McLaren Automotive, the British creator of luxury, high-performance supercars, has revealed the long-anticipated McLaren Artura today, marking the beginning of both a new chapter for the pioneering luxury supercar company and a new era in supercar technology and performance.
Underpinned by the McLaren philosophy of super-lightweight engineering, the Artura is a distillation of every attribute inherent in a McLaren, combined with faster throttle response, lower emissions and ability to run in pure EV mode, thanks to its ground-breaking electrified powertrain.
“We are proud and honoured to showcase the all-new McLaren Artura in the Kingdom of Bahrain and on the day of its global debut. This revolutionary High-Performance Hybrid supercar marks a beginning of a new era for both McLaren Automotive and the wider supercar segment. Every drop of our engineering expertise gained across more than 50 years of racing has been poured into the Artura, to deliver a combination of breath-taking performance, driver engagement and dynamic excellence, which our brand is so renowned for. I am confident that this extraordinary creation will appeal to both our existing and new customers in the Middle East region.”
Brett Soso, Managing Director – Europe, Middle East & Africa, McLaren Automotive Ltd.
The McLaren Artura is the first model built on the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which sets new standards for advanced and flexible chassis design and has been optimised for hybrid applications through bespoke battery compartment, domain-based ethernet electrical architecture, as well as electrical air-conditioning. The new platform compliments a wealth of additional weight-reduction measures, resulting in class-leading lightest dry weight of 1,395kg*, and a DIN kerb weight of 1,489kg*.
At the heart of the Artura’s all-new powertrain is a lightweight 2,993cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, paired to a bespoke eight-speed transmission and a compact e-motor, which provides the supercar with instant torque and improved throttle response. The package generates a combined power output of 680PS (671 bhp) and 720S Nm of torque, which translates to a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 488PS per tonne*, as well as truly breath-taking performance figures. The Artura’s top speed is electronically limited to 330km/h with 0-100km/h reached in just 3.0 seconds* and 0-200 km/h in 8.3 seconds*.
The Artura is designed with full Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) capability and can be charged to an 80% level in just 2.5 hours. The battery pack, comprising five lithium-ion modules, can also harvest power from the combustion engine during driving, depending on the driving mode selected. This solution provides the driver with a unique ability to enjoy the car in silent, pure EV mode with a range of up to 30km and a top speed of 130km/h.
The engineering artistry beneath the Artura’s skin is complemented by its exterior design, which gives the car a ‘shrink-wrapped’ appearance and pushes the McLaren design language seen in recent models to a new level. The technical sculpture of the car has been conceived to optimise aerodynamic performance, as well as cooling, and is driven by the McLaren design principle of ‘everything for a reason’.
Every McLaren cockpit is built around the driver, but the Artura brings a new level of meaning to that principle. The driving experience is enhanced through a new Digital Instrument Cluster mounted to the steering column, so it moves in conjunction with the steering wheel. The Artura is also the first McLaren to offer Over-The-Air (OTA) updates, as well as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop/Go, Road-Sign Recognition, Lane-Departure Warning and High-Beam Assist.
Peace of mind on quality and durability were core considerations with the all-new Artura and it is no surprise that its development programme was the most rigorous ever in McLaren’s history. Available to order now from McLaren retailers, with first deliveries to customers commencing in Q3 of this year, the Artura is priced at AED 954,000 in the UAE, and in standard specification, which includes a 3-year service plan, Smartphone Integration Package and Practicality Pack as a no cost option. This pack includes Vehicle Lift, power-folding heated door mirrors with ‘Dip in Reverse’ functionality, four front and four rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, Homelink® and soft-close doors.
For more information on McLaren Automotive’s retail locations in the Middle East, as well as its award-winning supercars, including the all-new McLaren Artura, please visit: https://cars.mclaren.com/.
World-renowned for the finest gourmet dates, Bateel offers the perfect gifting choice for the Holy month with a bespoke Ramadan collection. Featuring traditional mosaic patterns, Bateel’s premium selection of wooden chests and contemporary carton gift sets exude elegance and sophistication. Taking inspiration from Arabian heritage, the vibrant colours and traditional motifs of each collection is sure to impress during the momentous season.
