GESALO to boost Saudi-German trade ties

From left, Sarah Ayed Al-Ayed, board member, JCCI; Holger Ziegeler, German consul general; Mohammed Yousuf Naghi, JCCI chairman; Dr. Dalia Samra-Rohte, delegate of GESALO; Dr. Martin Wansleben CEO, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce; Imad Mohammed Hashem, secretary-general of JCCI; Khaled Al-Juffali, chairman, E.A. Juffali and Brothers; and Dina Hasan Al-Nahdi, board member, JCCI.
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Updated 05 February 2020

GESALO to boost Saudi-German trade ties

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) hosted the opening of the German-Saudi Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO), the official representative of German industry in the Kingdom, with aims to enhance the bilateral relationship and promote trade between the two countries. 

Those present on the occasion included CEO of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce Dr. Martin Wansleben, Delegate of GESALO Dr. Dalia Samra-Rohte, Consul General of Germany in Jeddah Holger Ziegeler, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the JCCI Mohammed bin Yusuf Naghi, Secretary-General Imad bin Muhammad Hashem, and a number of representatives of the Saudi-German business community.

Dr. Samra-Rohte said that a permanent German Desk in Jeddah will play a major role in exploring investment opportunities in both countries and strengthening Saudi-German trade relations throughout the Kingdom, with the support of the main office In Riyadh and the German Desk in the Eastern Province, which will allow GESALO to cover more sectors of the Saudi economy closely, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Dr. Samra-Rohte described the opening of the German office in Jeddah as a milestone for GESALO during a period of great economic development in the Kingdom, expressing her happiness on being able to experience these positive developments. While the city of Jeddah offers a lot, the greatest potential lies within the logistics sector and the advancement in the tourism sector.

Consul General Ziegeler said the German Desk in Jeddah supports joint efforts to strengthen German-Saudi economic relations, as it is an official representation of German industry and trade in Saudi Arabia, and will provide all the information that serves the business community and investment opportunities in different sectors.

GESALO is part of the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs), which has 140 offices in 92 countries around the world. The German office in the Kingdom has been operating as a nonprofit organization for more than 40 years.

The network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad is an institution for promoting German foreign trade, and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) coordinates and develops the network. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

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.