BMW i electric cars set to retail in Singapore in 2014.


Singapore – BMW Asia today announced Performance Motors Ltd (PML) as the sole authorised dealership in Singapore for BMW i – the latest BMW sub-brand for its electric cars.


Two BMW i cars have been confirmed for production, the fully-electric BMW i3 megacity vehicle and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car. The former is due to go on sale in Singapore by mid 2014.


With this appointment, PML will be equipped with specialist technical abilities that will enable them to carry out repairs to the BMW i vehicles’ high voltage batteries. A wider service network is also planned to offer extended coverage for the general service, maintenance and repair of the vehicles.


“As the most sustainable car brand in the world, BMW has always been clear on its strategy to build cars that are powerful yet fuel efficient and low on CO2 emissions. With the arrival of BMW i, we have most definitely taken this effort to a new level by setting new benchmarks across the industry,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia. “Through the appointment of Performance Motors Ltd as our official BMW i dealer in Singapore, we are confident that they will be able to grow the sub-brand to greater heights when the BMW i3 starts retailing locally in Singapore next year.”


“Performance Motors has been representing BMW for over three decades and we have grown in tandem with the remarkable development of the brand in Singapore. The appointment as official BMW i dealer has a deeper and richer significance for us. It signifies the trust BMW places in Performance Motors to grow and develop one of the most exciting chapters in BMW’s fabled history – the launch of the BMW i brand. We are very excited to embark on this new adventure in our partnership with BMW,” said Mr Say Kwee Neng, Managing Director of Performance Motors Limited.


Unlike conventional electric cars that are usually modified from existing on-road models to simply include an electric car battery, BMW i vehicles are purpose-built electric cars drawn from scratch. Designed with a unique LifeDrive architecture, the main body (Life Module) of the BMW i cars is made of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic that is not only extremely light but tougher than steel. This is the same material that is widely used on Formula One racing cars and fighter jets.


The aluminium chassis (Drive Module), meanwhile, has been devised specially to house the bulky battery to ensure better driving dynamics and overall balance. By doing so, BMW i cars are able to bear the sustainable characteristics of an electric car whilst not having to compromise on the sheer driving pleasure that a BMW is renowned for.


Apart from just retailing electric vehicles, BMW i will encompass a range of premium services for mobility poised at optimising the use of parking spaces, recharging infrastructure, ‘smart’ navigation systems, intermodal route planning and access to other BMW vehicles on an ‘on- demand’ basis.


In line with the impending arrival of BMW i cars in Singapore in 2014, BMW Asia and PML will be previewing the BMW i Concept Cars from 24-25 August 2013 to the public in Singapore with no admission charges. More information is available as below.


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BMW i: The Future of Mobility


Singapore Showcase 2013


Prior to the official launch of the BMW i cars in Singapore in 2014, members of the public can catch a sneak preview of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 Concept cars from 24-25 August 2013 with free admission. To be held at the open area in front of ION Orchard, the BMW i Space will feature the two futuristic BMW i cars, as well as exhibits explaining the technological wizardry that powers them.


About BMW i The BMW i is a new sub-brand of BMW that focuses on the production of purpose-built electric cars targeted for megacity usage. It was derived from Project i, a BMW Group think tank that was set up to explore and develop sustainable, pioneering mobility solutions since
2007. To deepen the knowledge of how electric cars are used on an everyday basis, BMW Group even conducted field tests with a fleet of more than 600 MINI E cars and over 1,000 BMW ActiveE vehicles.


Through the study, BMW is able to better understand the daily operational challenges faced by an electric car driver and his mobility pattern. BMW i eventually previewed in the shape of the futuristic-looking BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept.


BMW i3 – Dynamic, Compact, Emission-Free


The BMW i3 is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed for urban areas. Driven purely by electric power and purpose-built to meet demands of sustainable and emission-free mobility, it embodies an intelligent form of urban transportation and commuting.


BMW i3 is set to be a well-resolved all-round megacity vehicle, with every detail conceived and optimisesd to fulfill its eventual purpose. Central to its design is the innovative LifeDrive architecture, the key to the BMW i3’s appeal a light, safe and spacious car. Innovative use of materials and intelligent lightweight design not only enable the BMW i3 to travel long distances on a single charge and provide superb safety in the event of a collision, they also help give the car its excellent driving dynamics. The secure arrangement of the battery in the Drive module gives the vehicle a very low centre of gravity and optimum weight distribution.

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BMW All-Access Pass used to present exclusive art content.


