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North American International Auto Show 2018 (Detroit)

The 2018 North American International Auto Show better known as the Detroit Auto Show held at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit wrapped up Sunday 28th of January 2018 with a total of 756,397 attendees over its nine public days, show officials reported. That’s up slightly over last year’s 755,229.

More than 700 vehicles were on display — 52 made their world debut, seven made their North American debut and 10 one-of-a-kind vehicles made their first appearance at an auto show.


More than 5,000 members of the media from 60 countries attended the show. Nearly 40,000 automotive and mobility experts and innovators from 2,002 companies engaged in emerging mobility technologies and trends.

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 NAIAS are named below:

NAIAS Detroit 2018 Ara Motor World (15)
Acura RDX Prototype
BMW i8 Coupe facelift (2018): gains the same new battery pack as the Roadster which was revealed at the LA show in November
Chevrolet Silverado (2019): it's all change for GM's best seller in the US market, load bay gains alloy in its construction, a significant drop in total weight, new in-line six-cylinder diesel
Ford Mustang Bullitt (2018): limited edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the film with cars painted 'McQueen Green' or black
GAC Enverge concept: a preview of a future rival for the Toyota C-HR, has a 71kWh battery pack and a claimed range of 370 miles
Hyundai Veloster (2019): unlike almost all rivals, Hyundai believes there is still a worthwhile amount of potential sales volume in this segment; comes as the 147hp 2.0-litre Veloster, 201hp 2.0-litre turbo Veloster Turbo and 275hp 2.0-litre turbo Veloster N
Infiniti Q Inspiration concept: powered by Nissan's VC-Turbo variable compression ratio petrol engine
Jeep Cherokee facelift (2019): a mild update but the 270hp 2.0-litre turbo is new to this model
Kia Forte sedan (2019): to be again known as the K3 or Cerato in some countries, will be twinned with the replacement for the cee'd series which becomes the Ceed
Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept
Mercedes-Benz G-Class (2019): second generation model, W464 is a new model but made to look like the old one, the G 500 powered by the same 310kW (422hp) and 610Nm 4.0-litre biturbo V8, plus an in-line six-cylinder petrol engine will be offered as well.
Mini three-door, five-door and convertible facelifts (2018): mild update mostly concerns exterior lights, plus a new 1.5 with more torque for the Mini One and a seven-speed DSG also new across the range
Nissan Xmotion concept: 4+2 seater layout, sized between the Rogue Sport and Rogue so replacements for one of these two might take some styling cues from it
Ram 1500 (2019)
Toyota Avalon (2019): 370B project code Toyota Avalon Hybrid (2019): replacing the slow-selling model of the same name has surprised many, features an updated four-cylinder+ two motors powertrain, gearbox remains a CVT
Volkswagen Jetta (2019): seventh generation

On top of those world debut, The Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and the Lincoln Navigator were crowned as the winners of the 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards.

See you next year in a new NAIAS Detroit Motor Show.



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UAE dealership stages largest F-150 parade with more than 200 vehicles to Sharjah’s Badayer desert

Al Tayer Motors, the official importer-dealer for Ford vehicles in the UAE, celebrated 100 years of Ford pick-up trucks with an event that brought together F-150 and F-150 Raptor customers and enthusiasts from all over the Emirates.

The event began from the Al Tayer Motors Ford showroom on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Sharjah. Participants were in for a treat as they were able to see the newly arrived 2018 F-150 and F-150 Raptor vehicles, which were on display in the showroom for the first time.


A raffle draw was also staged, which saw three lucky vehicle owners Hussain Ahmed, Selvin Carvalho and Shanker Raipet win gift vouchers worth AED 25,000/-, AED 15,000/- and AED 10,000/- respectively, for Ford F-150 accessories.

After a short briefing by Roberto Lopes Da Silva, General Manager – Ford Sales, Al Tayer Motors, the vehicles made their way to the Badayer desert area in the emirate in a convoy of more than 200 vehicles – the largest for F-150 trucks driving together.

At the Badayer camp site, the F-150 and F-150 Raptor club members showed off the prowess of the car in handling the desert terrain with utmost ease. Owners demonstrated the unmatched off-road capabilities of their vehicles in navigating the desert landscape combining soft sandy areas as well as some challenging slopes.

Al Tayer Motors has a special offer on F-150, Ranger, Expedition and Explorer vehicles throughout December. Customers purchasing any of these vehicles will receive a voucher that entitles them to a complimentary 4X4 off-road training course through Emirates Driving Institute.



Heels & Wheels

The Girls of Essen Motor Show 2017


Models at : ESSEN Motor Show 2017
Country : Germany

Show: ESSEN Motor Show 2017
Photos by:  Arab Motor World Team


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W Motors along with Tianjin-based partner ICONIQ Motors have proudly announced the opening of their first flagship showroom in the world, located at the premium district of City Walk, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Described as “urban living” destination by Meraas, City Walk is nestled in a prestigious neighbourhood close to Dubai main highway “Sheikh Zayed Road” and offers a perfect combination of luxury living, shopping, entertainment and wellness options, within one integrated space.

