Mercedes-Benz Brunei customers with the management of Jati Transport at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia recently
This was an event that I totally missed due to unforeseen circumstances. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia hosted a Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience #MBDE at Sepang Circuit, Selangor, Malaysia in the final week of April 2018. As part of the appreciation from Jati Transport, the authorized dealer for Mercedes-Benz for Brunei Darussalam, the said company invited a few of their customers to join the Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience during that weekend.
The customers were able to test drive many Mercedes-Benz models such as the awesome AMG C43, the AME C43 Coupe, the AMG GLC 43, the SLC 300 and the AMG GLA 45 to name a few.
The Brunei Mercedes-Benz owners were treated to a special driving session such as drifting and AMG Slalom to name a few. There were even lapping sessions starting from basic at 120km/h to 150km/h to a no speed limit session.
There were also certified driving instructors – Mikko Nassi, Nathan Antunes, Jake Fouracre, Dom Storey and Peter Hackett.
The selected Brunei customers were part of the Mercedes-Benz promotion where any passenger who registered a Mercedes from January 2018 to March 2018 will stand a chance for a driving experience in Sepang, Malaysia.
Be treated like superstar with our Pick up and Drop off DPAUSE Peugeot Shuttle Service. Every time you want to service your Peugeot car in our Service Centre, you can enjoy a VIP ride back in our International Awardee New Peugeot 3008 along with a Peugeot driver. Ask your respective Peugeot Sales Consultant or call Kiarong Showroom 242-6868 Service Centre 239-5101 to 02 for more details. T&C Applies.
Representatives from Honey Carsmart, DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Mutahtadee Billah, SMARTER Brunei and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam during the press conference for the Honey Carsmart 4th Annual Grand Sale next weekend
Something great is happening next weekend. This time is 5 times better in terms of benefits compared to the previous annual grand sale from Honey Carsmart. From 11th May to 13th May 2018, Honey Carsmart will holding their 4th Annual Grand Sale and it is also in conjunction with the 35th year anniversary in this industry.
As part of their 35th anniversary, the company will be giving away a unique electrical scooter for the first 35 customers during the grand sale period. On top of that, all the customers who purchased cars during the grand sale, they will benefit from the 3 X 5 package – a) 3 free monthly installments b) 3 free servicing c) 3 months warranty d) 3 free car wash and polishing and e) 3 free shopping vouchers worth BND 300. Now that’s a great value for customers.
For the first time, Honey Carsmart will have the support from two financing companies (previously one) and now customers have the choice to choose between Baiduri Finance Bhd and BIBD At-Tamwil Bhd. The event partners will be Seng Hoe Huat accessories who has strong relations with Honey Carsmart and they will be displaying some of their accessories. Their audio systems and auto gadgets will be sold at attractive prizes. RedBull will be the other event partner.
Honey Carsmart will continue the tradition in supporting and giving back to the community especially to the charitable foundations notably DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Mutahtadee Billah, SMARTER Brunei and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam. The company will contribute BND 300 for every unit sold within the 3 days and the charity pool will be equally distributed for donation purposes.
Last year, they managed to raise a total of BND 7,500 where 25 units were sold. This year, they are optimistic that the numbers of units sold will increase as it’s almost the festive season.
This time round there will be around 150 cars to choose. So better come down to Honey Carsmart next weekend and grab their best deal in town. You can follow updates on @honeycarsmartbrunei
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Hj Mat Sarudin Hj Ismail, Brunei Shell Marketing (2nd from left) handed the Sony TV to one of the winners, Hj Yunus Bin Hj Ahmad during the second monthly prize presentation of the #BeliHelix II Campaign
The winners with the management of Brunei Shell Marketing and Hock Siong Hin Auto Workshop
The prize presentation was held at Shell Helix Branded Workshop, Hock Siong Hin Auto Workshop in Kuala Belait yesterday. This is the 2nd monthly prize presentation before the final draw of the ongoing #BeliHelix II Promotion where the grand winner will win a brand new Nissan X-Trail this coming May 2018.
There were 5 lucky consolation monthly winners of March 2018 and congratulations to Ragayah Hj Abd Aziz for winning a return ticket to Bangkok. The other recipients, were Hj Yunus bin Hj Ahmad who won a 32” Sony TV, Chong Mui Yen who won a brand new Samsung J7 Prime, Abd Muiz bin Safwan who won a new Samsung Tab A and Hjh Marianine Hj Mohd Yussof who won a Samsung J2 Prime. Each of the winner also received 1 bottle of 4L Helix Ultra.
