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Global Carmakers Going Green in Delhi Auto Expo

  Delhi Auto Expo 2012 has geared up to unveil around 50 new models of both national and international car and motorcycle manufacturers, many of them eco-friendly. There will also be fuel efficient and new SUV car models that will be unveiled later during the event. Some of the global […]

 
 

New found wealth fuelling demand for flashy cars in India

New found wealth fuelling demand for flashy cars in India

From the last few years, flashy cars have made a big impact in the Indian car market and has registered a meteoric rise in sales. Executives and CEOs in India are finding themselves incomplete without owning a sleek Germany or Italian-made sports car, a sign of wealth on Indian roads. […]

 
 

Google scores yet another win

Google scores yet another win

Imagine, you have to drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi along Shaikh Zayed Road. It would be an approximately 90 minutes drive but would it not be more productive, and perhaps, relaxing if you were ‘driving’ in a driverless car? The future of transportation is here. Or at least the […]

 
 

China slaps tit-for-tat tariffs on US automakers

China slaps tit-for-tat tariffs on US automakers

China has announced its plans to impose anti-dumping duties on some US-imported vehicles with engine capacity above 2.5 litres. The Ministry of Commerce in a statement Wednesday said several US companies including General Motors, Chrysler Group  and American Honda Motor Co. are engaged in dumping and subsidising. The announced tariffs […]

 
 

Toyota revs up its ‘cool’ car image by launching 86 coupe

Toyota revs up its ‘cool’ car image by launching 86 coupe

Toyota introduced a new 86 coupe model sports car as part of reinventing itself beyond its best-selling Camry sedan and Prius hybrid. The Japanese carmaker has been under intense pressure to maintain its top position in the world, especially after the company has suffered several setbacks including recalls, production interruption due […]

 
 

Toyota set to unveil sedan hybrid cars in Tokyo Motorshow

Toyota set to unveil sedan hybrid cars in Tokyo Motorshow

Toyota Motor Corp, world’s largest car making company, is gearing up to unveil its hydrogen fueled sedan car at Tokyo Motor Show which will be held early next month. Prius, Toyota’s hybrid vehicle, has been the best selling car in the last few years. The carmaker is now planning to […]

 
 

Rising raw materials cost denting TATA Motors profit

Rising raw materials cost denting TATA Motors profit

Increasing cost of raw materials and currency fluctuations resulted in declining profits of TATA Motors as its second quarter net income shows a decline in comparison to last year. Bloomberg estimates a drop in profit by Rs20.9 billion ($411 million). Although the sales increased by 27 percent to 359.4 billion […]

 
 

UAE on luxury cars speed drive

UAE on luxury cars speed drive

With the Middle East predicted to witness unprecedented growth within the luxury car segment over the next five years, luxury car manufacturers like Audi, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin are set to showcase their most dazzling models at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show. The new Aston Martin V12 Zagato […]

 
 

German automobile industry seeking engineers

German automobile industry seeking engineers

German automobile industry is facing a lack of engineers despite staggering sales. Both Porsche and BMW are looking to expand operations in Germany but fear a shortfall of graduate engineers that might impact their production capacity. According to a recent Bloomberg report, the current batch of auto engineers in Germany is […]

 
 

Frankfurt Motor Show starts with an upbeat tone

Frankfurt Motor Show starts with an upbeat tone

The Frankfurt Motor Show, the largest in the world, kicked off in the German city on 13 September with carmakers showcasing their latest products. The Frankfurt Motor Show is held every two years under the aegis IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung). Carmakers at the fair shrugged off concerns over the industry’s growth prospects […]

 
 

Toyota to manufacture Prius hybrid cars in China

Toyota to manufacture Prius hybrid cars in China

Toyota plans to build the vital components of its third Prius hybrid car model from China, a move to boost sales. Toyota will have a joint venture with China FAW Group Corp, a leading Chinese carmaker and plans to begin the production early next year. The joint venture will manufacture […]

 
 

