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The Mégane Renaultsport is widely acclaimed by many as the benchmark hot hatch, but on the off chance it isn’t quite exclusive enough for some, then Renault has the answer with the launch of a new limited edition, the Mégane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8. In fact, exclusivity is virtually guaranteed with a batch of just 30 destined for the United Kingdom. Exclusive looks - ......read more
Two interesting events are taking place this week in Italy. One of them is a Ferrari event and the other one is a Lamborghini event. But the more important and more impressive one is surely Lamborghini’s 50th Anniversary Grand Tour. Setting off from Piazza Castello in Milan starting at 10 a.m. on 8th May, the Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Grand Tour is the largest gathering ever of ......read more
Brazilian BMW RBM Mampaey driver Augusto Farfus has won an exciting DTM season opener at Hockenheim ahead of BMW Schnitzer driver Dirk Werner and Mercedes AMG driver Christian Vietoris after the race leader made his pit stop strategy operate in his favor. Pole sitter Timo Scheider held the lead in his Abt Audi until Augusto Farfus, who also elected to start on the new option ......read more
The truck tire industry plays a very important role when it comes to cost-efficient transportation and road safety, especially in the Middle East and North Africa region. This is why all the major tire manufacturers like Michelin, Pirelli and Continental keep on developing new tires and road safety-related systems. So, only a few weeks after Pirelli introduced its ......read more
Renault and British designer Ross Lovegrove took the wraps off Twin’Z this week. This concept car is the fruit of their close collaboration and brings together two worlds where Design plays an important role: the world of furniture and that of the automobile. When automotive Design meets the world of furniture: For once, Renault has chosen not to reveal a new concept car at a ......read more
Although the wild-life and camping in the desert are extremely popular in the Middle East and gulf region, and especially among the oil sheikhs and royalties in the gulf region, it seems that the wealthy Arabs in this region have not noticed that the Volkswagen Multivan and the Volkswagen California would be one of the most ideal cars for camping and falcon hunting in the Arabian ......read more
The Skoda Superb has been one of the most popular as well as most reliable long-term test-cars with many European publications and media such as the German car magazine Auto Bild and Auto Zeitung, as we were able to read and see during the past few weeks. We at Auto Arabia are planning as well to do a long-term test with the Superb soon, but this time with the new facelifted 2013 ......read more
Independently of another, the readers of three of the largest German car magazines have voted LIQUI MOLY as their favourite motor oil brand. "Receiving this award in the home country of the car shows us that quality and service pay off," says Ernst Prost, Managing Director of LIQUI MOLY. It is not the first success for the brand. Each year, three of the leading car magazines in ......read more
UK pricing and specification for Renault’s flagship Z.E. model, ZOE, was announced at the Geneva Motorshow in 2012, with an on-the-road price of £13,650 (after the UK Plug-In Car Grant), comparable to that of a diesel-engined New Clio. The flagship vehicle of the French brand’s four-strong 100 per cent electric vehicle range is stylish, affordable and incredibly versatile – ......read more
At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2013 World Car of the Year. Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of sixty-six (66) top-level automotive journalists from twenty-three (23) countries around the world, including Auto Arabia chief-editor Mohamed ......read more
Land Rover and Range Rover are two very well-known and respected brands in the automotive world, especially on some continents such as Europe and the USA. Unfortunately in some other markets, such as North Africa and the Middle East those two brands are not so popular and successful when compared with the main competitors from BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus, Cadillac ......read more
The Volkswagen up! is one of the most interesting cars currently available in some of the international markets, and it even won last year the renowned World Car of the Year Award at the 2012 New York Auto Show, where it was selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of sixty-four (64) top-level automotive journalists from twenty-five (25) countries around the ......read more
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
Decision-makers allover the world should try this zero-emission car, especially decision-makers in North Africa and the Middle East because of the extreme pollution in this those parts of the world. But for the time-being only the political decision-makers in Brussels will have the pleasure of driving this car, as the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has been selected for the second consecutive ......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
French tire manufacturer Michelin today announced that the all of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series cars will be fitted with the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Delivering superior performance is engrained in the genetic code of the AMG brand. It’s also the mission assigned to the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which will equip all new Mercedes-Benz SLS ......read more
Renault is known for receiving many top ratings at the Euro-NCAP for its excellent active and passive safety features in its model range. Now, another Renault model has achieved another success, as the Renault ZOE has been awarded a five-star rating following the passive safety tests carried out by Euro NCAP, despite the harsher noting system introduced by this independent body in ......read more
At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show at the Geneva International Motor Show, the top finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced today. The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York International Auto Show ......read more
In the year of its 50th anniversary Automobili Lamborghini is presenting an extremely exclusive model at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Only three unique units of the Lamborghini Veneno will be built and sold. Its design is consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability, giving the Veneno the real dynamic experience of a racing prototype, yet it is fully ......read more
Audi is working intently to electrify the drivetrain using plug-in hybrid technology. The brand with the four rings is showing the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of system torque, sporty performance is guaranteed. The A3 Sportback e-tron is a true Audi. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) ......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
The Volkswagen Polo R WRC is just a matter of days away from its much-anticipated competitive debut on gravel in the FIA World Rally Championship. The 315 hp four-wheel drive powerhouse from Wolfsburg will take on very specific conditions when it rolls down the starting ramp at the third round of the season, the Rally Mexico, from 7th to 10th March. Reaching altitudes of up to ......read more
As the exciting new A-Class was introduced to the UK market for the first time, Mercedes-Benz in the United Kingdom recorded a 7.4 per cent rise in registrations for the month of January, according to figures released by the SMMT. Among the strongest performers in January was the C-Class Saloon, placed first in its highly-competitive market segment with a 12.8 per cent increase ......read more
French car giant Renault has announced this week its plans to set up a new Middle East operational division in a bid to build on sales growth in the region. Effective from February 1, the company will combine management operations across 12 Middle East countries with a regional office based in Dubai. The move is part of Renault's plan to become the number one European brand in ......read more
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