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January 16, 2020

Volvo Cars has set a new, sixth consecutive global sales record in 2019, breaking the 700,000 cars sold mark for the first time in its 93-year history.

The company recorded sales of 705,452 cars in 2019, an increase of 9.8 per cent compared to 2018, solidly outgrowing the overall market across all regions, said a statement from the company.

The new sales record is underpinned by continued strong demand for Volvo Cars’ award-winning line-up. Its three SUV models served as a particular highlight as the company gained market share in China, the US and Europe amid stagnating car markets.

The company also registered strong demand for its electrified vehicles, both in terms of registered"...

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January 15, 2020

Audi, a leading automotive company, has reported deliveries of approximately 1,845,550 cars to customers in 2019, representing an increase of 1.8 per cent.

In all three core markets, Audi delivered more automobiles in 2019 than in the previous year. In China, the company set a new record with a total of 690,083 vehicles delivered (+4.1 per cent).

In the US, deliveries continued at the very high level of 2018 with an increase of 0.4 per cent. And demand in Germany increased by 4.3 per cent. In the month of December, the company delivered approximately 176,000 cars, 13.9 per cent more than in December 2018.

“After a mixed first half of the year, we successfully caught up in the"...

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January 14, 2020

ABU DHABI, 13th January, 2020 (WAM) -- The automotive trade index in Abu Dhabi has maintained its positive momentum achieving 5 percent growth during the first ten months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.

According to statistics in a report issued by the Statistics Centre-Abu Dhabi, local car sales jumped in value to AED28.66 billion from January to the end of October 2019.

The figures also showed a significant increase in auto resales, amounting to AED14.459 billion in the first ten months of 2019, a 27 percent surge compared to AED11.38 billion during"...

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January 8, 2020

The first SUV from Rolls-Royce led the company to have its best ever year in 2019, with a 25 per cent increase in sales worldwide and Middle East and Africa sales up 29 per cent from 2018, the British luxury car maker said on Tuesday.

The Middle Eastern market is a very strong market for sports utilities and the Cullinan has proven the recipe for success.

Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motors

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which is owned by the BMW Group, sold a record 5,152 cars last"...

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January 8, 2020

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) and ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) are collaborating to deliver superior hazard detection capabilities for assisted driving and autonomous vehicles (AVs) — empowering automakers to deliver unprecedented vehicle safety. Through this collaboration, FLIR will integrate a fully physics-based thermal sensor into ANSYS’ leading-edge driving simulator to model, test, and validate thermal camera designs within an ultra-realistic virtual world. The new solution will reduce"...

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January 7, 2020

More than 5,300 Nissan Tiida cars have been recalled in the UAE because of an airbag problem.

Nissan Middle East distributors Arabian Automobiles and Al Masaood Automobiles announced the recall of the Tiida models of 2010 to 2013 in coordination with the Ministry of Economy.

'Following communication with Nissan Middle East, we have started a recall campaign affecting 5,315 vehicles of MY 2010 to 2013 in the UAE. There is some possibility of deterioration of Takata non-desiccated passenger airbag inflator's propellant after long-term exposure to environmental moisture and fluctuating high temperatures,' the companies said in a statement.

'Nissan has decided to check"...

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January 7, 2020

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has invited Tesla owner and chief executive Elon Musk to set up his next car factory in Pakistan.

In his tweet tagging the US billionaire, the Pakistani minister reacted to a media report about the US automaker's plan to build half a million electric vehicles annually at its future factory outside Berlin.

Musk said on Twitter recently that the Berlin Gigafactory will be building vehicles, starting with the forthcoming Tesla Model Y compact SUV, but it will also build batteries and powertrains. The new facility,"...

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January 6, 2020

German car maker Daimler said on Saturday it will recall 744,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the United States from the 2001 through 2011 model years because the sunroof glass panel could detach and pose a hazard.

The large recall covers more than two dozen vehicles from C-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class and E-Class model lines. The company said the bonding between the glass panel and the sliding room frame might not meet specifications and could lead to sunroofs detaching.

Owners who paid for repairs for the issue will be able to seek reimbursements from Daimler. A Mercedes-Benz"...

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January 5, 2020

As any wannabe social media influencer struggling to get their fanbase past single figures will tell you, standing out from the crowd is not always easy. Car manufacturers would no doubts nod their collective heads in sombre agreement at this assertion.

At a time when vehicles in distinct automotive sectors are becoming increasingly homogenised (jargon alert: they’re all starting to look the same), being distinctive is a tough ask.

The Genesis G80, however, does manage to make its presence felt, despite being surrounded by a seemingly endless range of mid-size,"...

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January 4, 2020

Uber Technologies, a San Francisco-based transportation network company, has announced the official close of its acquisition of regional rival Careem in a $3.1-billion deal.

With the closing of the deal, Uber has acquired Careem’s mobility, delivery, and payments businesses across the greater Middle East region, with major markets including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, said the company in a statement.

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