Al-Futtaim Motors inaugurates UAE’s first hydrogen station for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Al-Futtaim Motors inaugurates UAE’s first hydrogen station for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

 

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Oct-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility and exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, in collaboration with Air Liquide, one of the most established suppliers of hydrogen stations in the world, have jointly inaugurated the UAE’s first hydrogen station in Dubai Festival City, to be used by Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).

The new facility comes following the announcement made at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week earlier this year where Toyota’s Chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada, announced the launch of a collaborative study about the feasibility of establishing a hydrogen-based society in the UAE, aiming at drastically lowering CO2 emissions, in line with the UAE Vision 2021.

The new Al Badia-based hydrogen station will enable larger-scale deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles as part of a pilot program which started in May 2017, aiming at testing the zero-emission FCEV technology on UAE roads.

Using cutting-edge technologies, such as Toyota’s proven electric propulsion system also available in hybrid cars, FCEVs such as the Toyota Mirai, run on hydrogen rather than petrol, emitting only water from the tail pipe. In the onboard Fuel Cell Stack, hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to generate electricity that powers the vehicle’s electric motor.

Bertrand Thiebaut, Senior Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Motors and Senior Vice President Al-Futtaim Automotive Group said: “The pilot which started with only three Toyota Mirai vehicles, will soon expand to involve a larger fleet that will be tested by key stakeholders in the UAE. With the inauguration of the UAE’s first hydrogen station in partnership with Air Liquide, we are one step closer to a low-carbon society, as we work towards a concrete contribution to a cleaner air, in line with the Government’s green agenda.”

Also speaking at the event, Matthieu Giard, Dubai Hub Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and India at Air Liquide, explained the potential of hydrogen for a cleaner transport solution: “Air Liquide is developing clean transport solutions to help reduce the environmental footprint. Hydrogen is a key enabler for an effective transition to a low-carbon economy aiming at improving air quality in our cities. This first hydrogen station installed in partnership with Al-Futtaim Motors in the UAE is a first step for a large-scale deployment of hydrogen energy in this region. We are proud to bring our expertise and technology to create a more sustainable society, allowing all parties to contribute to meeting energy and environmental targets.”

Unlike battery-powered electric vehicles, the Toyota Mirai delivers a performance that competes with traditional petrol engine cars, does not require external electric charging, can be refilled with hydrogen in less than 5 minutes and is able to travel up to 500km+ on a full tank. Once deployed on a larger scale, the Fuel Cell Electric technology has the potential to significantly reduce the UAE’s dependence on oil and lower car-generated pollution levels.

Source: Al-Futtaim

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The all new 2018 Toyota Corolla arrives at Al-Futtaim Motors

The all new 2018 Toyota Corolla arrives at Al-Futtaim Motors

 

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility and exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, has announced the launch of the 2018 Toyota Corolla, with two efficient and enjoyable engines, including a choice of 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines, combining great fuel economy with driving pleasure.

Keeping the dynamic and modern design unveiled with the 2017 Corolla, the latest iteration of this crowd favourite features a premium interior, outstanding fuel efficiency offering up to 27% better efficiency than its nearest competitor thanks to its efficient engine choices and the Multi Drive 7S transmission, in addition to a host of new standard safety features across the range.

“For more than fifty years, Corolla has been the workhorse that many Emiratis have depended on for their daily commutes around the UAE. It is a symbol of the quality, durability and reliability that has become synonymous with Toyota,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Toyota at Al-Futtaim Motors.

“For 2018, customers can expect to get even more value for their money, with more engine choices, more grades and a host of standard features that will make their driving experience even more enjoyable, while maintaining Corolla’s legendary fuel efficiency and driving pleasure.”

All new 2018 Corolla comes with a host of new standard safety features, including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Tire Pressure Warning System (TPWS) and Rear Fog Lamps.

The Corolla SE 1.6-litre comes with Wireless Door Lock, 4-speaker Audio with CD, Auxiliary, USB and Bluetooth, steering wheel controls for audio and telephone, Dual Front Airbags, Cruise Control, and Rear Parking Sensors.

The Corolla SE+ 1.6-litre adds 15-inch alloy wheels, while the Corolla Limited 1.6-litre comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, Smart Entry and Push Start Button, Optitron speedometer with TFT Display, front fog lamps, folding door mirrors, chrome door handles, and a 6-speaker sound system.

The 2.0-litre equipped Corolla SE comes equipped with all the standard amenities available on the 1.6-litre variant, in addition to 15-inch alloy wheels and a 6-speaker sound system, while the SE+ also adds 16-inch alloys and a 6-speaker sound system with addition steering wheel MID controls.

The top of the range 2.0-litre Corolla Limited comes with standard Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED headlights, auto headlight levelling, sunroof and auto air conditioning.

The 2018 Corolla is offered in 8 different exterior colours, with standard fabric seats across the range.

Prices start at AED 67,500 for the 1.6-litre Corolla SE, AED 69,900 for the 1.6-litre Corolla SE+, and AED 73,900 for the 1.6-litre Corolla Limited. The 2.0-litre Corolla SE is priced at AED 71,500, while the 2.0-litre Corolla SE+ comes in at AED 74,900, and AED 78,900 for the 2.0-litre Corolla Limited.

For more information about the new 2018 Toyota Corolla and available offers, or to book a test drive, please visit www.toyota.ae

Source: Al-Futtaim

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Al-Futtaim Motors supports Dubai Police in promoting road safety and educating motorists on summer-related accident causes

Al-Futtaim Motors supports Dubai Police in promoting road safety and educating motorists on summer-related accident causes

 

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility and exclusive distributor of Toyota and Lexus, in the UAE, has announced its official sponsorship of Dubai Police’s participation in the Ministry of Interior’s “Summer Without Accidents” campaign aiming at promoting road safety among residents in the UAE and educating motorists on summer-related accident causes.

Yousuf Al Raeesi, Director of Government Affairs at Al-Futtaim Motors, said: “Al-Futtaim Motors’ efforts to promote safety go many years back and vary between anti-counterfeit campaigns, drivers training and school outreach programs, to name just a few. Participating in this initiative cements our decades-long partnership with the Dubai Police and reiterates our commitment to safety. Using an advanced suite of technologies, our Toyota and Lexus cars come equipped with the most comprehensive safety features aiming at helping the driver avoid potential accidents, and lessening the consequences of a collision. We take this opportunity to remind motorists about the necessity to periodically maintain their cars, check their tyre pressure and condition, and to always use genuine car parts to avoid putting their lives and the lives of others at risk”.

Both Lexus and Toyota cars provide a comprehensive suite of safety technologies, that can minimize the probability of an accident, and reduce the consequences of a collision. Depending on the model, the key safety features include, Pre-Crash System, a combination of collision detection and collision preparation systems, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control which supplements the conventional system with a vehicle-to-vehicle distance control mode and helps maintain a suitable distance from the preceding vehicle,  Lane-Keeping Assist which detects lane markings on the road and then provides information and steering assistance in accordance with the road and driving conditions, Automatic High Beam which detects nearby lights and automatically switches between high beams and low beams to ensure optimum night-time visibility, in addition to Parking Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Vehicle Stability Control and Anti-lock Braking System.

Al-Futtaim Motors had earlier announced its partnership with Abu Dhabi Police and SAAED for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents in Abu Dhabi, to support their ‘Traffic Safety Awareness Initiatives & Events 2017’.

Source: Al-Futtaim

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