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Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Italian co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini overcame a potentially costly puncture on the ninth special stage to clinch an eighth successive victory in the Qtel Qatar International Rally and take the early season initiative in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship. Al-Attiyah pedalled the new Ford Fiesta S2000 to a debut victory over 14 demanding ......read more
Introducing the new BMW S 1000 RR on the legendary Monza Racing Circuit, BMW Motorrad is for the first time launching absolutely innovative supersports with a straight-four power unit. With this world debut, BMW Motorrad is indeed establishing a true milestone in the world of sports machines, combining engine output of 142 kW (193 hp) with overall weight of just 204 kg (450 lb) ......read more
22-01-2010 / Harley fans in Egypt and the Middle East region can prepare themselves and their bank-accounts for a new and exciting surprise from the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson, called the Forty-Eight. The new Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight motorcycle is a new factory custom in the legendary tradition of the hot rod Sportster line with the raw, elemental ......read more
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has today (21.01.2010) announced that Torsten M?¼ller-?–tv?¶s will join the company as its Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the role at the end of March 2010 from Tom Purves, who will retire after 25 years service with the BMW Group. During his more than 20 years with the Group, Torsten has held a number of management positions in the Sales and ......read more
AUH Motorsports, a newly formed race team based in Abu Dhabi, roared to a class victory at the 24 hours of Dubai race on Saturday. Driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT4, UAE National driver Humaid Al Masaood, UAE-based British driver Michael Prophet and French driver Eric Charles, and British driver Alex Kapadia powered to victory in the tightly contested SP3 class in a thrilling race ......read more
It was very difficult for the Arab rally fans and the Dakar enthusiasts in the Middle East to follow the 2010 Dakar Edition, as there was hardly any professional Arabic media coverage in the whole Middle East region. This is really a shame especially since this year's Dakar edition was surely one of the most exciting ones with only 2 minutes 12 seconds separating Dakar 2010 winner ......read more
The new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models, unveiled at the Brussels Motorshow, herald the arrival of a series of new and innovative technologies and features that will challenge established perceptions of what Ford cars feel like to sit in and to drive. With fresh designs, they feature new interior materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and a host of ......read more
We have shed light over the past few months on the most prestigious automobile exhibitions worldwide and focused on the novelties presented in each of these shows. Two of those motor-show high-lights were definitely the Frankfurt Motor Show and the Dubai Motor Show which definitely had a lot in common. In Frankfurt some of the most important world premiers were revealed, as well as ......read more
Chinese car company, Geely, has made an interesting appearance at the COP15 in Copenhagen with its new electric car. The car is made in co-operation with the Danish company Lynx which has developed its electrical components and a new state-of-the-art lithium battery pack. Geely and the Danish electric car developer Lynx Cars and Danish Positive batteries have their focus on lowering ......read more
29.12.2009 / Riyadh – Cairo / A lot of motor-sport action is currently taking place in the Middle East enabled by the many racing circuit such as Bahrain Racing Circuit, Losail circuit in Doha, the Dubai Autodrome, the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, which marked the beginning of a new and professional motorsport era in the Middle East and Gulf region, and ......read more
Volkswagen starts the 2010 Dakar Rally with the ambitious target of bringing the coveted winner’s trophy back to Wolfsburg for a second time. Following the historical victory in January 2009 with the Race Touareg 2, the first in the rally’s history for a diesel powered automobile, the German automobile manufacturer once again tackles the challenges posed by the toughest ......read more
Today's breaking news of Michael Schumacher's return to the Formula One was the focus of the motoring media in the Middle East and North Africa, especially since his comeback will take place at the Bahrain F1 GP 2010 in Manama. And as Michael Schumacher’s move to Mercedes GP Team was confirmed, Richard Bracewell, Shell’s Global Sponsorship Manager, one of the main ......read more
23.12.2009 / Detroit-Cairo / To date, an estimated 40 new car unveilings, and counting, have been committed to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center. With approximately three weeks left before one of the world's premier international automotive forums takes place, NAIAS continues to attract the major automakers along with emerging brands from around the world ......read more
The U.S. automaker and Detroit-based car manufacturer Ford Motor Co. announced today expects to sign a deal to sell the Swedish brand Volvo to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group by the first quarter of 2010 and close the deal in the second quarter. It is not known yet how this deal will affect the Volvo dealerships in Egypt and the Middle East, but regional automotive experts ......read more
23.12.2009 - Stuttgart/Brackley/Cairo - Since Formula 1 debuted in the Middle East region back in 2004 it was not able to gain the media and public awareness it deserves, like everywhere else in the rest of the world. But now this might change and Formula 1 in the Middle East might become more popular then ever before? Why? Because Schumi is back! The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula ......read more
Abu Dhabi, 21 December 2009 –? The Yas Hotel will be home to a trophy recently awarded to Yas Marina Circuit by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for world motor sport. At the annual FIA Gala held in Monaco last week, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was named the 2009 “Race Promoter of the Yearâ€?. “We are grateful to the ......read more
Stuttgart/Kuala Lumpur/Cairo - Petronas, the Malaysian national oil and gas company which is quite well-known in many parts of the Middle East, created together with Mercedes Benz a big surprise today in the F1 world, after Petronas had been linked to Lotus over the past few weeks. Mercedes GP announced today the signing of a long-term agreement with PETRONAS which will see the ......read more
A while ago our colleague Al Stig, who rumors say is the cousin of The Stig in BBC's Top Gear show, was asking in the midst of the automotive crisis in Egypt if the Egyptian car market was a corrupt or a collapsing market. Last week the Bavarian Auto Group (BAG) in Cairo, who according to their advertisements in Al-Ahram Newspaper (18.12.2009) and Al-Akhbar Newspaper (19.12.2009) of ......read more
Some automotive markets and motor-shows world-wide, including Top-Shows like Tokyo Motor Show and Los Angeles Motor Show, are suffering heavily from the world economic crises which had and still has devastating consequences on both the motor-shows as well as the car manufacturers. A lot of motor-shows were canceled and other renowned motor-shows were missing major car manufacturers. ......read more
Columbian superstar Shakira and SEAT have signed a collaboration agreement which sees the sporty Spanish car manufacturer become the main sponsor of the international pop star’s forthcoming European tour. This agreement will link the young, sporty image of the SEAT brand to the amazing musical talent of Shakira, currently enjoying great success with her latest album She ......read more
16.12.2009 / - RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) / The Saudi Arabian motorsport will again be the focus of the international and regional rally scene, as the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) has confirmed an incentive package and initial details for the Saudi Arabia Ha’il Baja, the opening round of the 2010 FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, which will take place on ......read more
Volvo Trucks will be the first manufacturer with an efficient diesel engine fuelled by a mixture of methane gas and diesel to meet the strict Euro-5 exhaust emission standards introduced in 2009. Field testing will start in Sweden and the UK in 2010. “This unique technology allows us to combine the advantages of gas with the diesel engine’s high efficiency rating, which ......read more
The car chosen to exemplify a new dawn of low and ultra-low carbon vehicles by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson today was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors UK’s Managing Director commented, “As one of the first mainstream manufacturers to supply a full production electric car, we were more than happy to provide an i-MiEV for use during ......read more
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