Drive your art

Drive your art

BMW Malaysia last week introduced two new top-end models for the Seven Series line which are sure to stir passions – the awe-inspiring first-ever BMW X7 and the magnificent 740Le xDrive

Sashi Ambi, head of corporate communications of BMW Group Malaysia said,  “The BMW X models are some of the most recognised models of the BMW portfolio with over five million units delivered worldwide since its introduction. In Malaysia, BMW X vehicles accounted for more than 5,000 units of BMW vehicles delivered nationwide in 2018.

Designed for game-changing innovations, benchmarking comfort and contemporary design with modern dynamics, the First-Ever BMW X7 displays progressive flair in the current family of luxury BMW vehicles.”

“Meanwhile, the new 7 series is set to raise the bar once again with prestige, elegance, comfort, exceptional sporty performance, and most importantly, an understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. The new BMW 740Le xDrive Pure Excellence exemplifies these characteristics and conveys the essence of electric driving pleasure exactly.”

Sashi Ambi with the new X7

The exterior of the X7 features a bold design with the massive front imposing kidney grille lending an exceptional road presence to the vehicle, along with the slender BMW Laserlight that can illuminate up to 600 metres ahead. The driver is also able to adjust the body’s ground clearance by pushing a button in the cockpit to raise or lower by 40 mm.

With an increased ride height and a taller rear, the five-metre-long luxury Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) features a width of 2,000 mm and a wheelbase of 3,105 mm. The ride height sits at 1,805 mm (exactly 60 mm taller than the BMW X5) with the option to adjust the suspension by up to 80 mm.

This luxury SAV comes with the xDrive40i Pure Excellence variant. Powering it is a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with a maximum power of 250kW/ 340hp, and a peak torque of 450Nm. This results in a century sprint completed in 6.1 seconds. All of these are achieved with combined fuel consumption of 9.5l/100km and a combined carbon emission of 217g/km.

Power is channelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. The xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system of the luxury SAV maximises traction, agility and handling stability which links up with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) to provide the basis for effortless handling, whatever the road and weather conditions.

The cockpit is marked by typical BMW driver orientation and a high seating position with impeccable all-round visibility is characteristic of a BMW X model. Equipment includes a sports leather steering wheel and electrically adjustable comfort seats with active seat ventilation in front. Fine-wood trim surfaces framed with electroplated accent trim on the instrument panel and centre console enhance the interior’s elegant aura.

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Operating System 7.0 ensures effortless control of vehicle functions including the Head-Up Display and Gesture Control which responds to seven different hand movements such as circling your index finger clockwise to turn the volume up and swiping their hand to the right to reject a call.

Other highlights include five-zone air conditioning, a Harman Kardon sound system with 16 loudspeakers and electric roller blinds for side windows. The spaciousness of the X7 is further enhanced by the large “Panorama Roof Sky Lounge” that also includes an LED lighting scenario.

 The X7 is available in Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Arctic Grey, Sophisto Grey, Phytonic Blue, Terra Brown and Vermont Bronze.

On the very occasions when you do need a change of ride, BMW pairs the X7 with its perfect match – the new 740Le xDrive

Visually, the New BMW 7 Series leaves a strong impression with a distinctive presence, while the advanced operating strategy inside delivers assured dynamics and unbeatable efficiency. The new-generation Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) can be driven on electric power alone in city traffic or cross-country. The 113 hp electric motor allows the vehicle an electric range of up to 46 kilometres. The intelligent all-wheel-drive system ensures supreme traction, optimised directional stability and enhanced agility through corners in all weather and road conditions. Perfectly executed power distribution between the front and rear wheels gives the New BMW 7 Series extremely dynamic accelerative ability.

Powerful horizontal lines across the rear underscore the width of the vehicle, holding onlookers’ attention even as the luxury sedan drives into the distance. For added character, a special taillight animation sequence is performed whenever the car is locked or unlocked. Due to front and rear modifications, the vehicle has increased 23mm in length and possesses a wheelbase of 3,210mm.

The 740Le charges forward with power from both a petrol engine and an electric motor. Sitting at the heart of the vehicle is a three-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with a peak output of 210 kW/286 hp. The advanced electric motor accompanying it contributes another 83 kW/113 hp. Positioned under the rear seats is a lithium-ion battery with state-of-the-art battery cell technology and improved storage capacity that enables the New BMW 740Le xDrive Pure Excellence to cover 46 kilometres on electric power alone. The all-electric top speed is 140 km/h.

