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|Launched||26 March 1996|
|Owned by||AB Groupe|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 576i for SDTVs)
|Slogan||La chaîne de tous les moteurs|
|Headquarters||La Plaine Saint-Denis, France|
|Formerly called||Automobile (1996-1998)|
|Bis Télévisions||59 (SD)|
|Bouygues Telecom||53 (SD)|
History of the channel
The channel was created in March 1996 for the AB Sat package under the name Automobile as a channel dedicated to cars in all ways (collections, history of classic models, tracks, etc.).
Due to the same of AB Sports to the Pathé group in 1997, the channel was reformatted to fill the gap on the AB Sat package, and appeal to a young male audience. The channel was renamed AB Moteurs in 1998 and contained programmes around all kinds of motorsport: cars, bikes, aeroplanes and boats, broadcasting a number of races live, in competitions with the other French sports channels, Eurosport and Sport+.
In 2008 AB Moteurs tried to attract a larger public by reformatting their programmes into four main strands: – Competitions (Live) – Tuning – Tests – Documentaries
Their principal rival is Motors TV.
The programmes consist of practical documentaries about car ownership, whether precision (tuning) or general, but also show replays of motorsport events such as NASCAR, the DTM championships, Rally, Moto GP, etc. AB Moteurs shows live NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races uninterrupted with French (Pat Angeli and Philippe Chéreau) and Turkish commentary. Numerous clips of Sprint Cup Series races from recent seasons with Angeli's and Chéreau's excitable and enthusiastic commentary have been uploaded to YouTube.
- V6 : Car magazine presented by Stéphane Rotenberg.
- Plein Phares : Magazine to discover motorsport and watersport personalities presented by Alexandre Debanne.