The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
The all-new BMW X3 now available in Brunei.
09.02.2018

THE ALL-NEW BMW X3 NOW AVAILABLE IN BRUNEI.

Standout driving qualities on any terrain with unrestricted everyday usability.

Brunei.
BMW Asia and QAF Auto launched the all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i on 9 February 2018 and BMW X3 xDrive20i in July 2018, a car that is set to write the next chapter in its success story with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet also efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments.

The all-new BMW X3 elevates the already boldly dynamic design language of its predecessor to new, even more eye-catching territory. The third generation of the pioneering premium mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) treads a familiar BMW X family path in combining rugged off-road looks with sporting presence. The exterior dimensions of the all-new BMW X3 may be largely unchanged, but its five-centimetrelonger wheelbase, long bonnet and extremely short front overhang with even more finely balanced proportions – which emphasise the perfect 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle – give it the edge over its predecessor.

At the front end, the expressive “three-dimensional” kidney grille treatment and fog lamps featuring a hexagonal design for the first time on a BMW X model underline the confident character of the all-new BMW X3. Moving to the rear, the light clusters (whose three-dimensional look in optional full-LED guise give them considerable visual impact), markedly downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes bring matters to a suitably muscular conclusion.

The interior of the all-new BMW X3 follows BMW tradition with its driver-focused and ergonomically optimised cockpit layout and carries over many aspects of the car’s exterior design. For instance, hexagonal forms and precise, bevelled edges also play a central role in the interior. The interior as a whole displays exceptional material quality and fit and finish, and impresses functionality-wise. One example here is the well thought-out storage concept, which offers more stowage space than ever before and ensures it is easier to access.

Evidence of the attention to detail lavished by the designers on the interior of the allnew BMW X3 includes the BMW X logo, which reoccurs frequently in different forms. For example, there is an embossed X in the electroplated accents in the front and rear doors and another on the B-pillars. The optional electroplated accents package adds extra class to the interior in the form of electroplated elements for the window buttons, start/stop button and controls in the centre console.

The all-new BMW X3 can be locked and unlocked using the BMW Display Key familiar from the BMW 7 Series and BMW 5 Series. The BMW Display Key offers a whole series of additional features, such as keeping the driver informed of fuel levels and any service or maintenance work due, and letting them know if the windows and sunroof are closed.

The combination of contour lighting above the trim strip in the instrument panel and ambient lighting, which directs a soft stream of light downwards from below the accent strip, bathes the interior in an extremely classy and relaxing ambience. In darkness, the central monitor appears to be literally floating above the instrument panel. Customers can choose from six colour tones (Orange, Lilac, Mint, Bronze, Blue and White). A new addition is the Ambient Air package, which allows owners to not only fragrance the interior with a choice of eight pleasant scents in three levels of intensity, but also to purify their surroundings by means of air ionisation – and in so doing contribute to the overall sense of well-being on board.

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QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
QAF auto, the official transporation provider for the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations Meetings.
30.06.2018

QAF AUTO, THE OFFICIAL TRANSPORATION PROVIDER FOR THE 48TH ASEAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATIONS MEETINGS.

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – QAF Auto, the sole importer of BMW in Brunei Darussalam, held an official handover of eighteen all-new BMW X1 Series on Saturday, 30th June 2018, at the Ministry of Primary Resource and Tourism. The handover was led by the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Yang Mulia Awang Wardi Bin Haji Mohammad Ali and the General Manger of QAF Auto, Mr Siva Kumar Krishnan.

The six day program includes The 3rd ASEAN Tourism Marketing Partnership Working Group Meeting and the 48th ASEAN National Tourism Organizations (NTOS) Meeting. The eighteen cars will be used to accommodate the Permanent Secretaries attending the meeting during their arrival, departure and stay in Brunei Darussalam.

Yang Mulia Awang Wardi, who was elated by the collaboration and cooperation of the premium car brand, said that these arrangements enhance the partnership and understanding between private sectors and the government, catering to the growth of the nation’s tourism sector.

The General Manager, Mr. Siva mentioned that QAF Auto is glad to be participating in such meaningful event and, “BMW, work closely with all the ASEAN countries in supporting their events and activities, and look forward to more”.

The BMW X1 series provided is known as the all-rounder car with advanced safety features and flexible storage compartments. The model suit the demands and have the required facilities, which includes elevated seating positions that provides best possible view of the nation and the versatile and dynamic appearance where comfort meets functionality.

QAF Auto has a well-established and trusted reputation in Brunei, and has been the official transportation provider for other major events such as the APEC in 2000, the ASEAN Summit in 2013 and The Golden Jubilee of His Majesty in 2017. The BMW group prides itself in providing for all the different stakeholders in the society and pledge to continue strengthening the bonds.

