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11.02.2008 – Paris / Cairo / Dubai - It seems like Renault Egypt / EIM is becoming more and more a collecting pond for unemployed and not so successful and unlucky marketing managers. After welcoming a while ago Khaled Youssef and Rami Gad from the VW Importer and Audi representative (Egyptian Automotive Company) Renault Egypt opened its arms this week to Amr El Habal as a ......read more
When an Italian vehicle causes a furore, it's usually a red sports car from Maranello (like the Ferrari 430 Scuderia) or a jet-like grey sports cars from Sant'Agata (like the Lamborghini Reventon). But that's not necessarily always the case. With its successful retro design, quality and fair price, the Fiat 500 drives directly into the hearts of the waiting customers. All ......read more
11.2.2008 – Cairo / Dubai / Tokyo - The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that it has concluded a product placement agreement for the latest Hollywood film by the Wachowski brothers - Speed Racer, scheduled for release in major international markets in May 2008 and in Japan in July - known for their direction of the Matrix films. Product placement, which is a notable ......read more
10.2.2008 - Dubai / Cairo / Stuttgart – Air pollution is not only a major problem in Cairo, but also in a lot of other Arab cities. Dubai is one of the few cities to take actions now. Dubai Road Transport Authority (RTA), in another move to improve the air quality in the city and help Dubai become greener, has begun a four-month trial using 10 Mercedes-Benz buses fitted with the ......read more
10.02.2008 / Dubai – Cairo Volkswagen Middle East is offering Volkswagen car owners free vehicle check-ups by Volkswagen Service Clinic experts regardless of the model or the year of the car. Volkswagen Middle East aims to rotate the Service Clinic every two years across all 11 markets it covers in the region providing visual check ups and diagnosis for all models. Last year, ......read more
10.02.2008 / Dubai - Cairo Not only are Nissan cars winning some of the most important SUV comparison test in Egypt, but they are also out-performing its competitor in Lebanon. Nissan Middle East celebrated the success achieved by RYMCO, its official distributor in Lebanon, securing No. 1 market leader position for the third year in a row. Abdo Sweidan, CEO of Rasamny Younis ......read more
A new suspension, which is the stainless steel constructed coilovers Variant 3, was introduced for the BMW M6. The KW coilover suspensions for the BMW M6 enables the owner to lower their vehicle 15-45 mm (0.6-1.8 inches) on the front and rear axle and retains enough travel to handle maximum load and dynamic loads during driving. Variant 3 permits an even higher degree of ......read more
In a final attempt to amortize the fiasco project of assembling the current BMW 7 series (E65 / E 66) in Egypt, and to boost its limping sales before being replaced by its successor in the last quarter of 2008, Bavarian Auto Group started a very 'remarkable' and expensive marketing campaign to introduce the 'new' so-called BMW 7-series Individual to the Egyptian market. The cards were ......read more
06.02. 2007 / Cairo-Tokyo-Rolle / Nissan will be displaying three vehicles for the first time in Europe at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, the sports-car Nissan GT-R, the new Murano SUV and the Pivo concept car. Nissan hopes to the three Japanese 'stars' on display will show Nissan's commitment to passionate performance, design, innovation and technology. THE SPORTY ......read more
08.02.2008 / Tokyo – Cairo – Dubai / Nissan Motor Co., Ltd today announced that it will begin bio-ethanol trials through its participation in the Tokachi E10 project. The project, the first of its kind in Japan, aims to test the feasibility of E10 fuel, which contains 10% bio-ethanol mix. Early trials will be conducted in the Tokachi region of Hokkaido, beginning April ......read more
07-02-2008 / Cairo- Ruesselsheim - Dubai / A vision of GM’s future small monocab will be unveiled on 4.3.2008 at the next Geneva Motor-Show 2008. The design cues from other concepts including the sporty GTC Coupe and the environment-friendly Flextreme. Already Europe’s market leader in the monocab sector, with one in five pan-European sales being a Zafira, Meriva or Agila, ......read more
Chicago-Cairo-Dubai / Feb 6, 2008 The return of the iconic Dodge Challenger brings what pony car fanatics crave: ground shaking performance, unmistakable design cues reminiscent of the original Challenger, world-class ride and handling characteristics and benchmark braking. On top of that it features a wide variety of modern amenities and technology designed to delight a new ......read more