There were more than 4,000 participants in the ongoing #BeliHelix promotion which is a very encouraging response. The good thing about the monthly winners is that they are still eligible to be part of the grand draw where the winner will drive home a Nissan X-Trail.
Those who purchased Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40, HX-7 10W-40 and HX5 15W-40 will be eligible for the draw. They will have to purchase a pack of four liters of Shell Helix Motor Oil and fill in the lucky draw entry form.
There are 190 participating outlets (car dealers, independent workshops, high streets and petrol stations) across the Sultanate. The current promotion ends on 30th April 2018 and the grand draw will be 15th May 2018.
Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a next-generation, fully synthetic premium motor oil made from natural gas making it stronger and less volatile at the molecular level than those made from traditional crude. Key benefits include performance through engine stress, superior protection against wear, protecting the engine in extreme temperatures and it is designed for ultimate power and performance. Engine manufacturer partners including BMW Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport, Maserati and Scuderia Ferrari use and trust Shell Helix Ultra. The Shell Helix portfolio is suitable for both diesel and gasoline engines.
Francis Wong, Managing Partner of HSHAW, thanked the customers and BSM for their continuous support. Their business has been favourable ever since the #BeliHelix promotion
The workshop at HSHAW at Kuala Belait
The workshop at HSHAW at Kuala Belait
A designated driver will be available for Audi customers to be shuttled to his or her destination.
As the sole Audi dealer/importer, T.C.Y. Motors Sdn Bhd recently introduced another service for its Audi customers where the company now provides complimentary shuttle service for customers at its Service Centre at the Lambak Industrial Area.
This is part of its efforts to improve services to local Audi customers in the After Sales department.
Customers who drop off their Audi vehicles for servicing or repairs will be chauffeured in an Audi A8 to their destination within Brunei. There’s an average of at least 60 Audi customers a month who send their Audis for servicing.
“This new service will be also incorporated into the new Audi Service Centre (also located at Lambak Industrial Area) that is expected to start operations sometime this year,” said John Tan of TCY Motors Sdn Bhd.
Members of the local press/media were yesterday invited to experience the service. For further inquiry and bookings please call 2395101/102 during operating hours.
Are you ready to be chauffeured in the Audi A8?
Check out the gadgets it comes with in the Audi A8
Like a bawse!!!
Members of the media with Brunei Shell Marketing during the preliminary draw for March winners at BSM Headquarters yesterday
A safety briefing for the media and they are already equipped with a trained fire marshall and and a first aider
There were more than a few thousand participants in the ongoing #BeliHelix Promotion II which has been very encouraging response. The good thing about the monthly winners is that they are still eligible to be part of the grand draw where the winner will drive home a a Nissan X-Trail. A Hong Kong travel package for 2 and a BND 2,500 Cash card will be the 2nd and 3rd prize respectively.
For the March 2018 winners, one of them will stand a chance to win an air ticket to Bangkok and there will be four other consolation prizes for the monthly winners. The media had the privilege to draw the shortlisted names for the upcoming monthly draw and the final draw of March winners will be held next Friday, 20th April 2018.
Those who purchased Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40, HX-7 10W-40 and HX5 15W-40 will be eligible for the draw. They will have to purchase a pack of four liters of Shell Helix Motor Oil and fill in the lucky draw entry form.
There are 190 participating outlets (car dealers, independent workshops, high streets and petrol stations) across the Sultanate. The current promotion ends on 30th April 2018 and the grand draw will be sometime in May 2018.
A representative from Borneo Bulletin drawing one of the names
A representative from Motoring BN drawing one of the names
• Sales up 9.8 percent between January and March
• Sales chief Bram Schot: “The record-breaking start to the year provides us with important momentum”
• Strongest March ever in China (+30.6%) and North America (+8.3%)
New record-breaking figure for the Four Rings: Audi concluded its best first quarter in the company’s history. Between January and March the company sold around 463,800 automobiles worldwide, 9.8 percent more than in the same quarter last year. In particular, the high demand in China (+41.9%) and North America (+10.2%) drove growth in the first three months. In Europe, however, sales since January came in below the record-breaking level from 2017, down 4.7 percent. In March, the company delivered around 183,750 premium automobiles (+6.0%) worldwide.
“The record-breaking start to the year provides us with important momentum. With the Audi A7, A6, A1 and Q3 models, we will be renewing around a quarter of our sales in Europe alone throughout the year,” says Bram Schot, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG.
