The Special Edition Jaguar XJ50

For the past 50 years, one Jaguar model has graced roadways around the world. Defining what a luxury car should be, the Jaguar XJ is the perfect combination of cutting-edge technology, sporting vehicle dynamics and ageless, opulent beauty.

Celebrating its golden anniversary, Jaguar released the limited edition XJ50. A benchmark luxury sedan, the XJ set a high standard for power, offering one of the first and only V12 engines in a 4-door sedan. In fact, for several years, it reigned as the fastest 4-seater on the market, changing lives with a top speed of 140 mph. Over 8 generations, the XJ set trends with innovations like the J-gate gear shifter and the first-of-its-kind self-leveling suspension.

Representing the pinnacle of luxury automotive achievement, Velocity Honolulu is honored to be part of the automakers roots and continues to celebrate the classic automobiles that have built such an amazing brand.

In 2018, the Jaguar XJ is still at the cusp of luxury automotive performance and design.

Spanning half a century, the Jaguar XJ remains true to its heritage with a wonderful balance of beautiful design, intelligent performance and indulgent luxury that ensures it stands out from the crowd. This is a car worth celebrating and the XJ50 pays homage to a giant within the Jaguar brand that we believe is one of the world’s most stylish sporting saloons.

  • Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design

Offering unprecedented power, the XJ50’s longer wheelbase houses a 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline V6 to produce 340 horsepower, available in either rear- or all-wheel-drive. For the more power-hungry, buyers can also opt for a 470-hp 5.0-liter supercharged gas V8 with rear-wheel drive.

Inside and out, the XJ50 will stand out from the standard XJ, thanks to unique badging in the front and side vents and illuminated tread plates, as well as an XJ50 logo on the center armrest. Other design distinctions include 20-inch Venom wheels with gloss black diamond turned finish, gloss black front grille, and Autobiography-style front and rear bumpers on the exterior, and the inside gets updates with aluminum gearshift paddles, bright metal pedals, and diamond-quilted seats with an embossed Jaguar leaper on the headrests.

If you are looking for that special luxury sedan that attracts attention, the iconic 50th Anniversary Jaguar XJ50 will fit the bill. Being the XJ50 is a “special edition” and only made in a limited quantity, Velocity Honolulu invites you to contact our sales staff today to begin your XJ50 experience.

To view our other luxury performance vehicles, browse our new or pre-owned inventory to find your next Jaguar.

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TIME and Ally Financial Honor Honolulu Dealer

Nicolai Is One Of 51 Dealers To Be Recognized

Brad Nicolai, president of Velocity Honolulu, has been nominated for the 2019 TIME and Ally Financial Dealer of the Year Award. Nicolai is one of a select group of 51 dealer nominees from across the United States who will be recognized at the National Automobile Dealers Association Show in San Francisco on January 25, 2019.

TIME Publisher Jorg Stratmann and Ally Financial President of Auto Finance Doug Timmerman made the announcement. The TIME Dealer of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious – and highly coveted – honors of the automobile industry. The nominees are not only successful automobile dealers, but are pillars of the community as evidenced by their long-standing commitment to public service. Now in its 50 th year, the award committee chooses 51 auto dealers
from a field of more than 16,000 dealers nationwide.

From our humble beginnings…

Nicolai, 43, graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu and did his undergraduate studies at Boston College in Massachusetts. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also did undergraduate studies in Florence, Italy, at the Lorenzo de Medici Italian International Institute.

After earning his B.S. in Marketing, Nicolai worked at Penfold Motors in Melbourne, Australia. In 1998, he joined his father, Joe Nicolai, at the latter’s company, JN Group.

“From our humble beginnings on a dirt lot, we still maintain the same entrepreneurial and creative approach to business, taking us to the forefront of sustainable design and experiential retail,” said the younger Nicolai about his father’s company, which began in 1961 selling pre-owned cars.

Today, Brad Nicolai oversees Velocity Honolulu, a new concept in luxury shopping, dining and residential living. It is home to 16 brands of high-end automobiles and motorcycles, top-of-the-line retail shops, fine dining and luxury apartments. Velocity Honolulu was the first developer in Hawaii to receive LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environment Design – certification for its residential complex, Symphony Honolulu.

