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Road Test: Ford Expedition (2018)

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Ford has gone ahead and completely redesigned the Expedition for 2018, and it returns to market with more power, more cargo volume, better mileage, and new driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies.

The Expedition comes with a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 650Nm of torque. You also get plenty of room – both headroom and bedroom – in the second and third row seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported across the lineup.

In addition, the Expedition comes enhanced active parking-assist system and Pro Trailer Backup Assist. You also get the standard Auto Start-Stop and a new 10-speed automatic transmission. What’s more, the Ford Expedition is filled with 40+ features and more driver assist technologies than any vehicle in its class.

On the outside, you get an upscale exterior appearance, that includes Platinum-specific grille, satin chrome exterior trim, LED headlamps, fog lamps and taillamps, and power-deployable running boards. Inside, you get new multi-contour front seats with Active Motion, which are also heated and cooled. The center console gets a real wood accent treatment, while you also get brushed aluminium inserts for the front door sill scuff plates.

The Expedition also offers Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, dual-headrest rear entertainment system and B&O Play premium audio system, which offers a 12-speaker system. You also get a huge sunroof up top and it comes with a seven-mode Terrain Management System with Sand Mode, perfect for off-roading in this part of the world.

You also get a 360-degree camera system that gives you a full look around the vehicle exterior. In addition, there’s wireless charging, four 12-volt power points, up to six USB ports positioned in all three rows, and a 230-volt outlet help you stay in charge.

As mentioned earlier, the Expedition comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a wide range of driving modes. The modes can be selected using a rotary knob on the center console and access the driving modes using the button next to the transmission knob.

Choices in the driving modes include Eco, Normal, Sport, and Sand. The ride and handling quality of the For Expedition is top notch for a full-size SUV. On a highway, it drives very smoothly and off-road, it handles awesomely. The Expedition is also surprisingly quiet inside, even when driving at higher speeds.

Braking is smooth, too, making this full-size SUV to a calm and complete stop without any hassle. The Ford Expedition is one of the best in its class of full-size SUVs since it comes with more interior room, greater comfort, superior cargo space and better towing capacity. If you are looking for a full-size SUV, the redesigned Ford Expedition (2018) is definitely worth a look.

Price: AED 173,250 onwards

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Galadari Automobiles Inaugurates New Showroom and Launches Mazda CX-60 and CX-90 Models in the UAE

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Galadari Automobiles Co. has launched the MAZDA CX-60 and CX-90 models during the inaugural ceremony of the all-new Mazda Showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. With meticulous precision, the first-ever Mazda CX-60 and CX-90 models have been built to embody automotive perfection, striking an ideal balance between performance and finesse. Both the CX-60 and CX-90 models are offered with a powerful and responsive 3.3L Inline-6 Turbocharged engine, combined with a 48V mild hybrid system.

This combination delivers an output of 284 hp and 450 Nm of torque in the CX-60, as well as a peak output of 345 hp and an impressive 500 Nm of torque in the CX-90. Furthermore, the fuel efficiency of the CX-60 is 15.4 km/L while that of the CX-90 is 14.3 km/L, which in itself is best-in-class. These key specifications distinguish the two models within the automotive landscape in terms of power and efficiency.

The all-new state-of-the-art showroom serves as a true reflection of the global brand identity of Mazda, a brand renowned for its sophisticated design and exhilarating performance. The showroom showcases an impressive line-up of the brand’s luxury vehicles with its spacious and minimalistic design. It further exemplifies Galadari Automobiles’ unwavering commitment to providing customers with a seamless and exceptional automotive experience.

Mohammed Abdullatif Ibrahim Galadari, Co-Chairman and Group CEO of Galadari Brothers commented, “Galadari Automobiles Co. has played a pivotal role in the success of Galadari Brothers Group, holding a prominent position in the UAE’s automotive industry. With more than five decades of partnership with Mazda, the company has remained committed to consistently making the customer’s experience of owning a car as exciting, enjoyable, and value-added as possible. At Galadari Brothers, we seek to make a substantial contribution to the UAE’s vision and developmental journey. Our overarching objective is to become a key driving force in the country’s technological, economic, sustainable progress, in line with our relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence.”

He added: “The inauguration of our all-new Mazda showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road symbolises our unrelenting commitment to excellence in the automotive industry. We are further pleased to launch the first-ever Mazda CX-60 and CX-90, which are the epitome of innovation, performance and style. Beyond presenting a fine selection of Mazda’s revolutionary new models, we have completely redesigned the showroom with state-of-the-art facilities, to enrich customer experiences. We look forward to working together with Mazda Corporation, to continue influencing the automotive industry in the years to come.”

The UAE’s top-notch infrastructure and convenient roads offer an ideal environment for car owners to enjoy the vehicles’ luxe features, leading to rising demand for comfort and opulent features among the population, coupled with a preference for upscale and luxury products. Galadari Automobiles Co. has strategically positioned itself at the forefront of innovation to effectively meet the demands of the UAE automotive market.

Axel Dreyer, Chief Executive Officer at Galadari Automotive Group Co. Ltd. stated, “The exclusive launch of the first-ever Mazda CX-60 and CX-90 in UAE, together with the opening of our all-new showroom, exemplifies our commitment to delivering the best possible services and models to the country. We look forward to providing customers with an exceptional driving experience, and setting new standards in the premium vehicle segment, solidifying our position in the automotive industry.”

