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18.12.2020

THE ALL-NEW BMW 4 SERIES COUPÉ NOW AVAILABLE IN BRUNEI.

Brunei. BMW Asia and QAF Auto, the sole importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in Brunei, today launched the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé, a car that is more distinctive and sportier than ever. The overall vehicle concept behind the two-door car – from its proportions and bespoke design features to the model-specific chassis tuning – displays a rigorous commitment to a richly engaging driving experience. The spotlight on dynamic driving pleasure puts clear water between the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé and the latest BMW 3 Series Sedan and gives it a significantly sharper character than its predecessor.

 

The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé was developed with the aim of redefining the essence of driving pleasure in the premium midsize segment. Its aura of athleticism and exclusivity sees it following in the BMW brand’s coupé tradition – shaped by a succession of legendary sporting machines – which now stretches back almost 90 years. The makeup of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé range reflects the emphasis placed on dynamic potency in the car’s conception. The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé is built at BMW Plant Dingolfing in Germany.

 

Exterior design: an exclusive blend of elegance and dynamism.

The appearance of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé brings both the familiar styling of BMW’s sporty two-door models and the brand’s new design language to the fore. A small number of crisp lines and the use of clear, generously sized surfaces come together into a body design which exudes unadulterated driving pleasure from every angle.

 

The dynamically stretched proportions of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé are the result of greater exterior dimensions than its predecessor. Length has increased by 128 mm to 4,768 mm, width by 27 mm to 1,852 mm and the wheelbase by 41 mm to 2,851 mm. Vehicle height is up by just 6 mm, to 1,383 mm, making the car 57 mm lower than the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. Its tracks have increased in width over the previous-generation model’s – by 28 mm at the front and 18 mm at the rear – and are also 23 mm wider than those of the latest BMW 3 Series Sedan.

 

An expressive and distinctive front end with a nose for tradition.

The striking front end of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé shines the spotlight on its standalone character. The large, vertically emphasised BMW kidney grille angles forwards and extends down almost to the lower edge of the front apron. Its standard air intakes have a mesh structure of the sort only previously seen on M models. As a defining element of the front end, the grille stands confidently at its centre. With its upright kidneys connected in the centre, it reprises a design feature from the company’s past – one shared with legendary brand classics, such as the BMW 328 and BMW 3.0 CSi – and adds its own modern twist.

 

The slim headlights of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé reach well into the front wheel arches. Full-LED headlights are fitted as standard, while the BMW Laserlight is available as an option. This optional equipment item comes with the cornering light and adaptive cornering functions with variable road illumination optimised for urban and motorway driving. At speeds above 60 km/h, the laser high-beam increases maximum illumination range to 550 metres and follows the course of the road dynamically.

 

Elegant and dynamic side view, powerful rear.

The flanks of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé are shaped by precise and tautly carved surfaces. Short overhangs, slender pillars, long doors with frameless windows, the slim window graphic and a flowing roofline accentuate its elegant appearance. The glasshouse – heavily tapered in its rear section – and muscular shoulders accentuate its powerful stature.

 

At the rear, too, large and distinct surfaces are the dominant influences. Slim and stylishly darkened full-LED rear lights with consistently illuminating light bars underscore the car’s powerful looks.

 

Interior: driver-focused cockpit, two individual-style rear seats.

Cleanly designed surfaces, high-quality materials and the driver-focused layout of the cockpit define the premium ambience and singularly performance-centric interior design of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé. Together with the coordinated design of the instrument panel and door panel trim, the high-set centre console generates an enveloping environment for the front seat occupants. The standard acoustic glass for the windscreen further improves comfort over long distances.

 

The instrument cluster and Control Display in the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé form a large-surface display grouping. The start/stop button for the engine is now positioned in a classy control panel in the centre console. And the model-specific rear seats with integral head restraints and pronounced individual-seat character have been designed to accommodate two passengers.

 

Powerful yet efficient petrol engines in the all-new BMW 420i Coupé.

The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé boasts remarkably sporty performance characteristics and superior efficiency following an extensive upgrade. The four-cylinder engine in the all-new BMW 420i Coupé is a shining example of efficiency and the free-revving performance associated with BMW power units. Its maximum output of 184 hp and peak torque of 300 Nm between 1,350 and 4,000 rpm translate into a 0 to 100 km/h time of 7.5 seconds.

