Automotive – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:11:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Performmaster GLE 63 S As if it had a magic cap https://tiresandparts.net/news/performmaster-gle-63-s-as-if-it-had-a-magic-cap/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/performmaster-gle-63-s-as-if-it-had-a-magic-cap/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:11:21 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34864 Even the AMG base versions of the GLE 63 and GLE 63 S are a feast for the ears: 571 hp or 612 hp / 420 kW or 450 kW and 750 Nm or 850 Nm torque, top speed 250 km/h or 280 km/h and acceleration from 0 to the 100 km/h mark in 4.0 […]

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Even the AMG base versions of the GLE 63 and GLE 63 S are a feast for the ears: 571 hp or 612 hp / 420 kW or 450 kW and 750 Nm or 850 Nm torque, top speed 250 km/h or 280 km/h and acceleration from 0 to the 100 km/h mark in 4.0 or 3.8 seconds.
But in the world of performmaster, this still isn’t good enough. Therefore, the Swabian high- performance technicians have tended to the GLE 63 AMG models and the result is a true performance revelation.
However, after the tuning specialist performmaster took matters into its hands and applied the finest technical expertise, this performance-optimized motor can be heard magnificently, but the associated GLE 63 S is barely visible due to its performance. These are the formidable values that were implanted in this vehicle thanks to the performmaster PEC tuning module:
performmaster GLE 63 S 712 hp/524 kW and 965 Nm, top speed 300km/h due to Vmax elimination, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h 3.6 sec.
This elicits rapturous receptions not just from performmaster aficionados, but also from those who are incredulously in awe when the vehicle, which looks the same on the outside, easily passes them, because there are truly worlds between them and the AMG series models, since 300 km/h is an absolute unique selling point for this vehicle. This is made possible by the trusted performmaster PEC tuning module.
Parts Certificate and Road Approval performmaster, of course, also normally includes a corresponding TÜV parts certificate for the PEC tuning module. This means, of course, that the vehicle continues to be street legal even after optimization. The performmaster PEC module, by the way, works in addition to the AMG control and vehicle diagnostics can therefore be performed at any time, and all factory updates can continue to be implemented.

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The digital companion for MINI fans: updated MINI App with new functions https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-digital-companion-for-mini-fans-updated-mini-app-with-new-functions/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-digital-companion-for-mini-fans-updated-mini-app-with-new-functions/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 10:59:05 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34861 The development of the MINI App – first introduced in July 2020 – is continuing apace. Having already been launched in 33 markets (mainly in Europe), this key interface between smartphone and vehicle is now also available in the USA, Russia, Japan, Australia and 17 other countries, and will be offered in China from April […]

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The development of the MINI App – first introduced in July 2020 – is continuing apace. Having already been launched in 33 markets (mainly in Europe), this key interface between smartphone and vehicle is now also available in the USA, Russia, Japan, Australia and 17 other countries, and will be offered in China from April 2021. Underpinning the rapid expansion of the MINI App’s content and its fast- paced rollout is an innovative, scalable and universal software architecture. This has been developed fully in-house by BMW using Flutter, an open-source UI development kit from Google for the Dart programming language. The BMW Group’s Flutter/Dart development team is one of the world’s largest after Google’s, bringing together a total of 300 employees.

The MINI App runs on both iOS and Android operating systems and can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It acts as a new universal interface with the car, providing information on the vehicle’s status at all times. It also enables remote operation of functions, such as vehicle locating and locking/unlocking the doors.

Destination addresses can be sent from a smartphone directly to the vehicle’s navigation system. The new MINI App also offers more functions for electric vehicles than its predecessor, the MINI Connected app. For example, customers can access detailed information on the car’s electric range, charge status and charging history. The app’s charge timing and climate control timing functions also allow the charging process to be optimised by setting particular time slots and departure times. Added to which, the vehicle interior can be pre-conditioned (by heating the interior in winter and cooling it in summer, for example) to increase comfort levels.

The MINI App also provides access to Amazon Alexa in vehicles from model year 2019 onwards. Once customers have linked their Amazon account to the app, the voice service can be activated using the spoken prompt “Alexa” or at the touch of a button in the vehicle. This makes it possible for customers to use voice control to play music, call up messages, control compatible smart home devices and access thousands of skills.

Last but not least, the MINI App also allows the customer to contact their MINI Service Partner directly and provides them with an overview of their vehicle’s servicing requirements at all times.

The MINI App – an in-house development that makes consistent use of cutting- edge technologies and componentry from big tech players.

The MINI App is a new development that will fully replace the MINI Connected app from July 2021 and provide a technologically future-proof foundation. Its scalable universal architecture will support future requirements and is a crucial factor here, allowing new functions and customer requests to be implemented easily. This will additionally pave the way for constant advances, with multiple updates every year allowing functionality to be continually expanded. The modular approach to the app has other benefits, too; e.g. the app platform can be readily used for other BMW Group brands while also making it compatible with a broad spectrum of language and infrastructure variants, and vehicle and on-board network generations.

