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Qatar Petroleum announces petrol price for October

Doha: Qatar Petroleum (QP) today announced the petrol and diesel prices for October. QP has retained the prices for premium grade petrol and diesel from last month, while super grade will cost 5 dirhams more.

The price list on QP website showed that premium grade petrol will cost QR1.70 per litre, the same as in September.

Super will be available for QR1.85 per litre, five dirhams more than September price of QR 1.80.

iesel will cost QR1.85 per litre, the same as last month.

QP had reduced the price of petrol in September after it had increased it in August.

July had seen a big drop of 25 dirhams.

QP had kept the petrol prices unchanged in June, increased in May by 15 dirhams, in April by 25 dirhams and in March by 5 dirhams, while it was not changed in February. January saw a significant drop in prices as premium and super grade petrol were cheaper by 30 dirhams.

When the first list was announced in June 2016 the premium petrol was QR1.20 per litre, super QR1.30 per litre and diesel QR1.40 per litre.

In April 2016, the Ministry of Energy and Industry had started pegging the fuel prices to the international market and from September 2017, it is Qatar Petroleum who is announcing the monthly price list.

October 1, 2019 / by / in
All-new Kia Pegas redefines practicality, quality

Al Attiya Motors & Trading Co. (AMTC), the authorised distributor for Kia Motors in Qatar, recently launched the All-New Kia Pegas at an exclusive and intimate event held at the Kia City Showroom in Industrial Area.  The audience consisted of members of the press and hand-picked prestigious guests all of whom were suitably impressed by the practicality, value and quality of the Pegas.

The Pegas offers buyers in this class a uniquely stylish design, with sculpted body panels and bold character lines complemented by a striking colour palette and a carefully-balanced sedan silhouette. The aerodynamic front of the Pegas, with a drag coefficient of just 0.29 Cd, presents a bold ‘face’ to the world. Its deep bumpers incorporate sporty air curtain intakes in each corner and a large trapezoidal air intake. The wide ‘tiger-nose’ grille extends into the headlamps, enhancing the sense of width and stability.

The All-New Kia Pegas has been introduced into Qatar in order to fill in the B-segment bracket of a practical, low maintenance cost and high-value sedan that focuses on comfort and quality. Viewed from the side, the profile of the Pegas gives it a finely-balanced silhouette. Its definitive character lines give the impression of motion, even while it sits stationary. The relatively long wheelbase and sloping tailgate visually enhance the length of the Pegas. 

The rear of the car is characterised by its sedan tailgate, with a subtle yet sporty ducktail profile to the trailing edge of the trunk lid and a pair of neat rear combination lamps. The full option features 14-inch allow wheels with a practical and pleasing spoke design. 

Speaking at the exclusive and intimate launch, CRM & Marketing Manager, Isam El-Bashier stated: “We are confident that the All-New Kia Pegas is going to prove to be the most practical, high-value and low ownership cost car in its segment and will ensure peace of mind and profitability for its owners.”

The cabin of the Pegas offers occupants maximum space and convenience. The centre fascia has been designed to enhance ease-of-use, with many of the car’s functions controlled with clear, ergonomic buttons. Additionally, the centre console provides plenty of storage space to enhance usability, with built-in cup holders that can be reached from the front and rear of the cabin. 

October 1, 2019 / by / in
What’s wrong with the 2020 Ford Explorer? 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD review, and 2020 Cadillac CT4 preview: What’s New @ The Car Connection

What is wrong with the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator?

Ford is repairing the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator after it leaves the plant, creating lengthy delivery delays.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD review

Heavy-duty towing capability and overall size and spaciousness in the crew cab and the best bed in pickup trucks earns the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD a 6.8 out of 10 overall rating.

2020 Cadillac CT4 luxury sedan revealed: Turbo-4 power, available Super Cruise

The new Cadillac CT4 small sedan gets big upgrades in tech and turbocharged power in every engine configuration.

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2019 Tesla Model S

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McLaren says there's "nothing cool about SUVs"

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2021 Jaguar F-Pace spy shots

Jaguar's F-Pace is about to receive its mid-cycle update.

