Hyundai’s New-generation Azera launched in Oman

All-new Azera large sedan was launched in Oman recently by OTE Group & Hyundai Motor Company, offering buyers a car that is not only bigger and significantly more advanced than the model it replaces, but will also comes with a new a 3.0 Litre engine with 250PS power and matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Designed and engineered as the carmaker’s top-of-the range passenger sedan, the sixth generation of the Azera is longer, wider, and taller than ever before, and offers even higher levels of comfort and equipment.

The Azera has been very successful for us in the Middle East, and Global Headquarters in Korea has recognized the particularly high importance of the model in the region,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s Head of Operations for Africa and the Middle East.

When we look at buyers in this segment, we see clear demand for extra power in the Middle East when compared with other markets internationally. Hyundai has taken this feedback very seriously, and our engineers have provided a unique specification that will give the Azera even more appeal to the region’s customers.”

The powerful, GCC-only engine is offered as part of a world-class package that will set a new standard in its segment. Development has paid close attention, to detail to create a perfect balance of ride stability, responsiveness and comfort.

The All-new Azera’s styling is the latest evolution of Hyundai’s distinctive and confident design language. It is the second model internationally to carry the brand’s new signature design element, the ‘Cascading Grille’, giving the car a clearly premium identity, while the rear combination lamps illuminate the full width of the car, creating a revamped image while inheriting Azera’s design DNA. From every angle, the design is perfectly balanced.

The elegant bodywork is also stronger, with use of advanced construction methods offering best-in-class rigidity. Torsional rigidity is increased by 23.2 percent, and overall chassis rigidity by 34 percent, compared with the outgoing model. A stronger body creates better ride comfort, better handling, and better noise reduction, as well as a more durable and safer structure.

Attention to detail is apparent throughout the All-new Azera. The interior offers a luxurious space finished with premium materials, while optimized ergonomics provide enhanced comfort and convenience. The space is defined by an elegantly curved layout, while instruments and controls are grouped horizontally for convenient and intuitive use.

A touchscreen display is positions so it ‘floats’ high above other minor controls and directly alongside the instrument cluster, where the driver can see and use the screen more easily. The screen supports mobile device connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing safer operation of mobile phones. Advanced connectivity also includes wireless mobile phone charging.

Other convenience features include a head-up display to help the driver focus on the road ahead by showing essential information, such as vehicle speed, on the windscreen, while the main instrument cluster is a thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD). Climate control is improved, with separate dual-zone controls for driver and passenger seats, automatic dehumidification and fog detection, and high-performance filtration system to prevent fine dust particles from entering the cabin.

The All-new Azera represents Hyundai’s integrated approach to technology,” said Mike Song. “We have not simply added features because we can. We have thought very carefully about how they will be used, and have incorporated this into the design from the beginning. The floating screen is one example, re-thinking the traditional dashboard design so that information and touchscreen commands are located with the main controls. The screen is more convenient for the driver to use, and safer.”

The All-new Azera includes a selection of advanced safety features that set best-in-class levels of occupant protection. Passive safety elements include the high-rigidity body, nine airbags protecting both front and rear occupants, and rear impact reduction system for the front seats.

The All-new Azera is also equipped with Hyundai’s ‘SmartSense’ system, a collection of high-tech active safety features to help the driver avoid a collision. Smart Sense includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), and Around View Monitor (AVM). These cutting-edge technologies work in harmony to automatically detect hazards and take action to avoid an accident, raising industry-standard features such as anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control to a higher level.

With the All-new Azera, we are defining the future of the Hyundai brand,” said Mike Song. “It leads its field in every respect, with superior levels of engineering, beautiful, balanced design, a dynamic driving experience, and the highest levels of passenger comfort and protection. It is intended to be the best in its class, and we believe it has achieved that aim.”

Hyundai has a strong presence in the passenger vehicles category in Oman with its wide range of Sedans and SUVs offered with various engine options and trim options. Hyundai offers an array of sedans in Oman including: Accent, Elantra, Sonata & Azera, while trend setters for the modern youth continue to be the Veloster & Veloster Turbo. Its ‘i’ series denotes the compact range designed to meet smart mobility needs. Hyundai SUV range offers exciting style, versatility, space and comfort. The line-up includes Creta, Tucson, Santa Fe & Grand Santa Fe each designed to fulfill the practical requirements while on - or off - the road.

OTE Group is the distributor for Hyundai in Oman. With a nationwide network of showrooms and service centers, OTE Group ensures that Hyundai customers are never far from getting high quality service. For more details please contact 800-50003.

