Internation Van of the Year

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PEUGEOT PARTNER was elected International Van Of The Year 2019
 

The new PEUGEOT PARTNER was elected International Van Of The Year 2019 on Wednesday 19 September in Hanover. This award recognizes the PEUGEOT teams’ commitment to a project that is at the heart of the brand’s development strategy.

This prestigious trophy has been awarded even before the launch, which is scheduled to take place in a few weeks. The new PEUGEOT Partner is the fifth PEUGEOT Van of The Year since the trophy was created in 1992.

The new PEUGEOT PARTNER has unprecedented dynamic and acoustic qualities, a high technological and safety content, two lengths of bodywork (4.40m and 4.75m), and a wide range of engines and equipment designed to make life easier for its users.

Two major innovations attracted attention: the overload indicator for safe charging and the Surround Rear Vision that provides blind-spot camera vision.

The PEUGEOT PARTNER stands out through the exclusive and world-first adoption of this segment of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, offering a new driving experience for greater productivity.

Every professional will be able to set up their own configuration that will allow them to work effectively, including with the Grip version to meet a need for robust services in all circumstances, or the Asphalt version for those who spend a lot of time in their vehicle.

The new PEUGEOT PARTNER strengthens our ambition to undertake to master the impossible.

 

 

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The Paddock experience

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Who would have thought I will get exclusive access INSIDE an F1 paddock and only this VIP pass is possible. I also managed to get the Sauber F1 drivers to sign on them. Priceless tag 😀
 

 

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The beaut of Alfa Romeo Giulia. With a V6 engine powered with a 2.9 litre, this is a powerful car. Had the honour to be chauffeured in this car 😀
 

I can’t believe it!!! I’m back in the Singapore for the F1 event. In fact, I went to the inaugural Singapore F1 back in 2008. That’s like 10 years ago. Now I’m so fortunate to be back here in Singapore and thanks to @alfaromeobrunei for sponsoring the trip and it was special indeed. Let me tell you why.

I was given access to enter the paddock of the Sauber team who partners with Alfa Romeo in this season of the F1 Grand Prix. This access is different to that of Paddock Club ticket holders (ranging from BND 1,300 to BND 8,000). Those paddock holders can allow walk outside the paddock line to view all the constructor cars. They will be given a specific time to tour around and take pictures and videos.

Now for my pass, it’s a special pass where I have the privilege to enter inside the paddock of Sauber and witness the operations of the engineers on how they deal with the car and the driver when he pits the car. Each driver have their dedicated engineers and support team and I can see why it’s important to be meticulous when it comes to F1 racing. The car and its conditions have to be in perfect, mint condition every time it’s being pitted so the driver can drive to the best of his ability with a highest optimum specs from the car.

We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the paddock and that is quite understandable. We did have a chance to take videos and photos but only outside the perimeter of the Sauber paddock.

The best part of the Friday tour activity was the 5 minute moments with both drivers of Sauber F1 team – Marcus Ericsson (29) and Charles Leclerc (20) whom will be driving for Ferrari next year. This, for me, was an amazing feeling. To be up close and personal to an F1 driver is not an easy feat alone. So a huge thanks to @alfaromeobrunei for making this dream come true.

I also had the privilege to be driven in the Alfa Romeo Giulia, a 2.9 litre with V6 engine. It was launched in Singapore and that car alone costs a hefty BND 380,000. Gulp!!!! That’s Singapore for you. As for Brunei, Alfa Romeo will be making its comeback pretty soon and I shall keep you posted.

Thank you once again @alfaromeobrunei for making this memorable trip for me. I can’t wait to see a Giulia on a Brunei road. Many of you will be impressed. Trust me.

 

 

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The meeting point before being sent to the paddock
 

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Inside the Alfa Romeo Giulia
 

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The catalogue. I should have taken one with me.
 

 

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Blessed!!!! With future Ferrari driver, Charles Leclerc, from Poland
 

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A humble driver, Marcus Ericsson, from Sweden
 

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Outside the paddock of Sauber F1 team
 

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Cleaning out the debris and dirt from the F1 tires
 

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Our hospitality area for the paddock team.
 

 

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How the steering looks like inside the Sauber car. Buttons galore.
 

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Charles didn’t had a good run in the first practice session. His tire hit at turn 13 of the track.
 

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Thank you once again, @alfaromeobrunei for this opportunity
 

Jaguar, Land Rover, test drive weekend

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Test drive some of the models of Jaguar. Today is the final day.
 

INDERA MOTORS Sdn Bhd the official retailer of Jaguar and Land Rover kicked off the month of September with a Test Drive Event held at the Chill Café, Mall Gadong from 10am to 6pm. The Roadshow starts today until 16th September 2018.

The public can personally test drive and experience the stunning vehicles crafted by Jaguar and Land Rover. Models present are Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar XE, Jaguar XF, Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport. In addition, there will be food and beverages provided by the Chill Cafe.