Additionally, the plug-in hybrid drive boasts an electric boost function that makes for significantly more powerful acceleration. When the Driving Experience Control is set to Sport mode, the New BMW 740Le xDrive Pure Excellence has an overall system output of 290 kW/394 hp. The luxury sedan is capable of doing the century sprint in just 5.1 seconds. The luxury sedan has a combined fuel consumption of 2.8 litres per 100km and combined carbon emission of 65 g/km.

The New BMW 7 Series boasts a wealth of driver assistance systems that provide maximum safety and comfort on the road. The wide range of BMW Personal CoPilot driver assistance systems is now complemented with standard equipment such as the camera and radar-based approach and pedestrian warning system that can now detect cyclists.

The luxury sedan also features the Evasion Aid which uses steering interventions to support the driver in sudden evasive manoeuvres. In addition, the Crossroads Warning with City Brake Activation warns the driver of a potential collision with crossing traffic and preconditions the brakes for increased power during emergency braking. The Steering and Lane Control Assistant provides support for narrow road sections. Parking is also made easier as assistance comes in the form of the Parking Assistant and Reversing Assistant. The BMW Digital Key is also available for selected Android mobile devices to provide ease of accessibility to the luxury sedan.

The mark of luxury displayed on the exterior is echoed inside the New BMW 7 Series as well. Featuring a modified cockpit with redesigned displays and controls, the interior design language is truly remarkable for its class.

The electrically adjustable comfort seats also feature a massage function for passengers in the rear. For added enjoyment, a Panoramic glass roof “Sky Lounge” gives passengers a peek above the vehicle. Automatic four-zone control air-conditioning is also available, along with roller sunblinds and the rear-seat “Entertainment Experience”. Music can be enjoyed via the 16-Speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.

As a vehicle expert, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant delivers information about the functions and status of the BMW and provide support for navigation and entertainment. It can also be used to control the new “Caring Car” functions, which includes the “Vitalize” and “Relax” programmes to automatically activate vehicle functions such as air conditioning, lighting, seat massage and music, designed to revitalise or relax the driver. Two “Experience Modes” are also available to adapt the interior ambience to the driver’s mood, namely the Executive and the Expressive modes.

The New BMW 7 Series is available in four elegant colour offerings – Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Bernina Grey and Imperial Blue.

The locally-assembled BMW 740Le xDrive Pure Excellence retails at RM594,800 while the price tag for the X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence is RM888,800.

Who says art is only for display?

BMW Malaysia unveils sexy new beast

BMW Malaysia unveils sexy new beast

The BMW Group Malaysia has introduced “The 8”, the newest member of the marque’s portfolio of luxury vehicles which it says combines powerful engine with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system and BMW Efficient Lightweight design measures for new benchmarks in the luxury coupe segment.

“At the BMW Group, we’ve always had our sights on the future and the First Generation BMW 8 Series is testimony to that. First introduced in 1989, we are bringing this luxurious sports coupe into the modern era to set standards for the future,” said Harald Hoelzl, managing director of BMW Group Malaysia.

The supercar was launched in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night (March 12) with two of the power machines on full display with their ‘double-bubble’ contouring, long wheelbase and wide track width plus the flap-controlled sports exhaust system.

The 8 comes standard with the ‘BMW Laserlight’, the slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date. The side view, meanwhile, is dominated by an interplay of surfaces using character lines to trace the flow of the air exiting the ‘Air Breathers’.

From the back, the twin exhaust tailpipes with a trapezoidal contour are positioned on either side of the rear apron’s lower section to send an unmistakable message to those wondering.

The ‘M’ performance model is identified by its exclusive exterior appointments in Cerium Grey, an M rear spoiler and illuminated door sills bearing the model name. It comes standard with an additional front spoiler to minimise the lift that occurs at the front axle at high speeds.

To reduce the aerodynamic drag of the 8’s streamlined body has an almost fully sealed underbody, active air flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats and ‘Air Curtains’.

Inside, all control elements are clearly arranged with leather trim for the instrument panel. In addition to multifunction seats and the M leather steering wheel, the M Sport package includes an anthracite BMW individual headliner, M pedals, M driver’s footrest and special floor mats to inject the cabin with a sporty flair.

The newly-developed sports seats are upholstered as standard in Merino leather. The rear backrest can be split 50:50 as standard and folded down to increase the capacity of the 420-litre luggage compartment.

