By AG Team
Cars sales in the UAE have recovered in 2010 and are set to reach near pre-crisis levels this year, according to figures released by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently.
Business Monitor International (BMI), a market leader in business intelligence, expects the 2011 total sales to reach 352,913 units, close to the pre-crisis level of 355,117 in 2008.
The regional car tuning and customization industry sees this as a highly positive market indicator and expects better business opportunities in the near future.
Professionals and industry representatives from the regional car tuning industry had converged on Expo Centre Sharjah from May 12 to 14, 2011, for the second edition of the Middle East Motor Tuning Show.
Building on its impressive debut last year, the show was a huge success, attracting over 30,000 participants from across the region during its three-day run.
?It was a fantastic event? there was everything that we needed for modifying cars. It also proved that anything is possible when you use your imagination and have the right tools for the job,? said Yasin, who was scouting for a complete makeover for his two beloved cars — Nissan Patrol and GT-R.
While some visitors were looking for minor styling and painting effects for their vehicles, the majority of the hardcore enthusiasts were on the lookout for products and services that would provide a powerful, aggressive look and add that extra muscle for their cars.
Right from supercars to modified versions of premium vehicles, the show featured the latest and the most imaginative custom car trends from around the world.
A race simulator based on one of the best sports car in the world ? BMW M3 ? was the centre of attraction at the show. The Grand Prix Live Race was held right in the middle of the hall and competing drivers drove, drifted, crashed and hit the pedal to the metal for the top three titles.
Live Racer graphics are state of the art and perfectly close to-reality, which enabled participants to switch between the gruelling Monaco GP track of France and one of the worlds most famous and challenging race track in Germany ?The N?rburgring — at the touch of a button.
The ?Project Falcon? Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD created by Al Ghandi Customs was a real jaw-dropper among all visitors. Another head-turner at the show was Spirra, the only Korean supercar in the world, which was displayed for the first time ever in the UAE. Only 10 of them will be sold in the GCC.
Spirra is the first Korean supercar production that boasts capabilities no less than a Lamborghini or Ferrari. Equipped with 3.8-litre turbo engine and a carbon fibre body, it claims a top speed of 312 kmph. The supercar can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds. Its latest models can cost nearly half a million dirhams.
The Monster Drifting Arena gave participants a chance to display their balance of steering, acceleration, braking and shifting. It also offered them a chance to meet their drifting heroes.
The car sporting the winning design of the airbrush contest was one of the key attractions at the show. It displayed how a custom paint job on a vehicle will typically make use of a variety of airbrush techniques, apart from the choice of colour, sense of design and preference of tools and materials.
A car audio competition, sponsored by one of the biggest names in car audio industry, Pioneer, held during the show provided visitors tips on how to build a good car audio system. It helped them get the most out of the head units, crossovers, amplifiers, subwoofers, replacement speakers, wiring, electrical systems, as well as non-electrical components such as enclosures and sound dampening material.
Visitors were also spoilt for choice for audio and other car entertainment products, latest styling and performance equipment, while live demonstrations that included drifting and burnout performances held them spellbound.
Apart from these, MEMTS 2011 featured luxury sport cars, modified vehicles, racing vehicles and teams, spare parts and components for car modification, bodykits and airbrush design, tyres, high performance lubricants, multimedia, tuning clubs, specialist technical publications, and accessories.