Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Suzuki Vitara Facelift 2019

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Boustead Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Suzuki automotive in Brunei Darussalam, officiates the public appearance of the New Vitara at Suzuki Showroom, Gadong with its latest expressive and impressive design to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Suzuki Vitara.

The New Vitara has undergone a facelift to attain a stylish rugged with modern architecture while maintaining Suzuki traditional SUV motifs. Wherever it travels, the New Vitara paints a perfect portrait with its muscular body, slick roof rails and bold front grille while roaming in the city, on the open highway, or off the beaten track.

As the facelift version of the fourth series, the New Vitara comes with three variants, i.e. GL+ 2WD, GLX 2WD and GLX 4WD, and powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine. The significant difference can be seen on the exterior design where it has vertical chrome accents on a five-slotted grille and a chrome accent across the lower grille. The two new 17" wheel designs accentuate the muscular and sleek body with the LED rear combination lamps and the newly-shaped rear skin plate to complete the aesthetics goal for the New Vitara. Its playful and sporty character is further amplified with the additional of two new colours, i.e. Refined Low-Chroma Ice Graying Blue Metallic and Sporty High-Chroma Solar Yellow Pearl Metallic.

The cabin offers premium feel with the advanced feature and quality craftsmanship delivering comfort and driving satisfaction, on and off the road. It is enhanced with the new 4.2" multi-information colour display to the driver with accurate and reliable data on vehicle behaviour and operation. The latest infotainment technology is embedded into the cabin with a 10.1" Touchscreen Android Player, which can be easily connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth or a USB Cable. On the new soft pad instrument panel, the clock is redesigned to add a modern sophisticated touch to the driver's space.

In conjunction to the special anniversary, a new unique geometric pattern is designed for both front and rear seats of the New Vitara, taking the definition of stylish suede seats to a whole new level. It is also fitted with a new centre armrest with a console box for the front seats to offer great comfort and convenience.

The safety of the driver and passengers has been kept at the utmost priority for Suzuki. With the Total Effective Controlled Technology (TECT) concept in the New Vitara, the structure of the body frame absorbs and disperses the energy efficiently in the event of collision and hence, protecting the driver and passengers. The Hill Descent Control is available for the GLX 4WD, which allows the driver to concentrate on steering without having to apply brakes whilst keeping the descent at a safe speed.

The tagline "Time to Play" represents the desire to unleash the inner child of every single adult for an exciting and quick getaway from a life full of responsibilities. The New Vitara has all the capability and platforms to satisfy such diverse lifestyle with its efficient powertrain, the ALLGRIP technology and the state-of-the-art safety features.

The New Vitara is available at all the Suzuki Showrooms located at Beribi, Gadong and Kuala Belait. More information can be enquired by visiting Suzuki Brunei in Facebook and Instagram or by calling +673 245 3162.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Mazda CX-5 Facelift Launched in Brunei

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Grand Motors Sdn Bhd recently launched its freshened Mazda CX-5 which offers a distinctive design coupled with the pleasure of Jinba-ittai driving that has responsive control over driving, turning and braking – in everyday driving situations.

With this launch, the public and loyal Mazda customers were also invited to the Mazda Showroom at Beribi to take a closer look at the new Mazda CX-5 facelift while enjoying some refreshments that was served.

The CX-5 is a core model in the Mazda lineup where many was sold in different countries and accounting for a full quarter of the brand's global sales volume. Famous for its striking design, innovative SKYACTIV technologies and a pleasing performance feel that makes you want to keep on driving, the car has been acclaimed domestically and in overseas markets.

The CX-5 has received more than 100 awards, including the prestigious Japan Car of the Year Award, since the launch of the first-generation model in 2012.

With this update, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 is added to the powertrain lineup, with inline-four DOHC 16-valve gasoline engine. Acceleration response is faithful from low revs, through the mid-range and up to the highest rpms, creating an interactive feel that makes drivers want to stay behind the wheel.

