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$1.6m supercar launched in Saudi

The kingdom's automotive sector continues to buck global downward trend with new luxury models.

$1.6m supercar launched in Saudi
SUPERCAR: A Pagani Zonda Roadster on display in 2004. (Getty Images, for illustrative purposes only)

A new luxury car with a price tag of SR6m ($1.6m) has been launched in Saudi Arabia as the kingdom’s automotive sector continues to buck the global downward trend.

The Italian-make Pagani has been launched in the kingdom for the first time, along with several other luxury makes and models priced, the cheapest priced at SR600,000 ($160,000).

Fawwaz A Al-Kredis, general manager of the showroom stocking the cars, told the Saudi Gazette: “As Saudi Arabia is a wealthy country, the luxury car market has not been affected in the same way as other countries where the automobile industry has been hit hard by the worldwide financial crisis.

“In the next three months, we will open luxury car showrooms in Dammam and Jeddah,” he said.

The other cars launched include the Swedish made Koenigsegg worth SR4.5m, the Spyker, which is made in the Netherlands and costs SR1m, and the Wiesmann that ranges from SR600,000 to SR1m.

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Infedel 10 years ago

I beg to differ Luxurious would be a clone of the Bentley or a Daimler Benz, any other form would be sporty at least. These line models mentioned are High End Sports Cars with the luxury of only giving you a soar rear end. Carbon Fiber is not a luxury, you can't see your reflection on its polished material and it bends if you sit on it. Good to make an impression of your rear end. The price tag comes with an implication that you can ride these cars on straight roads, roads that are flat and wrinkle free as a baby's bottom. NOT. Jeddah is riddled with pot holes. In Fact, some holes having been growing wider and deeper, one would have thought they like their pot holes more than their cars. Some are 20 year old expanding holes. So if anyone is thinking about buying a Zonda, please let me bask in its ambience before you drive it into an uncovered man-hole. In Addition, car service is at a minimal to any other country in the World! If you have so much money, one might think that repair bill is of no consequence as long as the vehicle is in working condition afterwards. Well, what about the integrity of the machine after being fiddled with by an unworthy technician? Has anyone tried to get something fixed there before? They practically change every component they could put their hands on. That is only good if you have anxiety attacks, and work with technicians that are only wrench men. With a $1.6M figure, I am sure they can afford to buy the technician as well, since a whole manufacturing line would properly move to accommodate the new market expansion.

car geek 10 years ago

Dear Infedel, desert, I want to clarify that it is very wrong to say carbon fiber cars are not luxurious and it bends if you sit on it. All formula one racing cars are made by this super material that is light and stronger than any steel. As for the luxurious point of view, Jaguar uses this material for their XJ series sedans.....