Events Coverage

Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 Craziest Cars

TOKYO AUTO SALON 2019 is one of the largest annual custom cars and car-related products show held on 11, 12 and 13 January at Makuhari Messe Tokyo Japan.

Tokyo Auto Salon this year was a great success with more than 330,666 attendees, 906 vehicles from customized cars, Japanese Classic Cars, crazy tuned cars and customized classics from BMW, Ferrari and more.


In this year’s show, lots of great customizers were present onsite such as Kuhl bringing in some of his best work on Nissan GT-R, American Muscle Cars and most importantly Japanese Suzuki and more, in addition to the yearly releases of LibertyWalk and other tuners.

this year as well, we were able to see lots of Nissan vehicles such as the snowmobile 370 z, electric cars and more. the show was also characterized by extreme tuning for classic European cars that marked the sportscars era from the ’80s and 90’s such as Lancia, BMW, and Ferraris.

Tokyo Auto Salon is positioning itself as the place to be when it comes to extreme tuning and crazy stuff beyond imagination, the show is a trendsetter for those who love Japanese cars, Japanese culture or even Japanese tuning on European cars.

For those of you who are not familiar with Tokyo Auto Salon here’s a lesson in history: TOKYO AUTO SALON inaugurated in 1983 as “Tokyo Exciting Car Show” in a bid to establish the custom car culture”. TOKYO AUTO SALON, marked the show’s 37th anniversary, now is the annual car extravaganza covering the gamut of custom car related concerns. The show brings the best opportunity to experience an exciting mixture of the latest trends in the powerful custom car scene and colourful lively entertaining content.

TOKYO AUTO SALON 2020 will take place from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 January 2020 at MAKUHARI MESSE International Convention Complex, Tokyo Japan


Automotive news

Al-Futtaim Toyota swoops another win at the Filipino Times Awards

Al-Futtaim Toyota Filipino Times awards - Arab Motor World

Al-Futtaim Toyota, leader in sustainable mobility in the UAE since 2008, took home “Most Preferred SUV Car Brand of the Year” award at The 2018 Filipino Times Awards. The unanimous win came following a rigorous round of voting through public survey, settling the battle of the most favoured brands by the Filipino community in the UAE. The voting included a total of 12 automotive brands and several categories such as dining, banking, electronics, shopping outlets.

Commenting on the win Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota said, “We are delighted to have been voted the top car brand in the SUV category by the Filipino community for the second time. Filipinos make up a significant percentage of our customer base, historically the Toyota RAV4 dominated the sales of SUV amongst our Filipino customers, followed by Fortuner. However, this year we have expanded the SUV segment with our newest 7-seater, Toyota Rush, which is proving to be one of the most attractive products among our discerning Filipino customers as it combines space and solid road performance, with top-level fuel economy, and Toyota-guaranteed dependability, all packaged in a stylishly designed body.”

Following a recent survey, Al-Futtaim Toyota found that the majority of Filipino customers are Dubai-based as opposed to other emirates, and the median age for both male and female buyers is 35-44 years old.



Performance Cars Tuned Cars

A Super Supra from Lebanon


Image Credit : K8 Car Photography

Make : Toyota
Model : Supra
Year : 1993

Owner : Hatem El Khalil
Country : Lebanon

Engine and Performance:

Re-Built Engine Bottom End and Head
Manley Rods and Pistons
Ported Head
GSC Camshafts
Unorthodox Cam Gears & Pulleys
Shimless Bucket Seats
Ferrea Valvetrain
Ferrea Intake
Ferrea Exhaust
Ferrea Seals
Ferrea Guides
Stage 4 Fuel System with 1700 cc Injectors
Triple Walbre 450Iph Fuel Pump
HKS 4” Full Titanium Exhaust

Horsepower: 792 RWHP
Weight: 1495 Kg

Chassis and Suspension:

HKS Hipermax V Suspension
Brembo GT 6-pistons Brake Kit
Brembo 355mm Cross Drilled Disc Rotors

Wheels and Tires:

CCW Classics with Black Centers Wheels
Tires: Toyo R888 (315 Rear)


Do-Luck Type 2 Front Bumper with Real Carbon Fiber Inserts
Top Secret Full Carbon Fiber Hood
Blitz Side Skirts
Trial Rear Diffuser with Real Carbon Fiber Inserts
LED Rear Taillights

ICE In-Car-Entertainment and Lighting (Audio and Video):

Pioneer Appradio 2
LED Interior Light Bulbs

It is one of the most visceral driving experiences one can have. Every time I see it, it makes me smile, She’s a Keeper. – said Hatem


Tuned Cars

The Chameleon Toyota GT86


Photos By Umar Malik

Make : Toyota
Model : GT86
Year : 2016

Owner : Adam Dakkoune
Country : UAE
Customized by : FOS Automotive Concepts

Upgrade details

  • Full Car Wrap in Chameleon Color Purple and Blue
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
  • TRD Front and Rear Bumpers
  • Rocket Bunny Wide Body Kit
  • Customized Fenders Vents
  • Customized Rear Bumper Vents
  • Smoked Taillights
  • Carbon Fiber Side Mirrors
  • Carbon Fiber Fender Vents
  • Work Wheels 18 x 9.5 Front 18 x 11.5 Rear
  • 225 x 40 x 18 Nitto NT05 Tires
  • H&R Lowering Springs
  • Stance Look
  • AirRaid Intake / Filter System
  • BORAL Catback with MXP Headers Exhaust


