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Old 11-10-2003, 06:17   #1 (permalink)
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UAE: Ford In Pole Position As Industry Prepares For Motor Show

Ford Middle East recently announced that market demand for its class-leading product range has seen significant growth this year.

In the run up to this yearís Middle East International Motor Show, statistics show that sales from January to September 2003 have brought Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands to the forefront of the automotive industry in the region. Overall GCC sales for the three brands are up 25 per cent over the same period in 2002.

"The success the Ford nameplates are enjoying in the Middle East is astonishing; sales of such best-sellers as the Ford Explorer, Focus, Mondeo and Expedition speak volumes about our product lead revitalization at Ford," said Jim Benintende, managing director of Ford Middle East. "News of the performance of our focus vehicles comes at the perfect time, as we prepare for this yearís motor show with even more exciting news and products coming our way."

World-Class Products, Great Value

The launch of Fordís best-selling all-new Explorer and Expedition, as well as the multi-award-winning European Focus and Mondeo ranges, had a significant impact on Fordís standing in the Middle East.

GCC Ford Explorer sales from January to September this year have doubled in comparison to the same period in 2002, and Expedition sales have achieved an astounding 120 per cent increase.

The Focus has seen sales jump more than 30 per cent so far in 2003. And the Mondeo, a vehicle enjoying impressive fleet and retail sales across the GCC, now accounts for 12 per cent of all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicle sales in the region. Building on the track record of the Focus and Mondeo, Ford Middle East launched the Focus and Mondeo Trend in September this year.

Benintende commented: "By offering an extensive product range that appeals to all market segments, we have been able to find the perfect formula in the region. We are committed to offering our customers world-class products with great features at superior value, which will ensure the brand name is top of mind.

"Also, when we relaunched the Ford brand during the previous Middle East International Motor Show, we promised our customers a revival of the Ford brand on all fronts, from the sales experience at the dealerships, to the great products offered, to the after-sales services and customer care," he added. "Two years down the line, I can say with pride that we did come a long way, and our performance clearly demonstrates that."

A Strong Dealership Network

Ford Middle East has seen strong market representation actions across its network of dealer-partners in the GCC recently, especially in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where the Ford product range is now available through additional dealership facilities.

The construction of Al Tayer Motorsí permanent facility on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, due to be completed in late 2004, will see five Ford Motor Company brands on sale at the largest facility of its type outside of North America.

Ford also witnessed extended representation across Saudi Arabia with its importer-dealer, Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co. flagging off an impressive expansion plan across the Kingdom. This year, three facilities have been dedicated to date in Riyadh, Tabuk and Al Gassim, and more are underway before the end of 2003.

Centennial Celebrations

Earlier this year, Ford pushed the boundaries with the successful launch of the Centennial edition Long Wheelbase Crown Victoria in Saudi Arabia, which helped mark the 100th anniversary of Ford Motor Company this year. "The Crown Victoria has been the lynchpin of Fordís success in Saudi Arabia," added Benintende.

"It has been particularly successful in Saudi Arabia, posting year on year volume increases since its launch. The Crown Victoria has become the flagship model of our lineup. What better way to mark our centennial than to offer our customers the special Centennial Edition of a best-selling model that has satisfied over 50,000 customers in Saudi Arabia alone?"
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