The exquisite artisan collection and luxury packaging is filled with an assortment of Bateel’s finest gourmet dates and fillings. Offering an inimitable taste and flavour profile, dates are the perfect token of appreciation to impress friends and family with. Packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, dates are internationally acclaimed for their health benefits as a superfood. Break your fast with over 20 varieties of sustainably farmed, organic Bateel dates.
Each gift bearing the Bateel name is a reflection of impeccable taste. Designed as a treasured piece of art, the Mirage Collection is handcrafted with intricate detail by Peruvian artists. A vibrant display, the Flora Collection offers mesmerising colour contrasts that are elegantly accompanied by a sleek glass-finish. Adorned with gold and blue arabesque motifs, the Safi Collection is beautifully emblazoned with an Arabic greeting in gold calligraphy. For a truly unique Ramadan gift idea, delight with a beautiful display of Ramadan Trays and Etagérès layered with premium dates.
Create lasting impressions this season with Bateel’s luxurious Ramadan gift sets and bespoke personalisation options.
In a new whitepaper published today, ABB reveals potential for significant energy efficiency improvements in industry and infrastructure enabled by the latest and most high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives. ABB calls on governments and industry to accelerate adoption of the technology to help combat climate change.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), industry accounts for 37 percent of global energy use and some 30 percent of global energy is consumed in buildings.
While mostly hidden from public view, electric motors – and the variable speed drives which optimize their operation – are embedded in almost every built environment. They power a vast range of applications fundamental to our modern way of life, from industrial pumps, fans and conveyors for manufacturing and propulsion systems for transportation to compressors for electrical appliances and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in buildings.
Motor and drive technologies have seen exceptionally rapid advancement in the past decade, with today’s innovative designs delivering remarkable energy efficiencies. However, a significant number of industrial electric motor-driven systems in operation today – in the region of 300 million globally – are inefficient or consume much more power than required, resulting in monumental energy wastage.
Independent research estimates that if these systems were replaced with optimized, high-efficiency equipment, the gains to be realized could reduce global electricity consumption by up to 10 percent. In turn, this would account for more than 40 percent of the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions needed to meet the 2040 climate goals established by the Paris Agreement.
“Industrial energy efficiency, more than any other challenge, has the single greatest capacity for combatting the climate emergency. It is essentially the world’s invisible climate solution,” said Morten Wierod, President ABB Motion. “For ABB, sustainability is a key part of our company Purpose and of the value that we create for all of our stakeholders. By far the biggest impact we can have in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is through our leading technologies, which reduce energy use in industry, buildings and transport.”
Considerable steps have already been taken to support the uptake of electric vehicles and renewable energy sources. ABB believes it is time to do the same for an industrial technology that will deliver even greater benefits for the environment and the global economy.
“The importance of transitioning industries and infrastructure to these highly energy efficient drives and motors to play their part in a more sustainable society cannot be overstated,” continued Morten Wierod. “With 45 percent of the world’s electricity used to power electric motors in buildings and industrial applications, investment in upgrading them will yield outsized rewards in terms of efficiency.”
ABB frequently assesses the net impact of its own installed high efficiency motors and drives on global energy efficiency. In 2020, it enabled 198 terawatt-hours of electricity savings – more than half of the UK’s annual consumption. By 2023, it is estimated that ABB motors and drives will enable customers globally to save an additional 78 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, almost as much as the annual consumption of Belgium, Finland or the Philippines and more than the total annual consumption of Chile.
Regulatory policies are among the main drivers of industrial investment in energy efficiency around the globe. While the European Union will be implementing its Ecodesign Regulation (EU 2019/1781) this year, which sets out stringent new requirements for an expanding range of energy efficient motors, many countries have yet to take action.
To take advantage of the tremendous opportunities afforded by energy efficient drives and motors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ABB says all stakeholders have a critical role to play:
Public decision makers and government regulators need to incentivize their rapid adoption,
Businesses, cities, and countries need to be aware of both the cost savings and environmental advantages and be willing to make the investment, and
Investors need to reallocate capital towards companies better prepared to address the climate risk.
“While our role at ABB is to always provide the most efficient technologies, products and services to our customers, and continue to innovate for ever greater efficiency, that in itself is not enough. All stakeholders need to work together to bring about a holistic transformation in how we use energy. By acting and innovating together, we can keep critical services up and running while saving energy and combatting climate change”, concludes Morten Wierod.
