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.
 

An amazing Porsche experience

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Group photo with all the media representatives hosted by Porsche Asia-Pacific for the Media Driving Academy at Sepang International Circuit earlier this July
 

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A photo opp with the newly launched Porsche 911 GT2RS
 

Last year, I had the privilege to attend the Media Driving Academy (MDA) hosted by Porsche Asia-Pacific. They consisted of three courses – Individual, Professional and Elite. As for last year, I entered the Individual course which is the basic course among the lot. It was definitely fun. Why? Because it’s the only time we can break the rules in terms of speeding on the road and it was conducted at the Sepang International Circuit, ideal for racers.

Fast forward to this year (July 2018), I was invited again by Porsche Asia-Pacific where I completed the other two courses – Professional and Elite earlier this month. I met familiar faces especially from the international media representatives in Asia-Pacific.

There were two main highlights for me – the launch of the Porsche GT2RS and the driving experience of the Porsche GT3.

Firstly, the Porsche GT2RS. Wow, wow, wow!!!! A beast among beast, this is a collectors item for Porsche lovers. Car and Driver even labeled it as the chainsaw of the 911 line-up. It has a 700 horse power twin-turbo engine. The previous GT2 model has a hp of 620 so there is definitely a difference. You can tell that the GT2RS is built for speed. The price tag alone is quite high. You’re talking about RM 1.3 million itself in Malaysia. Apparently there’s a Porsche GT2RS on the road in Brunei. Amazing!! Sadly, the GT2RS is only for display for the media and not for a test drive.

Of course, the main highlight of the MDA was test driving the newer editions of the Porsche finest models – 911 GT3 (me likes), 718 Cayman GTS and the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid on the SIC race track.

The favourite among the lot for me is the 911 GT3 – simply awesome and it has a mind of its own. I truly love the handling at high speed as well as the braking. It just gives me more assurance to drive safer especially on the race track.

The instructors were very helpful too and our group (Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia) was lucky to have William Bamber, brother of Earl Bamber, an accomplished race car driver, who competes for Porsche Motorsport. The hospitality was top notch to begin with and the goodies were awesome too – Adidas racing boots and a racing helmet for completing both Professional and Elite courses.

After all the experiences, I truly understand how magnificent Porsche are in terms of handling, speed and safety. We were given tasks such as the Slolam, the Moose, the Braking and many more. I enjoyed the Slolam one as we did a time lapse for every driver to see who was the fastest.

The second day was much more interesting as we learnt the tracks of the SIC race track from start to finish. I realised how awesome Porsche are on the road. Expensive but you will know where the money is spent on. Unfortunately, in Brunei, it’s not something we can take advantage when we have a monster of a car like Porsche because of the driving laws and also the conditions of our roads in Brunei.

Soon, some selected customers will be having their own session organised by Porsche (Brunei) in early August for the upcoming Porsche Driving Experience at Sepang. I hope they have the same experience as I did and it’s also a great way to showcase what a Porsche can do.

Will I own a Porsche? If the money and timing are right, why not? 😉

 

 

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Just look at that convoy
 

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My favourite car during MDA experience
 

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Did you realize that the driver side is on the left? Yes, all the Porsche are imported from Europe.
 

 

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The lead car was always the Porsche GT3
 

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Listening to advices by the instructors at some of the activities
 

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Receiving a pair of Adidas racing boots 😉
 

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These boots are made for racing 😀
 

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Learning how to handle around corners and bends
 

 

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We had some physical exercises as well. Did you know that racing also involves a good physique such as your hand, neck and body?
 

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Receiving a souvenir from the organiser 😀
 

9th Audi quattro Cup Brunei 2018

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It’s time of the year again as Audi (Brunei) will be hosting the 9th Audi quattro Cup Brunei 2018, a charity golf tournament.

The event will happen on the 20th to 22nd July at Royal Brunei Golf & Country Club, Jerudong. All golfers’ registration fees will be donated to the An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd, Community Service Council Belait District, Dana Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah for Orphans, La Vida Bhd, Learning Ladders Society, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Seed Foundation Sdn Bhd and SMARTER Brunei.

Registration is now open at Audi Kiarong. Entry fee is BND 240 per team and format of play is Greensome Stableford (best ball).

Lucky draw for all registered golfers included during prize presentation. Closing date is 17th July 2018.

There will be hole-in-one prizes such as the Audi A6 Sedan (Hole 16) or the Audi Q2 SUV (Hole 8).

The winning team will play at World Final at the Golf Club Kitzbühel-Schwarzsee, Austria, from September 23rd to 27th, 2018.

 

 


One of the hole-in-one prizes – Audi Q2
 

Special Offer on Limited Edition GLE Night Package

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Limited Edition GLE Night Package with an additional 2-year Warranty
 

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Fancy a GLE this July?
 

Special Offer for the Limited Edition GLE Night Package with an additional 2-year Warranty.

With only a limited number of units, the GLE Night Package comes with a sporty AMG Line and black striking design element. The louvre in the radiator grille and the simulated underguard at the front and rear are finished in high-gloss black. Further highlights include the AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and exterior mirrors in black as well as the roof rails, window weatherstrip and also the beltline trim strip. What more! Book now and register before 31st July 2018, the GLE also comes with an additional 2-year unlimited mileage warranty. Call us now at 2441763/2441777 to book for a test drive or visit Mercedes-Benz Beribi showroom/Autohaus today for more information. You’ll be glad you did!!

 

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Offer stands till 31st July 2018
 

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