Design to take center stage for Cadillac at 2017 Dubai International Motor Show

  • Middle East premiere for Cadillac’s Escala concept

  • Regional debut of 2018 XTS Platinum

Cadillac’s stunning Escala concept car will make its first appearance in the Middle East at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the design innovations that are driving the next phase of the brand’s ongoing expansion.

Cadillac’s Escala concept amplifies the new design DNA of the New York car brand, that was introduced with the new CT6 and XT5 models, which will be on display on the stand. Cadillac has also announced that the new 2018 XTS Platinum will enjoy its regional debut at the region’s largest automotive show (14-18 November).

Designed to be both a driver’s car and an indulgent flagship sedan, Cadillac’s Escala concept showcases future design and technical systems in development and is a concept for a more expressive, expansive companion to the recently launched CT6.

Christian Soemmer, Managing Director of Cadillac Middle East, commented, “Escala is extremely important for Cadillac as it both previews the brand’s future design direction and helps build the brand’s aspirational character, signaling our commitment to be the pinnacle of premium motoring. For these reasons alone, it will be a must-see for automotive connoisseurs at the show.”

The CT6 and XT5 already benefit from Cadillac’s new styling approach, and new 2018 models from both ranges will be on show. The CT6 has all the size, prestige and technology of a large luxury sedan, while offering the driving dynamics and efficiency of a mid-size sport sedan. The XT5 combines spacious luxury and high-tech convenience features to create the perfect crossover.

The Cadillac stand at the show will also host the brand’s flagship model, the 2018 Escalade, which features a new 10-speed automatic transmission and bold new interior and exterior color options. The Escalade has long defined spacious luxury driving, with its modern design, powerful capabilities and sumptuous amenities that keep luxury firmly in the driver’s seat.

Set for a regional debut, the newly redesigned 2018 XTS Sedan joins new generation of Cadillac design and technology. Available on display at the Cadillac stand will be the XTS Platinum with exclusive features that heighten the appeal of this elegant sedan even further.

A wide range of new 2018 models will complete the Cadillac line-up at the show, including the high-performance V-Series, represented by the ATS-V and CTS-V.

For show goers looking for an adrenaline rush Cadillac’s performance models will also be on show. Bringing both luxury and power in one machine, the Cadillac CTS-V Super Sedan is the third generation of the acclaimed luxury performance sedan powered with a supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine, SAE certified at 640 horsepower (477 kW) and 630 lb-ft of torque (855 Nm).

Joining the CTS-V will be the Cadillac ATS-V Sedan and Coupe models with their track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements which complement the cars’ twin-turbocharged powertrain, providing true track capability, performance and driver control without modifications or special procedures.

Genesis G70 Resets Expectations of Performance and Luxury

  • Third Genesis model receives its official launch in Korea
  • Dynamic styling is matched by sophisticated comfort

  • Advanced technology for safety and convenience

  • Middle-East specifications expected early 2018

September 20, 2017 – A new era for luxury motoring has dawned, with the official launch of the highly anticipated Genesis G70 luxury performance sedan. The G70 was unveiled in Seoul, on September 15th, before officially going on sale in Korea on September 20th. Timing for its rollout in other markets will be announced soon.

The Genesis G70 is an athletic sedan characterized by its graceful and dynamic exterior styling, elegant and intuitively designed interior, and choice of three different powertrains: a turbocharged 3.3-liter gasoline V6, a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline I4, and 2.2-liter I4 diesel.

The G70 also incorporates numerous advanced driver assist systems, and a high level of connectivity with server-based voice recognition technology using Kakao Corp’s artificial intelligence platform.

Genesis launched the G70 at a special festival in Seoul’s Olympic Park.

The launch of the Genesis G70 is an important milestone for our brand,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Head of Genesis Division. “We deliberately chose Seoul, as this is our place of origin. This is where we are coming together with our customers and friends in the music industry to celebrate as a people’s festival.”

The all-new G70 showcases the future direction of the Genesis brand’s design identity. Athletic elegance is represented in the exterior styling, as the car captures both beauty and tension, like an athlete poised to perform.

Luc Donckerwolke, Head of Genesis Design, said, “At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication and talent from our designers. We modulated all parameters from the Genesis DNA to tailor a sports sedan. This challenge required the highest skills and know-how. The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with its sensuous and tensioned muscular volumes.”

