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After two days of driving from the Great Wall of China, the competitive element of the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge kicked in as the entrants reached the remote plains of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. With two days of Time Trials ahead of them, some drivers came into their own while others were left playing in the sand. In the Vintageants group of pre-war cars, Mike Reeves and BBC ......read more
Wir sind es mittlerweile gewohnt dass Volkswagen bei den bekannten Oldtimerrallyes der Welt, wie z.B. bei der Mille Miglia, immer mit einer grossen Klassiksammlung der Volkswagen Konzern-Marken teilnimmt. Bei der bekannten Kitzbüheler Alpenrally ist dies nicht anders. Die 26. Kitzbüheler Alpenrallye weckt bereits vor dem Start hohe Erwartungen und wartet dieses Jahr mit ......read more
Aston Martin is surely one of the most under-estimated sport-car and super-sport-car brands in the Middle East region. But this is totally wrong as most sport-cars and super-sport-cars owners in the region do not know what they are missing. And this will be no different with the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, with which Aston Martin plans to take sports car performance to ......read more
Dear readers and internet users, Auto Arabia Media Group and Renault Egypt EIM is happy to invite you to the ‘Auto Arabia Gathering & Renault Test-Drive Day’ on Saturday 01.06.2013 from 10.00am to 5pm at the Renault Show-Room and Service Center complex at Abo Rawash (6th of October City – Cairo). Invited and registered guests will be able to enjoy a relaxed and family-friendly ......read more
The Rolls-Royce Wraith made its regional debut yesterday (27.05.2013) in Dubai. “Today we launch the ultimate gentlemen’s gran turismo, a car that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls.” commented Geoffrey Briscoe, Regional Director, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith promises the sense ......read more
German Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg drove a superb race on Sunday afternoon to win the 2013 Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, while German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finished in second place, and his Australian team mate Mark Webber finished third. Nico Rosberg led throughout the race in his Mercedes after starting from pole position, and withstood pressure not just from his fast ......read more
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
Spanish Sucderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso drove a perfect race to give his home crowd the result they dreamed of in Sunday’s Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2013 at Barcelona by scoring a superior victory. The Spaniard had to wait till the time was ripe after failing to get past either Nico Rosberg's Silver Arrow or Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull at the starting phase of the ......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
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
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
Fernando Alonso scored a perfect race result for Ferrari by winning in China last Sunday, to put himself back into the title hunt on a day when the leader of the drivers Formula 1 standings Sebastian Vettel could only arrive in fourth place for Red Bull behind runner-up Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus and third-placed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton ......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
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, the world’s first carbon-neutral Formula 1 team, has re-confirmed its carbon-neutral status and has formed a partnership with CNI (UK) Limited (CNI), who will join the team as an Associate Partner for Sustainability. Over the past four years the entire McLaren Group has rigorously examined, revised and improved every aspect of its operations to reduce ......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
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
German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders in the Malaysian GP to win an intense battle with Australian Red Bull team mate Mark Webber. Mark Webber led after the final round of pit stops and the drivers were told to hold positions to the end of the race (multiple 21) but the German triple World Formula 1 Champion Sebastian Vettel ignored the team orders on purpose ......read more
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