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Monday, 18 July 2016

37 Car Models have been banned from Importing to Saudi Arabia

In accordance to Mr. Hani Al Afaleq, the Head of the Automotive Committee at the Eastern Chamber of Commerce around 37 models of automobiles ranging from various automobile manufacturers have now been banned from entering the Saudi Market. This news comes following the adoption of the CAFE fuel economy standard in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The CAFE fuel economy standard has now banned the cars that are consuming fuel above a set limit from entering the market in Saudi Arabia.



Of course, 37 car models which have been banned from entry into the Kingdom are all used car models. This is why Mr. Al Afaleq has asked all of the car dealers dealing in used cars to be especially careful with which car they are importing into the Kingdom in order to avoid having a hassle with their cars being stuck at the ports and not being able to enter the Kingdom officially. Cars which have been banned from entry into the Kingdom include the iconic American muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger as well as the Dodge charger. You can also go to the CAFE website and check out all the cars which have been banned from entering the Kingdom any more. If you do not want to go over to the official website, then read on below to find out if your favorite car can no longer be brought into the Kingdom.



The fuel economy of cars has been classified into two types;

  1. ·         The average consumption of a car is to be set at 10.3 kilometers per liter
  2. ·         The average consumption  of a heavy vehicle is to be set at 9 kilometers per lite
I can say, as a petrolhead ofcourse, is that I am speechless. This list of cars includes each and every car on my dream car list. However I do believe that such actions by the Saudi authorities must be born of necessity rather than anything else.


The cars which have been banned from entry into the Kingdom include models which hail from sedans to SUVs and everything in between and more. The official list provided by the CAFE website includes the following cars;
  • Range Rover (most models)
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Nissan GTR (!!!)
  • Grand Cherokee V 8
  • Ford F 150 Raptor
  •  Mercedes G63 AMG
  • Land Cruiser GXR V8
  • Lexus LX 460
  • Lexus LX 570
  • Fort Edge 3L
  • Dodge Viper 2015
  • Dodge Ram
  • Ford Explorer V8
  • GMC Arcadia
  • Lamborghini (ALL MODELS)
  • Ferrari (ALL MODELS)
  • Audi RS (ALL MODELS)
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • Yukon 2015
  • Tahoe 2015
  • TAHOE DENALI
  • Nissan Patrol
  • Nissan Armada
  • BMW (M SERIES)
  • BMW 750 LI
  • BMW X6 V8
  • Corvette Z06
  • Cadillac (ALL MODELS)
  • Bentley (ALL MODELS)
  • Ford Phoenix
  • Double Dodge Durango (ALL SPECS)
  • Chrysler C 300 (from SRT 5.7 L and 6.4 L)
  • Dodge Charger Hemi ( 5.7 L and 6.4 L)
  • Dodge Challenger ( from RT 5.7 L and 6.4 L)
Source: Motory

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