The new flagship showroom concept was developed around W Motors and ICONIQ lifestyle values and will offer a space not only to exhibit the latest creations penned by the W Motors team but also a combination of lifestyle products and art pieces from around the world.
A true reflection of W Motors values and aesthetics, this new space was conceived and developed by iMagine Interior Decoration LLC, who have successfully combined functional design with artistic craft to create a unique environment enabling guests from all around the world to immerse themselves in W Motors exceptional universe. It is in an art gallery ambiance, that the brands’ guests can enjoy a private coffee break while admiring the exclusive vehicles exhibited at the showroom.


“ This new flagship showroom is a giant step for W Motors, finally giving us the opportunity to share with the public our world and to permanently display our creations”, as stated by Ralph R. Debbas, W Motors Chairman and CEO.

It is during this flagship showroom private opening event, that the global premiere of W Motors latest creation took place, the most awaited Fenyr SuperSport, in its final production version, in front of regional and global press members as well as select international VIPs.

Designed by W Motors and engineered through the help of illustrious partners worldwide, Magna Steyr Italy and RUF Automobile Germany, the Fenyr SuperSport focuses mainly on performance, speed and driving pleasure without compromising its inherited luxury. The heart of this machine is a one-of-a-kind flat 6-cylinder 3.8L twin turbo, mid-rear engine, 800 horsepower and 1,000 Newton-Metre torque with a 7-speed double clutch transmission. This results in less than 2.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed exceeding 400 km/h (249 mph).

Talking about the new vehicle unveiling, Ralph R. Debbas stated that “the Fenyr SuperSport is the most incredible car ever produced so far”.

Gathered guests were also able to witness exclusively the regional premiere of the ICONIQ Seven in both its Premium and VIP editions after their successful debut at the acclaimed Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year. Designed by W Motors design studio in Dubai, in collaboration with its partner ICONIQ Motors, the two fully electric MPVs are developed around the passenger with the purpose of bringing the latest in comfort and connectivity.

The ICONIQ Seven Premium Edition brings incredible features when it comes to passenger comfort, a key characteristic since the car was fully developed around the passenger’s experience while the VIP Edition being the ultimate version of the Seven platform, is the most sophisticated and refined fully electric MPV ever created, a combination of luxurious materials, advanced technology and unseen customization levels in its class.

“Today marks a huge milestone for the ICONIQ story, we are thrilled to open our first showroom and design studio. ICONIQ will surprise the Chinese market by incorporating supercar styling and aesthetics DNA into an electric vehicle,” said Alan Wu, President of ICONIQ Motors.

In addition, the famous Fast and Furious 7 Lykan HyperSport was also exhibited in the showroom.

Both partners have also unveiled the “L5 Autonomous Concept” targeted for Expo 2020 in Dubai. This advanced Level 5 vehicle, which is currently in its development stage through the help of world-class engineering and technology companies, such as AKKA Technologies along with several other multinational partners, will be launched mid 2018 in a first demonstration version, to be fully functional for the most anticipated Expo 2020.

“We’ve got a great team here, and it’s an exciting time for us. The investment into the ongoing L5 project further highlights our dedication to giving consumers the very best experience and has allowed us to improve the level of products and services we offer,” said Bruno Lambert, CEO of ICONIQ Motors.

Throughout the event, guests relished exquisite cocktail canapés carefully crafted by Chez Charles catering company while enjoying lounge music in the private courtyard area of the showroom.


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86 Club & Orange Auto Season Kick-off Event

Photographer: Mohammed K. Yusuf

A total of 52 cars attended the 86 Club Season Kickoff, hosted by Orange Auto, a Dubai based 5-star car repair and maintenance shop.

All of the members were mesmerized by the Fast & Furious-inspired atmosphere that was created.  Highlight of the evening was a great and highly animated car show, with a live DJ setting the perfect ambiance and the surprise performance of a laser man.  The event gathered over 100 automotive fans and included contests with amazing prizes, compliments from Orange Auto, who offered a Ceramic Coating, window tinting and oil change. Brainstorm Tuning gave away a car tuning package to a lucky winner as well.


Many guests were surprised to see the one of fifty two Skyline GTR R1 in display, as well as a Toyota 86 with over 250,000 AED worth of modifications by Elite Autosports. The evening was very successful and the 86 Club season has officially kicked off! Stay tuned!

For more information on Orange Auto and 86 Club, please visit: or


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BMW Celebrates the Day of German Unity in Zaitunay Bay

Bassoul-Heneine sal, the official importer of BMW in Lebanon, celebrated the day of German Unity in Beirut in their annual dinner at Zaitunay Bay. Guests had the opportunity to witness the exquisite style of the all-new BMW 5 series.


BMW’s presence at the German Embassy’s annual Event highlights the brand’s desire for luxury and originality.


