KUWAIT CITY, Dec 13: Gulf Contracting and Trading Company held the official launch of BYD Auto at Movenpick Hotel in the Free Trade Zone recently. Two of BYD Auto’s latest vehicles, F3 and F6 2010 models, were also launched on the occasion. Vice-Chairman of Gulf Contracting and Trading Company Mubarak Naser Alsayer addressed the crowd in the presence of H.E. Ambassador of People’s Republic of China Huang Jiemin, Commercial Counselor Hu Yaowu, members of the diplomatic mission, BYD Chief Channel Management Elton Xu and BYD Regional Manager Patrik Xhou.
Following is the full text of Alsayer’s speech:
“I’m very pleased to have you with us today on this event, not to launch a new car but a whole new brand in the region penetrating major markets around the world that it became the talk of economic analysts and car industry specialists. It’s the largest Chinese manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and the largest Chinese car maker. It has ambitious plans to be the number one car maker on china by 2015. It is BYD LTD listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange a high profile technology operation. Its sales continued without being affected by the current world’s financial crisis, and even continued to thrive and grow.
The company started back in 1995 and has now 9 facilities across China on a total of 7 million square meters. It established it presence through its own regional offices in USA, Europe, Japan, South Africa, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the list goes on the around the world, employing more than 130,000 employees.
BYD LTD is specialized in key two industries: IT and car industry. Its IT range includes IT technologies, rechargeable butteries, rechargeable equipment, power and audio components, electrical accessories, LCD screens, plastic fittings, electronic metal components, switch boards, electronic instruments, electronic optics, and mobile designs and accessories.
In the auto industry, BYD LTD has outperformed all other Chinese car makers offering 45 trademarks.
BYD is a company with the fastest growth among Chinese companies and is determined to implement its strategic plan to gain number 1 position in the automotive industry sold across China in 2015 and its vision to be the first car manufacturer in the world in 2025.
The question is: Why BYD among 45 auto brands has outperformed all other domestic brand car makers. The answer why BYD did so is summed up as follows:
1. BYD is the first and top car maker among all other brands in China.
2. BYD is dominating the market by specializing on electric cars industry and committed to R&D on gasoline and full hybrid cars.
3. Adoption of BYD fully on the acquisition and employment of the latest and finest technologies and therefore has its own labs and electronic research facilities and a specialist lab for electrical car research, including professional and specialist engineering team in research and development, testing and production.
4. BYD developed quality standard system reflecting the company commitment to quality, and won ISO quality certificates 14001, LSO 90001, and global quality certificate QS9000, and a lot of other quality certificates and awards like C3 in China.
5. BYD policy is focused on developing highest HR levels and international standards for training and development setting global industry models despite its relatively short life compared to other local Chinese and global rivals.
6. Social responsibility is a key ingredient of BYD strategy which put it as a leader in innovation, pursuit of perfection, and contribution to a bright future serving the whole world markets.
At present BYD has a minimum of 8 models which have gone through intensive tests before being launched in the world markets with highest fuel efficiency, lowest emission, dust control, and liquid outlet, with perfect adaptation to various levels of temperature. BYD caries out 40 types of tests before the final approval. One of BYD projects whose cars have become the focus of world attention is E6 to be launched in 2010. It is an all electrical car with a new concept in electrical cars industry which will be soon launched in the world market. E6 is an electrical car with an exceptional performance and environment friendly with no pollution emissions and no noise. It is an absolutely quite car, demonstrating unique combination of safety and exceptional power with 0-100 Km acceleration in 14 seconds, featuring a maximum speed of 140K/power.
So it is no surprise that Warren Buffett one of the richest businessmen in the world has invested huge amounts of money in BYD for his strong and wise faith in the future of this company, its wise and innovative policy around the world. In September 2008, Mr. Buffett bought a $ 1.8 billion Hong Kong dollars 225 million of BYD’s stock shares, equivalent to 10 per cent of the total shares of BYD, where the share value at the time was 8 Hong Kong dollars per share, and imagine at the end of August 2009 means exactly in one year only, BYD’s share price jumped high to 48.6 Hong Kong dollars to estimates Buffett’ has achieved a profit increase of more than 500% making profits to more than 9.1 billion Hong Kong dollars. Companies, such as those made profits in the world, such as BYD under this tough world’s finance crisis.
