New Cars Launched At Dubai International Motor Show 2019

With over 500 cars on display, the Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) opened its doors to crowds of motoring enthusiasts and families who were seeking to catch a glimpse of this year’s best and most glamourous car launches and motoring-themed entertainment. Organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the show is being held until 16 November, 2019.

Organisers say the 15th edition of the show has brought to the region a number of launches, including Nissan’s new concepts, exclusively designed for customers in the Middle East; the Gazelle Storm, powered by a 4.8L 6-cylinder powerhouse, and the Navara Gazelle which offers unparalleled off-road experiences. Jaguar Land Rover hosted its regional debut of its new Range Rover, which is powered by the brand’s new six-cylinder petrol engine, and combines dynamic on-road handling, luxurious refinement, and the trademark Land Rover all-terrain capability.

Independent Chinese brand Hongqi unveiled its flagship crossover SUV, the HS7, equipped with advanced assisted driving. UAE-based STREIT Group, one of the world’s largest armoured vehicle manufacturers revealed the Streit Shaman 8×8; the amphibious automobile delivers a horsepower of 107kW and 350Nm torque, ideal for tackling all terrains.

General Motors revealed an array of models from Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac, showcasing six new reveals with 36 models in total across all three brands. Chevrolet made regional debuts of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the fastest and most powerful in Stingray history, the new 2020 Onix saloon, and the 2020 Chevrolet Captiva crossover. Cadillac revealed its new CT5 sports saloon; and GMC showed off its new GMC Sierra line-up.

Using their state-of-the-art 3D modelling studio, Italdesign, brought to life students’ visions of the cars of the future. Sponsored by CAFU, the MENA region’s first fuel on-demand mobile application, the ‘My Car of the Future’ competition demonstrated how Italdesign’s team of creatives can quite literally sculpt a car from start to finish in a 3D virtual environment. The competition allowed students aged 6-13 from across the city to submit drawings of what they imagined the car of the future to look like. The chosen students will take home a small model of their designed car, the new Need for Speed game on Xbox, a poster of their design, and two grandstand tickets to Abu Dhabi F1.

“We’re proud to be sponsoring this initiative because we are one of the companies innovating the oil and gas sector, and it makes a lot of sense for us to help kids grow their creativity, their entrepreneurship and their innovation skills,” said Antonio Al Asmar, General Manager at CAFU. “We want to be sure the youth can see their dreams are not so far from reality.”

“This project was a demonstration of Italdesign’s range of expertise, showcasing the finest technologies in automotive design,” said Christian Bolognesi, Press Office Manager at Italdesign. “It was a fantastic feeling to see the students’ faces when their designs were unveiled.”

The show’s daily Visit & Win’ raffle draw had one lucky winner receive an AED$10,000 cash prize and two winners won Traxxas RC cars. Visitors to the show can enter the raffle every day for a chance to win.

The Dubai International Motor Show takes place until 16 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Show is also inviting all women who have a keen interest in motoring to visit with free entry between 1-4pm on 12-14 November, and in an effort to celebrate women drivers from Saudi Arabia, the Show is offering free entry throughout the show for those women who hold a valid KSA driving license.

US Army, GM Collaborate To Improve Automotive Cybersecurity

The US Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) and General Motors have announced a new Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA). The objective of the CRADA is bolstering the US Army’s and GM’s vehicle cybersecurity expertise over the next two years.

Cybersecurity experts from both parties will share best practices, methodologies, tools and approaches focused on conducting penetration testing and cybersecurity risk analysis. Both organisations hope to share key learnings with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for the development of common standards in addition to improving cybersecurity methods.

Two US Army engineers will embed with their counterparts at GM, while a GM expert is scheduled to co-locate with the US Army’s Ground Vehicle Cybersecurity Team.

“Cybersecurity is an area of growing concern to the auto industry and one GM takes very seriously, which is why a partnership with the US Army is crucially important,” said Kevin Tierney, GM Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer.

Holden To Bring New Corvette To Australia

General Motors Holden has confirmed that the next generation mid-engine Corvette will be built in right-hand-drive and will be made available in Australia.

“Like anyone with a hint of petrol in their veins, we were glued to our screens watching the reveal of the new Corvette,” said Dave Buttner, Chairman and Managing Director of Holden. “The news that Corvette will now be built in right-hand-drive for the first time ever – and will be exported to Australia – is hugely exciting for our team at Holden and any Australian who loves high performance cars.

“With our long history in motor-racing, performance vehicles are an indelible part of the Holden brand. Our team is totally revved up to build on Holden’s performance legacy with the most technologically advanced Corvette ever built.

“We look forward to taking on the European and Japanese performance vehicles with some highly sophisticated American muscle.”

“Corvette has always represented the pinnacle of innovation and boundary-pushing at GM,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “The traditional front-engine vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout. In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but drives better than any vehicle in Corvette history. Customers are going to be thrilled with our focus on details and performance across the board.”

The new mid-engine layout gives the Corvette:

  • Better weight distribution, with the rear weight bias enhancing performance in a straight line and on the track.
  • Better responsiveness and sense of control due to driver positioning closer to the front axle, almost on top of the front wheels.
  • The fastest 0-100km/h time of any entry Corvette — approximately three seconds when equipped with Z51 package.
  • A race car-like view of the road due to lower positioning of the bonnet, instrument panel and steering wheel. Excellent forward sightlines throughout the vehicle for both driver and passenger.
  • An enhancement of the Corvette’s traditional utility strengths with dual boots, ideal for luggage or two sets of golf clubs.