“The new app platform is built on three pillars: user friendliness, safety and reliability,” explains Dr. Nicolai Krämer, Vice President Offboard Platform BMW Group. “It provides a consistently designed set of functions spanning all brands on the basis of feedback and our customers’ usage behaviour. Targeted application of industry standards and their integration into the global software community allows us to focus on the core technical issues that bring about a worthwhile enhancement of our products and services.”

The software platform for the new MINI App is known within the BMW Group by the name Mobile 2.0 App Core. Developed 100% in-house, it embraces the very latest technologies and features a broad technology stack, i.e. a data ecosystem with a variety of components from big tech players. Thanks to its Flutter framework – an open-source UI development kit created by Google – and cross-platform design written in the Dart language, the new MINI App supports the iOS and Android operating systems using a single code base. At the same time, MS Azure from Microsoft was used to integrate a development environment with a full continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery/deployment (CD) pipeline in order to automate the app’s ongoing development process. The app’s backend for frontend architectural pattern for superior ease of use builds on platforms as a service (PaaS) that likewise originate from Microsoft. The term ‘backend for frontend’ means, for instance, that the app’s functionality can be expanded or potential error sources eliminated without the customer having to download a new version of the app after the modifications have been carried out. Many of the new MINI App’s backend components, meanwhile, run on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure.

The BMW Group’s Flutter software development team is one of the largest in the world after Google’s own,” says Dr. Krämer. “As well as working on internal projects, our experts also offer software components externally as members of the Flutter community.

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The New Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-new-jaguar-f-type-r-dynamic-black/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-new-jaguar-f-type-r-dynamic-black/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 10:11:32 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34858 The perfectly proportioned and extraordinarily beautiful Jaguar F-TYPE is now more distinctive than ever. New R-Dynamic Black models further heighten the purity and presence that set Jaguar’s definitive sports car apart. Developed from the 300PS four-cylinder and 450PS V8 R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible*, these exclusive additions to the line-up offer an enhanced specification and an […]

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The perfectly proportioned and extraordinarily beautiful Jaguar F-TYPE is now more distinctive than ever.

New R-Dynamic Black models further heighten the purity and presence that set Jaguar’s definitive sports car apart. Developed from the 300PS four-cylinder and 450PS V8 R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible*, these exclusive additions to the line-up offer an enhanced specification and an even more luxurious, crafted interior.

F-TYPE’s pure, sculpted form is accentuated by the Black Pack and 20-inch, five split-spoke wheels with gloss black finish. Known as ‘Style 5039’, these wheels are not available on any other model in the range. Complementing these perfectly is the choice of three metallic paints: Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Firenze Red.

The driver-focused ‘1+1’ cabin surrounds the occupants with rich, luxurious materials. The slimline Performance Seats feature 12-way adjustment and are trimmed in Windsor leather with a choice of Ebony with Light Oyster contrast stitching or – for a more sporting theme – Mars with Flame Red stitch. Details such as the beautifully crafted monogram stitch pattern, repeated in the door trim, are among the subtle refinements which make F-TYPE feel special.

The driver-focussed interior, like the exterior, has evolved into a purer expression of the car’s elegance and performance. By concentrating on further refining the traditionally British Jaguar craftsmanship and adding discreet, beautiful details, the sense of luxury and sportiness has been heightened.

The same monogram design is used to emboss the suedecloth wrap for the 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display, while other refinements include satin-finish aluminium gearshift paddles, an Ebony suedecloth headliner and illuminated treadplates featuring the Jaguar script.

Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar, said: Creating the new F-TYPE R-Dynamic Black models gave us the opportunity to subtly enhance the way the car looks – inside and out – and at the same time amplify both the luxury and sporting elements of its character. The result is an even more purposeful, focused, distinctive design with real presence, whether you choose the Coupé or Convertible, the four-cylinder or the V8.”

The F-TYPE R-Dynamic Black’s powerful, refined and responsive engines are matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the gearshift paddles.

Exclusively rear-wheel drive, the 300PS, 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium four-cylinder engine generates maximum torque from just 1,500rpm, delivering exceptional throttle response throughout the rev range. It also provides the performance expected from F-TYPE and enables acceleration from 0-60mph in only 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

The 450PS, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable, useable and rewarding performance – maximum torque of 580Nm is generated from 2,500rpm. It is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics or – for purists – rear-wheel drive. Both 450PS powertrains feature an electronic active rear differential to optimise traction, and both enable 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 177mph.

The 300PS and 450PS units are also available in other F-TYPE models, but for truly exceptional performance in all weathers and on any kind of road there is the F-TYPE R. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 delivers 575PS and 700Nm: the benchmark sprint to 60mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 186mph.

The F-TYPE R and P450 models are equipped as standard with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system with Configurable Dynamics. Using electronically-controlled, continuously-variable dampers, Adaptive Dynamics optimises both low speed comfort and high speed control, while Configurable Dynamics enables the driver to tailor the settings for suspension stiffness, steering weight, throttle response and gearshifts. All 300PS four-cylinder F-TYPEs use meticulously tuned passive monotube dampers to deliver the ride and handling attributes which give these models their unique character.

Customers who choose the any of the V8 F-TYPEs benefit from the Quiet Start function: the electrically actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.