G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) enhances handling stability on slippery road surfaces and when changing lanes on the highway. This updated version of G-Vectoring Control now regulates vehicle motion when returning the steering wheel to center as well as when beginning a steering action.

Moving forward, Mazda will continue to regularly update models so customers can enjoy driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance in all kinds of common driving situations. In so doing, the company aims to build a strong bond with customers and become an irreplaceable presence in their lives.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Additional Coverage for TBA's Motor Takaful

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You may find that even with the Comprehensive Coverage for your motor insurance, it is still inadequate to make sure you are against some of the important things such as broken windscreen, floods and more. Maybe it is not enough to give you peace of mind.

Great news from Takaful Brunei Darussalam, its subsidiary, Takaful Brunei Am (TBA) has recently introduced Additional Coverage packages for TBA's Motor Takaful product. The new additional coverage scheme provides 3 convenient packages at great value for coverage for every customer.

Additional coverage you can buy on your Comprehensive Plan by only incurring a BND$70.00 payment for Executive Comprehensive cover or BND$250.00 for Prestige Comprehensive Cover or BND$25.00 for 3rd Party Plus protection as additional Takaful Motor supplement protection.

For more information please contact the TBA Call Center at 224 4000 or visit their nearest branch. You can also visit the TBA website at

Thursday, January 17, 2019

BMW X5 2019: Size, Powertrain and Technology Improved

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BMW Brunei recently held a Media Launch of the All-New BMW X5 followed by an exclusive dinner and lucky draws held at the BMW Showroom, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Beribi.

General Manager of QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Sivakumar Krishnan in his welcoming speech expressed his appreciation to the local medias who have made various event coverages and activities including the BMW driving experience over the years.

"This year is an exciting year for BMW. Various new models will be introduced to this country, besides the BMW 3 Series model, the BMW 8 Series will also be a major focus after the last model was released in 1993," said Sivakumar Krishnan.

At the event, he also completed the all-new launch of the BMW X5 xDrive40i. This model is a stylishly designed Sports Activitiy Vehicle (SAV) that has more stylishness and has an off-road travel capability with amazing performance regardless of the rough ride with BMW's dynamic characteristics.

This latest generation is produced with the latest design and technology. The BMW X5, also known as 'The Boss', has a 42mm wheelbase range from previous models, 66mm wide and 19mm high, making the X5 model have a much larger capacity and wider space for their drivers, passengers and luggage.

All models come standard with the latest technology such as BMW Live Cockpit Professional, 12.3-inch display, larger head-up display, cooling and heated cup holders, and ambient lighting in the car's interior. The best addition also can accommodate seven passengers with a wide leg room.

What appears to be a significant change in the external aspect is in the form of a kidney-shaped BMW front grille. The all-new BMW X5 also comes with the Adaptive LED Main Light which comes standard. In addition, the Sky Lounge function from the panoramic glass roof - is an option - plays a very special and exclusive role when night falls, with LED light spreading evenly on the surface of the glass to illuminate more than 15,000 graphic patterns and produce a reminiscent view of the stars in the sky.

The third generation X5 is now loaded with 3.0 Liter Twin-Scroll Turbocharger and petrol injection technology that produces 340 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm. The BMW X5 xDrive40i is capable of reaching 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

This is a BMW blueprint that launches the SAV category almost 20 years ago. The BMW X5 is the first SAV as the father of the BMW X family model.

More than 2.2 million units of the third generation BMW X5 have been sold worldwide. It is also a market leader in the all-wheel premium segment and still holds to this day.

The all-new BMW X5 will be built at the Spartanburg BMW Plan in South Carolina, USA. The center will be the centerpiece of BMW X models that will also hold the BMW X3, BMW X4 and BMW X6 production and soon BMW X7 will also be included in the schedule.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The All-New Nissan Terra Finally Debuts in Brunei

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Boustead Sdn. Bhd., the sole distributor of Nissan automotive in Brunei, launched the All-New Nissan Terra last night.

