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The Volkswagen up! is one of the most interesting cars currently available in some of the international markets, and it even won last year the renowned World Car of the Year Award at the 2012 New York Auto Show, where it was selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of sixty-four (64) top-level automotive journalists from twenty-five (25) countries around the ......read more
Infiniti has not been winning many awards lately in Europe or the Middle East & North Africa region, mainly because of a very modest brand awareness, not only among the public but also among large parts of the professional motoring media in this region. Many people do not even know that Infiniti has been involved heavily with Formula 1 for a few years now. This might change, with ......read more
Decision-makers allover the world should try this zero-emission car, especially decision-makers in North Africa and the Middle East because of the extreme pollution in this those parts of the world. But for the time-being only the political decision-makers in Brussels will have the pleasure of driving this car, as the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has been selected for the second consecutive ......read more
At the Australian Grand Prix on March 17, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Driver Mark Webber will wear a special pair of racing boots customized with the Australian Flag: Geox designed the boots to celebrate Mark Webber’s home race, and as a kick-off of the 2013 Championship. Technology, innovation and design unite Geox and Formula One racing once again – the company’s winning ......read more
On March 13, 2013, Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and representatives of France’s CFDT, CFE-CGC and FO unions signed the Renault Agreement, termed as ‘A Contract to Provide Fresh Impetus to Renault’s Growth and Social Development in France’ The Renault Agreement was submitted the previous day to the Group and Subsidiary Works Councils for consultation This agreement, which is ......read more
French tire manufacturer Michelin today announced that the all of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series cars will be fitted with the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Delivering superior performance is engrained in the genetic code of the AMG brand. It’s also the mission assigned to the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which will equip all new Mercedes-Benz SLS ......read more
Mercedes-Benz Egypt invited its Dealers’ network & partners to one of the luxurious hotels in Cairo to celebrate the company’s 2012 achievements and align the Mercedes-Benz Egypt family on the new targets and vehicles to be launched during 2013. Chief amongst the new 2013 launches is the all-New A-Class, a car that is expected to revolutionize the motoring world. During ......read more
Formula One fans have been waiting for this moment for several months now, the start of the 2013 F1 season which promises to be an extremely exciting one. The 2013 Formula One championship will get underway in Melbourne this week with the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix, held at the Albert Park circuit in the city. For MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, 2013 sees an ......read more
Renault is known for receiving many top ratings at the Euro-NCAP for its excellent active and passive safety features in its model range. Now, another Renault model has achieved another success, as the Renault ZOE has been awarded a five-star rating following the passive safety tests carried out by Euro NCAP, despite the harsher noting system introduced by this independent body in ......read more
At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show at the Geneva International Motor Show, the top finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced today. The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York International Auto Show ......read more
In the year of its 50th anniversary Automobili Lamborghini is presenting an extremely exclusive model at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Only three unique units of the Lamborghini Veneno will be built and sold. Its design is consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability, giving the Veneno the real dynamic experience of a racing prototype, yet it is fully ......read more
Audi is working intently to electrify the drivetrain using plug-in hybrid technology. The brand with the four rings is showing the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of system torque, sporty performance is guaranteed. The A3 Sportback e-tron is a true Audi. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) ......read more
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity and pleasure of experiencing the sheer power of the E63 AMG and the E63 AMG 4Matic S with its 585hp and 800Nm on some wet and curvy country roads around Barcelona. And since then AMG has been dominating the international headlines over the past few days and weeks. So, only a few days after the first pictures of the SLS AMG Black Series and the SLS ......read more
In every business field there are a few black sheep who jeopardize the reputation of the remaining white sheep. The automotive industry and the motoring media are no exception, especially since both those sectors have a very sensitive and critical relationship, which in some cases lead to a very obvious corruption for the advantage of the car company and a certain editor or ......read more
What started as a very promising 100.000km long-term test seems to be having a not-so-happy end, due to a possible engine failure, but also due to the extremely reckless, careless and unprofessional attitude of the service center of Skoda Egypt – Artoc Auto. It is taking the responsible engineers and customers service managers such as Eng. Mahmoud Mahmoud more than two years now (yes, ......read more
The Volkswagen Polo R WRC is just a matter of days away from its much-anticipated competitive debut on gravel in the FIA World Rally Championship. The 315 hp four-wheel drive powerhouse from Wolfsburg will take on very specific conditions when it rolls down the starting ramp at the third round of the season, the Rally Mexico, from 7th to 10th March. Reaching altitudes of up to ......read more
Driving an armored passenger car has become essential for many Middle Eastern citizens, especially after the significant lack of security in many Arab countries after the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. Having a reliable and well-tested all-wheel-drive on your armored vehicles like it is the case with the Audi A8 Security improves your safety and security a lot, especially when trying ......read more
It seems that 2013 will be a very competitive year for BMW, Audi, Porsche, MINI and Volvo in Egypt. One of those reasons is of the course the fact that the Daimler representative office in Egypt, Mercedes Benz Egypt, has witnessed some structural and personnel developments over the past few months, in addition to the huge wave of new models expected to be launched by Daimler AG and ......read more
As the exciting new A-Class was introduced to the UK market for the first time, Mercedes-Benz in the United Kingdom recorded a 7.4 per cent rise in registrations for the month of January, according to figures released by the SMMT. Among the strongest performers in January was the C-Class Saloon, placed first in its highly-competitive market segment with a 12.8 per cent increase ......read more
French car giant Renault has announced this week its plans to set up a new Middle East operational division in a bid to build on sales growth in the region. Effective from February 1, the company will combine management operations across 12 Middle East countries with a regional office based in Dubai. The move is part of Renault's plan to become the number one European brand in ......read more
Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., have signed a unique three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialisation of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology. The goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop a common fuel cell electric vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the technology. Each company will ......read more
BMW Group Middle East has developed and produced BMW Individual Pearl cars from the company's bespoke optioning programme, BMW Individual, which enables customers to tailor their vehicle to a bespoke design that suits their individual style by using a range of premium materials, paints and interior trims. The shallow and warm waters of the Arabian Gulf are famous for creating the ......read more
HE’s patronage and presence is a testament to how important this event is, not only to Qatar, but to the region and the automotive world. His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, will cut the ribbon officially inaugurating the third edition of the Qatar Motor Show before touring exhibitor stands ......read more
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Is Egyptian car market corrupt or collapsing?
Is the Egyptian car market collapsing or is it just a corrupt and unprofessional car market? This is surely one of the most asked questions these days. Everybody is asking ...