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Automobili Lamborghini Intros the Aventador SVJ Roadster

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The Aventador SVJ Roadster made its world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The open-top version of the coupé, the Aventador SVJ Roadster upholds the exceptional ‎performance, handling and aerodynamic superiority of the SVJ, with its unique roadster design granting ‎exclusive open-air exhilaration to both driver and passenger.‎

‎“The Aventador SVJ Roadster inherits all the power, performance and ground-breaking aerodynamic ‎technologies of the coupé, but with its own iconic presence and prowess,” says Chairman and Chief Executive ‎Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali. “It is as fundamentally exciting to drive as the Aventador ‎SVJ but with an added exclusivity: the option of the open air. With the same extraordinary performance roof on ‎or off, the Aventador SVJ Roadster incorporates the dynamism of the coupé with the unique spirit of a ‎Lamborghini roadster.”‎

‎ The SVJ Roadster sports the ‘Super Veloce’ for superfast and ‘Jota’ suffixes, signifying the car’s performance and ‎track prowess: its coupé stablemate took the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record lap-time and the ‎roadster is no less a futuristic, driver’s car. Benchmark performance comes from the most powerful series ‎production V12-engined car produced to date by Lamborghini, outputting 770 hp (566 kW) at maximum 8,500 ‎rpm. The SVJ Roadster delivers 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, with a weight-to-power ratio of 2.05 kg/hp. The ‎SVJ accelerates from standing to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.8 seconds. A top speed of ‎more than 350 km/h is complemented by a braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 31 meters. ‎

The roadster roof, constructed from high pressure RTM carbon fibre, is removable via quick-release levers in the ‎cabin, and securely stored under the front hood. Weighing less than 6 kg each part, the roadster adds only 50 kg ‎to the SVJ coupé’s weight of 1,525 kg. ‎

The production of the Aventador SVJ Roadster will be limited to 800 units only. The car shown in Geneva in the new matt colour ‎bronzo zenas (bronze) features a special Ad Personam livery in bianco phanes (white). The livery emphasises the ‎sharp lines of the front and rear bumpers and further enriches the specifically redesigned engine bonnet.‎

A roadster in coupé clothing ‎
The SVJ Roadster sports the Aventador SVJ’s design purity, inspired by super-fast, super-athletic, aeronautical ‎references such as space ships and jet fighters as well as race motorbikes. The Roadster’s lines, with roof on or ‎off, clearly identify its aerodynamic design and superiority, delivered by the latest 2.0 version of ALA: ‎Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, Lamborghini’s patented active aerodynamics system. ‎

The ALA system actively varies aero load to achieve high downforce or low drag, depending on dynamic ‎conditions using electronically-actuated motors positioned in the front splitter and the rear wing. Using ‎Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva 2.0 (LDVA 2.0), dedicated algorithms supported by an improved inertial ‎sensor platform govern all the car’s electronic systems in real time, activating the ALA system flaps in less than ‎‎500 milliseconds to ensure the best aerodynamic set-up of the car in every driving condition. When ALA is off, the ‎active flaps are closed and the rear wing, produced entirely in carbon fibre, acts as a traditional fixed wing, ‎generating maximum downforce for high speed cornering and full brake conditions. When ALA switches to ‘on’ ‎the flaps are opened, reducing air pressure on the front spoiler and directing air flow via an inner channel and ‎through the specially-shaped vortex generators on the underside of the car. Flaps in the central pylon also open ‎to stall the rear wing, all drastically reducing drag and optimising conditions for maximum acceleration and top ‎speed. ‎

The aero vectoring system on the SVJ Roadster facilitates high speed cornering. The LDVA 2.0 instructs ALA to be ‎switched on in either the right or left side of the wing depending on the direction of the turn. Increased ‎downforce and traction on the inner wheel counteracts the load transfer in rolling conditions, optimising the ‎chassis’ momentum and requiring a reduced steering angle, improving the car’s overall dynamic stability. ‎

Large side air intakes and front side fins increase airflow, aid cooling and reduce drag. Airflow over the roof is ‎uninterrupted whether roof is on or off, and the overall result is an improvement by 40% of the total downforce ‎compared to the Aventador SV Roadster version. ‎

The V12 SVJ-enhanced powerplant, with titanium intake valve, new-shape intake runner and length, and ‎modified intake cylinder head duct for higher flow coefficient, is visible through the lightweight carbon fibre rear ‎engine bonnet, removable via quick release clips. The high-mounted lightweight naked exhaust produces the ‎most emotive sound from the SVJ Roadster’s engine, adding to the experience of the roadster’s occupants. ‎

