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Page 8 community 13 january 2015

  1. 1. COMMUNITY Tuesday, January 13, 20158 Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9 COMMUNITY MDPropertiesbagscovetedtitle Q atar-based MD Properties has won ‘Best Real Estate Agency in Qatar’ at the 2014-15 Arabian Property Awards in Dubai,held last month at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel and thus qualified in the Regional Awards representing Qatar,against the winners from the other participating countries in the region. Arabian Property Awards is part of the long- established International Property Awards that are globally recognised as a mark of excellence in the sector. MD Properties competed against Qatar’s premier real-estate agencies and property consultants to achieve this recognition.All participants were assessed on very stringent standards as set by the judging panel including company background and services,business records and achievements, marketing strategies and innovation,client engagement and satisfaction. The Arabian Property Awards are part of the International Property Awards which are split into regions covering North America,Central & South America,Europe,Africa,Asia Pacific and Arabia.The awards’judging panel consists of over 70 highly respected experts in the industry,from all over the world and is chaired by three active members of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom. The event was organised in association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Ernst & Young. The winners’logo is recognised as a symbol of excellence throughout the global industry. Attaining one is indisputable evidence that the holder is capable of outperforming strong contenders within the highly competitive Arabian property market. Martin Laurent,acting CEO of MD Properties Qatar,said:“This award is the result of the strategy we adopted since establishment,aiming to operate at the highest standards of professional practice, serving our clients in the best possible way and working hard to achieve this over the past four years. “Our target for next year is to win against other regional and international qualifiers,representing Qatar as a qualified ambassador for its thriving real estate market and the sector’s level of professional advancement.” MD Properties was established in Qatar in 2010, specialising in property and asset management, brokerage and marketing,project and corporate management advisory and services,non-technical facilities management,and related services. ACCOLADE: MD Properties competed against Qatar’s premier real-estate agencies and property consultants to achieve this recognition. SPORTS MEET: The Primary Section of Birla Public School recently conducted the Annual Sports Meet. The events started off with vibrant displays from students of grade 3 to 5 of national curriculum and a special display from students of i-curriculum. The students in their colourful costumes and beautiful props presented a gripping performance. The display was followed by a spectacular March Past from various Houses. Prashant Udas, the Sports Captain of Primary Section hoisted the school flag followed by oath-taking ceremony. Guests, heads of various departments, teachers, parents and students were present on this celebration. AT THE SUMMIT: Indian Ambassador Sanjiv Arora, Doha-based entrepreneur C K Menon, President of Indian Cultural Centre Girish Kumar, President of Indian Community Benevolent Forum Aravind Patel and other members of the Indian community who participated at the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat, India. I n 2014, Audi AG clearly exceeded its goal of 1.7mn deliveries: By year-end, the company handed over around 1,741,100 cars to customers, 10.5% more than in 2013. The company once again accelerated its growth pace and achieved around 165,600 additional customers and the second-highest volume increase in its history. The coveted SUV models (+15.8%) and the A3 family available worldwide for the first time in 2014 (+53.2%) contributed primarily to the strong sales total. In December, Audi continued to post double- digit growth and concluded the year with sales up 14.7% to around 150,000 units for the month. In the Middle East, a record high of 11,130 sales were achieved for Audi in the region. “2014 is impressive evidence of the Audi brand’s strength,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG. “We accomplished a very successful record year even before the second stage of our model initiative. Meanwhile, conditions in many markets continue to be challenging.” Overall, Audi achieved new all- time highs in 50 countries in 2014, including the Middle East, with sales of 11,130 (+5%) . Globally, the company’s deliveries increased by more than 100,000 units for the fifth year in a row. Compared to sales of 949,729 units in 2009, almost 800,000 more customers chose the brand with the four rings last year. In the United States, deliveries more than doubled in the same period of time, from 82,716 automobiles in 2009 to 182,011. In 2014, the brand with the four rings achieved an increase of 15.2% in the United States. In Europe, Audi sales climbed 4.2% in 2014 to 762,900 cars – a new record for the highest selling premium brand in the region. Whereas in Western Europe alone the total market continued to lag behind its pre-crisis level of 2007 by around one fifth, Audi sales in 2014 exceeded those of 2007 by around eight percent. Audi UK in particular recorded a strong boost in sales last year, reaching the 150,000 mark for the first time with a plus of 11.8% to 158,829 customers in the United Kingdom. Among the major Asian markets, South Korea reported the highest growth for Audi in the year just ended, up 38.0% to 27,647 customers. Thanks to strong demand in particular for the brand’s full-size models, Audi’s sales figures have increased more than four fold in the market over the past five years. BMWGroupsellsmore than2mnvehiclesin’14 T he BMW Group delivered more than 2mn vehicles to customers in 2014, the company’s fourth record year in a row. A total of 2,117,965 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were sold, more than ever before in the Group’s history (prev. yr. 1,963,798 / +7.9%). All of the company’s brands finished the year strongly with sales in December up 15.2% — a total of 215,217 vehicles were delivered in the last month of the year (prev. yr. 186,786). Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW said, “I am delighted that we achieved our target of selling more than 2mn vehicles in 2014, a new record for the BMW Group. We have seen good growth throughout the year, well spread across all major sales regions. Our new models such as the BMW X4 and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer demonstrate our ability to develop new vehicles which attract new customers to the brand. The popularity of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 shows our game-changing ‘born electric’ strategy is on track. We are now looking forward to building on these successes in 2015.” 2014 was the best year ever for the BMW brand. Deliveries of BMW vehicles totalled 1,811,719, an increase of 9.5% on the previous year (1,655,138). Sales in December also achieved a new high, up 14.2% on the same month last year (177,954 / prev. yr. 155,835). In its first full year on the market, the BMW 2 Series Coupé has been delivered to a total of 27,933 customers while 13,091 customers have taken delivery of the 2 Series Active Tourer during the three months it has been on sale. Sales of the segment-leading BMW 3 Series were up on last year, totalling 476,792 (prev. yr. 467,672 / +2.0%). Deliveries of the BMW 4 Series models totalled 119,580 in 2014. The BMW 5 Series, which also leads it segment globally, saw sales increase 1.7% this year, with a total of 373,053 delivered to customers worldwide (prev. yr. 366,992). The BMW X4, which went on sale in July, has been delivered to 21,688 customers while the new third- generation of the BMW X5 has increased sales by 37.4% compared to last year (147,381 / prev. yr. 107,231). Around 17,800 customers have taken delivery of an innovative BMW i vehicle in 2014. Global deliveries of the BMW i3 total 16,052; nearly three-quarters of those sales occurred in the second half of the year, following the vehicle’s late-spring market launch in several major markets including the USA. Audi marks record year

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