In China, Audi also closed the first quarter successfully. Here the company delivered 154,270 cars since January, an increase of 41.9 percent. In the past month, demand increased by 30.6 percent; the Ingolstadt-based automaker sold more automobiles in China than ever before in the month of March, delivering 54,031 units. The Audi A4 proved an important growth engine. The number of deliveries of the midsize model increased by 86.4 percent year-on-year to more than 13,800 cars. Since the start of the year more than 37,350 Chinese customers received their keys for an Audi A4 (+99.2%). The top seller is following this positive trend worldwide too, achieving growth of 15.3 percent to around 87,850 A4 models delivered in the period January through March.
With sales down 5.8 percent in March, Europe is indicative of the complex ramp-up and discontinuation situation of the current model initiative. In Germany and the UK, Audi’s two largest European markets, deliveries were down on the very strong sales figures from 2017. In the domestic market, the premium brand delivered 28,247 automobiles (-9.0%) in March, which had less selling day than last year. In the UK, sales fell 2.9 percent year-on-year in the past month. In the first quarter, UK sales were on a par with the prior-year level, up 0.1 percent, and performed far more resiliently than the declining overall market. Demand in Spain (+11.3%) andItaly (+2.8%) also remained positive in the past month. In both markets, customer interest in the Audi Q5 held up since the start of the year. 1,618 Spanish customers (+51.5%) and 2,106 Italian buyers (+131.9%) opted for the SUV in the first quarter. Another positive result: In Austria Audi accomplished premium market leadership regarding car registrations between January and March.
On the North American continent, Audi also continued to grow in March, increasing sales by 8.3 percent to around 24,550 cars. With around 61,400 deliveries, the company posted growth of 10.2 percent year-on-year in the region since January. In Canada alone, Audi sold 3,404 units in March, continuing its double-digit sales growth of the past few months (+14.0%). Since January, around one in three Canadian Audi customers chose an Audi Q5. Audi of America achieved another record-breaking month, with sales up 7.4 percent to 20,090 units. The Q family once again contributed largely to this success. The SUV share in the United States is currently 52 percent, i.e. one out of every two Audi models sold in this market is a Q model. The Audi Q7 is proving popular. In the past month, one out of every three Audi Q7 models delivered went to an American customer. Across all models, cumulative sales are up 9.7 percent in the United States.
Mr. Ho Ley Hoon, Sales Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd officially launching the new Mercedes-Benz iShowroom
Jati Transport Sdn Bhd has upped their game in the showroom department. Gone are the days of Mercedes-Benz brochures or pamphlets at their showroom. Last night the management team unveiled their first ever digital brochure app. With this app, customers are able to get a close up preview with their preference on the variety of Mercedes-Benz model available for order.
App is called The Mercedes-Benz iShowroom which acts as a digital brochure which allows prospective customers to choose and view which features and equipment best suits them. It’s like buying a computer online and choosing your own specs. Same thing applies here.
The best part of the app is that it allows the customer to choose their financing solution by dragging the button to see his or her budget needs. You can adjust the downpayment and the length of the loan with a touch of a button. Awesome feature!!
With the iShowroom, you can compare the different types of colors and fabrics and even rims of the available Mercedes-Benz models. It can also be viewed on 3 different angles to give the customer a wholistic feel online. There are also videos and interactive applications in making your car shopping experience more exciting than usual.
The sales executive team will be in charge of the iShowroom app whenever you pay a visit to the showroom. Or even better, they can drop by your area or pay you a visit and do a visual presentation to you with their iShowroom app.
Prospective customer can request for an email to be sent or print out after he or she has selected the options of the model for easy reference.
Mr. Ho Ley Hoon, Sales Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd said, “Mercedes-Benz Brunei has been the first to introduce the concept of converting the traditional physical brochure into digital brochure via an app in Brunei. The idea is to offer our customers a unique and interesting experience to match their latest lifestyle when they visit our showroom. Furthermore, our sales executives are well equipped and will able to bring the iShowroom experience to your doorstep or wherever you are.”
Daniel Loo, Marketing Executive of Jati Transport demo-ing on how the iShowroom works
I like how you can compare between colours
Easy to customize and visualize to your preference
The financial solution for customer’s preference. Easy to use and effective.
How the summary looks like once you are done with the customization
Members of the media had the privilege to witness the new iShowroom
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Mercedes-Benz proudly presents a further variant in the premium SUV segment in Brunei and provide a wider variety for its customers to choose from. This was launched late last year and it has been a popular choice for Bruneians and I shall reveal to you why.
