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Infiniti FX 2012, Range Rover Evoque, 911Carrera Cabriolet, BMW 3 Series

Infiniti FX 2012

The 2012 Infiniti FX has been launched by Suhail Bahwan Automobiles (SBA), in the presence of SBA chairman, Ahmed Suhail Bahwan, Divyendu Kumar, managing director of SBA, Juergen Schimtz, general manager of Infiniti Middle East and Atul Dhagat, COO, Suhail Bahwan Automobiles.

SBA is totally committed to supporting the Infiniti brand in Oman. We are putting a lot of effort into our sales and service network because I think a personalised service with the human experience," said Ahmed Suhail Bahwan, chairman SBA. The iconic FX design has been given an aggressive new front grille and fascia - featuring a heavy influence from the stunning Infiniti Essence Concept - as well as a new 20-inch wheel design and an updated instrument cluster.

The 2012 MY Infiniti FX is a fusion of sports car and SUV with breathtaking styling, exciting driving dynamics and advanced technology. The 2012 FX also adds two new colours to its vibrant palette - Iridium Blue and Graphite Shadow. Since its introduction to the Sultanate, the FX has been one of the fastest-selling models in the Infiniti line-up.

Continuing as one of the most aggressive expressions of sport and utility prowling the streets today, the 2012 Infiniti FX is available with a choice of a 390-horsepower 5.0-litre 32-valve DOHC V8 engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) or with a 303-horsepower 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC V6 engine.

The interior design invites you with its warm environment, highlighted by a driver-oriented cockpit with intuitive controls, sports seating with an advanced audio support and an around-view monitor system. The newly designed hand-stained wood trim along with special quilted leather appointments give an extra touch to the overall interior appearance.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE

Land Rover and Mohsin Haider Darwish have introduced the newest edition to the Range Rover family - the long anticipated Range Rover Evoque in Oman. Holding the title as the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient model to date, the Range Rover Evoque Coupé and the Range Rover Evoque 5-door are now available in the MHD showrooms in two design themes: the luxurious 'Prestige', and the bold and sporting 'Dynamic'.

The Range Rover Evoque is available in two distinctive versions: the stunning coupé model, which precisely mirrors the concept car design, and the stylish 5-Door, which adopts a slightly higher rear roofline for extra practicality and greater family appeal.

Both coupé and 5-door Evoque models stay true to the core values of the Range Rover brand, providing premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and renowned Land Rover all-terrain capability, but in a more compact package.

The Range Rover Evoque offers a smooth and responsive turbocharged powertrain line-up. The advanced new 240PS 2.0-litre Si4 turbocharged engine combines direct fuel injection and twin variable valve timing for exceptional drivability and fuel efficiency, delivering 0-100 kph in 7.6 seconds.

The car can be specified with the sophisticated adaptive dynamics system to provide a good balance of confident, nimble handling and supple, controlled ride. Evoque delivers the all-weather, all-surface capability which is a hallmark of the Land Rover brand, enhanced by the latest version of the company's signature Terrain Response system.

Uniquely in the compact SUV segment, the Range Rover Evoque allows customers to specify a lavishly appointed cabin with soft, premium leather providing a luxurious finish to almost every surface.

New BMW 3 Series

BMW Group Middle East has confirmed that the sixth generation of the new BMW 3 Series sedan - the world's best-selling premium car - will go on sale in the Middle East at the end of February 2012. The new powerful design elements include a new BMW face, with flat headlights reaching along as far as the BMW kidney grille. This emphasises the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series, which has increased in length compared to the predecessor model, giving the car an elegant and athletic silhouette.

Inside the new BMW 3 Series, the noticeable increase in space means significant benefit for the rear passengers. The classic BMW interior surfaces and lines flow over the instrument panel towards the front passenger side of the cabin, where they form a smooth and protective border. The cockpit wraps around the driver and ensures that all-important functions are within easy reach.

Drive and chassis technology have always been key areas of expertise for the brand and agility and driving dynamics remain outstanding attributes of the new BMW 3 Series. A choice of two powerful four-cylinder engines: 335i and 328i with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and TwinPower Turbo technology will be available for the new 3 Series offering more Efficient Dynamics technology that make the new 3 Series more economical and lower in pollutant emissions compared to the predecessor model.

Volvo R-Design range

The 2012 model year range of Volvo R-Design cars have arrived at the MHD Automotive showrooms. Comprising of the Volvo C30, Volvo S60 & the Volvo XC60 it is addressing the requirements of customers who might be looking for a hatchback, a full size saloon or a SUV.

With the C30, Volvo made its debut in the segment for two-door premium cars. The C30 personality has been boosted with a new, confident front, a bold styling kit for those who want even more attitude and a new razor-sharp sports chassis. The C30 R-Design version features a redesigned front and rear. The body kit is colour-coordinated with the rest of the body, giving the impression that the car has been lowered more than the actual 10 mm reduction in ride height.

The all-new S60 is sportier and more dynamic than any previous Volvo. The all-new Volvo S60 R-Design comes with a range of specially developed design details both outside and in. On the inside, the driver and front passenger sit in sports seats in which the backrest is matched by an all-new seat cushion with even closer side support than before.

