Motoring Discourse Of The Week
The past week went away with a strange mix of activities and emotions, not only they affected but the timeline of events and happenstances severely imposed the mood swings. First of all, the past week was the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and fasting here in Middleast region means enduring almost 45 degrees centigrade, which can nearly dehydrate one in a matter of minutes. But then places like Europe and Canada where people are observing 18 or more hours of fasting in a day.
Then the news of the Semi final football match that was supposed to be a clash of titans but turns out to be walk in the park for Germans scoring 7-1. Not sure why or what caused the melt-down in Brazilian team that made the news coverage with blown out of proportional headlines bearing Brazil’s defeat. Yes, that saga ended yesterday with nose rubbing defeat 3-0 by Dutch. A country, where football is rather a religion faced hurdles from pressure groups to kick-start the world cup due to country’s feeble economy now facing the same challenges as they stand facing the end of the circle again. But Germans came through victorious!
And the last, a totally bitter one. Though, yes we’ve seen these umpteen times on telly and on other media and the behavior of media as it happens with Israel and Palestine’s conflicts. No need to be indifferent. Perhaps Germany’s 2014 football World Cup win would loom the whole week or more and be more than enough for the capitalists media groups to divert the energies. #freegaza
I just revisited the Pink Floyd’s Animals…
Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air
You better watch out
There may be dogs about
I’ve looked over Jordan and I have seen
Things are not what they seem.
What do you get for pretending the danger’s not real
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well trodden corridors into the valley of steel
What a surprise!
A look of terminal shock in your eyes
Now things are really what they seem
No, this is no bad dream.
Let’s Start The Engines
Let’s start with motoring news now, Included below; It could be your fav brands tie the knots. Conversely, if you wish to live a green rainbow, then there is interesting news here as well. Furthermore, if don’t know anything about cars but keen always keen on know, then there is some advice from tire company to start with. Furthermore, if you are aware that GM is in a Whirlpool of recalls causing the Mary Barra, who became the first female head of a major U.S. car company facing the fierce industry challenges thrown at her.
But lets begin with a Green note first…
Ford Motor Company earns No. 1 spot on annual list of Interbrand’s 50 Best Global Green Brands Ford scored high marks for transparency about its business operations and disclosure of performance information, particularly in the area of manufacturing.No. 1 ranking comes after Ford came in second on the list last year and 15th in 2012
Ford Motor Company was recognized recently for its commitment to sustainability, ranking No. 1 on Interbrand’s 2014 list of the 50 Best Global Green Brands. The automaker beat out last year’s winner – Toyota – along with corporate heavy-weights Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola and Microsoft.
Ford claimed the top spot for its forward-thinking approach to environmentally responsible and sustainable manufacturing, greater transparency about its business operations, and for disclosure of information, particularly in the area of manufacturing. Ford’s focus on water, highlighted in the company’s recently released 15th annual Sustainability Report, as well as its waste-reduction and green building efforts, contributed to the company’s rise to the top.
When identifying the top 50 Best Global Green Brands each year, Interbrand starts with the 100 brands that make up its annual Best Global Brands report. Brands that appear on this annual ranking have a global presence and a demonstrated record of delivering value to their stakeholders. Interbrand then conducts extensive consumer research to capture public perception of the brands’ sustainable or green practices and compares that to environmental or sustainability performance data collected and analyzed by Deloitte Consulting LLP.
The Number 1 Engine.
Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine named 2014 International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third consecutive year Fuel-efficient and powerful 1.0-liter EcoBoost – available in Ford Fiesta and upcoming 2015 Focus – also named Best Engine Under 1.0-Liter for third year in a row Judges call 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine “one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering” as it finishes ahead of entries from premium and supercar brands.
A panel of 82 automotive journalists from 35 countries also named the engine Best Engine Under 1.0-Liter for the third year in a row at Engine Expo 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.
“This year’s competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1.0-liter EcoBoost continues to stand out for all the right reasons – great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman, 16th International Engine of the Year awards and editor, Engine Technology International magazine. “The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering.”
The Nissan Mercedes Joint Venture.
Infiniti began assembly at the Infiniti Decherd Powertrain Plant, a collaboration between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG. The first engine to be assembled at the all-new facility is a 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline 4-cylinder developed by Daimler. The engines will initially be used in European versions of the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class assembled in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Assembly of 2.0-litre 4-cylinder gasoline engines for the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan and Mercedes-Benz C-Class and their derivatives begins at new Decherd, Tennessee facility. A New 310,000-square foot facility was developed as a collaboration between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG. The plant represents a $319 million investment and will support an estimated 400 new jobs once full capacity of 250,000 engines annually is achieved.
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It’s that time of the year again, when temperatures rise up to a scorching 50 degrees and high humidity turns any contact with the outside air into a sauna experience. Keeping your head cool during the hot summer months in the Middle East is not an easy job. The extreme heat can be taxing for you and your car, as well as its different components – not in the least for the tires. Long trips, heavy loads, high speeds and higher temperatures all put additional stress on them. Taking care of your tires, a car’s only contact with the road, will carry you and your family safely and comfortably through the hot summer months, and avoid any costly repairs.