ABB’s white paper “Achieving the Paris Agreement: The Vital Role of High-Efficiency Motors and Drives in Reducing Energy Consumption” can be downloaded here.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com
ABB Motion keeps the world turning – while saving energy every day. We innovate and push the boundaries of technology to enable the low-carbon future for customers, industries and societies. With our digitally enabled drives, motors and services our customers and partners achieve better performance, safety and reliability. We offer a combination of domain expertise and technology to deliver the optimum drive and motor solution for a wide range of applications in all industrial segments. Through our global presence we are always close to serve our customers. Building on over 130 years of cumulative experience in electric powertrains, we learn and improve every day.
Rounds 1 and 2 of Formula E’s maiden campaign as an FIA World Championship will take place amid the historic desert surroundings of the UNESCO World Heritage site, with the streets of historic Diriyah, Saudi Arabia the stage for the series’ season-opener for a third year in a row.
The Diriyah E-Prix will run at 17:00 GMT (20:00 local time) on February 26 & 27, with the next set of races to be confirmed in early 2021. All calendar updates are subject to approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
With Season 7 initially intended to debut in Chile, the decision was taken to postpone the Santiago E-Prix, with Formula E now working with the city to finalise dates on which to stage the races later in Q1 of 2021.
Set for a spectacular double header in the dark, the track will be lit with the latest low consumption LED technology, designed to reduce energy consumption by up to fifty per cent compared to non-LED technologies. The remaining energy needed to power the floodlighting will be fully renewable provided by high performing low-carbon certified hydrogenated vegetable oil made from sustainable materials.
Last time out in Saudi, Sam Bird soared out of the blocks to take to the top step for Envision Virgin Racing in a storming first race of Season 6, with Alexander Sims (then-BMW i Andretti Motorsport) following up with a maiden victory in Round 2.
The battle of the debutant German marques saw TAG Heuer Porsche open its podium account via Andre Lotterer in its very first E-Prix, with Stoffel Vandoorne matching that feat on behalf of Mercedes-Benz EQ, following up with second trip to the rostrum in as many races for Mercedes.
Saudi Arabian citizens and residents can fly the flag for the nation at next month’s E-Prix as a limited number of tickets – in regulation with COVID19 protocols – are due to go general sale later this month.
His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, said: “In 2019 Diriyah played host to the opening round of season six, and it’s a privilege to welcome the championship back for its debut round again this season – albeit against different circumstances this year. The Diriyah E-Prix made history last year by hosting back-to-back races during a race weekend and once again we will make sporting history by hosting the first ever night race in Formula E. Our ambition is to enable Saudi citizens to attend the race and enjoy it first-hand, and we’re working hard to ensure the location is safe and secure for fans to attend. More announcements on ticketing will be made in the near future.”
Alberto Longo, Co-founder and Chief Championship Officer of Formula E, added: “We are very excited to be returning to the iconic Diriyah circuit for the opening race weekend of the 2020/21 season and to partner with Saudi to create Formula E’s first ever night race. I have no doubt the race will be spectacular and lead to a style of competitive action we haven’t seen before. Our first thought, as always, was about how to bring to life a night race in a sustainable way. I’m pleased to say we have achieved this with innovative low consumption LED technology, ensuring we can maintain the standards of sustainable practice we hold ourselves accountable to.”
Sala Entertainment officially opens “Strike 10” bowling center in Riyadh
Sala Entertainment, a company specializing in high-end family entertainment, has officially opened the “Strike 10” bowling center in Hamra Mall in Riyadh, which comes in line with the company’s plan to expand locally through the opening of several high-end entertainment centers in various regions of Saudi Arabia.
The company has adopted the newest and unique bowling concept in its centers in Saudi Arabia with the latest easy automatic scoring and direct score with Social Media interface posting to the player’s account, which means that the player shares with his friends the game, scores and gets direct encouragement from them.
Strike 10 bowling center was built on a total area of 1,340 square meters, and equipped with eight 60-foot bowling lanes from QubicaAMF, the world’s leading company in bowling equipment, as well as bumper lanes for beginners training suitable for all ages and skill levels. Strike 10 bowling center, as well, is fitted to host both national and regional bowling tournaments.