The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 comes generously equipped with numerous high-end features including the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, an Off-road exterior package, 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels and LED High Performance headlamps.
The GLC 200 is equipped with the OFF-ROAD Exterior design which underscores the vehicle’s SUV characteristics with rugged design features in chrome. The radiator trim boasts an integral Mercedes star and two louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome inserts. Other select highlights include the 18-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, the chrome-plated simulated underguard and the exhaust system with two visible, chrome-plated tailpipe trims and the anodized roof rails.
In addition to the striking look, the LED High Performance headlamps provide more safety at night thanks to a broad light distribution, a light colour similar to daylight and low energy consumption. The tail lights feature LED technology and create a visual highlight while improving visibility.
I had the privilege to test drive the GLC 200 for a couple of days. Addicted? Yes….
Turning the GLC 200 like my second home
Other innovative features such as the Parking Pilot, KEYLESS-GO with HANDS-FREE ACCESS, Central colour multifunction display, etc were also available in the GLC 200. Parking Pilot with PARKTRONIC and reversing camera makes it easier to both find a parking space and to enter and leave parallel or end-on parking spaces. The system automatically steers the vehicle into parking spaces, relieving the driver of the work of steering and braking.
The HANDS-FREE ACCESS function allows contactless, fully automatic opening and closing of the luggage compartment door – simply by performing a kicking movement under the rear bumper.
For customer who still prefer the 4 wheel drive feature, the GLC also offer the GLC 250 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. The GLC 250 4MATIC has a power output of 211 hp and 300 Nm of torque.
Other additional features in the GLC 250 4MATIC are AMG Line, 360 degree camera and 19-inch wheels.
Yes, the previous shipment of the GLC 200 didn’t come with Apple CarPlay. Fret not as the incoming batch will have this feature 🙂
The new shipment of the GLC 200 also comes with Apple CarPlay as the Smartphone Integration describe below.
Smartphone Integration allows integrating iPhones® via Apple CarPlay™ as well as Android smartphones with Android Auto into the vehicle, and operating them by voice control – certain functions can also be used via the vehicle controls. This makes safe use possible while on the move. The connection to the smartphone provides access to the latest software and data such as, e.g. navigation and traffic information, media (streaming media and IP radio), as well contact information, telephony/FaceTime and messaging. To prevent driver distraction while at the wheel, not all smartphone contents are duplicated.
Last November 2017, I had a first taste of the GLC 200 in Kota Kinabalu. I also test drove the GLC 250. Guess which was my preference of the two?
Mark Raine, Mercedes-Benz Cars vice-president of sales and marketing (Malaysia), posing with the Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 at Hap Seng Star showroom at Kota Kinabalu last November
Last year, I had a short interview with Mark Raine, Mercedes-Benz Cars vice-president of sales and marketing (Malaysia) and asked him why introduce the GLC 200 if the GLC 250 is already available in the market.
He responded by saying the GLC 250 which is a brilliant product where it’s an SUV 4WD and offers great speed and comfort, positioning it as a very sporty, luxury model.
However to a certain extent, Mercedes-Benz will be only capturing that lot of market but there are customers who want different qualities and traits and their mindsets are different from other customers. Hence the GLC 200 repositions itself in more exclusive luxury segment. It comes standard in on-road package or off-road package. The interior package also makes the value perception of this vehicle very, very high.
The GLC 200 is just a notch below the GLC 250, hence makes it more affordable for most customers in the market. The unique selling point of the GLC 200 will be the exclusive luxurious appeal with high value perception and many features at a very competitive price.
I’m in love with the Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 and it really suits my persona
Hands free assist parking and it also does reverse parking aside from parallel parking
Rano’s thoughts: As I’ve mentioned before, I am in love with the GLC 200. Mercedes has always been my preferred brand because of its status and quality. Driving the GLC 200 reassured my confidence in what the GLC 200 can offer.
The handling is pretty good and I had a good drive from bandar to KB and the most important thing is comfort and safety. The handling is superb especially for an SUV.
Of course, the GLC 250 has much power because of its 4WD option. For me, the GLC 200 is still good enough for me and it still packs some power when I drove up the hilly roads at Kota Batu.
You will be surprised how much the GLC 200 costs on the road. With all the features and the specs plus the brand of Mercedes, it’s priced around BND 76,000ish on the road. When I posted the price on my social media platform, many werent’ aware how competitive the price is for the GLC 200. For an extra BND 6,000ish, you can also enjoy the GLC 250 model.
