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MG signs partnership with Al Yousuf Motors to cover the UAE market

Mr. Tom Lee, Managing Director, SAIC Motor Middle East and Mr. Mohamed Iqbal Yousuf, Deputy president and Head of Marketing, Al Yousuf Group

MG Motor today announced the appointment of Al Yousuf Motors as its UAE distributor. The news comes at an exciting time for customers of the famous British born car brand, which earlier this year launched its stylish new MG RX5 and MG ZS SUVs in the Middle East.

The agreement between MG’s parent company, SAIC Motor, and Al Yousuf Motors will see the UAE automotive services company begin servicing MG’s customers with immediate effect. Operating from five locations across the UAE, they will introduce a fresh new line-up of models aimed at meeting the demands of today’s modern motorists.

Al Yousuf Motors will provide a range of services for new and existing customers of the rejuvenated MG brand, including new car sales, servicing, finance packages and leasing deals.

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The line-up includes the new MG ZS and MG RX5 SUVs, as well as the MG 360 compact sedan, the new MG ZS’ expressive design language highlights the premium nature of the MG brand, and will feature across all upcoming models, including a brand-new model for the Middle East and the refreshed GS model, which will be introduced to the region later this year.

Commenting on the new partnership, Mr. Tom Lee, Managing Director, SAIC Motor Middle East said: “Al Yousuf Motors delivers the ideal combination of automotive experience and high-quality customer service and efficiency. At MG we are experiencing positive growth globally and view the Middle East as a very important market. Together with Al Yousuf Motors we are dedicated to delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction through our innovative product range and customer experience.”

Mr. Mohamed Iqbal Yousuf, Deputy president and Head of Marketing, Al Yousuf Group, added: “This is a major step for Al Yousuf Motors. MG has an exciting model line-up and even more so following the introduction of the MG RX5 and MG ZS. The brand is in a strong position to build its presence in the Middle East market and we are looking forward to a fruitful and extensive partnership. The MG brand will be an extension of our automobile sector and services which will continue to bring success to the group at a local and regional level.”

MG is a British born car maker, established in 1924 and renowned globally for its historic models, awards and achievements. MG is benefiting from heavy investment from its parent company, SAIC Motor, which was listed in the 2017 Fortune Global 500 List for the 13th consecutive year, ranking #41 overall and 7th amongst all global automakers – its highest ever ranking.

Committed to offering customers the highest levels of customer service, MG offers a six-year/200,000km warranty. To ensure MG Motor’s unrivalled aftersales service is maintained during the transition period, existing customers of MG Motor will be able to visit AW Rostamani trading for their servicing needs up until August 2018.

Founded in 1953, based on the successful sale of a shipment of rice husks from India, the Al

Yousuf Group has now grown into a multi-million-dirham conglomerate. From their headquarters on Sheikh Zayed Road, the Al Yousuf Group runs a network of offices and showrooms that stretch across the UAE and into the Gulf and the Middle East. Al Yousuf Group, however, reach far beyond into the Indian subcontinent, the CIS countries, Asia, Europe, Africa and America.

 

Al Yousuf Motors locations:

  • Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
  • Musafa, Abu Dhabi
  • E11, North Ras Al-Khaimah
  • Mohammed Bin Matar Road, Fujairah
  • Al Ittihad Street, Ajman

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MG ZS crossover now on sale across the Middle East

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MG Motor has announced that its new MG ZS crossover is now on sale across the Middle East, bringing premium style, without the premium price tag, to customers across the Gulf region. Prices for MG’s new crossover start at around US$12,000 (depending on market) for the entry level 1.5L STD model.

The new MG ZS enjoyed its Middle East show reveal at the Saudi International Motor Show in December, and is now available in three high value trim levels – 1.5L STD, 1.5L COM and 1.5L LUX – the perfect option for buyers seeking a good-looking, well-equipped, well-built car at a sensible price.

The arrival of MG’s new crossover marks an exciting new era of design for the famous British car brand with the introduction of a totally new design philosophy. Based on ‘Emotional Dynamism’, this more expressive design language showcased by the MG ZS is set to feature across all upcoming models, and emphasises the premium experience and commitment to quality of the ambitious brand.