Other major companies in the telecommunication industry like Nokia, Samsung, and Motorola have put their trust in BYD based on its leading position in rechargeable batteries development and production. And even global auto manufacturers such as Volkswagen have signed this year a contract with BYD to explore options for partnership in the area of hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles powered by batteries due to BYD’s superiority on this field.
In 2008 BYD reaped: $1.7 billion in the phones and components, $900,000 of the batteries, and $1.3 billion industry from electric cars & hybrids, and will significantly surpass all competition in the future to achieve its aim leadership position.
Gulf contracting and Trading Company is very proud to earn the trust of BYD as its exclusive agent in Kuwait. On our part, our company will spare no effort to implement the agreed strategies with BYD including the opening of our showroom and after sale facilities. We are looking forward to having all BYD range with its various segments and models in the Kuwaiti market within the next 5-10 years.
I’m fully confident that this event will mark the birth of the largest technology and auto company of the future and that BYD will rightfully earn such leading position developing its range of products backed by excellent after sale services.
Once again thank you very much for being with us on this event launching BYD LTD in Kuwait.”
BYD Company Ltd was established in 1995 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) in 2002. It developed rapidly to become the world’s second largest rechargeable battery manufacturer in 2003, with the company’s nickel and lithium-ion batteries for mobile phone applications rising to the top of the global market. In 2003 BYD AUTO Ltd was founded as a subsidiary of BYD Company Ltd following the acquisition of the previously state-owned Tsinchuan automobile company.
In the first half of 2009 BYD Auto Ltd has seen a sales increase of 176 per cent year on year, despite the general downturn in the global automotive industry. It was also named the most competitive and influential automobile brand in China. At the same time, BYD Company Ltd. is continuing in the research and development of new energy technologies.
BYD Company Ltd has ten production and R&D facilities in China for the development and manufacturing of IT components, batteries and automobiles. The company has grown into a multinational corporation with 130,000 employees worldwide based in subsidiary offices in the United States, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Japan, South Korea, India, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
From the beginning BYD Auto has focused on the research, development and manufacturing of a wide range of world-class products, including electric vehicles (EVs). To meet the demands of the global consumer BYD AUTO has relied upon their strength and knowledge in R&D to create cost-efficient, durable and unique manufacturing systems which integrate aspects from both the automotive and IT industries.
BYD Auto already has several large-scale industrial bases in a number of locations around China. In response to increasing market demands the company has plans to enlarge the output facilities in Xi’an as well as building a new base in Changsha for the production of electric buses.
Since its foundation in 2003, BYD Auto has successfully launched a series of models including the F0, F3, F3R, F6, F3DM, S8, G3 and e6. Over the next several years BYD Auto will continue to expand its product portfolio to include a range of F-series sedans and hatchbacks, S-series SUVs, M-series MPVs, DM-series Dual Mode hybrid vehicles, e-series electric vehicles.
Alongside the development of electric vehicles, BYD Auto has also devoted time and energy into the exploration of additional alternative energy technologies. At the BYD AUTO headquarters in Shenzhen, there has been development and testing of new energy technology systems including the BYD Energy Storage System (BESS), the BYD Solar Power Storage System (BSPSS), the BYD Wind Power Storage System (BWPSS) and the BYD Home Energy System (BHES). The company hopes to contribute its developments in green technology as a part of the greater solution for the increasingly serious global environmental problem.
BYD is in exclusive Distribution Agreement with
Gulf Contracting & Trading Co WLL Kuwait for Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq exhibiting 5 models in the 10th Dubai Auto Show during Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2009. Striving forward steadfastly along our bright route, BYD’s philosophy remains: “Always together”
BYD Build Your Dreams
Combined so many extraordinary characters, the light-footed and agile hard-top convertible S8 has a striking road presence, which makes the car a classical but unique combination of power and elegance. The all-new BYD S8, a new philosophy of life.
