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LAND ROVER LAUNCHES V8 EDITION TO CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY

Land Rover announces a limited- edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marques 70th anniversary in 2018. The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which is highly sought

after by enthusiasts and collectors today. Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has

ever created.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover classic director, said: Its fitting that weve been able to release the full potential of the iconic Defender, whose much- loved shape remains synonymous with Land Rover, 70 years since it was seen in public for the first time. The idea of reintroducing a V8 Defender was something we were discussing as far back as 2014 when we were still build- ing the Defender in Solihull. We knew the demand was there for a powerful and fast Defender; the Land Rover authenticity is the ultimate finishing touch for discerning clients purchasing these collectors edition Defenders.

NISSAN UNVEILS XMOTION CONCEPT

Nissan has revealed the Xmotion concept, a design exploration for a potentially groundbreaking compact SUV. Making its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the six-passenger, three-row Nissan Xmotion (pronounced cross motion) concept fuses Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with American-style utility and new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.

In the Xmotion concept, we explored the more rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Bold and powerful forms and proportions are, upon closer inspection, contrasted with aspects of traditional Japanese craftsmanship expressed in a contemporary way, said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Comapny. The exteriors combination of western and eastern concepts continues inside the Xmotion, where advanced connectivity and autonomous technologies mix with modern Japanese digital art and cultural craftsmanship. At a glance, Xmotion may appear to have a minimal design language, but a closer look reveals layers of detail that make this concept exceptional.

Signaling the future of Nissan design, the Xmotion concepts stunning exterior features a powerful dynamic presence with understated sculptural beauty, including unique U-shaped highlights and a bold evolution of Nissans signature V-motion grille.

BEST TIME TO BUY A MITSUBISHI

General Automotive Company (GAC), the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Oman, has announced its latest offer titled The best time to buy a Mitsubishi is now. With this promotion, GAC is offering cash gifts starting from RO1,000 up to RO3,795. As a result, the legendary Pajero is now available a with cash gift up to RO3,600 and an unbeatable price starting from just RO9,995; after the cash gift. The offer, which continues until February 9, also includes a free service package of two years/30,000km. Commenting on the offer, Manoj Ranade, general manager of GAC said, Pajerohas always been one of the most popular family vehicles amongst SUVs due to its high performance in all driving conditions. As such, it became the number one vehicle for Mitsubishi enthusiasts in Oman and this offer is such a perfectopportunity for them to start 2018 with a new stunning Pajero.

The legendary four-wheel drive from Mitsubishi, the Pajero, is powered by a 6 cylinder, 3.5 litre or 3.8 litre engine. It is equipped with 17-inch aluminium wheels, Anti- lock braking system (ABS), and two SRS Airbags. Its proven off-road and on-road capability makes the Pajero the perfect model to take you wherever you want to go, regardless of the nature of the road. The latest generation Mitsubishi Pajero offers a modern lookwith a revised front grille and an aggressively shaped bumper with integrated LED daytime running lamps. Along with its unmatched designs, the Pajero offers a combination of safety, performance, and comfort together with several advanced features

that ensure a relaxing drive for all passengers.

GRAND CHEROKEE SRT WINS AUTO BILD SPORTS CARS AWARD

The high performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, sold in the Sultanate by the official Jeep dealership Dhofar Automotive, has been honoured by readers of the influential German magazine Auto Bild Sports Cars. The powerful 468 horsepower model scooped the readers choice award for best import in the Vans and SUV category. Commenting on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the award, Rhett Maxwell, general manager of Dhofar Automotive said, The Jeep Grand Cherokee is an extremely versatile SUV with immense capability, both on the road and off. It seamlessly melds Jeeps legendary off-road prowess with class-leading technology, features, and comfort, all at an extremely competitive price point. The Grand Cherokee SRT is the ultimate version of the model, that combines the versatility of the SUV with one of the most powerful naturally aspirated engines in the world; a combination that most enthusiasts will be hard-pressed to ignore. This is also the reason why the famously knowledgeable readers of the magazine have chosen this Jeep model as a winner; underlining the huge appeal of the sports-inspired premium SUV.

THE FERRARI PORTOFINO LAUNCHED IN OMAN

Alfardan Motors, the official Ferrari importer in Oman, staged an exclusive VIP launch event for the Portofino, the latest model from the iconic Ferrari stable. Ferrari has chosen a particularly evocative name for this exceptionally versatile drop-top car. Portofino is renowned for its charming port and, over the years, has become internationally synonymous with elegance, sportiness and understated luxury. The launch colour of the new Ferrari has also been dedicated to this marvellous town: Rosso Portofino. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hardtop, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space plus two rear seats suitable for short trips.

The Ferrari Portofinos all-new chassis features a significant weight saving over the California T it replaces. Thanks to the extensive use of modern production technologies, all the chassis and body-in-white components have been redesigned with a consequent reduction in weight despite an increase in torsional rigidity.

VOLKSWAGEN LAUNCHES SMART PAY OFFER ON SELECT MODELS

Wattayah Motors, the exclusive distributor of Volkswagen vehicles in Oman, recently announced the launch of its new Smart Pay offer on select models including the Golf, Touareg, Passat and Tiguan. Any customer purchasing these models between January 12 and February 28, will be offered a multitude of benefits including cash gifts ranging from RO1,500 to RO5,100, together with free registration and three-years manufacturer warranty and Road Side Assistance. Commenting on the new offer, David Ryan, general manager of Volkswagen Oman noted, Volkswagen has always offered innovative designs and an enjoyable driving experience, all at a competitive price; making them highly desirable. Thanks to this unmatched offer, not only are we offering customers the Volkswagen of their dreams at discounted prices, but also with a range of other value-added benefits.

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