The statistics on road safety accidents in the UAE, which were recently issued by the Traffic Coordination Department at the Ministry of Interior, showed a lack of awareness for the importance of well-maintained tires. These statistics revealed that the number of road accidents caused by tire bursts in 2014 rose from 15 to 19 – a 26% increase compared to 2013 – during which 5 people died. As an aid to motorists, Michelin has created an online tire digest thetiredigest.michelin.com, which offers useful tips on tire maintenance as well as an interesting look at how complex and technologically advanced a tire really is.
Below is a selection of these useful 8 tips that will help motorists stay safe while on the road during the hot summer months:
1. Regularly check the state of all your four tires at the same time for signs of obvious damage or abnormal wear. Look for any visible signs of wear or damage, such as deep cracks, exposed cables, cuts or uneven wear of the tires. To check the remaining service life of the tires, you can use a tread depth gauge (available at any tire specialist), or rely on the wear indicators that most tires have. Regularly check the tread depth at several points on the tire and consult a specialist in case of doubt. The minimum legal tread depth required is 1.6 mm for passenger car tires.
2. Check the pressure of your tires at least once a month. Apart from the fact that they wear more quickly, poorly inflated tires affect the overall performance of the vehicle, including braking distance, handling, safety and fuel consumption. Always check the pressure when the tires are “cold”, meaning you haven’t driven the car for at least 2 hours or for not more than 3 km, in order to obtain the most precise measurement. If you do check the pressure when the tires are warm, then add 0.3 bar to the recommended level. You can find the recommended inflation pressure near the door latch on the driver’s side or in your car’s manual. Don’t forget to carry out this check on all four tires, as well as your spare wheel.
3. Ensure that your tires are properly balanced. If you feel vibration through the steering wheel or through the vehicle body, your tires could be incorrectly balanced. Have them professionally balanced at a reputable dealer and not only will you avoid uneven and premature wear of the tires but you will also reduce excessive stress on the suspension components.
4. Have the alignment of your tires checked by a professional. Whenever you drive over a large object in the road or hit a pothole or pavement, the wheels could become misaligned. This can affect the handling of the vehicle and will cause the tires to wear unevenly and prematurely.
5. Take your car to a reputable tire dealer for examination in case of a flat tire. He will be able to advise you if there is damage to the tire’s structure and if it is repairable or not.
6. Permutate the tires in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. By switching tires front to rear (usually around 5000 km), wear is optimized over the four tires.
7. Keep an eye on the suspension. Old or worn shock absorbers can cause faster tire wear and impact vehicle handling.
8. Never overload your vehicle. Overloading increases tire wear and fuel consumption, adversely affects vehicle handling and stability, and increases the braking distance.
G.M Vise Giving people in the GCC what they want is a strategy that is working well for General Motors according to their latest quarterly car sales figures. Q2 passenger car sales from GM’s Chevrolet and Cadillac brands across the region were up 10% compared with last year.
“We have one of the most extensive ranges of vehicles from any auto manufacturer in the Middle East. But what’s most important to us is that we’re bringing the right types of cars here – cars that people are getting excited about and driving away in.” “We have recently introduced a number of new cars which have proved incredibly popular with our customers such as the all new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Cadillac CTS. Last year we started selling the Chevrolet Impala flagship sedan. Although it is only a newcomer, it now accounts for almost a third of Chevrolet’s car sales for the last quarter,” said Williams.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the brand’s full-size flagship sedan, celebrated the completion of a successful first year in the Middle East by posting its best monthly sales in June. Sales of the Impala across the region increased 62 percent from May. In addition, in the KSA, Chevrolet’s largest market in the Middle East, it jumped 90 percent – making June the model’s third consecutive month of growth. Since its launch last July, demand for the Impala in the Middle East has also reached new highs every quarter. Sales soared 62 percent in the second quarter this year, after recording growth of 24 percent quarter on quarter in the previous two quarters. The success of the Impala, the second-best-selling Chevrolet passenger car in the Middle East following the Malibu, is supporting the brand’s profitable growth. Sales of Chevrolet’s full-size sedans have jumped 52 percent over the past 12 months since the Impala entered the market. Almost half of Impala customers opt for the highest trim level – the LTZ version. Nevertheless, though USA is out of 2014 Football world cup. Chevrolet is looking forward with its Chevrolet and Manchester United fans worldwide celebrating Chevrolet’s debut on the football club’s 2014-15 season home shirt.
The 2015 GMC Yukon’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system is better connected and offers passengers more choices for their increasingly plugged-in lifestyles. It provides easy, intuitive operation of basic functions, yet it is also highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices such as smartphones, SD cards and MP3 players, giving customers more ways of staying connected. Additional standard and available features include:
- Eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen and multiple USB ports
- Next-generation IntelliLink enhancements with gesture recognition
- Available navigation.
IntelliLink is standard on all Yukon and Denali models, and uses a high-definition, fully re configurable eight-inch color touch screen with an intuitive layout and easy-to-read icons that control audio features, Bluetooth phone features, and available navigation with all-new map displays.