The 2022 Model Year F-TYPE range is built at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant in the UK and consists of:

F-TYPE Coupé and Convertible:

  • 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder; Quickshift RWD
  • 450PS 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD

F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible:

  • 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder; Quickshift RWD
  • 450PS 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD

F-TYPE R-Dynamic Black Coupé and Convertible:

  • 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder; Quickshift RWD
  • 450PS 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; RWD/ AWD

F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible:

  • 575PS 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift AWD

* The global engine line-up is market-dependant

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MG Motor and Inter Emirates Motors open three brand new showrooms in the UAE to mark launch of new partnership https://tiresandparts.net/news/mg-motor-and-inter-emirates-motors-open-three-brand-new-showrooms-in-the-uae-to-mark-launch-of-new-partnership/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/mg-motor-and-inter-emirates-motors-open-three-brand-new-showrooms-in-the-uae-to-mark-launch-of-new-partnership/#respond Sun, 11 Apr 2021 11:58:06 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34852 MG Motor and Inter Emirates Motors (IEM), the brand’s official distributor in the United Arab Emirates, have announced the opening of three brand new showrooms across the Emirates. Marking the launch of the new partnership with IEM, a subsidiary of Ali & Sons Holding LLC, the new showrooms will bring the British-born car brand’s exceptional […]

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MG Motor and Inter Emirates Motors (IEM), the brand’s official distributor in the United Arab Emirates, have announced the opening of three brand new showrooms across the Emirates. Marking the launch of the new partnership with IEM, a subsidiary of Ali & Sons Holding LLC, the new showrooms will bring the British-born car brand’s exceptional model line-up to more customers in the UAE than ever before.

The new showrooms are now fully open to customers in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, Abu Dhabi in Zahiyah Downtown, and Ras Al Khaimah on the ‘Auto Mile’. Representing a major investment, they will ensure that customers receive the very best possible retail and after sales support, in line with MG’s standing as a leader in the delivery of customer satisfaction.

Customers can choose from an impressive range of MG’s stylish, exceptionally well-equipped, great value cars. These include the 2020 Middle East Car of the Year, the MG HS, which is designed to put the “sport” back into SUV. Also available is the Middle East’s ‘Best Sub-compact Sedan’, the new MG5, as well as the MG RX8 seven-seater SUV, the MG RX5 SUV, the MG 6 sedan, the MG ZST sub-compact SUV and the fully electric MG ZS EV. All models come with a best-in-region manufacturer warranty of six years or 200,000km.

To celebrate both Ramadan and the showroom launches, a range of exceptional offers are being offered during the holy month for current and new customers alike. Every new MG bought comes with one year’s free insurance and free registration. Additionally, buyers will win either an iPhone 12 or fuel worth AED 1,000, as well as free servicing up to 200,000 km and a chance to win back the value of their car. For existing owners, a ‘MG Safety campaign 2021’ offering discounted services and essential safety-related parts, runs until 30th April.

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JAGUAR SECURES FIRST FORMULA E DOUBLE PODIUM IN ROME https://tiresandparts.net/news/jaguar-secures-first-formula-e-double-podium-in-rome/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/jaguar-secures-first-formula-e-double-podium-in-rome/#respond Sun, 11 Apr 2021 11:22:18 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34849 Jaguar Racing secured their first double podium finish in 30 years with Sam Bird and Mitch Evans finishing second and third respectively at the Rome E-Prix. Mitch Evans also secured the fastest lap of the race with a 1:42.387 while Sam Bird achieved his first FanBoost with the British team. Sam Bird carved his way […]

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Jaguar Racing secured their first double podium finish in 30 years with Sam Bird and Mitch Evans finishing second and third respectively at the Rome E-Prix. Mitch Evans also secured the fastest lap of the race with a 1:42.387 while Sam Bird achieved his first FanBoost with the British team.

Sam Bird carved his way through the pack from tenth and finished the race in second – his second podium for Jaguar in three races. The action-packed race, which started under the Safety Car, saw Sam overtake Sebastian Buemi as the green flag was waved – showing fantastic pace in the Jaguar I-TYPE 5. A number of clean overtakes and clever uses of ATTACK MODE allowed the Brit to move up to second before the race concluded under the Safety Car.

Mitch Evans also executed an incredible drive through the field, gaining nine places from twelfth to third and securing his second podium of the season. Evans tussled with Vandoorne and Frijns but made some decisive moves throughout the race.The Kiwi pushed through to take the final place on the podium while proving the speed of the Jaguar with the fastest lap of the race.

Sam Bird is leading the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship by nine points with teammate, Mitch Evans, closely following in fourth.

Jaguar Racing extends its lead in the ABB FIA Formula E Teams’ World Championship by 34 points. It was Jaguar’s first double podium in 30 years since the 1991 World Sports Car Championship round at Autopolis, Japan where the XJR-14 finished in second and third positions.