Sophisticated, Elegant, and Driver-Focused

The long hood and short front overhang, elegant roofline and assertive multi-spoke alloy wheels combine to form a sleek, dynamic profile, subtly highlighted by dark chrome aero trim, hockey stick daylight opening and parabolic sidelines.

From the front and side, the prominent crest-type grille, character lines extending from the hood emblem, and pronounced air intakes, communicate muscular performance. Two distinctive linear LED DRLs on each side of the large crest grille foreshadow the future Genesis signature quad lamps.

In the rear, the LED rear combination lamps continue the quad lamp theme, while the raised trunk lid and compact bumper designs give the G70 a poised character. The rear lamps, evolved from the G80, have been stretched to convey a dynamic stance.

The G70’s interior is configured to prioritize an excellent user experience, with superb fit and finish throughout. The interior packaging reflects simplicity, with an emphasis on genuine functionality instead of gimmickry. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability, with intuitively laid out switchgear and a comfortable, assertive sport steering wheel.

Genesis designers employed premium materials throughout, including aluminum door handles, quilted leather door panels, metal speaker grilles and high-quality soft touch surfaces, in a wide range of unique and sophisticated color options. Nappa leather seats further add to the dynamic yet elegant interior.

Driving Character – Agile Yet Safe, Dynamic Yet Quiet

The G70 offers three powertrains internationally – a 3.3-liter V6 gasoline turbo, 2.0-liter I4 gasoline turbo and a 2.2-liter I4 diesel. The Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 turbo GDI engine is the heart of the enthusiast-focused G70 Sport, with 370 PS and maximum torque of 52.0kgf·m, 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 270 km/h.

Variable-ratio steering and electronically controlled suspension are standard to provide agile steering response and an optimal ride-and-handling experience.

The G70 2.0 turbo gasoline model is equipped with the Theta-II 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine, with 252 PS and maximum torque of 36.0kgf·m. (Sports package: 255 PS). The G70 2.2 diesel model is equipped with the R 2.2 VGT engine with 202 PS horsepower and maximum torque of 45.0kgf·m.

Dynamic performance features include:

  1. Launch Control to maximize power control in acceleration mode

  2. Rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering (R-MDPS) and multi-link rear suspension for precise handling and comfortable ride

  3. Dynamic torque vectoring system to improve vehicle cornering control

  4. Mechanical limited slip differential (M-LSD) for safe driving capabilities in low friction road conditions such as rain, snow and ice

The seat positions have been adjusted to lower the center of gravity of the car to maximize performance. To augment the driving experience, the Active Sound Design (ASD) system creates an aural character that reflects the engine load and driving mode settings.

Best-in-Class Safety

Following the lead of the G90 and G80, the G70 offers the most comprehensive levels of safety in its class. Overall body stiffness and rigidity have been dramatically strengthened, while passengers are protected by nine airbags.

An unparalleled suite of advanced driver assist systems is integrated into the ‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ package, to offer the highest level of safety and convenience in its class. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Blind spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Driver Awareness Warning (DAW).

When the FCA system detects a possible impact with a pedestrian, the active hood function lifts the hood to absorb shock and minimize the risk of injury. The FCA system also automatically activates emergency braking through integrated radar-camera sensors when detecting bicycles.

Exceptional Comfort and Convenience

The G70 incorporates a diverse range of advanced technologies that deliver ultimate convenience and connectivity.

An example includes the smart posture control system, initially introduced in the G90. When the driver’s body information is input, the system automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, outside mirror and heads-up display to the optimal position, ensuring minimal stress even on long journeys.

Advanced convenience and connectivity features include an 8-inch touch screen display supporting MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and server-based voice recognition technology, using Kakao’s artificial intelligence platform ‘Kakao I.’

For the best audio performance, a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system is available to provide an audiophile-level acoustic experience.

The G70 completes the Genesis brand’s sedan lineup, along with the G90 flagship and mid-luxury G80. Genesis will now start strengthening its lineup with SUVs and alternative powertrains, aiming to have six models in its product portfolio by 2021.

Overseas G70 specifications, including for the Middle East, are planned to be announced in early 2018.


The J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Tech Experience Index StudySM, recently named the 2017 Hyundai Elantra highest in overall owner experience with vehicle technology in the compact segment in the United States. The study measures owner experience for usage and interaction with driver-centric vehicle technology. The Elantra outperformed the competition in its segment, as well as scoring high in collision protection.

