Hugh Jackman with the Audi R8

Hugh Jackman im Audi R8 bei Filmpremiere von ?The Wolverine?

I am currently driving a red-hot Audi A5 Coupe and I must say the last 4 days hold awesome memories of cruising down Sheikh Zayed Road listening to music on one of the coolest sound systems I have come across from Audi. I received the A5 because the R8 is only coming to me in a few weeks time post Eid Holidays so in the interim I am getting a low down on Audi and its numerous models.

While in waiting for the R8, in true diva style I am busy checking out the latest on the car and it seems that Hugh Jackman and the stars of The Wolverine, distributed by 20th Century Fox, were joined by a very special guest – the Audi R8 – at the premiere of the film in London’s Leicester Square.

The smart occasion was attended by numerous big names including Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Famke Janssen and director James Mangold – all of whom were chauffeured to the top of the red carpet by a fleet of Audi A8s.

The Movie, due for UK general release on July 25th, is based on the celebrated comic book arc. Lucky for me I will be in London when it gets released … smiling heaps about that.

Back to the movie – This epic action adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic if character of the X-Men universe to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or death battle that will leave him forever changed.

Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality.

In the film, the character Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is driven by Yukio (Rila Fukushima) in an Audi R8 Spyder – similar to the one which was put on display on a specially erected plinth on the red carpet. Additional vehicles featured in the film include the Audi A8 L and the Ducati Diavel.

I guess I must start getting my wardrobe ready with diva like looks for a fling with the R8. Lets hope London and Spain provide some inspiration.

Al Nabooda Automobiles reports record Volkswagen growth

VW Shereen Shabnam

A few days ago we had iftar with the awesome Volkswagen team from Al Nabooda Automobiles at the Royal Mirage and in between bonding with little diva, a group of us caught up and talked about cars and our experiences with Volkswagen models.

You may recall I went through a Volkswagen craze last year and tried a few models, which I absolutely loved. My first car was a funky looking VW Polo and I have warm memories of zipping around Dubai in that years ago. One great news from Volkswagen in Dubai and the Northern Emirates is that they have new growth record of vehicles sold during the first two quarters of 2013, representing a year-on-year increase of 37 per cent.

The success of the largest Volkswagen dealer in the Middle East was strongly supported by the increase in demand for the Passat model between January and June 2013. I was mentioning to VW team how popular the Passat was amongst some of my high profile car enthusiast friends.

The results reinforce the Volkswagen strategy supporting the Passat, which indicates the need and preference of customers in Dubai for a sedan vehicle with high standards of safety and design at a competitive price.

The Jetta also proved to be a strong performer in the first half of the year, resulting in 14 per cent rise in sales…. I have not tested the Jetta yet but after seeing its popularity, it has gone on my list of cars to have a fling with.

Thierry Seys, Volkswagen General Manager at Al Nabooda Automobiles is one of the most down to earth leaders I know and he naturally credits the success to his sales team who he says works exceptionally hard to deliver an outstanding service to loyal customers. He reckons that a 34 per cent increase on deliveries to customers is a real testament to their hard work and passion.

Well done Volkswagen!