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Peugeot Intros the new 2020 Partner

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French automotive manufacturer, Peugeot, has introduced the all-new Peugeot Partner to the Middle East. Available across the GCC from June 2019, the all-new Peugeot Partner will be priced from $12,779.

Peugeot’s latest addition to its commercial vehicle range is a true class leader; with a winning combination of increased load capacity (up to 1,000kg), petrol and diesel engine options offering more power and less fuel consumption, the all-new Partner stands out from the crowd in its segment.

The all-new Peugeot Partner, which includes Peugeot’s cutting-edge i-Cockpit system fitted as standard, is offering unprecedented levels of refinement and versatility in the small van B segment, as well as a brand new driving experience for commercial vehicle users.

With the all-new Peugeot Partner, the brand is revolutionising the LCV segment with a relevant, dynamic and generous market offering; the all-new Partner delivers the perfect balance between convenience and drivability – hallmarks of the Peugeot brand.

Its dynamic design makes the Partner a practical, comfortable and elegant van – stimulating a stress-free mobile office. Its dimensions are perfectly in line with the market segment and the payload area is more practical and versatile than ever.
No matter the profession, commercial vehicle drivers will find the right configuration to suit any work, and with an entrepreneurial spirit at its heart the Partner makes it possible to go beyond what might have previously seemed impossible.

Rakesh Nair, Groupe PSA Managing Director for the GCC region said, “At Peugeot we believe in pushing the boundaries of innovation across all of our product ranges. The all-new Partner will shake up its segment in the commercial vehicle market here in the Middle East. We are the first manufacturer to offer uncompromised levels of refinement – which you’d expect to see in one of our premium passenger cars. The all-new Partner is a trailblazer and another exciting product to add to our existing range of distinctive and highly desirable vehicles.”

The Peugeot i-Cockpit, of which more than 4,000,000 units have been sold, is now available (as standard) on a commercial vehicle for the first time. So much more than a new feature, the Peugeot i-Cockpit is becoming a ‘must’ for professional users who are constantly seeking ways to improve the quality of the service they provide.

A head-up display is available as standard to enable essential information to be received by the driver whilst he is still able to maintain his eye on the road, which is a guarantee of safety and comfort.

A commercial vehicle is not only a means of mobility but also conveys an image. Particular care has been taken to ensure that the all-new Peugeot Partner reflects a dynamic and assertive image. The front end is classy, modern and robust with Peugeot’s Lion sitting in the centre of a vertical grill; which enhances the powerful headlight design.

The profile reflects the force of its style. The lines are perfectly balanced with a short, horizontal bonnet, a high waistline and shorter overhangs. The bevel-cut design featured symmetrically on the front and rear ends shape the sides with a new body-line style.

At the rear, the angular bumper reinforces the lower section and provides optimum protection. The hinged wide-span doors underline the vehicle’s rugged nature and constitute extra protection against theft from rear compartment. A tailgate option is also available and rear parking sensors are fitted as standard.

The interior design reflects Peugeot’s passenger vehicle range: ergonomic yet elegant. The style is chic and discrete, the space is both ergonomic and versatile, incorporating countless storage solutions for perfect functionality combined with unparalleled sturdiness.

Inside the vehicle, the eye is immediately drawn to the dashboard which includes the Peugeot i-Cockpit where everything is within easy reach, to enable the driver to concentrate on the road and enjoy an intuitive, dynamic driving experience.

A compact, double D-style steering wheel for improved grip and manoeuvrability – handling is swifter and less tiring and, importantly, more pleasurable. When spending long periods of time in a vehicle, acoustic comfort is of prime importance, which is why special attention has been paid to delivering a level of acoustic comfort never achieved before in this segment. The blend of on-board comfort and excellent handling and ease of use, ensures the all-new Peugeot Partner enriches the lives of professionals by offering a new driving experience.

The fundamental needs of professional users and optimum efficiency were the main focus when developing the all-new Peugeot Partner. The dimensions are perfectly in line with the segment, with a length of 4.40m for the standard version ensuring an optimum effective usable length of 1.81m. With a capacity ranging from 3.30m3 to 3.80m3 depending on the version, this is sufficient to accommodate 2 Europallets.

The Long version, which is 4.75m long (+35cm), provides even greater load capacity. The effective length of this version is 2.16m and a load capacity ranging from 3.90m3 to 4.40m3.

The all-new Peugeot Partner is built on a version of the EMP2 platform that is used for Peugeot’s latest models. This tried-and-tested base enables shorter overhangs and a small turning circle for easy manoeuvring: the kerb to kerb turning radius is only 10.82m for the Standard version and 11.43m for the Long version.