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Audi AI: Trail quattro concept

Audi AI: Trail quattro concept

Audi AI:Trail concept splices trail-ready with autonomous-ready

Off-road capability and autonomous-driving readiness might not be mutually exclusive. The Audi AI:Trail concept from Frankfurt shows how.

2020 Volvo XC40 PHEV launched outside the US

Ahead of an electric version of the Volvo XC40 due next year, a plug-in hybrid XC40 will arrive with more than 20 miles of range but no AWD.

Tesla Model S laps Laguna Seca, Musk promises "Plaid" edition

An upcoming Plaid edition of the Model S and Model X would introduce a three-motor system, bringing even stronger performance.

September 18, 2019 / by / in
UAW strikes, ownership costs hit record highs, Mercedes makes the news: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class overview

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class coupe-like sedan is graceful and serene with impressive performance available.

Car ownership costs hit record high

Not only are new vehicle prices near record highs, but the cost to own a new car over time has hit a new record.

Nissan Rogue investigated over sudden acceleration

NHTSA investigates 2017-2018 Nissan Rogue for false automatic emergency braking.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe 63 S Edition 1

UAW strikes against GM for higher wages despite union controversy

The United Automobile Workers union are on strike with General Motors amid investigations into leadership's misuse of union dues.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI spy shots and video

Peak power in the new Golf GTI is tipped to come close to 300 horsepower, or as much as the current Golf R.

Mercedes-AMG GT plug-in hybrid coming in 2020

Mercedes-AMG's first plug-in hybrid is due in 2020 and could offer close to 800 horsepower.

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Electric GT

Electric GT

2020 Toyota Prius: Up to 56 MPG, now with CarPlay and Alexa for all grades

With more active-safety features and potential to tap into the Apple and Amazon ecosystems, the 2020 Prius keeps on with the mainstream.

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sedan discontinued for 2020

The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid was one of the few remaining hybrid models on sale from the automaker along with the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, which was also discontinued for 2019.

Vintage Toyota Land Cruiser going all-electric—with a crate “V-8”

The California EV company Electric GT plans a "crate engine" for hobbyists and builders wanting to free classic cars and trucks from gas.

September 18, 2019 / by / in
Nissan boss to step down amid pay scandal

Nissan boss to step down amid pay scandal

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Nissan chief executive Hiroto Saikawa will step down next week as the carmaker grapples with an executive pay scandal.

The announcement followed a meeting of the carmaker's board on Monday.

Earlier, Mr Saikawa told Japanese media he was "keen to pass the torch" when asked if he was preparing to resign.

The Nissan boss had come under pressure after saying he had been overpaid as part of a bonus scheme. However, he denied wrongdoing.

Board chairman Yasushi Kimura told reporters that Mr Saikawa would quit on 16 September.

"After the board discussion, the board asked Mr Saikawa to step down from the chief executive position. Mr Saikawa accepted this," Mr Kimura said.

Nissan said it hoped to find a replacement by the end of next month. Chief operating officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi will take on the role temporarily.

Slowing sales

The 65-year-old had been accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of extra share option payments in 2013.

It was the latest twist in a saga plaguing the firm that centres on improper payments to top executives.

Following reports that Mr Saikawa was preparing to step down, the Nissan boss told reporters in Japan: "I'm keen to pass the torch to the next generation as soon as possible."

He has previously said he would resign in light of slowing sales and falling profits.

The sliding performance prompted the firm to unveil plans to slash 12,500 jobs around the world.

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Mr Saikawa's troubles are the latest scandal to hit the Japanese carmaker, following the arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn in November.

Mr Ghosn, the architect of the Renault-Nissan alliance, faces accusations of financial misconduct and breach of trust. He denies any wrongdoing and has said his arrest in Japan was the result of a "plot and treason" against him.

The saga has cast doubt over the future of the Renault-Nissan alliance and the outlook for the company.

His long-running detention in Tokyo has also led to scrutiny of the Japanese legal system.

September 18, 2019 / by / in
Investors and real estate owners to get residence permits without sponsors

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday issued Decree Law No. 23 of 2019, amending some provisions of Law No. 21 of 2015, regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence.

