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BMW Group Malaysia Launches 3rd-Gen BMW X5. Priced from RM558,800

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BMW Group Malaysia recently introduced the third-generation BMW X5. The X5 is BMW’s leading model in the Premium Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment. The all-new X5 is made available in 2 different variants in the form of petrol and diesel option which makes BMW X5 xDrive35i (petrol) and BMW X5 xDrive30d (diesel). Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said that the third generation BMW X5 will continue its lead in the Premium SAV segment as the vehicle offers the perfect balance of award-winning design, sporty and aggressive performance across multiple terrain as well as luxurious aesthetics and advanced technological innovation courtesy of BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive.

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The design of the All-New BMW X5 combines hallmark X model characteristics with sporty elegance. Presenting an even more expressive and conspicuous front design, the all-new premium SAV features twin headlight units which extends all the way to the kidney grille, and is combined with Adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lights.

At the heart of the new BMW X5 is the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that teams up with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Coupled with additional BMW EfficientDynamics features, the BMW X5 is now said to be achieving an even more exceptional acceleration and significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The petrol variant BMW X5 xDrive35i is equipped with a 6-cyclinder in-line petrol engine which delivers maximum output of 225kW/306hp with torque peaking at 400Nm. With such great performance, the engine is able to achieve acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 6.5seconds. The xDrive35i manage to decrease 16% in fuel consumption compared to its predecessor, achieving just 8.5litres per 100km.

Meanwhile, the BMW xDrive30d is powered by a 6-cyclinder 3.0litre diesel engine which produces maximum output of 190kW/258hp with peak torque of 560Nm. 0-100km/h achievable in just 6.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is at 6.2litre per 100km.

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Both models offers more fuel savings with the ECO PRO mode which could be activated through the Driving Experience Control button featured as standard. The unique ECO PRO mode allow drivers to sail in neutral with the engine decoupled from the drivetrain at speeds between 50 and 160km/h when the driver takes the foot off the accelerator pedal. Also, for the first time ever, BMW has introduced its Adaptive Comfort Suspension Package exclusively made available only for the BMW xDrive35i. The adaptive suspension package matches the driving style and individual preferences of the driver as closely as possible to provide an unparrelled combination of high-level driving dynamics and ride comfort.

The BMW X5 is fitted with Leather Dakota upholstery. The Leather Dakota Terra upholstery is made exclusively for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive35i with an interior trim of Fine-wood American Oak and is fitted with a sports leather steeering wheel with gearshift paddles. Meanwhile, the interior trim of the BMW X5 xDrive30d is complimented with highlight trim finishers in Oxide Silver Dark Matte and a sports leather steering wheel. The BMW X5 xDrive35i is now fitted with two additional seats attached to the third seat row which transforms the car into a seven-seater.

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With BMW ConnectedDrive, BMW X5 brings together an extensive range of mobility services and driver assistance systems made available with BMW’s innovative in-car technology. The new BMW X5 now features a full-colour BMW Head-Up Display (only available with X5 xDrive35i) which projects relevant information directly into the driver’s field of vision, allowing him or her to always remain focused on the road ahead. The information projected includes essential vehicle information as well as infotainment messages. Also new is the Surround View Camera system which allows drivers to easily drive through tight spaces. This impressive function provides an accurate birds-eye view of the surrounding area which is shown on the control display. This is also combined with Side View functions which assists the driver when approaching areas with limited visibility

Colours available for the All-New BMW X5 includes Alpine White, Space Grey, and Black Sapphire while Sparkling Brown and Sophisto Grey are an exclusive colour addition for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive35i while Glacier Silver is an exclusive colour available for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive30d.

Prices are RM558,800 for xDrive30d (without insurance) & RM598,800 for xDrive35i (without insurance).

MINI Cooper & Cooper S Launched. Priced from RM178,888

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The third-generation MINI is finally here! Both Cooper and Cooper S were unveiled in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week. For the Malaysian market, 4 variants will be made available – Cooper, Cooper Chilli (upgrade pack), Cooper S and Cooper S Wired (upgrade pack). Price starts from RM178,888 for Cooper, RM198,888 for Cooper Chilli, RM228,888 for Cooper S, and RM248,888 for Cooper S Wired.

