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General Automotive Company (GAC), the official distributors of Mitsubishi vehicles in Oman, formally opened a new quick service centre in Mabela recently. Commenting on the launch of the new centre, Yasser Zerik, national service manager said, "We have a strong commitment towards our customers and our aim is to continually provide them with the highest standards of service at all times, no matter where in the country they are located. Previously customers from the area were required to bring their cars to our main service centre in Azaiba. With the launch of this facility, customers need only do so for major service and other complex jobs; all minor service requirements can be fulfilled at the Quick Service Centre."


Bentley Motors has announced full details of its pinnacle, sector- defining new model, the Bentayga. The Bentley Bentayga combines unparalleled luxury with effortless performance and everyday usability. With an all-new W12 powertrain, the Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. It offers a true Bentley driving experience and showcases innovative technology features. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, the Bentayga's styling is pure Bentley. Sculptural with an elegant, timeless execution, it perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. From the four round LED headlamps and large matrix grille, to the distinctive power line and muscular haunches, the Bentley DNA is apparent throughout. An all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine is at the heart of the new Bentayga.


Mercedes-Benz has announced a new, simple and logical vehicle nomenclature system that will ensure clarity for the millions of Mercedes-Benz lovers around the globe. Based on model series, different body variants and drive systems, the new system will come into operation in Q4 of 2015, and will begin with the Mercedes- Benz SUV range, followed by the Roadsters in 2016. All SUV models will carry the first two letters "GL" in their name, except the legendary G-Class which will retain its iconic lettering. All 4-door Coupes will carry the first two letters "CL" in their name while Roadsters will all include "SL" in their names. The established designation 4MATIC for Mercedes-Benz all-wheel-drive vehicles will remain unchanged and the Mercedes- Benz model portfolio is forecast to include more than 30 models available on the worldwide market by 2020.


The new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date, and begins a new age of open-top, super-luxury motoring. Dawn is a beautiful new motor car that offers the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience in the world. It will be the most social of super-luxury drophead motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world's most exclusive social hotspots. The new Rolls-Royce Dawn greets the observer with a striking yet elegant exterior design with classic Rolls-Royce appearance and presence. It is the most vibrant Rolls-Royce yet with charming and alluring qualities that bring a new level of finesse, sophistication and refinement in a drophead coupe -- a serene yet exhilarating sense of uncompromised freedom.


The new Audi Q7 has been named "Best of the Best" in the German Design Council's Automotive Brand Contest 2015. The new Audi R8 is being honoured in three categories. In addition, the Audi prologue concept cars are receiving "Special Mention" for exceptional innovation. In all, Audi is receiving 16 awards at the fifth edition of the competition.

With the award for the Q7, Audi takes first place in the "Interior Premium Brand category. The SUV impresses with its progressive interior design and high-end technical solutions. "For the new Q7 generation, the design has succeeded in implanting a feeling of expansiveness, roominess and cultivated elegance," the jury stated in its reasoning.


The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand's vehicle lineup, entering the growing compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment in the Sultanate as world-over, but staying 100 per cent true to the adventurous lifestyle and 4x4 capability Jeep is known for. The Jeep Renegade symbolises the brand's renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand's first entry into the small SUV segment. Renegade expands the brand's product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment with a best-in-class combination of fuel efficiency and off-road capability, while at the same time delivering the outstanding driving dynamics and open-air freedom customers expect from Jeep.


Jaguar's first family sports car has defied gravity by performing a record-breaking 360 degree loop, prior to its global motor show debut in Frankfurt, recently. The all-new Jaguar F-PACE, the world's most practical sports car, was driven with daring precision by expert British stunt driver Terry Grant. The F-PACE sped through the specially built structure, using its sports car derived technology and world-class collection of safety features to complete the record loop and officially signal the opening of order books worldwide. Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar said, "The Jaguar F-PACE is an SUV with the soul of a sports car. When we created this car we thought differently; we took a Jaguar sports car and made it family friendly."


Following its debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, the 488 GTB was recently unveiled by Alfardan Motors, the official Importer of Fer- rari in Oman, in an exclusive launch event at the Shangri-La Hotel, Mus- cat. Forty years from the original launch of Ferrari's iconic first-ever mid-rear engined V8 berlinetta, the 308, the 488 GTB opens a new chapter in the history of cars with this particular architecture as the 488 GTB has set a new benchmark for the sports car sector globally. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the 488 GTB's sculptural forms are completely new. They accentuate the car's sportiness yet retain the classically clean, pure lines typical of Ferrari's legendary styling. The seamless interweav- ing of form and function is clear in every detail, in fact. Certain design elements are also obvious nods to the past, not least the 308 GTB-inspired styling of the flanks.

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