ALJ Motors launches new Toyota Avalon in KSA

The new fifth generation Toyota Avalon was unveiled at a recent event in Jeddah.
Updated 05 September 2018

ALJ Motors launches new Toyota Avalon in KSA

In a ceremony held in Jeddah, Abdul Latif Jameel Motors (ALJ Motors), the authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles in the Kingdom, launched the new fifth-generation Toyota Avalon, one of the most popular full-size sedans in the world. The ceremony was attended by Randy Stephens, chief engineer of the 2019 Toyota Avalon, who flew in from the US to attend the ceremony, and Mazen Jameel, marketing director at ALJ Motors, accompanied by several senior officials from the company, along with a number of media representatives. 

Prior to revealing the new 2019 Avalon, Stephens delivered a presentation where he introduced the philosophy of the vehicle’s development and its major changes and improvements compared to the previous generation.

“Throughout development we focused on the all-new Avalon being authentic and exhilarating. One of the key components in getting there was the new platform and suspension. These underpinnings allow us to provide an unequaled foundation to deliver the performance that matches the styling and the technology while offering a fine blend of luxury and sportiness in the premium full-size sedan segment,” said Stephens.

Jameel said: “The launch of the new Toyota Avalon 2019 in the Saudi market targets guests who aspire to own a vehicle that combines elegance and sportiness, not to mention the exceptional comfort of the spacious passenger cabin, the exciting entertainment features, and the many safety features that offer the driver and passengers unparalleled levels of fun and excitement.”

During the ceremony, which marked its official launch in the Saudi market, the new 2019 Toyota Avalon was revealed to the attendees and media representatives were invited to test drive the new vehicle.

Adding to its many features, the 2019 Avalon draws upon Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform — an entirely new strategy to the way the company designs, engineers and packages its vehicles, providing a comfortable and stable ride with superior handling characteristics. While retaining Toyota’s traditional values of superlative build quality and safety, the platform injects a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses. In addition, the new multi-link rear suspension allows for the enhancement of many performance attributes, such as a wider rear track, lower center of gravity and an aggressive stance. Drivers can also adjust Avalon’s ride feel with the simple depression of a button — Normal mode prioritizes comfort, while Sport emphasizes handling with tauter, highly responsive footing without diminishing Avalon’s ride suppleness.

The new vehicle’s safety system is complemented with Toyota Safety Sense, an advanced safety technology package that includes Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beam.

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.