The latest addition to the Nissan’s line is considered one of the greatest highlights for the brand’s history as it represents a huge milestone in its innovation. And for that, the exclusive event for such innovative model was held at Indera Samudra, Hall 3, The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

The reveal of the Nissan Terra was exclusively attended by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah Ibni Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz as well as the management of banks and finance institutions, members of the media and the customers.

“Nissan has been involved in building SUVs for more than 60 years and has received its reputation in traversing challenging terrains around the world which has proved Nissan’s capability to build strong and tough SUV. Hence, based on that, it went into the development of the All-New Nissan Terra which means that you can always count on your Terra to take you anywhere.” said Mr Lim Jin Lee, The Executive Manager of Boustead Sdn Bhd.

Nissan Terra has been developed in Asia, build in Asia for Asian customers. The exterior offers the strength and ruggedness of a utility vehicle including the signature V-Motion grille and the boomerang headlamps which give it a more streamlined look. Available in eight colors; Dark Blue, Black Star, Burning Red, Gold Beige, Brilliant Silver, White Pearl, Earth Brown and Twilight Gray.

Inside, the Nissan Terra can accommodate seven passengers and offers roominess with best-in-class cabin space and quiet interior which provide comfort for everyone on board. Additionally, it has a theater seating arrangement where the front seat and the front floor were arranged lower position to give better visibility for the second and third row seats.

Launched with three variants; Mid, High and Premium Grade, and they are all reasonably well equipped. The Mid Grade offers a 2WD system with a manual transmission and a 17-inch alloy wheel. The interior is equipped with a urethane to keep the car cool and comfortable. It also has a low-cost maintenance which is suitable for those looking for value for money.

The High Grade offers a 2WD system but with an automatic transmission and an 18-inch alloy wheel. The interior is also equipped with a urethane while featuring some premium conveniences which are also available in the Premium Grade including a 10.1-inch Android Player for onboard entertainment, hence, making every journey more pleasurable.

The 2WD High and the 4WD Premium Grade are further enhanced with a Power Liftgate to provide more convenience to the drivers and passengers in which the trunk door can be opened in various ways either by pressing the unlock button on the key three times, pressing the button on the trunk door or pressing the switch button at the vehicle’s centre console. The angle of the trunk door can also be adjusted according to the driver’s preference.

For those who prefer a vehicle with a superior and premium feeling, the 4WD Premium Grade, which is the finest grade among the three, has a luxurious interior furnished with leather and first-class comfort and features advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies.

As part of Nissan’s plans to move towards its future direction, Nissan Intelligent Mobility, in which it aims to achieve a goal of zero emission vehicle and zero fatalities on the road by transforming the car into a more responsive partner by redefining how the car is driven, powered and integrated into society, the 4WD Premium Grade adds Intelligent technologies for a safer and confident drive.

One of the highlighted technologies equipped into the 4WD Premium Grade is Around View Monitor. It is a monitor that provides a virtual 360-degree scene of the car in bird’s-eye view. It assists the drivers by giving real-time information about the vehicle’s surroundings which makes parking much easier and safer. Another technology equipped into the 4WD Premium Grade is Lane Departure Warning in which it assists in maintaining safety by alerting the drivers when it detects that the car has strayed from its intended lane. It also recognizes the lane in which the car is travelling. Thus, when the driver unintentionally drifts out of the travelling lane, the system alerts the driver with a visual warning on the display and an audible signal. These technologies help in seeing and detecting any potential obstructions around the vehicle for better safety.

Furthermore, all models are equipped with a Zero Gravity Seat. This technology reduces fatigue for drivers and passengers when driving by pursuing the ideal posture to make long drives more pleasant and maintaining seating comfort, thus making the Nissan Terra suitable for long journeys.

Powered with 2.5-litre diesel engine providing best-in-class performance, it offers impressive 190Kw horsepower and 450Nm torque that ensures an exciting drive of speed and acceleration. It also has high ground clearance which can reduce the risk of damage from uneven roads, hence, suitable for both city drive and off-road drive. Moreover, Nissan Terra is equipped with ladder-frame chassis which provides greater rigidity to give comfort and convenience and further satisfy the outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

To kick off the memorable journey of the first batch of owners of the Nissan Terra, the official delivery of the latest versatile SUV from Nissan was conducted during the launch event. The handover of the keys was personally distributed by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah Ibni Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz.