Hence, this particular model is selling like hot cakes. So visit Jati Transport if you are keen on the Mercedes-Benz GLC 200. Who knows if I have enough “rezeki”, this will be my first choice.
Verdict: Attractively priced and packed with great features. Furthermore, I can be biased because it’s a Mercedes-Benz. You can deny it how much of a steal this is for BND 76k. I shall give this a 9/10.
The winners for the month of February 2018. There were more than 4,000 entries.
Noraziah binti Kunchil bagged herself the grand monthly prize with a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, presented by Mr. Hong Chian Kai, General Manager of Kien Sing (Tan). Apparently, Noraziah has never been to HCM City and only Hong Kong. So, it’s such a fitting prize for her to fly to HCM.
Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn. Bhd. (BSM) launches another round of #BeliHelix promotion after the great response from the last promotion which commenced from 1st November 2017 until 31st January 2018.
This second promotion is to give our customers another chance to win more exciting prizes. It will be held for a period of three months starting from 8th February 2018 until 30 April 2018. Similar to the first promotion, there will be five (5) monthly draw prizes to be won for the months of March and April. The Grand Draw of the #BeliHelix Promotion II is set to be held in May 2018. The date and venue for the grand draw shall be announced by BSM in due course.
Earlier today, BSM feted the top 5 monthly winners for the #BeliHelix II edition which was held at a Shell Helix Branded Workshop, Kien Sing (Tan) in Kg. Medawa (Spg 618).
Present during the draw were Hjh Siti Kurshiah Hj Anuar, BSM Head of Commercial, Mr. Hong Chian Kai, General Manager of Kien Sing (Tan) and Wacharit Engpanyalert, Shell Country Sales Manager.
Noraziah binti Kunchil bagged herself the grand monthly prize with a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam while second place winner went to Othman Hj Abu Bakar, who won a Samsung Sound Bar. Third place winner was Mohd Shardy bin Narudin who now owns a Samsung J7 Pro. The other consolation prizes went to Abdul Ayyub Hj Yusub and Dayang Haziqah Hj Awang who won a Garmin Forerunner 30 and a Samsung Tab J respectively. Each of the winners also brought back a Shell Helix product.
Othman Hj Abu Bakar received a Samsung Sound Bar from Mr. Hong Chian Kai
Mohd Shardy bin Narudin received a Samsung J7 Pro from Mr. Hong Chian Kai
Abdul Ayyub Hj Yusub, who’s an avid runner, received a Garmin Forerunner 30, from Hjh Siti Kurshiah Hj Anuar, BSM Head of Commercial
Dayang Haziqah Hj Awang received a Samsung Tab J from Hjh Siti Kurshiah Hj Anuar
The #BeliHelix promotion II comprises of monthly consolation prizes such as air tickets, latest gadgets, electrical appliances and more. For this round, the Grand Prize will be a unit of the latest Nissan X-Trail. First runner up will be a Hong Kong Travel Package for two persons and the second runner up will receive B$2,500 cash card. Other consolation prizes will also be available for the lucky customers.
According to Mr. Hong Chian Kai, General Manager of Kien Sing (Tan), he was quite delighted with the ongoing #BeliHelix promotion as it helps to stimulate the economic growth domestically and his business has seen an increase in sales, partly due to the #BeliHelix promotion. Most of the loyal customers would take the initiative to service their cars and trust the products of Shell apart from the advantage of being part of the promotional draw. He was very thankful to BSM for creating such campaign which was more successful in attracting customers. KST has been around for 40 years and with the Shell Helix Branded Workshop, it gives more trust to their customers in ensuring good quality repairs and services to their cars. If you plan to send your car for servicing, do give KST a shot and you’ll also be entitled for the lucky draw and stand a chance to win a brand new Nissan X-trail 😀
For those interested in the draw, Shell Helix customers will be entitled to one (1) entry form for each purchase of 4L of Shell Helix Motor Oil which comprises of Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix HX7 and Shell Helix HX5. Drop boxes for completed entry forms are available at participating BSM Authorised Distributors, Dealers and Retail Stations which can be located from www.bsm.com.bn.
The shortlisted winners choosing their draw
Mr. Hong Chian Kai, General Manager of Kien Sing (Tan) was truly appreciative of Brunei Shell Marketing for their initiative campaign #BeliHelix and also KST’s loyal customers. One of the winners was apparently from KST.
The media did a preliminary draw last week at Brunei Shell Marketing office