Singapore – BMW Asia has announced the roll-out of a “BMW All Access” mobile app in collaboration with the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore, to showcase popular dance and musical performances from now until 5 September 2013.


Powered by an Augmented Reality (AR) mobile application, the BMW All Access Pass grants visitors with exclusive video content, which are accessible in nine designated venues within Esplanade. The videos contain ‘hidden’ performances from renowned groups, including the Singapore Dance Theatre, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Frontier Danceland and ZingO Drum. With the BMW All-Access Pass, all users need to do is activate and point their iPhone or Android phones at designated print posters located within the Esplanade to play the fascinating videos.


“The BMW Group has been a consistent supporter of classical and contemporary arts for more than 40 years. And we’re excited to spread the joy of music and dance with innovative technology,” said Mr Lito German, Marketing Director of BMW Asia.


In response to the campaign, Mr Lim Ewe Leong, Director for Partnership Development of the Esplanade said “As the national performing arts centre, we are always on the lookout for new ways to present art, music and cultural performances to our target audience. As such, the Esplanade is especially pleased to be partnering BMW Asia for such an innovative and interactive campaign.


To make the augmented reality experience even more enticing, a contest has been put in place with attractive prizes to be won. The user can unlock a badge for every performance they catch. Ever badge will earn them a chance to win $200 Esplanade vouchers.


For more information, please visit www.bmwasia.com/allaccess


Download the BMW All Access via the link:


iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/bmw-all-access/id634961224?ls=1&mt=8


Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bmwgroup.allaccess&hl=en

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A supreme combination of high performance & luxury.


Singapore – BMW Asia today launched the BMW M6 Gran Coupé, a high-performance sports car that is armed with a vision of poise and assurance that combines supreme performance with captivating aesthetics and luxurious elegance.


Powered by a high-reviving V8 engine supported by M TwinPower Turbo technology, the engine of the BMW M6 Gran Coupé can achieve up to 560hp that is capable of propelling the sports car from 0 to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds.


The performance characteristics of the car’s engine, its chassis technology, aerodynamics properties and weight balance – which the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof helps to optimize – are intertwined with hallmark M precision.


Apart from offering a sporty and high-performance drive experience, the BMW M6 Gran Coupé also comes with extra interior space allows its two rear passengers to enjoy generous levels of long-distance comfort, the rear compartment of the BMW M6 Gran Coupé also offers
a third rear seat suitable for use over shorter journeys.


“The BMW M6 Gran Coupé represents not only a new experience of luxury in an M car, but also the ultimate expression of the dynamic potential embedded in the BMW 6 Series,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia. “The BMW M6 Gran Coupé is our foray into an entirely new segment of high-performance luxury coupés with four-doors, by offering the finest balance of inspiration design, sports-oriented performance and luxurious ambience in its class.”


Design: the beauty of majestic power delivery.


Hallmark M design features influenced directly by technical considerations – such as cooling air requirements, chassis geometry, weight balance and aerodynamics – open a clear window into the performance capability of the BMW M6 Gran Coupé. The front of the car is dominated by its large air intakes, standard Adaptive LED Headlights and an M kidney grille designed especially for this model. From the side, the first four-door Coupé in the BMW M GmbH ranks is clearly distinguishable from the BMW M6 Coupé thanks to its rear doors and 113-millimetre longer wheelbase. The low roofline flowing smoothly into the rear, the swage line – which takes in the door openers – and side windows extending well into the C-pillars accentuate the dynamically stretched silhouette.


Prominently flared wheel arches draw the eye to a track width specific to the BMW M6 Gran Coupé. The characteristic M gills, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, standard BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line package and exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design underline the car’s distinctive appearance, as does another M signature – twin exhaust tailpipes positioned on the outer edges of the rear apron. Also integrated into the rear apron, and charged with the task of optimising airflow along the car’s underbody, is a diffuser made from CFRP. This extremely lightweight, impressively strong high-tech material is used in the construction of the roof as well. Here, the visible carbon structure provides an eye- catching feature, as does a dynamic recess in the centre of the roof. This recess is referenced stylistically inside the car, the anthracite-coloured Alcantara roof liner gaining a central section in leather.


Emulating the harmonious blend of athletic prowess and elegance embodied by the exterior design, the distinctively M cockpit fuses sports car style with generous levels of space and a luxurious ambience. The driver and front passenger can look forward to M sports seats with integral belt guides. And the BMW M6 Gran Coupé’s standard specification also includes Merino leather upholstery with extended features. The rear compartment offers two or three seats, the backrests of which can split and fold down in a ratio of 40 : 60 to increase boot capacity from 460 to as much as 1,265 litres.


