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]
Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Arab News' point-of-view

‘Get prices down’ Trump tells OPEC

Updated 20 September 2018
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‘Get prices down’ Trump tells OPEC

  • Trump highlights US security role in region
  • Comments come ahead of oil producers meeting in Algeria

LONDON: US president Donald Trump urged OPEC to lower crude prices on Thursday while reminding Mideast oil exporters of US security support.
He made his remarks on Twitter ahead of a keenly awaited meeting of OPEC countries and its allies in Algiers this weekend as pressure mounts on them to prevent a spike in prices caused by the reimposition of oil sanctions on Iran.
“We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices!” he tweeted.
“We will remember. The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!”
Despite the threat, the group and its allies are unlikely to agree to an official increase in output, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing OPEC sources.
In June they agreed to increase production by about one million barrels per day (bpd). That decision was was spurred by a recovery in oil prices, in part caused by OPEC and its partners agreeing to lower production since 2017.
Known as OPEC+, the group of oil producers which includes Russia are due to meet on Sunday in Algiers to look at how to allocate the additional one million bpd within its quote a framework.
OPEC sources told Reuters that there was no immediate plan for any official action as such a move would require OPEC to hold what it calls an extraordinary meeting, which is not on the table.
Oil prices slipped after Trumps remarks, with Brent crude shedding 40 cents to $79 a barrel in early afternoon trade in London while US light crude was unchanged at about $71.12.
Brent had been trading at around $80 on expectations that global supplies would come under pressure from the introduction of US sanctions on Iranian crude exports on Nov. 4.
Some countries has already started to halt imports from Tehran ahead of that deadline, leading analysts to speculate about how much spare capacity there is in the Middle East to compensate for the loss of Iranian exports as well as how much of that spare capacity can be easily brought online after years of under-investment in the industry.
Analysts expect oil to trend higher and through the $80 barrier as the deadline for US sanctions approaches.
“Brent is definitely fighting the $80 line, wanting to break above,” said SEB Markets chief commodities analyst Bjarne Schieldrop, Reuters reported. “But this is likely going to break very soon.”