“My desire to do things differently and to learn from others outside our industry inspired me to intern for a real estate company during the summers while also working at the dealership. This sparked my interest in creating an amenity-rich mixed-use development,” said Nicolai.

Deep Commitment To The Community

The JN Group is a strong supporter of the United States Armed Forces. They donate to several programs that provide services to our nation’s heroes. Some of these programs are the United States Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (U.S. Army MWR), the Honolulu Navy League and the Association of the United States Army. JN Group stores are collection centers for Toys for Tots.

The Nicolai Family created the Castiglione a Casauria Foundation, named after the small Italian town where Brad Nicolai’s grandparents hail from, and through which JN Group gives back to charities; big and small alike. They host blood drives regularly at their dealerships. Additionally, they support the Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, which advocates early childhood literacy; American Red Cross of Hawaii; Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii; Doctors Without Borders; Friends of Kewalos, which protects and preserves Kewalos Basin Park; Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation; Hawaii Foodbank; Hawaiian Humane Society; Lanakila Meals on Wheels; Moanalua Gardens Foundation, which preserves the native culture and environment of Hawaii; REHAB Foundation, which supports the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific to help people with physical and cognitive disabilities; Teach for America and YMCA of Honolulu, among others.

The Award

Dealers are nominated by executives of state and metro dealers from around the nation. The award is sponsored by TIME and Ally Financial with the cooperation of NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan selects one finalist from each region and one National Dealer of the Year. The top 3 finalists receive $5,000 for their favorite charity and the winner gets an additional $10,000 for charity.

Ally also donates $1,000 to each of the 51 nominees to contribute to the charity of their choice.

Land Rover Offers New Features for Four-Legged Friends

Some of us don’t drive top-of-the-line Land Rover models just to enjoy by ourselves. We also want our entire families to enjoy legendary luxury… even our furry family members. That’s why Velocity Honolulu thinks you’ll love the latest pet-friendly accessories available from Land Rover.

Keep your pet safe, happy and comfortable with some thoughtful accessories from Land Rover, such as a spill-resistant water bowl, access ramp, foldable pet carrier, tailored quilted load space liner and a portable rinse system to protect your cargo area (also useful for washing off muddy gear or bikes). These accessories are made to fit the entire Land Rover lineup. They can either be purchased together in the Pet Pack or as individual accessories.

For more information about these new Land Rover Pet Pack products, contact us online or visit Velocity Honolulu in person at 888 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813. Image Credit: Land Rover

Steering The ROAD AHEAD

Discover The All-New 2019 Audi Q8

With its always commanding presence, turn heads driving the all-new 2019 Audi Q8 from Velocity Honolulu. From its off-road quattro ® DNA to its sleek and roomy interior, this surprisingly comfortable ride dominates the road and is made for adventure. Onlookers will stare at the aggressive Singleframe ® front grille and signature LED accents that give the Q8’s sporty design an appearance that is unmistakably Audi.

But the Q8 is more than just a pretty face. The impressive Q8 offers available safety features and endless technology that makes this SUV a heavy-hitter in driving experience.

Performance and Handling

When your aluminum-intensive structure and suspension system is compared to the Bentley Bentayga, the Lamborghini Urus and the Porsche Cayenne, you can rest assure this high-end performer governs in a higher class. Equipped with a 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 with a twin-scroll turbocharger mated to an eight-speed tiptronic® transmission, this dynamic pairing offers 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It ramps up at a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds, proving buying an SUV doesn’t mean sacrificing performance. 

Quattro® all-wheel drive puts the power to the road, and active torque distribution creates a handling experience you’d expect from a sports car. Power can be allocated to the wheel with the most traction, and individual wheel braking further enhances how well the Q8 handles on tight roads. Audi Drive Select allows the driver to adjust the suspension damping to different types of driving so that the Q8 is always glued to the road.

To get even more out of the new Q8, the Adaptive Chassis package adds adaptive air suspension, which allows ride height and stiffness to be adjusted through Audi Drive Select. Two additional drive modes—all road and lift/off-road—are also added with the package, as is all-wheel steering. The dexterity of the Q8 is impeccable with options for even more customization.