V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, Active M Differential.


The powertrain technology under the skin of the BMW M6 Gran Coupé guarantees the performance characteristics for which M Automobiles are renowned. The V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology produces 560 hp. Its technical wizardry includes a pair of twin- scroll turbochargers, a cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. The 4,395 cc unit keeps peak torque of 680 Newton metres on tap between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm, while maximum output is developed between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm. The engine revs to a maximum of 7,200 rpm. The BMW M6 Gran Coupé sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (305km/h if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified). Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle stands at 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions are 232 grams per kilometre.


Taking care of power transfer is a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic. The transmission’s electronic management system ensures the right gear is selected for optimum traction. It also offers the driver a Launch Control function for maximum acceleration, Low Speed Assistance for extra comfort and the Auto Start-Stop function to enhance efficiency. Under particularly dynamic acceleration out of corners, as well as in tricky road and weather conditions, the Active M Differential at the rear axle distributes the engine’s power between the individual wheels to maximum traction-enhancing effect. Its electronically controlled multi-disc limited-slip differential works hand-in-hand with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system and splits drive between the right and left rear wheels quickly and precisely according to the situation at hand.


Chassis technology developed to M specification.


The chassis technology of the BMW M6 Gran Coupé is also geared to harnessing the car’s sporting potential in the cause of supreme performance. Like the integral rear axle, the double- wishbone front axle has specific kinematics and components made from forged aluminium. Chassis mountings using large panels ensure dynamic forces are passed evenly through to the body. The BMW M6 Gran Coupé comes as standard with an M-specific version of the Dynamic Damper Control system and hydraulic variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering with the M Servotronic function. As an alternative to the standard high-performance compound braking system, the BMW M6 Gran Coupé can also be ordered with M carbon-ceramic brakes. Made from a new type of carbon-fibre compound ceramic, the discs boast even greater resistance to heat, lower weight and exceptional resistance to wear.


Arranged around the gearshift lever on the centre console of the BMW M6 Gran Coupé are the buttons used to configure all the adjustable powertrain and chassis functions to personal tastes. The DSC mode, engine performance characteristics, Dynamic Damper Control mapping, M Servotronic responses and M DCT Drivelogicshift program can be selected independently of each other. All of which means the driver can put together a detailed set-up and store those settings on one of the two M Drive buttons on the multifunction steering wheel.


Exclusive and individual: high-quality range of equipment.


The standard equipment fitted on the BMW M6 Gran Coupé includes 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, leather trim, heated driver and front passenger seats, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with hi-fi loudspeakers. Available as an alternative to the standard 2-zone automatic climate control is a 4-zone system with a control panel in the rear compartment. Among the other highlights of the options list are M multifunction seats, heated rear seats, Comfort Access, a heated steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, electrically operated sun blinds, the new generation of the Professional navigation system and a Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System.


The BMW M6 Gran Coupé also comes with a variety of BMW ConnectedDrive features, such as an M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition. Customers can also integrate their Apple iPhone or other smartphones into the car and make use of internet-based services while on board.


The BMW M6 Gran Coupé will be retailed at Munich Automobiles.


Additional information enclosed:


1. The BMW M6 Gran Coupé specifications.


BMW M6 Gran Coupé


BMW M TwinPower Turbo with Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-Vanos. Capacity: 4,395cc
Max output: 560 hp at 6,000-7,000 rpm
Max torque: 680 Nm from 1,500 – 5,750 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 9.9 litre/100km (10.1 km / litre) CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 232 g/km
Full compliance with the EU5 emission standard.

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A roadster with character and sporting flair.


Singapore – BMW Asia today announced the launch of the new BMW Z4, a roadster with an interplay of classical proportions and state-of-the-art technology that defines its unmistakable character.


The updated BMW Z4 Roadster is ready for action. It represents a time-honoured and yet alluringly contemporary interpretation of the new traditional roadster concept. New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, the new Design Pure Traction Package and the latest additions to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features all provide fresh impetus and lend the BMW Z4 Roadster even greater appeal and individuality.


“The new BMW Z4 takes the stage just a quarter of a century after the legendary BMW Z1. That classic roadster simply turned heads when it was unveiled at the 1987 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, not only with its revolutionary door concept but also thanks to its agile and precision-handling. The likes of other famous roadsters include the BMW 328 that won the 1940 Mille Miglia, as well as the BMW Z3 and BMW Z8 that literally sent the world in frenzy for classical open-top two-seater concept in the 1990s,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.


