Volkswagen unveils new black style of popular Tiguan model

Volkswagen unveils new black style of popular Tiguan model
The Tiguan is one of the most advanced compact SUVs with innovative features.
Updated 03 September 2019

Volkswagen unveils new black style of popular Tiguan model

Volkswagen unveils new black style of popular Tiguan model

Drivers can now add a host of fashionable and sophisticated black features to their Tiguan with the new R-Line “Black Style” design package, making the compact SUV yet more sporty and dynamic-looking.

The new black style for the compact SUV is available as an optional package in the R-Line Tiguan. This new addition brings black finishes to its R-Line trim with black exterior mirror housings, black roof rail, “R” style bumpers, air intakes with black fins, headlights’ frames in high-gloss black, as well as optional 20-inch Suzuka black alloy wheels — adding more onto the sharp and sporty feel of the Tiguan. 

The black style package comes as an optional extra along with the R-Line package for a total price of 9,226 dirhams ($2,500). It is available in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

The Tiguan was first launched in 2007 and is not only a global bestseller, but a bestselling model for the Volkswagen brand in the Middle East region. The second generation of this vehicle was launched in 2016 and became the first Volkswagen SUV to be based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB), the same as the popular Volkswagen Golf and the new Teramont 7-seater. 

Jigar Rajani, product manager at Volkswagen Middle East, said: “We are extremely excited to introduce the new black style package of the R-Line Tiguan to the Middle East. Black packages have earned a wide success across this region and we are pleased to present our compact SUV in this special and sophisticated look. This package is really for those customers who want practicality but want to also make a statement on the roads.” 

The Tiguan is one of the world’s most advanced compact SUVs with innovative features enhancing the vehicle’s safety, convenience, infotainment and dynamism. The vehicle provides optimum comfort including a 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system, LED headlights with cornering lights feature, interior ambience and environment lighting, as well as a panoramic sunroof.

The Tiguan includes an array of available options on the technology front, including adaptive cruise control, parking assist, front assist, and an electric tailgate. It also includes an optional 10.25-inch Active Info display — an interactive fully-digital main instrumental panel and head-up display. Additionally, via App Connect, it integrates all of today’s smartphones of the Apple and Android worlds into the functionality of the infotainment system.


‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

Updated 03 December 2020

‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has launched a new campaign to catalyze research, innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia through new crowdsourcing initiatives that challenge local and international talents to identify ideas and solutions that advance the Kingdom’s national priorities and support Vision 2030. With the “KAUST Challenge,” the university is seeking to develop and support bold science, technology, and engineering initiatives that aim to transform the lives of Saudis and develop Saudi talents.

“We wish to draw on the participative power of crowdsourcing to solve problems faced in the Kingdom and the world with the KAUST Challenge,” said Najah Ashry, vice president for strategic national advancement at KAUST. “The speed, flexibility and scalability of crowdsourcing will bring us new science-based ideas and solutions that can be further developed through deep collaboration with players in the Kingdom’s research-development-innovation ecosystem.”

The focus of the inaugural 2020 edition of the KAUST Challenge is on improving the Hajj and Umrah experience for pilgrims from all over the world and on advancing efforts to make Makkah a smart city. The KAUST Challenge will play an active role in advancing one of the Kingdom’s national priorities of better serving the increasing number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and improving their experiences in the two holy cities. It will identify and support science- and technology-based ideas and solutions that can move quickly into the market for SR1 million ($266,000) in cash and other prizes. The challenge spans three themes: Healthcare, to increase preventative measures to ensure health and well-being for all pilgrims, a concern augmented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; mobility to ensure adequate availability and access to public and private transportation; and crowd management, to enhance infrastructure to meet capacity requirements for large crowds.

To gather valuable inputs from this challenge, KAUST is targeting a wide group of national and international participants to submit their ideas and solutions, including startups (growth stage startups or scaleups with solutions proven by the market), innovators (seed startups and IP-holders with ideas or solutions yet to be fully market tasted), and general public (students, academics, entrepreneurs and individuals in society).

“Advances in high technology can assist in solving the challenges that Hajj and Umrah pilgrims face. We know that people here in Saudi Arabia and across the world have great solutions to contribute,” said Ashry. “We are excited to receive their submissions and to offer our neighbors in Makkah creative and unique ideas that we hope will serve all pilgrims.

Submission to the KAUST Challenge is now open and will run until Jan. 5, 2021 with a virtual final event that will take place on an immersive platform at the end of February 2021, where the three best ideas, one for each theme, will be selected by a panel of qualified judges and one grand prize will be awarded.