A Stitch in Time for Honda’s defective Models

Honda Motor Company’s Middle East wing will recall 2,698 Honda City and CRV vehicles in the UAE. Arjit Basu, general manager sales, said due to possible defective power window switches the company will recall Honda vehicles. Globally, Japan’s Honda Motor is recalling 962,000 cars. The recall includes 936,000 units of […]

 
 

German luxury carmakers aim expansion despite gloomy outlook

German luxury carmakers aim expansion despite gloomy outlook

Audi AG is leading an optimistic drive among major automakers to bolster production, with the luxury car maker on a dynamic hiring spree to expand its production capacity by as much as 57%. These moves come at a time when the US and European markets are showing signs of a […]

 
 

New cars outsells used cars

Rising prices for used luxury automobiles are driving more buyers to new-car of the same model. BMW’s 2011 3-series compacts and M3 sedans are now only a mere $34 a month than the one-year-old used models, according to Edmunds.com. While, GM’s Chevrolet Corvette is $12 a month cheaper than used […]

 
 

No tolerance for Bribes: But one Tangos while the other Waltzes away

No tolerance for Bribes: But one Tangos while the other Waltzes away

Location: Dubai The Story 5 employees of Al Ahli Driving Institute were caught for taking bribes from students and have been sentenced to 6 months in prison. The amount of the bribes taken by each man totaled to Dh 34, 000. The five men were clerks in the driving institute; […]

 
 

Nissan seeks to cut exports

Nissan Motor Co said on Sunday it aimed to boost its sales in Japan in a move that would also help reduce exports by as much as a third and reduce the impact of the yen’s crippling strength. As the possibility increases for the yen to strengthen further after the […]

 
 

UAE automotive trade takes a drive uphill

UAE automotive trade takes a drive uphill

The UAE automotive trade experienced a growth spurt of a $ 1.9 billion from 2009 to 2010 (a 19.7 % rise). Additionally, for both the years, the imports of all car types increased by 31.3%. The figures were drawn by a recent study prepared by researcher, Yousef Ziab, for Analysis […]

 
 

Chrysler’s Upward Sales trend contrasts to the U.A.E’s fall in Car Sales

It has been a year-over-year sales gain for Chrysler Group, with a sales of 93, 313 since last July. It is a 20% increase that has topped the 16th month of a continuous gain in sales. Jeep was ahead in the group going up in sales by 46%. All of […]

 
 

Honda UAE wants its cars back!

Honda UAE wants its cars back!

Place UAE Story Honda cars recalled in UAE  Objective To assess the problem with Honda Civic cars. As many as 7, 000 Honda Civic cars are recalled by the company due to the faulty water cooling system, which did not stop the car’s engine. The car affected were those sold […]

 
 

Dubai Motor Show 2011 biggest ever

Dubai Motor Show 2011 biggest ever

The Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) has certainly moved up many strides since its inception 11 years back. In UAE’s calendar, it is the most awaited biggest event this year. November is expected to be the busiest month on wheels this year as a number of crowd-pulling newcomers are choosing […]

 
 

Ferrari World, Is it geared for you?

Ferrari World, Is it geared for you?

The opening of Ferrari World generated a lot of buzz in the UAE, not just because of the prestigious brand but because there have been no new theme parks in the country for years. Located on Yas Island, the park is in close proximity to Dubai and Abu Dhabi residents. […]

 
 

Aston Martin parts ways with Al Habtoor

Aston Martin parts ways with Al Habtoor

After a successful 20 year partnership with Al Habtoor motors, Aston Martin is parting ways, as part of a strategic expansion plan in the Middle East and North Africa to emphasize the company as a maker of luxury products and to increase sales in the region. “The Middle East and […]

 
 

UAE, Proud Owner of the Most Expensive Car

UAE, Proud Owner of the Most Expensive Car

Europe seems to be in turmoil, U.S. is getting out of the worst depression but on this side of the Ocean it’s all bling! A man from the UAE bought the world’s most expensive car. A custom made Bugatti L’Or Blanc  for an estimated $2.4 million (Dh9 million). The vehicle […]