 

Eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard for model variants globally, with eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as standard for Brunei.

Globally, this is the first time that all model variants in the BMW 4 Series Coupé range have been fitted with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. The latest version of the automatic transmission goes about its task of relaying drive torque from the engine with optimised shift characteristics and even greater efficiency.

 

In Brunei, the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is fitted as standard for all model variants and offers even sharper shift dynamics. Gearshift paddles on the steering wheel are a standard feature as well.

 

Improved body rigidity and bespoke chassis tuning result in eye-catching dynamism.

Its model-specific proportions, optimised aerodynamic properties, increased body rigidity, a centre of gravity 21 millimetres lower than the new BMW 3 Series Sedan’s, and careful tweaks to the chassis geometry, mounting and set-up, give the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé a sporty character all of its own. An intelligent material mix has been employed to optimise the weight of both the body and chassis technology. The bespoke body struts at the front end and in the rear axle area can also take credit for the car’s superb handling agility and precision.

 

The standard M Sport suspension on the all-new BMW 420i Coupé incorporates specially tuned lift-related dampers with variable sport steering. The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé rides on 19-inch M light alloy wheels with red high-gloss M Sport brakes.

 

M Sport package for the ultimate in intense driving pleasure.

The design and equipment lines are also a clear reflection of the uncompromising focus on dynamic driving pleasure underpinning the overall vehicle concept. In Brunei, the M Sport model comes with features such as extra-large air intakes at the front and a prominently contoured rear apron, M Sport suspension, M light-alloy wheels, and other specially designed interior elements. Exterior elements can also be specified in carbon fibre to add some motorsports flair with the M Carbon exterior package.

 

A luxuriously sporty interior.

A vast array of features inject an individual sense of style into the car and enhance driving comfort. The all-new BMW 420i Coupé M Sport comes as standard with sports seats and a newly designed sports leather steering wheel. Limited units of the coupé are available with the M Sport bucket seats, a touch inspired by the BMW M4.

 

The racy interior vibe continues with all passengers enjoying M seat belts with the tri-coloured stitching. All control switches are finished with a Galvanic embellisher, making them pleasant to the touch. The ambient lighting package including the Welcome Light Carpet is also available as standard, creating a particularly luxurious feel.

 

Ultimate comfort and convenience come through the three-zone automatic climate control and a Storage package fitted as standard in the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé. The rear backrest in the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé has a 40 : 20 : 40 split and its individual sections can be released and folded flat by pressing a button in the boot. The boot is able to hold 440 litres of gear – 30 litres more than the predecessor model.

 

Far wider choice of driver assistance systems.

A significantly broader selection of driver assistance systems compared to the preceding generation of the BMW 4 Series Coupé serves to boost comfort on long journeys and increase safety in situations where the driver does not have a clear view. For example, the front collision warning with brake intervention, Lane Departure Warning including lane return (with steering assistance) and the Speed Limit Info system are all now included as standard.

 

The standard Parking Assistant Plus package features the Reversing Assistant as well as the Surround View. The new-generation BMW Head-Up Display is optionally available – this feature beams driving-related information onto a projection area that has been enlarged by 70 per cent.

 

New digital services: BMW Intelligent Voice Control and wireless smartphone integration.

The standard fitted BMW Live Cockpit Professional features a fully digital screen grouping comprising a digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches and a 10.25-inch Control Display. The fully digital instrument display in the cockpit provides enough room to accommodate an excerpt from the navigation map, status indicators for the driver assistance systems or 3D visualisation of the surrounding area.

 

The driver and passengers will also benefit from the enhanced options for intuitive operation and the innovative digital services brought by the inclusion of BMW Operating System 7.0 in the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé. Display content can be configured individually while the intuitive multimodal interaction between driver and vehicle can take place – depending on the situation – via the Control Display’s touchscreen, the proven iDrive Controller, the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel or the BMW gesture control. The standard-fit BMW Intelligent Voice Control with added functions rounds up the suite of interaction with the vehicle.

 

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional system also comes with optimised smartphone integration. Alongside wireless Apple CarPlay, the operating system for the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé now also hosts wireless Android Auto.

 

The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé is now available for viewing at the QAF Auto showroom.

