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King uncovers first Saudi-made car
About 20,000 cars designed to match the climate of GCC countries will be produced annually.
June 15, 2010 10:33 by Rasha Reslan
King Abdullah watched pictures of the various phases of the car’s manufacturing before pressing an electronic button to mark its inauguration. He congratulated all those who worked to make the project a reality.
The car is designed to match the climate of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari thanked King Abdullah for his continuous support of the Kingdom’s higher education, adding that this has resulted in the manufacturing of the new car. “This is the fruit of your support,” Al-Anqari told the king, adding that students of the university’s Faculty of Engineering had been working on the project for the last two years.
“What is achieved today is a clear proof of the ability of Saudi youth to make innovations and inventions … if they are provided with adequate facilities and given opportunities,” the minister said.
KSU President Abdullah Al-Othman congratulated King Abdullah on the fifth anniversary of his assuming power and underscored the tremendous achievements the Kingdom has made during his reign.
He described the making of Ghazal 1 as a turning point in the Kingdom. “It also shows that we have capable people who can transform ideas into products of high economic value,” he said. “This is a national strategic product and KSU holds its patent rights and intellectual property rights,” he added.
Professor Said Darwish of KSU’s industrial engineering department said the car model was based on tests of category development (wheelbase) in collaboration with several major companies such as Motorola, Mercedes and Magna Canada.
The students were given full freedom to design. Ghazal 1 is 4.8 meters long with a width of about 1.9 meters.
“This car is designed for use on all roads and terrain, even in difficult conditions, while the car interior is designed to provide comfort for passengers,” Darwish said.
He disclosed plans for the production of 20,000 cars annually. Ghazal is a desert deer, which is one of the fastest animals that can combine elegance with life in a harsh environment.