Celebrate Raya with Mercedes-Benz

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Book and register any Mercedes-Benz from now until 30th June 2019, and enjoy special financing offers of 6 months* Free Interest or 2 months* deferred repayments. For more information call us now at 244 1763 or 244 1777 or visit Mercedes-Benz showroom today. You’ll be glad you did! Terms and Conditions apply. #MercedesBenz #MercedesBenzBrunei

Meet Tony Stark’s new ride in Avengers 4

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Meet Tony Stark’s new ride in Avengers 4
 

This is the Audi e-tron GT and the third e-tron, unveiled at last year’s LA Motor Show. Yes it is all electric and news is the volume-production counterpart is set to follow in around two years.

A flat-floor architecture that provides for exciting proportions and a low center of gravity. 434 kW (590 metric horsepower) ensures performance fit for a sports car. The torque is transferred to the wheels via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, as you would expect for such a dynamic Audi. The performance subsidiary Audi Sport GmbH has been tasked to subsequently transforming the car into a volume-production model.

JBoxing is back next weekend!

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Jovian Mandagie with partners of the Boxing event next week
 

Continuing the success of 2 consecutive years of the annual ‘Raya’ sales event, JBoxing is returning to Brunei for its third year with brand new image, bigger venue, greater deals and more options from Jovian Ready-To-Wear for people to choose from.

Taking place at the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus from 26th to 28th of April 2019, 10 AM to 10 PM, the event is presented by the Bruneian powerhouse atelier and multi-label store, Bajoo Butik who remains as the Title Partner for the event and with an exclusive partnership with Jati Transport Sdn Bhd that is set to give a new reach, exposure and higher milestone.

“We have been so blessed with the overwhelming response we had received from our dearest Jovianistas in Brunei every year that without a fail, it’s the most exciting thing for us to keep coming back here. And this year, we thought we wanted to offer something bigger than what we’ve done before. New partners, new space and (of course) new collections!” –Dato’ Jovian Mandagie, Chief Executive Officer of Jovian Apparel Sdn Bhd and Creative Director of Jovian Ready-To-Wear.

 

 

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Jackie Lim, founder of Bajoo Batik, with Jovian Mandagie
 

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The crowd last night at Mercedes-Benz Autohaus
 

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Jovian speaking to the audience
 

To fill a much bigger space at the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus’ flagship showroom, the event will carry a range of new collections from ‘Secret Garden’, ‘Jovian x Ria Miranda’, ‘Jovian Men’, ‘Jovian x OhMostWanted’, ‘Retro Raya’ and ‘Lace Edition” from Jovian Basic Raya. Not to mention, there will Jovian Hijab Exclusive to be launched exclusively during J Boxing Brunei only.

Joining in as the official Event Partner for J Boxing, Maszalina Event Management Services is the brainwork behind this year’s event setup to ensure the best shopping experience. With over 16 years in the field, Maszalina Event Management Services has handled massive production from corporate events, wedding, sales event, annual dinner, expo, and many more.

Apart from that, J Boxing is also supported by its other main corporate partners such as Mix Media Worx as the Official Digital Media Partner, Nyonya as the Official Catering Partner and CItyneon as the Official Media Display Partner.

For this three-day event, Jovian Ready-To-Wear will give away 15 special items to 5 lucky shoppers each day, not to mention special deals and promotions that will be happening during the period of ‘Happy Hour’ that should not be missed. Prices start from as low as BND10 and discounts up to 50% on selected items.

 

 

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Jovian mingling with the management of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd
 

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Dinner at Autohaus last night
 

Check out EnduraPro Series from TEIN

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Lim Jin Lee, Executive Manager of AutoMagination (3rd from right) with representatives from TEIN, INC. Japan (in green) and management of AutoMagination during the launch of TEIN EnduraPro Series
 

The brand TEIN has been around in Brunei for the past few years. Many car enthusiasts will be aware of the TEIN brand as they are known for good quality shock absorbers for your car. Recently AutoMagination company has brought in newer models of TEIN absorbers which are known as TEIN EnduraPro series.

The latest models from TEIN was launched with the presence of the TEIN, INC (Japan), notably Mr. Yasushi Furubayashi, Director of TEIN, INC, Mr. Tomoaki Himeno, Overseas Sales Manger of TEIN, INC and Mr. Ayumu Kikuchi, Overseas Sales Person of TEIN, INC. Also present was Lim Jin Lee, Executive Manager of AutoMagination, the sole distributor of TEIN products.

