Saudi Arabia May Provide Funding to Take Tesla Private

The Saudia Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund will provide the funding required to take Tesla private at $420 a share, company CEO Elon Musk revealed in a blog post Monday. 

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Women Finally Allowed to Drive in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has finally granted women in the country the right to drive.

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The Only Country That Doesn't Allow Women Drivers Might Take a Small Step Forward

A member of the Saudi royal family is pushing to make it legal for women to drive in his country.

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Spotted by Saudi Forum Member

The buying public are eagerly awaiting the redesigned Toyota RAV4, and a Toyota forum member believes that he has spotted the upcoming model, and posted pictures of it in a local Toyota Club online forum.

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Drifting Session in Saudi Arabia Gone Wrong- Video

Drifting is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with car enthusiasts yearning to go sideways all over the globe. In this video a driver doing his best Initial D impression comes up a little short.

The driver catches a mound of sand and rolls his car right over. The car is clearly more injured than the driver’s ego, who continues to drive the vehicle past the stunned audience.

Hopefully this will remind viewers that drifting can be a dangerous pass time, and to try and not hit the only sand mound in the vicinity when you have tons of asphalt to have fun on. Just a suggestion.

Check out the video below.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Drifts Saudi Arabia in a Ford Mustang [Video]

2010 Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. takes his dog and pony show to the Middle East: drifting Saudi Arabia in his Ford Mustang.

At the Al Reem Circuit, he puts on a show that would make Ken Block proud. Titled Drifting In The K.S.A, Gittin was given permission to do basically anything around the racetrack, which he takes full advantage of: he first tackles the course grounds in a Boss 302 before bringing out his Monster-liveried Falken Mustang in a cloud of tire smoke.

“Everyone I met, from Princes, to other professional drivers, to swarms of fans, treated me with amazing hospitality and kindness.” Said Gittin. “It was an incredible experience that I will never forget and I look forward to coming back to the K.S.A!”

Click the jump to watch the video and to gain terrible ideas on doing this yourself. But as always…don’t. Unless you were 2009’s Formula Drift Champion.

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Five Saudi Women Taken Into Custody For Driving

We’ve written before about the Saudi ban on women driving and the brave people who were standing up to the law. There’s now news that at least five Saudi women have been taken into custody because they defied the men-only driving rule.

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Consumers Petition Subaru To Halt Sales In Saudi Arabia Over Female Driving Ban

Whether intentional or not, Subaru seems to be labeled as a “progressive” brand, and while their website contains the usual corporate gibberish about supporting and embracing “…the communities in which we live and work,” the company tends to put its money where its mouth is, openly supporting the LGBT community as well as motorsports and outdoors enthusiasts.

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Saudi Government Tries to Stop Woman's Right To Drive Protest Videos

Awhile back, we told you about women in Saudi Arabia fighting against a law that states they aren’t allowed drive. We told you about Wajeha-Al-Huwaider, a women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia, who decided to mark International Women’s Day in 2008 by shooting a video of herself driving and then posting it on YouTube.

Next was Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah, who wanted to lift the ban in order to send about 750,000 foreign drivers home. The government hasn’t changed their position on the issue, and this time, they are trying to silence Manal al-Sharif, who is campaigning for the rights of woman in her country.

According to the New York Times, Manal al-Sharif had posted videos of herself driving on YouTube, as well as started Facebook and Twitter accounts that encouraged other Saudi women to do the same. But the Saudi government has stepped in – they arrested Sharif, removed her videos from Youtube and deleted a Facebook account that instructed other women on how they could get involved in the movement. And someone even duplicated her Twitter account and posted messages that stated she had given up the cause.

But social media isn’t going to let a little thing like an oppressive government keep it down. Sharif’s message is still circulating on YouTube and an Al Jazeera report on her campaign is still available. You can check out the full report at The New York Times and watch the videos after the jump.

[Source: Autoblog]

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Chevrolet Launches Updated Corvettes for Middle East Market

General Motors has long had a major presence in middle eastern markets, particularly in Gulf countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where it has sold large numbers of its American sedans (particularly full sized ones) like the Chevy Impala and Caprice, but with slight equipment differences.

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Mercedes G-Class Based Gazal-1 Headed to Production as Saudi Arabia's First Car

When most people think about Saudi Arabia, they think about a country that produces 10-million barrels of crude oil every day, a country where temperatures in the summer can reach over 130-degrees, and a country where the Sheikhs live in mansions bigger than some high-end resorts.

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Team Desert Storm Racing? Radical! [video]

Ok, so we busted out the pun bazooka on the title of this post, but we think you’ll forgive us once you watch the video (after the jump). Driver Saeed AlMouri may not have the smooth at-the-limit control of Jensen Button or the flawless heel & toe downshifting ability of Ron Fellows, but he scores full marks for aggression and courage from behind the wheel of his  Radical SR3 around the sandy Zain Reem Circuit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

To be fair to AlMouri, apparently there was a serious sandstorm prior to the race, so his early spin off into the sand was no doubt aided by the traction-destroying grit blowing around on the track surface. And to his credit he does a very entertaining job of working his way back through the field after the off-track excursion, where you can see some of the sand blowing around in the wake of the cars ahead of him.

All in all, a very entertaining ride-along in the desert in one radical machine!

See the video after the jump:

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Wajeha Al-Huwaider Drives for Equality in Saudi Arabia [with Video]

Women don’t have the right to drive in Saudi Arabia, and one woman took a courageous stand on YouTube to protest the law. Wajeha Al-Huwaider, a women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia, decided to mark International Women’s Day in 2008 by shooting a video of herself driving and then posting it on YouTube. By posting the video on YouTube, Al-Huwaider was able to get her message out to the masses while still being able to use international exposure as a shield to protect herself from punishment.

Translated, her speech reads as follows:

“Today is of course International Women’s Day. First I would like to congratulate all the women who have achieved their rights and I hope that all the women who are still fighting for their rights will achieve them soon. Of course I am now driving this car in a rural area. In rural areas of the Kingdom, women are allowed to drive cars, unfortunately. However in the cities, in the places where they actually need to drive cars, it is still prohibited. So on the occasion of International Women’s Day, I hope his Excellency the Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz will allow us to drive cars soon. We, the women who signed the petition we sent him today, all hold driving licenses and can drive cars in our cities. Many of us are also willing to help the government train women to apply for driving licenses. The problem of women being banned from driving, as many officials have reiterated, is not a political issue, or a religious issue, but rather a social issue. And we know that there are many women in our society who are capable of driving cars, and there are many families that allow their women to drive. So if the door is opened for these women to drive, I am sure that it will be the better, safer and more effective way to change perceptions that we are not ready to be allowed to drive yet. That is all. I hope that next year, on the next International Women’s Day, this ban will have been lifted.”

[Source: BoingBoing]

See after the jump for the video:

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