Additional information enclosed:

  1. The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé price.

  2. The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé specifications.

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28.09.2020

QAF AUTO CELEBRATES BMW CORPORATE PROGRAMME WITH MOU SIGNING CEREMONY.

Brunei. QAF Auto, the sole importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in Brunei, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Baiduri Bank Berhad as part of the new BMW Corporate Programme on the evening of Friday, 25 September at the Radisson Hotel. The signing was done between Mr Albert Lau, CEO of QAF Brunei and witnessed by Ms Alisa Khoo, General Manager of QAF Auto for BMW Brunei and Mr Ti Eng Hui, CEO of Baiduri Bank and witnessed by Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Deputy CEO of Baiduri Bank for Baiduri Bank.

 

“We are delighted to welcome our new partners to the BMW Corporate Programme,” said Ms. Alisa Khoo, General Manager, QAF Auto. “As we embark on this journey together, we will continue to actively engage with them to deliver a premium experience that is synonymous with BMW. There are numerous exciting activities and collaborations in the pipeline and we cannot wait to get started. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners once again for their trust, confidence and support in us. The world of BMW awaits!”

 

The event also saw the special unveiling of the new BMW 5 Series by Mr Albert Lau and Ms Alisa Khoo and a special preview of the limited-production BMW M2 Edition by FUTURA 2000.

 

For more information on the BMW Corporate Programme, please visit: www.bmw.com.bn

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23.07.2020

QAF AUTO SPONSORS 200 PAIRS OF BAJU RAYA FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED.

Brunei. QAF Auto BMW have recently joined forces with Big BWN Project to make their Sponsor A Baju Raya campaign happen where they sponsored 200 pairs of raya clothing to the low income and underprivileged families in Kampong Bolkiah.

 

According to Noorhafizah Hj Rashid, the founder of Big BWN Project, from this campaign they managed to secure about 500 sets of raya clothing altogether which they got from tailors around the country who were pleased to sell off their ready-made clothings at $10 each for this cause. The distribution was held at Kg Bolkiah Community Development Centre.

“Although it is not going to be the same raya celebration this year but we want to keep the raya spirit going by sharing and spreading joy to the community here. This is part of BMW CSR activity this year. Even with the pandemic that’s going on, it does not stop us from instilling the value of giving in our company,” said Ms Alisa Khoo, General Manager of QAF Auto in an interview.

 

Big BWN thanked BMW Brunei, Kunyit7Lodge, OGCC Brunei, MRC Brunei and other generous sponsors for their contributions in the success of this project.

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06.05.2020

THE FIRST-EVER BMW 2 SERIES GRAN COUPE NOW AVAILABLE IN BRUNEI.

A new generation of extrovert coupe.

 

Brunei. BMW Asia and QAF Auto announced the availability of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in Brunei at their inaugural first virtual launch event of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe on BMW Brunei’s Facebook Live and Youtube Premiere last night

 

Ms Alisa Khoo, the General Manager of QAF Auto in her speech mentioned that while they are working hard to address the COVID-19 challenge, QAF Auto have also taken it as an opportunity to change how they engage with their customers. The unexpected worldwide event has enabled them to be creative in how they deliver their products and services, while still providing a premium experience.

 

For the first time ever, BMW is bringing the four-door coupe concept into the premium compact segment. This dashing alternative to the classical sedan celebrates its arrival with a fresh dose of individuality, aesthetic appeal and emotional engagement, backed up by innovative control/operation and connectivity tech, excellent everyday usability and the dynamic capability for which BMW is renowned.

 

Built in Leipzig, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has all the ingredients to fuel the enthusiasm of new, design-led customers for BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure. It represents an appealing addition to the model line-up, in particular in markets such as Brunei where the sedan body style enjoys strong popularity. Like its four-door coupe siblings from the BMW 4 Series and BMW 8 Series ranges, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe reveals a strong focus on design with boldly rich lines, frameless side doors, and a dynamic exterior design. The four-door coupe combines these elements with a high level of everyday practicality, including excellent interior space and a large load compartment.

 

In line with its sporting looks, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe establishes a new dynamic yardstick in its class. The car features the advanced BMW front-wheel-drive architecture, while in the BMW M235i xDrive form, it comes with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive as standard. Furnished with cutting-edge chassis technology and innovative systems e.g. in the field of control system technology, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe likewise raises the bar in terms of driving dynamics and agility. It is the perfect choice for customers for whom sportiness, cutting-edge connectivity, and ample on-board space rank highly.

