Coming live tonight by 8pm 5th May 2017
First when I thought of the new car ride app, will this actually work since it’s our culture that we drive our own cars or either be driven by families and friends. I mean, that’s how hospitable our culture in Brunei.
Then come to think of it, there is a demand when it comes to reaching to destinations even for the locals. It just that we are not used to a fact of using taxis here in Brunei. Even I haven’t been in one. Surprisingly my mom has been in one before back in the 70s *lol*
So this is where Dart (Brunei) comes in to help improve the business of taxi services in Brunei rather than relying on calls or walk-in guests. We all are mostly familiar with Uber or Grab Taxi when we travel. So the same applies here for Brunei and it is made possible by Dart, Brunei’s first car ride booking app which will go live tonight by 8pm after the official launch by the Minister of Communications.
I had a quick chat with Zul’ Amali Idris, the CEO and founder of Dart and he was quite excited for the fact that it is really happening. Furthermore, their company became the first startup company to be accepted by Progresif Cellular and they just practically moved in a few days ago before the launch. So everything is darting in a quick pace and I believe Zul’s team of six are capable to run a good launch tonight.
I have downloaded the app and hopefully I shall try it in days to come. Congratulations on this initiative. It has finally happen. I’m pretty sure the Minister will be more than happy for such technology to take place in Brunei Darussalam.
With the team behind Dart (Brunei).
Their office space at Progresif Cellular
Mr, Minoru Amano, General Manager of Asia Automobile Division, Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan delivering his welcoming remarks during the Suzuki Ignis launch
Boustead Sdn Bhd unveiled its latest line of Suzuki, the all new Suzuki Ignis at the their showroom last night. Present during the launch was Dato Paduka Lim Being Thai, Managing Director of Boustead Sdn Bhd, Mr, Minoru Amano, General Manager of Asia Automobile Division, Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan, Mr. Takaaki Kurihara, Assistant Manager of Asia Automobile Division, Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan and Lim Jin Lee, Executive Manager of Boustead Sdn Bhd.
The event also welcomed esteemed guests from the public and associate companies to the launch.
So the Suzuki Ignis is a huge revamp from the previous model indeed. Many reasons to invest in the latest Suzuki Ignis and I guarantee that it will be a huge hit in Brunei due to its new looks and affordability.
Specs of the Suzuki Ignis:
Ignis is a compact urban runabout with stance and space of a small crossover styling. The Suzuki Ignis is powered by K12M with 1,197 cc displacement, in-line 4-cylinder and 16-valve engine. The multi-point fuel injected power plant has variable value technology and produces 62kW of power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.
The model comes in different colour choices, ranging from Single Tone to Dual Tone.
With a ground clearance of 180 mm (7 inches), the new Ignis will be able to tackle difficult roads while the raised driving position will provide great visibility for the the driver.
It has an Android powered panel for your audio needs and the Suzuki model only comes in auto transmission.
All I can say is that Suzuki Ignis has a more vibrant and dynamic feel and it does feel like a mini SUV too. Do drop by at Suzuki Showroom.
According to Lim Jin Lee, Executive Manager of Boustead Sdn Bhd, during the press conference, the Suzuki Ignis will be available something in mid-May. Bookings already can be made through the sales agent at Suzuki showroom. What are you waiting for?
Dato Paduka Lim Being Thai, Managing Director of Boustead Sdn Bhd (second from the right) giving a token of appreciation to the Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan principals.
Check out the Suzuki Ignis
Dato Paduka Lim Being Thai and Mr. Minoru Amano checking out the Suzuki Ignis
This colour looks solid 😀
Associates of Boustead Sdn Bhd with invited guests
The crowd last night at Suzuki Ignis launch
The press conference after the launch
Nadzri the host of the night
During the launch of BETTER Car Expo at The Mall last weekend
They listened, they delivered. This is what Better Sdn Bhd hopes to aspire. To give what the customers want with the best deal in town when it comes to renting a car. Currently Better Sdn Bhd is the leading local car rental company in Brunei Darussalam and recently they launched a new package deal for costumers – the unlimited package deals with lower security deposit depending on the models you choose.
