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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
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will provide 15,000 vehicles in an exclusive fleet contract with the Paris-based nutritional food company Danone. The first-of-its-kind deal for the Alliance provides a full range of vehicles to Danone in 25 countries for at least five years. Danone, one of the fastest growing food companies in the world, selected the Renault-Nissan Alliance for its wide ......read more
Once the lights went off at the start line of British Formula 1 Grand Prix held at the famous Silverstone circuit, it seemed that Spanish Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was set to repeat his historic 2011 British victory for the Scuderia Ferrari, until Australian Red Bull driver Mark Webber turned the tables with just five laps remaining. Both drivers started from the front row, ......read more
Mercedes-AMG is once again demonstrating its qualities as a visionary, this time with the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake. The new AMG high-performance vehicle is the exciting enhancement of an innovative vehicle concept. As an attractive alternative for design-oriented car enthusiasts, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake combines performance with style and usability in a completely new ......read more
Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber secured victory in today’s (08.07.2012) British Grand Prix after a superb move on Fernando Alonso in the final laps of the thrilling race. The Australian’s win, his second at Silverstone, brings the Red Bull Racing Renault partnership’s tally of victories to 30, while edging Renault’s total wins in Formula 1 to ......read more
After testing several refined and high-quality VW models this year such as the most under-estimated and superb Phaeton, the practical Passat Alltrack, the US-version of the spacious Passat NMS (offered only in the USA, China and the Middle East, not including Egypt), the very good value-for-money and reliable VW Jetta, the extremely advanced and very safe European-version of the Passat, ......read more
The 11th International Automobile show is scheduled to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from 28th November to 1st December, and the organizers are busy putting together an exhilarating event. Following the success of the previous event in 2010, a range of new models will be unveiled at the show later this year. If you are planning to change your car this year then the IAS 2012 will be ......read more
Unfortunately there is still a HUGE difference between living in Europe or the Middle East & North Africa region, when it comes to how the car companies treat their customers and offer them unique offers, exciting raffles and superb customer-binding incentives. Even the car launch events and marketing activities differ significantly between the Middle East and North Africa on one hand ......read more
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