Middle East Motor Awards 2010 nominations
Nominated new car models have now been announced for the 2010 Middle East Motor Awards. Vice President of the FIA and President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE Mohammed ben Sulayem has offered his full support to the region’s largest motor awards, which are set to take place at the International Automobile Show (IAS) 2010 later this year. DriveArabia.com is an official partner of the show and part of the judging committee.
The backing by the most influential motor sport figure in the Arab world has made the Middle East Motor Awards 2010 (MEMA), due to take place on 14 October 2010 at Expo Centre Sharjah, the most prestigious ceremony of its kind in the GCC.
“I am pleased to offer my support for a new event which sets out to recognise the leading players in the automotive industry and to spotlight emerging technologies in the motor trade. I am positive it will be a big success, and grow in the years ahead,” said ben Sulayem, who will act as official patron, helping to promote the awards across the region.
Commenting on ben Sulayem’s role, Saif Al Midfa, Director General, Expo Centre Sharjah said: “The endorsement by Mohammed adds extra impetus to these awards. We were already planning a glittering ceremony but having the backing of such a well known figure as Mohammed will ensure it goes off with a bang and creates a lasting legacy on which we can build in the years to come.”
Between six and nine cars have been nominated in each of the 12 main categories, including; Best Sports Car, Best Luxury SUV; and best Exotic Car. There will also be a special green award for hybrid vehicles.
“With green issues topping the agenda across all industry sectors, it is important to highlight and reward the efforts being made by auto manufacturers. Hybrid cars are yet to fully take off in the Middle East but we hope that by acknowledging the steps being taken, it will encourage auto makers to bring such vehicles to the region, and likewise, encourage drivers to consider investing in one,” said Al Midfa.
The MEMAs will take place at the International Automobile Show, which runs from 14-18 October at Expo Centre Sharjah and be judged by a panel of 12 respected independent motoring journalists from seven countries across the MENA region.
With the Middle East being a particularly lucrative market for a number of manufacturers, but especially those at the top end of the market, organisers of the MEMAs launched the awards to recognise these achievements.
“The expert judging panel will not only ensure an independent and unbiased selection but we hope the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce will make the MEMAs more prestigious and thus more sought after within the motoring industry,” said Al Midfa.
The IAS is the Middle East’s most popular bi-annual auto exhibition, hosting some of the finest automakers from across the globe. Running from 14-18 October 2010 at Expo Centre Sharjah, the show attracts car lovers and auto enthusiasts alike, not only from the UAE but from across the Middle East and with events for all ages. And for the first time, the Middle East Motor Tuning Show (MENTS) will run alongside the IAS.
The two shows will collectively span 58,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor space and is supported by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Emirates Motor Sports Federation. There will be a number of visitor-focused initiatives, including safety, which will be one of this year’s main themes. Instructors will give demonstrations and offer driving tips to visitors in a purpose-built area.
Show highlights also include a state of the art 4×4 driving course by Off-Road Zone. The track will include an extreme rock driving track, complete with artificial wadis, log drives and a RC Racer Zone.
The awards are being held in association with Coral Beach Resort Sharjah as the official hotel, Air Arabia as official Airline and trophy co-sponsor Crystal Arc Gallery
For more information on the Middle East Motor Awards, please visit www.middleeastmotorawards.com.
The full nomination list for the Middle East Motor Awards 2010 is:
|Sports Car||Luxury Car|
|Audi TT RS||BMW 760 Li|
|BMW Z4 SDrive 35i||Cadillac DTS|
|Ford Taurus |
|Chevrolet Camaro SS||Hyundai Centennial|
|Honda Accord |
|Chevy Corvette ZR1||Infiniti M45|
|Dodge Challenger||Jaguar XF|
|Kia Cadenza |
|Ford Mustang GT 500||Lexus LS 460|
|Nissan Altima |
|Mitsubishi Evolution X||Lincoln MKZ|
|Nissan Maxima |
|Nissan 370z||Mercedes S500|
|Toyota Avalon |
|Porsche Cayman S||Volkswagen Phaeton W12|
|Compact Car||Premium Sports Car|
|Audi A6||Citroen C3||Aston Martin DBS|
|BMW 5 Series||Fiat 500||Audi R8 V10|
|Ford Fiesta||BMW M6|
|Honda Civic Type R||Infiniti G37 Coupe|
|Kia Soul||Jaguar XKR|
|Lexus GS |
|Mini Cooper S||Maserati Granturismo|
|Renault Clio Sports||Mercedes SLS AMG|
|Volkswagen Golf Gti||Nissan GT-R|
|Volvo S40||Volkswagen Scirocco||Porsche 911 Turbo|
|SUV – Large||SUV – Premium Sports|
Veyron Grand Sport
|Ford Expedition||BMW X6|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||Infiniti FX 50|
599 GT Fiorano
|Nissan Armada V8||Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8|
|Nissan Patrol V8||Mercedes ML 63 AMG|
|Toyota Land Cruiser||Porsche Cayenne Turbo|
|Rolls Royce |
|Toyota Sequoia||Range Rover Sport|
– Mid Size
|SUV – Premium Luxury||Premium Luxury Car|
|BMW X1||Audi Q7||Aston Martin Rapide|
|Cadillac Escalade||Bentley Flying Spur|
|Infiniti QX 56||Jaguar XJ|
|Mazda CX-9||Lexus LX 570||Maserati Quattroporte|
Pajero GLS 3.8
|Mercedes G 55 AMG||Maybach 62S Landaulet|
|Toyota Land |
|Range Rover Vogue||Porsche Panamera|
|Volvo XC60||Volkswagen Touareg||Rolls Royce Ghost|