The new edition MINI takes on new hallmark design features, new generation of engines for increased driving fun and efficiency as well as new innovative networking technology and functionality. “The new MINI is built completely new from the ground up and is derived directly from the BMW Group’s outstanding development expertise. The car will now, more than ever before, set new benchmarks within its segment as MINI now features new engines and new MINIMALISM technologies for better efficiency in terms of fuel consumption and emissions as well as new MINI Connected technologies for better connectivity, raising its profile in the evolution of automotive history.” said Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia as he introduced the new MINI. 

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What’s the difference between the Cooper and Cooper S under the hood? – The new MINI Cooper is a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine which delivers a maximum output of 100kW/136hp with torque peaking at 220Nm. The Cooper sprints from 0-100km/h in just 7.8seconds with a top speed of 210km/h. Average fuel consumption is about 4.7L/100km. 

The Cooper S is equipped with a 2.0-litre 4–cylinder engine which delivers a peak output of 141kW/192hp, and a maximum torque of 280Nm. Sprints 0-100km/h in 6.7seconds and able to reach a top speed of 233km/h. Despite the impressive performance, average fuel consumption still stands at only 5.4L/100km. 

Both 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines comes with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology that power variants of the new MINI. These petrol engines include turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). All variants are paired with the same six-speed automatic gearbox (Cooper S variants gets paddle-shifts located on the steering wheel). 

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In its interior offering, the base MINI Cooper variant offers Cloth Firework Carbon Black Upholstery with Hazy Grey interior surfacing, Chrome Line Interior, manual air-conditioning, MINI Radio Basis with Bluetooth interface and Sports multifunction leather steering wheel with rain sensor and automatic lights control. The MINI Cooper Chilli variant, meanwhile, offers the addition of Leather Cross Punch Carbon Black Upholstery with automatic 2 zone air conditioning, MINI Radio Visual Boost and sports seats for driver and passenger.

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In the MINI Cooper S variants, the base MINI Cooper S offers Leather Cross Punch Carbon Black Upholstery with Black Checkered interior surfacing, Chrome Line Interior, headliners in Anthracite, interior rear view mirror with anti-dazzle, automatic 2 zone air-conditioning, MINI Radio Visual Boost, John Cooper Works multifunction leather steering wheel with rain sensor and automatic lights control as well as sports seats for driver and passenger. The MINI Cooper S Wired variant, meanwhile, offers the addition of Centre Armrest, Harman/Kardon HiFi with 12-speaker sound system as well as the added function of Voice Control.

The new MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S will be available in ten exterior paint shades, with the addition of the new MINI colours – Volcanic Orange, Moonwalk Grey, Blazing Red, Deep Blue and Thunder Grey (exclusively for the MINI Cooper S variants only). The roof, exterior mirror caps and bonnet stripes is also available in two colour options of white or black.

The MINI Cooper Chilli and MINI Cooper S Wired arrives packaged with the MINI Service Inclusive program which offers comprehensive MINI after-sales care for 3 years or 50,000KM. The program is offered on the base MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S variants at an additional RM 5,900.00. The cars will be made available at all MINI dealerships nationwide during the MINI weekend which will take place on the weekend of 12th and 13th of April 2014.

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The new BMW X4 unveiled

The new BMW X4 blends the hallmark features of the successful BMW X family with the sporting elegance of a classical coupé, and introduces the unique Sports Activity Coupé concept to the premium mid-size segment. Its dynamic pedigree is underlined by a wide range of cutting-edge high-performance engines, the xDrive all-wheeldrive system and an exclusive spread of standard equipment features such as variable sport steering, Performance Control and a sports leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.

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The new BMW X4 is based on the technical blueprint of the BMW X3, but displays a sporting character very much its own and takes dynamics to another new level. That much is clear when you view the new model head-on.