James Barclay, Team Director, Jaguar Racing: “A brilliant result for the team today! Our first double podium in 30 years and our first fastest lap this season. Rome has been kind to us as a city. Ultimately a great result came from two fantastic drives from both Sam and Mitch. The Jaguar I-TYPE 5 was performing really well and the strategy was absolutely on point. A real testament to all the hard work that everyone’s put in to achieve this historic result for us as a team, but also to build on the opening weekend we had in Diriyah. We have no doubts about how close it’s going to be this season but performances like that are going to be really important for the rest of the championship.”

Sam Bird, Jaguar Racing driver, #10: “What a great start to the year it has been – to have four podiums, in three races, combined for Jaguar Racing is honestly a great achievement. The whole team should be so proud. It’s the full team who are making us strong on track so congratulations to everyone involved. But it doesn’t stop there, we have a great car in the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 and another race tomorrow so it’s an opportunity to try and do it all again.”

Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing driver, #20: It’s such a great moment for the team with our first double podium in Formula E. It was a great race, in very difficult conditions, where things can go wrong really quickly but I’m happy to reward the team with this result after all the hard work they put in. Sam did a great job too, we both moved forward in the pack together and executed a brilliant race. It was a great moment and milestone for the team and we look forward to tomorrow.

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The EQS design for all the senses https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-eqs-design-for-all-the-senses/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-eqs-design-for-all-the-senses/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:11:47 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34839 The EQS is the all-electric luxury sedan from Mercedes. With it, Mercedes-EQ is redefining this vehicle segment. The EQS is also the first model to be based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles. Fusing technology, design, functionality and connectivity, the EQS delights both drivers and passengers. With a Cd value starting […]

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The EQS is the all-electric luxury sedan from Mercedes. With it, Mercedes-EQ is redefining this vehicle segment. The EQS is also the first model to be based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles. Fusing technology, design, functionality and connectivity, the EQS delights both drivers and passengers. With a Cd value starting from 0.20[1] it sets a new aerodynamic benchmark for production vehicles. Supported by artificial intelligence (AI), it makes their everyday lives easier in many areas. The EQS is produced together with the S-Class and the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class on a completely carbon-neutral basis in “Factory 56” at the Sindelfingen plant, Mercedes-Benz’s most modern automotive production facility. The battery systems are produced at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim location in the Hedelfingen plant part. The EQS will be launched in Europe this August.

The EQS can be experienced with almost all the senses. This elevates the all-electric top-of-the-range model to a new dimension in aesthetics and luxury. At the same time, the EQS testifies to the passionate commitment of its developers and designers to electric mobility.

This “Digital Deep Dive Design” presents some of the innovations. Here are the most important ones,
from A for aerodynamics to Z for zero-layer concept:

Innovation Description Customer experience
Aerodynamics A world record. First production car in the world with a Cd value starting from 0.201 Greater range.
ENERGIZING NATURE New ENERGIZING COMFORT programmes with soothing sounds Can be relaxing
HEPA filter Elaborate filter system cleans the incoming outside air at its very high filtration level Inside air almost free of fine dust, minute particles, pollen and unpleasant odours
MBUX Hyperscreen The entire instrument panel is the ultimate widescreen Progressive luxury at first sight – for both occupants in the front row
One-bow design Bowed lines Innovative aesthetics
Over-the-air updates Activation of vehicle functions such as additional soundscapes through WLAN technology EQS remains up-to-date for the life of the vehicle
sound experiences Various soundscapes, including optional driving sound in the interior Interactive sound experience
Zero-layer concept The key applications pertaining to the situation and context at the top MBUX level in the field of vision. Even further simplified operation with personalised suggestions; even less distraction for the driver

 

The Mercedes Management on the EQS

“At Mercedes, we are striving for nothing less than leadership in the field of electric mobility and digitisation through an intelligent platform strategy and a software-based approach. The new EQS shows: we are following our own Mercedes path by offering customers a highly efficient, electric and luxurious experience with our electric vehicles.”
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and COO of Mercedes-Benz Cars

“With our EQS, we have created a completely new, future generation of luxury cars. Based on our style of sensual purity, we create desire by combining a beautifully seductive sculpture with the most progressive proportion. Key features such as the ‘one-bow’ design and a holistically integrated, highly reduced and seamless styling gives the EQS its sporty and progressive look. That’s what sets it apart from any other vehicle we have ever created – that’s what makes our EQS so extraordinary.”
Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler Group

Can be experienced with virtually all human senses

Seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling and tasting, these are the classical human senses. The new EQS appeals to the first four in many ways:

  1. Visual perception: over 100 million rods and cones are located in the retina of the human eye. These sensory cells enable us to see, for example, the features of the EQS that are revolutionary for the luxury class, such as the cab-forward design or the coupé-like “one-bow” lines with fastback. This clearly distinguishes the EQS from vehicles with combustion engines at first glance and is further emphasised by the Black Panel front and the design of the lights.

    The designers had the mission and the chance to tread a completely new path in styling the interior. They made use of this freedom: the MBUX Hyperscreen is one of the highlights in the new EQS. The concave screen stretches out in front of the occupants from the left to the right A-pillar like an ocean wave. Besides the sheer size, the high-quality, detailed design also guarantees a “wow” effect. The MBUX Hyperscreen is integrated into the instrument panel in minimalist fashion. Only a thin silver shadow frame, a vent band and a narrow leather frame surround it. The vent band spans across the entire width at the top and is very slim at the same time. These extreme proportions, together with the glass wave of the MBUX Hyperscreen, create the avant-garde architecture of the cockpit. The calm and clear design of the door panels borrows from the interior design of modern living spaces. Avant-garde, as well as traditional materials and colours, give the interior a special atmosphere. Another visual highlight is the head-up display with augmented reality content.

