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Only a couple of month before launching the new Opel Astra, the Opel headquarter has announced today it is recalling 208.000 units of its current Astra sedan and Astra GTC models, because of a possible fire risk. Parts of the battery cover can break and block the ventilation of the water cooling system, which could lead to engine overheating, in extreme cases even to further damages ......read more
Qatari racing driver made motorsport history by becoming the first Qatari and Arab professional racing driver to win the toughest rally in the world, the Dakar, twice. The first time was in 2011 with his Volkswagen Touareg racing car team and the second time was 2015 on his MINI ALL4 Racing, which he rented from the German X-Raid company operated and managed by Sven Quandt. And while ......read more
Almost two million units of the BMW 1 Series have been sold worldwide over the last ten years, and this latest edition is poised to set another new benchmark in driving pleasure in the premium compact segment. The new 3-door and 5-door BMW 1 Series models come with a comprehensively revised engine line-up and additional measures designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, ......read more
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) and his co-driver Mathieu Baumel (FR) continue to be the men to beat at this year’s Dakar Rally. The successful duo also won stage ten in the MINI ALL4 Racing at the toughest challenge in motorsports extending their lead in the overall classification. It was their fourth stage win at this year’s Dakar. They are now leading De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz by ......read more
Aston Martin is further expanding its operations across Asia with news that the luxury British sports car brand is to open a first showroom in the South Korean capital, Seoul. Operated by Kiheung International Limited Company the new dealership will comprise a state-of-the-art 1,500 square metre facility at 235 Banpo Street, Seocho-gu in Seoul. Set to open to customers in April ......read more
The third generation of the very successful MINI, internally known by the code F56) was introduced for the first time at the LA motor-show in November 2013. A couple of weeks later the international media test-drive and launch event took place in Costa Rica, and many of the international magazines had only good stuff to say about the new MINI generation. Unfortunately no motoring ......read more
The BMW Group delivered more than two million vehicles to customers in 2014, the company’s fourth record year in a row. A total of 2,117,965 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were sold, more than ever before in the Group’s history (prev. yr. 1,963,798 / +7.9%). All of the company’s brands finished the year strongly with sales in December up 15.2% - a total of 215,217 vehicles ......read more
While Orlando Terranova and Ronnie Graue of the German X-Raid Team won the first Dakar stage yesterday on their MINI ALL4 Racing and while the extravagant and racing-stars-studded Peugeot TOTAL team made a smooth Dakar debut, it was the Renault Duster Team which surprised us with a sensational start to the 2015 Dakar Rally. The Emiliano Spataro/Benjamín Lozada crew ended the first ......read more
Modena based automotive design house ARES announced a new partnership with the STREIT Group. The development means that STREIT Group will have the rights to distribute ARES vehicles throughout their established networks in the Middle East and Africa. In addition to this, both companies have agreed to collaborate together on exclusive armoured passenger vehicles. Waleed Al Ghafari, ......read more
A couple of weeks ago we published an article on how the Pirelli radio show on Mega FM 92.7 is one of the most unprofessional radio shows in Egypt, and that the marketing department of Pirelli Egypt is one of the most unprofessional marketing departments we have ever witnessed. And although Pirelli Egypt marketing manager Mohamed Magdy kept on defending his engagement and sponsoring ......read more
فولفو تطرح سيارتها الرياضية V40 T5 المزودة بمحرّك Drive-E في الإمارات العربية المتحدة أعلنت شركة فولفو الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا للسيارات عن وصول سيارة فولفو الرياضية V40 T5 موديل 2015 المزوّدة بمحرك Drive-E إلى صالات عرض شركة الفطيم التجارية في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة. وترقى سيارة فولفو V40 بطرازها المدمج "هاتشباك" الجديدة ......read more
