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MG Motor’s MG5 is now Available in the Middle East

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As its popularity continues to grow rapidly across the region, MG Motor has announced that its exciting new challenger in the compact sedan sector, the all-new MG5, is now available across the Middle East, with prices ranging from $9,900 for the entry-level model to $10,800 for the mid-range and $12,600 for the top-of-the-range trim.

True to its tagline ‘too good to be true’, the MG5 is a ‘no compromise’ alternative to the more traditional models in the market, offering new car buyers unrivaled equipment levels and the very best combination of cutting-edge technology, space and style wrapped up in a modern compact sedan package.

Offering customers all-round best-in-class specifications, the list of premium features available on the all-new MG5 includes a 10.1” touch screen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, a 360 camera plus rear parking sensors, an electric sunroof and electric seats, all topped off by a six-year manufacturer’s warranty for ultimate peace of mind.

The new MG5 has been completely re-designed from the ground-up, with a brand-new personality to appeal to MG’s young audience in the region. With its sharp, aggressive lines, the MG5 cuts an imposing silhouette, accentuated by ‘lightening blade’ LED daytime running headlights and a chrome Wingspan grille at the front and LED lights at the rear.

It’s best in class 2680mm wheelbase contributes to the compact dimensions that emphasise the dynamic styling of the sedan. The large touchscreen sits at the centre of the MG5’s ‘yacht-style’ dashboard, which features leather upholstery and soft-touch trim on top-of-the-range models to provide a truly premium feel inside the cabin, while the rhythmic, smooth lines create a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere.

Created to cater for modern, tech-savvy millennials, the MG5 is equipped with the latest in-car technology equipment. The on-board infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with top-of-the-range models boasting a 10.1-inch touchscreen, upgraded with 1280 x 720 resolution for HD Display, and an 8-inch touchscreen for mid-range models. Three conveniently located USB ports allow for added connectivity and mobile device charging, while a 3.5-inch virtual instrument panel displays important driver information that can be controlled via a multi-function steering wheel. Hands-free Bluetooth is standard.

Making life with the MG5 easy, cruise control is standard on all models, while keyless entry and push start ignition are available on top-of-the-range models for a quick and easy start to any journey. The new trim is also available with a smart, 360-degree surround-view camera and parking sensors. Thanks to its clever design, the MG5 compact sedan boasts best-in-class interior space. At 4601mm long, 1818mm wide, 1489mm high, and with a 2680mm wheelbase, the new model is both comfortable and spacious.

With a focus on well-being, whilst maintaining comfort and style both front seats are electrically adjustable – the driver’s seat benefits from six-way adjustment with manual lumbar support, while the passenger seat features a four-way power adjustment. The rear seats offer unrivalled levels of comfort and space thanks to their ergonomic design.

For optimum interior comfort, the MG5’s air conditioning system has been extensively tested to master the challenging weather conditions that prevail in the Gulf region. An electric sunroof also floods the cabin with natural light. Up to 29 conveniently placed compartments around the cabin offer easy stowage in everyday use, while the MG5’s boot has been designed with a low floor and wide aperture for hassle-free loading. The exceptionally roomy 512-litre boot can accommodate two 28-inch suitcases, one 24-inch suitcase and one 20-inch suitcase.

The MG5 comes with a dynamic yet efficient 1.5L petrol engine that delivers maximum power of 110hp at 6,000 rpm and up to 150 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm, positioning it ahead of its key competitors. The MG5 engine management system developed by BOSCH features a Dual Cooling Cycle that increases overall engine efficiency and longevity.

Its efficient CVT gearbox delivers smooth gear shifts while constantly adapting to the car’s performance to deliver a fuel consumption figure of just 5.5L/100 km, subject to driving conditions. Bringing the MG5’s personality to life, the compact sedan uses MG’s XDS system for enhanced cornering, a choice of three steering modes and ESP traction control across all trim levels. The flagship LUX model is fitted with Michelin tyres for superior handling.

Despite its compact sedan dimensions, the MG5 is big on safety and has been received a 5 Star CNCAP Safety Rating. The high-tensile steel cage-style body and the use of advanced laser brazing technology enhance overall body strength and stiffness. There are up to six airbags, depending on trim, including two curtain airbags and standard ISOFIX fittings with seat belt reminder for child safety.

The availability of an auto-hold function, electric parking brake, ABS, EBD and corner brake control serve to reinforce that safety is a priority in the new MG5. In total, there are 13 active safety features. Security has not been overlooked, and remote central locking is standard across the range. The MG5 is the first of three brand-new arrivals to the MG line-up this year, with the new MG HS and MG RX8 to follow soon, as the British-born brand continues its expansion across the Middle East.

Tom Lee, Managing Director for SAIC Motor Middle East, parent company of MG Motor’s Middle East operations, commented: “The arrival of the all-new MG5 comes at a time when more customers in the region are buying MG cars than ever before. The MG5 is a real game changer in the compact sedan segment. It’s been redesigned from the ground up and, compared with its competitors, offers more than the established brands in the market in terms of equipment, premium materials and value for money. The MG5 is a challenger model in a popular segment, and we believe that it offers the right combination to appeal to our target audience of young, tech-savvy millennial customers.”

MG Motor has a network of 22 dedicated retail partners and service centres across the Gulf region, delivering the highest standards of customer service. All MG models come with a six-year or 200,000km certified warranty.

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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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