Having recently completed our 9th year of operation, we’ve grown our GCC visitor count by 20% compared to a year ago. We’ve also bought a Jaguar XK, to get a taste of how much it costs to live like the upper crust of society, bringing up the number of cool cars in our current personal long-term fleet to three. But that’s just the numbers game. We’ve had some fun along the way, immortalised in articles on this site. Here’s our top ten memorable moments for 2013.
First drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, E63 S, SL63, C63 507 Edition and SLS AMG GT at Yas Marina Abu Dhabi
Mercedes-Benz held their annual AMG Driving Academy event yet again, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. It is that one night of the year where we get to thrash the heck out of various new AMG models, and the slightly new format for this year was better than ever. They packed in so much track-time under the floodlights that several of the others in our media bunch were quitting out of exhaustion by the middle of the evening. We carried on, of course. With cars like the A 45 AMG, the E 63 S AMG, the SL 63 AMG,
Ford recently released a new video of the 2015 Mustang cruising down the famous Route 66 highway in the United States.
Arabian Automobiles, one of the UAE’s Nissan dealers, has announced the arrival of the 2014 Nissan Patrol Pickup with an optional accessory package that will only be offered by them.
An unexpected bonus from attending the Maserati Trofeo races in Abu Dhabi a week ago was netting a closer look at this — the Maserati MC12 Corsa. And you wouldn’t believe how rare it is.
The 2014 Nissan Patrol had its official launch in the UAE, with an event in Ras Al Khaimah. The facelifted model isn’t far removed from the outgoing version, and as such retains its offroad capabilities.
This here is the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4, the official replacement for the Gallardo after nearly a decade.
Electric cars have yet to make an impact in the Gulf. The first one to pop in, the limited-range Fisker Karma, stalled before it even got started, although it was more due to a little thing called bankruptcy rather than any market dynamics here. The Lexus “performance” hybrids haven’t done well either, with their high prices and lack of real performance gains. And Nissan keeps showing the Leaf in public, but cannot apparently make it adjust to our weather. But the one electric car the rest of the world is excited about isn’t even offered in the UAE. That’s the Tesla Model S.
The fact that we’re running out of fossil fuels isn’t a joke. As a matter of fact, we’ve seen car manufacturers across the globe tighten the screws a bit, to achieve better fuel economy. However, according to some, the future of zero emission and zero fossil fuels is not electric cars, but rather hydrogen fuel cells. And that is exactly what Toyota showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show last month.
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