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As the majority of BMW X models are manufactured and put together in South Carolina, USA, it had always made sense for BMW Malaysia to locally assemble their SAVs here so as to avert the full brunt of duties imposed on CBU vehicles.

Priced originally at nearly RM889,000 when it was launched in 2019, the largest and bling-est SAV of them all, the X7 in xDrive40i in Pure Excellence trim, is now retailing for RM708,000, which is a savings of over RM180,000, aided by the sales tax exemption for CKD models effective till the end of June.

The seven-seat AWD SUV is powered by a 340hp/450Nm turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six, capable of propelling the 2.4-tonne SUV from idle to 100km/h in an entirely respectable 6.1 seconds, and thereafter to a 245km/h top speed.

The air-sprung X7 (with Dynamic Damper Control) comes complete with rear wheel steering as well as semi-autonomous driving aids such as active cruise control (with ‘stop & go’) and lane keeping assist. #BMWMalaysia #X7 #CKD
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A new plug-in hybrid model from Volvo will be launched today, you can catch the digital premiere of the XC40 Recharge T5 at https://www.facebook.com/volvocarmalaysia/ starting at 11.00am.

The XC40 compact SUV is the last model in Volvos line up in Malaysia to offer a hybrid variant, previously only available with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine.

The powertrain of the XC40 Recharge PHEV features a turbo 1.5-litre petrol three-cylinder complemented by an electric motor for a combined output of 262hp and 425Nm; pure electric range is rated up to 45km (WLTP) from its 10.7kWh high voltage battery pack. #VolvoCarMalaysia #VCM #XC40

A new plug-in hybrid model from Volvo will be launched today, you can catch the digital premiere of the XC40 Recharge T5 at Volvo Car Malaysia starting at 11.00am.

The XC40 compact SUV is the last model in Volvo's line up in Malaysia to offer a hybrid variant, previously only available with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine.

The powertrain of the XC40 Recharge PHEV features a turbo 1.5-litre petrol three-cylinder complemented by an electric motor for a combined output of 262hp and 425Nm; pure electric range is rated up to 45km (WLTP) from its 10.7kWh high voltage battery pack. #VolvoCarMalaysia #Vcm #XC40
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The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Like what you see? #mercedesbenz #CClass #W206 ... See MoreSee Less

Even though the all-new W206-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been leaked (which new car isnt?) a couple of days ago, nothing beats watching the official premiere where all the salacious details of the new C-Class would be announced. The digital premiere starts tonight at 9.00pm Malaysian time (or 2.00pm Central Europe Time), heres the link: https://media.mercedes-benz.com/c-class #MercedesBenz #CClass #W206

Even though the all-new W206-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been leaked (which new car isn't?) a couple of days ago, nothing beats watching the official premiere where all the salacious details of the new C-Class would be announced. The digital premiere starts tonight at 9.00pm Malaysian time (or 2.00pm Central Europe Time), here's the link: media.mercedes-benz.com/c-class #mercedesbenz #CClass #W206 ... See MoreSee Less

The Formula 1 teams of Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri were in a spot bother when Honda announced their withdrawal from the sport (after the completion of the 2021 season) last October.

After an unhappy divorce with Renault in 2018, with Mercedes having their plates full supplying power units to Aston Martin, Williams, McLaren as well the the factory team, and Ferrari struggling with theirs, the options were limited for Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

The only remaining option was to buy over the technology from Honda and develop its own power unit post 2021, and race on till the next major engine rule change in 2025, but that was predicated on all the teams agreeing to an engine development freeze from 2022, which was achieved just last week.

A new entity - Red Bull Powertrains Limited - will now undertake this bold endeavour at Red Bull Racings headquarters at Milton Keynes, UK. #RedBullRacing #AlphaTauri #Honda

The Formula 1 teams of Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri were in a spot bother when Honda announced their withdrawal from the sport (after the completion of the 2021 season) last October.

After an unhappy divorce with Renault in 2018, with Mercedes having their plates full supplying power units to Aston Martin, Williams, McLaren as well the the factory team, and Ferrari struggling with theirs, the options were limited for Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

The only remaining option was to buy over the technology from Honda and develop its own power unit post 2021, and race on till the next major engine rule change in 2025, but that was predicated on all the teams agreeing to an engine development freeze from 2022, which was achieved just last week.

A new entity - Red Bull Powertrains Limited - will now undertake this bold endeavour at Red Bull Racing's headquarters at Milton Keynes, UK. #redbullracing #AlphaTauri #Honda
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Founded in 2010, Xiaomi has grown rather rapidly to become a Fortune Global 500 company in 2019 (the youngest, in fact) and is currently the third largest smartphone maker in the world. It is also the leading producer of smart devices with over 289 million of them connected to its network!

If you have somehow refrained from owning a Mi device thus far, you'll find their latest, the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Edition, pretty hard to resist, particularly if you're a Formula 1 or Mercedes-AMG fan.

As an official licensed product of the famed F1 team, the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Edition scooter has a price tag (€799) to match the striking livery, but is otherwise based on the regular Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2, priced at €499 in Europe.

Top speed of the Pro 2 scooter is rated at 25km/h while a full charge is claimed to last 45km, it also features a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (or KERS), rear disc brake, inflatable pneumatic tires and even an integrated display on the stem of the scooter. Now, could this herald the entry of Xiaomi into Formula 1? #Xiaomi #Mi #MiElectricScooterPro2 #MercedesAMGPetronas #formula1
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It was unimaginable that a reigning seven-time world champion of Formula 1 would have ended up not having a contract to drive for the new season, but the prospect of that wasnt entirely ruled out as negotiations between Mercedes-AMG and Lewis Hamilton extended into the new year.

Whether it was due to the pandemic or the quantum of wages (as speculated), both parties finally took the chequered flag -- Hamilton will fight for a record eighth drivers crown behind the wheel of the new W12 race car to be unveiled on the 2nd of March.

The new contract also encompass a joint commitment by the driver and team to achieve greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport through a charitable foundation, but the one-year only extension would no doubt reignite rumours of Hamiltons future beyond the 2021 season. Where to next, Sir Lewis? #MercedesAMGPetronas #Formula1 #F1

It was unimaginable that a reigning seven-time world champion of Formula 1 would have ended up not having a contract to drive for the new season, but the prospect of that wasn't entirely ruled out as negotiations between Mercedes-AMG and Lewis Hamilton extended into the new year.

Whether it was due to the pandemic or the quantum of wages (as speculated), both parties finally took the chequered flag -- Hamilton will fight for a record eighth drivers' crown behind the wheel of the new W12 race car to be unveiled on the 2nd of March.

The new contract also encompass a joint commitment by the driver and team to achieve greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport through a charitable foundation, but the one-year only extension would no doubt reignite rumours of Hamilton's future beyond the 2021 season. Where to next, Sir Lewis? #MercedesAMGPetronas #formula1 #F1
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Made-in-Malaysia Porsche: Will it be ‘cheaper’?

The news of Porsche setting up an assembly plant in Malaysia came as a bolt from the blue following a report by business weekly...