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At a shade under RM400,000, the new generation G30 BWM 5-Series may not appear to be quite the bargain its predecessor was, but this is merely the first salvo till BMW Malaysia gets local assembly started. So for now only one variant is offered - the fully imported 530i M-Sport.

BMW Malaysia is tight-lipped about future additions to the range, but we believe the 520i (not available globally at this point in time) and 530e PHEV will be offered in due course. Even so, the RM398,800 530i does compare favourably in price and specs against its immediate rival the E-Class, especially with the M-Sport goodies and active safety features taken into account, so don’t expect the price to deviate much if the 530i becomes a CKD model. As for the rationale of offering the 530i only in M-Sport trim, BMW Malaysia cites strong customer preference for a sporty, more performance-oriented image.

There’s only one powertrain; the 252hp/350Nm 2,0-litre turbo four-cylinder and 8-speed ZF automatic carry on their fine partnership, but with weight savings of up to 100kg for the G30 compared to the F10-generation 528i, 0-100km/h is now dispatched in a brisk 6.2 seconds.

The G30 5-Series also heralds the more widespread adoption of active safety features for BMW saloons (about time), so it comes with (not exhaustive list this) lane departure/change warning, active cruise control with stop-go function (so the system can continue working even in traffic jams), autonomous city braking, rear cross traffic alert, etc. In short, a lot of the tech from the 7-Series is been applied to the new 5, including touch-screen iDrive and the flaunt-it-if-you-have-it Display Key.

The new BMW 530i M-Sport is available in four different exterior colours and two different interior themes, experience it at all BMW dealers or at the Pavilion KL shopping mall this coming weekend.

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At a shade under RM400,000, the new generation G30 BWM 5-Series may not appear to be quite the 'bargain' its predecessor was, but this is merely the first salvo till BMW Malaysia gets local assembly started. So for now only one variant is offered - the fully imported 530i M-Sport.

BMW Malaysia is tight-lipped about future additions to the range, but we believe the 520i (not available globally at this point in time) and 530e PHEV will be offered in due course. Even so, the RM398,800 530i does compare favourably in price and specs against its immediate rival the E-Class, especially with the M-Sport goodies and active safety features taken into account, so don’t expect the price to deviate much if the 530i becomes a CKD model. As for the rationale of offering the 530i only in M-Sport trim, BMW Malaysia cites strong customer preference for a sporty, more performance-oriented image.

There’s only one powertrain; the 252hp/350Nm 2,0-litre turbo four-cylinder and 8-speed ZF automatic carry on their fine partnership, but with weight savings of up to 100kg for the G30 compared to the F10-generation 528i, 0-100km/h is now dispatched in a brisk 6.2 seconds.

The G30 5-Series also heralds the more widespread adoption of active safety features for BMW saloons (about time), so it comes with (not exhaustive list this) lane departure/change warning, active cruise control with stop-go function (so the system can continue working even in traffic jams), autonomous city braking, rear cross traffic alert, etc. In short, a lot of the tech from the 7-Series is been applied to the new 5, including touch-screen iDrive and the flaunt-it-if-you-have-it Display Key.

The new BMW 530i M-Sport is available in four different exterior colours and two different interior themes, experience it at all BMW dealers or at the Pavilion KL shopping mall this coming weekend.
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So heres something to complement your Jet Black iPhone 7 - a limited edition Ford Ranger WildTrak finished in...Jet Black. Looking cool in black isnt just an exercise to darken everything wholesale (imagine a guy in black suit, black shirt and tie) but to have the right amount of visual contrasts, something that the Ranger WildTrak Jet Black edition happens to juggle nicely with its subtle stripes and livery. When youre already the baddest and most technology-laden pick-up truck out there, there isnt a need to shout too loud. For RM141,588, the 3.2-litre WildTrak now comes with the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system replete with Apple Carplay (no Android Auto yet) as standard. Didnt we say its perfect for your Jet Black iPhone?

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So here's something to complement your Jet Black iPhone 7 - a limited edition Ford Ranger WildTrak finished in...Jet Black. Looking cool in black isn't just an exercise to darken everything wholesale (imagine a guy in black suit, black shirt and tie) but to have the right amount of visual contrasts, something that the Ranger WildTrak Jet Black edition happens to juggle nicely with its subtle stripes and livery. When you're already the baddest and most technology-laden pick-up truck out there, there isn't a need to shout too loud. For RM141,588, the 3.2-litre WildTrak now comes with the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system replete with Apple Carplay (no Android Auto yet) as standard. Didn't we say it's perfect for your Jet Black iPhone?
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Volvo S90 design story
There are so many things to get excited about the new Volvo S90 and V90; the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, the T5 and T6 powertrains with class-leading outputs, tablet-based user interface, but sheer desirabilty will be driven by design and that will determine whether Volvo can challenge the establishment in the premier league of luxury automobile. We think the Swedes might be on to something here.
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Range Rover Velar
The Range Rover Velar was arguably the star of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This stunning piece of automotive design will occupy the space between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport when it goes on sale in Europe this summer. The Velar shares mechanicals with its stablemate, the Jaguar F-Pace and will be pitted head on against the mighty Porsche Macan. We fancy its chances.
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Dont you just hate those so-called spy shots accompanied by inane headlines that usually go like Model XYZ spotted in the wild!. Well, we have outdone ourselves this time round by bringing you Mitsubishi Motors Malaysias latest and greatest as spotted in the wild, literally. It is called a Triton (curiously without any model suffix) and features an organic engine that feeds mainly on fruits and vegetation, with zero hydrocarbon emission and part-time AWD. We understand that this Triton only comes in Rusty Brown, has an exclusive furry finish and is limited to one unit only.

