With over 500 cars on display, the Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) opened its doors to crowds of motoring enthusiasts and families who were seeking to catch a glimpse of this year’s best and most glamourous car launches and motoring-themed entertainment. Organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the show is being held until 16 November, 2019.
Organisers say the 15th edition of the show has brought to the region a number of launches, including Nissan’s new concepts, exclusively designed for customers in the Middle East; the Gazelle Storm, powered by a 4.8L 6-cylinder powerhouse, and the Navara Gazelle which offers unparalleled off-road experiences. Jaguar Land Rover hosted its regional debut of its new Range Rover, which is powered by the brand’s new six-cylinder petrol engine, and combines dynamic on-road handling, luxurious refinement, and the trademark Land Rover all-terrain capability.
Independent Chinese brand Hongqi unveiled its flagship crossover SUV, the HS7, equipped with advanced assisted driving. UAE-based STREIT Group, one of the world’s largest armoured vehicle manufacturers revealed the Streit Shaman 8×8; the amphibious automobile delivers a horsepower of 107kW and 350Nm torque, ideal for tackling all terrains.
General Motors revealed an array of models from Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac, showcasing six new reveals with 36 models in total across all three brands. Chevrolet made regional debuts of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the fastest and most powerful in Stingray history, the new 2020 Onix saloon, and the 2020 Chevrolet Captiva crossover. Cadillac revealed its new CT5 sports saloon; and GMC showed off its new GMC Sierra line-up.
Using their state-of-the-art 3D modelling studio, Italdesign, brought to life students’ visions of the cars of the future. Sponsored by CAFU, the MENA region’s first fuel on-demand mobile application, the ‘My Car of the Future’ competition demonstrated how Italdesign’s team of creatives can quite literally sculpt a car from start to finish in a 3D virtual environment. The competition allowed students aged 6-13 from across the city to submit drawings of what they imagined the car of the future to look like. The chosen students will take home a small model of their designed car, the new Need for Speed game on Xbox, a poster of their design, and two grandstand tickets to Abu Dhabi F1.
“We’re proud to be sponsoring this initiative because we are one of the companies innovating the oil and gas sector, and it makes a lot of sense for us to help kids grow their creativity, their entrepreneurship and their innovation skills,” said Antonio Al Asmar, General Manager at CAFU. “We want to be sure the youth can see their dreams are not so far from reality.”
“This project was a demonstration of Italdesign’s range of expertise, showcasing the finest technologies in automotive design,” said Christian Bolognesi, Press Office Manager at Italdesign. “It was a fantastic feeling to see the students’ faces when their designs were unveiled.”
The show’s daily ‘Visit & Win’ raffle draw had one lucky winner receive an AED$10,000 cash prize and two winners won Traxxas RC cars. Visitors to the show can enter the raffle every day for a chance to win.
The Dubai International Motor Show takes place until 16 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Show is also inviting all women who have a keen interest in motoring to visit with free entry between 1-4pm on 12-14 November, and in an effort to celebrate women drivers from Saudi Arabia, the Show is offering free entry throughout the show for those women who hold a valid KSA driving license.