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A myth, a legend – the name alone is enough to electrify the fans: the Mille Miglia is one of the finest and most famous historic car races in the world, and is used as an ideal platform for internationally renowned automotive as well as non-automotive brands, such as Chopard and many others. This was reason enough for us at Auto Arabia to travel to Italy and attend this ......read more
The number of classic car enthusiasts is growing and classic car events are becoming more and more popular in the Middle East in general, and the UAE, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt in specific. This was reason enough for us to pay a visit to the cr?¨me-de-la-cr?¨me of the classic car events, the world-famous Mille Miglia, to see how important such events became for the major ......read more
Venezuelan Williams driver Pastor Maldonado gave Sir Frank Williams the best birthday present possible by scoring a maiden victory in Barcelona on Sunday. It was a tremendous day for Maldonado, who thoroughly deserved this long awaited Formula 1 win. Moreover, it was a terrific gesture on the podium, when Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen lifted him on to their shoulders to join ......read more
After 20 years of absence from the DTM racing scene and in the second race only of the long-awaited comeback season of the prestigious Bavarian car manufacturer, BMW scored the first and the third place on the podium of the 2012 DTM race held in Lausitzring. Exactly 19 years, six months and 25 days after the last triumph, Canadian DTM driver Bruno Spengler, at the wheel of the BMW M3 ......read more
For the seventh successive year, Aston Martin will compete in the ADAC Zurich N?¼rburgring 24 Hours (19/20 May) as a total of eight Vantage racers gear up for the endurance epic. The marque will field its most ambitious entry to date with four official Aston Martins – including a pair of V12-powered Vantage GT3s – supported by a further four customer cars. In excess of ......read more
Big profile for the legendary BMW 328: This successful model will be represented with twelve cars at the start of the Mille Miglia 2012. Alongside series versions, there will be a number of racing cars competing in the lightning trip from Brescia to Rome. The Bavarian fleet of cars will be led by the BMW 328 Touring Coup?©, the winning car in 1940. Behind the wheel will be Dr. ......read more
Aston Martin Works, renowned worldwide as the official service and restoration division of Aston Martin, has opened a state-of-the-art dealership at the company’s historic home - Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. An impressive new ten-car showroom is the outward face of a complete redevelopment at the 3.6-acre site on Tickford Street. Aston Martin Works Newport Pagnell ......read more
My first acquaintance with Automobili Lamborghini was back in 1996/1997 at the Lamborghini Racing Days on the Dijon Racing Circuit in South France. At that time Giuseppe Greco was the CEO of Lamborghini. During that racing weekend I was very anxious to test-drive the legendary LM002 all-wheel drive sport-utility vehicle, but unfortunately only the Diablo was available for a ......read more
The Middle East in general and the GCC region in specific are considered some of the most important key markets for Bugatti. But the Chinese market is becoming more and more important for Bugatti. That is why the latest model from Molsheim was launched at the beijing motor-show in China. Following the success of the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Bugatti did not wait long before the ......read more
The new ? KODA compact hatch will be called the Rapid, the brand announced today at AUTO CHINA 2012 in Beijing. The car will make its debut in Europe before the year is out. A Chinese version of the Rapid will be built and sold in China from 2013. The close-to-series concept car, which ? KODA is displaying in Beijing, provides a preview of the new Chinese model specifically. ......read more
Two times World Champion and German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel jumped back into the spotlight - and at the same time captured the lead of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship – after scoring a well-deserved victory in Sunday's 2012 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The Formula 1 double world champion of 2010 and 2011 coined his excellent starting place from pole ......read more
Since the start of the 2012 season, the Mercedes AMG Petronas team performance has steadily been improving during the qualifying, to reach the optimum by scoring a hard earned front row during the China 2012 Grand Prix qualifying session. Unfortunately, the team was never able to coin these strong qualifying results into valuable points due to the unusual tire degradation of their cars ......read more
Mercedes-Benz has once again significantly upgraded the G-Class, reemphasising its position as the leader among off-road vehicles allover the world, and especially in the Middle East and gulf region. The interior is characterised by high-quality appointments finished with exquisite materials. The instrument cluster and centre console have been completely redesigned. The driver's ......read more
Jaguar has become very popular in the Middle East and North Africa region recently, mainly due to the relatively unexpected success of the Jaguar XF and the Jaguar XJ against its European competitors. Now this popularity may grow larger, as Jaguar confirmed that it wil bring an all-new sports car to production; the Jaguar F-TYPE. Speaking at the New York auto show Adrian ......read more
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is mourning Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. The Honorary President of the Supervisory Board died on 5 April 2012 in Salzburg, aged 76. Matthias M?¼ller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, paid tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche’s services to the sports car manufacturer: “We mourn the death of our ......read more
The Skoda brand is extremely successful in Europe’s keymarkets and many parts of the world. The Octavia, Superb and Fabia just won best-in-class at one of the respected consumer buying guide awards in the United Kingdom. And while the different Skoda models such as the Octavia, Superb and Fabia won best-in-class in the UK, we found two �enthusiastic’ employees from ......read more
At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show, the Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY was declared the 2012 World Green Car. The Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY was chosen from an initial entry list of twenty-three (23) new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then three finalists: the Mercedes-Benz S ......read more
Following the success of its award-winning �Stay Alert. Stay Alive.’ road safety campaign, BMW Group Middle East continued to raise awareness of the importance of buckling up by distributing over 200 complimentary child booster cushions at �X2’, an event that brought together over 3,200 families with multiples (twins, triplets and quadruplets etc) last ......read more
Michelin and Rallying with Group B are pleased to announce the UK’s only multi-venue rally for Group B cars and other rally cars of significant note: The Michelin Rallye Groupe B. Sponsored by Michelin, the rally will take place over the bank holiday weekend of 25/26 August on the roads of Cheshire and North Staffordshire, with Special Stages in the grounds of castles and ......read more
Best Brand, Best Bike, Best Tourer are just some of the titles which BMW motorcycles won in UK’s biggest owners’ survey. The BMW R 1200 RT was able to take the top honours in RiDE magazine’s annual RiDER POWER Survey – the biggest customer poll of its kind in the UK motorcycle industry. This is the fifth time in a row a BMW motorcycle has won the highly ......read more
Last Sunday's rainy Malaysian thriller Grand Prix was won by Spanish Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, while greenhorn Sergio Perez driving for Sauber finished second, and followed by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who stepped on the last podium place. But actually it was a race composed of two different parts, with different leaders but a lot of action. The sky ......read more
The Middle East and North Africa have the highest rates of fatal crashes and road fatalities world-wide. Road Safety is therefore an extremely important issue in the Middle East and North Africa region. In other parts of the world, such as Europe and the USA, the Electronic Stability Program was able to reduce those crash numbers significantly. In 2012 the ESP was nearly installed ......read more
Mercedes-AMG is embarking on the 2012 roadster season in inimitably dynamic style: following on from the recent launch of the SL 63 AMG, the top eight-cylinder model, there now comes the presentation of the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG, the V12 roadster in the line-up from the Stuttgart-based manufacturer. The AMG 6.0-litre V12 "biturbo" (twin-turbocharged) engine develops a maximum output ......read more


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