It has been quite a long time since we posted an update about our Renault Megane. Nine months, three dealer services, and 37,000 km later, the odometer in our Megane now ticked over at 67,246 km, thanks to my other business that requires a lot of driving. Contrary to popular belief, the Megane seems to be easy on running costs even with dealer maintenance, so its Nissan underpinnings are a blessing.
Galadari Automobiles celebrated Sharjah Heritage Days with its ‘Sharjah in Our Hearts’ drive, which saw a convoy of Mazda cars driven by regional media, take on a tour of some of the emirate’s historic and cultural sights, followed by the opening of their newest showroom in the emirate.
All vehicles from the 2017 model-year entering the UAE will be rated according to their fuel-efficiency levels, according to the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA). All manufacturers and importers has already been informed about the new rating system.
The Ministry of Economy announced recently that all cars must be serviced at every 10,000 km, effectively banning the 5,000 km intervals that several Japanese-brand car dealers follow, something that consumers have effectively thought of as a rip-off all these years. The decision was made to “uphold consumer interests.”
So it has been a year and 30,000 km since we bought our Renault Megane. Buying this car was an experiment, as it is the least noticed and least trusted car by the general public. Contrary to popular belief though, the car has chugged along rather well, probably due to the fact that it is almost purely a Nissan underneath, from almost every nut and bolt, right up to the engine and transmission. It may not have exceeded our expectations, but it has never let us down either. For the price paid, we actually do not have any complaints.
The next SEMA networking visit will be held in UAE at the inaugural edition of Custom Show Emirates and is designed to create opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to meet buyers from GCC Countries. Retailers and wholesalers from Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and India are also expected to attend.
Luxgen, Taiwan’s own automotive brand, has finally arrived in the UAE. Better known for building Toyota Corollas in Taiwan on a contract basis, we last encountered Luxgen here in 2010 when we had a chat with the CEO about their Middle East plans. The brand already set up dealerships in Oman and Saudi Arabia in the past few years.
Al Futtaim Motors, the UAE dealer for Toyota, has created their own special-edition model at the lower end of the Toyota Camry range, dubbed the S Plus edition.
The results of the 2013 Middle East Motor Awards were announced last evening at a ceremony on the Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah, hosted by Muhammed Ali Sajjad of the Expo Centre Sharjah. I was one of the 18 judges, although the cars were score and the points were tallied long ago, so were there just to hear who were the winners in each category, as well as Car Of The Year.
Sharjah recently lifted a ban, which was implemented five years ago, that did not allow certain low-paid professions to apply for a driving licence.
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