Alongside the opening of Strike 10 bowling center, Sala Entertainment opened BOB’s CAFÉ/Restaurant, a trendy restaurant that offers its guests the opportunity to taste the chef’s unique innovations from the American cuisine, including angus burger served with sharable and giant buffalo wings, along with a selection of appetizers and beverages that add new flavors to delight all tastes, in addition to softly sweet and mesmerizing desserts.
On this occasion, Mohammed Attia, CEO of Sala Entertainment, said: “The opening of Strike 10 Bowling Center in Riyadh comes as part of the company’s strategic expansion plan to achieve local expansion. Strike 10 Bowling Center is a major addition to the family entertainment destinations in Saudi Arabia. The Center is fully equipped to provide all convenient entertainment for all community segments, including the sports youth segments.”
He added: “The Center that we open today is our second branch in the Kingdom, and we will soon open our third center at Al Nakheel Mall Extension in Riyadh, and in the near future, we will open other centers in different regions of the Kingdom, including the western region.”
E- commerce is growing rapidly in a steady rate worldwide. Experts expect that E- commerce rate sales will reach 4. 13 Trillion Dollar in 2020. Saudi markets also recorded a growth in this field. The rates of electronic purchasing products increased, especially after Corona pandemic. A recent study revealed a rapid growth via on line shopping. Approximately, three out of four consumers shop online. In line with this trend, and after deep studying for the market. “Kafoo Express” Launched a store specialized in electronic, digital products & communication devices. The store applied higher international standard level for different services suitable for various client’s sectors. It provides the latest cell phones devices of various brands, phone accessories, chargers, electronic charging cards. Besides, various electronic products. Based on the importance of diversity, “Kafoo Express” believes in diversity for different platforms to be in strong website position as a unique and comfort design. This website helps buyers to browse and move among products. Then, check evaluations before taking the decision to buy. “Kafoo Express” used latest technology in this field to display products in attractive ways with high security environment. This technology keen on client’s data privacy from the moment of buying until the end of payment process. The website owners are also keen on attending communication platforms like twitter, FB, Instagram and UT to serve large segments of customers. Based on the importance of rapid delivery for the products and punctuality in appointments “Kafoo Express” afford additional importance services represented in several procedures. They ensure products to reach customers asap through cooperation with the best delivery mobile applications in the kingdom. One- time experience of Kaffo Express website is enough to come back many times due to easy, fast and interesting shopping. Customers choose products, then record their data. Next, they select the way of payment and get their request asap. Kaffo website: kafooexpress.com
UCC Telo in exclusive partnership with Lenovo™ brings speed and smarter features to new 5G mobile gaming smartphone
Telo introduces the telo Gamez – Lenovo Legion Phone Duel —a powerful, immersive and fast-charging smartphone with sub-6[i] 5G for better coverage. It’s created specifically for on-the-go gamers passionate about high performance.
Designed from the ground up for gamers, the telo Gamez – Lenovo Legion Phone Duel plays like a mobile gaming console with impressive virtual tools, gaming capabilities, and an optimized battery lasting up to a full day of average phone usage[ii]. Get the full functionality, ergonomic feel and pocket portability of a smartphone without the chunky function controls. Its virtual joystick and dual ultrasonic trigger buttons are embedded, and dual vibration engines provide life-like feedback for deeper gameplay immersion.
telo Gamez – Lenovo Legion Phone Duel is amongst the first to feature the flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform that delivers revved-up performance across the board for incredibly fast Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming™. For enhanced power efficiency, consumers get advanced 5th gen memory chips, up to 16GB LPDDR5 high capacity RAM or the optional 12GB configuration, and ample storage up to 512GB UFS 3.1[iii].
As a part of a strategic partnership, telo Gamez will launch in the Saudi Arabia by UCC- telo. UCC has made an strategic step in the market by collaborating exclusively with Lenovo to reveal its first, powerful device in the gaming phone category, telo Gamez – Lenovo Legion Phone Duel, which includes innovative features and technologies. for an immersive, high-performance gaming experience.
