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Infiniti has not been winning many awards lately in Europe or the Middle East & North Africa region, mainly because of a very modest brand awareness, not only among the public but also among large parts of the professional motoring media in this region. Many people do not even know that Infiniti has been involved heavily with Formula 1 for a few years now. This might change, with ......read more
On March 13, 2013, Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and representatives of France’s CFDT, CFE-CGC and FO unions signed the Renault Agreement, termed as ‘A Contract to Provide Fresh Impetus to Renault’s Growth and Social Development in France’ The Renault Agreement was submitted the previous day to the Group and Subsidiary Works Councils for consultation This agreement, which is ......read more
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity and pleasure of experiencing the sheer power of the E63 AMG and the E63 AMG 4Matic S with its 585hp and 800Nm on some wet and curvy country roads around Barcelona. And since then AMG has been dominating the international headlines over the past few days and weeks. So, only a few days after the first pictures of the SLS AMG Black Series and the SLS ......read more
In every business field there are a few black sheep who jeopardize the reputation of the remaining white sheep. The automotive industry and the motoring media are no exception, especially since both those sectors have a very sensitive and critical relationship, which in some cases lead to a very obvious corruption for the advantage of the car company and a certain editor or ......read more
Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., have signed a unique three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialisation of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology. The goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop a common fuel cell electric vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the technology. Each company will ......read more
BMW Group again was able to reaffirm its position as the world’s leading premium car manufacturer with the delivery of more than 20,000 vehicles in the Middle East in 2012 – the most successful year in its history in terms of regional sales and a 14% increase on 2011 figures. With a total of 21,314 BMW and MINI vehicles sold across 13 Middle East markets, the company’s ......read more
Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer at Kia Motors and the man who has led the company’s design transformation has been appointed President – the first non-Korean to hold that title in the company’s history. Schreyer, 59, joined Kia in 2006 from the Volkswagen Group to create a new design-led product strategy for the brand and quickly became known for his “Tiger-nose” ......read more
Seven-time Formula One world champion Michel Schumacher today announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2012 season during a press conference at the Suzuka circuit in Japan. Michael Schumacher said, 'I have decided to retire from Formula One at the end of the season, although I am still able to compete with the best drivers of the world. This is something that makes ......read more
Big profile for the legendary BMW 328: This successful model will be represented with twelve cars at the start of the Mille Miglia 2012. Alongside series versions, there will be a number of racing cars competing in the lightning trip from Brescia to Rome. The Bavarian fleet of cars will be led by the BMW 328 Touring Coup?©, the winning car in 1940. Behind the wheel will be Dr. ......read more
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is mourning Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. The Honorary President of the Supervisory Board died on 5 April 2012 in Salzburg, aged 76. Matthias M?¼ller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porscheâ€™s services to the sports car manufacturer: â€œWe mourn the death of our ......read more
The BMW Group will undertake a strategic realignment of its Board of Management structure, effective 1 April 2012. â€œThe rigorous implementation and refinement of our successful Strategy Number ONE will place even further demands on our company in the future. We need an organisation that can handle the increasing complexity of the tasks involved to ensure that the BMW Group maintains ......read more
San Paolo, Brazil/Santâ€™Agata Bolognese, Italy - A few days ago the jury members of the Middle East Motor Award, including Auto Arabia's editor Mohamed Sheta, chose the Aventador as the best cars in its category. A few days later Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini attended the Aventador debut in South America, where the new Lamborghini Aventador ......read more