According to the amendment, the competent authority in the Ministry of Interior (MoI) may issue entry permits and grant residence permits without a sponsor for investors, subject to the provisions of the law regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity, for a period of five years, renewable. 

The amendment also allows the competent authority in MoI to issue entry permits and grant residence permits without a sponsor to owners and beneficiaries of real estate, in accordance with the provisions of the law regulating the non-Qatari ownership and use of real estate, for a period of five years.

According to the amendment, this will be automatically renewed for the duration of their ownership or use of real estate, and any other categories, determined by a decision of the Cabinet.

The decree is effective starting from its date of publication in the official gazette.

HH the Amir also issued Law No (22) of 2019 yesterday, amending some provisions of Law No (15) of 2010 on the prohibition of the accommodation of workers’ complexes within the areas of family housing.

The law is effective and is to be published in the official gazette.

Moreover, HH the Amir ratified several Cabinet decisions on Monday, including:

  • Cabinet Decision No 26 of 2019 to establish a national committee for women, children, older persons and persons with disabilities.
  • Cabinet Decision No 27 of 2019 on the conditions and regulations for the permanent residency cardholders to receive treatment and education in government institutions within the country.
  • Cabinet Decision No 28 of 2019 determining the conditions and regulations for licensing non-Qatari real estate brokerage firms and offices to practice real estate brokerage.
  • Cabinet Decision No 29 of 2019 forming a committee for real estate brokers’ affairs, its work system, and remuneration.
  • Cabinet Decision No 30 of 2019 determining the duration of the licenses of commercial, industrial and similar general shops and street vendors. Under the decision, the license period for similar commercial, industrial and general shops, and street vendors shall be for a period not less than one year. For commercial, industrial and public shops, the license must not exceed five years and two years for the license of street vendors.
September 17, 2019 / by / in
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD vs. 2020 Ram 2500HD: Compare heavy-duty trucks

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Pickup trucks have been the best-selling vehicles in America for a long time, but heavy-duty trucks are king of the hill. They can tow more than 35,000 pounds, carry more than 7,000 pounds, and the redesigned 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500/3500 HD and 2020 Ram 2500/3500HD have the kind of creature comforts and safety conveniences to be fit for a king, too.

But which of these recently redesigned heavy-duty trucks is better?

Our editors have driven both and our ratings at The Car Connection are about as close as the 35,500-pound towing capacity in the Silverado and 35,100-pound towing capacity in the Ram: The 2020 Silverado HD has a 6.8 overall score and the 2020 Ram HD has a 6.5 overall score. Without safety ratings or fuel economy numbers (heavy-duty trucks don’t have to be tested for either under federal guidelines), the differences between these heavy hitters are even narrower.

Generally speaking, the Silverado HD is larger and the Ram HD is more sophisticated. Here’s a closer look.2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty

2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty

The Ram Heavy Duty is more personable on the outside with the six trims having distinct personalities, from the workmanlike plastic-and-steel trimmed Tradesman to the executive chrome-heavy Limited model. The off-road conquerer Power Wagon shares elements of the Rebel 1500 with its big grille and body cladding.

It’s hard to get past the big and bold vertical grille of the Silverado Heavy Duty. But that locomotive look with stacked headlights and either honeycomb or slotted grille expresses the overall bigness intended with the Silverado HD. It’s longer and wider with more rear leg room in crew cab models and the most voluminous bed in the class.

When it comes to the interior, however, the Ram far outclasses the Silverado, much like it does with the 1500s. 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty

2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty

When it comes to power, the most powerful powertrains are more similar than they are different.

Standard on the Ram is a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque with an 8-speed transmission. That and cylinder deactivation should make it more efficient than the Silverado’s 6.6-liter V-8 that makes 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque with the 6-speed transmission.

On the diesel side of things, the Ram offers two tunes for its Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-6 engine paired to a 6-speed transmission; the lesser one makes 850 lb-ft of torque and the upgraded diesel makes 1,000 lb-ft of torque.

