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Volvo cars are well-known for their trendy Scandinavian luxury look and feel with class-leading safety and driving dynamics, such as the pedestrian airbag. With those attributes Volvo Middle East will try to overtake the competition in the GCC premium hatchback market with its all-new Volvo V40, which had its official debut in the UAE last week. With characteristics from larger ......read more
German triple Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull simply smoked their opponents in Bahrain this Sunday afternoon, and although his three-stop race strategy left him only 9.1s ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s two-stopping Lotus, the margin of superiority was very apparent. He scored his second victory of the 2013 Formula 1 season and the 28th since he started to drive Formula ......read more
After the very positive feedback we received only from the announcement of our ‘Small Luxury Car’ comparison test on our website, we decided immediately to extend this ‘comparison test’ idea into a comprehensive comparison test series, covering all different segments such as compact hatchbacks, compact sedan, mid-size SUVs and luxury SUVs, mid-size sedans as well as upper ......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
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
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
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
It seems that 2013 will be a very competitive year for BMW, Audi, Porsche, MINI and Volvo in Egypt. One of those reasons is of the course the fact that the Daimler representative office in Egypt, Mercedes Benz Egypt, has witnessed some structural and personnel developments over the past few months, in addition to the huge wave of new models expected to be launched by Daimler AG and ......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
BMW Group Middle East has developed and produced BMW Individual Pearl cars from the company's bespoke optioning programme, BMW Individual, which enables customers to tailor their vehicle to a bespoke design that suits their individual style by using a range of premium materials, paints and interior trims. The shallow and warm waters of the Arabian Gulf are famous for creating the ......read more
The Renault group is successfully pursuing its international offensive. In 2012, the Group set a new record outside Europe with 1,279,598 vehicles sold (+9.1%). For the first time in its history, the Group generated more than half of its sales outside Europe. However, this international success did not offset an 18% fall in sales in Europe. Overall, with 2,550,286 vehicles sold ......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
Playing in the 'premier league' of super sports cars is not easy. So, winning two important awards in this 'premier league' can be considered a big achievement and success. And this is what McLaren Automotive has achieved when it received two awards, including overall ‘Car of the Year’, for its debut model, the 12C, at the 2012 Middle East Motor Awards (MEMA). The 12C was ......read more
ŠKODA AUTO today officially initiated series production of the new ŠKODA Octavia in Mladá Boleslav. The third generation of this ŠKODA bestseller sets standards regarding its space offering, functionality, safety and comfort technology, timeless design and price-value ratio. This makes the Octavia a class of its own in the compact segment. The new model will be launched in the ......read more
The Ministry of the Peopleâ€™s Power for Industry of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Renault Venezuela have signed a letter of intention for the installation of a vehicle assembly plant. This signature will enable a feasibility study for local production of vehicles. The first Training Centre for Automotive Mechatronics (the systematic combination of ......read more
It seems that it pays off that Volkswagen Middle East has one of the best management and PR & Marketing departments among the automotive companies in the Middle East, one reason why Volkswagen today is able to celebrate its most successful year in the Middle East with a star studded event at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. The spectacular occasion, which included the unveiling of all ......read more
25 years of BMW 12-cylinder engines: setting new standards in the luxury class. BMWâ€™s second-generation 7 Series, unveiled in 1986, featured two new top-of-the-range sedans whose formidable six-cylinder in-line engines generated universal enthusiasm in the motoring media. Nevertheless, it was an open secret that an even bigger star was waiting in the wings: the first ......read more
As government entities ramp up road safety campaigns, Al Nabooda Automobiles joins the battle against traffic-related accidents. A complimentary Audi Advanced driving experience training is offered to all new car retail customers in Dubai and the northern emirates. Mr. Ali Al Nabooda, General Manager of Audi for Al Nabooda Automobiles said: â€œFollowing encouraging feedback from ......read more
بعد فوزه بلقب رالي الفراعنة - الإماراتي خليفة المطيوعي يتوّج بطلاً لكأس العالم للراليات الصحراوية للمرة الثانية القاهرة (مصر): توّج خليفة المطيوعي، نجم فريق "فزاع" للراليات، بطلاً لرالي الفراعنة وفاز بلقب بطولة كأس العالم "فيا" للراليات الصحراوية للمرة الثانية. وبهذا الإنجاز المشرّف دخل بطل الراليات الاماراتي تاريخ ......read more
"فيا" كأس العالم للراليات الصحراوية الطويلة ـ كروس كانتري 2012 ـ الجولة السابعة - رالي كروس كانتري الفراعنة، مصر، الإماراتي خليفة المطيوعي يحافظ على صدارة ترتيب رالي كروس كانتري الفراعنة - نجم فريق "فزاع" للراليات يتعرض للضغوط من منافسه شليسر تيبنيا (مصر): تابع الإماراتي خليفة المطيوعي مع ملاحه الألماني أندرياس شولز تصدره ......read more
"فيا" كأس العالم للراليات الصحراوية الطويلة ـ كروس كانتري 2012 ـ الجولة السابعة - رالي كروس كانتري الفراعنة، مصر، 1ـ 6 تشرين الأول/ أكتوبر 2012 الإماراتي خليفة المطيوعي يسجل أسرع توقيت في المرحلة الأولى من رالي كروس كانتري الفراعنة - نجم فريق "فزاع" للراليات في سباق للفوز بلقب "فيا" كأس العالم للراليات الصحراوية تيبنيا (مصر): ......read more
Have you ever dreamed of owning a premium car in Egypt despite the horrendous car customs and the exorbitant car prices we have here in the Land of the Pharaohs? Well, now the Bavarian Auto Group, the official importer and assembler of BMW in Egypt, has a possible solution for you in the form of pre-owned BMW Certified vehicles. The BMW Premium Selection program is ......read more
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