The compact cars have historically formed the premier class of the market. The Volkswagen Golf, Renault Megane, Citroen C4 … have always been the models that have led all the sales lists. Today overshadowed by Best SUVs, which month by month are already the most sought by customers, all brands are struggling to renew their products and continue to grow.
These are the best compact sedan cars that will reach the U.A.E market until 2019.
#1 Volkswagen Golf VIII: mid-2018
The Volkswagen Golf is still the best-selling car model in Dubai today. Like its brother, the Audi A3, the new Golf (always one of the most anticipated cars of the year) which already had an evolution in two phases: first, in 2016, a slight renovation; And then, in 2018, a future generation, in this case, it will be the one that shows the greatest evolution.
Mechanically, its 1.4 TSI versions will give way to the new family of turbocharged petrol engines with 1.5 liters of capacity, whose efficiency will not depend solely on the system of disconnection of cylinders. The new bases will be based on efficiency, lightness and safety equipment.
There will not be a change of image too breakthrough, but a greater differentiation between 5-door bodies, which will no longer have such a small volume of luggage, and the rest of the range, such as the familiar Variant or the Sportsvan minivan.
There will also be a new modular family of 1.5 TDI three-cylinder engines with power levels between 75 and 120 hp. GTD, GTi and an already established GTE will continue to make history in the Golf, while in the electric range is already spoken of a 50 percent autonomy additional to the current.
#2 Volvo V40: late 2018
Volvo works at peak performance. With the newly upgraded range in sedan (S90) and its SUV Volvo XC90, now it’s time to go to the other end. The next step is the staging of a new generation of compact V40 and unpublished derivatives XC40 and C40. To do this, Volvo has developed a modular platform to accommodate all those various variants … and more.
They say in the brand that with the new CMA platform will reduce development times to 20 months, when the current V40 needed 42 in 2012. The new platform will share with the superior SPA of the S90 and XC90 much of its cutting-edge technology. This means that the future V40 will have its relevant Twin Engine version, which is what Volvo calls its new hybrids.
#3 BMW 1 Series: 2017-2018
The future BMW 1 Series will look structurally and by dimensions to its Mini cousin. It will change a lot. At BMW they want to leave room for future models – and now that Mini has entered the compact segment with the new Clubman – and will do just the opposite with its Series 1 of 3 and 5 doors.
It will be something smaller, not so much as an Audi A1 (less than 4 meters), but very close to the 4.25 meters in length of the new Mini. So, the Series 2 will have a long journey and many surprises under the sleeve … And under the skin. Because it will be the Series 1 model that yields to the practical rigors over the technicians.
Mini’s front-wheel drive platform will therefore be the base for the brand’s new baby, with a better size / habitability ratio than the current one. Goodbye to the propulsion, but without loss of good sensations. The shortest length will not involve less battle in the future Series 1, which will lead a more advanced command post.
Engines of 3 and 4 cylinders in petrol and Diesel, with the block of 1.5 liters in different levels of power for the initial versions, and the 2.0 liter like top of range, will conform the conventional offer. And there will be variant of high performance MPerformance. Total traction and 8-speed automatic transmission will continue.
#4 Mercedes A-Class: 2018
The next generation of the Mercedes-Benz compact (W117 in internal code) will revolve around the premiere of a new modular platform, which will allow to exploit even more flexibility to the segment. And with it, much more technology and much less weight will come to the new Class A.
The revolution will be industrial and technological, because the designs will only qualify, in view of the current success. Among the numerous bodies that the brand of the star will offer in this category, there will be a daring Shooting Brake, as we know that Mercedes designers will bet on a new yet more exclusive variant of only two side doors. Among the variants derived from Class A, the CLA, for example, will evolve from the traditional three-volume saloon line that currently presents a more coupe-style silhouette with four doors.
On the other hand, the development team of the brand is taking into account all the technical requirements that will require an unprecedented Class A Convertible. The men of AMG will develop their own sport from the future Class A, which will be a direct rival of the Audi TT. All this without forgetting that the same genetics will be shared equally by the future Class B within the compact size MPVs and even by a new SUV GLB variant.
#5 Audi A3: 2018
Recently renovated, the future Audi A3 will arrive soon in 2018. It will be more efficient, spacious, equipped and better connected. This fourth generation, completely new, will show how not the distinguishing features of future Audi, although the most interesting will go inside.
It will be removed again weight of up (up to 50 kilos), even more in its unpublished versions with engine of 3 cylinders of gasoline, which, before 2020, will have a secondary electrical network of 48 volts and a small electric motor with which To achieve a “gentle hybridization”. Nothing to do with the pure e-tron. All of the engines will be Ultra, which means urea additive in the Diesel, while the gasoline will retain the deactivation of cylinders and will arrive the new 2.0 cycle Miller premiered in the Audi A4.
The German group is also working on an upgrade of its double-clutch transmissions – always with inertial function – as well as new, more efficient and advanced all-wheel drive. Signal control or hyperconnection to the Internet will also come with exchange of information to the outside. The advances in semi-autonomous driving will reach the A3 with a driving assistant for jam with an increased speed up to 60 km / h.
80% of mobile browsing is concentrated in five apps: Facebook, Youtube, Google Maps, Pandora and Gmail
Every day more companies use mobile apps to interact with their customers. Gone is when shop windows announced their special offers, now they arrive directly at the mobile phone through a notification in the application.
According to data from consultancy Forrester Research, in 2014, 5% of global e-commerce was done through mobile devices and it was expected that, by 2016, these transactions will reach 10% of total sales. For 2017 it will be 30% of the total.
The App Date confirmed that in U.A.E, in the last four years, the number of mobile applications downloaded grew by 250%. Up to date U.A.E’s residents consume 3 million apps on their mobile devices: phones and tablets.
Undoubtedly, mobile phones have changed the way of thinking and relating society, both to family and friends, to products and brands.
What types of mobile applications do users demand?
- Entertainment: social networking and instant messaging apps are the most used by users. We can also find in this area the applications of the cinemas that show schedules, location of the rooms, discounts, facilitate the purchase of tickets …
- Banking: for the financial services technology presents a good opportunity to get closer to their customers. Checking the balance and the movements of the account, making transactions or finding the nearest cashier are some of the services that banks offer their customers through their mobile apps.
- Retail: new applications are emerging every day that offer facilities for buying and selling, comparing prices or looking for stores. Also, developers take advantage of the geolocation factor so that the stores themselves send out discounted notifications to customers closest to the physical location of the store.
- Restaurants and accommodation: hotel and restaurant applications offer on menus and rooms, the location of the premises or offer the possibility of making reservations.
- Streaming: are music and / or video download and playback services.
- Photography and video: they allow both the capture and recording of audiovisual content and its dissemination. They are very complete apps in which users interact with each other motivated by shared content.
Mobile applications begin to have more value in the communication and sales strategies of brands, and are positioned as a powerful tool for e-commerce.