Perfect performance of the BIVT engine
BYD Intake Variable Technique, abbreviated to BIVT, featuring astounding torque, seamless power delivery and smooth operation. The BIVT allows the lift, duration or timing (some or all) of the intake valves to be changed while the engine is in operation. This application is environmental-friendly and fuel-efficient. The S8 equipped with the BYD483QB power unit has excellent performance. With a maximum torque of no less than 182 N·m and top power output of 103 kW (138 hp), the two-liter power plant with direct petrol injection leaves extraordinary powers when you drive. The S8 CVT can allow the engine rotation speed at an efficient level so as to improve the fuel economy and to reduce the emission as well. No gear changes can assure the smooth operation from any sudden jerks.
With the elegant sleek lines, the short overhangs, the muscular curve of the bonnet and the sculpted headlights, the new S8 is the perfect expression of dynamic performance and elegant luxury. The cabin enjoys the senses of its harmonious space. Soft leather and ergonomic design set new standards for driving comfort. The relatively long wheelbase of the S8 offers even more spacious luxury.
Excellent Driving Safety
The S8 Series is uncompromising in every concern, especially in safety. High-performance brake can provide absolute control when driving. The S8 ABS (Anti-lock Brake System from Bosch) improves vehicle control, while decreases the stopping distance on wet road and especially slippery surfaces. The S8 EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) automatically increases rear-braking force to reduce stopping distance regardless of the load and road conditions. The S8 safety system offers comprehensive protection to every occupant.
Evolving and growing to thrive for blazing performance, BYD rolled out its latest AT version for the extraordinary siblings F3 and F3R which share most innovative virtues. Compared to the manual version, both AT cars have adopted some of the modern features to demonstrate a perfect union of style and substance.
Perfect integration with contemporary elements
F3-AT integrates most fashionable and desired elements and bringing reliable quality and elegant sense to every owner, exuding a remarkable flair through compelling appearance and ergonomic interior.
Comprehensive safety protection
The new F3-AT features a sophisticated braking system. It includes ABS, EBD which reduced the risk of the wheels locking on slippery surfaces significantly shortening the braking distance and delivering an excellent braking performance. It also comes with smart SRS dual airbags and the strengthened body which fully adopts advanced Safety-Cage Construction concept.
In the international market, BYD IT components and electronic components are prestigious in the high end market of the Europe and the United States owing to their high quality. In the automotive industry, BYD AUTO follows its experience of international quality control and progresses vigorously to make the excellent quality products. Backed up by more than 500 sales/service shops, it took 5 years for 5,000 engineers of BYD AUTO to do R&D, and after 50 crash tests and 500,000 kilometers road test, F6 finally presented itself as an excellent model in D segment.
As a surprise to the audience upon its debut, honored “The Best New Car” in the Shanghai International Auto Show, and “the gold prize” in the Industrial Appearance Design of China, F6 has been well evaluated and highly appraised by the industrial experts. BYD F6 got the outstanding surpass champion in terms of defeating competitive JV in the first quarter of 2009 in China.
Luxurious design and superior strength
The main design style of F6 is pursuing the Chinese traditional standard of beauty and elegance, which is also in harmony with the fashionable elements in nowadays’ automotive design. Exterior body design includes the popular U shape front with aerodynamic styling.
Brand new engine allows you to drive powerfully and safely F6 (2.4 L) holds the most latest 4G69 engine using the top MIVEC technology designed by Mitsubishi, and a tiptronic transmission originally imported from Japan. No matter what kind of transmission you choose, the world will run after you.
Drive & control with freedom
The front double wishbone independent suspension and the rear 5-link double wishbone independent suspension make the acceleration and braking more smooth; the chassis and transmission system match with each other perfectly, and servo-braking power steering system makes you control the car more conveniently and freely.
F3R-AT remained characteristics of manual version, being decent and fashionable, illustrating the dynamic rhythm as a hatchback. Compared to the manual one, the most obvious amendment for F3R - AT is the front grille, changing from “Jalousie Gridding” to “Cloud-pattern Gridding”. The colour of grille also has been changed from silver to black. It’s said that F3R - AT was once named as ‘Olympic Version’. Maybe the Cloud-pattern Gridding design was inspired by the Cloud of Promise design on 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch. Even though there is no dramatic change in design, the front grille looks more dynamic with F3R metallic logo, trending the front to be more stylish.