Feature Coverage Videos Off-Road

Toyota FJ Cruiser the Yellow Crawler


Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Toyota
Model : FJ Cruiser
Year : 2009

Owner : Roland Semaan
Country : Lebanon


  • 6-Cylinder
  • Aluminum Alloy Block
  • 3,956 cc
  • Horsepower 239 hp @ 5,200 rpm
  • Torque 278 lb-ft @ 3,700 rpm


  • TRD Full Exhaust System


  • Front Bumper Road Armor USA
  • Rear Bumper Fab Four
  • Snorkel Iron Man
  • Anti Rock
  • Spider Trax
  • Hydro-dipping
  • Front Grille

Wheels and Tires

  • 17” Beadlock Rims Marble Splash Pattern
  • 40” NITTO Tires


  • ProComp 12”
  • RCV Front Axel
  • Rear Axel RockJock® III High Pinion Rear End assembly for the Toyota FJ Cruiser 2007 and up
  • 65-45-12 Ductile Iron Housing Center
  • AR400 Heat Treated Bottom Skid Plate
  • 3” d.o.m. Steel Tubes
  • 5/16” Thick Heavy Steel Diff Cover
  • Heavy Duty Currie FJ Suspension Brackets Mounted
  • Urethane Coil Spring Pads
  • Currie Performance Forged Alloy 35 Spline Axle Shafts
  • ARB Front Locker
  • ARB Rear Locker
  • 4.88 Nitro Gear Front and Rear

My Fj Cruiser is not your usual FJ, this baby can climb the highest mountains and reach the deepest Valley

Roland Semaan



Events Coverage

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


Automotive news


The region’s premier motoring event to shine spotlight on electric cars as UAE prepares to lead the way in clean, zero-emission personal transportation

Buyers of zero-emission vehicles in Dubai can take advantage of a number of benefits



Dubai’s push for a cleaner greener future under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, in which the emirate aims to have the world’s lowest carbon footprint by 2050, has resulted in a range of initiatives and incentives across all sectors of industry – including the automotive sector, so it’s perhaps no surprise that hybrid and fully electric vehicles have been quietly making an impact in the market.

Earlier this year, the Dubai government announced a range of initiatives to encourage motorists to go green, including free use of charging stations across the emirate until the end of 2019, complimentary ‘green’ parking, free vehicle registration and renewal fees and free Salik tags.

Recognising Dubai’s keenness to go green and the huge potential for the sector, the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show will shine the spotlight on electric mobility, with influential manufacturers identifying the Middle East’s premier automotive event to showcase their latest products and launches to meet the increasing demand for eco-friendly personal transportation.

“It is testament to the diversity of the Middle East’s motoring culture and the visionary Dubai leadership that the leading manufacturers of electric and hybrid cars see great potential in a region that has been dominated for so long by the petrol engine. The Dubai International Motor Show is the perfect platform for these exhibitors to showcase the incredible new technology that is shaping the industry’s future to the region’s car fans,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions and Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre.

“The infrastructure for recharging these all-electric cars in Dubai is in place and growing all the time, and we look forward to reaping the benefits of having more zero emission cars being on our roads in the near future.”


Toyota is another major manufacturer making noise in the electric vehicle space with the Mirai, its hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) that made a first appearance in the Middle East at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show and one that is surely going to receive greater attention when it forms part of the brand’s display alongside other hybrid electric vehicles including the Prius and another that will be unveiled at this year’s show.

“The zero-emission Mirai is a startling look into the future of mobility and represents a brave step into electric propulsion aiming at improving air quality. The Mirai runs on hydrogen rather than petrol, emitting only water from the tail pipe. In the onboard Fuel Cell Stack, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to generate electricity that powers the vehicle’s electric motor and other controls,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Toyota at Al-Futtaim Motors


Lexus, the luxury automotive brand and the largest supplier of hybrid electric luxury vehicles in the UAE, will be showcasing its range of hybrid luxury cars while keeping the promise of “Experience Amazing”, as will be plenty of other household name marques that see electrification as a vital part of their futures.


The BMW Group is another major automotive player to be showing its market-leading green mobility credentials at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show. The German manufacturer, which was one of the first to establish a base in the region, back in 1994, and has participated in all 13 editions of the show to date, and has already shown its electric capabilities in the region having introduced the BMW i8, its plug-in hybrid sports car, and the 330e, 530e, 740Le, X5 40e hybrid plug-ins.

“BMW Group engineers around the world are already working today on the mobility of tomorrow and visitors to our stand at the Dubai International Motor Show will bear witness to that – we currently have the biggest line-up of plug-in hybrid vehicles,” said Osman Abdelmoneim, General Manager, AGMC.

“At AGMC, we are committed to constantly evolving our offering to meet the desires of our customers, and we are increasingly seeing demand for hybrid and electric cars as customers pay notice to sustainability and the future.”

No matter your interest in cars, motorcycles, technology or aftermarket tuning and modifications, the Dubai International Motor Show is foremost a family-focused event that will keep young and old entertained with a host of live action spectacles, drifting, off-roading, interactive motoring simulators and even a test drive area at Za’abeel Hall 3, where visitors can register to test out selected models on a designated route around DWTC.

The 2017 Dubai International Motor Show is open from 6pm to 10pm on Tuesday, 14 November; 11am to 10pm on 15 November; 11am to 11pm on 16 November and 17 November; and from 11am to 10pm on 18 November.