The XC60 is Volvo's bold, sporty and muscular challenger in the Small Premium Utility segment. It is has the real crossover character with a combination of the traditional city vehicle and a cross country vehicle aimed at young, professional urban people with an active lifestyle. The bold attitude of the Volvo XC60 R-Design radiates true driving pleasure - and the sporty chassis and direct steering ensure that the drive matches the sporty appearance. The R-Design model boosts the XC60's already sporty aura and gives the car an even more refined character.

911 Carrera Cabriolet

Porsche is doubling the driving fun with the new 911 Carrera by adding a Cabriolet alongside the coupé. First models of the Carrera and Carrera S convertible can be expected as early as March 2012. The Cabriolet features an all-new, unique convertible soft top which retains the typical 911 roof line in its entirety. Each of the two new convertibles has the same engine as its Carrera Coupé equivalent. The rear of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet houses a 3.4-litre flat engine generating 350 horsepower. The open-top Carrera S comes with a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine developing 400 horsepower.

For both, the world's first seven-gear manual transmission is featured as standard. In terms of efficiency the new convertibles distance themselves even further from competing models. Both consume less than ten litres of fuel per 100km (NEDC).

Compared to the preceding models, the new Cabriolets offer sportier driving characteristics, greater precision and agility thanks to the longer wheelbase, the wider front track as well as the new electro-mechanical power steering. Depending on the model, additional active control systems, offered as standard or as an option, further enhance the driving dynamics.

Land Rover Defender Concept 100

Land Rover's Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport capture the rugged, dependable and adventurous spirit of the original and are intended to showcase the potential breath of capability for the future Defender family. Evolved since their unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the concepts now ride on optimised off-road 20-inch alloy wheels shod with Cooper all-terrain tyres.

The Defender Concept 100 re-invents the essential Defender design cues for the 21st century. These include short overhangs for extreme approach and departure angles, vertical panels, an upright windscreen and strong shoulder line for visibility and ease of positioning and, of course, the honest Defender 'face' with its signature round lamps and prominent grille, incorporating a winch.

The Defender Concept 100 Sport takes all these key design cues and adds to them the spirit of freedom first embodied by the early canvas-roofed Land Rovers with their fold-down windscreens to create a concept bursting with California cool. Core Land Rover attributes of capability and versatility are underpinned in both concepts by a suite of innovative off-road technological aids that reduce the workload on the driver.

Foremost of these is the next generation of Land Rover's acclaimed Terrain Response system which will optimise the car for any conditions without driver pre-selection. In addition, a new Terrain-i system creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualisation.

Terrain-i automatically identifies potential hazards and suggests alternative routes. In urban environments the same system is able to identify pedestrians and hazards with great accuracy.

A new Wade Aid system utilises sonar sensors mounted in the bumpers and wing mirrors to measure water depth. As with Terrain Response, Wade Aid will optimise the car for water crossings by closing body vents, raising the ride height, selecting a low gear and advising on the safest speed.

Mazda CX-5

Towell Auto Centre (TAC) will soon launch the Mazda CX-5 in Oman. The stunning car was recently unveiled at the Dubai Motor show, and has garnered rave reviews at the event which marks its debut appearance in the GCC. The Mazda CX-5 has been heralded as the first in a long line of Mazda models to incorporate its latest SKYACTIV technology - a futuristic technology that gives higher fuel efficiency without compromising on performance.

To deliver adequate acceleration with exemplary gas mileage, the Mazda CX-5stretches the bounds of efficiency with a 13.0:1 compression ratio, direct injection, variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing, and a carefully tuned four-into-two-into-one exhaust manifold. The Atkinson cycle allows use of an extra-long expansion stroke for maximum mileage with no need for premium gasoline. The new SKYACTIV design is ten per cent lighter, 30 percent lower in friction, 15 per cent more fuel efficient, and 15 per cent more energetic at low and midrange rpm.

Jeep Wrangler 2012

Dhofar Automotive has announced the arrival of the All New Jeep Wrangler 2012 in Oman - delivering more power, efficiency and excitement than ever before. At the heart of the all new Jeep Wrangler 2012 is a new 3.6 litre V6 engine that provides a much more dynamic driving experience with dramatically increased on road performance and off-road capability. The new engine delivers 285 horsepower (209 kW) and 260 lb-ft of torque (353 Nm). This, combined with the new 5-speed automatic transmission has seriously improved the fuel efficiency of this legendary vehicle by up to 21 miles per gallon.

Available in both two-door and four-door models and boasting an untouchable combination of efficient design, open air freedom and unique 4x4 systems that deliver unrivalled off-road prowess, the Jeep Wrangler once again sets the benchmark and offers consumers the ultimate vehicle for any driving adventure.

Chris Edwards, general manager, Dhofar Automotive, says, "We are delighted to bring the all new Jeep Wrangler to Oman. With its new 3.6 litre V6 engine it provides even greater handling capabilities both on and off-road, and with the improved fuel consumption, your Jeep Wrangler adventure just goes on and on."

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