“BMW roadsters have indeed come a long way. They have all laid the foundation for the first- generation BMW Z4 and subsequently its successor, the brand’s first roadster to be fitted with a retractable hardtop roof as we know it today. The updated BMW Z4 is set to mark another noteworthy chapter in BMW roadster history as we look back in the days ahead.”


Design: classical proportions infused with modern character.


The success of modern-day BMW roadsters is rooted in the rigorous execution of a concept, a process which has left its mark on both the design and the driving properties of each car and is clearly recognisable in the new BMW Z4. The sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase, low beltline and low-slung rear end play a more vivid and uncompromising part in shaping its appearance than is evident with any of its segment rivals. The low seating position just ahead of the rear axle gives the driver and passenger a particularly intense experience of the longitudinal and lateral forces working on the rear wheels. This sense of being “part of the car” also allows the driver to grade the amount of power he’s feeding through the rear axle with sensitivity and precision. That’s the recipe for roadster feeling, BMW-style.


The hardtop roof also blends seamlessly into the car’s form. As it closes, it seals a smoothly flowing roofline, while large window surfaces optimise all-round visibility and the feeling of space inside the car. Once opened, the two roof elements are accommodated, one on top of the other, in a compact package inside the Roadster’s road-hugging rear. The A-pillars – painted an understated black – also underline the low-slung silhouette of the new BMW Z4, especially when the roof is open. The optional BMW Individual hardtop – available in the two contrast colours Black non-metallic and Glacier Silver metallic.– provides a feast for the eyes when the roof is closed. The hardtop can be opened at the touch of a button while the car is moving at up to 40 km/h in an automated process lasting 19 seconds.


The distinctive twin circular headlights team up with the broad BMW kidney grille to form a roadster-specific interpretation of the brand’s signature front-end look. The standard bi-xenon headlights of the new BMW Z4 have an extremely slim design and extend well into the front wheel arches. They feature LED light rings which emit daytime driving light in the brand’s hallmark style. Added to which, the light sources now have a strikingly three-dimensional design which accentuates the intricate technology of the headlights. Cutting across the tops of the headlights are LED accent lights, whose metal insert bears BMW lettering. The integrated turn signal indicators have chrome-coloured surrounds, which lend further emphasis to the sophisticated character of the light units. Plus, a newly designed, tapered surround for the side indicators adds a dynamic sweep to the gills on the front side sections of the car.


Striking touches: new paint finishes, Design Pure Traction equipment package, additional light-alloy wheels and the M Sport package.


A total of 11 external paint finishes are available for the new BMW Z4, including the new Mineral Grey metallic and Glacier Silver metallic. Another visually stunning option, Valencia Orange metallic, is also a new addition and can only be ordered together with the Design Pure Traction option or Design Pure Traction in combination with the M Sport package. This new equipment package lends the Roadster an extremely lively aura; the interior, for example, boasts an energy-charged contrast of black and orange. The bespoke Alcantara door panel trim, like the lower section of the instrument panel, comes in orange. The black leather seats have contrast stitching in Valencia Orange and an accent stripe running down the central section of the backrests and seat cushions. This stripe is likewise orange and is flanked by two thin white lines. The door panel trim and lower section of the instrument panel can also be specified in black as an option. Another exclusive element of the Design Pure Traction package is the metal weave trim strip, which can be combined with further decorative elements in high-gloss black for the door openers and the gearshift or selector lever. This new equipment package replaces the previously available Design Pure Impulse and is also available in combination with other exterior paint colours as an option.


New interior additions to standard specification include high-gloss black surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control system’s folding Control Display, which comes as part of the standard Navigation system Professional. Elsewhere, exquisite Fineline Anthracite wood has been added to the selection of interior trim strips as an option for the new BMW Z4. The BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i are offered with Kansas leather trim, while the BMW Z4 sDrive35is is offered with the extended Kansas leather trim. The additional contents for the BMW Z4 sDrive35is finished in leather include the door upper arm trim panels, sun visors and the top of the instrument panel.


New variants have been added to the range of optional light-alloy wheels as well, including newly designed 17-inch and 18-inch wheels in V-spoke design, both of which will be combined with mixed tyres.