“As America’s most iconic performance nameplate, redesigning the Corvette from the ground up presented the team a historic opportunity, something Chevrolet designers have desired for over 60 years,” said Mike Simcoe, Vice President of Global Design, General Motors. “It is now the best of America, a new arrival in the mid-engine sports car class. We know Corvette can stand tall with the best the world has to offer.”

The new location of the engine is visible through the large rear hatch window. GM says the Corvette’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets, along with Formula One racing, adding that the Corvette is designed for superior ride comfort on the highway and well-balanced handling on the track.

“Thanks to sophisticated suspension geometry, tailored tyre technology and exquisite attention to structural details, we have improved ride and handling,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette Executive Chief Engineer. “No Corvette has ever felt so comfortable, nimble and yet completely stable.”

The new Corvette is powered by the LT2 ‘small block’ 6.2L V8 engine, producing 369 kW of power and 637 Nm of torque when equipped with performance exhaust. The LT2 is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and features double-paddles on the steering wheel for a ‘different’ shifting experience.

“Though now placed behind the driver, the LT2 gives the same visceral experience we all expect from Corvette,” said Jordan Lee, GM’s Global Chief Engineer of Small Block engines. “The LT2 has been designed to deliver excellent low-end torque and high-end power to give thrilling pedal response at any RPM.”

New Corvette production begins at GM’s Bowling Green facility in late 2019. Holden said it will share further details about Corvette in Australia at a later date.

BASF Named 2018 GM Supplier Of The Year

BASF was named a 2018 General Motors (GM) Supplier of the Year for the 14th time since 2002. The award is presented by GM to suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, execution, innovation, and total enterprise cost.

“We hold our suppliers to a high bar,” said Steve Kiefer, GM Senior Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “They went above and beyond to deliver the innovations and quality that will help us earn customers for life.”

GM says award winners represent companies who provide products and services to GM in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and aftersales, and indirect services.

With its broad array of colour solutions, modern paint processes, engineering plastics advancements and polyurethane technologies, BASF says it helps GM improve productivity and environmental performance, with its Coatings division providing its time- and resource-saving Integrated Paint Process to GM, while supplying many GM plants with advanced coating technologies.

“This award is a result of strong customer focus from the whole organisation. Our business relationship with GM is centred around innovation, performance and continuously enhancing the customer experience,” said Dirk Bremm, President, BASF’s Coatings division.

Full-Size Lego Chevrolet Silverado Model

In a cross-promotional effort, GM and Lego teamed up to produce a full-sized replica of the Chevrolet Silverado made out of LEGO bricks—the Lego Silverado.

The model is based on the 2019 Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss and is the first full-sized Chevrolet car or truck built exclusively out of the Lego building blocks.

NACE Automechanika Atlanta 2018 Opens Its Doors

NACE Automechanika has now opened for business at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The opening day included several mechanical, collision and management classes, along with many hands-on demonstrations, presentations and innovative product displays from exhibitors including Gtechniq North America, Pro Spot International and The Matrix Wand.

One of the sessions was presented by David Luehr, the founder of Elite Body Shop Solutions. He was in high spirits as he presented his session, The Winning Mindset of America’s Greatest Body Shops, in the morning on the first day of the show.

“Right now is the best time to be in the collision repair industry,” said Luehr. “Perfecting all of the technical aspects of the business is only a part of the body shop success equation. The right winning mindset can overcome more challenges and take you, your business, and your team further, into limitless potential.”

General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales division announced the launch of the GM Collision Repair Network at the show. The company also used a morning presentation to speak with repairers about joining techniques GM utilises as a result of ‘light-weighting’ efforts.

“Today’s light-weighting of structures drives new engineering designs as well as new material usage,” said Joe Villanueva with GM Service Engineering, during his presentation. As an example, he spoke about the 2019 LD Chevrolet Silverado, soon hitting dealerships. The vehicle’s weight has been reduced by more than 200kg through the use of aluminium parts such as bolt-on cowls, tailgates, doors and bonnets. Aluminium doors are now full replacement only, with no door skins available, said Villanueva.

BASF Named A General Motors Supplier Of The Year For 13th Time

General Motors (GM) has named BASF a 2017 GM Supplier of the Year for 13th time since 2002. The award is presented to suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, execution, innovation, and total enterprise cost.

“This is an opportunity for General Motors to honour those suppliers who are truly the best of the best,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate. The relationships we have with our supply base means everything when it comes to delivering a strong vehicle line-up today and the cutting-edge vehicles and mobility services of tomorrow.”

Award winners represent companies who provide products and services to General Motors in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and aftersales, and indirect services. With its broad array of colour solutions and modern paint processes, BASF’s Coatings division helps GM improve productivity and environmental performance. BASF provides its time and resource saving Integrated Paint Process to GM and supplies a majority of its plants in North America with its world class CathoGuard® 800 electrocoat, among other technologies.

“The long-standing and trustful relationship between GM and BASF is an example of what can be accomplished through a successful partnership,” said Teressa Szelest, President, Market and Business Development North America at BASF. “Together, we are collaborating to drive innovation, customer service, safety and sustainability, and open new pathways for the future of mobility.”