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Commenting on the new model, Mr. Tom Lee, Managing Director SAIC Motor Middle East, said: “The new MG ZS features a stylish new design language and a host of hi-tech features tailored specifically to the needs of the younger generation and the female market. All of which makes this a very strong entrant into the regional SUV sector, while at the same time helping to spread the message that MG is a key player on the international automotive field.’’

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A distinctive grille, increased MG branding and a delicate front end give the car a refined look that carries through its sweeping corners to the robust rear end. A combination of quality and a premium finish have been at the heart of MG’s design philosophy for the MG ZS, with every surface, material and fitting selected for its visual impact, as well as durability and longevity.

Commitment to design excellence is continued in the interior of the MG ZS, with touches that nod to a dynamic and exclusive space for the driver, while being accessible and user-friendly for any passengers. More than 80 percent of the exposed surfaces are covered with soft materials, and a colour contrast from the dark grey base creates a layered effect.

A trend for ‘bigger’ connectivity means MG’s inkaLink system, with 8” infotainment screen and Apple CarPlay, will become a signature of MG going forward as it looks to target a younger generation. A remote smart application will allow the driver to operate vehicle functions such as remote start and stop, manage air conditioning, vehicle tracking and aftersales appointments. It even reminds owners of the services needed for the car.

The MG ZS provides some of the most generous shoulder, leg and headroom capacities in its segment, ensuring a premium travelling experience for driver and passengers alike. A massive 448 litres of boot capacity plus a split-level boot provide plenty of room for all manner of luggage, while there are numerous compartments throughout the car for additional storage. It offers a classic dual colour leather interior and an optional panoramic sunroof (available soon).

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The MG ZS has undergone rigorous testing and received a 5-star rating in the C-NCAP crash tests, offering customers additional peace of mind. All models benefit from a strengthened high duty steel passenger safety cage, ESP, ABS, EBD and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), while rear cameras and parking sensors are also available.

With a New Generation NSE Major 1.5L engine it can travel 100km on just 5.8 litres, giving it unrivalled fuel efficiency for its class. When it comes to performance, this efficient petrol unit delivers maximum power of 119 hp and 150 Nm of torque. Delivering true driving excellence, the MG ZS offers three power assisted steering modes – Urban, Normal and Dynamic – which are designed to give the driver complete control. It is equipped with a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

Standard features on all models include one-button start, power adjustable wing mirrors, manual air conditioning, a 60/40 rear seat, height-adjustable steering column and a front armrest. Contributing to the new model’s impressive safety credentials, ABS, EBD, ESP and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) are also standard.

Moving up to the COM model, buyers can look forward to adding cruise control, power assisted steering modes, parking sensor, InkaLink system, side airbags, LED Daytime Running Lights, a premium multifunction steering wheel and a roof rail to the specification list. The top-of-the-range LUX model swaps 16” alloy wheels for 17” dual colour alloys, and adds automatic air conditioning and a rear camera.

Last year MG’s parent company, SAIC Motor, was listed in the Forbes Fortune 500 list for the 13th consecutive year, ranking #41 overall and 7th amongst all global automakers – the highest ever ranking for SAIC Motor. With global sales revenues of $113.86 billion in 2016 the company is investing heavily in the MG brand.

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New MG RX5 compact SUV now on sale across the Middle East

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The new MG RX5 compact SUV is now officially on sale across the Middle East, heralding the latest exciting chapter in the rejuvenation of the famous British brand. Customers can choose MG Motor’s new ‘hero SUV’ from a collection of four well-equipped models, and two available powertrains, with prices starting at around US$14,200 (depending on market).

The new MG RX5 will appeal to a range of customers across the region, especially younger buyers looking for value for money in a stylish, technologically-advanced package that allows them to stand out from the crowd. Equipped with a 1.5T petrol engine and 7-speed automatic gearbox the MG RX5 is available as entry level STD or mid-range COM models. The more powerful 2.0T powerplant is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and is offered for either COM or top-of-the-range LUX trim levels, with the latter featuring All-Wheel Drive.