The first-ever Mazda CX-60, positioned as a Sports Utility Vehicle, is a blend of luxury and elegance, with a capacity of 5 passengers, featuring advanced face recognition technology that identifies the owner/driver of the vehicle and customises the car according to their tastes and preferences. It further entails numerous cutting-edge technologies, which are carefully designed to safeguard drivers and passengers.

Furthermore, the first-ever Mazda CX-90 is a powerful three-row family luxury car that demonstrates a seamless blend of innovation and high-quality craftsmanship. Every single detail of the CX-90 model has been designed in unison, starting with the driver’s seat to the other parts of the vehicle. The model has been engineered to provide customers with the most immersive, performance-focused driving ever created in a three-row Mazda SUV, setting forth a front-engine, rear-biased, all-wheel-drive experience. In the UAE, the CX-90 is available in both 6-seater and 8-seater versions.

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The Elite Cars Launches Zenvo Aurora in the Region

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The Elite Cars, the authorized distributor of Danish-brand Zenvo Automotive across the MENA region, launched the Zenvo Aurora on February 21, 2024. Inspired by the majestic Aurora Borealis, the newest model comes in two distinct and purposeful derivatives, the Agil and Tur, and will be limited to just 50 pieces of each model. Notably, nearly 50% of the highly-anticipated models have already been booked for pre-production.

Mahmoud Imran, Sales and Operations Manager at The Elite Cars and Chairman of the Board and Chief Commercial Officer of Zenvo, Jens Sverdrup, introduced the eagerly awaited hypercar. The grand reveal was orchestrated by a synchronised light performance that emulated the graceful and impactful movements of the Aurora Borealis. Renowned for crafting artisan hypercars, Zenvo stands out with the Aurora as its lightest and most innovative model to date, starting at Euros 2.590 million (approximately AED 11-12 million). It features the most powerful V12 engine ever fitted to a road car. At the heart, a 6.6-litre quad-turbocharged V12 engine paired with lightweight electric motors produces 1850 hp for the Tur and 1450 hp for the Agil.

Designed by in-house chief designer, Christian Brandt, both derivatives bring Danish artistry and ingenuity to the hypercar market for the first time, inspired by the famous ‘form follows function’ design language. Utilising Formula 1 technologies and processes, the Aurora is designed with driving pleasure in mind, achieving the 0-100km/h sprint in as little as 2.3 seconds, and to a top speed of 450 km/h. With both two- and four-wheel-drive drivetrains, it can travel up to 35 km on pure electric power.

Both models feature a lightweight chassis design, cleanly channelling the airflow through the structure to aid downforce and stability. The aerodynamically aggressive Aurora Agil features a stripped-out cabin and rear-wheel drive system as standard, tipping the scales at 1,300kg, with a clear focus on track driving. The more classically styled Aurora Tur offers elevated luxury and is a permanent four-wheel-drive, with two additional electric motors on the front wheels providing 200 bph each, enhancing speed and stability for road driving.

“We are filled with immense pride as we officially unveil the limited-edition Zenvo Aurora in the UAE as the authorised distributor for the brand across the region. This partnership between The Elite Cars and Zenvo is a natural synergy, as we both share a deep passion for automotive excellence, a commitment to exceeding expectations and a dedication to providing clientele with the greatest in luxury and performance,” said Tamer Abu Khalaf,  Co-Founder at The Elite Cars. “With the UAE as a global hub of luxury, the Zenvo Aurora represents the pinnacle of artisanal craftsmanship for automotive enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, offering an unparalleled ownership experience.”

“We are thrilled to be unveiling the Zenvo Aurora for the first time in the UAE market with our partners The Elite Cars,” explains the Chairman of the Board and Chief Commercial Officer of Zenvo, Jens Sverdrup. “The new model is best described as an equilibrium of extremes. We just wanted to build an uncompromised driver’s car, which delivered on every level, but without any one aspect negatively impacting another. The outcome has given us two models, which complement each other, deliver true driving pleasure and, almost as a byproduct, offer incredible performance.”

Zenvo Aurora will be hand-built at the Zenvo headquarters in Præstø, Denmark, with first deliveries expected in 2026.

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HONOR Says its Eye-Tracking Features Can Move a Car

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HONOR has introduced an AI-powered eye-tracking feature that can move a car without a driver inside. This experiment, demonstrated by an automotive engineer, uses the eye-tracking feature of the HONOR Magic6 Pro to control a car based on the user’s eye movement.

A video by Autocar, available on YouTube, showcases this innovative technology. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is equipped with four commands that can be activated by eye gaze, allowing the car to start the engine, turn it off, and move forward or backwards. After focusing on a specific button for 2-3 seconds, the corresponding command is activated, and the car responds accordingly.

HONOR says that this demonstration is a testament to the company’s belief that AI can transform the way humans interact with devices in the future. HONOR has announced that its MWC Launch Event will be on February 25th. HONOR will also host an AI Panel with industry partners such as Qualcomm to unveil more discoveries about the future of AI. This event will take place on February 26th at 17:00 (CET) at MWC 2024. Find out more at this link: https://www.hihonor.com/ae-en/events/honor-mwc/

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