Suzuki agent Najeeb Auto opens new branch

Najeeb Abdullatif Al-Essa, chairman of Najeeb Auto, speaks at the event.
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Updated 05 February 2020

Suzuki agent Najeeb Auto opens new branch

Najeeb Auto Motors and Suzuki Motors Corp. recently celebrated the opening of their second and main branch in Riyadh.

The opening ceremony was attended by senior executives from both sides, including Najeeb Abdullatif Al-Essa, chairman of Najeeb Auto, in addition to a large number of people interested in the automotive sector and media representatives.

Al-Essa said the occasion highlights the calculated geographical expansion of the company and confirms the company’s partnership with the Japanese company Suzuki Motors.

“Suzuki enjoys a high and solid reputation in the auto sector all over the world. As for the relationship, it will develop into a long-term strategic partnership that will ensure distinguished customer service at all levels of sales, maintenance and spare parts services,” he said.

“We are optimistic about the Saudi economy, and the growing demand for the auto sector, relying on the Almighty to be among the best and most wanted brands in this market,” Al-Essa added.

“One of the most important priorities that we have put in place is the recruitment and training of Saudi cadres in a manner that supports our national economy in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 ... We have already finished preparing the first stage of the showrooms and service centers in Jeddah, and now we are focusing on Riyadh and soon on Dammam.”

Kiyoshi Suzuki, deputy general manager of global marketing at Suzuki Motor Corp., said: “We have no doubt that the great and wide experience enjoyed by the management of Najeeb Auto in the automotive world encouraged us to enter into a strategic partnership with them, and we are confident that the Suzuki brand will be serviced in an advanced and highly professional manner that honors its long history under the umbrella of Najeeb Auto.”

Suzuki added: “We are optimistic about the strength of the Saudi economy, and the volume of demand in the auto sector in particular. We will strive to be among the best and most wanted brands in this market.”

“From our side, we will supply all technical and logistical support in addition to providing the latest models required for the Saudi market.”

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.