The engaging character of the Roadster as a driver’s tool is given particular emphasis by the likewise M Sport package, included in the BMW Z4 sDrive35is as standard, which contributes M Sport suspension, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M aerodynamics package with large air intakes in the front wing and a rear bumper inlay painted in Anthracite metallic. Bringing an extra dose of sporting flair into the interior, meanwhile, are features such as sports seats, an M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, M door sill finishers and an anthracite-coloured roof liner. The Aluminium Carbon trim strip, and grey dials for the instrument cluster lend the finishing touches to the interior ambience. The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes standard with a model-specific version of the M Sport package.


Engines: BMW TwinPower Turbo technology at three output levels.


The BMW Z4 will be available with three-strong line-up of petrol engines from launch, and customers will be able to choose from two four-cylinder and one six-cylinder powerplants. Their most significant shared feature is BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which ensures an exceptionally effective balance between driving pleasure and fuel consumption throughout the output range. All variants of the new BMW Z4 already meet – as standard – the stipulations of the EU6 exhaust emissions standard due to come into force in 2014.


The BMW Z4 Roadster comes with three engine variants – the sDrive20i, sDrive28i and sDrive35is, which are driven by BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. The BMW sDrive20i and BMW sDrive28i further come with VALVETRONIC and Double VANOS, paired to an eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox with shift paddles on the steering wheel, which has been optimised to deliver even better acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h.


The BMW Z4 sDrive35is, meanwhile, comes with a seven-speed Sport automatic gearbox with dual-clutch, which provides uninterrupted power delivery due to its lightning quick shift times, and can complete the century sprint in a whopping 4.8 seconds.


Extensive comfort-enhancing equipment.


The new BMW Z4 delivers the driving pleasure customers have come to expect from the brand, fulfilling the desire for both sporting ability and comfort. Drivers can use the standard- fitted Driving Experience Control switch to select a configuration to suit the situation at hand and satisfy personal preferences. COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes can all be called up using the rocker switch on the centre console. As well as adjusting the responses of the engine and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) stability system, the different modes also alter the shift characteristics of the automatic gearbox, the responses of the Servotronic function and the mapping of the electronically controlled dampers, if these items are specified. These modes allow the driver to choose from a selection of distinctive and clearly differentiated set- ups for the car.


Other items of equipment fitted as standard are xenon headlights, automatic air conditioning, the Soft Close Automatic function for the boot lid and runflat tyres with a run-flat indicator. The Navigation system Professional and Convenience telephony with extended smartphone connectivity are standard features in all the variants of the Roadster. The standard Professional navigation system enables high-resolution map graphics – complete with 3D view – on the 8.8-inch iDrive monitor. The navigation data for the system is stored on an in-car hard disk, which also provides 12 GB of capacity for personal music collections. The BMW Z4 sDrive20i comes standard with the Hi-fi loudspeaker system with 11 loudspeakers while the BMW Z4 sDrive28i and BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes with the Hi-Fi Professional system with 14 loudspeakers.


The range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive has also expanded once again. The new BMW Z4 comes equipped with standard features such as rain sensor, Cruise Control with braking function, as well as Park Distance Control with sensors at both front and rear of the car. Other standard features include Internet and BMW TeleServices.


The updated BMW Z4 Roadster will be available for viewing at Performance Motors Limited,


303 Alexandra Road, from 22 June 2013.


Additional information enclosed:


1. The BMW Z4 Roadster specifications.


BMW Z4 sDrive35is


Straight six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, twin turbochargers and High Precision Injection. Capacity: 2,979cc
Max output: 340 hp at 5,900 rpm
Max torque: 450 Nm (Overboost: 500Nm) from 1,500 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 9.0 litre/100km (11.1 km / litre) CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 210 g/km
Full compliance with the EU5 emission standard.

BMW Z4 sDrive28i


In-line four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC. Capacity: 1,997cc
Max output: 245 hp at 5,000 – 6,000 rpm
Max torque: 350 Nm from 1,250 – 4,800 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 6.8 litre/100km (14.7 km / litre)
CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 159 g/km
Full compliance with the EU5 emission standard.


BMW Z4 sDrive20i


In-line four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC. Capacity: 1,997cc
Max output: 184 hp at 5,000 rpm
Max torque: 270 Nm from 1,250 – 4,500 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds
Top speed: 232 km/h
Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 6.8 litre/100km (14.7 km / litre)
CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 159 g/km
Full compliance with the EU5 emission standard.

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Singapore – BMW Asia and Performance Motors Limited (PML) today announced their sponsorship of the World Health Summit Regional Meeting – Asia 2013, (WHSRMA) which will be holding its regional meeting in Singapore, for the first time, from April 8th to 10th.