This was announced by Mubashar Khokhar, Chairman of the Better Sdn Bhd cum Managing Director of BIBD during the launch of the BETTER Car Expo held at the Atrium of The Mall.
In his welcoming remarks, he thanked the Minister of Communication for their forward vision to allow BETTER to play a small role in the development of the Brunei’s economy and also to provide consumers with alternative to car financing and ultimately to make the lives of customers “Better”.
He added that with the BETTER Car Expo, it will provide customers value-for-money and greater flexibility to both to private as well as their corporate clients. With their all-inclusive packages, customers only pay one fixed price which also covers road tax, insurance, maintenance and part replacements in the contract.
Mubashar Khokhar, Chairman of the Better Sdn Bhd cum Managing Director of BIBD during his welcoming remarks
The official launch of BETTER Car Expo
Check out the awesome deals from BETTER Car Expo
Wanna enjoy a good package deal from BETTER to drive a Audi?
It’s more cost efficient than a hire purchase
Attending the launch was Dr Haji Supry bin Haji Awang Ladi, Director of Land Transport who was the guest of honour.
So far the responses have been overwhelming since BETTER was introduced last November. Their numbers are expecting to increase with the current expo at The Mall and hopes the roadshow can educate potential consumers on the value they can get for renting their cars and also give them a new concept of “ownership” when it comes to BETTER.
Did you know that the BETTER app won the Silver winner award in Singapore Mobile Excellence Award for the Best Campaign and Direct Response and also in the informative use of mobile technology, outshining other banks in that category. Do download the popular app now in Brunei and they have already more than 30,000 downloads as of now. Amazing!!
Do drop by The Mall and check out BETTER Car Expo which will be until 7th May 2017.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
Ms Pong Bee Thing receiving the key of her new car from Alfred So, the General Manager of Jati Transport
Ms Pong Bee Thing was the first customer to drive home her new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet last Friday. She’s proud to be the first one to receive the striking cabriolet right after the model launch. She chose a C 180 Cabriolet in Designo Diamond White with the rood in red. This vehicle has also included an extensive range of optional extras such as the Burmester Surround sound system and a 19-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels. She has been waiting for her order since 2015 and now she has the privileged to drive one.
For your info, the new C-Class Cabriolet is the first of its kind in the C-Class segment. The Cabriolet craves out a distinctive niche in Mercedes-Benz. The 2017 C-Class Cabriolet is a true four-seat convertible that comest with the latest technology to ensure driving comfort and safety. It is exquisitely built with the roof down and one of the most affordable luxury and spacious convertibles.
Ms Pong, the owner of the new C Cabriolet said, “I felt in love the very instant I saw the sneak pictures of the vehicle from Mr. Ho (Jati Transport Sales Manager). I was so confident with Mercedes-Benz that I had booked the vehicle without any test drive.”
“I have been driving Mercedes-Benz for almost 10 years and this cabriolet is my third Mercedes-Benz. I am really satisfied with the customer service provided by Jati Transport and now I’m looking forward to enjoy my new cabriolet for the first time.”
Enjoying her first taste of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
Stephan Winkelmann, former boss of Lamborghini, is now the new CEO of Audi Sport GmbH (Audi Sport GmbH: based in Neckarsulm, built on four business areas). Its core business is the manufacturing of the Audi R8 and RS models.
quattro GmbH, established in Neckarsulm in 1983, has been operating as Audi Sport GmbH since the end of 2016. With Stephan Winkelmann at the helm, this fully owned subsidiary of AUDI AG currently has around 1,200 employees.