For the first time ever, active seat ventilation is also made available where the cooled air is sucked in from the interior then guided along the body to the seats’ built-in fans for particularly effective temperature control of the seat cushions and backrests.

The 8’s power plant has a new V8 engine at its heart. The 4.4-litre eight-cylinder unit has been revised with two twin-scroll turbochargers, ‘High Precision Injection’, Valvetronic fully variable valve control and Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing all working together for a claimed top speed of 250 km/h.

The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe delivers a maximum output of 390kW/530hp which is on tap between 5,500 – 6,000 rpm. The maximum torque of 750Nm is available from 1,800 to 4,600 rpm for forward thrust. It’ll do the century sprint in 3.7 seconds and posts a fuel consumption of 10.4 litres per 100 kilometres (manufacturer’s figures).

The V8 engine is paired with an 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission which features increased ratio spread, new transmission management and optimised hydraulic control produce for more spirited gear shifts. Shift paddles on the steering wheel are standard.

BMW says the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system operates more efficiently than before with the electronically controlled rear differential lock fitted as standard on the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe.

The locking effect generated by an electric motor limits speed compensation between the inside and outside rear wheel when cornering, making it possible to power out of bends with dynamic verve.

In addition to the Adaptive M Suspension, the 8 comes standard with ‘Integral Active Steering’ which reduces the car’s turning circle when manoeuvring, increases agility at moderate speeds and optimises control when changing lanes and cornering at high speeds.

BMW’s ‘Driving Assistant Professional’ is standard and features Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Pedestrian Collision Warning, Crossing Traffic Warning (front and rear), Emergency Stop Assistant, steering and lane control assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection and Evasion Aid which now reacts to pedestrians.

Also standard is the BMW Live Cockpit Professional display running on the new BMW Operating System 7.0 which introduces the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, an intelligent, digital character that awaits the driver’s every command while providing casual conversation. And get this – you can name this digital character!

One unique feature over other digital assistant is that drivers can give it a name, for example, “Hey Jamie”, to lend even greater individuality and personality.

The Personal Assistant will be able to learn more preferences and favoured settings. It can even activate a combination of them to enhance well-being. For instance, “Hey BMW, I feel tired” triggers a vitality programme that adjusts the lighting mood, music and temperature, among other things, in order to make the driver feel more alert.

The 8 comes in Carbon Black metallic, Black Sapphire metallic, Sonic Speed Blue metallic, Barcelona Blue metallic, Sunset Orange metallic and Mineral White, matched with Black, Cognac or Ivory White BMW Individual Merino full leather trim sports seat.

The 8 on-the-road without insurance and with BMW Group Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Programme and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme for The 8 is RM1,088,800.00

 

Selected highlights:

  • BMW M850i xDRIVE Coupé
  • Belt force limiter for front seats
  • Dynamic Braking Lights with Flashing Function
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Rain Sensor, Automatic Activation Control for Windscreen Wipersand Driving Lights
  • Driving Experience Control with ‘Adaptive’ mode for individual driving behaviour
  • Comfort Access System with contactless opening and closing ofthe tailgate
  • Soft-close function for doors
  • BMW Gesture Control, use of simple hand gestures to interact withthe infotainment system
  • Harman Kardon surround sound system with digital amplifier (464w,16 speakers)

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A perfect blend of creativity, ingenuity and technology

A perfect blend of creativity, ingenuity and technology

Kuala Lumpur, 10 December 2018: A cross-faculty and trans-disciplinary effort among students and staff from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) and the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) led to the production of the university’s concept car named – Invictus.

The Invictus was a working prototype designed and assembled by team Invictus to compete in the Proton DRB-Hicom Creative Car Challenge (PD3C) 2018 which was concluded on 8 December. The car emerged as the champion of the challenge and the team walked away with a cash prize of RM7,000. In addition, Khoo Wern Sheung, Year 3 student of the BA (Hons) Transport Design programme, who was part of the team also achieved the 3rd Prize at the Design Battle.

Prior to the final challenge, the team from APU was one of the 13 finalists at the PD3C pitching session held in March 2018. At the pitching session, the team proposed to use the Proton Preve as the base model of the Invictus’s concept design. They were then given a Proton Preve and were required to re-design and re-engineer the given car model with brand new ideas and concepts.

