We reported on the Saudi Gazal 1 Concept back in March – an engineering and design exercise by the students of Saud University in Riyadh with a little help from Magna Steyr in Italy and Studiotorino. Read that story here. 

The first project by the 50 students of the university’s Automotive Engineering Degree Course, now looks like it will become a production reality with KSA’s Arab News reporting that there are plans to build up to 20,000 cars a year.

King Abdullah himself unveiled the plans yesterday for a car designed and tailored to the GCC climate and which has taken two years to develop.

No details were given on any time scale for the development, testing and production of the car, nor any technical details, but we already know that it’s based on a Mercedes G-Wagon platform and potentially any of the G-Class engines, including the AMG V8 could be a logical choice.

We’ll bring you more details as soon as we get them.

Let us know what you think of the ambitious plans for Saudi Arabia’s first car