  2. Auditory perception: people perceive sound waves with their ears. The listening impression of the EQS ranges between comfortable silence and an interactive, sensual sound experience. With a holistic sound production, the sound experts from Mercedes have made the paradigm shift from the combustion engine to the electric car acoustically perceptible. The EQS comes from the factory with two soundscapes: Silver Waves and Vivid Flux. They can be selected or switched off as sound experiences on the central display. Driver and passengers are already greeted acoustically when approaching the vehicle and when getting in. A corresponding aura sound also accompanies exiting and locking the EQS. The optional driving sound, which is reproduced by the speakers of the sound system in the interior, is also within the respective soundscape. The new ENERGIZING NATURE programmes of ENERGIZING COMFORT also offer an impressively realistic listening experience. The soothing sounds called Forest Glade, Sounds of the Sea and Summer Rain were created in cooperation with nature acoustician Gordon Hempton. As with the other ENERGIZING COMFORT programmes, other senses are addressed with lighting moods and images. Streaming services are another alternative to the new type of silence and interactive driving sound in the car: Mercedes-Benz has integrated all the major music streaming services into the MBUX infotainment system with the “Online Music” service.
  3. Olfactory perception: scents are constantly being introduced when we breathe. Two systems report odours to the brain independently of each other: millions of receptors in the nasal mucosa and the ends of the trigeminal nerve. The EQS has something against unpleasant odours: its large HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air) not only cleans the outside air very effectively of fine dust, minute particles and pollen. Special activated charcoals in the HEPA filter and the cabin filter also filter out sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides as well as odours. Due to their pore structure, they have a very large inner surface area. Around 600 grams of activated charcoal are used in the HEPA filter of the EQS. The adsorption area is equivalent to about 150 football fields.

    The active fragrancing of the EQS, which is part of the AIR-BALANCE Package, also appeals to the sense of smell. A new fragrance has been composed for the new top-of-the-range electric model: No.6 MOOD Linen – carried by the green note of a fig lying on a piece of linen.

  4. Haptic perception: the skin is the largest human sensory organ. With its help, we perceive touch and feel, for example, whether things are soft or hard, warm or cold, wet or dry. There is a lot to feel in the interior of the EQS: flowing leather surfaces with intricate seam patterns or dynamic perforation; the modern fine structure NEOTEX, which combines the look of nubuck leather and high-tech neoprene; trim elements made of open-pore real wood or in 3D relief look. The MBUX Hyperscreen’s central and passenger displays also offer haptic feedback. If a finger touches certain points on the touchscreen, the user feels pulses on the smooth surface that give the impression of a mechanical switch. Another operating aid is the so-called force feedback of both displays. Different levels of pressure on the glass change the response. For example, MBUX then jumps to another menu level. Finally, the up to ten different massage programmes of the EQS can be felt not only with individual fingers, but with the whole body. They use the vibration motors in the seats and can also enhance the effect of the relaxing massage with heat based on the hot stone principle. For this purpose, the seat heating is combined with the inflatable air chambers of the multicontour seats.

Able to learn quickly thanks to artificial intelligence (AI)

But the EQS is not only a car that appeals to (almost) all human senses. As an exceptionally intelligent vehicle, it also has many senses itself. Depending on the equipment, up to 350 sensors of various types are used as sensory organs in all parts of the car. They measure distances, speeds and accelerations, lighting conditions, precipitation and temperatures, seat occupancy as well as the driver’s eyelid movements or the passengers’ language. This wealth of information is processed by control units that, controlled by algorithms, make decisions at lightning speed. So they are the brain, so to speak. But a lot of information is only useful if you can do something with it. The new EQS can expand its capabilities based on new experiences, because it is highly capable of learning thanks to artificial intelligence (AI).

Here are some examples of how and where AI is improving the customer experience:

  • The optional driving sound is interactive, reacting to a good dozen different parameters such as the position of the accelerator pedal, speed or recuperation. The choice of drive program also influences the driving sound. Intelligent sound design algorithms calculate the sounds in the amplifier of the Burmester® surround sound system in real time, and the loudspeakers reproduce them.
  • The ENERGIZING COACH recommends one of the ENERGIZING COMFORT programmes Freshness, Warmth, Vitality or Joy depending on the situation and the individual. If the Mercedes-Benz vivoactive® 3 smartwatch, the Mercedes-Benz Venu® smartwatch or another compatible Garmin® wearable is linked, personal values such as stress level or sleep quality optimise the precision of the recommendation.
  • The MBUX system proactively shows the right functions for the user at the right time. The context-sensitive awareness is constantly optimised, both by changes in the surroundings and by user behaviour. The so-called zero layer offers the user dynamic, aggregated content from the entire MBUX system, and thus the associated services, on the uppermost level of the MBUX information architecture. The MBUX Interior Assistant recognises operating requests based on movements and in the EQS does so also in the rear.

