Monday, January 25, 2016

Nissan Murano 2016 Model

Inspired by the future of aerospace, Murano's striking aerodynamic body looks as though it was shaped by the wind. The fluid profile begins with the V-Motion Grille and sweeps into a signature floating roofline that appears to hover above the cabin, and ends at rear side pillars that resemble a jet's tail.
 2016 Nissan Murano, signature LED and daytime running lights
 Signature led and daytime running lights

The boomerang-shaped headlights integrate with the aerodynamic profile to become a vital part of the dramatic overall design. Available high-efficiency LED headlamps create a light pattern that replicates natural daylight. The signature LED Daytime Running Lights dramatically arch around the headlights and provide a low-intensity, but highly visible light.
2016 Nissan Murano power panoramic moonroof,Power panoramic moonroof

 An available feature, the 2016 Murano's sweeping, uninterrupted moonroof reaches over both rows of seats, so even passengers in the back get a clear view of the sky and experience an open, natural atmosphere rarely found in the back seat of a crossover.
 2016 Nissan Murano "floating roof" appearance
  The unique “floating roof” gives Murano a lower, lighter profile — an inspired contrast to the bulkiness of a traditional SUV. The pillarless effect carries through to the interior, giving it an open, airy feeling.

2016 Nissan Murano interior seating, front facing views 2016 Nissan Murano climate controlled seats2016 Nissan Murano rear USB port
Its interior is an expression of serenity We've redesigned the control panel to be simpler and more intuitive. Ambient lighting gives the cabin a soft, warm glow. Subtle chrome and trim accents in Brushed Silver and Jasper Pearlescent complement the Cashmere, Graphite, or Mocha Leather interior. And whether it's a hot day or a cool night, the cabin can be waiting for you at a pleasant 72°, thanks to the Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control. Rear passengers enjoy available outboard heated seats, plus a USB Connection Port with smartphone interface. Above you, the available expanded panoramic moonroof stretches from front to back and seems to breathe in light. An atmosphere this premium makes it easy to enjoy the journey — and might make your destination seem beside the point.
Murano offers you and your passengers a chance to travel in superior comfort and style. There's pleasure in the small things, like softer headrests with just the right amount of give, and in the big things, like front and rear outboard Zero Gravity Seats. These seats were inspired by space-age technology and help take pressure off the lower back and reduce fatigue, leading the way for longer outings and spontaneous road trips. Rear passengers can recline and activate their own available heated seats, which warm you up in moments. They also have their very own first-in-class available rear USB outlet. In addition to warming up, the front seats also cool down. It's an elevated driving experience for everyone on board.
22016 Nissan Murano interior seating, dark leather, front and back seats
It's got space and flexibility, and a seamless way to use it all. You can nearly double your cargo volume to 69.9 cubic feet when you collapse the 60/40 split rear seats with just the pull of a lever that can be found in either the driver's area, or the cargo area. Pull that lever again and they'll power up automatically.
Power liftgate
For simpler loading and unloading, control Murano's available power liftgate from your remote, the dashboard, or a button on the hatch.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Opel Mokka -Style of SUV

The Opel Mokka packs all the rugged style of a full-sized SUV. From the front the attraction is immediate. Everything has a purpose. Yet the look is anything but functional.
The silhouette of the Opel Mokka conveys just as much impact as the purposeful and broad stance. You could think of it as a rounded, sporting wedge. The lines of the upswept waist are muscular and athletic, without being aggressive. The short overhangs and rounded wheel arches underline the go-anywhere nature. It is a car that makes you feel at home and at ease anywhere.
The clean rounded rear design compliments the sculpted sides. The broad stance is emphasised, the wrap around rear screen is the perfect balance to the raked windscreen. The waistlines flow effortlessly into clean, elegant rear lights and the lower contours run effortlessly into the sculpted rear bumpers. It looks clean, aerodynamic and business-like.
Aerodynamic efficiency is responsible for the stylish front lower air dam and the aero-friendly radiator grille which optimises the airflow into the engine compartment. Underneath there are air deflectors in front of the rear wheels and aero blades behind them. These compliment the rear spoiler and rounded rear styling by cleaning up the airflow. The Cd factor of just 0.360, is much better than the class average and a major contribution to economy and stability.
 Interior design
Inside the Opel Mokka you’ll find quality and comfort. Airy and welcoming space, high-mounted supportive seats, comfortably placed controls and premium feel trim all add to this feeling of roominess. Great-to-touch materials, smooth metallic detailing and chrome instrument rings put the accent firmly on classic.
The way in which the dashboard sweeps around into the doors with the Opel specific ’wing‘ styling maximises the feelling of space and looks great. The instruments and screens are clear and easy to read. The door handles and controls, even the generously sized air vents, have a durable, high quality look and feel. The whole ambience is ready for adventure.

 The detail refinement, supportive comfort and high quality of the cockpit naturally extends right through the Opel Mokka. If your rear seat passengers are small children you’ll appreciate the high and wide opening doors that ease fitting child seats, and then fitting children into them. If they are older, or adults, the comfort of the seats, convenient storage and ease of entry are designed to make every journey more enjoyable. Then, when you need more space the 60/40 seats are easily flipped and folded to provide it. The design emphasis is firmly upon you, your needs and your lifestyle.

Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Redesigned Toyota RAV4 Launched in U.A.E

Rav4 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 18, 2016: Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, has announced the launch of the newly redesigned RAV4, one of Toyota’s most popular crossover vehicles, featuring newly redesigned exterior styling and interior refinement, coupled with Toyota’s legendary fuel efficiency, performance and exciting driving dynamics, making the 2016 RAV4 the perfect choice for any adventure.

Available in four different grades – EX and VX (4x2), as well as GXR and VXR (4x4 full-time) – the 2016 RAV4 is powered by a fuel-efficient 2.5L naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine, producing 177bhp at 6,000rpm and 23.8 kg-m of torque at 4,100rpm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission for smooth driving on all road surfaces.

Alan Carpenter, Toyota General Manager Sales and Marketing at Al-Futtaim Motors, said: “The RAV4 has been one of our best performing vehicles since the launch of the fourth generation in 2013. It was the world’s original crossover sport utility vehicle when it was introduced in 1994, and 22 years later, it remains one of the most loved vehicles in the Toyota line-up, thanks to its versatile capabilities and stylish look”

With this last iteration, the RAV4 has new and exciting exterior styling thanks to a redesigned front fascia with LED headlights and DRL, redesigned LED tail lights, and redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels for a sportier, more aggressive look. The interior also gets new treatment, with new Two-tone leather seats, 7-inch navigation system and an all-new 8-inch rear seat entertainment system on select models.

On the safety front, the 2016 RAV4 keeps its class-leading six airbags, as well as Traction Control (TRC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Brake Assist (BA), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), amongst other features.

The 2016 RAV4 is currently available at all Al-Futtaim Motors showrooms across the UAE, with prices starting at AED 84,900 for the EX model, an exceptional value of AED 99,900 for the VX model which includes leather seats, sunroof and navigation, AED 114,900 and AED 124,900 for the GXR and VXR models respectively.

For more information, customers can visit the newly redesigned website where they can book a test drive, download brochures or enquire about any Toyota vehicle of their choice.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Fiat 500 X - Consumer Rated Crossover 2016

After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show with an original reveal, today the 500X is presented to the international press, the new compact crossover from the 500 family which marks the evolution of the brand, a further expression of the technological maturity that runs in its blood.
A beauty with character, the new car explores a brand-new dimension of being 500, where a mature, elegant, all-Italian style "clothes" - like haute couture - the substance of a car that is comfortable, high-performance and always in touch with the world: this is the X side of beauty, and this is the soul of the Fiat 500X.

A descendent of the 1957 Fiat 500 - the stylistic reference of the rounded lights and the classic logo with the chrome-plated moustache on the front end is clear - the new Fiat crossover extends the 500 family, comprising the 500, 500C, 500L, 500L Trekking and 500L Living models: cars diverse in vocation and character, but which all share the same roots: the iconic Fiat 500.

Built at the updated SATA plant in Melfi (Potenza) and sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, including the United States, the new Fiat 500X will be available in two different versions with two different souls - one more "metropolitan", the other ideal for leisure use -, equipped with efficient diesel and petrol engines, three types of transmission - manual, 9-speed automatic or twin-clutch 6-speed automatic - and with front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive with "Traction Plus" configurations.

The Fiat 500X is a crossover not only in its very nature, but also because it appeals to a wide range of customers, male and female, of different ages, with different needs and tastes. In this sense, the "X" symbol represents a crossroads between several very different segments, each inhabited by the young and the mature, lovers of beauty and connoisseurs of character. These people are dynamic, with an active social life and they cultivate different passions and interests. What they have in common, however, is the desire to enjoy a satisfying driving experience and express their own personality through a distinctive style. For all of them today, there's one clear, comprehensive response: the Fiat 500X.

The 500X comes in two versions: the first - available in Pop, Popstar and Lounge trim levels and featuring distinctive, elegant styling - is sure to win over young, dynamic, metropolitan customers. The second version - available in Cross and Cross Plus trim levels and boasting a more off-road look and technology - is the ideal solution for those who love leisure and the outdoors, but don't want to compromise on the unique style of the Fiat 500.
The new Fiat 500X crossover  available from 2015 in UAE

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A New Age: Hybrid Racing

The fierce roar of powerful engines reverberating through your body. The smell of oil and burning rubber. The excitement of drivers battling through corners, fighting for position bumper to bumper. There is nothing like high performance racing to get your blood pumping.

The sport appears to be in direct contrast with the ecological path that Toyota has chosen. However, a new type of racing has been born: hybrid racing. Many people think of the Prius as a quiet, fuel-friendly, family and youth-oriented car, because it is based on hybrid technology. However, the technology is versatile enough to be used in full-fledged racecars, which can zoom down a track at over 300 km/h.

The fact is that the hybrid system is a winner in all respects, offering genuine performance advantages as well as environmental benefits. Racing not only proves how sophisticated hybrid technology is, but it also represents the fast lane towards developing ever-better hybrid technology and drives our engineers to attain quantum leaps in innovation. We race to win, and to win, we must continue learning.

