His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, officially opened the 13thDubai International Motor Show today at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Set over 85,000 square metres of floor space, the 13th running of the show is the largest held to date and features 18 global launches, 139 regional reveals and 16 concept cars, which were all presented to the world’s media today.
Making its global Dubai International Motor Show debut is the new Toyota Land Cruiser that has long been a staple product in the UAE car market and has gained massive interest during the opening day. Similarly, the queues have been forming around the all-new Cadillac XT5 Crossover SUV after it made its world debut on the stand earlier today and is the first Cadillac ever to be launched to globally outside of the United States.
General Motors also presented regional reveals for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado while other regional debuts included Audi’s V10 supercar, the R8 which sits alongside its RS3 hot hatch. The silk cover was whisked off the new Range Rover SVR for the first time this morning, and the all-new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe was rushed in direct from its global media preview just a week earlier in Spain.
Among the 16 concept cars, Maserati unveiled its styling theme of the future with the svelte 2+2 Alfieri sports car that gives away more than a hint as to how its next generation of GT Coupes will look, while the battle for Bond, James Bond, was in evidence from both Jaguar and Aston Martin who both flew in their respective C-X75 and DB10, 007 movie cars used in the latest SPECTRE movie blockbuster.
Bentley’s stand proved another major drawcard on day one with the first Middle East showing off its most important release for the region to date – the unveiling of the Bentayga SUV has shifted the industry’s goalposts in terms of ultimate luxury in an off-road vehicle.
Aside from the 600 new cars on display and the unprecedented number of regional and global launches, first day visitors to the show were overawed by the new Motoring Nostalgia Museum, which features more than 80 classic cars representing four decades of the most stylish and significant era of motoring from the 1950s to the ‘80s.
A collection of the finest and most significant cars in the history of the automobile from Europe, the United States and Asia have been generously loaned from HH Sheikh Hasher Bin Juma Al Maktoum, Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Tomini Classics, the Sharjah Classic Cars Museum, Sharjah Classic Car Club and the Al Ain Classics collections, as well as from a number of proud owners from the Dubai Grand Parade, including Victor Harris (NSV), Jean Mora and Ismail Al Dorabi.
The show not only previews the newest cars but also motorcycles, light commercial vehicles, and the tuning and aftermarket sectors with plenty of action continuing outside from Toyota and Jaguar Land Rover who are hosting interactive driving experiences with a special appearance of the simulator of the Bloodhound SSC that’s aiming to break the World Land Speed Record above 1,000mph (1600kmh).
The 2015 Dubai International Motor Show will be open from 11am to 10pm on November 11; 11am to 11pm on November 12 and 13; and from 11am to 10pm on November 14.
Prices are AED 65 for single-day entry with children under 12 entering free. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the show’s website at: www.dubaimotorshow.com