For the record, TEIN, INC. is a well recognized reputable manufacturer and distributor of high-quality automative suspension parts. So if you really, really, really want good quality suspensions, the choice is definitely TEIN.

Now with a better version, the EnduraPro Series, you can expect comfort, reliability, durability and adjustability to cater to different road conditions (especially in Brunei), streets, highways and winding roads for better ride quality.

The new feature being highlighted is the Hydraulic Bump Stopper (HBS). Basically this feature helps to convert the impact of the stroke to thermal energy (heat) and absorb it. This means it reduces the impact that disturbs the vehicle’s behaviour. This also means less damage or harm on the dampers in the long run and hence, increases the durability of the shock absorbers.

If you prefer a much better absorber, then I would recommend the EnduraPro Plus because it’s adjustable – whether you want it softer or firmer. Furthermore, if you want a much better experience with the EnduraPro Plus, then invest in the EDFC series where it’s a gadget that sends signal via an electronic controller from the cockpit and remotely adjust the damping force.

So you may be wondering to which cars are suitable for this? Well, any comfort cars are highly recommended with the new TEIN absorbers, be it Japanese cars (Toyota, Nissan, Honda), be it Korean cars (Hyundai, Kia).

Those interested to know more about the TEIN latest products, do visit their showroom at Lambak Kanan Industrial Area at AutoMagination. Oh yea, it also offers one year warranty for all TEIN products.

Would I recommend to install one? I would say yes if you are concern too much about the roads here in Brunei and if you drive to Miri regularly, this would be so, so ideal because of the bumpy road conditions.

 

 

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The EnduraPro Plus (adjustable) and The EnduraPro absorbers
 

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Mr. Tomoaki Himeno, Overseas Sales Manger of TEIN, INC, explaining the EDFC series where you can use an electronic gadget to adjust the absorbers from the cockpit
 

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The older models from TEIN
 

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You can get a bundle package if you buy the EnduraPro Plus with the EDFC
 

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Lim Jin Lee believes many customers will appreciate the durability and features of the TEIN EnduraPro series
 

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The new Nissan Teana

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Check out the new Nissan Teana at Boustead showroom
 

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I love how you can start the car remotely within 100 metres
 

After a few years, Nissan Teana has unveiled its updated, refurbished look and of course, not forgetting its latest features. The Teana finally arrived in Brunei Darussalam last weekend, being showcased at Boustead showroom at Beribi. As you know, Boustead Sdn Bhd is the sole distributor of Nissan in Brunei Darussalam.

It does look sportier compared to the older model. It looks bolder with a slicker front design with the Nissan V motion grille. If you are familiar with the older Teana, the new model is longer and slightly higher too.

Perhaps the best feature is the Remote Start Engine. Maybe the first I’ve seen in Brunei. Basically you can start the engine of Teana remotely within 100 metres, using the Nissan Intelligent Key. This is definitely an advantage for me since I’m always on the move and I can convenient warm up the car’s engine before driving off. I’m pretty sure other competitors will follow suit but for now, Teana has the edge.

There is also the new four-inch 3D Information Display for the convenience of the passenger.

The Nissan Teana is powered by a 2.0 litre engine and has a horsepower of 136 with a maximum torque of 190nm at 4,400rpm.

If you are keen to know of the price or check out the new Nissan Teana, do visit the showroom at Beribi or Kuala Belait.

 

 

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The interior of Teana
 

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The all-new A4 Sedan

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Check out the new facelift of Audi A4 quattro
 


Members of the press having a short drive of the Audi A4
 

The 2019 model year sees the A4 Sedan with newly designed bumpers, which together with the new wheel designs accentuate the sporty character.

In the new model year, the Audi A4 stands out with a more striking front-end from the design and sport lines. Powerful, pentagonal contours surround the exterior air inlets – aluminum-look bars structure their inside. The S line exterior package features new bumpers with a sportier look. Their pronounced wedge-shaped design makes them even more eye catching. A U-shaped clip separates the exterior and the interior area, which is finished off with a honeycomb grille. Separate openings in the air inlets guide a portion of the airflow into the wheel housings, where it flows past the wheels.

The singleframe grille also helps differentiate between the equipment lines. In the S line exterior package, the grille now also features slats with a 3D look. A blade finishes off the lower part of the front-end. The rear bumper also comes standard in the new look. Two wide, trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes replace the previous round tailpipes. The diffuser area between the exhaust tailpipes is now narrower. The wheels, which are available in 16 to 19-inch versions, have also been redesigned.