J.D. Power headquartered in California, is a marketing, consumer intelligence, data & analytics company that helps its clients measure, understand and improve the key performance metrics that drive their growth and profitability. J.D. Power's reputation for independence and credibility has established the company as one of the world's most well-known and trusted providers of Voice of the Customer insights.

The current version of compact sedan Elantra is the 6th generation and combines dynamic styling & high quality materials perfectly. It also boasts of class-defining interior & refined exterior features which reflect Hyundai’s evolving design philosophy.

The Elantra continues its high value proposition as a strong choice in the highly-competitive compact car segment and this has been validated by several coveted accolades from across the globe. Over the years Elantra not only remains as one of the top-shopped vehicles in the segment but also has high demand in the used car market.

Hyundai as a brand has made significant strides on the back of sophisticated product design, quality, safety technology and exceptional value. Hyundai has not only become one of the top automotive brands in the world but also has overtaken some renowned brands in quality. One has to test drive and discover what millions of satisfied Hyundai owners already experience and enjoy – Hyundai stands for uncompromising quality.

Hyundai has a strong presence in the passenger vehicles category in Oman with its wide range of Sedans and SUVs offered with various engine options and trim options. Hyundai offers an array of sedans in Oman including: Accent, Elantra, Sonata & Azera, while trend setters for the modern youth continue to be the Veloster & Veloster Turbo. Its ‘i’ series denotes the compact range designed to meet smart mobility needs. Hyundai SUV range offers exciting style, versatility, space and comfort. The line-up includes Creta, Tucson, Santa Fe & Grand Santa Fe each designed to fulfill the practical requirements while on - or off - the road.

OTE Group is the distributor for Hyundai in Oman. With a nationwide network of showrooms and service centers, OTE Group ensures that Hyundai customers are never far from getting high quality service. For more details please contact 800-50003.

All-New 2018 Subaru XV with EyeSight driver assist technology unveiled in Oman

Subaru Corporation and OTE Group unveiled the all-new 2018 Subaru XV in Oman recently. The car was unveiled by Mr. Makoto Inoue, General Manager, Sales & Marketing Dept .1 Overseas Sales & Marketing Division 2, Subaru Corporation, Japan and Sheikh Salim Saad Suhail Bahwan, in the presence of officials from Subaru Corporation, Japan and OTE Group. Combining a compact body with real SUV capabilities underpinned by Subaru’s original Symmetrical AWD System and a rugged and sporty design, the Subaru XV is a crossover SUV suited to a multitude of settings, from urban driving to the great outdoors.

The new XV offers distinctive design and enhanced drivability on poor road surfaces, while adopting the all-new Subaru Global Platform to achieve world-class collision safety and superior hazard avoidance as well as dramatic advances in driver-responsive handling and ride comfort.

All New XV has been launched in select markets across the globe and is well accepted. In Japan, orders for the All-New Subaru XV Surpass 10,000 Units in First One Month of its launch!


Design package of the all-new XV is distinctively rugged and sporty, while remaining true to the Subaru identity. Distinctive design unique to the rugged and sporty Subaru XV reflects Subaru’s Dynamic & Solid design philosophy. The quality of interior and exterior finishes shows a sharp eye for detail, while Subaru’s signature functionality has been taken to all-new levels.

The Subaru look is seen in the Wide & Low stance with its sporty impression, and in the unified three-dimensional structure extending from the hexagonal grille that symbolizes the Subaru identity to the hawk-eye headlights. The front face plays the role of starting point from which the front flows via the sides to the rear, with each part uniting into a solid form.

The rich inflection of the character line extending from the front fender to the door panels and rear shoulder, and the line rising energetically toward the rear from the lower door panel, give dynamism to the solid body surface. The powerfully extended fender flares express the reliability of Subaru All-Wheel Drive. The matte-black cladding running from the front bumper over the wheel arches and side sills to the rear bumper creates a dynamic form expressing all the enjoyment to be expected from a crossover vehicle.

The rear combination lights sharing the same motif as the headlights express a Wide & Low stance similar to the front. The tightened cabin silhouette and powerful shoulders thrusting above the rear combination lights create a nimble, sporty design. Its contrast with the rugged flavor imparted by the black rear spoiler and matte-black cladding on the rear bumper emphasizes the distinctive character of the Subaru XV, which is equally at home in a range of settings.

The new model also combines the Subaru performance essentials of superior aerodynamics and visibility with advanced styling. The aluminum wheels feature a new design embodying the sporty, casual, and rugged character of the Subaru XV. New exterior paint schemes offer a choice of two fresh solid colors: Cool Gray Khaki and Sunshine Orange. Both tones set off the matte-black cladding to maximum advantage, spotlighting the active and functional image of the Subaru XV.

