Porsche Cayenne makes major sales leap in Saudi Arabia

Updated 08 February 2013
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Porsche Cayenne makes major sales leap in Saudi Arabia

PORSCHE CENTRES Saudi Arabia, Samaco Automotive has ended 2012 on a high note with record new car deliveries. The company sold 1,064 sports cars during the last 12 months, an increase of more than 32 percent compared to last year's 781 vehicles sold.
Sherein Nassef, general manager of Porsche Centres Saudi Arabia, noted that 2012 marked the first time that Porsche has overcome the 1,000-unit threshold in the Kingdom.
In retrospect, Nassef said: “We look back at a very positive business performance during the last 12 months and are grateful for the trust and confidence our customers have in our products and organization.”
He also attributed the company’s strong sales performance to the Kingdom’s robust economy coupled with ongoing massive infrastructure developments, both in retail and other non-oil industrial sectors, which propelled the propensity of customers, particularly the younger generation, to be more mobile in striving to enjoy life.
He added that the newly-opened Porsche showrooms in Alkhobar and Riyadh — which provide customers convenient, hassle free luxury automobile purchase experience — have accelerated Porsche’s performance to a higher ground.
Among the top sellers in the Porsche lineup in 2012 is Cayenne, which has proven to be extremely popular with Saudi clientele. In 2012, Porsche sold 660 vehicles of its SUV models in the Kingdom, representing an increase of almost 80 percent over the previous year of only 368 new cars sold.
“The Porsche Cayenne occupies a leading position among premium SUVs in Saudi Arabia and is our bestseller by far. The range is responsible for 62 percent of the model share, followed by Panamera with almost 30 percent. We look forward to the first units of the new Cayenne Turbo S arriving soon through which we will increase the attractiveness of our SUV range by yet another notch,” Nassef said.
Moreover, the new Cayenne Turbo S, which is the latest and fastest addition to the Cayenne family, raises the automotive bar. Featuring a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which produces 550 horsepower, the amazing Cayenne Turbo S is absolutely a head turner.
What’s more, the Porsche Panamera, the brand’s four-seat Gran Turismo, has been the second most important model for the Saudi market. Also in its third year, sales have remained high in 2011, with 309 vehicles sold against 319 in the preceding year.
Asked about the apparent high price of Porsche cars, Nassef clarified by saying: “It’s not high, but simply suitable and competitive in their classes” and cited, for example, the starting price of SR 285,000 for Cayenne.
He forecast a brighter outlook in Saudi Arabia for Porsche cars in 2013 in line with Samaco’s guiding philosophy of giving customers the first-class service – both in sales and after sales – to satisfy them.
Beside, Samaco’s marketing teams are internationally certified salesmen who have the full grasp and mastery of what they are selling and have the satisfaction of customers at heart, he added.

 


‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Updated 23 April 2018
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‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

LOS ANGELES: Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, died Saturday. He was 49.

While no cause of death was given, a statement on the actor’s social media accounts said he had gone through a “recent time of adversity” and alluded to suicide and depression as “serious issues.”

“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” it added.

Troyer, who lived in Los Angeles, was taken to hospital early this month for unspecified treatment. The actor spoke about his alcohol addiction during another hospital stay a year ago.

One of the world’s shortest men at just two feet eight inches (81 centimeters) due to achondroplasia dwarfism, according to reports, Troyer was born in 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan.