Late last week, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) has announced that they will enforce harsher penalties for motorists who do not give way to emergency vehicles in the UAE.
Offending drivers caught not giving way to emergency vehicles will receive a hefty fine of AED 3,000, six black points and their vehicle will be confiscated for 30 days.
Previously, the fine was AED 1,000 and six black points.
Police cars, fire trucks, civil defence and ambulances are the most obvious ones to move out of the way of, but the fine will also be imposed if a driver is caught holding up an official parade vehicle as well.
The harsher penalties will come into effect on the 1st of July 2019, the move aims to improve road and traffic safety across the country while reducing the number of casualties caused by traffic accidents.
The Ministry of Interior also announced that an increased presence of civil patrols to monitor violations against official and emergency vehicles via road-mounted cameras, smart systems and patrol vehicles.
Drivers caught following emergency vehicles as a means to cut through traffic can also be fined.
Revealed earlier this week at a private showing, Toyota’s bestselling saloon car has officially arrived in the UAE. And for the first time, the 2020 Toyota Corolla will not only be available with a petrol engine, but it also gets a hybrid version too.
Using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which offers a lower centre of gravity, multi-link suspension and improves structural rigidity, the latest Corolla offers improved comfort, handling and steadiness.
For the 2020 model, the latest Corolla comes with three drivetrains. Starting with the newly developed 2.0-litre four-cylinder Dynamic Force engine with a D-4S fuel injection system and generates 168 horsepower. The powerful motor is connected to a new 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic transmission driving the front axle.
The second option is a 1.6-litre unit with 121 hp connected to a Multidrive 7S seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Last but not least is the new eco-friendly hybrid drivetrain. Fitted with two electric motors generating 97 horsepower and a 1.6-litre petrol engine, together they generate 168 hp. The unit is connected to an Electrically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT).
Toyota has gone to great lengths to improve the safety of the latest Corolla with the introduction of dual front and side airbags, Anti-lock Braking System and improved Vehicle Stability Control.
Inside, the smart interior offers passengers an extensive range of features including A/C vents in the rear. Other optional highlights include a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia infotainment system, cruise control, reverse camera and a one-touch moonroof just to name a few.
Although the hybrid version has officially arrived in the UAE, only the saloon body shape is available. If you want the hatchback, you’ll have to import one.
Speaking at the event, Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota, said, “We are confident the new model will carry the legacy of the Corolla nameplate even further.”
Prices for the 2020 Toyota Corolla start at AED 71,900 and the HEV Corolla starts at AED 83,900.
Is it a current trend now? Do front grille’s need to take up that much space? BMW what have you done! Still, in its second generation, the 2020 Lexus GX has received its second refresh and with it comes a handful of changes.
First and foremost is the front grille, which is actually not even new; it just has a different pattern making it look larger. Apparently, they’ve been steadily increasing the grille size since 2014, and no one has really noticed.
There’s also the addition of new triple-beam LED headlights flanking either side of the grille and are now standard across all trim levels.
New for the 2020 Lexus GX is the optional Off-Road Package. Exclusively available on the Luxury Grade, it adds a transmission cooler, protection for the fuel tank, Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select and multiple cameras.
All of that adds to the vehicles off-road capabilities on trickier terrain, as does the 4.6-litre V8 rated at 301 HP and 446 Nm of torque, which is hooked up to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The 2020 Lexus GX also gets a Torsen limited-slip differential, four-wheel drive and two-speed transfer case.
In case Off-Roading is not your cup of tea, Lexus will also offer a Sport Design Package. Available on both Premium and Luxury trims, it adds a matte black exhaust tip, darker taillights, an exclusive lower grille surround, rear diffuser and side mirror casings.
Gunmetal metallic 19-inch alloys complete the exterior, while inside one can swap the second-row seats out for captain’s chairs.
Aside from the new Rioja Red leather with black headliner option added alongside the Black, Ecru and Sepia interior palettes, the interior remains identical to the previous model.
As of writing, pricing and availability has not been mentioned.
Driving without a license is a serious crime anywhere in the world even in the UAE. With the recent crash that took the lives of four passengers in the capital, Abu Dhabi Police are getting stricter when it comes to driving without a license.
