Traffic safety forum and expo to be held in February

Abdullah Al-Rubaish, president of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, addressed a press conference on the campus.
Updated 17 October 2019

Traffic safety forum and expo to be held in February

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University and the Saudi Traffic Safety Society (SALAMH) will host the Fifth International Traffic Safety Forum on Feb. 10-12, under the patronage of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, in Dammam.
It comes as part of SALAMH’s keenness to boost the transport system and road safety in order to reduce the number of deaths, injuries, and disabilities caused by traffic accidents.
Abdullah Al-Rubaish, president of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, told a press conference on the campus that the forum would address seven fundamental aspects covering traffic management, traffic safety and road infrastructure during 10 sessions.
He said lectures would be given by experts, researchers and academicians from institutes and international research organizations, specialized in the field of traffic safety, transport, roads and vehicle manufacturers — locally, regionally and internationally.
The forum seeks to shed light on global experiences in transport technologies, road infrastructure and innovative solutions to spot the best initiatives that can be used in Saudi Arabia to improve traffic safety.
Al-Rubaish said the speakers would discuss a number of traffic safety initiatives and projects of the National Transformation Program 2020, to identify smart transport systems and applications that can positively impact the traffic situation.
The speakers, he said, would seek to identify opportunities and methods of applications of intelligent transport systems and discuss how to develop effective channels in order to reduce mortality rates and cargo accidents.
The forum and exhibition — Smart Mobility, Infrastructure, Technology, Safety Innovations and Initiatives for Sustainable and Safer Communities in Light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 — supported by the Ministry of Education, Saudi Aramco, the Eastern Province Traffic Safety Committee, the General Directorate of Traffic and the Eastern Province Secretariat, aims at reducing the number of road fatalities and injuries by 50 percent in order to realize Saudi Vision 2030 and to encourage the implementation of additional measures to ensure traffic safety.

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.