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QAF auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
05.03.2018

BMW 540i AS THE CAR OF CHOICE FOR VIETNAM EMBASSY.

Brunei Darussalam. QAF Auto, the sole importer of BMW in Brunei Darussalam, hosted the official delivery of the all-new BMW 5 Series to the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr Do Anh Tuan by the General Manager of QAF Auto, Mr Sivakumar Krishnan. Also present, the 3rd Secretary of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr Huynh Quang Ngoc.

The very 1st generation of BMW 5 Series was introduced back in the 1970s. It was first known as the E12 (520i) which was powered by inline-4 engines. BMW has released seven (7) generations of BMW 5 Series throughout these four (4) decades. Today, the all-new BMW 5 Series is known as G30 which comes in 520i (1,998cc), 520d (1,997cc), 530i (1,998cc) and 540i (2,998cc).

Every BMW pushes at the frontiers of technology and innovation. The all-new BMW 5 Series combines state-of-the-art driving assistance systems, an unmatched degree of connectivity and convenience, and extensive use of the most modern aluminium alloys to create an experience that re-defines the capabilities of this class of vehicle.


The embassy car is BMW 540i (2,998cc) and equipped with parking assistant plus, navigation system professional, BMW gesture control and multifunctional instrument display. A high-resolution 10.25-inch screen, actuated by the rotary controller of the latestgeneration iDrive system, gives clear and easy visual access to all of the car’s features.

The embassy car comes with the optional BMW Display Key, carried over from the BMW 7 Series, which is a smart piece of technology that connects you to your BMW 5 Series. ‘Forget everything you know about car key’ is well said for this BMW Display key which puts even more smart in your pocket. This incredible piece of tech – essentially a remote control and touchscreen in one – actually allows you to manoeuvre into tight and inaccessible parking spaces while standing outside the vehicle. You can also check how many kilometres until the next fill up on the display key and also actuate the heating and cooling of the cabin.

Aluminium and aluminium alloys are used extensively in the all-new BMW 5 Series chassis, making it lighter and stiffer than its predecessor. Combined with near perfect weight distribution, it creates a responsive dynamic drive, making the all-new BMW 5 Series a class leader.

QAF Auto has established its reputation in becoming the official transportation partner for some of the major events in Brunei such as APEC in 2000, His Majesty’s 64th Birthday Celebration in 2010, Brunei International Defence Exhibition (BRIDEX) 2009, 2011 and 2013, 23rd ASEAN Summit 2013 and recently, the Sultan’s 50th Anniversary of the Accession to the Throne event. According to Mr Sivakumar Krishnan, the General Manager of QAF Auto, BMW will continue to focus on supplying cars for the embassies and other corporate organizations in Brunei.

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QAF auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
05.03.2018

QAF AUTO HOLDS A SPECIAL EMBASSY CAR DELIVERY CEREMONY.

Brunei Darussalam. QAF Auto, the sole importer of BMW in Brunei Darussalam, hosted the official delivery of the all-new BMW 5 Series to the Deputy Ambassador of the Royal Thai Embassy, Mr Rooge Thammongkol by the CEO of QAF Brunei, Mr Albert Lau.

Dubbed the business athlete – the all-new seventh-generation BMW 5 Series builds on the bespoke character of the previous model and it is only fitting that it is enhanced from both an aesthetic and functionality perspective. With its dynamic driving style and simultaneously elegant appearance, the all-new BMW 5 Series is the epitome of the ultimate business sedan.

Every BMW pushes at the frontiers of technology and innovation. The all-new BMW 5 Series combines state-of-the-art driving assistance systems, an unmatched degree of connectivity and convenience, and extensive use of the most modern aluminium alloys to create an experience that re-defines the capabilities of this class of vehicle.

The embassy car is equipped with parking assistant plus, navigation system professional, BMW gesture control and multifunctional instrument display. A high-resolution 10.25-inch screen, actuated by the rotary controller of the latest-generation iDrive system, gives clear and easy visual access to all of the car’s features.

One of the most impressive features in the car is the optional BMW Display Key, carried over from the BMW 7 Series, which puts even more smart in your pocket. This incredible piece of tech – essentially a remote control and touchscreen in one – actually allows you to manoeuvre into tight and inaccessible parking spaces while standing outside the vehicle. You can also check how many kilometres until the next fill up on the display key and also actuate the heating and cooling of the cabin.

Aluminium and aluminium alloys are used extensively in the all-new BMW 5 Series chassis, making it lighter and stiffer than its predecessor. Combined with near perfect weight distribution, it creates a responsive dynamic drive, making the all-new BMW 5 Series a class leader.

