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Rolls-Royce Ghost, Porsche Panamera, Toyota Prado, and BYD launched

Rolls Royce Ghost

Rolls Royce has launched its new car, the Ghost, in Oman recently. The latest addition after the Phantom to the luxury car manufacturer's portfolio, the Ghost completes a remarkable transformation for Rolls Royce that began back in 1998 after it was bought by BMW.

Since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength. The company has more than 100 years of car manufacturing history behind it, and builds each vehicle by hand. This is the first time, however, since the company's reinvention, that it has been able to bring out an entirely new vehicle for the public.

This," said K S Kumar, managing director at Al Jenaibi International Automobiles, a division of Suhail Bahwan Automotive, the distributor for Rolls Royce in Oman, "was a big landmark for the marque and he was proud of their association with Rolls Royce."

"This is a completely new lineup from Rolls Royce, its not a variant of the Phantom, but a new model and also our most modern and technologically advanced car."

The car priced at around RO110,000 is significantly cheaper than the larger Phantom. The spaceframe chassis is stiffer than that found in a Formula One racing car, and houses a 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 engine that goes up to 563bhp and wafts the driver from 0-60mph in under five seconds to a top speed of over 150mph.

The new Mulsanne, designed and engineered at Crewe from the ground-up, reaffirms the marque's intent to create a new flagship Bentley with refined performance, unparalleled levels of interior luxury and coach building skills to the fore.

The return of the Mulsanne name underlines Bentley's sporting heritage and passion for power and speed. Nothing reflects that prowess better than the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours, a race that Bentley has won on six occasions, where its powerful and reliable race cars thundered down the long Le Mans straight into the famous Mulsanne corner, from which the new model takes its name.

The design of the new Mulsanne is a unique fusion of sportiness, coachbuilt elegance and solidity. Echoing the Bentley S -Type of the 1950s, the Mulsanne features a bold frontal design dominated by the traditional Bentley matrix grille and highly prominent, classic round inner headlamps with chrome surrounds, flanked by two, smaller outboard lamp clusters, all featuring the latest in lighting technology.

Porsche Panamera Porsche Centre Oman, SATA recently launched the long-awaited Porsche Panamera. Its unveiling has heralded the arrival of one of the most anticipated models in performance motoring history.

Packed with true Porsche DNA and a wide range of innovative technologies including five world firsts in motoring, the Panamera combines the looks of a coupé, the opulence of a luxury car, four-seater space and Porsche's distinctive driving dynamics.

Moreover, Porsche offers best-in-class performance with maximum fuel efficiency to make the Panamera a uniquely engineered sports car. The Panamera fits alongside the 911, Cayenne, Boxster and Cayman ranges as Porsche's fourth nameplate. It is available for delivery in three versions-the S, the 4S and the top-of-the-range Turbo.

Samir AbulRasul Qassim al Zadjali, executive director at Porsche Centre Oman said, "We are very pleased to start delivering the pre-ordered Panameras. But today is not only about Panamera customers, its about celebrating with every Porsche aficionado the arrival of the new family member, Porsche's first entry into the luxurious sedan segment".

Deesch Papke, managing director of Porsche Middle East and Africa said: "This year commemorates the 100th birthday of Ferry Porsche, one of the truly great automobile men. His vision continues tonight with a new icon carrying the Porsche badge and DNA. It's not often that a manufacturer has the opportunity to develop a completely new vehicle from scratch. In developing this four-seater Gran Turismo, our engineers, technicians and designers invested all the accumulated know-how and passion of the past sixty years. The result is the Panamera, an exclusive vehicle with an endless array of unique propositions".

Toyota Prado Saud Bahwan Automotive-Toyota launched the new Land Cruiser Prado in Oman recently. The fourth generation of this sought-after 4WD in Oman maintains the drivability, reliability and basic functionality of the earlier generations while improving the on- and off-road performance of the car.

The new machine has many firsts, a press release said, including the Multi Terrain Select with Multi Terrain Monitor (a 'world's first technology'), Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (first in class).

These and other safety features make the new Land Cruiser Prado the safest on any driving terrain, the company said. The steering wheel-mounted Multi Terrain Select switch allows easy selection of the most appropriate mode to match the driving environment, with settings labelled 'Mud and Sand', 'Loose rock', 'Mogul' and 'Rock', and adjusts the traction control to optimise vehicle drive power and braking for enhanced off-road performance. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG embodies a blend of consummate automotive fascination and high tech. The super sports car delivers a compelling mix of purist styling, consistent lightweight design and superior driving dynamics.

At the same time, the SLS fully lives up to all the expectations of hallmark Mercedes everyday practicality and optimum safety. The new 'Gullwing' offers the ideal synthesis of the strengths of Mercedes-Benz and AMG.

The new super sports car from Mercedes-Benz and AMG makes for an alluring proposition with its unrivalled technology package: aluminium spaceframe body with gullwing doors, AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine developing 420 kW/ 571hp peak output, 650 Nm of torque and dry sump lubrication, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in a transaxle configuration, sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones and a kerb weight of 1620kg based on the DIN standard - this superlative combination guarantees driving dynamics of the highest order.

The ideal front/rear weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent and the vehicle's low centre of gravity are testimony to the uncompromising sports car concept. The 'Gullwing' accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 317 km/h (electronically limited). The fuel consumption of 13.2 litres per 100 kilometres (combined) puts it at the front of the competitive field (all figures provisional).
BYD
MHD has brought to Oman BYD, a Chinese Automobile brand. The new BYD brand is the perfect fit to a good-quality, high-volume product MHD has been trying to find for two years, according to David Aziz, director - automotive at MHD, who believes the company blends Chinese and Japanese technology and quality to provide a serious alternative to those.

He said, "We have always been keen to have a product that will compete in the volume sector and vehicles that are affordable to the Omani market but are of good qualities. We have been looking for over two years."

BYD will be taking its first steps by unveiling the F3 and the more upmarket F6 in its bid to become a serious player in the sedan market, and providing a string of upmarket features at a cost which MHD?hopes will make them the best-value-for-money sedans in the market.

Top-end features such as power windows, remote central locking and power steering come as standard on the F3, which starts at RO3,495. A whole host of other features including rear parking sensors, MP3 player and leather seats can be found in the high-end F3 model, and yours for RO3,995. "

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