GAC Motor opens largest Saudi service center

The opening event featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the launch of the GS7 SUV and the GM8 minivan.
Updated 04 February 2019

GAC Motor opens largest Saudi service center

Automaker GAC Motor has opened a new sales and service center in the heart of the automobile business district in Riyadh.
The 5,588-meter-square center, located on Makkah Al-Mukarramah Road, is the largest GAC Motor store among the four existing centers in the Kingdom and is operated by Aljomaih Automotive Company (AAC), the automaker’s exclusive dealer in Saudi Arabia. The three other sales and service centers are located in Jeddah and Dammam.
The opening ceremony featured the launch of the GS7 SUV and the GM8 minivan. The event was attended by over 100 VIP guests and members of the media.
Among the guests were Li Bei, office director at the Chinese Embassy; Chen Hanjun, vice president of GAC Group; Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor; Wang Shunsheng, vice president of GAC Motor International; and Sheikh Waleed, COO of AAC.
“The opening of the Riyadh sales and service center today and the launch of new vehicles is another milestone indicating GAC Motor’s retail channel arrangements in the three major cities of Saudi Arabia in full operation. We are committed to providing Saudi Arabian customers with an enjoyable mobile experience,” said President of GAC Motor Yu Jun.
GAC Motor’s partnership with AAC is of strategic significance in the Middle East. AAC has more than 50 years of sales and service experience in the region. GAC Motor signed a partnership agreement with AAC in 2018 to invest and build four sales and service centers, with the goal of making GAC Motor a mainstream automotive brand in Saudi Arabia in the next three to five years.
Sheikh Waleed, COO of AAC, said: “We have set a great goal and challenge to satisfy our customers in the Kingdom by providing services that are in line with the name and luxury of GAC cars.” He said he is confident that the quality of GAC Motor’s products will exceed the expectations of the consumers in the Saudi market.

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

Updated 21 August 2019

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bentley hosted a number of events during the Monterey Car Week, from Aug. 15 to 18.

To mark the occasion, two models debuted — the new Flying Spur luxury four-door grand tourer, and the EXP 100 GT: A vision of luxury mobility in 2035.

The third-generation Flying Spur sets new standards of driving enjoyment and luxury, showcasing Bentley’s application of modern technology, while integrating the latest British craftsmanship and innovation features.

The new Flying Spur will be the most advanced luxury grand touring four-door available. 

Alongside its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis, it features optional electronic all-wheel steering — a first for a Bentley, coupled with active all-wheel drive and the Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll system powered by a 48V architecture.

The Flying Spur was put on display on Aug. 16 at the Quail — a motorsports gathering and at the Home of Bentley for the remainder of the weekend.

It was joined by the EXP 100 GT concept car, which made its US debut. With the EXP 100 GT, Bentley has reimagined the idea of grand touring for the future.

The EXP 100 GT is pure Bentley, inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its forward-thinking customers. It embraces artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.

It displays the future of luxury craftsmanship with a seamless fusion of materials and the intelligent curation of technology. The vehicle’s battery system will power four motors that deliver superior performance. Projected performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Ahead of the EXP 100 GT’s Americas debut, Bentley launched a new and dedicated app for Apple devices.

Released on Aug. 12, the “Bentley 100 AR” app uses a printable QR code to provide an augmented reality experience of the EXP 100 GT, allowing users to explore the exterior and interior of the concept car. Users can even interact with a virtual version of the car in full scale, by using the app at selected Bentley retailers.

Bentley was a featured marque at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where numerous classic models competed in Bentley Centennial classes, including Vintage 4 Cylinder, Vintage 6 Cylinder, Derby and Postwar.