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.

 


Army splits with West Point grad who touted communist revolt

In this May 2016 photo provided by Spenser Rapone, Rapone displays a shirt bearing the image of socialist icon Che Guevara under his uniform, after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. (AP)
Updated 20 June 2018
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Army splits with West Point grad who touted communist revolt

  • “I would encourage all soldiers who have a conscience to lay down their arms and join me and so many others who are willing to stop serving the agents of imperialism and join us in a revolutionary movement”
  • Less than a year after Rapone’s images drew a firestorm of vitriol and even death threats, the second lieutenant who became known as the “commie cadet” is officially out of the US Army with an other-than-honorable discharge

WATERTOWN, New York: The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips his cap to reveal the message: “Communism will win.”
Less than a year after Rapone’s images drew a firestorm of vitriol and even death threats, the second lieutenant who became known as the “commie cadet” is officially out of the US Army with an other-than-honorable discharge.
Top brass at Fort Drum accepted Rapone’s resignation Monday after an earlier reprimand for “conduct unbecoming of an officer.” Rapone said an investigation found he went online to advocate for a socialist revolution and disparage high-ranking officers. Officially, the Army said in a statement only that it conducted a full investigation and “appropriate action was taken.”
An unrepentant Rapone summed up the fallout in yet another tweet Monday that showed him extending a middle finger at a sign at the entrance to Fort Drum, accompanied by the words, “One final salute.”
“I consider myself a revolutionary socialist,” the 26-year-old Rapone told The Associated Press. “I would encourage all soldiers who have a conscience to lay down their arms and join me and so many others who are willing to stop serving the agents of imperialism and join us in a revolutionary movement.”
Rapone said his journey to communism grew out of his experiences as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan before he was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy. And those views only hardened during his studies of history as one of the academy’s “Long Gray Line.”
He explained that he took the offending selfies at his May 2016 West Point graduation ceremony and kept them to himself until last September, when he tweeted them in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was taking heat for kneeling for the national anthem to raise awareness of racism. Many other military personnel also tweeted in favor of Kaepernick, although most were supporting free speech, not communism.
West Point released a statement after Rapone posted the photos, saying his actions “in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army.” And U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, called on the secretary of the Army to remove Rapone from the officer ranks.
“While in uniform, Spenser Rapone advocated for communism and political violence, and expressed support and sympathy for enemies of the United States,” Rubio said Monday, adding “I’m glad to see that they have given him an ‘other-than-honorable’ discharge.”
One of six children growing up in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Rapone said he applied to West Point, which is tuition-free, because he couldn’t afford college. He was nominated out of high school by then-U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire in 2010.
“He was an honors student, an athlete, a model citizen who volunteered in the community,” recalled Altmire, a Democrat. “During the interview, he expressed patriotism and looked just like a top-notch candidate. There were no red flags of any kind.”
But he wasn’t accepted to West Point, so Rapone enlisted in the Army. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and was assigned as an assistant machine gunner in Khost Province.
“We were bullies in one of the poorest countries on Earth,” Rapone said. “We have one of the most technologically advanced militaries of all time and all we were doing is brutalizing and invading and terrorizing a population that had nothing to do with what the United States claimed was a threat.”
Toward the end of his deployment, he learned West Point fulfills a certain quota of enlisted soldiers every year. Despite his growing disillusionment about the military, he applied and got in.
“I was still idealistic,” he said.” I figured maybe I could change things from inside.”
In addition to classic socialist theorists such as Karl Marx, Rapone says he found inspiration in the writings of Stan Goff, a retired Special Forces master sergeant who became a socialist anti-war activist.
Even while still a cadet, Rapone’s online postings alarmed a West Point history professor, who wrote Rapone up, saying his online postings were “red flags that cannot be ignored.” Rapone was disciplined but still allowed to graduate.
Greg Rinckey, an attorney specializing in military law, said it’s rare for an officer out of West Point to receive an other-than-honorable discharge. He added that it’s possible the military academy could seek repayment of the cost of Rapone’s education because he didn’t serve the full five-year service obligation required upon graduation.
“I knew there could be repercussions,” said Rapone, who is scheduled to speak at a socialism conference in Chicago next month. “Of course my military career is dead in the water. On the other hand, many people reached out and showed me support. There are a lot of veterans both active duty and not that feel like I do.”