Mercedes-EQ: leadership in electrification and sustainable production

As part of its “Ambition 2039” initiative, Mercedes-Benz is working on offering a carbon-neutral fleet of new vehicles less than 20 years from now. By as early as 2030, the company intends to sell more than half of its cars with electric powertrain (xEV) – this includes all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

The EQS is produced together with the S-Class and the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class on a completely carbon-neutral basis in “Factory 56” at the Sindelfingen plant, Mercedes-Benz’s most modern automotive production facility. Fully in line with Ambition 2039, this modern automobile plant is a zero-carbon factory – completely carbon-neutral and with considerably reduced energy requirement. Innovative technologies and processes that optimally assist employees with their daily work have been introduced systematically throughout the building.

Local battery production is a major success factor in the strategic electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz AG – and a crucial element when it comes to being able to flexibly and efficiently serve the global demand for electric vehicles. As part of the Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems Campus Untertürkheim (Germany, the Hedelfingen plant is responsible for the production of Mercedes-EQ battery systems for the EQS.

[1] With 19″ AMG wheel/tyre combination (available in the EU from the end of 2021) in SPORT driving mode

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2021 GENESIS GV80 EARNS TOP SAFETY PICK+ AWARD https://tiresandparts.net/news/2021-genesis-gv80-earns-top-safety-pick-award/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/2021-genesis-gv80-earns-top-safety-pick-award/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 10:26:40 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34836 Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the first-ever 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV has been designated as TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) for 2021. GV80 joins the 2021 G70 sport sedan and 2021 G90 flagship sedan with top honors and prior to this, G70, G80, and G90 all received TOP SAFETY PICK+ designations […]

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Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the first-ever 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV has been designated as TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) for 2021. GV80 joins the 2021 G70 sport sedan and 2021 G90 flagship sedan with top honors and prior to this, G70, G80, and G90 all received TOP SAFETY PICK+ designations for two years in a row in 2019 and 2020.

“At Genesis, the customer is at the core of everything we do, and safety is our top priority,” said Mark Del Rosso, President & CEO of Genesis Motor North America. “The GV80 is our latest entry in the Genesis line-up of vehicles that places customer safety first.”

The Genesis GV80 is equipped with a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance and safety technologies including Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Junction Crossing, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and more. It also offers sure-footed handling thanks to the rigid chassis construction that ensures firm stability even under the most challenging driving conditions.

“Winning the IIHS TSP+ award for GV80 demonstrates the exceptional safety performance and design of our vehicle,” said Brian Latouf, Chief Safety Officer of Genesis Motor North America. “The GV80 body structure was engineered with energy absorbing front and rear crumple zones and high strength structural load paths to maintain occupant compartment integrity during severe crash impacts. The GV80 structural safety design protects occupants with the seatbelt systems, pre-tensioners and 10 airbags including a new front seat center airbag that deploys between the driver and front seat passenger. We are proud that the GV80 design effectively protects its occupants and performed well in the IIHS tests.”

The 2021 Genesis GV80 is equipped with the latest in safety and driver assistance technologies, including:

  • 10 standard airbags, including one of the only Center-Side airbags on the market, further protecting front cabin occupants in the event of a collision
  • Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Junction Crossing and Turning, mitigating the risk of impacts when crossing or turning through an intersection
  • Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, helping reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle, upon departing a parallel parking spot
  • An all-new platform – with strong focus on safety – including passenger compartment protection and reinforcement areas with use of advanced high strength steel for rigidity and safety.

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Hyundai rolls out dynamic all-new TUCSON in the Middle East and Africa regions https://tiresandparts.net/news/hyundai-rolls-out-dynamic-all-new-tucson-in-the-middle-east-and-africa-regions/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/hyundai-rolls-out-dynamic-all-new-tucson-in-the-middle-east-and-africa-regions/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 08:04:36 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34833 Hyundai Motor Company has launched its all-new TUCSON model with the popular compact SUV set to signal a new way of driving for customers in the Middle East and Africa regions. The all-new TUCSON, Hyundai’s best-selling model globally, enters the market as the most dynamic, innovative and competitive edition in its class, reflecting a magnificent […]

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Hyundai Motor Company has launched its all-new TUCSON model with the popular compact SUV set to signal a new way of driving for customers in the Middle East and Africa regions.

The all-new TUCSON, Hyundai’s best-selling model globally, enters the market as the most dynamic, innovative and competitive edition in its class, reflecting a magnificent blend of design, advanced technology, performance and packaging.

Bigger and wider than its predecessors, the fourth generation of the TUCSON has been transformed with premium finishing and manufactured to meet the customers’ needs as well as providing unique and enjoyable experiences.

One unique feature that customers can take advantage of are the fabric ventilated front seats. Previously only exclusive for leather seating, Hyundai Motor is the first car manufacturer to introduce the fabric option for ventilated front seating, providing more convenience for customers when on the go.

A hallmark of the all-new TUCSON is Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity and this brings out a futuristic and sporty SUV style look.

Distinctive features at the front include hidden lighting DRLs with a parametric jewel design integrated into the parametric radiator grille which is highly appealing when turned on at night and a fresh-style meticulous parametric pattern bumper. The radiator grille’s design has been enhanced while the absence of hood lines showcases a clean, elegant, and voluminous long hood style.

On the side, the bold character lines and voluminous rear wheel arches reinforce the sporty look while the eye-catching DLO molding unique design makes the all-new TUCSON more luxurious. The rear wheel arches, the largest volume in its class, have also been revamped while larger diameter tyres and parametric wheels complete the stylish look.

The wide proportions and iconic lighting designs at the rear enhance the all-new TUCSON’s presence with several enhanced design features. The rear combination lights feature a new wide, iconic layout and the triangular hidden tail lights add a mysterious look, creating a highly novel effect when activated. As well as an intricately detailed parametric pattern bumper, the all-new TUCSON also has a hidden wiper.

The quality of the all-new TUCSON’s exterior is matched inside the cabin with the interior offering layered and sensuous forms that provide a feeling of openness and serenity.

The unique 10.25inch open-type TFT-LCD cluster is a major innovation in design while the silver accent line that runs along the crash pad from the AVN/AC module to the doors makes the all-new TUCSON more spacious. One of the distinctive features is the vertically oriented fully integrated 10.25inch touch-screen centre fascia that descends to the console like a waterfall. As well as offering smart navigation, this can be personalised to meet the customers’ needs and also offers Bluetooth multi-connection.

In addition, there are 64 colours of ambient mood lighting, which can be altered to different levels of brightness.

Drivers and passengers can benefit from a wide range of advanced technologies with the all-new TUCSON offering a connectivity experience that is second to none.

Making journeys more enjoyable are the A/C technologies with the fully automatic system creating a pleasant indoor environment. Furthermore, the hidden innovative multi-air mode system diffuses cold and warm air gently and indirectly so it’s not harsh on your skin.

Other key features that come with the all-new TUCSON are a customised power tailgate, heated second-row seating, Smart Cruise Control, wireless smartphone charging, a BOSE premium sound system and a panoramic sunroof.

At 4,500mm (overall length) and 1,865mm (overall width), the all-new TUCSON is longer and wider than before and at 996mm (legroom) and 1,000mm (headroom), it is the largest second-row cabin space in its class. With more space, the TUCSON also has a cargo capacity of VDA 620 litres.

For performance, drivers and passengers can benefit from unparalleled journeys with the all-new TUCSON coming in a choice of powerful and efficient gasoline and diesel next-generation powertrain engines.

The Smartstream G2.0 has a maximum power of 156ps/6,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 19.6kg.m/4,500 rpm while the 1.6T-GDI delivers 180ps/5,500rpm and a maximum torque of 27.0kg.m/1,500-4,500 rpm. Providing a smoother performance is the 2.5 GDI engine (190ps/6,100rpm of maximum power and 24.7 kg.m/4,000rpm of maximum torque.

The Smartstream 1.6 Diesel engine is also available, delivering a maximum power of 136pm/4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 32.6kg.m/2,000-2,250 rpm.

The all-new TUCSON also has serious SUV credentials with the HTRAC, an all-wheel-drive system giving the driver the confidence to tackle the most challenging driving conditions.

With Hyundai utilising its SmartSense technology, the all-new TUCSON offers more safety features than ever with the Blind-Spot View Mirror among the new features.

Bang Sun Jeong, Vice President, Head of the Middle East & Africa Operation at Hyundai, said: “Having boasted a rich history since its inception in 2004, we didn’t want to create just another TUCSON SUV model. Instead, we wanted to manufacture a vehicle that is iconic and will amaze our customers and I’m pleased that the latest TUCSON reflects that in every way. Pushing the boundaries of the segment to reinvent just about everything and by utilising the best technologies, we have created an extraordinary car that is eye-catching, strong, robust, spacious, versatile and energetic.

“With a wide array of significant improvements, we are confident the all-new TUCSON will exceed our customers’ expectations.”

The all-new TUCSON is available in 10 exterior colour options including Phantom Black, Polar White, Dark Knight, Sunset Red, Silky Bronze, Shadow Grey, Engine Red, Shimmering Silver, Amazon Grey and Teal.

The car interior comes in black and grey colour options in one or two tones and available in a choice of two different cloth textures.

The N Line variant of the TUCSON, featuring a unique design will also be available later in 2021.

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Virtual Bespoke Configuration: The New Mulliner Visualiser https://tiresandparts.net/news/virtual-bespoke-configuration-the-new-mulliner-visualiser/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/virtual-bespoke-configuration-the-new-mulliner-visualiser/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 06:25:16 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34830 With the introduction of the Bentley Mulliner Visualiser, it is now easier for customers to work with their retailer remotely to fulfil their personal commissioning requirements. The Bentley Mulliner Visualiser is a digital application that allows customers to view images of bespoke hide, veneer and stitching options tailored by them – and ultimately to envision […]

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With the introduction of the Bentley Mulliner Visualiser, it is now easier for customers to work with their retailer remotely to fulfil their personal commissioning requirements.