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MINI Ride and Drive 2017 Goes To The Beach

Bassoul-Heneine sal, the official MINI importer in Lebanon, hosted the fourth edition of the biennial MINI Ride and Drive event. This ride and drive is to express gratitude and give back to MINI’s loyal customers. On September 10th, a total of 390 MINIs gathered and drove all the way to the south taking the scenic route to the beach, reaching its final destination: Villa Boustany Beach.



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University Automotive Day Tour 2017

Photos By K8 Car Photography

Each year as spring blossoms, Xclusive SARL hits the universities in Lebanon for an Awareness Automotive tour like no other. This year was no different with the Automotive Days taking place at the Lebanese American University and American University of Science and Technology.


On the 15th of March 2017, and in collaboration with the Safety Awareness Club, LAU Beirut Campus witnessed a one of a kind car show displaying the Old Vs New themed vehicles as students got the chance to see the evolution of the automotive industry from the classic 1960’s era till the latest models.

The awareness campaign focused on Total Liban’s new app for better maintenance and updated  with  the maintenance tips and scheduled checkups, WSP Italy focusing on the importance of having OE alloys and the dangers of installing random alloys on cars, in addition to MAZDA and ANB Motorcycle with their amazing setup and the Fool Gear Vs Full Gear concept for the 2-wheelers riders.

As for the 4th of April, and in collaboration with AUST Sport Club, the AUST Beirut Campus witnessed yet another crazy automotive day with the Old Vs New Theme with a very special addition of AUST Students’ best cars on campus. The Students voted for the best car of their choice and re-lived the Automotive day experience for the 3rd time in a row.

Both events were sponsored by Total Liban, Mazda and ANB Motorcycles and insured by Commercial Insurance with a special IT Support for the PlayStation Setup by DomTech.


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A Very Special Launch For The All-New Nissan Kicks By RYMCO

Image Credit: K8 Car Photography & RYMCO

Rasamny-Younis Motor Company, the authorized dealer of Nissan in Lebanon, launched the all-new Nissan Kicks 2017. The new combined model of its predecessors, the Juke and Qashqai, at a modern and bustling ceremony, reflecting the youthful spirit of the new vehicle’s vibrant and dynamic identity. The event took place at the Grand Factory, Beirut, on Friday March 31, 2017.

The launch was embraced by the presence of a large number of press figures, as well as various bloggers and social media influencers representing modern media. Walk-ins and usual Grand Factory attendees from different age groups, who never miss the early weekend vibes, were also present at the Nissan Kicks launch event. The night also marked the Epic Entrance challenge, which included walking into the club in a unique and adventurous way, by imitating Tarzan’s moves in a jungle themed setup, for an opportunity to enter the draw and win a brand-new Nissan Kicks.


The draw went live on Facebook through Rymco’s official page, the very next Monday, April 3, 2017, where Soha Keyrouz was announced winner. The young girl contacted Nissan sales team earlier that morning in an attempt to book a test drive after seeing the car at the launch event.


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Audi Sport Launches in Lebanon

Ets. F.A. Kettaneh, the exclusive distributor of Audi cars in Lebanon, organized a thrilling  driving experience from 16th to 20th November 2016 for customers, media and VIPs. Guests were entertained by a fleet of Audi Sport models at Beirut Waterfront- Down Town to celebrate the launch of Audi Sport brand.


More than 300 guests of Audi in Lebanon had a unique chance to get behind the wheel of the Audi R and RS models during a variety of test drive activities designed to demonstrate the performance, sportiness, stability and exclusivity of the Audi Sport range. For 5 consecutive days, Beirut Down Town was thrilled by the roar of the R8 V10 plus engine, the racing pulse of the Audi RS 3, RS 7 and RS 6 and the performance luxury of the S8 plus.

The launch highlights the fact that all of the high-performance Audi models are now grouped together under a new global brand called Audi Sport. Audi Sport has been launched to cater to the special needs of fast car lovers through this new performance subsidiary. With its spearhead R and RS models, Audi Sport emphasizes the close link between motorsports and the road and shows the transfer of racing technology into road cars.

In the course of this year, seven Audi dealerships in the Middle East region will become official Audi Sport dealers and globally the Audi Sport dealers will grow from 370 dedicated Audi Sport dealers today to around 600 by the end of 2017

The name Audi Sport was chosen because it allows the company to capitalize on its successful racing heritage. The pillars of Audi Sport are Motorsport (including customer racing), Performance Models, Merchandising (Audi collection/Audi Sport accessories) and Audi exclusive. Audi has always been driven by its pioneering spirit and by being a leader in innovation. Audi Sport is an exciting new concept and ties in with Audi’s rich history in motorsport and with its wide range of high performance cars.

New models to arrive in the Audi Sport fleet in 2017 will include the RS 3 Sedan, the R8 Spyder and the TT RS Coupé and in the next eighteen months there will be a further 8 new Audi Sport models globally.