During the event period, members of the public are invited to register and test-drive a selected range of Jaguar or Land Rover Vehicles. The event’s objective is to create an awareness and gather with their sales team to let customers learn more about Jaguar and Land Rover models.

 

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Teaser on the E200 :D

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Drove the Mercedes-Benz E200 the other day. Gonna post my experience soon and why this is one hell of a ride!!
 

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now until 30th Sep 2018, stand a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to participate in the AMG Performance Drive Event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when you book and register any Mercedes-Benz! Only a total of 10 tickets are available to be won. So hurry up and seize the opportunity by giving us a call at 2441763/2441777 or visit Mercedes-Benz Autohaus today! Terms & conditions apply.
 

The Audi S3 Sedan

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High power, a discreet understatement, ample features and a high degree of everyday practicality – all of these strengths come together in the Audi S models. Each model applies its power to the road with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 6.4 (33.1 – 36.8 US mpg)

Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 163 – 148 (262.3 – 238.2 g/mi)

In the Audi S3 Sedan, the 2.0 TFSI produces 213 kW (290 hp) and in combination with S tronic, torque increases to 380 Nm (280.3 lb-ft) between 1,800 and 5,100 rpm. The Audi development engineers further improved the steering characteristic and exhaust system management, making the Audi S3 Sedan very dynamic.

Equipped with the seven-speed S tronic which comes with a freewheeling function, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 5.3 seconds in the Audi S3 Sedan. The models’ top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph).

The firmer S sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 25 millimetres (1.0 in). Large brakes operate behind the 18-inch wheels with their S-specific design; the brake callipers are painted red (or optionally black) and adorned by S logos. The ESC electronic stabilization control acts with particular sensitivity. The electrically assisted progressive steering varies the steering ratio – it is somewhat more indirect in the center position, but increasingly more direct as the steering wheel is turned. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard, with Audi magnetic ride suspension available for Brunei standard.

The Audi S3 Sedan is currently the top model in the A3 range from TCY Motors, other variants include the entry level A3 Sportback and A3 Sedan, all available for viewing and test drive at Audi Kiarong showroom.

 

 

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J. D. Power Report 2018: Audi Q5 has the most satisfied drivers

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The Audi Q5 won the compact SUV category in the Vehicle Dependability Study, the largest German car driver survey
 

 

The annual customer satisfaction studies from international market research institute J.D. Power, which have also been conducted in Germany since 2002, are well respected in the automotive sector. 

The Audi Q5 won the compact SUV category in the Vehicle Dependability Study, the largest German car driver survey.

The team from J. D. Power assessed 66 model lines altogether. Around 15,000 people who have been driving their automobile for around two years were interviewed online on their experiences in the three categories of quality/reliability, attractiveness, and running costs. 

All the ratings were weighted and incorporated into a ranking which singled out the brand with the lowest frequency of problems as the winner. The prize-giving ceremony was held in Cologne in mid-July.

Jati Transport hosted hi-tea & test drive

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Customer checking out the Mercedes-Benz GLC 200, one of the most popular models
 


Checking out the car models at Autohaus Showroom
 

Last weekend, Jati Transport held at a High-Tea and Test Drive event at Mercedes-Benz Autohaus Showroom and it was quite a successful one. Many turned up and enjoyed the personalised attention given by Mercedes-Benz sale representatives towards their customers.

Hi-tea was also served on top of that and they were given the opportunity to test drive some of the Mercedes-Benz models.

According to Marketing Executive of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd Daniel Loo, there are two models that are going on promotion, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 and the C180 where both will be given an extended warranty to four years of unlimited mileage. Awesome deal if you ask me.

 


Hi-tea was served to the customers
 


The GLA is undergoing promotion with a 4-year warranty with unlimited mileage 
 


The E-Class
 


The Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG. Wicked!!!
 

Lexus ES 250 is here!!!

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Check out the latest ES 250. Click here to read more.
 

The biggest talk town is here!! I have seen various models of the Lexus line and usually the prices are in the slightly premium range. Now I have to say that Lexus Brunei have done an excellent job for future customers of Lexus that the latest edition of the Lexus family, the ES 250, will be a much more affordable than before and furthermore, the new ES 250 is a much better car than the previous ES model. There are so many to brag about. Let’s go..

Beauty – People normally say it’s the inner beauty that counts. Well, Lexus ES 250 killed two birds with one stone. Both inner and outer look-and-feel are LIT!!!!!

Let’s talk about the exterior – it has a dynamic feel with a bold coupé-like silhouette. It’s wider than previous model and just slightly lower than previous model. Yes, it does look sporty and still elegant to drive. Many commended on the rear view of the ES 250, giving a sleek appeal. I love the new design of the front grill too. People will still recognize the brand and at the same time, they will appreciate the intuitive design.

So now’s let talk of the interior. The common word I listened to what the attendees mentioned during the launch was the spacious interior. Believe it or not, I tried myself and wow, it is really spacious though looking from outside doesn’t give that impression. So this could be a winner among customers, the commendable space inside.

