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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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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.

2013 MINI One Launched in Malaysia

This week is a special week for MINI Malaysia as MINI have reintroduced the new MINI One for the Malaysian market.

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Introducing the new MINI, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “MINI has always been a symbol of urban driving fun. Its indispensable element of EXCITEMENT promised in each model combined with its agile ‘go-kart’ handling and its most natural characteristic with cutting-edge efficiency have led to a very successful MINI story to date. From the very beginning, the MINI One’s success story has always been linked with cheekiness and performance; and the new MINI One has all this and more!”

With MINI’s authentic exterior design features and contemporary character, the new MINI One is also powered by a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder in-line engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, capable of delivering 72kW/ 98hp with 150Nm of torque. The new MINI also records a remarkable fuel efficiency reading with an average fuel consumption rate of 6.7 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions of only 156 grams per km.

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The MINI One is available in Chilli Red or Pepper White colour. In addition, the car is equipped with 15” light alloy wheels with 5-Star Twin Spoke rims, the multifunction buttons, sport steering wheel, rain sensor and automatic lights control, radio MINI Boost and Bluetooth hands free kit with USB interface as standard.

The MINI Tender Loving Care (TLC) service package is available as an optional upgrade for RM4,088.00 which takes care of the MINI in terms of inspection and wear and tear repairs for 3 years or 50,000 KM, whichever comes first.  MINI TLC covers work such as engine oil changes; servicing of the air filter, micro filter, spark plugs and brake fluid; maintenance and servicing of brake pads and brake discs; maintenance and servicing of clutch in the event of wear and tear as well as replacement of windscreen wiper rubbers and blades. 

Lastly and most importantly, the new Mini One is selling at RM 146,888.00 on-the-road (w/o insurance) in Peninsular Malaysia. Are you tempted to buy this over the VW Beetle 1.2 TSI?

BMW Group Receive Four Awards At 2012 International Engine of the Year

In particular, BMW Group took four out of the eight award categories at the recent 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. This year’s international panel of judges were made up of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries, once again making the Awards the most sought after by automakers for its depth of view, professional standards and impartiality. Of course, we are definitely not one of those judges.

 

2012 International Engine of the Year Awards Results

 

1. Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus) – 401 Points

 

2. Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (VW Polo, Beetle, Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Cabriolet, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Tiguan, Sharan, Touran/Cross Touran, Passat CNG, Touran/Cross Touran CNG, Audi A1, Audi A3, Seat Ibiza FR, Alhambra, Cupra, Škoda Fabia RS) – 288 Points

 

3. Ferrari 4.5-litre V8 (Ferrari 458 Italia, 458 Spider) – 224 Points

 

4. GM 1.4-litre range extender (Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera) – 212 Points

 

5. BMW 2-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol (BMW 125i, 320i, 328i, 520i, 528i, Z4 20i, Z4 sDrive 28i, X1 20i, X3 20i, X1 28i) – 199 Points

 

6. BMW/PSA 1.6-litre turbo petrol (Mini Cooper S, Clubman Cooper S, Countryman Cooper S, Coupe/Roadster Cooper S, Mini Cooper Works, Clubman Cooper Works, Coupe/Roadster Cooper Works, Peugeot 207, 207cc, 208, 308, 308cc, 3008, 508, 5008, 308 GTI, RCZ, Citroën DS3, C4 Picasso/Grand Picasso, C5, DS5, DS5, DS3 Racing, DS4, DS4 Racing) – 162 Points

 

7. BMW 3-litre turbo six-cylinder gasoline (BMW 1 Series, M Coupe, 335is, Z4 35is) – 160 Points

 

8. BMW M 4-litre V8 (BMW M3 Coupe & M3 Convertible) – 128 Points

 

9. Audi 2.5–litre five–cylinder turbo (Audi TT RS, RS3 Sportback) – 126 Points

 

With the latest great compliments, BMW Group continue its winning streak in what is widely regarded as the world’s foremost engine competition with wins in more than 50 classes and the overall winner title since 1999. And so, we are here to share more about the award winning engines from BMW Group.

 

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The 2012 competition saw the prize in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement class handed to the engine that drives the MINI Cooper S, in a reprise of its success last year. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder develops peak output of 135kW/184hp with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and variable valve control based on the BMW-patented VALVETRONIC technology. Among the key attributes of this unit is not only its eager power delivery but also exemplary efficiency for its class.

 

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Likewise, providing enhanced driving pleasure coupled with extremely low fuel consumption and emission figures is the new 2.0-litre engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The 180kW/245hp four-cylinder turbocharged unit with High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC instantly won over the judges to capture the trophy in the 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category. This engine is currently powering the new BMW 328i, BMW 528i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i in the country.

 

The top accolade in the 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre class went to a six-cylinder in-line engine whose technology has already wowed the judges several times previously. Both in 2007 and in 2008, this 3.0-litre powerplant with twin turbochargers, High Precision Injection and Double-VANOS took the overall prize in the Engine of the Year Awards. It serves as the basis for both the M TwinPower Turbo unit inside the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Delivering 250kW/340hp, this thrillingly high-revving straight-six has reached its highest output level. The upshot is truly outstanding performance that has garnered it a further Engine of the Year Award.

 

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An achievement of this calibre is only exceeded by the string of successes claimed by the fourth BMW Group award-winner in 2012. For the fifth time in a row, the V8 engine of the BMW M3 high-performance sports car provides the measure of all things in the 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre displacement class. Bolstering the undiminished appeal of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine are its hallmark M high-revving concept, peak output of 309kW/420hp and outstanding thrust. Beyond this, the eight-cylinder is compelling for its remarkable efficiency thanks to the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and other Efficient Dynamics technologies.

 

Photo Gallery: BMW Group’s Products with 2012 International Engine of the Year

 

Honda Models Found Most Pothole-proof in UK (Based on Survey)

Based on the survey conducted in UK, Honda cars are found to be the best-equipped to deal with potholes on “UK roads” (Please note: Not Malaysian road. Anyway, we expect the rate will be higher if the survey is conducted in Malaysia).

 

In the details of the survey, only 1.4% of Honda owners emerged to have to make a claim due to suspension or axle damage, which is the lowest follow by Toyota and Hyundai.

 

 

The survey results:-

 

Most resilient brands
1. Honda
2. Toyota
3. Hyundai
4. Nissan
5. Kia
6. Mitsubishi
7. Mini
8. Suzuki
9. Ford
10. Mazda

 

Least resilient brands
1. Chrysler
2. Smart
3. Mercedes-Benz
4. Land Rover
5. Jaguar
6. Saab
7. Fiat
8. BMW
9. Seat
10. Vauxhall

 

According to Duncan McClure Fisher of WarrantyDirect.co.uk, for luxury brands, such as Jaguar, Mercedes and Land Rover all featured in the least-resilient list. He expressed that surprisingly the high-end manufacturers are just as vulnerable, if not more so, than ‘value’ manufacturers.

 

Back to us, what you think about your Honda? Is it pothole-proof as describe as comparing to other manufacturers?