Nissan launches special version of the New Micra

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Updated 09 February 2014
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Nissan launches special version of the New Micra

NISSAN has launched a new special version of the New Micra — called the Limited Edition. Based on the mid-range Acenta model, the Limited Edition New Micra features a host of visual changes that add an extra layer of style to the recently revised and updated compact model. On the outside, the most obvious change is the contrasting roof. Matched to the door mirror caps, this is available in three color combinations: Pacific Blue with a White roof/mirror caps, Shiraz Red with a Black roof/mirror caps and Alabaster White with a Red roof/mirror caps. In addition, the Limited Edition New Micra has contrasting side sills and center caps, a ‘Limited Edition’ badge and a chrome exhaust finisher. On the inside, there’s plenty more detailing to catch the eye; the roof color is echoed on the air vents and lower part of the gearshift column together with colored mats. Based on the Acenta trim, the Limited Edition New Micra comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, roof spoiler and many more features.

ALFA ROMEO had a good start to 2014: The Alfa Romeo 4C has claimed the “Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013” title at the 29th International Automobile Festival in France and has also scooped the top award in the “Importers” sports car category in the Auto Motor and Sport “Best Cars 2014” awards. In both cases, the awards were decided by a public vote. In the process of claiming the ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013” title, the Alfa Romeo 4C claimed an astonishing 40.70 percent of the votes in a worldwide survey, significantly more than the BMW 4-Series, (25.55 percent), Mercedes CLA (22.15 percent) and Mazda 3 (11.60 percent). Created in 1986 in Chamonix and presided over by Remi Depoix, the International Automobile Festival recognizes creativity in automotive design and is now a key event on the world automotive calendar. The Most Beautiful Car of the Year title was first awarded in 1988, with the Alfa 164 winning the inaugural award. Alfa Romeo has also won in 2005 with the Alfa Brera and again in 2008 with the Alfa MiTo.

HONDA’s profits in the last quarter of 2013 more than doubled to 160.7 billion yen ($1.56 billion) back to pre-2008 levels, helped by strong sales of the redesigned Honda Fit subcompact model in Japan. CEO Takanobu Ito has set an aggressive goal of selling six million vehicles a year by end-March 2017, compared with a record 4.01 million in the year ended March 2013.

NISSAN is mulling a coupe-styled version of the Qashqai to compete in the segment started by the Range Rover Evoque crossover. Nissan started sales of its second-generation Qashqai last month and said that a Nismo high performance variant is being developed. The Evoque success in attracting buyers has inspired many rivals to offer their own versions.

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Caveat Emptor!: Do your homework before buying a new or used car.

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Caveat Emptor!: Do your homework before buying a new or used car.

The notion that complaints about cars and dealers are more prevalent in Saudi Arabia than in other countries is not accurate.
In the US alone, consumers regained $98 million in compensation for shoddy cars or lousy services by car dealers last year.
The range of problems is staggering, from clocking mileage to conning buyers on part-exchanged cars.
A dealer in New Jersey advertised that he would take in any old car for $4,000, in part exchange for new cars worth $14,000 or more.
A customer saw a car worth $14,000 and went with his old car and $10,000 to make his purchase.
Yet, the dealer said the car in the advert has been sold and that he has a similar vehicle but its price is $46,000!
The customer complained and a consumer protection agency investigated and found out that the new car was in fact the one advertised and is worth only $20,000.
The agency forced the dealer to sell it for $14,000 as advertised.
In other cases, consumers complained about technical problems in new cars that some dealers refused to put right or refund customers.
Some bought high-mileage cars at inflated prices after dealers set back the meters by thousands of miles.
In the absence of stringent consumer protection agencies, the only useful advice for consumers in the region is the principle of “Buyer Beware” or caveat emptor.
Do your homework before buying a new or used car.
There are published ranking of the most reliable cars — choose one that suits your needs from top of the list.
If buying a used car, take an expert with you to examine the vehicle for condition and valuation.
Also, be aware that there are departments in the ministry of commerce that would be interested in hearing your complaints about your bad consumer experience with cars, or indeed any other goods and services below standards.
Sometimes the only way to get good service is to demand it.
If you have an experience, good or bad, with car buying or servicing, tell us your story and Arab News may feature it.
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*Adel Murad is a senior motoring and business journalist, based in London.
Email: [email protected]
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Iraqi oil minister expects prices to rise over time

Updated 10 December 2018
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Iraqi oil minister expects prices to rise over time

  • Ghadhban said the recent fall in Iraqi exports was due to weather conditions
  • “Our goal is to reach an export capacity of 6.5 million barrels per day but over several stages,” he said

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Monday he expected the fall in oil prices to stop and for prices to rise over time, adding that if OPEC had not cut production, prices would have dropped to $45-50 per barrel.
Speaking at a ministry event in Baghdad, Ghadhban said the recent fall in Iraqi exports was not due to technical reasons, as Iraqi oil fields have high capacity, but rather because of weather conditions.
“Our goal is to reach an export capacity of 6.5 million barrels per day but over several stages,” he said.
Speaking about the recent Kirkuk oil deal with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Ghadhban said state oil marketer SOMO had received preferential prices, albeit for low quantities.
Iraq last month restarted exports of Kirkuk oil, halted a year ago due to a standoff between the central government and the KRG, after a new government in Baghdad agreed a tentative deal with Irbil.