The large air intakes positioned on the outer edges of the front end and the character lines in the front apron allow the BMW X4 – with its signature BMW twin headlights and front fog lamps (both optionally with LED technology) – to maximise its visual presence on the road.

The roofline reaches its highest point above the driver and then swoops down smoothly to the trailing edge of the tailgate, mimicking the design language of a classical sporting coupé. The signature swage line running along the flanks of BMW models is split into two on the X4.

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The first section rises dynamically from the front wheel arches to the rear door handles, while the second part draws the eye to the muscular sculpting of the rear wings. The rear end, complete with L-shaped LED lights in exclusive X4 design and diffuser-look styling, likewise highlights the outstanding dynamic ability of the new BMW X4. 

The driver and front passenger sit 20 millimetres lower than in the BMW X3.

In conjunction with the two-seat look of the rear, this accentuates the coupé character of the new BMW in the classy and exclusive interior as well. At the same time, the X4 offers generous levels of space for up to five people and – thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest – impressive variability.

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In keeping with the vivacious character of the new BMW X4, customers can choose from three petrol engines and a trio of diesel units from the BMW EfficientDynamics engine family, whose output ranges from 135 kW/184 hp to 230 kW/313 hp. All the engines meet the EU6 exhaust gas standard.

 The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology of the state-of-the-art engines offers a promise of superb performance married with exceptionally low fuel consumption. For example, the flagship petrol unit in the BMW X4 xDrive35i (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 10.7/6.9/8.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 193 g/km) develops an outstanding 225 kW/306 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm.

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 The BMW X4 xDrive35i requires just 5.5 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h. And an equally impressive performer in terms of power delivery and CO2 efficiency is the BMW X4 xDrive35d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 6.7/5.5/6.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 157 g/km). Its 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine generates 230 kW/313 hp and peak torque of 630 Nm.

The BMW X4 xDrive35d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. The new-generation 2.0-litre diesel engine in the BMW X4 xDrive20d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 5.8– 5.4*/5.1–4.8*/5.4–5.0* l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 141–131* g/km) with eight-speed Steptronic transmission also sets the benchmark when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Its four-cylinder unit produces 140 kW/190 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm.

The unparalleled BMW EfficientDynamics technology package also minimizes the fuel consumption and emissions of the new BMW X4. Included are features such as the Auto Start Stop function and coasting function (if an eight-speed automatic gearbox is fitted), Brake Energy Regeneration and ondemand operation of ancillary units, ensuring an admirable degree of environmental compatibility to go with maximum driving pleasure. Also available as an option to add further efficiency to the mix are fourth-generation reduced-rolling-resistance tyres, which reduce the CO2 emissions of selected variants of the BMW X4 by another 7 g/km.

The BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the new X4 allow BMW to restate once again its leadership in the link-up of driver, vehicle and outside world. Among the highlights in the new BMW X4 are the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, and Driving Assistant Plus including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, preventive pedestrian protection and a Collision Warning system, which applies the brakes with anything up to maximum stopping power as required. Added to which, the optional ConnectedDrive Services also allow  drivers to sign up to innovative services such as Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), the Concierge Service and Remote Services. Facebook, Twitter, AUPEO! personalised internet radio and music platforms like Napster and Deezer have also been optimised for in car usage and can be accessed easily on board the BMW X4.

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Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the most progressive sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

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The innovative collection of luggage comprises two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. To ensure optimal use of space, the luggage items have been tailor-made to fit perfectly into the interior of the revolutionary BMW i8.

“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The use of CFRP in the revolutionary BMW i8 sports car is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar belief in innovation, aesthetics and lightweight design in creating an exclusive luggage collection tailored perfectly to the new BMW i8.”

The understated carbon-black of this luggage range matches the colours of the BMW i8. Its sophisticated look comes courtesy of the unmistakable chequered Damier pattern – a Louis Vuitton hallmark – and a laser-etched Louis Vuitton signature. Black and electric blue used in the microfibre-lining take their cue from the trademark brand colours of the BMW i8 and bag handles are made from dyed natural leather, a sign of Louis Vuitton quality. All items in the collection come with leather name tags and the iconic Louis Vuitton padlock with the exception of the garment bag.

