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VERSO FIRST TOYOTA TO USE NEW BMW-SUPPLIED 1.6-LITRE DIESEL ENGINE The Verso 1.6 D-4D compact MPV will be the first Toyota be equipped with an engine supplied by the BMW Group under a contract agreed by the manufacturers two years ago. The addition of the 111bhp/83kW engine to the range early in 2014 will increase the number of powertrains available to Verso customers in the UK to ......read more
While most African and Middle Eastern country have severe traffic and road safety problems and while Egypt cannot even solve its Mehwar and Daeri Ring Road accidents, we find Sweden and Volvo Cars entering a new era of road safety as the Swedish car manufacturer will play a leading role in the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which 100 self-driving Volvo ......read more
Over the past 100 years Maserati cars have never been as popular and successful as they are now, not only in the Middle East region but worldwide. This popularity is mainly due to the impressive and extremely fun-to-drive all-new Quattroporte and all-new Ghibli, as well as the extremely well-performing and good-looking GranTurismo. So with the month of December Maserati ......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
Not too many cars can draw a smile on the face of the professional motoring journalists when they receive the key of the test-car. The Lamborghini Aventador and Lamborghini Gallardo are two of those few cars. The later has reached its production end and we feel very sad about that. . In the historic factory buildings of Sant’Agata Bolognese, the last Lamborghini Gallardo has left ......read more
BMW AG plans to take two-wheeled travel to a whole new level with the BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive, thanks to a 118 kW (160 hp) in-line six-cylinder engine that melds superlative power with exemplary refinement, as well as boasting superb standards of equipment and comfort. Spearheading the BMW Motorrad tourer range, the “Exclusive” model already lays claim to a ......read more
For some strange reason I noticed that Nissan does not care much about the Nissan GT-R in the Gulf region and Egypt, although there are many GT-R fans in the Middle East and North Africa region. Is it maybe because many racing car fans call the Nissan GT-R a tuned 'Datsun' when compared to the other established sport cars? Well, we will never really know. In any case, we decided to ......read more
After each Formula 1 race in this 2013 season, I was very surprised to see Renault and Renault Motorsport not paying any attention to increasing the public and media awareness in the Middle East and North Africa about F1 in general and the success of Renault in F1 in specific. Especially after some successful races for Renault, such as the 2013 USA GP, were Renault-powered cars locked ......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
The BMW 7 Series is one of the most popular models in its segment in Germany, as well as in the GCC region and Egypt. That is why I was very surprised, and happy at the same time, when a few weeks ago I saw a 'special-edition' BMW 760Li at the AGMC BMW dealer showroom on Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai. Now the BMW 760 Li V12 M Bi-Turbo is making its official debut which I consider one ......read more
Red Bull driver and newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, starting on the P Zero Yellow soft compound, before running two stints on the P Zero White medium. The majority of drivers started the race on the soft tyre. The exceptions were McLaren’s Jenson Button, the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez, Force India’s ......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
Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Renaultsport F1 today secured their fourth consecutive Constructors' World Championship title. In 2013 the hugely successful partnership has scored 10 wins, 8 pole positions, 10 fastest laps and 470 points to date. It is the first time in over 20 years that a constructor-engine partnership has achieved such an unbroken run of success. In fact, only once in ......read more
With three races left of a 19-round 2013 Formula One season Infiniti Red Bull Racing have sealed the double, becoming consecutive four-time Constructors' World Champions and claiming the Drivers' World Championship crown at the hands of Sebastian Vettel, who becomes the youngest consecutive four-time winner in the sport's history. "To join people like Prost, Fangio and Michael ......read more
جاكوار تكشف إقليمياً وللمرة الأولى عن أربع سيارات جديدة خلال معرض دبي الدولي للسيارات 2013 أعلنت شركة جاكوار، المتخصصة بصناعة السيارات الفاخرة، عن اختيارها للنسخة المقبلة من معرض دبي الدولي للسيارات من أجل الكشف للمرة الأولى في المنطقة عن أربعة موديلات جديدة. وخلال المعرض الذي ستجري فعالياته من 5 ولغاية 9 نوفمبر المقبل ......read more
A few days ago I had the pleasure of testing the mind-blowing Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in and around Dubai. Today the Italian manufacturer of superb super-cars is showing us another mind-blowing vehicle. As a further highlight of its 50th anniversary year, Automobili Lamborghini is presenting one of the most exceptional super sports cars of all time, which can indeed easily ......read more
After the starting lights went off, it seemed that French Lotus driver Romain Grosjean or Australian Red Bull driver Mark Webber might end victorious from a tactical and strategy guided race in Japan on Sunday, but in the end it was Webber’s team mate namely German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel who took his ninth success of the season - and fifth in a row - after a clever timed ......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
McLaren Automotive this weekend held McLaren 50: The Drive, an exclusive event which brought together one of the largest gatherings of McLaren supercar owners in the world, to celebrate the five decades of motorsport success and road car innovation. The event saw more than 20 examples of the 12C and 12C Spider, as well as Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren supercars congregate at The ......read more
German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel took his sixth win of the season in the Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia 2013 at Monza on Sunday afternoon, beating emerging Spanish Suderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso who finished in a distant second, and his Australian Red Bull team mate Mark Webber, who occupied the last spot on the podium. After scoring his 40th pole position, the German ......read more
The testing programme for the McLaren P1™ has continued at a relentless pace throughout the summer, and in the latest short film from McLaren Automotive, the production-intent McLaren P1™ is shown testing in some of the harshest and most challenging conditions. With first deliveries scheduled in the coming weeks, the development team have been pushing the limits of the car to ......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
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