Since 1983 quattro GmbH, with its headquarters in Neckarsulm, has been building high-performance sports cars and delivering high-tech automotive concepts. And now the Audi subsidiary has changed its name to Audi Sport GmbH. It is built on four business areas. In addition to developing and manufacturing the Audi R8 and Audi RS models, it is responsible for customer motorsport – Audi Sport customer racing. Other areas of business include car customization options via the Audi exclusive program, plus lifestyle articles marketed as the Audi Sport collection.
The name Audi Sport is inspired by a long and successful tradition of motorsport. As far back as the 1930s, the legendary “Silver Arrow” models of Auto Union were the ultimate benchmark on racing circuits worldwide. In the 1980s, the Audi quattro with permanent all-wheel drive proved outstandingly successful in rally competition. Today the brand with the four rings is involved in the World RX, DTM, Formula E, GT racing and in the TCR category. Young racing talent is being fostered in the Audi Sport TT Cup. The production models benefit from developments and technologies first used in motorsport. The Audi R8 and the Audi RS models represent the sporty vanguard of the brand, combining superlative performance with exclusiveness and prestige.
The abbreviation RS stands for the most powerful engine version within a particular Audi model series, for impressive dynamic performance, for understated sophistication coupled with comprehensive everyday usability, and for quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The brand’s RS tradition started in 1994 with the appearance of the Audi RS 2 Avant.
It was a trendsetter – a genuine high-performance sports car with five seats and a large luggage compartment. Since then, quattro GmbH has steadily expanded the portfolio of RS models, which now range from the compact Audi RS 3 Sportback to superior cars such as the Audi RS 6 Avant or Audi RS 7 Sportback. The subsidiary’s focus is to create the most prestigious models in the portfolio of AUDI AG.
The Audi R8 is the pinnacle of the product range. The first generation appeared on the market in 2007 with an innovative vehicle concept: mid-engine, systematic lightweight construction featuring Audi Space Frame technology, and quattro drive. The high-performance sports car provides a typical driving experience, but is also perfectly suited to the racetrack thanks to its optimum power-to-weight ratio.
The Audi subsidiary doubled its sales over the past five years. Over the next 18 months, Audi Sport GmbH will be launching eight new models, which will further consolidate the company’s position in the market. The number of specialized Audi Sport dealers will increase from 370 at present to around 600 by the end of 2017.
Stephan Winkelmann has been Managing Director of the company since March 15, 2016. Audi Sport GmbH has around 1,200 employees at locations in Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt.
Mattias Ekström of Audi and EKS won the season opener at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship
The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship could not have been off to a better start from Audi and EKS’s point of view. The season opener at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya saw Mattias Ekström triumph. In the final, the reigning world champion relegated Timo Scheider (D) and Andreas Bakkerud (N) to positions two and three. This victory immediately puts Ekström back at top of the drivers’ standings. In the teams’ classification, team world champions EKS are in the top spot tied on points with Team PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.
The start to the season’s first race weekend had ups and downs in store for Ekström and his teammates, Toomas Heikkinen (FIN) and Reinis Nitišs (LV). “Saturday was incredibly difficult,” says Ekström. “The weather situation kept changing – sun, rain, sun, rain … In rallycross with its many single races, that’s extremely complicated – at one time you have an advantage and others a disadvantage.” Ekström caught a rain shower in his second race and at the end of day one was only in position eleven of the overall classification. Heikkinen had better luck. The Finn did the best job of coping with the changeable conditions and was leading after day one.
On Sunday, the prerequisites changed. In bright sunshine and on a dry track, Ekström was able to fully use the strengths of his 560-HP Audi S1 EKS RX quattro and at the end of the four qualifying sessions was trailing Timo Scheider in second place. For the semi-finals of the twelve best drivers, Heikkinen (P7) and Nitišs (P10) qualified as well. However, both EKS campaigners were eliminated in the penultimate session. Ekström on the other hand dominated the action, took the top spot after having started from pole position and in the final prevailed with a lights-to-flag victory as well. “All in all, it was a terrific weekend,” says Ekström. “I won at Barcelona in 2016, and now I did it again. My whole team did a fantastic job and we scored important points for both classifications.”
