BETTER launched yesterday

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mustappa bin hj Sirat, the Minister of Communications accompanied by Mubashar Khokar, the Chairman of BETTER Sdn Bhd during the official launch of BETTER at Times Square yesterday

The Minister checking out a Volkswagen at the BETTER roadshow

A new term that the community will be familiar with and that is “user-ship” as quoted by Mubashar Khokar, the Chairman of BETTER Sdn Bhd, a new company that allows rental car services and it’s touted to be the biggest in Brunei Darussalam. The guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mustappa bin hj Sirat, the Minister of Communications who gracefully launched the newly automative rental/lease service by BETTER Sdn Bhd.

Even the Minister was impressed with BETTER, commenting on its impressive business model that offers reasonable prices for customers and very convenient. He also mentioned that the leasing option will be economical savvy since the car will depreciate in value after four years (of lease). He added that the target market such as large institutions, embassies, diplomatic missions, government departments with certain disposal policies and multinational companies, will benefit from this newly offered service.

During the welcoming remarks of Mubashar, he praised the hard work of Irwan and his team (of BETTER) for making the service possible for the residents of Brunei Darussalam. He shared how BETTER has a very unique business model and it’s a very strategic expansion for BIBD Group as it’s more than just a car-leasing and rental company in Brunei Darussalam.

He did have an interesting point when he highlighted the term user-ship than ownership as the idea is to educate the public the user-ship is more practical since cars depreciate in value in a long run. At BETTER, they want to provide a better deal to their customers by providing short and long term value for customers’ individual needs with flexibility.

I also love the idea that they even have an app for BETTER which has been highly praised for its interface and user friendliness. It’s available on both Google Playstore and IOS. You can even subscribe the BETTER plan on your app and deliver the car to your doorstep within 24 hours.

The other amazing deal from BETTER is that the prices are inclusive of insurance, road tax, servicing and many more. This is totally different to that of a hire purchase model where the car owner has to still fork out for servicing, insurance and road tax to begin with.

For more information about BETTER, do visit their roadshow at Times Square until the final day Sunday 4th December 2016. So far they are a few brands that have signed up with BETTER and they are KIA, Hyundai, Toyota, BWM, Audi and Volkswagen. You can also follow BETTER on their social media platform on Facebook and instagram @better.brunei





During the launch at Times Square yesterday

The Minister having a chat with Craig Allen, the US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam


Check out the roadshow of BETTER at Times Square until this Sunday

The Minister checking out the BETTER app and he was quite impressed

Haji Azhar Hj Ahmad, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Dr. Hi Supry bin Hj Awang, Director of Land Transport and Irwan Lamit, the Managing Director of BIBD At-tamwil

The Minister handing out a token of appreciation to one of the first customers of BETTER

Jati Transport Appreciation Day

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Jati Transport Appreciation Day is an event specially organised to thank all Mercedes-Benz Brunei customers for placing their trust in our products and services over the past years.

At the event, our guests were treated to a widespread of international cuisine and their children enjoying an afternoon full of fun activities such as face painting, hand henna, photo booth, etc.

A special demonstration on Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive were also demonstrated at the event with the new S-Class. Our sales executives demonstrated the driver assistance system which helps the driver to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and to remain in the centre of the lane. DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot relieves the strain on the driver, especially on long journeys and in tailbacks.





A Mercedes-Benz powerbank were also given away to those who take part in the Park Pilot challenge and successfully perform the autonomous parking. The Park Pilot system can pilot the vehicle into parking spaces automatically by means of braking and steering intervention. If an automatic transmission is fitted, the speed is controlled automatically and gear changes are automatic also.

Our guests were given the opportunity to test drive a full range of Mercedes-Benz models. Images courtesy of Jati Transport and Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin.










The new E-Class

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The new E-300 AMG Line and the new E 200 Exclusive Line

Team Jati Transport posing with the new E-300 AMG Line at Gadong showroom yesterday

Thinking of getting the new E-Class? Wait no further. The new E-Class is available now at Jati Transport Sdn Bhd and Gadong showrooms. As the world’s most forward-looking production car, the E-Class sets new standards.

The E-Class Salon comes with an extensive array of standard equipment, including the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, Active Brake Assist, the PRE-SAFE system with PRE-SAFE Sound, THEMATIC automatic climate control, DYNAMIC SELECT with five selectable transmission modes, the Audio 20 USB infotainment system and electrically adjustable front seats. Just so many to boast about the new E-Class.

When you order, you can opt for the AVANGARDE, EXCLUSIVE or AMG Line design and equipment package.

The innovative things that you can expect from the E-Class are the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps which is available on the E 300 AMG Line standard, secondly the AIR BODY CONTROL (optional), thirdly the Driving Assistance Package (optional), Driving Assistance package Plus (optional) and Parking Pilot (standard).

Do check out the latest E-Class in their showrooms.