Technology

A revolution in interior design, the next generation dashboard makes its appearance in the 2019 Audi Q8. Offering tons of tech that checks every box, the MMI touch response® is offered on a 10.1-inch display, which controls all infotainment and navigation features that this SUV is equipped with. With an Audi connect subscription, information like parking and weather are only a touch away. In addition, rather than conventional buttons, there’s also a smaller 8.6- inch display for climate control and other comforts. This second display gives the interior of the Q8 a refined look.

Audi’s virtual cockpit is a 12.3-inch display screen that offers a high-resolution view of Audi Connect®, which features connected navigation and 3D city models. Displaying everything from audio to phone information, the Audi virtual cockpit instrument panel gives drivers a constant companion throughout the journey.

Other connectivity options, like the Audi phone box (which charges cell phones and amplifies their signals) and standard Audi smartphone interface, are available for Apple CarPlay™ and Google™ Android Auto™ so that you can use your phone without compromising safety.

Safety

The Q3 features a wealth of features that offer advanced safety and driver assist protection. Smarter than your average SUV, the Q8 has up to 24 sensors, depending on selected options, that read the surrounding area, so that it applies its driver assistance systems in the most informed way possible to help mitigate accidents and other unwanted road hazards.

Optional features, like Adaptive Cruise Assist, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, top-view camera with virtual 360-degree surround view, intersection assist, turn assist, traffic sign recognition, Audi side assist, Audi pre-sense rear, vehicle exit warning and rear cross-traffic assist, all make the Audi Q8 a vigilant second pair of eyes on the road.

Discover your 2019 Audi Q8 at Velocity Honolulu

Audi is shaking up the SUV class once again with the all-new Q8. From its inspired styling and 5-passenger seating to its capable performance and handling, the Q8 presents itself as the performance and luxury model you’d expect from Audi. Contact Velocity Honolulu for more information about this brand-new model and be one of the first to get behind the wheel of Audi’s newest flagship SUV.

Jaguar Combines Modern Tech and Classic Style in New Conversion

Jaguar engineers aren’t just the world’s greatest carmakers; they’re also incredible artists. There’s no better proof of that than their latest masterpiece, the E-type Zero: a recreation of a classic Jaguar model with modern power. Bringing rich history back to life, the results were so popular that Jaguar Classic will now offer conversions for collectors.

One of the most appealing vehicles you’ll see on the road today, the Jaguar E- type Zero (classic models pictured below) sold from 1961 to 1975; and its beauty, power and affordability helped establish the brand as one of the world’s leading carmakers. In fact, the model gained such popularity over the years, it has become a sought-after icon by car collectors from every corner of the globe. Also known as the XK-E, the E-type featured James Bond-level style and suave; and its track-inspired engineering produced a top speed of 150 mph and a sub-7- second 0 to 60 time. It inspired many industry-wide changes to automotive engineering, and it has been named on multiple top lists including “Top Sports Cars of the 1960s” and the “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. You may have even seen this legend on the screen in Austin Powers and Mad Men.

Last year, Jaguar Classic rebuilt one of these mint condition E-types with modern all-electric technology. The goal was to produce “the most beautiful electric car in the world;” the result was the E-type Zero. The team debuted this creation at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September of 2017. In theory, the concept was simple: take the all-electric guts from the new Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, and install it all in a classic Series 1 E-type body. A high-tech 40kWh battery replaces the classic E- type ’s six- cylinder petrol XK engine (literally with the same placement and weight) and a modified instrumentation and fascia offers the latest touchscreen infotainment amenities. Unique LED lights also replace the old bulbs, but they’re designed to compliment the classic look while providing modern illumination.

Own a classic E-type? Well, here’s the best news of all. Jaguar Classic will convert your E-type to all electric, too. Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, Tim Hannig, explained the decision:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic. E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”

The Classic team will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK. An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible, and the instrumentation and infotainment feature is optional.

If you want to get the state-of-the-art all electric or hybrid power in a modern Jaguar body, we have several new models to show you. Contact our sales staff or visit us in person at Velocity Honolulu, and we’ll introduce you to these modern marvels of automotive efficiency.