Speeches of Board Chairman Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board, BMW AG, Board Members , Ian Robertson, Dr. Klaus Draeger, at the World premiere of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, Munich, BMW Welt, October 14, 2011 Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board, BMW AG: Ladies and gentlemen, We are especially proud of this car. The BMW 3 Series has been a key factor ......read more
Gaydon - Dubai / At the prestigious Royal Automobile Club last night, international motorsport legend, Sir Stirling Moss took delivery of his newly purchased Aston Martin Cygnet; a surprise birthday present for wife, Lady Moss. One of the closest teams in motorsport for many years, Sir Stirling and Lady Moss planned a private celebratory dinner on the eve of her birthday at the ......read more
Rolle (Switzerland) - Dubai (UAE) / Infiniti in the Middle East has not reached the same success like Lexus did. But this might change soon, as Infiniti has announced that Bernard Loire, will be appointed as Vice President, Infiniti Europe and Middle East, based in Rolle, Switzerland from August 1, 2011. Currently Vice President Sales Operations, Nissan Europe, Bernard replaces ......read more
18.04.2011 / Woking (England) - Dubai / McLaren Automotive is celebrating a 1-2 with the announcement of the MP4-12C as Vehicle Dynamics International Car of the Year and the companyâ€™s engineers recognised as the Dynamics Team of the Year. Vehicle Dynamics International magazineâ€™s respected awards jury featured professional engineers and senior motoring journalists ......read more
Rolle (Switzerland) â€“ Dubai (UAE) / Infiniti, the global luxury automotive brand from Japan, announces today that Andreas Sigl has been appointed Global Director of its Formula One activities, with immediate effect. Sigl, formerly General Manager, Global Brand Innovation and Experiential, will be responsible for the global activation of the newly-announced sponsorship with ......read more
17.03.2011 / Stockholm - Dubai - Cairo / With effect from September 1st 2011, the Board of Directors of AB Volvo has decided to appoint Olof Persson (46) - currently President of Volvo Construction Equipment - as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group when Leif Johansson, as announced previously, retires. As of May 1st, Olof Persson will become Executive ......read more
11.01.2011 / Detroit-Crewe-Dubai / Wolfgang D?¼rheimer (52) prepared for his new role as the Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors at the Detroit Motor Show today when he accepted the keys to one of the companyâ€™s most revered cars â€“ W.O. Bentleyâ€™s 1930 8-litre saloon which was his official company car. The 8-litre, now owned by Bentley Motors and ......read more
The normal Skoda Fabia 1.6 is surely one of the most under-rated cars in Egypt and the Middle East, let alone the Skoda Fabia RS. But in the UK the situation is totally different, where Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith made full use of the Fabia vRS' standard 7-speed, twin-clutch gearbox and its 0-62mph time of just 7.3 seconds to break seven national records for time taken to cover 5km, ......read more
عندما قمنا قبل ست سنوات بإصدار الطبعة الورقية من مجلتنا الرقمية على شبكة اﻹنترنت “أوتو أرابيا أورج" (AutoArabia.org) لتوسيع قاعدة القراء ، كنا مدركين بأن هذه الخطوة سوف يتتبعها مزيد من الرحلات واﻹنتقالات المفاجئة ومزيد من إجراء اﻹختبارات. ونظرا ﻷن أفضل أنواع السيارات لا يزال يتم انتاجها في ألمانيا ، ونظرا ﻷننا كنا نحصل فيما ......read more
15.07.2010 / Dubai / Finally Daimler Middle East & Levant has received a new media-experienced marketing manager in Dubai. Lebanese Fadi El Aswad has joined the Daimler Middle East & Levant team at the Dubai-based office as Marketing Manager, Mercedes-Benz Cars. He replaces the Egyptian Ashraf Tamim who joined Abdul Rahman AlBisher & Zaid AlKazemi Co., the authorised ......read more
Hot on the heels of her starring role at the World Cup kick-off concert and recent Glastonbury Festival appearance global pop sensation Shakira has announced details of the European leg of her 2010 world tour, sponsored by SEAT. A dizzying schedule of European dates throughout November and December this year will see the Colombian singer perform all over the Continent, with dates ......read more
Several U.S. investments funds, including Elliott Associates, Glenhill Capital and Perry Partners, have filed a lawsuit against the German car manufacturer Porsche, as reported by The Wall Street Journal yesterday (27.01.2010). The funds are seeking to recover more than $1 billion in losses related to Porscheâ€™s takeover bid for the Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen company. The ......read more
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