The tyre view of the E 300 AMG Line

The interior of the AMG 300 AMG Line

The front view of the E 200 Exclusive Line


The interior of the E 200 Exclusive Line

The interior of the E 200 Exclusive Line


Getting the feel of the E 200

The new E-Class

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Happening today (Sunday 13th November) at Jati Showroom at Gadong


Yang Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Ja’afar ibni Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd (2nd from the right), His Excellency Roland Christian Grafe, German Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam (3rd from right), Andrew Chiam, Executive Director of Jati Transport (3rd from the left) with the invited guests during the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class at Radisson Hotel last night

Mr. Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport with his welcoming remarks

There you have it… The latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class which was being launched earlier tonight at Radisson Hotel. Unveiling the new model were Yang Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Ja’afar ibni Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd and His Excellency Roland Christian Grafe, German Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam.

So what’s new with the new E-Class? Mercedes-Benz took a big step into the future with the new E-Class. Tenth-generation business salon delivers stylish highlights with its distinct, emotive design and high-grade interior. The new E-Class also marks the world premier of numerous technical innovations.

You can feel comfortable with safe driving on top of the driver assistance. Let’s not forget the infotainment and control systems that offers a newer experience for the driver and passenger. As for the multi-chamber air suspension, it ensures outstanding ride comfort and driving dynamics.

Mr. Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport, mentioned in his speech that the new E-Class received the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 for the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps and also the “Automative Interiors Expo Awards” for the best interior of a standard-production automobile, with the touch control buttons on the steering wheel of the same model series being voted Interior Innovation of the Year.

He continued to say that the new E-Class is always the core of the Mercedes-Benz brand and in the past has repeatedly redefined the standards in the business-class segment. Now it carries this tradition into the future with a wealth of top-class innovations.

So what are you waiting for? A new model with a full five-star Euro NCAP rating for its occupant safety, child safety, pedestrian protection and assistance system.

You can check out the new E-Class at Jati Showroom at Gadong today (Sunday) from 10am to 5pm. Refreshments will be provided.



Unveiling the E 300 AMG Line

The invited guests had first look of the new E 300 AMG Line

The interior of the new E-Class

Do you like the colour red? I do

The rear view of the new E 300 AMG Line

The E 200 Exclusive Line

The interior of the E 200 Exclusive Line

Some entertainment before the launch

Mercedes-Benz SUV

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Jati Transport Sdn Bhd introduces 3 new SUVs from Mercedes-Benz today at their Gadong showroom. The new facelift GLS, GLE and the all-new GLC Coupé.

GLS facelift

The facelift strengthens the leading position of the GLS in its segment with a modified exterior, even more quality in the interior plus innovative technology for enhanced ride comfort and safety. The large-size SUV appeals to customers who are looking for impressive spaciousness for up to 7 people and a modern take on luxury.

On display, the GLS 400 4MATIC AMG Line lends the exterior an even more dynamic and athletic character. It includes the eye-catching AMG bodystyling with AMG-specific front and rear aprons, wheel arch extensions in the vehicle colour as well as 53.3 cm (21-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels.

The powerful V6 petrol engine in the GLS 400 4MATIC AMG Line with its responsive exhaust gas turbocharger delivers 245kW (333hp) and a maxikmum torque of 480Nm. The facelifted GLS also fitted as standard with the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission which further improved electrohydraulic control unit, together with optimised engine and transmission software, results in more dynamic gear changes and even greater shift quality.




GLE facelift

Mercedes-Benz has thoroughly revised its best-seller in the SUV segment. The highlights of the GLE facelift include considerably more appealing front and tail ends and extensive measures which make new benchmarks with regard to emissions and drive system possible.

The GLE 400 4MATIC AMG Line truly underlines the dynamic and athletic appearance of the car in the showroom. The AMG Line package comprises, among other things, special front and rear bumpers in the distinctive AMG styling and 50.8-cm (20-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels.

The V6 biturbo petrol engine in the GLE 400 4MATIC AMG Line develops 245kW (333hp) and a peak torque of 480 Nm.


GLC Coupé

The dynamic-expressive styling of the GLC Coupé concept was a centre of attention at its world premiere in 2015 in Shanghai. It unites the typical stylistic elements of a coupé with the design language of current SUV models. Just one year later, this promise has become a reality: the new GLC Coupé translates the design idiom of the show car, with its distinctive basic structure and stretched greenhouse, virtually unchanged into series production. At the same time, the sports car among Mercedes-Benz’s midsize SUVs impresses with its brand-typical safety, modern assistance systems and an especially sporty-dynamic character.The as-standard sports suspension as well as more direct sports steering, DYNAMIC SELECT and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission combine effortlessly superior ride comfort with decidedly sporty agility.

At the launch, the GLC 250 4MATIC Coupé is powered by a 4-cylinder turbocharged pertol engine which delivers an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and a peak torque of 350 Nm.