The payload is one of the best in the segment, with values of 650kg up to 1,000kg. Six anchoring rings are provided as standard to ensure that your loads are safely secured, and depending on the version, the all-new Peugeot Partner may be fitted with a Multiflex adaptable bench seat, which provides the following possibilities:

Three people can sit in the front. This practical feature allows professionals to transport both their teams and their tools and optimise their travel time. The absence of the conventional handbrake lever makes it possible to widen the centre seat.

A flat roof, 500l more load capacity and an effective length of up to 3.09m for the Standard version and 3.44m for the Long version, thanks to the fold-down side passenger seat.
Transportation of long objects thanks to the side seat base which folds up against the seatback.

A mobile office, thanks to a writing table integrated in the fold-down central seat back. This has now been optimised and can be tilted either towards the passenger or the driver.
A padlocked storage area underneath the central seat.

With a capacity of up to 113l, storage solutions have been designed for multiple professional usage. They are always to hand and cleverly distributed throughout the passenger area – glove box, seat pockets and even an upper glove box. Located opposite the passenger, it uses the space normally taken by the airbag (now a Bag-in Roof airbag) and is big enough to house a 15″ computer, which can also be cooled. A cable grommet has been added to the box to enable a computer to be left on charge.

The work that has been conducted on the vehicle architecture and on weight optimisation is key to reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The engine range is extremely efficient:

Petrol engine features the 1.6 PureTech engine: PureTech 110hp with manual five-speed gearbox. All PureTech engines are fitted with a Gasoline Particulate Filter to reduce particle emissions.

A diesel engine is also available: BlueHDi 92hp, with manual five-speed gearbox. Diesel engines are all fitted with a FAP particle filter and a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR). This technology reduces emissions as soon as the ignition is switched.

The all-new Peugeot Partner is now available across the GCC region.

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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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Polestar 3 Launches in the UAE

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Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company, the official distributor of Polestar in the UAE, have announced the official launch of Polestar 3. Polestar 3 is also the brand’s first vehicle planned to be produced on two continents – marking a milestone in green mobility in the UAE and adding a luxury high-performance electric alternative to the most popular car segment in the country – SUVs.

Featuring a unique design language inspired by Polestar Precept and Scandinavian minimalism, Polestar 3 is a fully electric 5-seat luxury SUV with a power range of up to 380 kW and 910 Nm of torque. Marking Polestar’s entry into the thriving electric SUV market, Polestar 3 introduces a new aerodynamic profile with a focus on retaining SUV characteristics and features subtle yet effective aerodynamic optimisations – such as a front aero wing integrated into the bonnet, an aero wing integrated into the rear spoiler, and rear aero blades.

In the UAE, Polestar 3 prototypes were tested last year with temperatures reaching up to 50°C, aimed to fine-tune the vehicle’s climate system as a part of extreme weather tests to ensure optimal performance. The launch of Polestar 3 in the UAE is also in line with the official distributor of Polestar in the UAE, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company’s pioneering role in developing a new sustainable mobility ecosystem that contributes to the country’s firm commitment to net-zero by 2050.

Hasan Nergiz, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company, said, “Polestar 3 is one of the most anticipated electric vehicles worldwide, and of course, we are thrilled to bring this car into the region. For us, this is the car that will unlock the UAE market for Polestar, as it redefines what SUVs can do in terms of performance in the electric age while enabling zero carbon emissions. It is also a strong manifestation of our commitment to continue spearheading the sustainable mobility transition of the country, and delivering the best of performance, luxury and sustainability, all at the same time. The introduction of Polestar 3 is perfectly timed, as Al-Futtaim continue to drive investments in shaping an end-to-end electric mobility ecosystem across the UAE, including our charging stations and the region’s first IMI-certified e-mobility training centre launched by us last year.”

Polestar 3 is available at launch with a dual-motor configuration with a power bias towards the rear and an optional Performance Pack for increased power and torque. It boasts a 111 kWh battery pack with a driving range of up to 610km WLTP*. Polestar 3 is also equipped for bidirectional charging, enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid and plug-and-charge capabilities in the future.

Polestar 3 is equipped with central computing using the NVIDIA DRIVE core computer and carries next-generation advanced active and passive safety technology from Volvo Cars as part of its DNA. This includes the latest innovation – interior radar sensors that can detect sub-millimetre movements in the interior of the car, to help protect against accidentally leaving children or pets inside. This is also linked to the climate control system to avoid heat stroke or hypothermia. Further collaborations with industry-leading safety technology partners like Zenseact, Luminar and Smart Eye, provide Polestar 3 with cutting-edge ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) technology that integrates seamlessly thanks to the centralised computing power.