Image Credit: Jaguar

The Future Never Performed So Good

A Look At The Jaguar Land Rover Lineup

The future looks bright for Jaguar Land Rover as electrifying changes are on the horizon. Starting in 2020, all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be offered with an electrified/electric powertrain. Looking forward to 2024 for Jaguar, we’ll see the addition of another SUV, the super-luxe J-Pace. For Land Rover, we’ll see the long-awaited return of the legendary Defender and a new all-electric, all-road version of the Range Rover, as well as the next generation Evoque. All of these models will be defined on the new high-grade aluminum platform, known as the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA).

Jaguar J-Pace

Jaguar just got bigger with the addition for the J-Pace. After the success of the increasingly larger SUV lineup of the I-Pace, E-Pace, and F-Pace, Jaguar will continue with the trend offering the largest and most luxurious SUV yet. The J-Pace will borrow from the DNA of the Range Rover’s bones and muscle with the I-Pace’s efficiency. No doubt Jaguar plans to include an all-electric—or at least a hybrid—version of the J-Pace, as the automaker has recently confirmed that it plans to offer at least one such model for every vehicle in its lineup. Details are still pretty scarce, but it looks like we’ll have to wait to hear more as we get closer to 2020 when the J-Pace is expected to hit the streets.

Land Rover Defender

Marking the automaker’s 70th anniversary back in April, Land Rover teased the resurrection of the Land Rover Defender. The Defender aims to emerge on the market sometime in 2019, and it will emulate the naming convention of its predecessors, the Defender 90 and 110, so named because of their 90- and 110-inch wheelbases. However, Land Rover has made it clear that the Defender will represent more than just a new model, it will make up the third pillar in the automaker’s family, joining the Range Rover and Discovery pillars. The Defender will have multiple variants, including long and compact wheel bases with even a pick-up version rumored.

All-new Range Rover

We’ll have to wait until 2021 to see the next generation of the legendary Range Rover; but we know that one of the biggest changes will be the addition of variants using 48V mild-hybrid Ingenium gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a fully electric version expected to follow in 2022.

All-new Evoque

The next-generation Evoque will also get the electric vehicle treatment. This new Evoque will sit on the MLA platform, so it loses a lot of weight but maintains rigidity. That weight-loss will come in handy with the new plug-in hybrid version of the Evoque, which will offer enviable savings in fuel economy and a considerable reduction in its carbon footprint. Land Rover claims that the stiffer body structure will also offer a more comfortable ride. In addition, rumor has it that the new Evoque will feature the “transparent hood” technology that Land Rover teased several years ago. This feature will combine external cameras with the interior HUD projection to offer an unprecedented view of the road ahead.

Discover Innovation Today

Patience is a virtue; but if you can’t wait until these new models hit the stores in coming years, then check out our current inventory to see the many new models ready to hit the street today. You can also contact our sales staff online to schedule a personal consultation.

Audi Honolulu Voted One of Hawaii’s Best in 2018

As a proud recipient of the “2018 Hawaii’s Best Award” from Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Audi Honolulu would like to personally thank guests like you for voting us into the winner’s circle.

With over 500,000-plus loyal readers, every year the Honolulu Star-Advertiser honors the island’s best as voted by its readers; and thanks to our loyal clients, we made it to the top of this year’s list! Winning this prestigious award is a great honor.

As we continue our commitment to finding our clients their perfect Audi matches, we also continue our dedication to making all of our on-site experiences only the highest in quality. From the purchase process to our state-of-the-art service center, your comfort and convenience are our primary concerns.

It is a privilege to be recognized for this award, and we thank you once again for your support and voting Audi Honolulu in as the winner of Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “2018 Hawaii’s Best Award.”

Please visit Audi Honolulu today and experience our commitment to you!

Land Rover Introduces The Plug-In Hybrid Range Rover Sport

2019 Range Rover Sport P400e

The day has finally come! A plug-in vehicle that will take you places a plug-in has never gone before. Drive off-road, electrified, with the 2019 Range Rover Sport P400e.