The combination of sporty and advanced design and sophisticated construction delivers an interior that far surpasses its class. The spacious design flows from the instrument panel through the door trim for a feeling of refinement. The seats’ structures that are made more fitting to the bodies of passengers have been revamped to far surpass the quality of its class. Moreover, breathable seat covering and varying shades of gray emphasize the active character of the Subaru XV. In the center of the instrument panel is an 8.0-inch touch-screen display for the infotainment system, which can connect with smartphones.

The multifunction display offers a comprehensive range of content. New screen design clearly communicates fun, useful information to all passengers. Detailed orange stitching on the instrument panel complements the quality feel while expressing the model’s active character.

In addition to the enhanced interior design, signature Subaru functionalities have been further strengthened including the excellent all-round visibility, spacious cabin, and cargo room. A new, smaller-diameter steering wheel delivers ease of maneuverability and snappy steering.

The new platform dramatically increases rigidity throughout the body and chassis and incorporates substantial improvements to the suspension system and achieves a lower center of gravity, bringing about highly responsive steering that allows drivers to control the vehicle precisely as they want. The eradication of unnecessary movement in handling offers superior straight-line stability and cornering performance to grip the road surface while maintaining the ample 220 mm road clearance required of an SUV.

Optimized frame structure and stronger joints between parts allow the new platform to improve overall torsional rigidity. This distributes the resonance and distortion throughout the body, greatly reducing vibrations from the steering wheel, floor, and seats. It achieves a quietness that goes beyond vehicle class.

The new platform increases the rigidity of the suspension mounting, improving the absorption of the suspension without warping the body of the car, and providing a smooth and comfortable drive. By mounting the rear stabilizer directly to the body, the new platform reduces the body roll of the vehicle significantly. The steering gear ratio has been quickened, further enhancing the Subaru XV’s characteristic strengths as an SUV with agile maneuverability. Active Torque Vectoring enhances turning and steering performance. An electronic parking brake boosts convenience.

In addition to Subaru’s unique Symmetrical AWD system, the new Subaru XV is equipped with X-MODE, capable of enhancing driving performance on poor roads through optimized integrated control of engine, four-wheel drive, braking, and other functions on slippery surfaces. The hill descent control setting gives drivers greater peace of mind by maintaining low speeds on downhill slopes.

A 2.0-liter direct injection Boxer engine has been completely revamped to deliver more power and fuel economy. The improved Lineartronic transmission boosts acceleration and fuel economy. As well as employing auto-step shift control on all models, the Subaru XV features a 7-speed manual mode function that allows the driver to accelerate as desired.

Noise and vibration are greatly reduced on both the engine and transmission, for more pleasant sounds and a dynamic feel.

Subaru’s safety performance has continuously been highly rated by third-party organizations. The new Subaru XV has adopted technologies to further enhance its safety including the new platform and theadvanced preventive safety system. The new platform achieves a center of gravity that is 5 mm lower than present models. Together with the major improvements in rigidity and the evolution of the suspension system, this lower center of gravity offers outstanding hazard avoidance capabilities on a level with a high-performance sports car.

Available in select trims, EyeSight, Subaru’s innovative and highly acclaimed driver assist technology, delivers extremely reliable preventive safety and reduces driver burdens through features such as Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist function.

High Beam Assist technology, which uses a monocular camera, is integrated into the interior rearview mirror. It detects preceding and oncoming vehicles and automatically switches headlights between high and low beam. The automatic antiglare function on the interior mirror uses a sensor to detect strong light from sources such as the headlights of following vehicles and automatically adjusts reflectivity to reduce glare and make night-driving safer.

Steering Responsive Headlights moves the beam right or left when turning at corners and intersections to illuminate the direction of travel. The Subaru XV employs the two headlight controls for the first time, dramatically improving nighttime visibility and recognition capabilities of EyeSight.

The Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection has been newly employed, offering blind spot detection, lane change assistance and reversing assistance to enhance all-round preventive safety.

Subaru has a strong presence in the passenger vehicles category in Oman and the current line-up of Subaru include Impreza, Legacy, Forester, Outback, XV and WRX models.

OTE Group is the distributor for Subaru in Oman with sales & aftersales outlets spread across the Sultanate, offering excellent service. For more details on details on Subaru, please call 800 50004 (toll free).