Recently Luqman Hakim bin Abdullah, Sales Manager of Indera Motors Sdn Bhd (Jaguar and Land Rover) was invited to Namibia, South Africa for a hospitality treat. Being a same CI holder as I am, he wasn’t sure if Certificate of Identity Holder could fly to South Africa. Apparently it is possible and he was extra delighted as it will be his first trip to South Africa. Below is a blog entry of his week trip to Namibia, invited by Land Rover. Enjoy the entry by Luqman Hakim.
I woke to the gentle tap on my shoulder by a flight attendant asking me to raise my window shade for the landing in Windhoek. There are many negative opinions about venturing to Africa for the first time and I was very nervous myself. What if I were to get lost in the wild and never came back? As someone who was so used to see Africa portrayed in a very negative light in the news and popular culture, it was difficult to not associating myself with preconceptions that were long embedded in my minds.
I arrived at the airport in the afternoon and as soon as I made my way out of the arrival hall, I immediately received a warm welcome from a group of local Land Rover representatives. I was then joined by few other representatives from the Asia Pacific Region and we headed straight to our first destination. As we cruised past the dusty roadway, I gazed over the horizon line and I started to think that this place was not that bad, Namibia had its own vibe and feelings, as strange it may sound but I started to feel like home.
We finally reached our destination earlier than scheduled. Our facilitator did a quick tour briefing with our expert guide and then we drove to our lodge in the direction of Etosha. Located in its own reserve, we spent the night watching wild animals come for drinking at the waterhole close to the lodge. We spent the rest of the night with introduction session and exchanging stories with fellow explorers.
Our first destination was the Etosha National Park. Dubbed as the greatest game reserves in the world and it did not take me long to understand why it was labeled as such. The meaning of Etosha is ‘place of dry water’ the place was just as dry as the name but I was still able to spot several waterholes throughout the journey. The exquisite landscape of the rocky terrain offered nothing but adventure and the All New Discovery handled it with ease, Great car with a top-notch performance, best SUV in the world for a reason.
In the lodge, we experience the magic of a starry African night once again, intensified by the distant roaring of a lion. During the day it was a bit quiet, I was able to see one drinking at a waterhole and another one dozing peacefully under a tree. In the evening everything came to live, we sit nearby the waterholes and watched numerous wild game emerging from the darkness. It was totally terrifying but amazing in the same time!
Our journey continued the next day in the Etosha National Park and we drove all the way to western part of the park. The place was a wild retreats for rearing of young animals and the habitants developed without human interference. The setting was surreal, it was like watching a live theatre show with a steady stream of animals and birds constantly arriving to bathe and drink just a few metres away. I could happily sit and watch the wildlife come and go all day long.
Rare species such as black rhino and black-faced impala have established themselves in the area. We spent the night in a resort in the western part, vehicle movement at night was prohibited and luckily we managed to be there before sundown.
Etosha was a lovely place but we had to leave the park and continue our journey to Khowarib. We headed straight through the plains of Mopane Savannah and the route was extremely dusty. The roadway was loaded with invisible land mines made of solid sharp rocks and the sand was so fine that it raised dust like water splashing from a puddle. It was the most unnatural steering practices but thankfully the reliable Land Rover carried us all safely to our next check point.
We finally reached the Khowarib Lodge in the afternoon, it was located perfectly on the bank of the Hoanib river surrounded by the great canyon in the northwest of Namibia. Surrounded by pristine wilderness, the experience in Khowarib was really something else. The lodge set up was a little more rustic than what we were used to thus far and it was quite more primitive than what I expected. The bathroom reminded me to the Flintstone cartoon, it was an open air and the walls are made of stone cobbles which were quite interesting but daring at the same time. The lodge is surrounded by mountains, and tented cabins are designed to absorb cool breeze which makes sleeping very lovely.
We continued our journey through the Palmwag concession area. Here we will get another convincing demonstration of the unparalleled off-road mobility of our Land Rovers. The route leaded us though Namibia’s open spectacular plains. We spent the night in a camp with its fabulous sunsets in the middle of Damaraland.
We left quite early in the morning because we wanted to reach our next destination in Swakopmund earlier than scheduled. We drove slowly through the beautiful mountain landscape and I managed to spot a herd of zebra and all kind of wild animals but the highlight of the day would be when a huge elephant got too close for comfort and it was a massive relief to see it walked away peacefully a moment later.
Suddenly the landscape changed, we were welcomed by the rough coast with long beaches. The town of Swakopmund is located between gigantic dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. The landscape somehow looked so familiar, until I was told that the blockbuster movie “MAD MAX” was filmed here.
