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Volkswagen unveiled the revised Phaeton at the Beijing Motor Show, which is expected to give its competitors such as the BMW 7 series and Jaguar XJ a hard time in some markets, like in Egypt or the Middle East region. Featuring a new look and technologies, the updated Phaeton builds on what is already one of the most advanced and thoroughly engineered cars on the road today. Built in ......read more
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat S.p.A., which owns 85 percent of the supercar company Ferrari, said that Ferrari plans to boost its profitability with the launch of four new models within the next three years. Marchionne said Ferrari's future product plan for the next 5 years will focus on increased product profitability. Maserati, which is also owned by FIAT, plans to ......read more
Most Mercedes-related news in Egypt's and the Middle East region's leading newspaper and magazines are currently just handling one topic: The Mercedes corruption and bribery scandal involving governmental officials. Therefore, we at Auto Arabia, decided to cheer up our readers and our friends at Mercedes Benz by reporting about something more positive and cheerful, namely the two ......read more
Ever since the era of the Bentley Boys, Bentley cars have been enjoying an amazing reputation in most parts of the world. That reputation consequently was reflected in the continuously increasing sales numbers worldwide, especially in key markets such as Europe, USA and the Far East. Unfortunately the Middle East in general, and Egypt in specific, have not been such promising markets ......read more
The Ford Fiesta has become Europeâ€™s best-selling car, beating the Volkswagen Golf into second place in both March 2010 and year-to-date sales, according to latest figures from the worldâ€™s leading provider of automotive data and intelligence, JATO Dynamics. In total, 68,630 Fiestas were sold in March 2010, a 25.8% rise in sales, vs. March 2009 and 11,785 more ......read more
Aston Martin took its third consecutive podium of 2010 at the 36th running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach crossing the line in second place. Drivers Adrian Fern??ndez (MX) and Harold Primat (CH) drove on the limit throughout the 100 minute dash, in a race that was plagued with yellow flags and a brush with the tyre wall. Aston Martin Racing, normally conditioned to compete in long ......read more
Jack Heuer, great grand-son of Heuer Founder and Honorary Chairman of TAG Heuer, had a fantastic week-end. The man, whose early interest in motor racing transformed a small Swiss stopwatch and dashboard brand into a Swiss watchmaking legend and an iconic Formula 1 partner, spent the day on Shanghai Grand Prix yesterday where he met with the Vodafone McLaren drivers and team principals and ......read more
The Monster family introduces the 796, an exciting addition to the line-up that combines the user-friendliness of the 696 with the sports character of the 1100. Delivering 87hp (64kW), a dry weight of just 167kg (368lb) and optional ABS, the stylish new Monster 796 returns the magic of mid-range to the Monster family. The Monster 796 is fitted with the micro-bikini fairing and single ......read more
18-4-2010, Shanghai - Cairo McLaren had lots of headlines this week in the international and Middle Eastern media. Not only is McLaren Automotive considering a new headquarter in Bahrain, but also the Vodafone McLaren F1 Team managed to score a One-Two victory at the China F1 GP today. With a do-or-die attitude Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver and 2009 Formula 1 World Champion ......read more
In a very dramatic qualifying session at the China F1 Grand Prix this morning, German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel snatched the pole position ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Marc Webber and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher only reached 9th position in today's qualifying. Sebastian Vettel was able to maintain his current dominance among the other F1 teams, by ......read more
The 2008 Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton scored today (16.4.2010) the fastest time (1:35.217) in the second round of the free practice held on the Shanghai circuit. It was a continuation of what happened in the first round of the free practice, when 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button topped the time sheets driving his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes around the track ......read more
Although the image of Land Rover and Jaguar is more than excellent in many parts of the world, it seems that the image of Jaguar and Land Rover in Egypt is still miles away from that positive reputation. Just within the last week I met two persons in Cairo, who were very eager to tell me their experience with MTI, the official Jaguar and Land Rover dealer in Egypt, when they heard I ......read more
Mercedes-Benz now equips the successful C-Class C 180 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY and C 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY models featuring a six-speed manual transmission with a sophisticated ECO start/stop function, which reduces the four-cylinder models' fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10 percent, while direct petrol injection makes these models even more responsive than their ......read more
The Daimler AG's and Renault SA's boards approved plans for a global alliance focusing on sharing small- car technologies and development costs. This deal will include Renault and Japanese partner Nissan Motor Co. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche are scheduled to attend a joint press conference today (Wednesday 07.04.2010) in Brussels. Nissan and Renault ......read more
Stuttgart, Cairo, Abu Dhabi â€“ Although the year 2010 started with nightmares for some automotive companies such as Toyota, Hummer and BMW it seems that other companies such as Mercedes Benz are experiencing a totally different situation. In March 2010, Mercedes-Benz continued the positive sales development of the prior two months, increasing sales by nine percent to 109,300 ......read more
Finally, and after failing to convert pole position into victory in the first two rounds of the much anticipated 2010 Formula 1 season, Redbull driver Sebastian Vettel scored a maiden victory on the Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Starting from P3 behind Nico Rosberg who scored the first front-row for Mercedes GP and teammate and pole sitter Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel took ......read more
The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) announce that from the forthcoming Australian Grand Prix onwards every car run by its member teams will carry a â€?Make Roads Safeâ€™ logo to show full support to the campaign led by the FIA and the FIA Foundation. FOTA applauds the FIA and the FIA Foundation for this excellent initiative, whose impact in terms of lives saved globally is ......read more
Representatives from Rolls-Royce dealerships in the Middle East region, excluding Egypt since Bavarian Auto Group is no longer authorized Rolls Royce dealer in Egypt, convened near Laguna Beach, California, to discuss business development for the next decade and bid farewell to the outgoing CEO. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, Tom Purves, who will retire at the end of the month, ......read more
When Fernando Alonso used to drive for the Renault F1 Team, his 'official' company cars where usually Renault Espace or Laguna. Now that he is driving for the legendary Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro F1 Team, things have changed completely. The two-times Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso has "unveiled" today (18.10.2010) in Fiorano his new 'company car' that he has selected, ......read more
In recognition of the outstanding racing and sales success of the Vantage GT4 race car since its launch as the Vantage N24 three years ago, Aston Martin is announcing a four-pronged programme of enhanced support and incentives for race teams and owners of the cars across Europe for 2010. At the heart of this exciting programme is a new six round competition - the Aston Martin British ......read more
Good news for fans of sporty and individual VW cars in the Middle East and North Africa. Mercedes fans had AMG models, BMW fans had M-GmbH models and Audi fans had the S-Line models. Now,the Volkswagen R GmbH will be offering VW fans in the Middle East and North Africa sporty and exclusive models from Volkswagen in the future. Volkswagen AG has bundled the responsibilities ......read more
There are only a few one-make cups taking place on the racing circuit in Middle East region, like the amazing Yas Marina Circuit or the promising Al Reem Circuit. One of those cups with the biggest heritage is surely the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, where the Saudi Arabian participants, such as Abdul Aziz Al Faisal (Al Faisal Racing Team), Faisal Binladen and Raed Abuzenadah from the ......read more
There are hardly any professional riding events in Egypt or the Middle East offered by the motorcycles manufacturers. Therefore the only possibility to ride and train in a safe environment is to participate in one of the driving experiences such as Harley Davidson's breath-taking trips in the beautiful South Africa or the Ducati Riding Experience on Italy's finest racing circuits. So, ......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 ...