The new Audi A4 is currently available with a 2.0 turbo 252hp engine with the latest quattro all-wheel-drive technology. Compared to the previous model’s tech equipment, the improved A4 now comes additionally with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display, MMI navigation plus, side assist blind spot detectors and pre-sense rear collision protection system. This makes it more than a dozen driver assistance and car technology in one single Audi model.

A 1.4 turbo 150hp variant will also be available soon for the Brunei market. Please visit their showroom at Kiarong and also follow @audibrunei on Instagram for updates.

 

 


Fairol giving this a ride
 


Upgraded interior compared to the previous A4 model
 


Even the front bumper looks sportier than the previous model
 


You will enjoy the Audi A4
 

The New Mercedes G-Glass is basically a 4×4 fortress

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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.

 

The A200 experience

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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.
 

The 4th Shell Helix Branded Workshop

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Management of Brunei Shell Marketing with the management of Chua Automobile Repairing and Servicing (Chua Auto) at the launch of Chua Auto as Shell Helix Branded Workshop yesterday
 

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Mr. Chua Kee Hoe, the sole proprietor of Chua Auto, Pg. Shamhary bin Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing, Mr. See Shieng Meng, Manager of Chua Auto and Mohd Adini Mohd Daini, Head of Branding and Communications of Brunei Shell Marketing officiating the launch with a ribbon cutting.
 

It is slowly growing, the branding of Shell as they turned some of the local workshops as Shell Helix Branded Workshop. Yesterday saw the 4th of its kind as Chua Automobile Repairing and Servicing (Chua Auto) launched as a Shell Helix Branded Workshop which is located at the heart of Gadong commercial area.

The company has been in operation in Gadong since the 1980s and it has a very strong customer base because of the owner, Mr. Chua Kee Hoe, has a reputable relationship with his loyal customers. Most of the cars handled are continental cars and their customers have always been very satisfied with their service.

Chua Auto has also a lasting relationship with Brunei Shell Marketing Sdn Bhd as the workshop has providing and purchasing Shell Lubricants since 2000. Chua Auto has always strived the mission of providing high quality service to customers by supplying genuine Shell Lubricants and having experienced technicians.

Now Chua Auto being the 4th Shell Helix Branded Workshop, there will be more workshops in the pipeline and this is a good sign for customers as these will give more confidence because of the Shell brand.

BSM initiated the Shell Helix Branded Workshop programme with the vision of supporting the relationship of workshops with their customers in an environment which reassures consumer that the products on sale are genuine and the service is excellent and reliable. This, in a way, increases customer satisfaction.

Present during the launch were Mr. Chua Kee Hoe, the sole proprietor of Chua Auto, Pg. Shamhary bin Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing, Mohd Adini Mohd Daini, Head of Branding and Communications of Brunei Shell Marketing and Mr. See Shieng Meng, Manager of Chua Auto.

You can visit their workshop at Bangunan Hj Tahir. It’s a shop located located on the hill above Papparich in Gadong.

 

 

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The first car being serviced after the launch
 

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Genuine Shell Lubricants at Chua Auto
 

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Group photo with the attendees
 

Mercedes-AMG with new, notarised lap record

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The GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ is the fastest series production SUV on the North Loop of Nürburgring
 

Affalterbach/Adenau.  With an officially measured and notarised lap time of 7.49.369 minutes, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ (combined fuel consumption: 11.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 270 g/km) is the fastest series production SUV in the world on the North Loop of Nürburgring. In autumnal track conditions, AMG development engineer Markus Hofbauer at the wheel of the series-production eight-cylinder model bettered the previous record time by a competitor at the first attempt.

The technical concept of the mid-size high-performance SUV provides the ideal basis for this outstanding lap time: apart from the powerful, high-torque 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, this includes the air suspension system with adaptively variable damping, the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution, the rear axle locking differential and the high-performance ceramic composite braking system. The GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ is not only the top performer, but also fully day-to-day suitable: it has plenty of space for passengers and luggage, a variable interior, extensive safety features and a high level of long-distance comfort.

As is usual at Mercedes-AMG, the record lap was measured precisely by the independent experts of “wige SOLUTIONS”. An independent notary also confirmed the lap time and that the vehicle’s condition was in accordance with regulations.

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