I also like the idea of the driver-centric cockpit which has become another seller point for decision makers. This is also the first time I’ve seen a trackpad being used for the tech console. Hence you will see a cursor moving around as if you are using a mouse. Impressive. Let’s not forget the sound system built-in, a Pioneer 10-speaker system producing crisp and original sound.

I have yet to test drive the Lexus ES250 but hopefully soon, maybe next weekend and give you more on the update on my experience with the ES 250.

For your info, this is also the first Lexus for having a 2.5 liter engine with great fuel efficiency and not compromising on performance. According to the fact sheet, it has an enhanced efficiency with the new 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission for smarter, sharper gear shifting.

Price: Many are quite shocked when the price was revealed for the Lexus ES250. Many would have thought the price range will be BND 75,000 – BND 85,000 but no, the price of the newly launched Lexus ES 250 is BND 69,450. Now, my friends, if you ask me, that is a great buy for the pricing you paying and the quality a Lexus can offer. An affordable luxury car and now you be part of the Lexus statistics. You can read here for more.

More review of the Lexus ES 250 in my future post. Stay tune. Congratulations NBT Brunei Sdn Bhd on the launch of the Lexus ES 250.

 

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Looks sleek, right? Visit Lexus showroom to find out more.
 

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The public get to see the Lexus ES250 up close and personal
 

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Amy Wong is impressed with the new Lexus
 

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Lexus Sales Executive, Pg Ariulhisham Pg Johnis sharing some insight of the Lexus ES250
 

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NBT Executive Deputy Chairman Ninan Chacko and NBT Deputy Managing Director Hj Ahmad Omar Hj Hussin
 

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Loving the new grill
 

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The rear angle view of the Lexus ES250
 

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Are you impressed? Because I am
 

Purchase a Mercedes-Benz now!!

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Check out the special promotion by Jati Transport. Register and purchase yourself any Mercedes-Benz from now until 30th Sept 2018. You will stand a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to participate the AMG Performance Drive Even in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Seize this opportunity and call 244 1763 / 244 1777 or visit their Mercedes-Benz Beribi showroom / Autohaus today.

 

A busy period for Kia

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Wong Yee Chiang the grand winner of the Kia Picanto 1.2L GT-Line with Haji Shaiful Rizal bin Pehin Dato Dr Haji Ahmad, Executive Director of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd during the lucky draw presentation at Kia Showroom last Friday.
 

It has been a busy period for Kia Brunei for the past few months. With their recent Hari Raya promotion and also their engaging World Cup promotion, Kia management has been very busy in creating entertainment for the public. Last Friday, a winner was feted with a grand prize of the latest Kia Picanto 1.2L GT-Line, a model that was launched back in May 2018. The winner was no other than Wong Yee Chiang who bought himself a Kia Sportage.

The second and third prize winners were Dahlia Calidro Fajardo and Aldrin bin Benging respectively as they won an Apple iPhone X 256GB and Apple iPhone 8 256GB. The other consolation winners were Pengiran Mahidi bin Pengiran Haji Mat Salleh (Samsung Galaxy S9) and Shahri Husain (Apple iPad Mini 128GB).

Kia Brunei managed to draw in almost 500 new Kia customers during Kia’s Hari Raya Deals promotion (1st May to 31s July 2018). Their promotion also included attractive package such as first three years of free insurance and road tax and on top of that, a free 50,000km service maintenance package.

Presenting the prize to Wong Yee Chiang was Haji Shaiful Rizal bin Pehin Dato Dr Haji Ahmad, Executive Director of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd.

 

 

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The top 5 winners with the management of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd
 

 

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Dahlia Calidro Fajardo was very excited even though she didn’t win a car because now her old iPhone has been upgraded to an iPhone X 256
 

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Photos show Baiduri Finance Berhad’s Sales Officer Suwardi bin Haji Abdul Wahab, and BIBD At-Tamwil’s Manager for Offsite Sales Services Mohamad Asmall bin Razali drawing the names earlier this week to determine the top 20 finalists. Image courtesy of Bahyiah Bakir of Borneo Bulletin.
 

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The shortlisted winners for the Kia’s Hari Raya Deals
 

 

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The shortlisted winners for the Kia’s Hari Raya Deals
 

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According to the marketing team of Grand Motors, Kia Rio was the biggest hit among the lot
 

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Last May, as part of the Kia World Cup campaign, Mohd Azmi Firdaus won a trip to Russia 2018
 

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Mohd Azmi Firdaus’ dream came true as he caught a World Cup match recently in Russia
 

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@kiabrunei instagram gained popularity as they organised a “Guess the winning country” gimmick during the World Cup 2018
 

 

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Earlier in July, Grand Motors unveiled their new Kia service centre at Lambak Kanan Industrial Area. The launch was witnessed by After Sales Manager of Kia Motors – Asia Regional Headquarters JY Lee and Sales Manager of Kia Motors Corporation – Asia Regional Headquarters Joseph Choi.
 

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