 

Exterior: a dynamically stretched silhouette with exclusive details.

The standout characteristic of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is its dynamically stretched silhouette lifted from the classical coupe blueprint. Large surfaces and the minimal use of crisp lines embody the new BMW design language. The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a sporty, low and broad-set stance on the road – it measures 4,526 mm in length and 1,800 mm in width, but stands just 1,420 mm tall. Passengers are well catered for space-wise, thanks to the 2,670 mm wheelbase. The 430-litre luggage compartment can also be expanded in various ways, significantly increasing the car’s versatility in its range of applications in daily use.

 

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe also adds the premium aesthetic drawn from its larger stablemates – these include features such as four frameless side doors and contoured kidney grille bars with an eye-catching indentation. Most strikingly, the all-new design of the rear lights extends well into the centre of the rear end and hand over to a High-gloss Black band, which runs up to and encircles the centrally located BMW badge. This combination of the rear lights and connecting element makes a horizontal statement and accentuates the width of the rear.

 

Low, wide, sporty and with LED headlights as standard.

The car’s confident appearance stems from the dynamic front end with its fresh interpretation of classical BMW icons. Slightly angled headlights – which feature full-LED technology as standard – form the prominent BMW four-eyed face and draw attention to the familiar BMW kidney grille. The grille takes the form of a large and connected element, as well as spreading out further to either side. In a styling tweak unique to the premium-compact four-door coupe, the kidney bars are contoured, an eye-catching vertical indentation in the bars providing a three-dimensional effect when the kidney bars are specified in Aluminium satinated. An exclusive visual identifier of the line-up’s sporting flagship – the first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe – is its striking grille design with pronounced three-dimensional mesh in place of the classical bars, along with larger outer air intakes. The mesh design is inspired by racing cars and brings extra depth and perceived quality to the front end.

 

A flowing roofline with prominent shoulders.

Precise lines in the flanks create a fascinating interplay of light and shade, thereby emphasising the agile proportions and hallmark elegance of a modern BMW coupe. The roofline has a graceful flow, while the long window graphic visually reduces the weight over the rear end. Further down the car, the shoulderline extends well back to the rear, creating an elongating effect on the body. In addition, a distinct side taper at the C-pillar injects a feeling of sportiness into the shoulder section above the powerfully contoured rear wheel arches. This also highlights the width of the car when viewed from the rear and gives the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe its broad stance on the road.

 

Like the headlights, the wide, slender rear lights are full-LED as standard. They provide an all-new take on the familiar BMW “L” shape with a single slim light element and a distinctive sweep to the side. The pared-back look lends the rear a classy sense of modernity, also encapsulated by the elaborately shaped tailgate with four-piece styling. Chrome exhaust tailpipes with a 90 mm diameter (the first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe has striking free-form pipes) set the seal on the sporting aesthetic.

 

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is fitted with M light-alloy wheels, with a diameter of 18 inches. Polished M light-alloy wheels with a 19-inch diameter are available as an option, as is a large, electrically operated panoramic roof.

 

Interior: sporting flair and an impressive sense of space.

The interior of the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe combines sporting flair with exquisite materials and a use of space designed with both family life and long-distance journeys in mind. Its modernity is underscored by innovative detail solutions, such as the backlit trim strips in Illuminated Boston on the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

 

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe belies its elegant coupe form with generous levels of cabin space, welcoming rear passengers with ease of entry. The car features 33 mm of extra kneeroom over the first-ever BMW 2 Series Coupe, as well as a seating position that is 12 mm higher. Practical stowage areas further enhance the comfort and convenience factor. The boot holds 430 litres of gear (40 litres more than the two-door coupe) and this can be expanded further by folding down the 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest. In a further touch of convenience, the rear bench can also be released fully from the load compartment. The tailgate opens automatically at the press of a button or the wave of a foot with the Comfort Access function.

 

A cockpit squarely focused on the driver.