Chief executive officer UCC, Anas Hemaid stated, “I am pleased and excited to announce the exclusive partnership between our company UCC and Lenovo to expand the mobile phone segment in the MENA region. Together we are bringing telo Gamez – Lenovo Legion Phone Duel to Saudi and MENA mobile users. This one-of-a-kind device has many distinct features like deep customized UI and dual batteries for turbo charging to give gamers one of the fastest charging experiences enabled in a smartphone. It is specially designed with a convenient center charging port for an uninterrupted gaming experience when mobile gamers need a quick power boost. I am confident that this phone will change the Saudi mobile gaming phone market with its remarkable efficiency, design, architecture and performance”.
On his part, Talip Yilmaz, Lenovo’s Android Tablets and Mobile Gaming Category Leader in the Middle East said, “We have witnessed a substantial rise in the gaming segment in the Middle East over the past few years, which has been greatly accelerated by the current pandemic and the rise of e-sports. As this trend continues and consumers adapt to new styles of mobile gaming, it gives us great pleasure to equip gamers with smarter gear from our unique brand of exceptional engineering and industrial design, and delivering the edge needed to dominate today’s virtual battle arenas and e-sports stadiums.”
Also, Anas Hemaid added that “It has been a long journey of inspiration, design, and long sleepless nights to bring this phone to market. We will continue this journey with the gaming community and our key success partners.”
A Shared Mission
Gaming on a smartphone can be very resource intensive. With this in mind, theLenovo mobile gaming engineers and designers worked with the gaming community to prioritize their most valued product attributes. Turns out, many mobile gamers agree with PC players on the must-have features, such as, balanced performance, reliable stamina, and immersive features that get your heart racing. The trick with packing as much performance and power as you can into a smartphone that fits in the palm of your hand, is that those internals are going to heat up. The question became how to keep everything cooler for the gamer. Having already met the challenge of employing smarter thermals, incredible performance and more in the lineup of high-powered Lenovo Legion PCs earlier this year, the team was well positioned to deliver on mobile and PC gamers’ shared needs.
Charged up, Cool and Clear
By inventing advanced methods to better dissipate heat with dual liquid-cooling and copper tubes, plus moving the dual 2500mAh batteries off to the sides where gamers’ hands would rest (vs. forcing them to touch the warm logic board encasing the processor), Lenovo made the handset easier to hold while also extending gameplay without the fear of overheating.
A convenient center charging port means your cord won’t get in the way while catching a battery boost when gaming in landscape mode. Full 90W Turbo Power Charging takes both charging cords (from center and side ports) to power up both batteries for a combined total of 5000mAh. Go from zero to up to 50 percent power in only 10 minutes, and a full charge only takes 30 minutes[iv].
Enhance the mad gaming skills you already have with better audio for clearer situational battle cues in-game, so you can react even faster to the footsteps behind you. It’s made possible with dual front-facing stereo speakers with large 1.4cc acoustics chambers for amazing far-reaching sound quality.
Pair that with the virtual gamepad controls for touch and move simulations thanks to the Lenovo Legion Assistant. Near instant, dynamic and surrounding vibration from specialized engines in the phone simulate the feel of in-game hits. A built-in gyroscope sensor detects motion and complex orientation changes, like while watching a 360-degree video, or when your screen view autorotates whenever you rotate your phone on its horizontal axis. Although many Android smartphones have one embedded now, the telo Gamez-Lenovo Legion Phone Duel leverages its gyro to optimize the gaming experience for the user, for example, its virtual joystick feature works by moving your thumb around on the screen while playing a game, either to aim or to move players in a new direction.
Designed for blur-free animations via a 6.65-inch Full HD (2340 x 1080) AMOLED glass touchscreen display with 144Hz refresh rate for videos and gaming images so colorful and sharp, you’ll experience your favorite mobile games in a new light. The ultra-responsive teloGamez – Lenovo Legion Phone Duel’s 240Hz touch sampling rate will also make you wonder how you ever put up with time lags before.
Lights, Camera, Capture
Designed to offer gamers better grip, the phone feels solid at 239 grams (8.43 ounces) and is 9.9 mm (0.38 in) at its thickest point. Turn heads and show off your passion for gaming in a high-octane red or cool blue with programmable RGB lighting effects for Lenovo Legion’s recognizable “Y” icon and the back of its pop-up selfie camera. Lights can also be programmed to dynamically change depending on in-game effects for a more immersive experience.
Just one use of the live capture features will have mobile streamers ditching their cumbersome home recording studios for good. Four noise-cancelling microphones record audio from all around to allow streamers to easily record themselves at eSports events and other busy environments.
