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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
Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., have signed a unique three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialisation of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technology. The goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop a common fuel cell electric vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the technology. Each company will ......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
HE’s patronage and presence is a testament to how important this event is, not only to Qatar, but to the region and the automotive world. His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, will cut the ribbon officially inaugurating the third edition of the Qatar Motor Show before touring exhibitor stands ......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
With new, efficient engines, new assistance systems from the future S-Class and a new design idiom, Mercedes-Benz has comprehensively modernised the E-Class. The new E-Class has made a significant step forward when it comes to efficiency and ecology too. Among other things, this comes courtesy of new, powerful BlueDIRECT four-cylinder petrol engines featuring sophisticated direct ......read more
Over the past two editions, the Qatar Motor Show was able to raise the bench-mark among the other regional motor shows, especially in regards to the high-caliber automotive managers and CEOs attending the motor-show as well as in regard to the automotive summits and conferences. Therefore the Qatar Motor Show can be indeed considered one of the most anticipated event in the ......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
Renault, SNVI (Société Nationale de Véhicules Industriels, Algeria's National Company of Industrial Vehicles) and the country’s National Investment Fund (FNI) signed a shareholders’ agreement yesterday for the creation of a joint venture (owned 51 percent by the Algerian partners and 49% by Renault) to develop the automotive industry in Algeria and support local market growth. ......read more
Global automakers have saved their best for the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), and with less than one month to go before the curtain rises, the industry remains focused on one of the top automotive events in the world. "This show is a reflection of the positive changes that are occurring in our industry," said Jim Seavitt, chairman, 2013 NAIAS. "Automakers ......read more
In a season of firsts, the 2012 season marked the competitive debut of the McLaren 12C GT3, with 23 examples campaigning in 14 different series with 13 McLaren GT customer teams. Between them, the teams have claimed a total of 19 victories, and covered more than 106,000 kms collectively. With this successful return to the world of customer GT racing, the 12C GT3 is considered by teams to ......read more
Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer at Kia Motors and the man who has led the company’s design transformation has been appointed President – the first non-Korean to hold that title in the company’s history. Schreyer, 59, joined Kia in 2006 from the Volkswagen Group to create a new design-led product strategy for the brand and quickly became known for his “Tiger-nose” ......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
Harley-Davidson Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a subsidiary of the iconic motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson Europe, Middle East and Africa, have held its 110 years celebration at Al Badia Golf Club Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. “This is a momentous occasion for Harley-Davidson, and for thousands of Harley enthusiasts in MENA and around the world. Harley-Davidson ......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
Winter provides the best arguments in favour of intelligent all-wheel drive, but the increased driving pleasure it offers can be enjoyed all year round. BMW xDrive and MINI ALL4 give each of the premium brands BMW and MINI an all-wheel drive technology which not only optimises traction and stability on snow and ice, slippery surfaces and loose terrain but also perceptibly ......read more
This week Harley Davidson Middle East launched in Dubai (UAE) its latest models which will be available across showrooms in the Middle East as well as North Africa, including Egypt of course. Already exciting enough and unrivalled in sound and style, Harley Davidson spiced up its models a little bit more. Today we drove some of them, and tomorrow we will test the rest of them. The ......read more
Only a few days after displaying the complete Volkswagen fleet at the very short but very exciting Volkswagen Driving Event and also at the star-studded VW-Rotana event with Wael Kfoury on the impressive Yas Marina Circuit, Volkswagen Middle East is again displaying its popular model range at the International Automobile Show in Sharjah, which will also host the 2012 Middle East Motor ......read more
The Ministry of the People’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
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button won the 2012 Brazilian Formula 1 race, while Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso finished in 2nd place and his Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa took last slot on the podium. German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel may have finished only in sixth position in an amazing Brazilian race, as Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button ......read more
Lewis Hamilton on Vodafone McLaren Mercedes won the United States Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel on Red Bull finished in second place, with Fernando Alonso driving for the Scuderia Ferrari arriving on the last step on the podium. The last time Formula One cars raced in the US Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton scored an impressive victory, and he repeated that on ......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
When I test-drove the Lamborghini Aventador a few months ago in Dubai, I was already more than impressed. The only thing I missed was an open roof in order to be able to enjoy the nice weather and the fresh air when driving along the Cornishe or in JBR. Now Automobili Lamborghini found a solution for that: The new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, which can surely be ......read more
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