• Jan 31, 2008

You'd think that owning a car as expensive and exclusive as the Bugatti Veyron would ensure that seeing another one in your neighborhood would be an unlikely event. And it probably is for most of the 125 customers who've taken delivery of the hyper-exotic to date around the world. Except if you live in Dubai, where Bugatti has already sold no less than 15 of its million-dollar supercars, or 18.75% of Veyrons produced to date.

With a population of about one and a half million in the oil-rich emirate – roughly the size of Phoenix, the fifth-largest city in the US – that means there's one Veyron for every 100,000 people. (By contrast, there are 27 Veyrons in the entire UK, population: 60 million). For those fifteen multi-millionaires, however, the flashy wheels might be the edge they need when you consider that there are a very un-Beach Boys-like three boys for every girl in Dubai.

[Source: Emirates Business via The German Car Blog]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think you Autobloggers need to brush up on your math skills... I guess that's why you blog instead of design cars.

      Hint: 18.75% < 1/5
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also I saw about 5 diff ones while i was out there last summer lots of brabus mercs aswell. nice
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gee, I wonder how many more people are going to post about Autoblog's bad math...
      I think the point has been made.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn, I've been beaten to the Maths correction comment. Yes, 1/5 is equal to 20% and 15/125 equals 12%.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The entire premise of this article is based on numbers, and you guys got them completely, totally wrong! What a brilliant piece of journalism...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, they were only half wrong... you know, 75%.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shouldn't the story be titled 'Over 1/5th of BUgatti Veyrons are in UK'?

      There's 12 more in the UK than Dubai
      • 6 Years Ago
      While you are right that all of Dubai's money doesn't come from oil, much of it does. A lot more comes from the port fees, transportation, and storage of oil.

      With the insane runup of oil prices over the past 3 years a few people in Dubai have made a killing. So much so that a few key investment groups could just about buy out the USA wholesale.

      But wait that would be over $10 trillion, you say. Well a key Dubai investment group is rumored to have over $4 trillion in assets already.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No UAE investment firm has $4 trillion (I am in the business). The largest global players are Fidelity, Cap Re, and couple of the global banks (with asset management arms) all in the $1-2trn range.

        US is not worth $10trn (GDP is over $10trn). Last number I saw was over $50 trillion.

        Stick to cars
      • 6 Years Ago
      The song you are thinking of is not by the Beach Boys. It's by Jan and Dean, titled: "Surf City"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Noah,

      BTW, Dubai is hardly "oil rich". In fact, only a fraction of its revenue comes from the oil industry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        hardly oil rich? only a fraction comes from oil? and what fraction would that be? 9/10th?

        actually nearly 40% of GDP is still directly based on oil and gas output.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn i love that city the sheer opulence of it is brilliant
      • 6 Years Ago
      One more reason why I want to move to Dubai. (Half serious).
        • 6 Years Ago
        just make sure you're not a woman... otherwise if you get attacked, hurt, raped, etc you'll probably be whipped and stoned by the government and the rest of the "people" afterwards.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        no, I'm not mistaking anything. The whole region is very similar with its restrictive neolithic views of woman and their role in the society. Yes Dubai might be significantly better that some other states, but it's still pathetic when compared to the rest of the civilized world in the 21st century.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Further proof that money does not equal taste. IMO, the Veyron is a classic "butta face"...you know, she's got a great body, butta face...fast, but fugly. There are faster, better looking cars to be had. Yes, they involve tuners, but at 125 total production, Bugatti is essentially a tuner.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Further proof that money does not equal taste. IMO, the Veyron is a classic "butta face"...you know, she's got a great body, butta face...fast, but fugly.."

        Much like AC Cobra, VW Corrado and more have butt ugly, haven't they? Seriously, that kind of argument is tiresome. The rear contains mechanic parts that move the wing and allow quick heat dissipation.
        According to you logic, any production car by manufacturer is tuner.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you'd ever been in an automotive manufacturing plant, you'd understand why your comment made me laugh at you. Volume manufacturers build more prototypes and development vehicles than Bug. has built as production vehicles. Large scale automotive includes something called a PPAP. 80 parts are measured for analysis from a 300 piece run. That's just to certify the part for initial production. Let me know when the Bug finishes their PPAP run.

        As to the movable parts for heat dissipation, I'm guessing your offering that as an excuse for the two tone bodywork. Why do the moving parts have to be mismatched?

        And that is far from the only ugly part of the vehicle.
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