Less than one months ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (3-17 January) X-raid, supported by MINI, has revealed its line-up for the 37th edition of the world’s most famous long-distance rally. A total of eight MINI ALL4 Racing with driver crews from ten countries will take on the ultimate motorsport adventure of the Dakar Rally. Defending Dakar champions Joan “Nani” Roma ......read more
Marking a huge honour for BMW Welt, December 6, 2014 saw the British band Coldplay celebrate the end of their "Ghost Stories Tour 2014" with an exclusive gig in the auditorium. Around 1500 fans came to see a brilliant performance by one of the world’s biggest groups. At the end of the gig the band attended an after-show party together with invited guests in the Double Cone. During their ......read more
The importance of education and raising media & public awareness about safe car tuning, the direct link and influence of safe car tuning and safe car modifications on the road safety situation and motorsport development in the UAE and the GCC, those were the main points in the presentation of automotive & road safety expert Mohamed Sheta at the 2014 GCC Car Modifications Conference, held ......read more
"مستقبل التنقل" - بيل فورد - رئيس مجلس الإدارة التنفيذي - فورد موتور كومباني تحدّث بيل فورد في زيارة تاريخية له لمنطقة الشرق الأوسط عن مستقبل التنقل، في مكان مثالي لتسليط الضوء على هذا المفهوم يتمثل في دبي، المدينة التي أصبحت نموذجاً عالمياً للحداثة والنمو المتسارع. وأطلق بيل فورد خلال اجتماع تمّ تنظيمه بالتعاون مع ......read more
A couple of weeks ago some German and British media reported that Mr. Bernie Ecclestone, also known as Mr. F1, wanted to discuss with some F1 team principals and team owners how Formula 1 could be made more popular. And although the Formula 1 series is quite well-known in Europe and some parts of Asia and the Americas, it never really was able to kick-off in the Middle East and ......read more
Even the best, most careful drivers can end up in an unexpected crash. Chevrolet’s 2015 lineup provides key features that help protect drivers and passengers before, during or after a crash, but the focus is on new technologies aimed at helping avoid the crash in the first place. According to a 2012 U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, more than one in ......read more
The McLaren P1™ GTR will offer an on- and off-track driving experience like no other, with unique access to the technologies and expertise within the McLaren Technology Centre, and the most powerful track-only model ever produced by McLaren Automotive. Dynamic testing is well underway at a range of international race circuits, and the first uncamouflged images show the latest ......read more
مؤسسة تاكسي دبي تزود أسطول مركبات خدمة كبار الشخصيات بمركبات ذات الدفع الرباعي "لاند كروزر" وقّعت مؤسسة تاكسي دبي بهيئة الطرق والمواصلات اتفاقية مع شركة الفطيم للسيارات، الموزع الحصري لسيارات تويوتا بدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، لتزويد أسطول مركبات خدمة تاكسي كبار الشخصيات بمركبتين جديدتين ذات الدفع الرباعي ......read more
It is no secret that the Egyptian automotive media sector is one of the worst motoring media sectors worldwide. This ‘specialized’ media sector is full of unprofessional and incompetent writers and presenters and 95% of those working in this sector are nothing more than disguised advertising sales representatives or crime-scene reporters working at their newspaper, radio station or ......read more
Continental offers a range of tires for SUVs and 4x4 vehicles that leaves virtually nothing to be desired. Various summer tire models are available for four-wheel-drive vehicles to ensure that the right tires are available for each individual vehicle and its driving style. Leading 4x4 manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, Porsche, and Volkswagen, have already ......read more
The 2014 Paris Motor Show sees Renault take the wraps off the new Espace. This large, elegant and innovative crossover, which combines a strong design and seductive appeal, is based largely upon the concept car that was revealed a year ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Like previous generations of the model in the course of its 30-year long career, a brightly-lit, comfortable and ......read more
As McLaren continues to grow its presence globally, the British sportscar maker has announced plans for its first regionally tailored model aimed at the Asian market. The new McLaren 625C offers the greatest level of refinement of any McLaren model to date, combined with the optimised driving dynamics all McLarens are famous for. The Asian market has seen the biggest area of growth ......read more
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