Saudi Arabia is no stranger to maddeningly-rich people owning some of the most exotic cars in the world. But now, the Kingdom is venturing into something that it hasn’t done before: auto manufacturing.

King Abdullah officially unveiled the production version of the Gazal 1, the one-time special project by students at King Saud University that has been turned into the country’s very first production vehicle.

Designed using a Mercedes-Benz G-Class as its basis, the Gazal 1 was originally shown at the Geneva Motor Show as nothing more than just a concept. Apparently, it was closer to seeing the production line and being a full-scale vehicle than a lot of us initially thought. And given the fact that the people behind this are just students, we have to give these fellas mad props for the unique design.

Saudi Arabia’s Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari remarked that the country, through the support of its King Abdullah, is fast becoming a hotspot for bright young minds.“What is achieved today is a clear proof of the ability of Saudi youth to make innovations and inventions … if they are provided with adequate facilities and given opportunities,” he said.

There’s no word yet as to what’s going to be under the hood of the production-version of the Gazal 1, but we do know that there are plans to produce 20,000 of these desert deers per year, meaning that we’re probably going to see a whole lot of the Gazal 1 - and possibly future models - down the road.


Source: Arab News

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  (504) posted on 05.27.2011

There are a lot of car manufacturer that gives the young ones to develop their talent and skills in building a car. And though this car is still a concept, I bet in the near future we could see this car running in the road.

  (570) posted on 05.27.2011

Well, it think the “skillful and talented youth” doesn’t exist only in the Saudi but all over the globe. But its a great thing to know that this youth uses their time well in making useful things rather than being lazy the whole time.

  (221) posted on 12.3.2010

it looks good, reliable and promising.

  (808) posted on 06.21.2010

well they are just planning it yet.. for sure there are more will be added and remove with it..

Uncia  (868) posted on 06.21.2010

This thing would be utterly incapable as an off-roader... just look at the huge diameter wheels and low-profile tires.

aziz  (16) posted on 06.21.2010

I think it’s little bit risky move from Saudi Arabia, but It is supposed to have occurred for a long time.

aziz  (417) posted on 06.20.2010

nice saudi arabia is now entering the automotive industry.. i hope they will be successful as the Koreans.

aziz  (379) posted on 06.17.2010

if they used the G-class as basis, then there is no doubt that this one is well suited as an off road vehicle.

aziz  (16) posted on 06.17.2010

Finally, we made it.

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