EKS will be traveling from Barcelona some 1,000 kilometers to Montalegre in Portugal to prepare for round 2 of the World Rallycross Championship on April 21–23. Ekström still has a score to settle with the shortest track on the calendar. Last year, following a collision in the semi-final, the 38-year-old had to bury his hopes for victory early.
2017 FIA World RX – round 1, Barcelona – results of final
1 Mattias Ekström (S) 4m 32.260s
2 Timo Scheider (D) +0.362s
3 Andreas Bakkerud (N) +1.868s
4 Petter Solberg (N) +2.625s
5 Timmy Hansen (S) +3.251s
6 Johan Kristoffersson (S) +3.976s
Drivers’ standings, 2017 FIA World RX (after 1 of 12 rounds)
1 Mattias Ekström (S) 29 points
2 Timo Scheider (D) 26 points
3 Andreas Bakkerud (N) 22 points
4 Johan Kristoffersson (S) 21 points
5 Petter Solberg (N) 19 points
6 Timmy Hansen (S) 17 points
Reinis Nitišs (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro #15) in the FIA World Rallycross Championship
The fourth season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship is coming up. Twelve events on three continents are on the calendar this year, kicked off by the round at Barcelona on April 1 and 2, which marks a premiere in several respects. It will be the first race in which EKS receives factory support from Audi. The reigning world champion will be fielding three Audi S1 EKS RX quattro cars for the first time. Plus, Barcelona will be the venue of the season opener for the first time.
Mattias Ekström is looking forward to the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with confidence. “Last week, we did another three-day test in France and are entering the season superbly prepared,” says the Swede, who is both a driver and the team boss at EKS. “I’m very happy with the development work that was done in winter and our aim for this season is clear: we’d like to win the drivers’ and teams’ titles in the FIA World Rallycross Championship again this year.”
The rallycross track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is located in the stadium section of the circuit and includes two super-fast corners included in Formula 1 races as well – albeit in the opposite direction. It is one of the few tracks with very fast initial corners on tarmac, plus many flat-out sections. “Thinking about last year puts a grin on my face,” says Ekström. At Barcelona, the Swede celebrated his fourth victory of the season in 2016 and laid the foundation for his subsequent world championship win. The basis for the success has been the 560 hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, which was technically modified once again for this season.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship will be broadcast live in 180 countries. Each Sunday of the total of twelve events the channels are going to air a two-hour show with interviews, background reports and the highlights of all four qualifying sessions, plus live footage of the semi-finals and final. Coverage of the season opener at Barcelona will start on Sunday, April 2, at 14:00 CEST. A list of all TV channels is available at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/tv_listings. In selected markets a live stream of World RX will be available online at www.fiaworldrallycross.com/live. Images courtesy of AUDI AG.
Mattias Ekström (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro #1) in the FIA World Rallycross Championship
Toomas Heikkinen (Audi S1 EKS RX quattro #57) in the FIA World Rallycross Championship
The new PEUGEOT 3008 was named the 2017 Car of the Year
The new PEUGEOT 3008 was named the 2017 Car of the Year on Monday 6 March in Geneva by a judging panel comprising 58 European journalists. The judging panel acclaimed its style, interior design and performance. This prestigious trophy joins the twenty other prizes the new PEUGEOT 3008 has already won. The vehicle is the fifth PEUGEOT to win Car of the Year and the first SUV honoured in the history of the COTY prize.