The inter-disciplinary and cross-faculty team Invictus bagged the 1st Place of the Creative Car Challenge and the 3rd Place of the Design Battle organized by Proton and DRB-Hicom.

Under the guidance of academic staff from the School of Media, Arts & Design (SoMAD) at APIIT, 20 students from the Product Design, Transport Design and Engineering disciplines worked on sketching, designing, modelling, assembling and styling the Invictus over 9 months.

Animation and Visual Effects students applied their skills and knowledge in creating the promotion video and designing the electronic display panels available within Invictus.

Personnel from the PD3C committee visited the team and were kept updated of the progress twice throughout the progression. The car development process was fully documented in the logbook as required by the organizers.

This was the first concept car assembled by APU & APIIT students, as they participated in the PD3C for the first time.

The car featured futuristic design elements that cater for urban living lifestyle, in line with APU’s nature of being a technology-savvy and innovative university. Some key features on the concept car include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) integrated headlamps
  • Integrated side view cameras to replace traditional wing mirrors
  • Smart Auto Door with Facial Recognition System
  • Fully digital Infotainment System
  • High-pressure front windshield to replace traditional wipers
  • Touch-screen and fully-interactive panel to replace traditional dashboard, speedometer, odometer and fault indicators
  • Front lower radar sensor to detect uneven objects or surfaces ahead

The Invictus is the first concept car designed by APU and APIIT students, based on the Proton Preve.

Khoo Wern Sheung, Year 3 student of the BA (Hons) Transport Design programme, also participated in the Design Battle that was held as part of the competition. His hand-sketched design of a compact car based on the theme given, ‘Fish’, emerged as the 3rd Prize Winner of the Battle.

Overwhelmed by their victory at the competition, Invictus team member, Lee Kian Chong, expressed his gratitude to the university lecturers and his team mates for the support.

“It’s been such a wonderful experience! There were times we felt frustrated but with great team work, we are proud of the final outcome. I am really proud to be part of the team. We manage to turn the impossible to possible,” said Lee.

Saifullizan Bin Abdul Wahab, academic staff of APIIT, recalled the team’s efforts and the strong passion demonstrated by the staff and students over the 9 months while working on the Invictus,

“The Invictus born out of teamwork among all staff and students, as well as the strong support by the management and our colleagues at APU and APIIT. Team Invictus had a challenging yet memorable 9 months; I am thankful to all students and staff who had worked on the Invictus tirelessly. Our hard work paid off!”

“The team worked with passion, perseverance and dedication to achieve a concept that is revolutionary. An awesome effort by students and staff from across different schools, working together as an integrated effort,”

commended Datuk Parmjit Singh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of APIIT Education Group.

Designed with modern elements to cater for an urban lifestyle, the Invictus features a touch-screen and fully-interactive panel to replace traditional dashboard, speedometer, odometer and fault indicators.

About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in Technology that aim to nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. The multi-cultural student community comprises 12,000 students from over 120 countries. APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels. It was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2011, 2013 and 2017 Ratings by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Internationally, APU also achieved 5-Stars Ratings at the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in four categories – Teaching, Employability, Facilities and Inclusiveness

For more information please visit APU website

Toyota to take Esports on by storm

Toyota to take Esports on by storm

Shah Alam, 27 August 2018 – UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) today announced its involvement into the world of Esports, a first of its kind by a Malaysian car company!

The company’s first move into the sports is the upcoming Toyota Velocity Esports Championship, the biggest national racing event in Malaysia, which will be held at the Sunway Pyramid Blue Atrium from the 21st to 23rd of September.

Those who are interested to become Malaysia’s quickest and fastest racing simulator driver are welcome to participate without any fees.  Entries are open for up to 400 participants who hold Malaysian citizenship or residency status.

  • The game?  The exhilarating Gran Turismo Sport.
  • The racetrack? The legendary, Suzuka Japan GT.
  • The car? The speedy, Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept!
  • The Prize? Total of RM60,000  (Top prizes 1st=RM20,000, 2nd =RM10,000 and 3rd =RM5,000).

There will also be an exciting exhibition race participated by celebrities from Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Festival and all of this are not to be missed!

“At Toyota, we always have our youth in mind. The Esports is on a steep upward curve and has the potential to become one of the top five sports in the world. This rapidly-rising industry is a new and exciting experience especially for the younger generation and with that being said, we at Toyota would like to be at the forefront of this Championship Series,” said Mr. Ravindran K., President of UMWT.