TS040 Hybrid Le Mans Prototype vs Third-Generation Prius

The Prius: Clean, Green and Fast

Before we dive into hybrid racing, let’s first take a look back at the THS, or Toyota Hybrid System. The first-generation Prius was released in 1997, utilizing the THS to offer dramatic improvements in fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, while the Prius offered amazing fuel economy, it still needed more power. In 2003, Toyota released the first big evolution to the hybrid system with the THS II, equipped in the second-generation Prius. Not only was its fuel economy better than ever, but it also featured higher battery voltage and increased electric motor output—resulting in far greater acceleration. The third-generation Prius debuted in 2009, featuring a plethora of new innovations. The gasoline engine was increased in size from 1.5 liters to 1.8 liters. The reduction gear was extensively redesigned to be extremely compact, and the electric motor was reworked to not only allow for higher output, but to also facilitate higher speeds.

Toyota had been planning a high performance Prius for hybrid racing since early in the vehicle’s development. The Landspeed Prius debuted at Bonneville National Speed Week in 2004, based on the second-generation Prius. It set a record speed for hybrids at an impressive 130.794 miles (210.5 kilometers) per hour.

Landspeed Prius, based on the second-generation model, 2004

Proving That Hybrids Have What It Takes

“Whenever we talk about applying environmental technologies to racing, hybrid technology comes up. This is something we have to commit to as a company,” Yoshiaki Kinoshita, President of Toyota Motorsport GmbH

Yoshiaki Kinoshita’s visionary concept came to fruition with Toyota’s hybrid racing project in late 2005. Mr. Kinoshita later became the President of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), where he would focus on unifying Toyota motorsports activities. Today, Hisatake Murata, the General Manager of the Motorsport Unit Development Division, is the driving force behind Toyota’s hybrid racing development.

Toyota entered into the Tokachi 24-hour race again the following year, this time using a Toyota Supra with a specialized hybrid racing system and achieving a splendid overall victory.

In the wake of this impressive 2007 win, hybrid racing seemed to fall out of the limelight at Toyota. But Mr. Kinoshita and Mr. Murata had actually set a new target: winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Tucked away behind closed doors, they worked feverishly to develop a brand new, dedicated hybrid racecar that would eventually be known as the TS030.

The TS030 and its successor were about to change the course of modern-day motorsports forever.

Toyota Supra HV-R

Winner of 2014 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Titles at FIA World Endurance Championship

The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) series is a grueling endurance championship that includes the time-honored 24 Hours of Le Mans. Just as the series kicked off in 2012, Toyota entered the Le Mans race with the TS030 Hybrid equipped with the new THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System-Racing). In the qualifying stage, the TS030 achieved an impressive speed of 335.2 kilometers per hour, the fastest speed of any competitor.

But that was just the beginning. In 2014, Toyota debuted their all-new TS040 Hybrid racecar, and at that time, it was considered a rank outsider when the series began. This vehicle had an additional electric motor on the front axle, giving the racecar four-wheel drive and dramatically improving regenerative braking. The vehicle delivered around 1000 horsepower and could attain a top speed of 340 kilometers per hour on the straightaway. The TS040 went on to help Toyota Racing win the 2014 drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles to mark a successful conclusion to the FIA WEC season. The win was a clear demonstration of the capabilities of a hybrid racecar and its high performance prowess in a challenging racing environment. It also endorsed Toyota’s global leadership and progress in developing advanced hybrid technology.

Winning ways: the TS030 Hybrid (left) and TS040 Hybrid (right)

Racing Helps Develop Ever-Better Road Cars

A hybrid system generates electricity to recharge the batteries during deceleration by converting kinetic energy into electrical energy for storage. Racing cars have to brake violently and repeatedly throughout the race, so a lot of effort must be spent ensuring that a large amount of energy can be generated over a short time. When this technology is fed back into production cars, it allows for the development of extremely efficient hybrid cars that can regenerate electricity at any speed range.

Toyota’s philosophy of utilizing motorsports as a tool to make ever-better road cars has been embraced by the WEC programme, with hybrid technology transfer from the race track benefiting road car development since the beginning of the project in 2012. The WEC’s revised 2014 regulations put new emphasis on energy efficiency, requiring almost 25% improvement in fuel economy on each lap. This meant that Toyota had to focus on reducing fuel usage and improving recovered energy. In other words, the same things we focus on for production cars. Of course, better aerodynamics and lower weight, which are extremely important in racecars, play a massive role in creating fuel-efficient, high-performing production cars as well. In short, racing is how Toyota tests and develops its world-class hybrid technology.

As Mr. Murata says,

“The components and technology developed for the TS040 Hybrid will provide the basis for Toyota production cars in the future.”

A powerful hybrid system from Toyota is thus quietly changing the face of modern motorsports and perceptions about the capabilities of hybrid racing cars. Racing not only brings out the best in our engineers, but also spurs technological innovation. The next-generation Prius is a result of these dedicated efforts.

The All-New 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid