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The German luxury automaker BMW said this week it is recalling about 1.6 million 3-series models worldwide to replace passenger-side front airbags made by Takata Corp. because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers. While BMW is still taking part in a regional recall requested by U.S. safety regulators, BMW spokesman Dave Buchko said it decided to ......read more
Convertible fans in Egypt and the Middle East have many options in the compact car segment, including various French, Italian and German models. But driving a MINI has always been different, as the MINI Convertible has always been considered the epitome of elegant and stylish open-top driving fun over the past 10 years. It is different now and it has been different since 2004, when ......read more
ماكلارين جي تي تكشف عن طراز 650إس جي تي3 خلال مهرجان السرعة في جودوود كشفت مكلارين جي تي خلال مهرجان جودوود للسرعة، عن تفاصيل سيارة السباق الجديدة ماكلارين 650إس جي تي3، والتي ستشارك في سباقات جي تي3 حول العالم بدءاً من موسم 2015. وقد أزيح الستار أمام المتفرجين عن السيارة الجديدة التي صنعت اعتماداً على طراز 12سي جي تي3، والتي ......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
The 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine has upheld the honour for McLaren Automotive, having won the ‘3-litre to 4-litre’ category at the 2014 Engine of the Year awards. The success marks the second consecutive year McLaren has claimed the prestigious title, having been named the first new winner of the accolade for five years in 2013. The M838T engine, designed and developed ......read more
For many consumers and car buyers in Egypt and the Middle East the resale value of their new dream car is one of the most important factors when deciding or opting for a new car. MINI was able to prove that four of its models are among the best in terms of resale value. At least this is the case in Germany. That is why the the MINI combination of driving fun, expressive design and ......read more
The Audi 2.5-liter TFSI engine is the “International Engine of the Year” for 2014 in the 2 to 2.5-liter category. The five-cylinder car has now won the award for the fifth consecutive time and this is also the tenth consecutive class victory for Audi. An international jury of experts made up of 82 automotive journalists, which includes Auto Arabia editor Mohamed Sheta, selected ......read more
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has confirmed production plans for a run of bespoke examples of the McLaren 650S following the strong reaction to the MSO 650S Coupe Concept shown in China earlier this year. Just 50 examples of the MSO 650S will be available globally, available in either a Coupe or Spider body-style. The production car will make its global debut, in Spider form, at ......read more
The 82nd Le Mans 24 Hours race saw a titanic battle for overall victory and class honours fuelled by Shell V-Power race fuels. The ultimate prize was taken by the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoit Tréluyer from its sister car of Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gené and Tom Kristensen in second place, both using Shell V-Power Diesel, while the final ......read more
Bentley announces the rarest and most dynamic member of the esteemed Continental family of Grand Tourers with the arrival of the new Continental GT3-R. It is inspired by the new Continental GT3 race car that stormed to victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone, the first UK race for Bentley for 84 years. Blending proven track and road credentials, ......read more
The 82nd Le Mans 24 Hours race saw a titanic battle for overall victory and class honours fuelled by Shell V-Power race fuels. The ultimate prize was taken by the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoit Tréluyer from its sister car of Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gené and Tom Kristensen in second place, both using Shell V-Power Diesel, while the final podium ......read more
In front of nearly 300,000 spectators, Audi continued its unique string of victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the 82nd running of the world’s most important endurance race, Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) and Lucas di Grassi/Marc Gené/Tom Kristensen (BR/E/DK) made for a one-two Audi victory. It marked the 13th Le Mans success for the brand with the ......read more
Many unprofessional and misleading ‘automotive’ websites and radio shows in Egypt have been talking about and ‘promoting’ the new face-lifted BMW X3 recently launched in Egypt. Not to mention the many advertorials, paid editorials and advertisements in some of the misleading weekly automotive advertisement supplements and print publications, which seems to be all part of the ......read more
Continental has taken the Conti.eContact that was originally launched in 2011 with electric vehicles in mind and refined it to meet the needs of hybrid models. Thanks to the introduction of numerous new technologies and processes, this new and extensively hand-crafted summer tire is the first from Continental to obtain the top A rating on the EU Tire Label for both wet grip and ......read more
The return of Porsche to the top LMP class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) presents significant challenges. Firstly, the new 919 Hybrid is the most complex racing car the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer has ever built. Secondly, unlike the competition, Porsche does not have experience or data to refer to from previous years’ racing at the top level (outside the GT ......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
This week a new multinational luxury brand was born in Italy. A.R.E.S, a luxury automotive atelier based in Modena (Italy), was officially launched on the 23rd of June 2014. A.R.E.S aims at creating unique, handcrafted, high-performance cars, ensuring that aesthetics and performance combine to provide customers with an unlimited wealth of bespoke car exterior and interior design, as ......read more
Although there is no professional motorsport in many parts of the Middle East, such as in Egypt for example, we at Auto Arabia still keep on covering regional and international motorsport events, with the goal of increasing awareness about professional motorsport in Egypt and many other parts in the Middle East. One of those important and professional events is the 24 Hours Race at ......read more
Last week Porsche launched the new Macan in Cairo while BMW was launching the new BMW X4 and the 4 Series Gran Coupe simultaneously in Spain. And while there are several so-called ‘premium’ or ‘luxury’ Compact SUVs available on sale in Egypt, such as the Audi Q5, the MINI Countryman, the BMW X3 and the Mercedes GLK, it seems that the very sporty BMW X4 and Porsche Macan will ......read more
At the helm of an Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux, Saudi Arabian driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi and German navigator Timo Gottschalk produced a stunning performance to win the six-day Pharoans Rally in Egypt and boost their chances of winning the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The Toyota crew began the final selective section of the event that started in El Gouna and finished in ......read more
A creative collaboration between young apprentices and their instructors at the BMWs plant in Munich and Dingolfing has produced a completely unique vision for MINI. Choosing the MINI Cooper S Paceman as their base model, the students transformed the car into a two seater with a pickup style cargo area. The powerful turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive ALL4 , a modified suspension ......read more
Most of the German and European car companies in the Middle East do not really pay much attention to the heritage of their brand and the history of their classic cars. In Europe and the UK this is completely different, as the car companies there pay huge attention to their heritage and the classic car events, such as Kitzbuehler Alpenrally or the Mille Miglia. Jaguar is one of ......read more


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