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Patrick-Louis-Vuitton, Head of Special Orders at Louis Vuitton and great grandson of the House’s founder, says, “This collaboration with BMW i epitomises our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and style. Our craftsmen at Louis Vuitton have enjoyed the challenge of this very special project, using their ingenuity and attention to detail to create a truly made to measure set of luxury luggage. This is a pure expression of the art of travel.”

Inspired by the visionary design of the BMW i8, the bags and cases – like the sports car’s innovative passenger cell – are made entirely from carbon fibre. This particularly lightweight yet extremely sturdy high-tech material has been used by Louis Vuitton to create a special textile. It provides great robustness and strength, and as such is made for the rigours of travel – no matter how long and arduous the drive.

The exclusive luggage pieces created by Louis Vuitton fit snugly into the BMW i8. The Weekender GM i8, with both hand and shoulder carry straps, is custom-designed to go into the boot, while the Garment Bag i8 is a perfect fit for the rear shelf of the BMW i8. The sturdy hardshell Business Case i8 which is also ideal for carrying laptops, matches the shape of the rear seats; while the small Weekender PM i8 is designed to rest on its surface.

The Louis Vuitton luggage series will be available upon request in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide (Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) starting April 1st 2014.

Photo Gallery: Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces Attractive Financing Plans to usher in the Year of the Horse

Need more horsepower for the Year of the Horse? BMW Group Malaysia is ushering in Chinese New Year 2014 with special financing plans on selected BMW and MINI models now.

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Until 31st January 2014, customers will have the opportunity to benefit from special Step-Up Financing and 0% Straight Line Financing plans courtesy of BMW Credit as well as cash rebates from RM 7,000 all the way up to RM 118,000. 

Announcing the special financing plans, Dr. Gerhard Pils, President and Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “2013 was another ground-breaking year for BMW Group Malaysia as we broke the 7,000 unit sales record despite numerous challenges in the automotive sector. With 2014 now ahead of us, we at BMW Group Malaysia are determined to ensure that the Year of The Horse will once again be the Year of BMW. To that end, we are pleased wish all Malaysians a Happy and Prosperous New Year with these selection of special financing programs.”

Dr. Pils added that the new finance offering from BMW with attractive repayment structures was created to add value to its customers especially in managing their monthly commitments and household cash flow even when owning a vehicle from the BMW Group. 

With the Step-up Financing programme, BMW is offering monthly loan repayment schemes that begin from RM 1,388 to RM 1,588 per month for the BMW 1 Series; RM 1,688 to RM 2,188 per month for the BMW 3 Series, and RM 1,988 to RM 2,288 per month for the BMW X1.

The 0% BMW Straight Line scheme, meanwhile, is available for the BMW 328i and BMW 328i M Sport for three years, while for the BMW 5 Series variants of the BMW 520d, BMW 520i and BMW 528i M Sport, the BMW Straight Line scheme is applicable for three years.

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MINI Malaysia is also offering unique and exciting financing programs for the festive period where customers can even drive home a MINI without any instalments for the first six months after purchase. The six-month free instalment plan is available for the new 2013 MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S, MINI Cooper Countryman, MINI Cooper S Countryman, and MINI Cooper S Paceman.

Alternatively, customers can opt for the BMW Easy Ownership programme for these selected MINI models. Flexible financing plans can be designed to meet the customer’s budget with monthly instalments as low as RM 1,788 to RM 2,688 for a brand new MINI. The MINI Chinese New Year Campaign ends on 28th February 2014 and is available at selected MINI Showrooms including Auto Bavaria, FM Autohaus, Ingress Auto, Millennium Welt, Tian Siang, and Wearnes Autohaus. 

“Our goal in Malaysia has always been to deliver the ultimate premium experience behind owning a vehicle from the BMW Group. To that end, we aim to continuously provide our discerning customers with the very best financing options available with the best quality, service and reassurance that would substantiate decisions to purchase a BMW, MINI or Motorrad from any one of our authorised dealers.” said Dr. Pils.