(In support of wildlife conservation efforts in Sarawak, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia recently adopted a baby orangutan which it has christened Triton along with the donation of a Triton pick-up truck to the Sarawak Forestry for the latters use on the Matang and Semenggoh wildlife centres.)

Don't you just hate those so-called spy shots accompanied by inane headlines that usually go like 'Model XYZ spotted in the wild!'. Well, we have outdone ourselves this time round by bringing you Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia's latest and greatest as spotted in the wild, literally. It is called a Triton (curiously without any model suffix) and features an organic engine that feeds mainly on fruits and vegetation, with zero hydrocarbon emission and part-time AWD. We understand that this Triton only comes in 'Rusty Brown', has an exclusive furry finish and is limited to one unit only.

(In support of wildlife conservation efforts in Sarawak, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia recently adopted a baby orangutan which it has christened 'Triton' along with the donation of a Triton pick-up truck to the Sarawak Forestry for the latter's use on the Matang and Semenggoh wildlife centres.)
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Looks like the game of musical chairs isnt limited to Formula 1 drivers, car designers are in on it as well. Remember Karim Habib, BMWs former chief designer? Well, hes now assumed the role at INFINITI. This development follows the announcement (or promotion if you will) of Alfonso Albaisa (who headed design at INFINITI) as Nissans Senior Vice President for global design, succeeding his predecessor Shiro Nakamura who will be retiring by the end of March.

The news of Habib joining INFINITI wouldve been startling if not for the fact that the president of the Japanese premium carmarker is none other than Roland Krueger, a former colleague of Habib at BMW.

Looks like the game of musical chairs isn't limited to Formula 1 drivers, car designers are in on it as well. Remember Karim Habib, BMW's former chief designer? Well, he's now assumed the role at INFINITI. This development follows the announcement (or promotion if you will) of Alfonso Albaisa (who headed design at INFINITI) as Nissan's Senior Vice President for global design, succeeding his predecessor Shiro Nakamura who will be retiring by the end of March.

The news of Habib joining INFINITI would've been startling if not for the fact that the president of the Japanese premium carmarker is none other than Roland Krueger, a former colleague of Habib at BMW.
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Flacon isnt a word typically associated with cars, but Mazda and Shiseido have made it so with the Soul of Motion perfume. The contraption that holds the perfume - otherwise known as a flacon - drew inspiration from Mazdas KODO design theme, and it has even picked up a gold award at the iF International Forum Design 2017.

The judges said of Soul of Motion perfume, The flacon is a creative metaphor expressing Mazdas KODO design concept. With purity and harmony in both form and function, the outer sleeve is itself a work of art.

Indeed the flacon looks anything but flaccid, so congratulations to Mazda and Shiseido!

Flacon isn't a word typically associated with cars, but Mazda and Shiseido have made it so with the Soul of Motion perfume. The contraption that holds the perfume - otherwise known as a flacon - drew inspiration from Mazda's KODO design theme, and it has even picked up a gold award at the iF International Forum Design 2017.

The judges said of Soul of Motion perfume, "The flacon is a creative metaphor expressing Mazda's KODO design concept. With purity and harmony in both form and function, the outer sleeve is itself a work of art."

Indeed the flacon looks anything but flaccid, so congratulations to Mazda and Shiseido!
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While the connection with its forebear - the Austin Seven - is distant to say the least, it hadnt deterred MINI from leveraging on the famous nameplate and issuing the first ever special edition of the Mk3 generation MINI. For Malaysia, the Seven edition will only be available in five-door Cooper S guise and will cost RM17,000 more than a standard 192hp/280Nm five-door hatchback. Think of it as a more premium and better equipped Cooper S.

The list of goodies include leather seats with chequered fabric side bolsters and Malt Brown stitching, 12-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, rear-view camera, keyless comfort access entry, Nappa leather steering with union jack signet, Seven edition graphics on the door sill, centre instrument surround and front fenders, as well as a set of 17-inch Spectre Grey alloys. Its easy to pick out the Seven edition as it only comes in a special metallic hue called the Lapisluxury Blue with silver-painted roof and matching bonnet stripes and wing mirror covers.

For RM253,888, you can own one of only 30 units designated for Malaysia.

(Read our review of the regular five-door Cooper S here: https://goo.gl/blCKUQ)

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While the connection with its forebear - the Austin Seven - is distant to say the least, it hadn't deterred MINI from leveraging on the famous nameplate and issuing the first ever special edition of the Mk3 generation MINI. For Malaysia, the Seven edition will only be available in five-door Cooper S guise and will cost RM17,000 more than a standard 192hp/280Nm five-door hatchback. Think of it as a more premium and better equipped Cooper S.

The list of goodies include leather seats with chequered fabric side bolsters and 'Malt Brown' stitching, 12-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, rear-view camera, keyless 'comfort access' entry, Nappa leather steering with union jack signet, 'Seven' edition graphics on the door sill, centre instrument surround and front fenders, as well as a set of 17-inch 'Spectre Grey' alloys. It's easy to pick out the Seven edition as it only comes in a special metallic hue called the 'Lapisluxury Blue' with silver-painted roof and matching bonnet stripes and wing mirror covers.

For RM253,888, you can own one of only 30 units designated for Malaysia.

(Read our review of the 'regular' five-door Cooper S here: goo.gl/blCKUQ)
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