Archive for March, 2019
The newly redesigned Mercedes G-Wagen
News from Jalopnik website. The newly redesigned Mercedes G-Wagen, the expensive body-on-frame off-roader that for the first time ever has independent front suspension, was crashed tested by the European New Car Assessment Program, and the results are exemplary. Just watch as this boxy fortress shrugs off barriers and avoids pedestrians with ease.
“Mercedes-Benz’s rugged G-Class also comes in with a five-star rating with an impressive performance in each of the four areas of assessment,” Euro NCAP says in its press release, lauding the G-Class’ safety assist systems, as well as its ability to protect adult occupants, child occupants, and pedestrians. Here’s a look at the G-Wagen being put through the wringer.
But the gist of it is that the vehicle scored 90 percent, 83 percent, and 78 percent in the areas of adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, and “vulnerable road user” protection, respectively. The Magna Steyr-built poshmobile did especially well in side impact testing, managing 16 out of 16 points for adult occupant protection and managing the full 8 points for child protection.
The G-Wagen also managed a 72 percent in the “safety assist” category, thanks to a good Automatic Emergency Braking system, as well as features like a seat belt reminder and speed limit assist, though apparently the lane keeping system isn’t great. From Euro NCAP’s report:
The AEB system gave generally good results in tests of its functionality at highway speeds. The car has a lane assistance system which helps prevent inadvertent drifting out of lane but can also intervene in some more critical situations. The speed control system uses digital mapping combined with a camera to identify what the local speed limit is and to inform the driver, who can then set the limiter to the appropriate speed. A seatbelt reminder is standard for front and rear seats.
The new G-Wagen has been receiving rapturous driving impressions from journalists, and now it has scored top safety marks. Plus it looks good. It took Mercedes decades to finally do a major G-Class redesign, but it appears to be paying off.
Strike Redemption matches
Strike Promotions founder, Firdaus Zainidi (centre) with event partners and charitable foundation representatives during the press conference last weekend
STRIKE Promotions will be hosting its second regional Amateur Boxing and Kickboxing Tournament titled ‘STRIKE: Redemption’ which will take place from 9-10 March at The Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. This event is being supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and sports and sanctioned by the International Sports Kickboxing Association and the Brunei Darussalam Boxing Association.
There are a total of 63 confirmed participants from 18 local and regional gyms who will be competing in the amateur tournaments. Regional gyms participating in this event include Kinabalu Fighter Martial Art and Fitness Centre, CoachPro from Philippines, Team Karabaw and Sabah Top team.
The event will kick-off with an Amateur Kickboxing Tournament on Saturday 9th March followed by the Main event which will take place on Saturday evening. On Sunday, the Brunei Darussalam Boxing Association will be hosting its Amateur Boxing Tournament. The Main event will feature a total of 8 pro-fights and will feature local fighters Aaron Lee of Project Mayhem, Wali Rahman of Silverback Muay Thai and Saufy Jaman of Nak Muay Fight Gym. Out of the eight bouts, 4 will be title fights and they will be for the Borneo ISKA 57KG K-1 title, STRIKE 73KG K-1 title, STRIKE 56KG K-1 title and the STRIKE 60KG K-1 title.
Firdaus ensuring that there is ample security personnel during the event. There will also be police officers overlooking the upcoming event.
Representatives from Setia Motors (Hyundai) handing over Strike tickets to one of the charitable foundations
This event will be unlike any other as the main event will showcase special needs athlete Sunny ‘The Silencer’ Sabornido who is the first and only hearing impaired Muay Thai fighter from Malaysia. The objective of this event is to raise public awareness to ensure inclusiveness and equality of persons with disabilities as well as to inspire them to pursue martial arts. To support this cause, the promotion has partnered with Setia Motors Sdn. Bhd., BruPay Sdn. Bhd. and Jerudong Park Country Club (JPCC) to invite various special needs organizations which include Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Persatuan KACA and Persatuan Orang Kurang Pendengaran Kebangsaan (OKP) to attend the event.
In addition, STRIKE and BruPay Sdn. Bhd, the payment provider partner for the event, will be running a donation campaign in support of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam from 2nd March through 31st March. Members of the public can submit their donations through the BruPay app by scanning a shareable QR code, which can be found on BruPay’s and Strike’s social media pages.
Setia Motors Sdn Bhd, the official car partner for STRIKE: Redemption will also be having a special promotion from now through 30th April for anyone who purchases any Hyundai model where they can stand a chance to win a brand new Hyundai i30.
Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager, Operations Management Division and Diversification and Strategic Development of Baiduri Bank cum President of the Organising Committee of Baiduri Masters 2019, Ms. Hazizah Osman, Acting General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, Mr. Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, Mr. Albert Lau, Chief Executive Officer of QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, Mr. Siva Kumar Krishnan, General Manager of QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Lahiru de Silva, Acting Deputy General Manager of Porsche Brunei and Suzie Houng, Senior Manager of Finance & Operations at Brunei Press Sdn Bhd during the MoU of the 24th edition of Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament yesterday
Mr Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank giving his welcoming remark
Brunei’s most prestigious golfing event of the year, the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament, now in its 24th edition, is set to take place over two weekends in April. A signing ceremony was held at the QAF Centre in Beribi this morning to mark the start of the pre-tournament events.
During the Partnership Signing Ceremony, Mr Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, in his opening remarks, said, “Our aim in organising the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament has always been to support the community and make a difference to those in need with the help of our golfers since the very beginning. This year is no different. Last year, we were able to raise and donate BND 81,000 to six organisations dedicated to helping the special needs integrate into society.”
The organisations were SMARTER Brunei, Learning Ladders Society, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA), Child Development Centre RIPAS and Dana Hospital RIPAS.
Through the support of the strategic partners, QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd and QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd, the highly-anticipated hole-in-one car prizes were revealed: a Porsche Macan, BMW 520i, and a Mini Cabriolet. Besides the three luxury cars, golfers will also stand the chance to win cash prizes, including a BND 20,000 hole-in-one cash prize, as well as other tournament prizes for the Baiduri Masters 2019.
Signing between Baiduri Bank and QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd
Signing between Baiduri Bank and Brunei Press Sdn Bhd
A Porsche Macan as one of the prizes for hole-in-one
BMW 520i and a Mini Cabriolet also as prizes for hole-in-one
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony began with a signing between the Baiduri Bank Group and Brunei Press to appoint Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata as the Official Media Partner for the event. This was followed by a signing between the Baiduri Bank Group and QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd and QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd for the provision of the three vehicles as hole-in-one prizes.
Mr. Albert Lau, Chief Executive Officer of QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, and Ms. Hazizah Osman, Acting General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd signed on behalf of their organizations respectively while Mr. Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank signed on behalf of the Baiduri Bank Group.
Mr. Siva Kumar Krishnan, General Manager of QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Ms. Suzie Houng, Senior Manager of Finance & Operations at Brunei Press and Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager, Operations Management Division and Diversification and Strategic Development of Baiduri Bank cum President of the Organising Committee of Baiduri Masters 2019 signed as witnesses respectively.
Registration for the Baiduri Masters will begin on 13 March 2019. The tournament weekends are from 12 to 14 April 2019 and 19 to 21 April 2019. A prize presentation dinner will be held at the end of the tournament.
More details of the tournament will be provided through Baiduri Bank’s website, social media outlets as well as newspaper articles. Alternatively, for more information, please contact the Baiduri Customer Helpline at 244 9666.
Check out Mercedes-Benz A200 and it’s now available for test drive
Ruby test driving the A200 and she was quite impressed
Hey Mercedes!!! This is the first voice operated command for Mercedes-Benz for the A200 and A250 model. You don’t even have to use the button and all you have to do is say “Hey Mercedes” and you can control the temperature, the moonlighting and a few more things. Though it’s not a full fledged like how it works in Siri, but this is already a big step for Mercedes-Benz.
I have driven both the A250 and A200 and I can understand why many opted for the A250 when it was launched back in November 2018. If you are into the body kit and just a little more power, then the A250 would be the obvious choice.
A200 is not much of a difference if you don’t take into account the exterior design. I have driven it for a few days and it’s so much of an upgrade compared to the previous version of the A200 (year 2013).
The A200 is quite a solid drive for the small nature of its size and definitely the most advanced car fo a hatchback segment. Handling wise, this is superb as I have taken this for a spin on the highway and corners – a ride that would give me more confidence.
I love the dual-screen layout which is similar to the E-Class and S-Class. The wide format makes it sleeker, showcasing stunningly vibrant and sharper resolution. The central display panel is a touch screen which is a plus for a driver like me.
I would have hoped for a slightly more leg space but it’s not bad for a A200 model. It’s a compact luxurious continental car that I won’t mind driving for my routine coverage.
Overall, the A200 justifies its position in the premium hatchback segment and furthermore, the price is quite reasonable from Jati Transport. The plus points are definitely the technology and infotainment and let’s not forget the safety features too of the Mercedes-Benz A200.
Drop by Jati Transport Headquarters or Autohaus for details of the Mercede-Benz A200. You can give this a test drive too.
Taking the A200 for a spin. I wish I had the A200 a little longer.
Loving the display panel and the interior of the A200
It’s even more colourful at nightfall
We also test drove the A250 and this was during our trip to Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
One of the invited Bruneians test driving the A250 on the circuit. The A250 has been a huge hit in Brunei Darussalam.