Members of the public who are interested to have a closer view of the Nissan Terra or to inquire further information are welcomed to visit Nissan’s showroom in Beribi and Kuala Belait and get assisted by the friendly sales representatives of Nissan.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

NBT (B) Sdn Bhd Launches All-New UX Compact Luxury SUV

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Lexus, an innovator in luxury utility vehicles, introduces its newest addition to the lineup, the 2019 UX which is now available in Brunei Darussalam market launched by NBT (B) Sdn Bhd last night at the Lexus Showroom, Gadong.

The new model offers the brand’s luxury appeal and safety in a package that combines bold new design elements and efficient new powertrains. Making its Brunei debut on 12th January 2019, the UX is crafted expressively for the modern urban explorer who seeks a fresh, contemporar and dynamic take on a luxury lifestyle.

The UX name is derived from the design team’s guiding concept and describes the vehicle’s mission: Urban + X-over (crossover) = UX.

The event was crowded by Lexus fans where they witnessed two models i.e. the Lexus UX200 and Lexus F-Sport that was launched by the Director of NBT (Brunei) Sdn Bhd, Haji Ahmad Omar bin Pehin Dato Haji Husen, General Manager of Baiduri Finance Berhad, Haji Haliluddin bin Dato Paduka Haji Talib and Acting Director of Takaful Brunei Am, Haji Shahrilidin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Utama Dato Haji Jaya.

The Lexus UX brings to the table the widest field of vision and best turning radius of any luxury compact SUV. Inspired by the traditional Japanese concept of Engawa, that blurs the boundary between a home’s exterior and interior, designers created a feeling of seamless continuity inside the UX. For example, the upper section of the instrument panel extends out beyond the windshield and gives the driver a 360° birds-eye view of the car and its surroundings.

A 2640 mm wheelbase also contributes to a smooth, stable ride and ample passenger space, while the compact 4495 mm overall length and best-in-class 5.2 m turning radius makes the Lexus UX easy to manoeuvre and convenient to park.

The unique design of the Lexus UX is inspired by the Cross-Create approach, which combines various elements to create new values.

The exterior design incorporates the distinctive features of an armoured vehicle with robust body, and a race car with agile performance. By combining the distinctive features of each —such as rear combination lamps with a shape that is inspired by the shape of a racing car, and a body cross-section and wheel arch mouldings similar to an armoured vehicle—, this surprisingly unconventional crosscreation has resulted in an original and imaginative exterior design befitting this new-genre vehicle.

Challenging all forms of unconventionality, the boundary between the exterior and interior has been eliminated and instead connected with seamless continuity, following the traditional Japanese concept of Engawa. This concept is most evident from the driver’s seat. The exterior is designed with the hood looking as if it passes through the windshield and connects to the upper section of the instrument panel, while the interior’s upper section of the instrument panel appears to extend beyond the windshield to the exterior. This enables the driver to get a sense of the UX’s body for an effortless drive.

Three new unique exterior colours, BLAZING CARNELIAN, TERRANE KHAKI and CELESTIAL BLUE are available on the UX. These three colours express duality, while combining the toughness of a crossover with Lexus’ luxurious style. These tones were created to embody a robust image, while expressing a mature and understated image under normal lighting conditions, as well as flont a beautiful shine under the daytime sun.

The design of the UX expresses the sense of security that is expected of a luxury crossover, but equally communicates agility and a fun-to-drive quality thanks to its sleek and condensed lines. The unique design of the Lexus UX is inspired by the Cross-Create approach, which combines various elements to create new values.

The luxurious interior finishes available in the UX are fine examples of Lexus’ Takumi craftsmanship — the superior quality and attention to detail that produces radically unique touches in all Lexus vehicles.

