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Chrysler Group’s Mopar division has announced the grand opening of two new distribution centers overseas, one in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates another in Shanghai, China. Both new facilities help expand Mopar’s parts distribution networks and continues Mopar’s international growth.
The new parts center in China is a 16,000-square meters facility in Yangshan Port Shanghai. It is estimated to distribute more than 35,000 components to more than 130 dealers in China and more than 20 third-party distributors/joint-ventures throughout the Pacific region. It will also be a referral point for Mopar warehouses in South Korea, Japan and Australia.
The facility in Dubai measures in at 18,000-square meters and is located in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone. The warehouse will be distributing more than 30,000 parts to the Middle East and Africa.
GALLERY: Mopar Parts Distribution Centers In Dubai And Shanghai
While there are folks in Dubai that can afford to simply toss away a million dollar Enzo, this car, found sitting in a police impound, appears to be one of a growing number of vehicles left behind by people fleeing the country’s strict bankruptcy laws.
With just 400 Enzos ever made (the 400th being a gift to the Pope), this 651-hp V12-powered exotic is destined to be one of the most valuable Ferraris ever.
GALLERY: Abandoned Ferrari Enzo
Audi is planning to launch new special editions of their R8 and Q7 vehicles in Russia and the United Arab Emirates, with prices as extravagant as their customers tastes.
Russia will be the first market to get their own special Audi, with a Q7 V12 TDI being offered with an exclusive two-tone black paint job and a retail price of $285,000 – more than double what a base model Q7 costs in the country. The UAE will get an R8 V10 Pure Sport, of which only 40 will be offered, at a more reasonable retail price of $136,000.
Audi’s special editions are not out of the ordinary for a luxury car maker, as BMW has been making market-specific versions of the M3 for China and the United States for the past year, while Audi itself previously sold a special edition of the TT in China. All three vehicles sold out quickly, leading to a whole new way for both brands to reap profits off of luxury-brand hungry consumers.
[Source: Motor Trend]
So clearly drifting has swept America by storm, skipping all the way across the ocean from Japan. And now it’s influencing other forms of motorsports out in the Middle East. But there is something interesting about what they’re trying to do: it’s not quite the drifting that we’re used to seeing, nor is it quite autocross the way we’re used to seeing. What they intentionally end up doing is setting up what would appear to be an autocross track, dousing it with water for a slick surface and promoting the drivers to do a controlled, out-of-control, lap around the course.
The first dead giveaway that this isn’t drifting as we’re used to seeing is the everyday vehicles lining up to compete on the course, much like autocross fashion. Then seeing a large collection of AWD cars like Mitsubishi‘s Evolution and Subaru’s WRX.
SSK Racing out in the Middle East is promoting the series as Drift Art.
We’re going to safely assume that it’s rather difficult to hold a sanctioned drift event out in the Middle East with actual tandem battles. Instead this format can reach out to the grassroots level racers and let them have an event filled with fun and the opportunity to do what we all wish we could do with our cars on a daily basis. We can’t wait to see what they have in store and how they’ll take this to the next level. But please, someone needs to let them know that it’s “professional,” not profissional.
Make sure to check out the video after the break.
[Source: Crank and Piston]
In a country where exotic cars are (seemingly) as common as Camrys, the police are most certainly in need of a vehicle that can keep up. So the Abu Dhabi police service in the United Arab Emirates has just unveiled its secret weapon, a 485-hp Nissan GT-R.
Not much else is known about the car, but if you look around back you’re sure to notice the clever phrase, “We ensure you safety… in the fastest way.”
So it looks like we might be seeing a lot more Porsche GT2s pulled over on the side of the highway in Abu Dhabi.