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe allows the user to combine various operating options according to the situation at hand and their preferences. The various controls and grouped clusters – such as the air conditioning and the different driving functions – are designed for easy operability. In addition to the usual buttons on the centre console and steering wheel, other frontline control elements include the iDrive Controller with touchpad and the standard 8.8-inch Control Display with touchscreen functionality. BMW Live Cockpit Plus also adds a navigation system and intelligent voice control with online speech processing. Access to the infotainment offering provided by the new BMW Operating System 7.0 is via a display grouping with two large 10.25-inch screens on the optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional. The high-resolution Control Display is centrally mounted, touch-sensitive and angled towards the driver in customary BMW fashion – drivers can configure this large screen combination to their individual preference. Standout features on the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system include an adaptive navigation system and a hard-drive-based multimedia system.

 

The optional gesture control comprises seven different gestures, two of which can be assigned to functions of the customer’s choosing. Also optionally available is the full-colour 9.2-inch BMW Head-Up Display, supplying drivers with information without diverting their eyes off the road.

 

Two equipment lines, one flagship model.

The first-ever BMW 218i Gran Coupe M Sport model comes standard with a front apron with specially sculpted air intakes and High-gloss Black trim elements, kidney grille bars in Aluminium satinated and a BMW M rear apron in Dark Shadow. It also features the M Sport steering wheel and standard-fit sports seats with Trigon/Sensatec covers.

On the first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, exclusive styling cues and colour accents in Cerium Grey underscore its status as the sporting spearhead in the line-up. The flagship model also has a BMW M rear apron in High-gloss Black, a BMW M rear spoiler in body colour on the tailgate, and sports seats with Trigon/Alcantara as standard.

 

Powertrain and chassis: supreme agility and dynamic prowess.

Like the new BMW 1 Series, the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe employs BMW’s sophisticated front-wheel-drive architecture. The product of many years of experience amassed by the BMW Group, this architecture imbues the four-door coupe with exceptional agility.

 

Thanks to the perfectly orchestrated interaction between cutting-edge chassis engineering, innovative technologies, and the integrated components and control systems, the fast, precise responses of the four-door coupe elevate the driving experience to enviable heights. Credit here goes in part to the transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand – the near-actuator wheel slip limitation (ARB) tech drawn from the BMW i3s is fitted as standard in the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.

 

Wheel slip is controlled extremely precisely and swiftly, significantly improving traction when the car pulls away, corners, or accelerates on dry and wet roads in all driving conditions. The slip controller is positioned directly in the engine control unit rather than in the control unit for the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. Eliminating long signal paths means that information is relayed three times quicker, while the driver perceives wheel slip being brought under control up to ten times faster. Near-actuator wheel slip limitation works in tandem with the DSC system to significantly reduce power understeer – a typical drawback of front-wheel-drive cars – without the need for corrective inputs to stabilise lateral dynamics.

 

Neutral steering behaviour with BMW Performance Control.

Also included as standard is BMW Performance Control – this yaw moment distribution system works in conjunction with ARB to increase handling agility. The system intelligently applies the brakes at the wheels on the inside of the bend before the slip threshold has been reached, thereby suppressing any initial understeer and ensures neutral steering behaviour. Drivers can deactivate the DSC system if they wish to take over full control of the car’s sporty handling abilities. Further increasing the agility on the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the M Sport steering – its direct ratio and sharp response adds to the car’s already healthy appetite for corners.

 

Two suspension options across the range.

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe comes standard with the M Sport suspension with a 10 mm reduction in ride height, complete with M Sport steering. The range-topping BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe features the adaptive suspension including VDC (Variable Damper Control). All BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe models have a multi-link rear axle.

 

Two engine choices and transmission technologies.

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is available with a choice of two petrol engines from the latest-generation BMW EfficientDynamics family. A raft of individual measures has given these engines better fuel economy in all driving conditions and lower exhaust emissions.

The three-cylinder unit in the first-ever BMW 218i Gran Coupe produces 140 hp with a maximum torque output of 220 Nm from 1,480 rpm to 4,200 rpm. An overboost function briefly generates an extra 10 Nm in fourth gear or higher. The first-ever BMW 218i Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.7 seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of 215 km/h. The engine’s power is relayed via the highly sophisticated seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission.

The line-up is spearheaded by the BMW Group’s most powerful four-cylinder engine in the first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe – it has an output of 306 hp with a maximum 450 Nm of torque from 1,750-4,500 rpm, endowing the flagship model with extremely sporty performance. The first-ever BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe races to 100 km/h from rest in just 4.9 seconds en route to a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h.

