Premium products for MEA take center stage at LG Innofest 2018

LG MEA President Kevin Cha speaks at the InnoFest 2018.
Updated 07 February 2018
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Premium products for MEA take center stage at LG Innofest 2018

LG Electronics (LG) — a global leader and technology innovator, unveiled a lineup of premium products for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region at the company’s annual two-day innovation event — InnoFest 2018.
Held in Cape Town, South Africa, and attracting over 300 retailers, partners and customers from across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Innofest 2018 represents an ideal platform to showcase latest products and ground-breaking technologies.
Speaking at Innofest 2018, Kevin Cha, president, LG Electronics Middle East and Africa, said: “Today businesses are evolving at a rapid pace more than ever before and it is during these testing times, that we adapt and keep up with the changes to be able to prosper and achieve sustainability. Building on our premium products strategy for the region, we remain committed to working and engaging with our various channel partners to ensure LG innovation and technology remains at the forefront of our business strategy to increase profitability and growth in the MEA.”
The key highlights included the latest OLED TV with the 65-inch LG W8 with a built-in a9 Intelligent Processor, which made its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES); the TwinWashTM washing machine with the capability to wash two loads simultaneously; the InstaView Refrigerator, which has won exceptional reviews for its high-end design and aesthetic; LG’s most talked about LG Signature lineup with the LG Signature OLED TV, LG Signature Refrigerator, the LG Signature TwinWash washing machine and the LG Signature Air Purifier.
The latest air conditioning solutions with the cutting edge Inverter Technology also formed a key highlight. While regular air conditioners can only turn on and off, LG’s Inverter Technology can control rotation frequency to produce cooling more efficiently.
Another key highlight at Innofest 2018 focused on the company’s ground-breaking lineup of intelligent robots and innovations in artificial intelligence and developments in the IoT ecosystem.
“LG is a world leader in electronics and appliances and is now proud to usher in technological change that has gone beyond improving lives to offering seamless everyday experiences for consumers. We are driven and motivated by a philosophy that is innovation-led, sustainable and ultimately creates premium products,” said Derek Sim, marketing director, LG Electronics Middle East and Africa.


New Hyundai Kona arrives in Mideast, Africa

Updated 20 August 2018
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New Hyundai Kona arrives in Mideast, Africa

Hyundai’s premium subcompact SUV — the new Kona — has officially arrived in Middle East and Africa markets, with the brand targeting young, fashion-conscious drivers pursuing an active, fast-paced lifestyle. The carmaker believes the model will have a particularly strong appeal to young women, holding the regional launch in Saudi Arabia to celebrate the fact that women in the Kingdom are now, for the first time, taking their place in the driver’s seat.
Kona is named after an iconic coastal area of Hawaii, famous among thrill-seeking travelers. “That energy is reflected in the innovative, passionate and dynamic image of the new Hyundai, strengthening the brand’s SUV heritage,” the company said.
“With Kona, we are reaching out to customers who place great importance on design and technology, and who want the newest and best — they want to stand out from the crowd,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for Africa and the Middle East. “Kona is a lifestyle statement, expanding our extremely successful SUV range in an exciting new direction, while also ensuring that we offer excellent value to our customers. It’s a unique proposition that will resonate strongly with younger drivers, and we believe the Kona will be a very strong seller among young female drivers.”
Recognizing the Kona’s strong appeal to style-conscious young women, Hyundai chose Jeddah in Saudi Arabia as the regional launch venue for the new model, and Saudi Arabia will also be the first market in the region to receive shipments of the Kona to showrooms. Hyundai will offer a special “Saudi ladies’ edition,” with options including an “abaya alert” function — warning if an abaya is likely to be trapped by a closing door — among other extra features.
The Kona’s front is expressive, characterized by the Cascading Grille, the company’s family identity. Optional 18-inch alloy wheels further contribute to the bold character of the car. The two-tone roof and the wide choice of exterior colors offer a high degree of personalization for buyers.
The interior design reflects the exterior theme. Customers can personalize the interior of the Kona with three colors: Orange, Lime and Red. The floating navigation touchscreen, in its ergonomic position, allows drivers to stay tuned to the traffic ahead at all times.
Hyundai’s new Kona features a head-up display which projects relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight. The Display Audio allows passengers to mirror their smartphone’s content onto the system’s 7-inch display via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, where available. An optional 8-inch infotainment system integrates navigation, media and connectivity features.