Published on January 2nd, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
ISUZU V-CROSS Adventure Winners Announced
Team Blue Hedgehogs comprising Donovan Ng and Balvinderjit Singh emerged the winner of the ISUZU V-Cross Adventure – Malaysia’s 1st 4×4 reality series, following the airing of the finale episode of the reality series, which has been aired as twice-weekly webisodes on ISUZU D-MAX Malaysia’s official YouTube channel since 4 November 2014. Donovan and Balvinderjit took home a total cash prize of RM20,000 as champions. The prize presentation took place at an ISUZU D-MAX showroom in Kepong.
Donovan, 22, and Balvinderjit, 26, colleagues at Maybank, said their pairing was a spontaneous decision. According to Donovan, “I learned about the audition for the competition on social media while having dinner and I had the sudden inspiration to participate. It was something new for me, but I approached Balvin to be my partner as I believed this would definitely appeal to his sense of adventure.” Although initially reluctant as he had to rush to make the audition, Balvin then decided to take on the challenge.
Despite having only known each other for a few months, they clicked well during the competition. There weren’t many conflicts, and they had the golden opportunity to learn the true value of trust. They acknowledge that victory wouldn’t have been possible if they didn’t manage to trust their partner completely when completing the challenge.
“It took a lot of skill and cooperation to manoeuvre the 4×4 D-MAX V-Cross pick-up truck. It’s very different from driving a car when we use it in off-road terrain. The challenges are very difficult, and there is a real possibility of crashing or getting stuck in a mud pool. Both communication between partners and vehicle capability play a big role in navigating the terrain safely. The ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross is definitely a powerful vehicle – and successfully took us to the finishing line,” commented Balvin.
The ISUZU V-Cross Adventure saw six finalist teams of pairs going through thrilling and exhilarating challenges in various locations around Ulu Slim and Teratak, Perak in the new ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross 3.0. Three of the lucky finalists also had the opportunity to team up with Ben and Hafiz from FlyFM and local actress Diana Danielle.
ISUZU is the first auto brand to organise a reality series in Malaysia – in conjunction with the recent launch of the ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross and ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross Safari variant. The ISUZU V-Cross Adventure received an overwhelming number of applications nationwide via audition videos through their website and roadshows, while also collecting participants from FlyFM’s recruitment initiative.