 
 

Luxury Cars Sales set to Soar

The Gulf region has become a hot market for luxury cars, despite the political turmoil in parts of the Middle East. It is seen that wealthy Arabs are all set to buy a record number of vehicles from the likes of BMW’s Rolls Royce, Fiat’s Maserati and Porshe SE this […]

 
 

Audi’s New Feeler: Audi Spyder

Audi unveils the open-topped supercar R8 GT Spyder, which boasts some exceptional features. The R8 GT Spyder weighs only 85kg with its side and rear panels, front/rear spoilers and rear bumper all made of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The special bucket seats alone save about 31.5kg. The car can accelerate […]

 
 

BMW Takes the Lead

BMW widened its lead as the top imported luxury car maker in the United States last month. Its sales were up nearly 20 percent on the sale month last year as it outsold Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz and other luxury imports. Deliveries for the first five months of the year were also just […]

 
 

Nissan’s “challenging” Power 88 plan

Nissan Motor Co. announced a new plan dubbed as “Power 88”, which is a reference to its 8 per cent growth. This is not the first the auto maker is coming with such names, in the recent past it had come up with names such as “Nissan Value Up,” “GT […]

 
 

Auto Sales slow down in the Gulf

The gulf auto industry is at its down most point. It is learnt that in the last three years; this is the first six months of new vehicles’ sales slumping down. The sales in UAE is the lowest for the first six months (since 2009), while the sales in Bahrain […]

 
 

Toyota forecasts fall in profits

Toyota Motor Corp is forecasting its operating profit to fall by a 35 percent (to $3.7 billion); as the recent earthquake in Japan disrupted the company’s car production and sales. The company had reported a 52 percent fall on profit for the first quarter of the year and had delayed […]

 
 

Trade Show: Automechanika Middle East

Automechanika Middle East Automechanika Middle East, the largest international automotive aftermarket trade fair in the wider Middle East, got underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Organizers expects a record high in exhibition and visitor numbers (over 1,100 exhibitors and 17,000 visitors expected). Due to the show’s exponential growth […]

 
 

Ford to Introduce 3-Cylinder Engine

Ford Motor Co, the No 2 US automaker, is developing the smallest engine that can save fuel as the gasoline prices and the federal standards on the fuel economy have become stricter. The new model is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and will be introduced in the market within the next […]

 
 

Aabar in talks with Red Bull

Aabar Investments of Abu Dhabi is proceeding talks with Red Bull for a collaboration in joint activities of Red Bull’s corporate projects. The colloboration, however, is not applicable on Red Bull’s Formula One teams or its beverage business. Aabar is a government-owned investment firm, while Red Bull is a popular […]

 
 

Car Sales Likely to Zoom

By AG Team Cars sales in the UAE have recovered in 2010 and are set to reach near pre-crisis levels this year, according to figures released by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently. Business Monitor International (BMI), a market leader in business intelligence, expects the 2011 total sales to […]

 
 

Tata Motors put its cars on track

Tata Motors has revealed that annual sales of its luxury cars were nearly 244,000 globally. As analysts commented, Tata Motors have been able to revive its position in line with the British luxury marques Jaguar and Land Rover; with hard work, tough decisions combined with a favorable market condition. Loss […]

 
 

Small cars in demand as gas prices rise

In an era of fast rising fuel prices, the US auto industry has made small cars a central part of its strategy- outdoing their long time Japanese rivals. By focusing on small cars and de-emphasizing the gas-guzzlers that had long sustained the industry, General Motors and Ford in particular are […]

 
 

Shortage of cars hits car rental market in UAE

Car rental companies run short of cars in the wake of catastrophes in Japan. Post tsunami and earthquake there is a sharp decline in the production of cars by Toyota. Leasing companies recommend switching to other models such as Mitsubishi and Nissan models that are manufactured outside of Japan. Al-Futtaim […]