It was first time exploring the desert and I did it in a spectacular fashion. We all summoned our inner child and had an absolute blast. We did stop for a bit to take in the beauty of the dunes before tearing off again. The experienced guide took us through nerve racking bends and turns as I screamed my lungs out through the sand dunes. By the end I was wishing it could have been longer! Riding through the dunes was definitely the best thing I have done for in my whole life.
After breakfast, we set off for the Namib Naukluft Park, an area of 5 million hectare and the fourth biggest Park worldwide. Most of the Park is Savanna and desert. We reached our last accommodation nearby Windhoek. In the evening, we came together for a farewell party and to review the time spent in Africa. It was a tearful moment knowing that I might never see these people again and I thanked them for being a part of this unforgettable adventure.
Today marked the last day of my journey in Namibia. I got driven around Windhoek which felt like a small city that is itching to explode, with building and construction around every corner. A town where the legacy of the German and South African influences still run deep in architecture and street names.
I was looking forward to a dose of the comforts of home and people I had missed but a part of me did not want to leave. The feeling was like some strange combination of wistfulness, anticipation, sadness, happiness and an overwhelming desire to cling to every minute I had left here, it was sad to finally leave. Until this day my dreams are still taking me back to the Namibian landscape that has refuelled and regenerated the me I want to be.
Thank you Land Rover for the ultimate self-driving adventure in the wonderful country of Namibia.
A new brand that will raise some eyebrows
Leonard You, Corporate and Pre-Owned Specialist, Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific, Garth Turnbull, Pre-Owned Manager for Jaguar Land Rover Asia PacificAlfred Yong Foh Sen, General Manager of Indera Motors Sdn Bhd and Zen Thea, Pre-Owned Manager of Indera Motors Sdn Bhd during the launch of APPROVED Program
Last week saw a new milestone for any car dealer company in Brunei Darussalam. Indera Motors Sdn Bhd, in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific, formally launched a certified Pre-Owned Programme, branded as “APPROVED”.
In a nutshell, if you happen to scout for a pre-owned Jaguar or Land Rover, your best aim is to go for the “APPROVED” progamme and let me tell you why.
1) There is a 2-Year Approved Warranty. This means a comprehensive cover, equivalent of a new car warranty, using only genuine parts. It covers reports for sudden and unexpected mechanical or electrical failure. The workmanship is only undertaken by their trained technicians (with three years of training and certification). The warranty covers customers for a minimum of two years and is only available through Indera Motors Sdn Bhd.
2) The 24/7 Roadside Assistance. If anything happens to your Jaguar or Land Rover while on the road, fret not. The Roadside Assistance is there to help you and this will give you the peace of mind with their seamless service. Be it breakdown or accidents, you car will be covered for the entire warranty period.
3) 165 Multi Point Inspection. I never knew a car inspection can be this comprehensive and detailed. The diagnosis requires two hours for the technician to go through and ensure all the 165 check list points are good to go. This ensures the customer the best possible electrical and mechanical condition and you will be driving with a better peace of mind.
4) Highly trained technicians. These technicians have to undergo intensive training for three years and you can expect professionalism, skill and of course, attention to detail from the technicians. This is one of the core products of the “Approved” program and there is no compromise when it comes to technicians in this program.
5) Provenance and Service History. Every vehicle is checked for both Retailer Verified Mileage and Service History. This guarantees that their customers drive away safe in the knowledge that their APPROVED vehicle has a full Brunei history and delivers everything they expect from it.
6) Road Test. After all the workmanship is done on the pre-own cars, the technician will conduct a road test to assess the unique performance characteristics of each vehicle. This includes things like suspension, vibration, braking systems, engine performance, transmission and many more. So the customers will feel as if they are driving a brand new car.
7) Independently Inspected. Delivering is one thing but let’s not forget, maintaining and sustaining the high standard is also very important under the APPROVED programme. They set themselves an independent inspection of Indera Motors Service as the facilities and staff is undertaken by Jaguar Land Rover UK.
So there you go, all the 7 great things you will be benefit under the APPROVED program. You needn’t worry so much with pre-owned Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles.
Present during the launch was Garth Turnbull, Pre-Owned Manager for Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific. According to him, the APPROVED programme represents a complete shift in the way we prepare and market pre-owned vehicles in Brunei Darussalam. Customers can experience a complete peace of mind, along with the quality of service that they would expect from Jaguar and Land Rover. Their customers will be given the ultimate purchase experience, exactly as they would expect from their brand. This experience is also more in line with purchasing a brand new vehicle, removing concerns of future ownership through detailed vehicle preparation and the provision of a best in class warranty and roadside assistance.
Also present were Leonard You, Corporate and Pre-Owned Specialist, Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific, Alfred Yong Foh Sen, General Manager of Indera Motors Sdn Bhd and Zen Thea, Pre-Owned Manager of Indera Motors Sdn Bhd.