That tops the only other engine offered in the Silverado, which is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 with Allison 10-speed transmission making 910 lb-ft of torque. The heaviest of heavies can tow more than 35,000 pounds in certain configurations, but both the Ram and Silverado would require a commercial driver’s license to haul such loads.

The Ram HD lineup comes in three cab configurations with two bed lengths, while the Silverado has a third cab configuration for fleets only. The long bed is 8 feet in either, while the standard bed is almost half a foot longer in the Silverado over the Ram.

The Ram crew cab is plenty spacious, but the Silverado crew cab has more room in the cab and the bed. Ram offers a huge Mega Cab but only with the 6-foot-4 box. The Silverado bed also has innovative corner steps and side steps to easily access items in the deepest part of the bed near the cab. Even though it’s a tad shorter, the Silverado’s long bed is 5 inches wider and has nearly 9 cubic feet more of cargo volume.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

While the Silverado’s bed clearly beats the Ram, the interior features of the Ram equally beat the Silverado. The base trims are equally basic, but the volume and top trims are far more refined, with an optional 12.0-inch screen in the Ram Limited making the Silverado’s best 8.0-inch screen in High Country trim look silly. There are more standard features at the top level in the Ram heavy-duty trucks, and the seats are luxury-make comfortable.

But the Ram will cost you more, too, except at the base level, where the Tradesman is about $2,000 less than the Silverado Work Truck. Comparing the 4×4 gas crew cab with an 8-foot box at similar trim levels leads to an upcharge of about $5,000 more for the Ram Laramie over the Silverado LT, for example, and that margin is about the same for the range-topping Ram Limited over the Silverado High Country.

At nearly $70,000, the difference might seem negligible, but then there are all those options packages. You’ll pay a bit more for the Ram, but you also get a bit more in terms of tech, comfort, and convenience. But the Silverado has the edge where it matters most: function.

September 17, 2019 / by / in
PSA boss compares no-deal Brexit to train crash

PSA boss compares no-deal Brexit to train crash

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Image caption PSA bosses Carlos Tavares (left) and Michael Lohscheller warned of the effects of a no-deal Brexit

The head of the car group that owns Vauxhall has compared a no-deal Brexit to a head-on train crash.

PSA chief Carlos Tavares also said if a no-deal Brexit had serious consequences for the car group, there would be an ethical responsibility to protect employees outside the UK.

He said the firm would take "necessary decisions" regarding PSA's UK plants.

PSA also said it had halted investment at its UK factories while the outcome of Brexit remains unclear.

Mr Tavares, who was speaking at the Frankfurt motor show on Tuesday, has warned previously that Vauxhall plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton were under threat from Brexit.

'Jobs at stake'

Mr Tavares castigated politicians on both sides for failing to find a solution to Brexit. Sending two trains to crash into one another at speed in order to demonstrate their muscles and determination, he said, did not seem to be the best approach.

In June, PSA Group announced plans to build a new version of the Vauxhall Astra at its Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire.

However, the company made it clear the investment would only take place if a suitable Brexit deal was reached.

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Image caption Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant employs about 1,100 people

Also at the Frankfurt show, another PSA executive, the head of the company's Opel and Vauxhall brands, Michael Lohscheller, said Vauxhall could not make investment decisions "without knowing what will happen" with Brexit.

Mr Lohscheller added: "Brexit could disrupt supply chains in Europe as well as Britain. There are jobs and investments at stake. Everybody needs to be aware of the responsibility."

Meanwhile, the chief financial officer of BMW, Nicolas Peter, said that leaving the EU without a deal could force the company to cut production at its Mini plant in Oxford.

The German carmaker plans to shut the plant on 31 October and 1 November to guard against potential disruption, but on Tuesday Nicolas Peter said this could stretch to several weeks if necessary.

"This could have a financial impact on our colleagues working in Oxford," Mr Peter said.

Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover's chief executive, Ralf Speth, warned that if the supply of parts into the UK was disrupted after Brexit, that could prevent production at its UK factories.

But he added that he could not comment on the overall effects of no-deal Brexit, because he simply did not have the information he needed.