 

Parking Assistant with the innovative Reversing Assistant.

Extensive assistance with parking and manoeuvring is available on the first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in the form of the Park Distance Control (PDC), rear view camera and Parking Assistant. The latter enables automatic assisted parking in spaces that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, as well as automatic manoeuvring out of parallel parking spaces. The innovative Reversing Assistant stores the steering movements for any section the car has just driven forward along at no more than 36 km/h – all the driver has to do is to operate the accelerator and brake pedals, and monitor the vehicle’s surroundings. The system is then able to steer the vehicle in reverse – for distances of up to 50 metres at a maximum 9 km/h – along exactly the same line it took when moving forward.

 

The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is now available for viewing at the QAF Auto showroom.

 

Additional information enclosed:

    1. The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe prices.

    2. The first-ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe specifications.

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18.01.2020

The new BMW X1.

Brunei Darussalam. QAF Auto, the sole importer of BMW vehicles today launched the new BMW X1 at the Laksamana College of Business Roadshow 2020 by the guest of honour Ms Natalie Gowers-Barnes, British High Commissioner to Brunei and the General Manager of QAF Auto Ms Alisa Khoo, together with the Director of LCB, Mr Hj Suhaimei Bin Hj Besar and the Deputy Principal of Laksamana College of Business, Mr Sivarajah.
 

The car is set to add another chapter to the Sports Activity Vehicle’s ongoing success story with its bold, sporty, visually striking looks. Since it was launched in late 2015, the current-generation BMW X1 has shown it has what it takes to be a winner. In 2018 it was not only the highest-selling BMW X model worldwide, it also led the way in its segment as a whole over the same time period with 286,827 units delivered to customers. Around 40% of all BMW X1 cars were sold to owners in Europe, while one in ten left the production line bound for the USA, which duly became its third-largest sales market.
 

The reasons for the sustained success of the BMW X1 are many and varied. On the one hand, it displays exactly those attributes which mark out its target customers: it is young, sporty and active. But it also out-performs arguably every other car in its segment in combining the driving pleasure for which BMW is renowned with versatility, functional appeal and cutting-edge technology. And last but not least, ever since it arrived on the scene the BMW X1 has made a compelling case for itself with its unmistakable design.
 

The variant introduced in the market is BMW X1 sDrive18i xLine. Public is invited to drop by the BMW booth at the Laksamana College of Business to view the car. The car will be available in the showroom on Monday 20th January 2020 onwards. "We’re confident that the all new BMW X1 with its sporty, powerful design and a high level of dynamics and flexibility will be perfect for new adventures."

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01.02.2020

The all-new BMW 1 Series now available in Brunei.

Brunei. BMW Asia and QAF Auto today launched the all-new BMW 1 Series during their Chinese New Year Openhouse at the BMW showroom in Beribi. The all-new BMW 1 series heralds the dawn of a new era. The third generation of the successful premium compact model draws back the curtain on the new BMW front-wheel-drive architecture, which fuses BMW’s signature driving pleasure and dynamic excellence with a significant increase in interior space. Sporty, cool, safe and classy, sprinkled with fresh design and the latest in connectivity, the all-new 1 Series is a proper BMW, but one with a strongcharacter all its own.


Cutting-edge chassis systems and innovative technologies, plus the integration of all key driving dynamics components and control systems, imbue the BMW 1 Series with an increase in agility that drivers of cars with both the new front-wheel-drive configuration and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive will clearly recognise. To this end, a five-year process of development has seen BMW channel all the experience amassed by the BMW Group over recent years with front-wheel-drive technology in other models into the new 1 Series. The result is a dynamic sharpness unprecedented in front-wheel-drive cars, with which it sets new standards in the premium compact class.


Almost 2.5 million examples of the BMW 1 Series have been produced in its first two generations, the car proving especially popular in Europe. The third generation model offers significantly more space than its predecessor with little change to its exterior footprint, thanks to the cutting-edge BMW frontwheel- drive architecture. Passengers in the rear are the main beneficiaries, while a larger load compartment also results. Available as a five-door model only, the all-new BMW 1 Series is five millimetres shorter than its predecessor at 4,319 millimetres.


In terms of width (now 1,799 millimetres), it has grown by 34 millimetres while its height (1,434 mm) has increased by 13 millimetres. At 2,670 millimetres, the wheelbase is 20 millimetres shorter than that of the second-generation model.