The Bentley Mulliner Visualiser is a digital application that allows customers to view images of bespoke hide, veneer and stitching options tailored by them – and ultimately to envision their own bespoke Bentley. Working with the retailer or Bentley’s own Mulliner designers, customers are able to configure up to three different colours to create their own interior design.

The digital application guides the customer, via their retailer, through the process and produces images of the final design in real time, providing feedback and confidence that their personalised design matches their vision and is part of the same on-screen experience.

The Mulliner Visualiser also allows customers to create or match a bespoke main hide colour and provides a reference code that can be sent directly to the craftspeople of Bentley Mulliner.

Bespoke choices do not finish on the inside of the car. Beyond the standard palette of Bentley paints, Mulliner has carefully curated their own exquisite range of paint colours; giving customers an additional 26 colours to choose from.

The additional palette contains a mixture of fifteen solid and metallic options, four satin finishes, and seven complex pearlescent three-layer paints. Hand spraying expertise, complemented by the latest robotic technology, delivers the best possible finish on each vehicle. Combining the art of colour with the science of paint, Bentley offers one of the largest ‘stock’ colour palettes of any luxury automotive manufacturer.

For the ultimate in exclusivity, the craftspeople at Bentley’s personal commissioning division can colour-match virtually any sample provided, using innovative colour recognition software to analyse the composition of the sample provided and reproducing it to perfection. The only limit is the customer’s imagination.

Extending the Palette

The extended palette includes solid, metallic, satin and pearlescent paints. The Mulliner colours complement the previous palette of 62 and are evenly spread over the colour spectrum. The following are some examples of the colours now available:

First created in the 1960s, Oxford Blue is a stunning solid paint and one of the darkest blues in the Bentley palette. This mesmerising Mulliner paint recalls the power and elegance of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Viridian is the latest metallic paint to be introduced and is a modern take on the traditional British racing green. This mysterious dark emerald is inspired by the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car shown at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015. The deep green with light green and blue undertones creates depth and a sporting dimension, while flecks of amber and gold embody the character of luxury.

Blending the Exterior to the Interior

Those customers wishing to add a splash of colour to their interior veneers are able to select Piano painted veneers by Bentley Mulliner, offering an ultra-modern look that perfectly complements the wide range of interior hide options available.

The same quality of veneer is carefully selected by Bentley’s master craftspeople, regardless if lacquered or painted veneer is chosen, to ensure the same flawless surface finish. The veneer is hand sanded before it is lacquered, then paint is then carefully applied by hand to ensure a perfect finish. After painting, the veneer receives a polish with lamb’s wool to achieve a mirror like finish.

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The 2021 Escalade industry-first curved OLED display puts drivers at the heart of the legendary SUV https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-2021-escalade-industry-first-curved-oled-display-puts-drivers-at-the-heart-of-the-legendary-suv/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/the-2021-escalade-industry-first-curved-oled-display-puts-drivers-at-the-heart-of-the-legendary-suv/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:06:17 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=34827 A technological tour de force, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade brings iconic status to the world of innovation. The moment you step into the legendary SUV, Escalade owners are met with a breakthrough in visual quality thanks to its industry-first 38″ of total curved 4K OLED display making every journey a celebration of the extraordinary. The […]

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A technological tour de force, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade brings iconic status to the world of innovation. The moment you step into the legendary SUV, Escalade owners are met with a breakthrough in visual quality thanks to its industry-first 38″ of total curved 4K OLED display making every journey a celebration of the extraordinary. The stunning display integrates into the dashboard and wraps around the driver giving them an unobstructed view of the control panel, cluster display, and infotainment screen. From making the most of the available Head-Up Display and available Night Vision, to configure each of the system’s three screens, here’s how 2021 Escalade owners can tap into the full potential of this luxurious SUV and transform their journey to one to remember.
Three Stunning Displays In One
First thing’s first, the OLED display has twice the pixel density of a 4K TV, enabling bold imagery, true blacks, and the largest, color range available in the automotive arena. The OLED screen offers an innovative way to interact with the Escalade thanks to its three displays showing key driving information.
Control Panel (left): this 7.2-inch diagonal touchscreen allows drivers to view trip information, select a cluster layout and control the available Head-Up Display and available Night Vision system.
Cluster Display (center): the 14.2-inch diagonal non-touch displays speedometer, fuel level, and other important information to make your journey as comfortable as possible. Escalade owners can choose from two reconfigurable zones for vehicle information and navigation, as well as radio and phone.
Infotainment Screen (right): the 16.9-inch diagonal touchscreen allows users to control their navigation, music, and many other functions of the luxury SUV. Drivers can control the screen by touch or with the Rotary Controller and simply swipe left and right to see more pages.
As part of the Infotainment Screen, 2021 Escalade owners can also get access to App Tray – this area provides shortcuts to commonly used features and Status Pane – which displays the time, exterior temperature, rear climate settings, indicators, and more.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s paper-thin OLED Infotainment System puts navigation, music, phone controls, and more at a user’s fingertips putting the driver at the heart of the luxurious SUV.
The 2021 Escalade is now on sale across the Middle East, please contact your nearest dealership for more information.

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