So do visit the showroom at Gadong and check out the SUVs from the Mercedes-Benz line.





Audi A4

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Check out the 9th generation of the Audi 80/A4 series- the all new Audi A4, now with quattro® all-wheel-drive.

The new Audi A4 features numerous premium technologies which set higher benchmarks for its class. Elegant design blends with an innovative control concept, and lightweight construction meets new, efficient drivetrain solutions. The A4 is also ahead of its peers in terms of infotainment and assistance systems. As a result, Audi drivers can look forward to a truly high-tech experience ― an innovative synthesis of technology and aesthetics.

Now available at the Audi Kiarong showroom the new Audi A4 also achieves top ratings for efficiency. It boasts the best-in-class drag coefficient of just 0.23 and has shed as much as 120 kilograms (264.6 lb) in weight compared with the predecessor model. Three economical four-cylinder engine variants delivering up to 185 kW (252 hp) also play a major part in this efficiency gain.

The Audi A4 is also available here for the first time with the high-efficiency gasoline engine 2.0 TFSI ultra developing 140 kW (190 hp) which uses an innovative combustion process and has been designed based on the rightsizing principle. The economical power unit reduces the NEDC consumption of the new A4 Sedan to 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres (49.0 US mpg) and CO2 emissions to 109 grams per kilometre (175.4 g/mi).

The new Audi A4 comes equipped with an extensive selection of improved technologies making their first appearance in this model, such as LED headlights, Audi Drive Select with Efficiency mode, sports suspension with damping control, fly-by-wire gear shifter and a top of the line Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System.

In terms of safety, the new A4 has been awarded the highest ratings from both the Euro NCAP and IIHS safety tests.

Premium features will include multicoloured ambient lighting, front/rear parking aid and convenience key with ‘kick’ motion rear luggage door release.

TCY Motors will offer the new Audi A4 Sedan with three engine variants: a 1.4 TFSI (150hp/250Nm), 2.0 TFSI ultra (190hp/320Nm) and 2.0 TFSI quattro (252hp/370Nm) all utilising the 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission. Wheel sizes will range from 17”, 18” and 19” based on the respective engine variant.



Congratulations to our Bruneian duo Pengiran Anak Hj Mohd Basheer bin Pengiran Indera Mahkota Pengiran Anak (Dr) Kemaluddin Al-Haj (right) and Lt Col (Rtd) Haji Mahmud bin Haji Yaakup for placing 12th in their respective Group B results and overall joint 24th position out of 55 teams in the Audi quattro Cup World Final 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

New PEUGEOT 2008

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The PEUGEOT 2008 entered the ring in 2013 with strong arguments. The customers particularly appreciated its elegance and dynamic performance. It has enjoyed continuous growth in sales volumes, with production over 500,000 units[1] worldwide. In Europe, this success is illustrated by a podium place in the segment which has been firmly established since launch.

To amplify this performance, the PEUGEOT 2008 is taking on an assertive, powerful and appealing SUV design. Its wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates confirm its robustness, designed for everyday use.

The PEUGEOT 2008 offers appealing and unique sensations of control. They are addictive. The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is unique to PEUGEOT and embodies the driving characteristics of the PEUGEOT 2008, being: intuitive, agile, flexible and safer to drive.




The PEUGEOT 2008 is equipped with Mirror Screen, based on MirrorLinkTM and Apple Carplay®, along with the reversing camera and Park Assist, a rarity in this segment.

The wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates protect the bodywork and the occupants. The wave roof and roof bars, the rear door moulding and the spoiler are characterised by their sophisticated design.

Black and chrome headlamps and 3D claws illustrate the embedded technology from the outside. Inside, the lighting highlights the luxury of the materials and attention to detail which is apparent in every item.

The ⅓ – ⅔ modular back seats means the boot volume can vary from 410 to 1400 litres in an instant.

The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® ensures a unique sensations in the segment. The driver enjoys an intuitive, agile, flexible and safe driving experience.

On-board connectivity includes the Mirror Screen feature which allows the driver to link their MirrorLinkTM[2] or Apple Carplay®[3] compatible smartphone to the touch screen.

The PEUGEOT 2008 makes urban travel easier. The Park Assist technology automatises the parking process. The reversing camera shows the vehicle’s dimensions on the screen to facilitate manoeuvring.



The new 2008 SUV comes with 1.2L PureTech engine, which won the ‘International engine of the year 2016’ award in the 1.0L to1.4L category.

This 3-cylinder petrol engine technology delivers energetic drive and performance, excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. It’s the result of intelligent, innovative engineering, which combines reduced weight materials with the efficiency of direct fuel injection to give you maximum pleasure behind the wheel, at any speed, for less.

You can visit their Peugeot Showroom in Kiarong and visit their Facebook Page for more info.


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