New face with larger BMW kidney grille.
The new face of the BMW 1 Series and its fresh interpretation of iconic BMW features can be seen clearly from the front. The signature BMW kidney grille is now larger, with far greater presence. For the first time in this model range, the two kidneys now merge in the middle. The sporting flagship of the line-up is the BMW M135i xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 7.1 – 6.8 l/100 km [39.8 – 41.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 162 – 155 g/km*), which replaces the grille’s classical bars with a prominent threedimensional mesh design inspired by racing cars. The headlights are now angled in design and lend the car a fresh and youthful feel. The optional full-LED lights – in adaptive guise, if desired – cut a particularly modern figure.


Pronounced shark nose and clear wedge shape.
The flanks of the all-new BMW 1 Series stand out first and foremost with the familiar – and clearly defined – BMW shark nose, a strong hint of wedge shape and a slim window graphic culminating in the C-pillar with traditional Hofmeister kink. A small number of crisp and precise lines and boldly sculpted surfaces lend the new 1 Series an athletic appearance. The defining elements of the rear end are its broad-set lower section and the tapering effect further up. This creates a striking shoulderline, which gives the car a planted stance on the road. The wide, two-section rear lights enhance this impression and have a very modern look with their slender form and pared-back appearance. The optional full-LED rear lights provide a whole new take on the familiar “L” design courtesy of a single, slim light element with a striking sweep to the side. Expressively shaped surfaces and eye-catching tailpipes with a diameter of 90 millimetres (or 100 mm for the angle-cut items on the BMW M135i xDrive) set the seal on the sporting appearance of the rear section. The BMW 118i M Sport is introduced in the market with 18” M wheels Double-Spoke 819M bicolour with run flat tyres. 19-inch items are available as an option for the first time.


Panoramic roof and backlit trim strips.
The electric panoramic roof available for the first time on the BMW 1 Series lets more light into the interior, where more room and an enhanced feeling of spaciousness meet high-quality materials and innovative details. These include backlit trim strips, making their debut in a BMW as an option. They come in three different designs with six switchable colours and create compelling translucent effects. Grouped control clusters for the heating & climate functions and the various driving functions provide ease of use, while functional stowage options – such as the area in front of the gearshift lever, which can be specified with the Wireless Charging option for smartphones – deliver additional comfort and convenience.
Access to the optional infotainment features of the new BMW Operating System 7.0 – using gestures, if the relevant option is specified – is via a grouping of two displays, each of which have a screen diagonal measuring up to 10.25 inches in the case of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional. The new display design of this option mimics the newly designed BMW kidney grille in both form and arrangement. The central, touch-compatible Control Display is angled towards the driver in customary BMW style and is optimally positioned in their field of view. Added to which, the full-colour, 9.2-inch BMW Head-Up Display – available as an option for the first time on the BMW 1 Series – allows the driver to view information without taking their eyes off the road.


A giant leap in space.
The interior of the all-new BMW 1 Series is much roomier than its predecessor, especially in the rear compartment. Getting in is easier and kneeroom for the rear passengers has increased by 33 millimetres. The rear offers a full 19 millimetres of extra headroom if the outward-opening sliding panoramic sunroof is specified. Rear passengers also enjoy 13 millimetres more elbowroom, while the driver and front passenger can look forward to an extra 42 millimetres in this respect. The load compartment capacity of 380 litres is 20 litres up on the outgoing car’s, and folding down the rear seat bench increases this to 1,200 litres. In addition, the minimum width of the boot has increased by 67 millimetres. And electric tailgate operation is offered on the BMW 1 Series for the first time.


Four equipment lines and one flagship model.
The base Advantage model is joined in the new BMW 1 Series line-up by three other equipment lines, which differ from one another in both exterior and interior details. The Luxury Line model accentuates the classy and comfortable side to the car’s character with the help of body applications in Aluminium satinated and seat upholstery in Dakota leather. The Sport Line model with Black accents, window graphic in BMW Individual highgloss Shadow Line and sports seats, and the M Sport model with accents in Aluminium satinated, front apron with specially shaped air intakes and BMW M rear apron in High-gloss Black lead the 1 Series up the dynamic ladder culminating in the BMW M135i xDrive. The flagship model stands out with features including a mesh-design BMW kidney grille, angle-cut tailpipe tips in Cerium Grey and a BMW M rear spoiler in body colour.