07-02-2008 / Cairo – Coventry - Jeddah - Land Rover and Jaguar are surely two of the most prestigious automotive brands world-wide. Such prestigious brands deserve nothing less than exclusive and state-of-the-art show-rooms, especially in image- and reputation-oriented consumer markets like Egypt and the Middle East. Unlike the Egyptian Jaguar & Land Rover importer MTI, who ......read more
04-02-2008 / Cairo-Paris-Berlin / It's known that car manufacturer do not like to admit that their cars have faulty brakes. Nevertheless we find the recall policies in Europe very much different than the recall policies in Middle Eastern countries, and especially in Egypt. Not only do some car manufacturers totally ignore the recalls of mother-companies, in other cases they even ......read more
31 January 2008 – Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has confirmed the timetable for the 2008 FORMULA 1TM SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. The inaugural Singapore event, which will be first ever Grand Prix to be held at night, will take place on Sunday, September 28. The race will start under the floodlights at 2000 hours local time. The qualifying sessions on Saturday and ......read more
* Well established tournament series * Partnerships with high-calibre events 28. 01.2008 / Ingolstadt – Cairo Not only is Audi becoming more and more successful in several segments dominated in the past through BMW and Mercedes, but Audi also didn’t miss to maintain and even increase its commitment for various sports fields, especially golfing. Audi’s ......read more
The most powerful production naked muscle-bike is set to invade London at the end of the month, as Suzuki’s B-King gets ready to take centre stage at the London Motorcycle Show at Excel between the 31st January and the 3rd February. Launched last summer, the B-King has enjoyed widespread critical acclaim, delivering performance that can normally only be achieved by a full-on ......read more
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will have its largest stand ever at this year’s CV show at the NEC in April. This will feature the UK show debuts of the all-new Caddy Maxi and an environmental concept – the Caddy BlueMotion. In addition, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be offering its visitors the benefit of some welcome refreshments from its coffee bar. The all-new Caddy ......read more
Detroit Motor-Show 2008: World premiere of the first four-door coupé from Volkswagen, the Passat CC Only 1.8 TSI, 2.0 TSI and 3.6 FSI engines – but unfortunately no 1.4 TSI or even 1.6l engines yet Dubai-Cairo-Berlin, 20 January 2007 Although traditionally the NAIAS North American International Automobile Show (NAIAS) is used by American car manufacturers to show-case their ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (13 January, 2008) – Nissan can now reveal that the Middle East motor sport hero, who was one of the first to test the legendary Nissan GT-R before it was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show earlier in 2007, is none other than the famous Middle East Rally driver Mohamed Ben Sulayem. Nissan invited Rally driver Ben Sulayem to test drive the Nissan GT-R super ......read more
Just one week after being announced as a 2008 race driver for the ING Renault F1 Team, Nelson Piquet Jr accompanied Renault President and CEO Carlos Ghosn as they met Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil. The meeting took place in the nation’s capital Brasilia, which is also home to Nelsinho’s family. After being introduced to President Lula following a meeting between ......read more
Volvo 850 TDI Accident in FranceNever before has a car accident caused by an apparent brake failure caused so much negative media coverage for a car manufacturer, which is always keen on praising his safety features and safety awards. Although backed by the mother-company, a local car distributor was taken to court in case of an accident caused by technical failure. So, can this also ......read more
As always AUTO ARABIA tries to offer its readers something new and something different. Paired with our aim to develop and improve the motoring media in Egypt and the region we never sit back and relax. On the contrary: We always try to set the bench-mark higher by continuously improving AUTO ARABIA and ourselves in order to get closer to the standard and level of the European car ......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 ...