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Lewis Hamilton ruled Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix in a superb drive from start to finish in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, to score his first-ever win at the famous cathedral of speed held on the Monza circuit. Behind the winning Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, however, Ferrari suffered the indignity of being beaten by a customer team in front of their cheering home crowd as Sergio ......read more
The all-new Volkswagen Golf has been unveiled in Berlin, 36 years after the original model redefined the small family car. The seventh generation Golf builds on the success of its predecessors, of which over 29 million have been sold, bringing new levels of comfort, practicality, safety and efficiency to the class. Despite offering more room for passengers and more ......read more
It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, when Jenson Button coined his hard earned pole position into an impressive victory after an explosive start to the Belgian Grand Prix saw his team mate Lewis Hamilton eliminated along with championship points leader Fernando Alonso, Sauber’s Sergio Perez and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean. The drama at the start ......read more
The all-new Mazda6, which celebrates its world premiere at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show, is the second of a new generation of Mazda vehicles which adopt the Japanese company’s full range of SKYACTIV technology and the �KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language. Mazda has consistently strived to provide stylish, insightful and spirited cars and the new generation ......read more
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giovanni Bernacchini (Qatar World Rally Team) celebrated their return to the WRC at Rallye Deutschland by picking up points with an eighth-place finish, thanks to a disciplined and consistent performance. After going off while battling for third place, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Citro?«n Junior World Rally Team) ended up finishing in 13th position ......read more
Audi is the first manufacturer to have achieved a one-two-three victory in the 2012 DTM. At Zandvoort/Netherlands Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi A5 DTM) triumphed in front of his two brand colleagues Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi A5 DTM) and Mattias Ekstr?¶m. (Red Bull Audi A5 DTM). With that, a driver from all three Audi teams was on the podium. Overall 39,000 spectators watched ......read more
Porsche will launch its new 911 Carrera 4 model at the upcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 unites the excellent performance and effi-ciency of the new generation of the 911 Carrera with the dynamic benefits of the latest version of the active all-wheel drive system PTM (Porsche Traction Manage-ment). The typical Porsche all-wheel drive ......read more
Al Nabooda Automobiles is extending its current promotion on the entire Volkswagen fleet to make this the ideal time to purchase a new car. The offer, which was launched to celebrate the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan, has seen a record number of new cars being sold as customers recognise the value of the added benefits. Now valid until 30 September 2012, Volkswagen Dubai ......read more
A few days ago Audi announced it sold more vehicles in the first half of 2012 than in any first half since entering the Middle East market with a wholly owned subsidiary in 2005. A total of 4,274 vehicles were delivered to customers in the region in the first six months of 2012 – an increase of 15 percent over the same period in 2011. Sales for the month of June also achieved ......read more
BMW Group has confirmed that the refined model of its flagship BMW 7 Series will go on sale in the Middle East this September, while no specific date has been set for the Egyptian market yet. The current generation of the BMW 7 Series is the most successful of all times. It is the leading luxury sedan and consistently amongst BMW Group’s best-selling cars in the Middle East. ......read more
Unfortuntaly, and due to the current political situations in the region, Harley Davidson MENA had to anounce today that the MENA Harley Days will be postponed until further notice Harley-Davidson Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson Europe, Middle East and Africa, the world’s leading manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles, has announced ......read more
25 years ago Mercedes-Benz was the first automobile manufacturer in the world to introduce the front passenger airbag in a series-production car. The technology debuted in the S-Class (model series 126) at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 1987. It elevated the safety standards in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars to a new level and thus represented yet another logical step ......read more
Mohammed Ben Sulayem said today that the Federation shake-up and restructuring of the Arab Motorcycle Federation (AMF), a process driven by the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC), can take competitive bike racing in the region to a new level. Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, believes regional moto racing can look forward to a bright ......read more
The Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi is on course for a record year as it aims to build on its 40 per cent share of the Metropolitan Taxi sector in the UK. Variants of the Vito Taxi have been sold in the UK since June 2008, establishing themselves as a dependable and popular choice for the taxi market. Capable of seating up to six passengers, the Vito Taxi 113CDI, is now available to ......read more
Spyker N.V. ("Spyker") announced that it has filed a complaint against General Motors Company ("GM") in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan today at 08.00 AM EST. Spyker filed the complaint in its own right and on behalf of its 100 percent subsidiary Saab Automobile A.B., which was declared bankrupt on December 19, 2011. This lawsuit seeks redress ......read more
Toyota Motor Corporation yesterday (01.08.2012) recalled 1.5 Million Toyota vehicles, including some 2006-2012 year model Rav4 models, the Lexus HS 250h as well as the Avensis T27 and Auris D-CAT. And while the Toyota mother-company calls it an official 'recall' allover the world, the Toyota importers in the GGC and Middle East decided to give it another neat and ......read more
Sunday's Hungarian race did not lack drama at all with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton skillfully resisting pressure from the two challenging Lotus cars of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean to win the race from pole position. The most rewarding thing for Lewis Hamilton however was the fact, that the best which title contenders Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and ......read more
Only a few selected motoring media worldwide had the chance so far to test-drive the new high-performance car from Woking, the McLaren MP4-12C. So when McLaren contacted us a few days ago to invite us for a short test-drive with the McLaren MP4-12C, it only took me a few seconds on the phone to accept this invitation. This made Auto Arabia the only motoring media from Egypt ......read more
Although the Middle East region is hosting two Formula One races at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and at the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama, there are hardly any professional beginner’s racing series currently in this region. The Middle Eastern edition of the Formula BMW Cup was launched in Bahrain shortly after the first F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2004, ......read more
Spanish Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso drove a fantastic race in Germany on Sunday afternoon to become the first three-time winner of the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship. Fernando Alonso was under consistent pressure, firsat from German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel and later from Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Jenson Button, both of whom got within less than a second of the Ferrari ......read more
The success of Mercedes Benz in the compact segment in the Middle East region and Egypt had been quite modest over the past years. With the new A-Class this success could signifcantly improve to the better, even though the competition in the 'premium' compact segment is quite high, with other key-players such as the recently-launched and very advanced Volvo V40, the established Audi A3 ......read more
The stunning new 12C Spider may now be seen in action for the first time, with the launch of a high quality short film: Shot using cinema-quality RED camera technology, the film begins with a 12C Spider finished in glorious Volcano Red in high speed action on track, before it traverses the winding mountain roads of Andaluc?­a in Southern Spain. The exciting sequence underlines the ......read more
Road Safety is a very serious issue in Egypt and the Middle East. The crash numbers and road fatalities in Egypt are among the highest, if not the highest worldwide. Egypt Today Magazine started a series of reports of this very important issue and interviewed Auto Arabis's editor Mohamed Sheta for that reason. Mohamed Sheta is not only a recognized and well-known jury-member in ......read more
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