Cutting-edge BMW front-wheel-drive architecture with innovative powertrain technology.

The third generation of the BMW 1 Series showcases the debut appearance of BMW’s cutting-edge new front-wheel-drive architecture. Benchmark driving dynamics for the segment and a far more spacious interior are the result. A fiveyear process of development has seen all the experience amassed over recent years with front-wheel-drive BMW Group models come together with a transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand to create a proper BMW with a character all its own. Whether front-wheel-drive or equipped with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, the new 1 Series has taken its agility to a level above its predecessor. Its fast and precise responses are clearly perceptible and serve to enhance the driving experience. An important factor here is the ARB (nearactuator wheel slip limitation) technology familiar from the BMW i3s (electric power consumption combined: 14.6 – 14 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km**), which is now making its debut in a combustion-engined vehicle and allows wheel slip to be controlled much more sensitively and swiftly than before. A standard feature of the BMW 1 Series, ARB uses a slip controller that is positioned directly in the engine control unit rather than in the control unit for the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. Eliminating the long signal paths means that information is relayed three times quicker, while the driver perceives wheel slip being brought under control up to ten times faster. Near-actuator wheel slip limitation works in close tandem with the DSC system to bring about a clear reduction in the power understeer normally experienced in front-wheeldrive cars.
The ARB technology is assisted in its task by BMW Performance Control (yaw moment distribution). This feature, also included as standard on the 1 Series, gives it more agile handling by applying the brakes as required at the wheels on the inside of the bend before the slip threshold has been reached. The result is neutral steering behaviour. Besides the standard suspension – which already has a dynamic set-up and is specially tuned to the different engine variants – and the M Sport suspension with a 10 mm reduction in ride height, the all-new BMW 1 Series can also be specified with the Adaptive suspension with VDC (Variable Damper Control) as an option.
This particular variant lets the driver choose from two different damper response settings – Comfort or Sport – using the Driving Experience Control switch. All new BMW 1 Series models from the entry-level engine upwards are equipped with a multi-link rear axle.


Assistance systems from BMW models higher up the range.
A large number of innovative driver assistance systems fitted in the BMW 1 Series have been taken from models higher up the BMW range to make their debuts in the premium compact class. Depending on the system in question, camera images and data gathered by radar and ultrasonic sensors are used to monitor the vehicle’s surrounding area and either alert the driver to hazards or minimise the risk of an accident by means of corrective braking and steering. Standard equipment in Europe includes collision and pedestrian warning with city braking function, which also alerts the driver to the presence of cyclists. Also fitted as standard is the Lane Departure Warning system with active lane return, which is operational from 70 to 210 km/h (44 – 130 mph). Options include Active Cruise Control usable up to 160 km/h (99 mph) – on cars with automatic transmission and Stop & Go function – plus the Driving Assistant, which comprises the Lane Change Warning system, rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning.


Parking Assistant with innovative reversing assistant.
The BMW 1 Series provides assistance with parking in the form of the optional Park Distance Control (PDC), rear view camera or Parking Assistant. The latter enables automatic assisted parking in spaces that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, as well as automatic manoeuvring out of parallel parking spaces. Celebrating its premiere in the premium compact class is the innovative reversing assistant, which stores the steering movements for any section the car has just driven forward along at no more than 36 km/h (22 mph). The system is then able to steer the vehicle in reverse – for distances of up to 50 metres at up to 9 km/h (5.5 mph) – along exactly the same line it took when moving forward.


Operation by iDrive Controller, touch, voice or gestures.

The new BMW 1 Series lets drivers use a variety of operating methods, depending on the situation and personal preferences. In addition to the usual buttons on the centre console and steering wheel, other frontline control elements include the iDrive Controller – with touchpad from BMW Live Cockpit Plus upwards – and the standard 8.8-inch Control Display with touchscreen functionality. BMW Live Cockpit Plus also adds a navigation system and intelligent voice control with online speech processing. BMW Live Cockpit Professional, based on the new BMW Operating System 7.0, brings together the fully digital display and operating system (including two 10.25-inch displays) with maximum connectivity and customisability. Standout features include an adaptive navigation system and a hard drive-based multimedia system. There is also the option of controlling the functions using seven different gestures.

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