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When Porsche AG introduced the new Porsche S E-Hybrid a while ago as part of the new second-generation Panamera models, the Stuttgart-based luxury cars manufacturer became the first car company to offer a Plug-In Hybrid in this luxury car segment, even before its sister-company Audi from Ingolstadt. It took them almost two years to develop this hybrid model. Nevertheless I was ......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
According to high-ranking managers at the Bavarian Auto Group (BAG) in Egypt, the MINI brand is expected to experience a huge development and a new ‘MINI-era’ in the Egyptian market during the next few weeks and months. This comes in a very convenient time, as MINI AG has just launched its new MINI Countryman facelift in Europe, which can be a winning horse in the Egyptian market ......read more
After the recent increase of fuel prices in Egypt (diesel from 1.10 LE Egyptian Pound to 1.80LE, 92 Octane from 1.85 LE to 2.60 LE and 95 Octane from 5.85 LE to 6.25 LE) it is only natural that the Egyptian consumer will start looking for cars with efficient diesel engines. At the same time Mercedes Egypt must start introducing diesel cars officially in Egypt, especially when you ......read more
2014 should be a very promising year for Mercedes Benz Egypt. With the very elegant and good-looking Mercedes CLA the German brand has created an unprecedented hype in this ‘luxury’ segment in Egypt. The compact luxury SUV Mercedes GLA will probably create the same hype later this year, just like the Mercedes C-Class estate which shall also arrive to Egypt by end of this year. But ......read more
The last quarter of the year is always extremely busy for the professional motoring media, as many important events take place at that time of the year, such as the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Abu Dhabi F1 GP, the Dubai Motor Show, the Middle East Motor Award ceremony as well as many regional car launches and media test-drives such as the McLaren 12C Spider test-drive and the Bentley ......read more
A few days ago we published an article about the special edition BMW 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo which is conceptualized and produced exclusivity for the Middle East market and which is the is the first 7 Series model to wear the famed M badge (article BMW 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo) . The 760Li is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 Twin-Turbo charged engine that produces 544hp, 750 Nm of torque and ......read more
This week we started our ‘Business-Class’ Luxury Car Test-Drive Series with the Volvo S80, which in Egypt is the direct competitor of the established Mercedes E-Class, the dynamic and sporty BMW 5 Series as well as the not-so-widespread Audi A6. The new 2014 face-lifted Volvo S80 comes with two main (and major!) advantages: 1.) The extremely competitive and in this luxury ......read more
The past three months have been extremely hectic and busy for us at Auto Arabia, since we had dozens of exclusive and impressive test-drives with the best luxury and super sport cars worldwide, which we conducted allover Europe, Egypt and the UAE, in addition to opening a new representative office in Dubai. The most interesting and impressive test-drive during those past months was ......read more
One of the test-cars included in our current test-drive series is the Jaguar XJ which came to us in a beautiful wine-red colour. Since the 2014 models are not available in the UAE yet, our Jaguar XJ test-car was a 2013 model. Nevertheless, we will of course inform you about the 2014 modifications, as the 2014 model year Jaguar XJ is the latest in a long line of luxurious Jaguar ......read more
Coupe, Roadster, Cabriolet, Sportback, Avant and SUV – very soon the UK introductions of the RS Q3 and the RS 7 Sportback will broaden the Audi RS range to a total of eight models with six body styles and one clear goal – to deliver breathtaking performance without compromising everyday all-weather usability. The new RS Q3 – the first Audi SUV ever to wear the RS badge – is ......read more
McLaren is considered one of the most exclusive brands for supercars worldwide. So it is no surprise that when McLaren organizes an event for its loyal and enthusiastic customers in the Middle East, that this event will be extremely exclusive as well. That is why McLaren Automotive decided to invite its customers throughout the Middle East region to join the anniversary celebrations ......read more
Auto Arabia is well-known in Egypt and the Middle East region for providing our readers as well as our TV & Radio audience the most comprehensive and unbiased car reviews and test-drives, so that they can take the right purchase decision and chose the car which is the safest and most convenient for them and their families. We started our comparison and test-drives series with the ......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
Today the Made-In-Germany Mercedes C180 entered the ring of the biggest-ever comparison test in Egypt, in order to prove itself against the other competitors in the so-called ‘Small Luxury Car’ segment in Egypt, namely the BMW 316i, Volvo S60, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen CC, Audi A4 and Audi A5. So, will the Stuttgart-Star be able to outshine the other very strong competitors ......read more
Just last week (28.03.2013) The Skoda Superb completed the 100 000 km long-term endurance test performed by the German automotive magazine "Auto Bild" (issue No. 13), finishing it with the German ‘Note Eins (1)’, which is equivalent to the grade "A" and therefore considered the best mark possible to achieve. The German car magazine had 24 months time to take the qualities of ......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
On the 19th of April 2009 Porsche celebrated the World Premier of the Porsche Panamera together with selected international media representatives by bringing the car up 425 meters to the world's highest event platform on the 94th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center in China standing straight up in the freight elevator. Later on in June 2009 Porsche invited the international ......read more
In the Middle East and North Africa region, especially in Egypt, the Volkswagen Passat sedan is considered one of the most popular and successful cars in its segment. But with over 15 million cars sold worldwide, the Passat by Volkswagen is also one of the most successful automobiles in the whole world. And now the new Passat, in its seventh generation since 1973, has also ......read more
Auto Arabia was the first, and is still the only, automotive media to conduct 100.000km and 50.000km long-term test-drives in the Middle East and North Africa region. ´ Such long-term test-drives are extremely important for the customers and automotive consumers in the Middle East region, as such tests are the only reliable source for them, before they decide which car they should ......read more
Again, Auto Arabia was the first automotive media in the Middle East and North Africa region to test-drive one of the most popular models in our markets. This time it is the all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, which is, unlike in Central Europe and Germany where the Golf is the best-seller, extremely successful in the USA and the Middle East region. We test-drove the 1.2 TSI, the 1.6 ......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
Although the image of Land Rover and Jaguar is more than excellent in many parts of the world, it seems that the image of Jaguar and Land Rover in Egypt is still miles away from that positive reputation. Just within the last week I met two persons in Cairo, who were very eager to tell me their experience with MTI, the official Jaguar and Land Rover dealer in Egypt, when they heard I ......read more
Part sportbike and part street, the 2009 Buell?® 1125CRâ„¢ combines the soul of the classic Caf?© Racer with the thrilling performance and advanced technology demanded by todayâ€™s mostpassionate rider. The 1125CR joins three XB Lightning?® models in the 2009 Buell Street line-up. Each delivers a belligerent attitude backed by potent American V-Twin muscle. The XB ......read more
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