QAF Auto has established its reputation in becoming the official transportation partner for some of the major events in Brunei such as APEC in 2000, His Majesty’s 64th Birthday Celebration in 2010, Brunei International Defence Exhibition (BRIDEX) 2009, 2011 and 2013, 23rd ASEAN Summit 2013 and recently, the Sultan’s 50th Anniversary of the Accession to the Throne event. According to Mr Sivakumar Krishnan, the General Manager of QAF Auto, BMW will continue to focus on supplying cars for the embassies and other corporate organizations in Brunei.

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QAF auto selected by BMW group Asia as “best retailer in customer care” in the importer region Asia pacific.
QAF auto selected by BMW group Asia as “best retailer in customer care” in the importer region Asia pacific.
13.04.2018

QAF AUTO SELECTED BY BMW GROUP ASIA AS “BEST RETAILER IN CUSTOMER CARE” IN THE IMPORTER REGION ASIA PACIFIC.

BRUNEI. For the first time since being appointed the sole importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in Brunei, QAF Auto was honoured by BMW Group Asia as the “Best Retailer in Customer Care” for the Excellence in Sales 2017 Competition in the Importer Region Asia Pacific. The awards were presented at the regional Aftersales Dealer Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2018.

“Our customers are our number one priority and in 2017 our motto was ‘Your Satisfaction is our Commitment’,” said Sivakumar Krishnan, General Manager of QAF Auto. “We implemented Performance Coaching for our Management Team, focused on improving the softer skills for our sales team in the area of personalized services, and increased customer touchpoints to ensure we always knew what our customers needed and wanted. This is a great honour for everyone at QAF Auto and we look forward to raising the bar in 2018.”

QAF Auto also received the awards for ‘Best Customer Satisfaction Service Performance in Aftersales’ and “Best Performance 2017 in Aftersales” for significantly improved performance compared to the previous year.

This awards programme celebrates the efforts of the regional BMW retail network and underlines the role dealers play in the company’s success. It also recognises the long-term efforts of the BMW Group and the retail network to set new benchmarks in sales around the region and strengthens the dealers’ leading position in their home markets.

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Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
Bromo Driving Experience
06.06.2018

DESTINATION BROMO: BIMMER OWNERS COME TO PLAY IN VOLCANIC WONDERLAND.

FIVE BMW owners and their partners recently got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in one of the biggest BMW events of the year – the BMW Destination X – Bromo Driving Experience 2018.

 

The event – the fourth edition since it began in 2014 – gave the participants the chance to experience driving three of BMW’s X Series models, the all-new X3, X4 and X5, and put the lineup’s xDrive all-wheel drive system to the ultimate test on the mountainous and sandy terrain surrounding Mount Bromo. (The only year when the event was skipped was in 2016, due to the volcano erupting in late 2015.)

 

A representative from QAF Auto Sdn Bhd and I were lucky enough to be handed the chance to join the quintet on an amazing three-day adventure which started off from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city and capital of East Java province, where Mount Bromo was located.

 

In total, there were 12 representatives from Brunei Darussalam and five from the Philippines. We were divided into five groups, with each group being assigned two driving partners.


On our first day in Surabaya, we were briefed on our journey itinerary including the drive from Ciputra World Hotel Surabaya - the place we were staying at – to Jiwa Jawa Resort in Probolinggo, a city on the north coast of East Java province, road and traffic conditions, as well as safe driving procedures.

 

The traffic during our drive from Surabaya to Bromo was congested, heavy with motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians, particularly on major roads.

 

I soon began to understand why one of the BMW Destination X team members advised the rest of us to exercise extra caution while driving.

 

We set off for the resort at 2pm. I took the wheels of the BMW X5 and made my way down from the hotel to Gazebo Restaurant at Bangil – our first pit stops. The journey, which took a good 90 minutes, could have been shorter if not for the stubborn traffic and several road tolls which we had to pass through. Using the contra-flow lane proved to be a great decision, as we thankfully reached our destination on time despite all the hassle.


After a 15 minutes coffee break, we hit the road again and drove for roughly an hour before halting at Warung Kencur for another pit stop. The journey here, all 35km of it, believe me, was one of the most challenging experiences I ever had, despite the police escort that was afforded to us.

 

The route, which required me to drive uphill and through curved, narrow, winding and bumpy sections, as well as single-lane country roads (when we were nearing Mount Bromo) with barely enough room for a normal car to pass let along a full-sized BMW SUV, certainly pushed my skills as a driver to the limits.


You could imagine the huge sigh of relief and gulp of fresh air I breathed in when we finally arrived at the resort at approximately 7pm, just in time for dinner.

