Volkswagen showcases new models

Updated 27 December 2012
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Volkswagen showcases new models

SAMACO, the exclusive dealer of Volkswagen (VW) in Saudi Arabia, is to showcase its impressive 2013 model lineup at the 34th Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) in Jeddah.
Visitors to the show, which kicked off on Dec. 24 and will continue till Dec. 28 at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, have an opportunity to see all of VW's latest models, including the Passat, Polo, Jetta, Passat CC, Touareg, Golf R and Tiguan.
Philip Burrluck, manager of VW brand at SAMACO, said: "Building on the success of our participation at the Riyadh Motor Show, we now offer people in Jeddah the opportunity to see our extremely impressive range of models, which provide a combination of quality, innovative technology, and German engineering, all at competitive prices.
“The demand for Volkswagen’s in the Middle East, and especially Saudi Arabia, just keeps getting stronger. The group’s sales results for 2012 have been extremely encouraging with 22 percent increase from January to October 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, making Volkswagen the fastest growing volume manufacturer in the region,” he added.
On display at the show are:
The Passat 2013, which is larger and spacious than the previous edition and sets new standards in its segment in terms of safety, technology, space and luxury.
The new Polo sedan, which is the first generation of this model launched in the Middle East. It comes with the highest standards of modern automotive engineering and highest manufacturing quality to complement Volkswagen's sedan models in the Middle East.
The newly redesigned Jetta, launched in the Saudi market after posting great success around the world, where more than 9.6 million units were sold worldwide so far, is an ideal option for those who wish to get a German safe and comfortable salon car at affordable prices.
The new Touareg model, on the other hand, is a variant of the car which won several times in the Paris-Dakar rally — the world’s toughest car rally.
Inspired by racing cars, the new Golf R variant, packed with 225 hp engine, is the most powerful model in Golf line-up. Yet it boasts unrivalled fuel efficiency, consuming less than 21 percent of its predecessor.
Volkswagen has added a new trim level to its Tiguan line-up, the R-Line, which adds a number of unique and sporty styling touches inside and out. The Tiguan compact SUV model, completely redesigned to enhance its lead position in the segment, is the only SUV that offers three different variants — Sport & Style, Trend & Fun, and the Track & Style — which is designed for off-road driving. It is equipped, among others, with high-tech sport features to provide a high level of dynamic performance and stylish design.


West End theater turns migrant camp to get London audience talking

Updated 20 June 2018
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West End theater turns migrant camp to get London audience talking

  • The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End aims to immerse the audience in the squalid camp in the northern French port city of Calais that inspired “The Jungle.”
  • The immersive play offers a glimpse into life in the camp, telling the story of asylum-seekers, people smugglers and charity workers who used to populate it.

LONDON: London theatergoers used to spectating in comfort are in for a rude awakening after the authors of a play swapped the traditional plush velvet seating for wooden benches and covered the floor with soil to simulate the feel of a migrant camp.
The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End aims to immerse the audience in the squalid camp in the northern French port city of Calais that inspired “The Jungle,” whose authors hope their play will stoke debate about migration.
“People often hold strong opinions about this subject because it doesn’t seem to have any immediate answer,” said Joe Murphy, 27, who co-wrote the play.
“Discussion is the only think that is going to get us forward ... and hopefully this play can provide some of that space for debate,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.
Co-author Joe Robertson said the pair had “tried to depict both the terrible conditions that existed in the Jungle camp, but also the hope that existed in that place.”
Up to 10,000 people seeking ways to reach Britain used to live in the giant slum before it was cleared by authorities in late 2016.
Immigration remains a major political issue across Europe, as well as in the United States, where the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border has caused an international outcry.
Several European leaders including those of France, Germany, Italy and Austria are to hold talks on Sunday to explore how to stop people from moving around the European Union after claiming asylum in one of the Mediterranean states of arrival.
Murphy and Robertson, 28, based the script on their experience as volunteers in Calais, where they ran a temporary theater within the camp.
The immersive play offers a glimpse into life in the camp, telling the story of asylum-seekers, people smugglers and charity workers who used to populate it.
“There were 25 different nationalities of people all forced to live side by side often on top of each other and the phenomenal story about that place was people did make an effort to come together,” said Robertson.
Theatre-goers are invited to seat at the tables of the camp’s makeshift Afghan café, where the action unfolds.
“The closer you are to the audience the better the message is delivered,” said actor Ammar Hajj Ahmad, who plays one of the leading characters.
Ahmad, from Syria, is one of many actors from a refugee background featured in the play. Several asylum-seekers the authors met in Calais are also part of the cast.
“I am proud of this, I love telling stories ... about the many people who lived in Calais,” said cast-member Mohamed Sarrar, a musician from Sudan who arrived in Britain two years ago.
The play, which premiered at another London theater The Young Vic, last year, runs from July 5 to November.