The infotainment system is powered by a next-generation Snapdragon Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies, providing an immersive in-vehicle experience. The infotainment interface is powered by Android Automotive OS and features Google built-in, an evolution of the ground-breaking system first introduced in Polestar 2. Materials used inside Polestar 3 have been selected for their sustainability credentials while raising premium aesthetics and luxury tactility. These include bio-attributed MicroTech, animal welfare-certified leather from Bridge of Weir, and fully traceable wool upholsteries.

Standard equipment includes air suspension, a panoramic glass roof, all-LED lighting, retractable door handles, and 21-inch alloy wheels. Optional packs, such as the Pilot Pack with LiDAR from Luminar and the Performance Pack, offer additional capabilities and performance enhancements. A significant aspect of the Polestar brand in the UAE is the powerful aftersales support network dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles developed by Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company. Recognising that the maintenance of green mobility vehicles needs a new kind of expertise, the company offers dedicated training on e-mobility technologies at their IMI-certified training academy.

The Polestar 3 Long-range Dual motor is now available for order, with a starting price of AED 360,000. 

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Sony Electronics Expands its Car Speaker and Subwoofer Lineup

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Sony Middle East and Africa today announced its GS car speaker and subwoofer lineup, including the XS-162GSXS-160GSXS-690GS speakers, and XS-W124GS and XS-W104GS subwoofers. For those who are seeking for step-up acoustic system from their factory car audio, the GS lineup is designed to deliver smooth, detailed sound, that will turn an everyday journey into a real audio experience.

GS Lineup Overview:

  • XS-162GS | 16 cm (6 ½”) 2-way Component Speakers
  • XS-160GS | 16 cm (6 ½”) 2-way Coaxial Speakers
  • XS-690GS | 16 x 24 cm (6 x 9“) 2-way Coaxial Speakers
  • XS-W124GS | 30 cm (12“) Subwoofer
  • XS-W104GS | 25 cm (10“) Subwoofer

XS-162GS, XS-160GS, XS-690GS, Speakers’ Key Features:

  • Composite Polypropylene Cone Woofer: Optimally designed polypropylene diaphragm gives deep bass while suppressing peaks and dips in the mid and high-frequency smooth integration with the tweeter.
  • Foam Rubber Surround: The woofer surround material is made of foam rubber, manufactured with an air-filled matrix structure that is lightweight and durable, providing optimal damping characteristics for responsive bass notes.
  • Dynamic Air Diffuser: The integrated Dynamic Air Diffuser ensures efficient air circulation for smooth cone travel and cooling of the voice coil.
  • Progressive Height Rate Spider: The acoustically optimised spider allows for higher power handling and airflow, with a profile designed for more rapid and precise cushioning of the speaker cone.
  • Silk Soft Dome Tweeter: Based on technology developed for our premium speaker designs, the soft-dome tweeter boasts a flat frequency response and wider dispersion. In addition, its silk diaphragm contributes to natural and smooth sound with good internal loss.
  • Easy Installation: The smaller tweeter chassis and shallow woofer basket decrease physical interference with factory grilles, enabling easy installation in a wider variety of vehicles.
  • Phase Plug (XS-162GS Only): The resonance damping phase plug on the woofer helps realise the ideal frequency response, right up to the crossover point with the matched tweeters.
  • Supplied Tweeter Mounts/ Adaptors (XS-162GS Only): The newly designed angle mounts and surface mount adaptors ensure flexible installation in various types of vehicles for the best acoustic results.
  • In-line Crossover Networks (XS-162GS Only): The in-line crossover networks enable easy wiring realising installation in a wider variety of vehicles.

XS-W124GS and XS-W104GS Subwoofers’ Key Features:

  • Paper Cone Diaphragm with Polypropylene Cap: A lightweight paper cone diaphragm directly connected to the voice coil reproduces tight low end. The injected polypropylene dust cap ensures rigidity and optimises internal damping, realising powerful and responsive bass sound.
  • Progressive Height Rate Double Spider: The acoustically optimised spider allows for higher power handling and airflow, with a profile designed for more rapid and precise cushioning of the speaker cone. To increase signal integrity and prevent sound interference the lead wire from the voice coil is also sewn to the spider, reducing wire movement.
  • Long Excursion Structure: The voice coil is supported by the double-layered spider, suppressing unwanted rolling, while also ensuring long excursion to reproduce rich bass sounds.
  • Rubber Surround: Rubber surround reduces excessive vibration and supports cone excursion with less distortion. The result is a solid bass response at high volume levels so that the system can play loud and clear.

“Sony’s products are not only designed to be stylish but also with the environment in mind. For the GS lineup individual packaging, 98% of the cushions are made of paper materials, and compared to the prior model, printed information has been carefully considered for simplicity and length to reduce printer ink usage by approximately 90%, reflecting Sony’s commitment to reducing environmental impact,” the company said in a press statement.

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