More details on registration procedures, programmes and a lot more about the exciting event will be announced soon.  Log on to www.toyota.com.my to find out more.

Buckle up and get your game on with Toyota!

Volkswagen Malaysia – what a year !

Volkswagen Malaysia – what a year !

From launching the all new Volkswagen Tiguan, to opening doors to its new Volkswagen Automotive Academy, collaborating with local artist in the #BeetleInspired campaign, and selling 12 units of the limited edition Beetle on Lazada Malaysia in just 20 minutes, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has been busy this 2017!

The Volkswagen Passat Highline was awarded the Best Large-Size Car (D-segment) category at the recent Carsifu Editor’s Choice Awards 2017.

“Volkswagen Malaysia is continuously striving to improve our offerings, product line-up through the different variants as well as enhancing our aftersales to improve overall ownership experience. All these efforts are in line with our aim to build and sustain Malaysians confidence in the brand” said Erik Winter, Managing Director of VPCM.

“We are constantly evaluating and improving our Sales and Aftersales Core Processes. We understand that the customers comes first and how else better to value our customers than to offer them a good ownership experience” Winter concluded.

The First of Many to come

Motivated with this belief, Volkswagen organized two landmark events – the first-ever Volkswagen Fest 2017 and the first online collaboration with Lazada Malaysia to sell limited edition Volkswagen Beetles in conjunction with 12.12 online sale.

This proved to be a milestone for Volkswagen as they were the first car maker to do such sales.
This shows that Volkswagen is committed to being an innovative player in the market and industry.

The same confidence was also shown by Malaysians as the final 2017 figures of Volkswagen cars sold stood at 6,536 units, with 94.5% of these figures from CKD models. This is an 8.1% growth compared to 2016.

When asked about the online sales on Lazada which is considered an unconventional method for the car manufacturer, Winter said,

“This was the first time for us and we must say we are very pleased with the response received. The first Beetle was swept up in to 26 seconds and all 12 Beetles were sold out in 20 minutes.”

The first-ever Volkswagen Fest 2017 took place on the 11-13 August at Setia City Convention Centre with thousands of visitors over the three-day event. There were activities for the whole family – which included test drives, sale of pre-registered Volkswagen cars, special deals, a display of both vintage and new Volkswagen cars, food trucks and entertainment for all.

Also unveiled at the event were 16 limited edition 60th Merdeka Beetles which was in conjunction with the 60th year of Malaysia’s independence day.

Artistic expression of VW

Design has always had a place in Volkswagen’s DNA so it was only natural that Volkswagen had an artistic side. In the last quarter of 2017, the brand celebrates the iconic Beetle by collaborating with nine upcoming and local talents to showcase their take and draw inspiration from the Beetle through their respective mediums. A variety of artworks were produced – from graffiti, paintings, calligraphy, doodles, illustrations, pins and various other forms during this campaign.

Outlook for 2018

Volkswagen has always strived to improve its aftersales service, and it is no different for 2018.

Working closely with dealers and partners, Volkswagen is planning for more engagements with car owners through the various Volkswagen clubs.

Views and feedback from the brand enthusiasts will certainly help Volkswagen to improve its users experience continuously as shown in Volkswagen’s ranking in the JD Power Customer Service Index (CSI) study – from 10th in 2016 to 5th in 2017.

2018 is the where the much anticipated and talked about Golf 7.5 will make its Malaysian debut. This is something that Volkswagen enthusiasts has been looking forward to. More style. More technology. More Driver Assistance features. No matter which Golf variant you choose, you get a more rugged, sleeker look than ever before.

The Volkswagen Golf is a model that has been in production for almost 44 years, and is one of the brand’s best-selling model. Little wonder that the upcoming Golf, the GTI and the iconic Golf R is highly anticipated.

Regardless which is the model you end up purchasing, Volkswagen is determined to give you an unforgettable experience.

Now, let’s imagine you are inside the all new sexy Volkswagen Golf. Done? Now let’s wait for it to come to the nearest Volkswagen dealer near you.

What Kind of Volkswagen Matches Your Personality?

What Kind of Volkswagen Matches Your Personality?

A car is a big investment. More than a mode of transportation, a car projects what we want people to think of us.

Some people spend months to look for the right car that fits their personality.

And perhaps you want to discover which Volkswagen would be ideal for your character and personality.

Answer these simple 12 questions and find out which Volkswagen sedan matches your personality!