If you are keen to know more, you can visit their showroom at Lambak Kanan Industrial Area or contact 833 4444. You can also check out their website for more details.
Garth Turnbull sharing the benefits under the APPROVED program
A certified trained technician, Level 4
The special dedicated computer that can run 165 check points during the diagnosis
Zen Thea, Pre-Owned Manager of Indera Motors Sdn Bhd
Special awards for Indera Motors
Guest in attendance during the launch
Check out the latest Mercedes-Benz V260 Avantgarde (up to 8 seats) which is powered by a petrol turbo engine delivering an output of 210hp and 350Nm of torque. Visit the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus today, 28th September, from 10am to 5pm.
Check out the latest Mercedes-Benz V260
Because boredom is not part of our DNA, because independence does not rhyme with monotony, because the energy transition will not erase 120 years of automobile history, PEUGEOT reveals e-LEGEND CONCEPT. This exciting vision of the future of driving pleasure takes the form of a desirable and iconic vehicle. By adopting a realistic and radically modern template, this projection into the future of the automobile magnifies the genes and the elegance of the heritage of the PEUGEOT brand. PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT is presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
#UNBORING THE FUTURE
A major player in every technological revolution, PEUGEOT calmly approaches that of the energy transition with the conviction that technology is always at the service of automotive pleasure.
An exciting future is a future that gives you the choice over the silhouette, the type of propulsion or driving. New territories to clear, new challenges to face, the adventure of the PEUGEOT brand continues! With the promise to include the Requirement, the Look and the Emotion in each of our cars always upheld and renewed.
The embodiment of this vision is e-LEGEND CONCEPT! A real object of desire that promotes the freedom of movement and offers the choice between a never-ending choice of pleasures: #UNBORING THE FUTURE.
In today’s environment where we are constantly over-stimulated, having time for yourself is probably the most valuable thing. Autonomous driving will help you find that time for yourself and create new experiences to live within your vehicle.
Depending on the type of road traffic or the state of mind of the driver, PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT offers four modes of driving.
Two autonomous modes:
• SOFT: favours the comfort of the occupants. Projection on digital material screens and information display reduced to a minimum,
• SHARP: accurate and dynamic vehicle typing. Maximum connection to digital activities possible (social networks, schedule, etc…).
• In autonomous mode, the PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT interior configuration adapts:
thanks to the by wire steering technology, the steering wheel retracts under the sound bar in order to fully clear the 49-inch screen,
• the front seats recline,
• the side armrests deploy automatically, freeing up a large storage area and an induction charging area for smartphones,
• the main controls remain accessible via the centre console integrated in the driver’s seat.
• The occupants can then enjoy their favourite hobbies: play the integrated video game or watch a film either in the curved central screen or in each screen built into the sun visors.
Two manual modes:
LEGEND: cruising mode with recall of the three 504 Coupé dials and display of digitally processed wood on the different screens,
BOOST: dynamic and stimulating driving thanks to the powerful electric motor. 180° immersion with projection of the road on a single large screen.
High standards for the materials
With a view to offering an elegant and luminous interior, the choice of the designers focused on warm materials, counterbalancing the cold digital material: a contract to the frenzied race to all-digital.
Velvet is making a comeback! Chosen in the noblest of uses for its silky and pleasant touch, silk velvet is cleverly mixed with a modern technical mesh that offers more freedom in terms of decoration. This weft is woven digitally and especially for PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT from a shiny thread reminiscent of the hue of velvet. This material can be found in PEUGEOT 3008 or 5008.
00% electric power chain
Perfectly incorporated into a realistic vision of the brand’s energy transition, PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT is powered by a 100% electric power train. With 100 kWh batteries, the engine reaches 800 Nm torque and 340 Kw power distributed to the four-wheel drive. This level of performance makes it possible to travel 0/100 km/h in less than 4s and reach a maximum speed of 220Km/h. The range is 600 km according to the WLTP protocol of which 500 km are accessible in 25 minutes thanks to a fast recharge. PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT cultivates the zero technological constraint mindset by offering induction charging.
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.
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 😀
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.
The meeting point before being sent to the paddock
Inside the Alfa Romeo Giulia
The catalogue. I should have taken one with me.
Blessed!!!! With future Ferrari driver, Charles Leclerc, from Poland
A humble driver, Marcus Ericsson, from Sweden
Outside the paddock of Sauber F1 team
Cleaning out the debris and dirt from the F1 tires
Our hospitality area for the paddock team.
How the steering looks like inside the Sauber car. Buttons galore.
Charles didn’t had a good run in the first practice session. His tire hit at turn 13 of the track.
Thank you once again, @alfaromeobrunei for this opportunity
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.
Drove the Mercedes-Benz E200 the other day. Gonna post my experience soon and why this is one hell of a ride!!
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.
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.
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.