 

After some much required sleep, we were awoken the next day at 3am to make our way to Seruni Point – the highest point in the area still accessible by car – so that we can catch the stunning sunrise in time. After taking photos with the fantastic Mount Bromo in the background, we headed down to the Sea of Sand, part of the Tengger massif (an active volcanic complex) which lies within the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. It is in the middle of this vast area of sand where Mount Bromo lies.

 

By this time we were all wide awake and ready to get stuck into our driving adventure. Our sea of sand BMW drive experience was divided into three exercises: the X-track, X-perience and X-treme Ride.

 

The first exercise I went for was the X-perience, where we, driving the X5, were required to manoeuvre through several ramped obstacles such as Three Wheels Roller, Alternate Climb, Two Wheels Climb and Alternate Surface.

 

The Three Wheels Rollers obstacle was interesting as it stimulated loss of traction for three of the X5’s wheels (we had to drive onto a ramp and position our cars’ wheels over the rollers). The vehicle, despite only gaining grip from one wheel, demonstrated its formidable xDrive capabilities, handling and overcoming the problem with comfortable ease.

 

The Alternate Two-Wheel Climb on the other hand, really pushed the X5’s diagonal tyre traction and diagonal weight balance capabilities onto the fore. We did a side wheelie and it was incredible to see the vehicle staying balanced on two wheels while maintaining traction on the soft sand surface and moving forward through the obstacle. It was definitely for me the most hair-raising segment of all exercises, if nothing else.


Next up was the second exercise – the X-treme Ride. Here, we rode alongside a BMW driving instructor, Gerry Nasution, and attempted more challenging exercises across the 10,000 square-metre sand wonderland. One of these was an exciting drive through a dried out river and the Angular Climb, where we had a drive our cars up a slope with a difficult 30-degree incline.

 

Other included the Balance Bridge challenge where we had to climb up onto a specially constructed bridge and put the X5 under controlled suspension mode. It is here where one can truly appreciate the prowess of the xDrive system; you could feel the traction and torque being channeled to each wheel – even at low RPMs – when the car is being subjected to such extreme conditions.


The third and final exercise – the X-track – was probably my favourite. I wasn’t sure whether the sequencing of the challenges was deliberate, but placing this challenge last certainly felt right.


After a long day of careful, ninja-like traversing of mostly manmade obstacles, we finally got the chance to really put the pedal to the metal with all three X Series models and truly be at one with nature.

 

Copious clouds of volcanic sand were kicked up as we raced, cornered and slid our way through the wide, moonlike track – a surreal experience that made me feel like I was driving at the Dakar Rally. For the most part you wouldn’t even believe that you were sitting in luxury SUVs, which says a lot about the quality and versatility of the vehicles and BMW.


The whole Bromo experience left everyone and me with a greater appreciation of the breadth of the X Series SUVs’ powers. It’s no exaggeration to say that we won’t be encountering anywhere near the sort of driving conditions in Brunei as we did in Indonesia, but it certainly warms my heart knowing that I can always call on BMW’s xDrive whenever I need it.

 

Extracted from Borneo Bulletin 6 June 2018

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QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
QAF Auto holds a special embassy car delivery ceremony.
09.08.2018

QAF AUTO BRINGS BMW DRIVING EXPERIENCE TO BRUNEI.

BRUNEI – For the first time in more than a decade, QAF Auto, the sole importer and distributor of BMW and MINI vehicles in Brunei, offered more than 200 existing and potential customers the opportunity to participate in the an official ‘BMW and MINI Driving Experience’ from 10-12 August 2018.

Under the guidance of Mr. Wong Kah Keen – a Certified Advance, Intensive and Mottorad Instructor by the BMW Driving Experience and International Instructors Academy – participants learnt everything from adjusting their seating to the proper position while driving to participating in exercises to understand proper steering methods, emergency braking, and avoidance. In addition, participants also had an opportunity to take part in a slalom competition and hotlaps with the instructors.

“It will be an exciting few days for all participants as well as everyone involved in bringing the BMW and MINI Driving Experience to Brunei,” said Mr. Sivakumar Krishnan. “Our passion is providing our customers with unforgettable moments and experiences guaranteed to give goosebumps, as well as allowing them to experience the performance of our cars in the habitat that they were developed for. We look forward to hosting another BMW and MINI Driving Experience in Brunei in the future.”

The first official training courses took place in Manching, Germany in 1977 with 15 participants. These training courses were not only a great success, but were also among the first driver training courses ever to be given in the automobile industry. The goal then was the same as today, to combine perfect automobiles with equally good driving skills.

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