The Aventador SVJ Roadster’s rear-wheel steering provides exceptional high-speed stability and cornering agility ‎while reducing braking distances and providing the feedback demanded in high-performance environments on ‎both road and track. Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) is calibrated to provide both steering precision and ‎natural feedback and the seven-speed Independent Shifting Road (ISR) gearbox is optimised for the SVJ ‎Roadster’s power and torque.‎

The Aventador SVJ Roadster’s four-wheel drive system and ESC, specifically calibrated, ensure the best handling ‎and driver experience in all grip conditions, also extreme ones, and ABS has been specifically tuned for the ‎improved grip provided by dedicated tires and ALA system. ‎

The Magneto Rheological Suspension (LMS) is calibrated for maximum body and wheel control with a focus on ‎performance on road and track, with anti-roll bar stiffness improved by 50% compared to the Aventador SV ‎Roadster. Both systems cooperate in compensating pitch and roll movement, maximising the downforce ‎generated by the underfloor. Even with the roadster’s roof off, stiffness is not compromised. ‎

The Aventador SVJ Roadster sports super-light ‘Nireo’ aluminium rims, fitted with specially designed Pirelli P Zero ‎Corsa tires or with optional street-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres. ‎

Exclusive open-air experience ‎
The Aventador SVJ Roadster provides an exclusive, fun-to drive experience, especially with the roof off, on road ‎or track. The three driving modes STRADA, SPORT and CORSA are complemented by the EGO option, allowing the ‎driver to fully customise the preferences for car set-up and they have been optimised to work together with ALA ‎‎2.0 active aerodynamics. ‎

The SVJ Roadster’s occupants are assured a comfortable experience with the roof off, the driver can ‎electronically open the rear window, which functions as a windshield when closed and when open, amplifies the ‎unique sound of the naturally aspirated V12 engine. ‎

The cockpit features Kombi graphics on the TFT digital dashboard display as well as showing live status of the ALA ‎functions. The Navigation System and Infotainment System including AppleCarPlay as an option free of charge, ‎allowing the cockpit’s occupants to manage voice activated communications and entertainment from personal ‎Apple devices. ‎

The specification of the Aventador SVJ is virtually limitless through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customisation ‎program, and the car on display in Geneva shows only one of almost 350 colours available. In the interior every ‎single leather and Alcantara part can be specified upon customer demand. The program is offered through every ‎authorised Lamborghini dealer and it is also possible for customers to access a very exclusive area in the ‎Lamborghini factory to create a unique car. ‎

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MG Motor Conducts Hot Weather Testing of its All-Electric Marvel R in the Middle East

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MG Motor has confirmed it has been conducting hot weather testing of its all-electric and exciting Marvel R model in the Middle East.  This marks a crucial phase for the MG brand as it looks to pave the way for future all-electric car launches in this region.  The car has been pushed to the limits as part of a range of different evaluations in various hot weather situations and conditions, to ensure it lives up to the high standards delivered by the rest of the MG product lineup.

The MG Marvel R embodies a progressive design interpretation of the future that endows it with an attractive and powerful presence.  The Marvel R is a zero-emission, all-electric flagship SUV from MG that offers unparalleled class-leading features, comfort, safety, reliability, as well as range. It exemplifies the dynamic and progressive nature of the brand. The first stage of the Marvel R testing in the region occurred in the UAE in 2021 under cooler conditions. This second testing stage is now taking place in the extremely hot weather conditions of the UAE and soon across all the GCC markets.

Tom Lee, Managing Director of MG, said: “When we relaunched the MG brand in the Middle East, we committed ourselves to work incessantly with our team in HQ to ensure our products are continuously enhanced and optimally equipped for each individual market’s environmental conditions.  This ensures our vehicles, especially our fully electric Marvel R, are among the most capable vehicles in all our markets. With these assessments, we are getting closer to introducing an exciting range of electric models to our customers in the Middle East who are ready to embrace an all-electric lifestyle.”

The all-electric Marvel R from MG is a full battery-electric SUV for a new generation of drivers who value innovative design, personal comfort, outstanding performance, and a confident range with fast charging capabilities.  The car has an eye-catching look to match its inner strength.  A smooth, sporty design accentuates the SUV coupe body type, with a low and rear-leaning centre of gravity.  The forceful and elegant X-shaped face flows from the front into wide, bold body contours, forming an unmistakably powerful design statement.

