• Jun 15th 2010 at 5:28PM
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The very first car designed and built in Saudi Arabia is officially a reality. King Abdullah unveiled the production Gazal 1 at a special ceremony yesterday and congratulated everyone who participated in the vehicle's development on a job well done. As you may recall, the Gazal 1 was a special project created by the students at King Saud University. Though built off the bones of a Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the KSU kids penned the exterior and reworked the interior to accommodate Saudi Arabia's notoriously brutal climate and demanding terrain.

When we saw the original Gazal 1 design study at this year's Geneva Motor Show, we thought the vehicle looked pretty good, especially considering how little experience the SUV's designers had in bringing a full-scale vehicle to life. From what we can tell, it looks like the production version has stuck fairly close to the big green model we saw back in March. That means the Toyota FJ Cruiser-style roof has made its way into reality along with the very International grille.

It works for us, especially considering the go-anywhere Mercedes-Benz components bolted underneath. No one's said what's under the hood of the Gazal 1, but we're guessing the same 382-horsepower 5.5-liter V8 from the standard G550 is a good bet.

[Source: Arab News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not every day, someone decides to build vehicles with no business model. At all...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure it'll do burnouts, drift, and drive on two wheels just fine...despite its looks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone surprised that the first Saudi car is actually an SUV?


      Me neither.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, but I am genuinely surprised its not made of solid gold, and upholstered with the skin of an extremely endangered animal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you ignore the front and the color, I think it's decent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      5:34PM (6/15/2010)
      ( hopefully the last one too )

      I hope also !!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did they have to paint it in puke?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like the answer to the question no one was asking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MPG won't be a concern considering how cheap gas is over there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "created by the students at King Saud University"

      It's the first car made by college students !
      awesome :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      It really looks like the next generation Chevy HHR.
      Also, I really want to hate on that color but I won't because it might be a cultural thing.
      Maybe it's the Saudis' version of the "new black"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow... a model from Pixar's Monster Inc. 2! I guess the budget didn't allow for an extra set of wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Needs more burqa.
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