The Range Rover Sport, the more compact version of the Range Rover, offers the same versatility as its larger counterpart, but with a sportier body. Capable of sourcing some of its propulsion energy directly from its electrical grid, the P400e plug-in hybrid version uses the automaker’s 2.0-liter gasoline engine mated with an electric motor to produce a combined output of 398 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. Anyone concerned about sacrificing power for fuel-economy need not worry, this hybrid will launch from 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds, and it will hit a top speed of 137 mph.

The P400e can also run on electricity or electric mode alone, traveling as far as 31 miles at speeds of up to 85 mph on a single charge of the 13.1-kWh lithium-ion battery. According to Land Rover, that single charge takes as little as 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 220-volt charger (pictured below). Such a charger can usually be found throughout urban areas (often for free) or installed in the home. Also, owners can use a smartphone app to check charging status or set up timed charging to take advantage of lower utility rates.

Drive The 2019 Plug-In Hybrid Range Rover Sport

Inside and out, the P400e will offer the same versatility and luxury that fans have come to expect from the Range Rover lineup, only with a much higher fuel economy and lower carbon footprint.

Visit Velocity Honolulu today to experience first-class customer service. We’re here to help you select the perfect model that fits your lifestyle.

Elegance Wrapped In Audi

Introducing the Audi A4

With elegance exuding from every curve and a high safety rating, the Audi A4 is perhaps the most well-rounded luxury sedan out there. Providing a pleasant interior with an array of brilliant high-tech features, this powerful machine delivers optimal performance in a well-built, eye-catching exterior.

The 2018 A4 provides a powerful 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivers plenty of torque. Delivering grace on every front, owners will be impressed with its great handling and excellent ride. Thanks to Audi engineering, the A4 feels like it’s not even touching the road.

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Balancing style and function, the Audi A4’s modern-looking cabin delivers plenty of space for all passengers as well as top-level features.

  • Among the available features:
  • MMI® display and MMI® touch
  • Virtual Cockpit
  • Bang & Olufsen® Sound System With 3D Sound
  • Three-Spoke Multifunction Steering Wheel With Shift Paddles
  • Wing-Design Wrap-Around Woodgrain Dashboard
  • Ambient Led Interior Lighting Plus Package

The Audi A4 creates a sense of refined luxury with top-tier comforts for all passengers to enjoy.

No matter where the road takes you, experience it driving a 2018 Audi A4. Visit Velocity Honolulu or contact us to schedule a test drive and experience 2018 Audi A4 for yourself.

Keep Cool this Summer Driving an Audi

5 Ways To Beat The Heat

With summer approaching, Audi has made it easier to stay cool with modern conveniences. Embrace the heat wave with Audi features created specifically to beat the heat.

Cool Down With Just One Touch

To ensure maximum comfort, Audi passengers can enjoy a multi-zone automatic climate control system. Intuitive, easy to use and effective in maintaining cabin temperature, the multi-zone system allows separate airflow to the driver and passengers. To regulate cabin comfort, temperature sensors help the system gauge the desired temperature and automatically reduce airflow to maintain optimum temperature.

Open To A New Experience

A nice touch to sunny days cruising down the streets is having the windows down and moonroof open. The Audi one touch panoramic power moonroof takes up a large portion of the roof exposing a crystal clear view of the beautiful sky above. With a single press of a button, the huge moonroof opens to let cooling fresh air in.

Wind In Your Hair

For those of you who truly appreciate being one with your environment, we introduce the Audi convertible. The acoustic folding roof allows you to put the entire top down so you can truly enjoy your ride. Cool off this summer with an abundant breeze whipping through your hair driving an Audi convertible.

Ventilated Seats

Passengers in the front seat relax in complete bliss as seats quickly whisk air away to quickly cool the occupant. Provided by certain Audi models, front seat driver and passenger can quickly cool to a comfortable temperature.

Pre-Conditioned Cabin Temperature

Before you ever step foot inside your Audi A3 Sportback e-tron®, owners can pre-condition the cabin temperature with just one touch. Simply download the Audi Connect® app and sync to your Audi. Among its many functions, this app can be used for remote climate controls when the
e-tron® is plugged in and charging; so you can cool down the cabin before you take a ride.

Visit Velocity Honolulu or contact us to schedule a test drive and experience all the ways to beat the heat for yourself.

* Not all features available in all models/trim levels. See dealer for details.