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Cirencester - Dubai - Cairo / Mitsubishi Motors in the UK announced the delivery of a Mitsubishi i-MiEV to Thames Valley Police, which is the lead authority for Chiltern Transport Consortium. Chiltern Transport Consortium provides a cross-border shared service, back office support function for all the fleet requirements of Bedfordshire Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, ......read more
Berlin - Dubai - Cairo / You hardly see any hybrid or electric cars in the Middle East or North Africa region. In Egypt only Toyota Egypt (Al Futtaim) and Porsche Egypt (SMG) were brave enough to import the old Toyota Prius Hybrid (1.5-litre) and the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, even if not on their official price-list. That's why it's even more refreshing to see electric-powered rear ......read more
Munich - Dubai - Cairo / Heritage is extremely important for the car companies in Europe and the USA. In the Middle East and North Africa region we find that automotive heritage hardly plays any role, except in some few countries such as Jordan where they have an impressive Royal Automobile Museum with some of the best cars ever built. Now BMW is also keen on reminding its fans ......read more
Barcelona - Dubai - Cairo / Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver and 2008 Formula 1 world championship Lewis Hamilton made it a thrilling Barcelona race on Sunday as he chased Sebastian Vettel from the 20th to the checkered flag. The reigning world champion had to work every centimeter of the race-track as he took his fourth victory of the season for Red Bull out of five races, and the ......read more
Mercedes-Benz presents the new C 63 AMG Coup?©, a stand-alone, high-performance car that appeals to all the senses: unmistakable design is teamed up with a high-performance drive system and dynamic handling. The new Coup?© rounds off the successful C-Class AMG model range, which includes the classic Saloon as well as the practical Estate models. The C 63 AMG Coup?© also enhances the ......read more
London - Stuttgart - Cairo / The results of the 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards have today been announced at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The global jury, consisting of 76 of the world’s most respected and popular motoring journalists from 36 countries, including Auto Arabia's editor Mohamed Sheta, voted Fiat’s innovative and diminutive 875cc ......read more
Seoul - Dubai - Cairo / Unlike its sister-company KIA Motors, which is collecting, and especially in Egypt, one bad news after the other, Hyundai Motor Corporation is collecting one good news after the other, not only on a local or regional level but also on an international level. So, while KIA is suffering from a reputation problem and an apparent ignition-code-hacking ......read more
Wolfsburg - Dubai - Cairo / The Volkswagen Group reported a further rise in global vehicle deliveries for the first four months of this year. Europe’s largest automaker delivered 2.66 (January – April 2010: 2.34; +13.9 per cent) million units during this period, once again clearly outperforming the world market (+7.7 per cent). The company also reported a rise for the ......read more
London - Dubai - Cairo / For many motorcycle lover the ultimate motorcycle heaven is on top of a Ducati, a Harley Davidson or a Bimota. Now, this might change a little bit after the MV Agusta F1 RR hits the showrooms. RR, the magical acronym that immediately brings to mind the world of competition. The bike for special individuals who demand the most exhilarating riding ......read more
The legendary N?¼rburgring will host the racing debut of Lexus’s full hybrid CT today (14.5.2011) when the luxury hatchback lines up on the starting grid for a gruelling endurance race. Primed by Gazoo Racing, the motorsport specialists responsible for the racing Lexus LFA, the CT is competing in the Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy, contested over six hours on one ......read more
Volvo Car's commitment its "DRIVe Towards Zero" mission was reaffirmed with the news that it is the most improved brand in the top twenty in JATO's latest report1, "A Review of CO2 Car Emissions across Europe FY2010" with average emissions of just 157.5g/km. Volvo's success can be attributed to the continuing effort of both its drivetrain and design team ensuring each engine and ......read more
Gaydon - Abu Dhabi - Cairo / Aston Martin announces an exciting new collaboration with renowned Italian design house Zagato in the 50th anniversary year of the iconic DB4GT Zagato. The first product of this renewed working partnership will be shown for the first time at the famous Villa D’Este Concours this month, with a racing debut at N?¼rburgring later in the month. ......read more
Istanbul - Abu Dhabi / Sebastian Vettel dominated the Turkish Grand Prix to seal a third win of 2011 as a fierce fight was taking place behind him. While the battles behind the 2010 World Champion were both fierce and demanding for the drivers, while being entertaining for the spectators, the German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel made smooth progress, building a lead of almost ......read more
Wolfsburg – Dubai – Cairo / Motorsport fans in the Middle East never had a chance a to see a company-backed Volkswagen racing car in action in any local or regional rally. This will change in 2013 when the Polo R WRC will compete in the WRC, which by then will hopefully still have a round in Jordan. "We have invited you to join us here in Olbia to ......read more
Affalterbach – Abu Dhabi - Cairo / Roadsters and convertibles in the Middle East are not as popular as in Europe, mainly due to the climate conditions. But it is improving year by year, especially when such stunning cars as the SLS AMG Roadster enter this segment. After the �gullwing’ version, the open-top variant is the second car to be independently developed ......read more
Wolfsburg – Dubai - Doha / This year convertible fans in the Middle East and North Africa region can expect at least two exciting new models from Volkswagen, Europe’s largest car manufacturer. One of the them is the successor of the iconic Golf convertible and the other one is the very successful Eos 2011 model, which has just been launched in the Middle ......read more
Maranello - Dubai / Ferrari is taking the lead in the luxury supercar segment with the introduction of the innovative Ferrari Genuine Maintenance programme that covers all the scheduled maintenance for the first seven years, regardless of vehicle mileage. The programme covers all new Ferrari California, 458 Italia and FF models and is provided at no additional cost to the ......read more
Le Mans - Dubai / Seven weeks ahead of this year’s 24-hour race in Le Mans (FR), BMW Motorsport made an important step forward in its intense preparation programme for this classic endurance race. Together with 52 other cars, the two BMW M3 GTs with car numbers 55 and 56 took to the “Circuit de la Sarthe� on Sunday, completing a total of 147 laps. The team made ......read more
Ingolstadt - Le Mans - Abu Dhabi / The Audi R18 TDI had a successful first public appearance at Le Mans. 24,987 enthusiastic fans witnessed how Audi Sport Team Joest prepared for the 24 Hour race (on June 11/12) on Easter Sunday with all three cars and drivers. The innovative sports car with its ultra lightweight technology set the two fastest times at the end of the test day which ......read more
Luton – Following a request via the Department of UK Trade and Investment, Vauxhall Motors’ Special Vehicles (SVS) division has demonstrated its Single Vehicle Architecture (SVA) equipped Insignia to over 100 senior members of the French police and its fleet procurement managers. Held at the British Embassy in Paris, and welcomed by the Ambassador, attendees at ......read more
21.04.2011 / New York - Dubai - Cairo / Chevrolet is a big name in the Middle East and North Africa. The brand is very popular in the gulf region and there is even a small assembly factory in Cairo (Egypt) operated by General Motors Egypt (GME). Although electric and hybrid cars are not very popular in the Middle East region yet, this might change soon with the Chevrolet Volt if ......read more
21.04.2011 / New York - Dubai - Cairo Although the future of Aston Martin is quite unclear these days, this did not affect the beauty and charm of the Aston Martin Rapide. At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show, the Aston Martin Rapide was declared the 2011 World Car Design of the Year. "Aston Martin’s Director ......read more
21.04.2011 / New York - Dubai - Cairo / Ferrari fans and owners in the Middle East have one more reason to be proud of the Italian brand Ferrari. At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show, the Ferrari 458 Italia was declared the 2011 World Performance Car. The Ferrari 458 Italia was chosen from an initial entry list of ......read more
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