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Mr. Tom Lee, Managing Director of SAIC Motor Middle East, the parent company of MG Motor, said: “Embodying the positive, new direction that MG is taking, the new MG RX5 is the latest model to join our exciting range of stylish, hi-tech vehicles. As MG builds momentum across the Middle East, boosted by the appointment of new dealers in markets such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, we are confident that this new compact SUV will prove extremely popular among the region’s car buyers.”

The MG RX5 showcases an attractive, futuristic design that is instantly recognisable, notably at the front where the stylish square LED headlamps, imposing wing-shaped grille and innovative foglamps endow it with real on-the-road presence. Sporty five-spoke, two-tone 18” rims on COM and LUX models combine with a sharp waistline that rises from front to rear to enhance the dynamic look. At the rear, a chrome plate stretches out to the dual tail lights, visually extending the vehicle width – reminiscent of the style of certain premium German models.

Inside the cabin careful attention has been paid to delivering an extremely high quality finish, with the use of high grade material, chrome edging and soft-touch material covering 80% of the surfaces. A supersize, opening panoramic sunroof floods the interior with light, accentuating the best-in-class space that it offers. Helped by the 2700mm wheelbase, and total length of 4545mm, rear leg space (982mm) and head space (987mm) are significantly better than in rival cars.

MG’s new compact SUV delivers practicality and convenience. The flexible rear space incorporates adjustable, fold-flat seats with split/fold function, while there are multiple storage spaces throughout the cabin for bottles, mobiles and cups in addition to a large boot area. Useful technology offered as standard on most models includes remote, one-touch opening of the rear hatch, keyless entry, a start button and an AutoHold function.

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A clever remote smart application will allow the driver to operate vehicle functions such as remote start and stop air conditioning, vehicle tracking and aftersales appointments. It even reminds owners of the services needed for the car. And for a hi-tech generation, there is a 10.4” high-definition infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Navigation on the COM and LUX versions and an 8” colour navigation system for STD models.

Power is derived from a choice of two turbocharged engines. Both 2.0T and 1.5T units, which are mated to six and seven-speed transmissions respectively, provide impressive performance and efficiency. Delivering maximum power of 221 hp and torque of 350 Nm, the 2.0T engine can accelerate the MG RX5 from 0-100kmh in 8.2 seconds, while the efficient 1.5T powerplant returns top figures of 169 hp and 250 Nm.  A smart All-Wheel Drive system with new generation electromagnetic torque management guarantees impressive off-road performance for LUX models.

Great performance isn’t compromised when it comes to safety, with the MG RX5 offering a wide range of passive and active safety measures. The efficient braking system reduces stopping distances by two metres in comparison to key rivals, while standard ESP with traction control, a curving braking control system and MSR (Motor control Slide Retainer) all contribute to a safer journey. Passive safety features include a strengthened body structure that uses thermal formed steel, multiple airbags, automatic unlocking in the event of a collision and a collapsible steering column. All of which has helped the MG RX5 earn a 5-star rating in the C-NCAP crash tests.

The entry level 1.5T STD exemplifies the comprehensive equipment levels of the MG line-up. Owners benefit from Automatic Air Conditioning, front and rear electric windows, cruise control, multi-adjustable front seats, and a remote trunk opening function as standard. When it comes to safety, ABS, EBD, Auto Hold, a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Hill Descent Control are just some of the standard features to equip the high value 1.5T STD model.

The MG RX5 COM specification comes with either a 1.5T or 2.0T engine. All COM models add front foglamps, a rear parking camera and audible warning system, leather steering wheel and luggage curtain, to the list of features offered on the STD model. In addition, an 8” colour touch screen and Apple CarPlay are also standard.

Drivers of the top-of-the-range 2.0T LUX model are positively spoilt, with electric folding wing mirrors, LED headlamps, electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, additional airbags, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a huge panoramic sunroof with anti-trap mechanism all standard. As is MG’s smart All-Wheel Drive system.

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