Last week, UN trade body Unctad warned that a no-deal Brexit would cost UK businesses at least $16bn (£13bn) in lost sales due to the imposition of tariffs on exports.

By its calculations, UK car exporters would be the hardest hit, losing about $5bn in sales to the EU.

However, at the time the UK's Department for International Trade said it had signed continuity agreements with non-EU members, and that exporters would have access to the world's "fastest growing markets through new free trade agreements".

September 17, 2019 / by / in
Volkswagen and Ford team up on self-driving and electric cars

Volkswagen and Ford team up on self-driving and electric cars

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Volkswagen and Ford have said they will work together on developing self-driving and electric cars in an attempt to reduce costs on new technologies.

VW plans to invest $2.6bn (£2.1bn) in Ford's self-driving unit, which is valued at $7bn.

The move comes after the duo said in March they would build vans together.

The two firms said whilst they remained "fiercely competitive" in the car market, the tie-up would give them "significant global scale" in new tech.

The agreement is the latest example of once fierce industry rivals joining up to develop new technologies.

In February, BMW and Daimler unveiled a joint venture covering new-generation services such as driverless vehicles, ride-hailing, and pay-per-use cars.

While late last year, Honda invested $2.75bn (£2.1bn) in rival General Motors' driverless unit with a view to launching a fleet of unmanned taxis.

There have been similar tie-ups between Tesla and Daimler, and Volvo and PSA, as well as a host of pacts between carmakers and tech firms.

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As part of the deal, VW will become an equal stakeholder in Ford's self-driving cars venture, while Ford will get access to VW's electric vehicle technology.

VW chief executive Herbert Diess said the firms were continuing to look at other areas which they could collaborate on.

The tie-up "improves the positions of both companies through greater capital efficiency, further growth and improved competitiveness," he said.

Prof Peter Wells, director of the Centre for Automotive Industry Research at Cardiff Business School, told the BBC earlier this year, that the increasing number of collaborations between car firms was aimed at lowering the risk and cost of developing new technologies.

"The problem for the industry is that it is struggling to afford its own future.

"The research and development to develop these new technologies also costs billions, so it makes sense to share the burden rather than duplicating," he said.

Car firms are also facing new competitors in the industry such as Google and Uber which are also working on self-driving vehicles and have access to enormous financial resources.

August 28, 2019 / by / in
Volvo recalls 70,000 cars in the UK over fire risk

Volvo recalls 70,000 cars in the UK over fire risk

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Volvo is recalling almost 70,000 cars in the UK over concerns that they could catch fire.

It is part of a global recall of more than half a million diesel vehicles that suffer from a fault.

The Swedish carmaker said that "in very rare cases" a plastic part of the engine can "melt and deform" and in "extreme cases" catch fire.

The issue affects some cars made in the past five years. Volvo said it is contacting affected customers.

The carmaker said in "the most extreme cases" the fault, involving the engine manifold, had caused a fire.

Volvo did not say how many fires had been recorded, but said that there had been no reports of injuries related to the fault.

'Safe to use'

The problem affects cars from the models years 2014 to 2019 with four-cylinder diesel engines.

It is not clear how long it will take for the company to fix the affected vehicles but Volvo said: "We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience."

Volvo said it was contacting all customers whose vehicles are affected to alert them to the issue.

Drivers are being told it is "safe to continue to use your car" if it does not show any signs of a problem, such as an engine warning light illuminating, a lack of power or an "unusual smell".

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A second letter will be sent confirming when a solution to the problem is available.

Volvo said it notified the relevant authorities about the issue "as soon as it was identified".

It apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused, stating that it is taking "full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars".

Volvo makes 600,000 cars each year, of which around 50,000 are sold in the UK – fewer than are being recalled in the country.

Last year, Toyota announced a recall of more than 2.4 million hybrid vehicles worldwide because of a fault in their systems that could cause them to lose power.

And in April, it emerged that Vauxhall is recalling 235,000 Zafira cars for a third time after a new source of fires was discovered. It followed earlier recalls in 2015 and 2016.

August 28, 2019 / by / in