Lieutenant-Colonel Abdullah Al Suwaidim deputy director of the Department of External Zones at Abu Dhabi Police Department of Traffic and Patrols explained “Apart from being a huge violation, driving a car without a license is very dangerous and poses threat to both the driver and other road users,”
If anyone is caught driving without a license in the UAE capital, they will incur an AED 5,000 fine and/or a three-month jail sentence.
“We urge all motorists to abide by the traffic rules, avoid recklessness and not flout speed limits,” said Al Suwaidi.
He also expressed that Police in Abu Dhabi will now be even stricter with those caught breaking the rules to improve road safety. The authorities stressed to the public to not allow their children to get behind the wheel until they have obtained a license. It is not only for their safety but for the safety of other road users.
According to reports, in 2017, 866 tickets were issued to drivers caught driving without a license.
In the first half of 2018, 342 drivers were caught by police in Abu Dhabi driving without a license, all of which were minors who were also involved in 17 traffic accidents during that period.
Motorists who are re-registering their vehicle registration in Dubai can now do so without paying traffic fines as per the traffic discount initiative launched by Dubai Police earlier this year.
“We have coordinated with the Roads and Transport Authority to allow individuals to renew their vehicle’s registration automatically regardless of the accumulated fines in any periods of confiscation imposed on vehicles or offences committed. We want the public to benefit from the discount initiative,” explained Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Chief of Dubai Police.
As per the initiative which has been in effect since February 6 2019, motorists who don’t commit traffic offences for three months (counted from the 6/2/2019) get a 25% discount on select traffic fines.
Having a clean slate for six months gives motorists 50% off, nine months means 75% discount and those who go a full 12 months without incurring a fine get 100% off!
“Individuals can go to registration centres and decide whether or not to pay traffic fines immediately. Individuals can choose the amount of fines they want to clear, However, if they don’t commit a traffic offence, they don’t have to pay anything till February 2020,” added Al Merri.
Salik and parking fines are not included in the initiative as they are not classified as traffic offences. However, traffic points and impounded vehicles do count.
Brig Saif Al Muhair AL Mazroui, director of the traffic department added “the initiative only applies to individuals who own vehicles and does not apply to vehicles of private companies, rental offices and public or private transport companies.”
Abu Dhabi Police has issued warnings to Abu Dhabi residents who attend Taraweeh prayer not to block traffic near mosques during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Motorists in the capital caught block traffic will be handed an AED 500 fine and four black points, here is what you need to avoid in order not to be fined:
Parking on pedestrian crossings
Parking in front of mosques and obstructing traffic flow
Parking the vehicle at intersections and service roads
Parking in areas designated for taxis
During the Holy Month, police patrols have ramped up in parking areas near mosques in an effort to increase security in residential areas especially in the afternoon and evening and to prevent traffic violations from happening.
As per previous reports, motorists blocking traffic will also be fined an additional AED 200 as per Article 67 of the Traffic Act, for preventing the movement on vehicles.
An advisory message posted on social media by the Abu Dhabi Police was made to inform drivers and deter them from illegally parking near mosques, especially during Taraweeh prayers, the last obligatory prayers of the day.
Motorists who block traffic and park in the middle of the road not only cause traffic jams, but also blocks the Civil Defence and ambulances.
Despite making its international debut nine months ago, the 2019 Peugeot 508 has arrived in the UAE.
Revealed at the French marquee’s all-new concept store in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, the latest 508 premium saloon front end is enticing thanks to a bold front grille flanked by sharp LED headlights. Frameless windows compliment the fastback design while smooth lines flow towards the rear end.
Inside, the 508 is equipped with the brands signature i-Cockpit which includes a distinct steering wheel, a fluid infotainment system (available from 8-inches to 10-inches depending on the trim level) and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Furthermore, the 2019 508 also has plenty of “cool” features. To name a few; a wireless phone charger, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and the list goes on.
The all-new 2019 Peugeot 508 draws power from a 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine rated at 165 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
As previously mentioned, the 508 has already made its international debut nine months ago, so why did it take so long to arrive in the Middle East?
The vehicles radiators and compressors have been tweaked for better A/C and engine cooling, while the gear ratios have been altered to cater more towards power rather than fuel economy.
