NBB introduces NCR’s innovative 80 Series ATMs

NCR’s 80 Series ATMs feature a 19-inch multi-touch display that allows consumers to swipe, pinch and zoom their way quickly through transactions.
Updated 02 September 2019

NBB introduces NCR’s innovative 80 Series ATMs

National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) has become the first financial institution in Bahrain to deploy innovative SelfServ 80 ATMs from NCR Corporation to support its digital strategy for customer growth, a press release said. 

NCR, a global enterprise technology provider for the financial industry, will also provide NCR Direct Connection (NDC) Enterprise software to NBB to help integrate their self-service channel with the rest of its digital infrastructure to deliver a consistent consumer experience across physical and digital channels. 

“NCR’s digital-first technologies and innovative software platforms allow us to redefine the ATM experience for our customers and seamlessly deliver next-generation banking services across physical and digital channels,” said Iain Blacklaw, chief operating officer at NBB. “We have always been a first mover in bringing world-leading banking technologies, and the inclusion of the innovative NCR 80 Series reiterates the same. Over the last 18 months our ATM fleet has been refreshed and our ATM footprint will increase by 30 percent until the end of this year.”

“NBB knows they can improve their customer experience through strategic investments in hardware and software to support their digital banking strategy,” said, Hussam Zahdeh, area vice president for NCR Banking. “We are proud to partner with NBB to make that experience a reality.” 

NCR’s 80 Series ATMs will help NBB accommodate their customers’ growing use of mobile and contactless transactions. It features a 19-inch multi-touch display that allows consumers to swipe, pinch and zoom their way quickly through transactions.


Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Updated 19 February 2020

Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Hyundai Motors has increased its presence in South Africa by launching its first mass-produced high-performance car — i30 N — last week in Cape Town. 

The first model of the N brand, the i30 N is Hyundai’s first high-performance car, which has been developed with a key focus on its race-track capability and its ability to be a fun-to-drive everyday sports car. 

“Advanced technology and a high level of driver customization has been built into the i30 N, which means it can play the role of a comfort-oriented commuter as well as a race-track ready performance car,” the automaker said.

The i30 N has a 1,998 cc, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with its maximum power output of 202 kW reached at 6,000 r/minute, while maximum torque is achieved from 1,500 to 4 700 r/minute. 

The power is delivered to the front wheels of the i30 N through a six-speed manual gearbox and has five different drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom, which can be accessed through two dedicated buttons on the car’s steering wheel. 

The i30 N has a rev matching function built-in to adjust the engine revolutions when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear, thereby ensuring smooth gear shifting. The dual muffler exhaust sounds add to the pleasure of commanding a high-performance vehicle.

Speaking at the launch, Niall Lynch, CEO of Hyundai Automotive South, said: “The i30 N is one of the most exciting cars Hyundai has made in the recent years highlighting Hyundai’s talented designers and engineers who are always setting new standards.

“It is a high-performance car meant to deliver a fun driving experience and I have no doubt there’s a bright future in store for the Hyundai i30 N in South Africa. It has already been described as a ‘game changer’ with more than 20,000 units sold across Europe since we started trading in 2017.”

The i30 N has stylish 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires and red brake callipers featuring the N-logo. Aggressive bumpers with larger air intakes and a red character line, an aerodynamic rear spoiler with a triangular brake light, and a dual muffler exhaust complete the sleek, sporty look.

The i30 N also features the electronically controlled suspension (ECS) and electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which ensures an exhilarating drive with cornering capabilities that befits the i30 N’s hot-hatch character.

Customers can choose from five color options — Polar White, Performance Blue, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red.

Hyundai plans to launch the i30 N model in the Middle East toward the end of 2020.