By Shane McGinley
Middle East importers of the British luxury brand will know by Tuesday whether customers in the Gulf will be affected by the global recall\n
Rolls-Royce will know by Tuesday whether it will be forced to recall any of the luxury cars in the Middle East, the local importer told Arabian Business on Sunday.
“We are expecting to receive confirmation from BMW AG, within the next 48 hours, as to whether any vehicles in the Middle East are affected, and if so, we will contact our customers directly to inform them of what needs to be done,” Alaa Tarabay, corporate communications manager for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in the Middle East and Africa, told Arabian Business on Sunday evening.
Last week, BMW, which owns Rolls-Royce, issued a recall of around 5,000 of the luxury models and Tarabay said the US recall was in relation to vehicles produced between July 2001 and November 2009.
“In the affected vehicles, a leak may develop in the power braking system, potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance. Mechanical braking is still available so the driver is still able to slow and stop the vehicle,” he added.
On Sunday, it was also still unclear whether Middle East BMW customers would be affected by the global recall of over 350,000 BMW vehicles.
“We are currently clarifying whether any vehicles have been affected in the Middle East, and if any, our importers will contact customers directly,” said Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Middle East.
The vehicles covered by the recall issued last week included: BMW 745i/Li, 750i/Li and 760i/Li models manufactured between 2002 and 2008; BMW Alpina B7 made in 2007 and 2008, BMW 645i and 650i cars with number plates between 2004 and 2010 and BMW 545i and 550i from 2004 to 2010.
BMW and Rolls-Royce are popular brands in the Middle East and both recently reported healthy sales figures in the region. In July, BMW Group Middle East reported a thirteen percent rise in sales during the first six months of the year, with sales of 8,096 across fourteen different markets in the region. Similarly, Rolls-Royce saw its sales rise by a massive 98 percent in the first half of the year, but did not issue exact figures.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
It's nice to see the German luxury market take a hit. It all started with the Toyota "scandal" and then moved through the many of the Asian car companies. Just when the Americans were claiming their victory, and saying they weren't affected by recalls of vehicles, they too fell into the trap. And now it's the Germans and the high-end luxury cars. Just goes to show that it's a global phenomenon - the decline of quality worldwide. Might open up a gap for local car production facilities like the Saudi Ghazal? (or maybe not).