The smooth leather upholstery available for the UX is inspired by sashiko, a traditional Japanese quilting technique that is also used in the making of judo and kendo martial arts uniforms. The quilted leather is decorated with new perforation patterns that form mathematical curves and gradations in perfect alignment, enhancing the appearance of the seats.

The UX is also the first Lexus model to offer a new trim grain finish that is inspired by the grain of Japanese paper, known as washi, familiar in traditional Japanese homes. Created using slush-moulding and a carefully chosen surface finish, it exudes a calm and warm feeling.

The Lexus UX further marks a series of technical innovations, including the first use of the new Global Architecture Compact (GA-C), which delivers fundamental high structural rigidity and a low centre of gravity, thus securing excellent ride quality and stability. New powertrains are also deployed for the first time: a new 2.0-litre petrol engine that reaps the performance and fuel economy benefits of high thermal efficiency.

Lexus took a new approach to achieve the best possible aerodynamic performance from the UX’s rear combination lamps, wheel arch mouldings and in a World First concept —aerodynamic wheels. The Aero Stabilizing Blade Lights in the rear incorporate fins with a distinctive design that helps prevent airflow from wrapping around the rear of the vehicle. They keep the rear of the car stable when turning and driving in crosswinds.

The wheel arch mouldings have flat sides and a stepped top section, which generates an airflow that helps reduce roll and keeps the vehicle stable when the car is cornering, changing lanes or being driven in a straight line. Millimetre-precise adjustment of this step feature kept an optimal balance between the stabilising effect and design considerations.

The UX's aluminium wheels have a World First aerodynamic design that helps keep the brakes cool and reduce wind resistance.

These features are engineered to deliver an elegant performance, while offering drivers a peace of mind.

There’s no better way to take the city streets by storm than in the All-New Lexus UX luxury crossover.

To get a closer look, drop by the Lexus Showroom at Gadong and be sure to follow Lexus Brunei on Instagram and Facebook. The first 15 bookings on any of these two models will get a One month membership with unlimited classes at Shine Cycle. Wxperience the all new Lexus UX at their showroom today.

Be sure to follow Mantuka on Instagram and Facebook for the detailed test drive review on the all new Lexus UX soon.

Lucky Winner Drives Home a New DS3

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It was twice an exciting day for Auto Makmur Sdn Bhd, the exclusive dealer of Citroën and DS vehicles as lucky customers were invited to attend the grand draw that was held by the company yesterday at the Citroen Showroom in Beribi where one lucky winner drove home a brand new DS 3.

This promotion that started last 1st June and ended 31st December 2018 dubbed as ‘Twice the Fun. Twice the Excitement: Purchase & Win and Test Drive & Win’ promo entitled customers who purchased any Citroën or DS vehicles during the promo period to join the promotion where they can win a brand new DS 3 and other exciting gadgets! In addition, if customers test-drive any vehicles; they can join the draw where they can stand a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Grand draw was held on 11 January 2019 at the Citroën Showroom in Beribi. Out of the 130 customers who test-drove Citroën and DS vehicles during the promo period, it was Hj Muhammad Hanis Bahzi who won a Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Mohammad Wafiy Fakhri on behalf of his father Mohammad Zailani bin Abdullah Tingkah @ Zailani bin Tingkah, a C4 owner is the lucky winner who gets to drive home a brand new DS 3.

Other prizes such as the iPhone X 256GB was won by Nila Arsianti Singgih, Samsung Galaxy S9+ was won by Norhayati binti Hj Yusof, Samsung Gear S3 Frontier  was won by Siti Nurdiana binti Mohamad Noor Sam and Fitbit Versa Watch was won by Pg Anak Hj Ahmad Rapae bin Pg Anak Hanafiah.

Present during the draw were the management of Grand Motors, members of the media and finance representatives.

These promotions were developed to further enhance the brand’s engagement and awareness in the country with customers as their priority. Citroën and DS Line are eager to further cater to their customers’ needs and driving experience by providing vehicles with great blend of luxury and performance.

To know more about Citroën and DS Line, customers are welcome to visit the Citroën Showroom or call 261 3888 EXT 248 for more detailed information.