With the phone’s customized software dashboard called Lenovo Legion Realm, wherever gamers are, they can tweak hardware performance settings, scroll through the latest downloadable titles in Google Play™, and select the enabled network that gives you the best quality and/or least traffic in that moment, i.e. WLAN, 5G, or Wi-Fi 6[v], to help reduce video and in-game latency.
Capture general HD 1080p footage and record in 4K at up to 30 FPS[vi] (frames per second) for remarkable clarity with a high-powered 20MP front camerathat stays tucked inside bezel when not live streaming for a clean look, also features auto-retract drop protection. Plus, a high resolution 64MP rear camera for 64MP resolution photos, which also has a quad pixel sensor for shooting high-quality, 16MP resolution photos in dark and bright conditions.
Pricing & Availability The telo Gamez- Lenovo Legion Phone Duel will be available for pre-order starting on the 26th of Nov 2020, with 3499 SAR as a starting price including VAT, and from Jarir Bookstores, Saudi Arabia on the 3rd of December 2020.
[i] 5G service is available in select markets only. At launch, phone will not support 5G mmWave technology. Requires separately purchased cellular data plan that may vary by location. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges apply. Certain features, functionality and product specifications may be network dependent and subject to additional terms, conditions, and charges. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors. Please review the product details for your specific mobile carrier prior to purchasing.
[ii]One full charge of 5000mAh battery with Type-C plug provides an average of up to 24 hours of normal usage, or up to 7 hours for intermittent gameplay. All battery life claims are approximate and based on the median user across a mixed-use profile (including both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions; results from Lenovo internal testing. Battery must be substantially depleted for turbo power charging; charging rate slows as charging progresses. Actual battery performance will vary, depending on many factors, including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage.
[iii]Actual available capacity is less and varies due to many factors, including formatting, partitioning and operating system, etc. which utilize part of this capacity. The available capacity may change with software updates.
[iv]One full charge of 5000mAh battery with Type-C plug provides an average of up to 24 hours of normal usage, or up to 7 hours for intermittent gameplay. All battery life claims are approximate and based on the median user across a mixed-use profile (including both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions; results from Lenovo internal testing. Battery must be substantially depleted for turbo power charging; charging rate slows as charging progresses. Actual battery performance will vary, depending on many factors, including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage.
[v]Requires separately purchased Wi-Fi router and plan that may vary by location. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges apply. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors.
[vi] Phone supports general 1080p photo capture and 4K video recording at 30 FPS. Depending on length, enough storage space must be allotted on your device to save a high-resolution video. Quality of footage was internally tested under optimal network conditions.
The introduction of a punchy new Turbo model is at the heart of the Middle East launch of the latest generation of MG Motor’s popular ZS crossover. The new MG ZST model will be joined by a 1.5L version as the British-born manufacturer significantly upgrades the line-up to offer a fresh new look and even higher levels of equipment and value for money. Prices for the new MG ZS 1.5L are expected to start from USD 12,625 (excl. VAT) *.
Offering premium style without the premium price tag, the first-generation MG ZS has played a major role in the company’s success across the region. With some 5,000 units sold, the original ZS has helped lay the foundations for MG to expand its original line-up so that it now offers some of the most stylish, reliable, and best-equipped models on the market. The new ZS range, and in particular the ZST, take this offering to a new high.
The new MG ZST is equipped with a 160 hp, 1.3L Turbo engine, delivering maximum torque of 230 Nm, and mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox for smoother acceleration. The new unit greatly improves the performance of the upgraded MG ZS. The acceleration of the 1.3Turbo is 9.8seconds from 0 to 100 kmph and has a top speed of 185 km/h**. It complements the fuel efficient 1.5L powerplant that delivers 6.2L/100km**.
The new models benefit from major style enhancements on both outside and inside, in keeping with MG’s contemporary design language. All ZS models feature a new hexagonal grille redesigned LED headlight and rear LED light clusters, while a sportier look is conveyed by the black finish applied to the grille, headlight and fog lamp trim, rear-view mirrors, side skirts and wheels.
A key MG selling point is the availability of features that are more normally found in premium cars, yet at no extra cost. The new MG ZS is no different and all trims come equipped as standard with a rear parking sensor and camera, 17” alloy wheels, a 10.1” HD touch screen with CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, rear air conditioning vents, keyless
entry, an electric parking brake and push button start.