Available in three trims, prices for the 2019 Peugeot 508 in the UAE start at AED 90,000.
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It’s been quite some time since Nissan gave us a new Patrol, in fact, In its current guise, the Y62 Patrol has been sold in the UAE and surrounding countries since 2010 with a hand full of updates here and there. But that’s all about to change as the 2021 Nissan Patrol has been spotted testing in the UAE.
The 2021 Nissan Patrol is expected to retain the 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine and will most likely keep the V6 as an entry-level option. Those hoping for an electrified version may have to look elsewhere.
According to sources, Nissan apparently feels that adding electric motors and a battery pack to the full-size SUV, as buyers aren’t as interested in saving fuel. Adding these components will add more weight to an already heavy vehicle.
Although it is claimed that Nissan has stated this is the reason as to why they don’t want to do it, we can’t rule out a possible hybrid or plug-in hybrid versions going on sale in other markets to reduce its emissions footprints.
While it may be hard to spot what’s new under the heavy black covering, but as it stands, the “new model” will stay true to the Patrol’s tough exterior with minor modifications including modern styling tweaks, a new front grille and LED headlights.
Expect Nissan to reveal the 2021 Nissan Patrol in 2020 with sales starting in 2021.
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Earlier this week at a private event held at the exquisite Bulgari Hotel Yacht Club, Al Tayer Motors, the official dealer for Ferrari in the region pulled the covers off the Ferrari F8 Tributo.
Designed in-house at the Ferrari Styling Centre, the F8 Tributo is an evolution of its predecessor, the 488 GTB, Ferrari’s latest sports car is the most aerodynamic mid-engined Berlinetta ever to roll out of Maranello.
“The Ferrari F8 Tributo has made waves internationally since images of the car were unveiled ahead of its official launch at the Geneva Motor Show. Interest in the car has been very strong, and we look forward to seeing the car join many Prancing Horse models in the UAE,” said Raid Abusitta, vice-president-sale, Ferrari at Al Tayer Motors.
Underneath the extravagant exterior is a turbocharged V8 petrol engine driving the rear wheels. Rated at 710 horsepower and 770 Nm of torque, the engine is the most powerful motor to be installed in a Ferrari outside of the Special-Series.
Compared to the outgoing 488GTB, the F8 Tributo packs nearly 50 horsepower more and tips the scales at 40 kilos less while boasting a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency.
The turbocharged V8 has already been used in other models in the Ferrari lineup with different outputs and has won “Best Engine” at the International Engine of the Year awards not once, but three times consecutively (2016, 2017 and 2018).
In 2018, the potent engine used in the Ferrari F8 Tributo also earned the title of the best engine of the last two decades.
The Ferrari F8 Tributo is now available at Al Tayer Showrooms in Dubai and Premier Motors in Abu Dhabi with a seven-year maintenance package.
Earlier this year, Kia revealed plans to launch its newest and largest SUV in Q2 of 2019. That day has arrived, and the Kia Telluride is now officially available in the UAE.
Designed at Kia’s studio in the US, the SUV borrows its name from a town in Colorado known for its skiing. While it’s bold and intimidating, it faces stiff competition in the market from the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and the newly launched Volkswagen Teramont.
Inside, the range-topping Telluride is filled with options and is fitted with three rows of seats (seven or eight seats) with the option of having the second row equipped with captain chairs with ventilation.
The seats are wrapped in Nappa leather and are available in several colours, while the dashboard trim is covered in faux wood trim with chrome highlight.
On the tech side, the Kia Telluride is equipped with a sizable 10.25-inch infotainment system, 7-inch LCD dashboard display, wireless phone charger, ambient lighting system, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio sound system and the list goes on.
And the list goes on
Safety features are also present with the Telluride featuring blind-spot view monitor, lane keeping assist, forward park distance warning and a driver attention warning system.
Kia Telluride’s for sale in the UAE are equipped with a 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine generating 291 horsepower and 355 Nm of torque and is connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels.
A drive mode selector is standard and offers drivers the option to choose from six unique modes; Eco, Comfort, Sport, Smart, Mud and Sand.
The all-new Kia Telluride starts at AED 119,000 for the base model and goes all the way up to AED 170,000 for the fully loaded SX.