Car of the Year 2017: the new Peugeot 3008 SUV arrived right on time! It appeals to choosy customers who want to stand out and have new experiences, aiming to become a major contender in the compact SUV category. The new PEUGEOT 3008 offers a unique blend of style, comfort and road handling. The spectacular PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is state of the art and gives new meaning to being in the driver’s seat. It offers a more intuitive and intense driving experience, with a compact steering wheel, 12.3” head-up display and central capacitive touchscreen console with ergonomic piano keys to top it all off. The new PEUGEOT 3008 also offers a number of driving aids and other high-tech equipment, as well as seamless connectivity.
Nearly 100,000 customers have already placed orders in Europe. 84% chose Allure, GT Line or GT finish, contributing to an upgrade of the Lion brand. Manufactured in Sochaux, it received the Origine France Garantie (made in France) label.
PEUGEOT has received the prize for Car of the Year for the second time in three years. The new PEUGEOT 3008 IS the first SUV winner since the creation of the trophy in 1964. It is also the fifth PEUGEOT vehicle named Car of the Year, following the 308 in 2014, the 307 in 2002, the 405 in 1988 and the 504 in 1969.
The Car of the Year prize is awarded by a judging panel comprising 58 experienced journalists from 22 countries. Thirty models have been competing since early 2016. On 6 March 2017, on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, the new PEUGEOT 3008 won over the panel in the final vote.
“I am particularly proud and very pleased that the new PEUGEOT 3008 has just won the 2017 Car of the Year prize. This trophy is the culmination of five years of incredible work by the brand’s teams and our group.” Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of the PEUGEOT brand.
“Destined for a place beyond the stars, the Audi lunar quattro with its all-wheel-drive power distribution, piloted driving expertise and lightweight efficient technology will be assisting the crew of the Covenant. Can you spot the lunar quattro? #quattroThursdays #AlienCovenant
A prize for a pioneering achievement: Audi has won the Logistics Award for 2017 from the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in recognition of its FTS driverless vehicle transport system. The autonomously operating system has been in production operation at the Ingolstadt site since the beginning of the year. The parking robot named Ray sorts up to 2,000 cars per day for loading onto railway freight cars. This application is the only one of its kind to date in the automotive industry.
“Driverless transport systems are one of the key technologies of the Smart Factory,” said Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, Board Member for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG. “With their flexible navigation we are improving efficiency in vehicle transport as well. FTS Ray is now in production operation at the Ingolstadt plant. We will be transferring the concept to other processes and sites.” VDA President Matthias Wissmann emphasized: “Our industry thrives on innovative solutions like this. The digitalization and connection of production, and in fact of the entire value chain, is the biggest challenge for the industry. Concepts like that of the award-winner clearly demonstrate that the German automotive industry is on top here as well.”
There are now twelve parking robots in use at Audi’s main plant in Ingolstadt. They autonomously transport Audi models after production for railway loading. For this, one of the roughly six meter long and three meter wide robots uses laser sensors to determine the position and dimensions of a car and adjusts itself accordingly. Then the robot carefully lifts the car up to ten centimeters. A central, autonomous control system assigns a space to the robot where the robot can park it via the shortest route. Once a sufficient number of cars have accumulated for the same transport destination, a robot prepares them for loading on to the railway freight cars.
The driverless transport systems complete up to 8,000 movements per day this way, while covering about 500 kilometers (310.7 miles). They even change their own batteries: When the charge status is low, the robots promptly dock themselves onto the automated changing station and specially designed robots change out the batteries within a few minutes. The system operates reliably around the clock – on an open parking deck and at outdoor temperatures up to minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit). It thus improves both efficiency and ergonomics for employees: They now have significantly shorter distances to walk and are exposed to fewer extreme weather conditions.
The Ray driverless transport system was created in partnership with Serva Transport Systems in Grabenstätt am Chiemsee. The parking robots are continuously being developed further – their weather resistance, for example. In the first quarter of 2017, a total of 18 parking robots are already sorting ready-to-transport cars in Audi railway loading within an area of 20,000 square meters (215,278.2 sq ft). Additional opportunities for their use in the Ingolstadt plant have already been identified.