is known as one of the world’s toughest cargo planes, designed to be able to deliver cargo and take-off and land to some of the world’s most extreme environments.
On 22nd of August 2013, with the presence of VIPs and media at Sharja
The All-new Audi RS Q3 in the Alps
The car uses the Volkswagen Group A5 platform of the Volkswagen Golf Mk5, the same as the Volkswagen Tiguan/SEAT Tribu small SUVs. The Q3 slots above the proposed Audi Q2 mini crossover. Compared to the mid-luxury compact Q5 and full-size Q7 which are positioned more for family practicality and off-road performance, the Q3 is aimed as more of a lifestyle/sports automobile.
The first-ever Audi RS SUV based on the Q3 will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and will go on sale later in the year. The RS Q3 is powered by a 2.5-liter TFSI engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. With 310 PS and a maximum torque of 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft), the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The new, 2.5-litre, five-cylinder, 310PS Audi RS Q3 is the first ever RS model in the Q series. See it thunder through some of the most challenging roads the Alps has to offer.
2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 – Image Gallery
The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 near-series show vehicle brings together the best of three worlds.
The latest, revised G-Class series-production models lend the superior off-roader the effortless superiority and refinement of a vehicle which has dominated the off-road scene for 34 years. They are also the source of the up-to-date interior concept with the contemporary dashboard featuring impressive new instruments and a large, central colour display.
View the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 photo gallery