“The car is equipped with innovative technology to offer the driver an immersive, exhilarating drive.  Middle East drivers will get to experience technology at an advanced level with real-time functional information and personalised entertainment, while making the most of hands-free music, navigation, phone, and vehicle controls.  The car’s Zero-emission performance has a 70-Kilowatt battery and a maximum range of 402 kilometres (WLTP).  With three electric motors, a combined 288 PS, and 665 Nm performance, the MG Marvel R accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds,” the company said.

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INFINITI Rolls Out its INFINITI VALET Program Across the Middle East

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With the aim of providing a premium experience for its owners, INFINITI Middle East has rolled out the INFINITI VALET Program across the Middle East, offering vehicle pick-up and drop-off when scheduling a maintenance service without having to visit the service centre. Available throughout the region, including UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan, the INFINITI VALET Program can be easily reserved on any maintenance appointment touchpoints, including the web contact form and via the call centre.

INFINITI customers can have their vehicle collected for an upcoming maintenance appointment by VALET truck (where available), a service team member or a recovery vehicle from their home or office. Payment can be settled online after the service is completed and the car is returned to the owner.

“As a human-centric organization, we understand the value of convenience and in crafting a premium customer journey. With service offerings such as INFINITI VALET, we create a seamless experience that enables our customers to rise above the details of every day, by returning to them the luxury of time,” said Andrew McLaughlan, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East. “The INFINITI VALET Program is rooted in our Japanese heritage and honours our commitment to providing thoughtful hospitality.”

The INFINITI Valet Program is available to all INFINITI customers, regardless of vehicle age, and is not limited to any kind of warranty. The program can also be used in conjunction with INFINITI’s Courtesy Vehicle Program, where available, allowing the INFINITI owner to enjoy seamless mobility while their vehicle is being serviced.

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Cadillac Reveals CELESTIQ Show Car

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Today, Cadillac unveiled the CELESTIQ show car, a vision of innovation and purpose that previews the brand’s future handcrafted and all-electric flagship sedan. Conceived to lead Cadillac’s electric future and inspired by the brand’s 120-year heritage, it serves as a touchstone for the Cadillac design and engineering teams, who continue to develop CELESTIQ as it moves closer to production.

“The CELESTIQ show car is the purest expression of Cadillac,” said Magalie Debellis, manager, Cadillac Advanced Design. “It brings to life the most integrated expressions of design and innovation in the brand’s history, coalescing in a defining statement of a true Cadillac flagship.”

In developing the show car, the design and engineering teams immersed themselves in the artisanship and customization that defined early Cadillac sedans such as the bespoke V-16 powered coaches of the prewar era, and the hand-built 1957 Eldorado Brougham. The CELESTIQ is the culmination of that heritage, brought to life with innovative production methods and new technologies.

“Those vehicles represented the pinnacle of luxury in their respective eras, and helped make Cadillac the standard of the world,” said Tony Roma, chief engineer. “The CELESTIQ show car — also a sedan, because the configuration offers the very best luxury experience — builds on that pedigree and captures the spirit of arrival they expressed.”

Designers drew further inspiration from classic architecture such as the mid-century masterpieces of architect Eero Saarinen, along with other iconic American designs, which made era-defining statements when introduced and endured with distinctive timelessness.

Realizing and infusing those influences within an Ultium-based EV architecture resulted in a clean-sheet expression for the CELESTIQ show car that considers the entirety of travel as a curated experience — one intended to evoke an emotional response.  The result is a vehicle that makes a magnetic first impression and cultivates a permanent personal connection.

“We’ve combined the beauty of function with the beauty of form,” said Laetitia Lopez, Color & Trim creative designer. “We had to reconsider all aspects to immerse the customer, all of their senses, and create a connection with the vehicle through the finest genuine materials, exceptional detailing and advanced technology.”

The show car previews some of the materials, innovative technologies and hand-crafted attention to detail harnessed to express Cadillac’s vision for the future. Highlights include five high-definition, advanced LED interactive displays, including a 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display, along with expected many industry firsts such as a variable-transmission Smart Glass Roof and Ultra Cruise1, General Motors’ next evolution of available hands-free driver assistance technology which Cadillac plans to offer on CELESTIQ.

The Smart Glass Roof features Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology that allows for four zones of variable lighting, allowing passengers to fine-tune their cabin experience for completely personalized comfort and visibility. Additionally, the 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display introduces a passenger display with electronic digital blinds, an active privacy technology, which is designed to allow passengers to enjoy video content while blocking it from the view of the driver.

While they’re previewed on the show car, these technologies and more will make the CELESTIQ the most advanced vehicle ever from Cadillac. Availability for the production version of CELESTIQ will be announced at a later date.

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