F3R- AT, meanwhile, continues the distinctive sleek and embolden appearance, striking the convention with commanding exterior and welcoming interior.
More Pleasing Driving
F3-AT and F3R-AT are both powered by 1.6L Mitsubishi 4G18 engine with imported gearbox from one of the biggest AT gearbox manufacturers JATCO Co., Ltd which supplies famous international automotive brands such as French Renault, Nissan high-end brand Infiniti, Mazda and Mitsubishi. The gearbox from JATCO has a stable quality, matching the Mitsubishi engine perfectly. Both have a 4-gear automatic speed transmission function and have been calibrated by Mitsubishi while their power, economic fuel consumption as well as handling reach a very high standard. It is claimed that power of both is 73.5kW with minimum fuel consumption as 5.1 L/100 km. Furthermore, the gear can be automatically lowered when the acceleration stops and intelligently learn from driver’s driving habit to adjust its computer data for the best economic and powerful driving. In addition, the auto-transmission gearbox adopted electronic simultaneous control program to limit the delay as well as impact during gear transmission and to foster a stable driving.
BYD sees environmental responsibility as a core value and a critical factor in the company’s long-term success. For that reason, it spent three years and thousands of hours to design, engineer and develop its new mini compact, the BYD F0.
The F0 hatchback combines a jaunty design in a popular size and shape with BYD’s own unique cues and characteristics. It is brimming with premium fashion features: A dynamic exterior and warm, inviting cabin are specially designed for the new generation. By building in high quality at an affordable price, the BYD F0 promises to attract a wide range of buyers looking for a great value without compromising safety, performance or fuel economy.
Dynamic exterior & human-oriented interior
The F0 sports a peanut-like shape and an animated face with fluid headlamps and a distinctive grille. The interior is comfortable and friendly, with white-LED instrumentation that pops out of a soft blue background. The integrated rear seats can be completely folded to provide additional space. An adjustable steering wheel provides additional flexibility.
The F0 is powered by a lightweight BYD371QA all-aluminum 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine fitted with Bosch electronic control systems to help enhance fuel efficiency and meet stringent emission standards.
Drive & control with comfort
The ride is stable and controlled, thanks to a relatively long wheelbase and a well-engineered suspension system that includes MacPherson struts in front, a torsion-beam setup in the rear and a stabilizer bar to help minimize body roll.
Safety features include air bags and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution.
EV batteries must have high energy density and high safety, which are two characteristics of BYD’s revolutionary new battery - the Fe battery. The Fe battery will power the e6 with an expected range per charge cycle of 330 kms (205 miles) in cruising mode, an estimated acceleration time from 0-100km/h (0-60mph) in less than 14 seconds and with a projected top speed of 140km/h (87mph). These characteristics make the e6 ideal for daily commutes, in-town driving and even long distance travel.
What sets the e6 apart from other electric vehicles is its size and performance. With current battery capacity limitations, most manufacturers have selected to focus on small, lightweight EVs that stress efficiency over performance and range. Instead, BYD has used its rich history in IT development and cutting edge battery technology and taken an unconventional approach in order to manufacture cars that represent the company’s slogan of Build Your Dreams. These ideas are the underlying philosophy and ideology behind the e6.
The high-tech e6 will be marketed as a family-oriented crossover vehicle boasting the same exterior dimensions of the average family car. The e6 features a spacious interior cabin which will seat 5 comfortably, with substantial legroom and headroom for passengers as well as ample luggage space in the rear of the vehicle. The e6 measures 4554mm (179.3 inches) long, 1882mm (71.7 inches) wide and 1630mm (64.2 inches) tall.
Convenient and Eco-Friendly
The environmentally friendly e6 is a zero-emissions electric vehicle which means it emits no harmful toxic emissions or greenhouse gases. BYD’s new Fe battery takes the green philosophy a step further by only using chemical substances within the battery that are completely recyclable.
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