The MG ZST takes this value for money package on to another level, adding a state-of-the-art virtual instrument panel for the driver, a 360o surround parking camera that eliminates all blind spots, curtain airbags for extra safety and a Trophy Sports Kit that emphasizes the new model’s sporty credentials. Alongside the MG ZST sit two other trim levels, both for the 1.5L variant: LUX and STD.
The interior has also been refreshed, most noticeably courtesy of a new dashboard design and more extensive use of soft-touch materials, while the two-tone colour design is complemented by the red stitching and carbon fibre look interior trim. A huge panoramic sunroof is available on ZST LUX model, making life on board even more pleasant for passengers. As a crossover, practicality remains a key requirement and here the extra-large boot with flexible configuration options certainly delivers.
Tom Lee, Managing Director of MG Motor Middle East, commented: “The MG ZST is an ideal model for our younger buyers who are looking for an exceptionally well-equipped car that also delivers strong performance and stylish good looks, without breaking the bank. And with our best-in-region manufacturer warranty of six years or 200,000km, our customers know that they can spend their hard-earned money in total confidence.”
The new MG ZS is now available for sale across the Middle East. This comes at an extremely exciting time for the brand in the region, where it has seen sales rocket over the past couple of years. Today, MG is active in nine Middle East countries, with its current model line-up including the 2020 ‘Middle East Car of the Year’, the all-new MG HS, and the Middle East’s ‘Best Sub-compact Sedan’, the new MG5.
In response to an urgent appeal from the World Health Organization (WHO) and under the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to provide USD 10 million in financial support to WHO for urgent action needed to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to support countries with vulnerable health infrastructures.
Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) said this royal directive reflected the Kingdom’s noble humanitarian role and reaffirmed its commitment to providing vital global assistance to all in need. KSrelief, he added, is working in cooperation with United Nations agencies and other leading humanitarian organizations in order to safeguard public health and well-being.
Dr. Al Rabeeah expressed his appreciation for this generous gesture from the Kingdom’s leadership and for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing humanitarian efforts to support people around the world in a timely manner in times of crisis.
The Supervisor General concluded with his hopes and prayers that humanity would be protected from the dangers of all diseases and epidemics, and that people around the world could look forward to a future full of health, peace and prosperity.
Al Khozama Management Company, Mamo, and Arjun Waney, the creators and co-owners of internationally renowned fashionable and successful restaurants, announced that Mamo Michelangelo Restaurant is set to open by end of March 2020 in the heart of Riyadh’s dynamic center, at Al Faisaliah Hotel Suites Wing, The District Al Faisaliah. With authentic Italian and Provençal recipes and passionate chefs to serve fresh and delicious dishes, Mamo Michelangelo’s menu is already creating a stir and will quench the appetite of local gastronomes with its specialties, using ingredients sourced from their origins, to truly experience the authentic flavors of Italy and South of France.
Saudi Arabia is well acquainted with Mamo Restaurant after its successful pop-up during the Jeddah Season. Mamo Michelangelo’s culinary arts embodies the essence of the Mediterranean Riviera. It offers a gorgeous and charming ambiance for gastronomic enthusiasts where guests can enjoy an elegant 5-star dining experience in an authentic setting decorated with old materials from Provence and Itlay.
The Restaurant’s world-famous culinary experience embraces French and Italian influences from the region that incorporate a mix of classic family recipes and seasonal Mamo specialties. Mamo designed a delightful menu of fine Italian cuisine in an innovative style and executed to the highest standards. The menu includes dishes that cannot be found elsewhere, such as the creamy Burrata from Napoli, lamb shoulder perfectly cooked in the wood fired oven, the delicious chicken and some signature dishes like the truffle focaccia and the truffle raviolinis as well as countless other culinary delights. All of this will make you want to end your meal with the traditional tiramisu or the breathtaking lemon tart!
All customers can experience the Mediterranean Riviera and take advantage of these great culinary delights at Mamo Michelangelo Restaurant located in the heart of the Capital, at Al Faisaliah Hotel (South Wing), The District Al Faisaliah. For reservations, please call 920000874 or visit www.mamo-michelangelo.com for more information.