The WHSRMA is a congregation of leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry as well as from non-governmental organizations and health care systems worldwide, aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing medicine and health care systems over the next decade and beyond.


Themed “Health for Sustainable Development in Asia”, this high-level meeting will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore and will be graced by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong at its official opening ceremony on April 8th.
A fleet of 60 units comprising of both the flagship BMW 730Li and executive saloon BMW 520i that was earlier handed over to representatives of the WHSRMA will be used to chauffeur distinguished guests, VIPs and delegates of this prestigious convention in style and comfort.


“Sustainability has always been on the mind of the BMW Group and this is a topic that applies across all fields and industries. We strongly believe that sustainability is a key factor towards achieving greater success in the long-term. As the *world’s most sustainable automotive company for eight consecutive years, we understand the importance of the subject and what it takes to get there. Therefore, we are especially supportive of this year’s focus on sustainable health development in Asia and are delighted to be the official limousine for such an esteemed convention,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.


Mr Say Kwee Neng, Managing Director of Performance Motors Ltd said: “Performance Motors Limited is proud to be associated with the first World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Asia. The work done at the Summit will lay the foundation for a sustainable and long term development of the well being of communities across Asia and the world. This important endeavour deserves the support of all like-minded organizations, which see their prosperity for the future to be intrinsically linked to sustainable and responsible initiatives taken today. Every BMW is engineered with this as the central driving philosophy. It is therefore appropriate that delegates to the WHSRMA in Singapore will be chauffeured in the world’s most sustainable premium automobile - a BMW.”


BMW 730Li: 


Enhanced Power Delivery & Efficiency.
The BMW 7 Series is the brand’s flagship limousine that has redefined superiority by raising the bar in its class with ground-breaking efficiency, luxurious comfort and intelligent safety. With it, every journey becomes a unique experience where technological superiority is transformed into an exceptional pleasure.


The new BMW 730Li is equipped with a proven 3-litre straight-six petrol engine. With the new eight-speed automatic transmission, the BMW 730Li is able to complete the century sprint 0.3 seconds faster than its predecessor (at 7.5 seconds). It has further improved its average fuel consumption by 11% to 8.7 litres/100km) and lowered its CO2 emissions by 11% to 202g/km against its predecessor, both as per EU test cycle.


BMW 520i:
Dynamic performance with Driving Pleasure.
The BMW 5 Series is a worldwide success. It has won a host of awards and comparison tests and earned top marks on quality, safety and value retention. Demand in car markets all over the world is steadily growing. With it seductive styling, its unrivalled balance between sporty performance and comfort, and an extensive range of innovative equipment features, this series quickly established itself as the world market leader in its segment.


As fitted in the new BMW 520i, the four-cylinder engine develops maximum power of 184 hp at 5,000 rpm and peak torque of 270 Nm, which is available between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. Instantaneous power response helps the BMW 520i Sedan perform the century sprint in 8.0 seconds and achieve a top speed is 226 km/h. Simultaneous efficiency improvements are reflected in its average fuel consumption of 6.7 litres/100km and its CO2 emissions of 155g/km, both as per EU test cycle.

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Singapore. BMW Asia today announced the winner of a brand new BMW X1 sDrive 20i at the Team BMW Finishers’ Draw, conducted after the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2012.


Thousands of Team BMW members who have completed the Half or Full Marathon at the SCMS 2012 entered the Team BMW Finishers’ Draw, but only one lucky winner, 33, Mr Goh Yeow Kwang, walked away with the grand prize of a BMW X1 sDrive20i. Mr Goh prepared for SCMS 2012 by participating in the BMW training runs and clinics and successfully completed the Full Marathon (42.195km) on race day.


“This is the second consecutive year that we’ve sponsored the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, and we were delighted to support Mr. Goh, along with thousands of other Team BMW members, cross the finish line. We supported Team BMW members through our BMW training activities and running clinics – and of course, everyone was motivated by the chance to win a brand new BMW X1 sDrive20i,” said Mr Lito German, Marketing Director, BMW Asia. “Our admiration goes out to Mr Goh for his dedicated attendance of our training clinics, and for his inspiring effort in completing the full marathon.”
The BMW X1 sDrive20i comes with all the features so typical of a BMW X model and at the same time offers a new interpretation of BMW’s Sheer Driving Pleasure. This youngest member in the wide range of BMW X models stands for versatile sportiness and supreme agility, with looks characterised by self-confident elegance and modern style. The BMW X1 brings together the features typical of a Sports Activity with the driving characteristics, dynamic performance and outstanding fuel economy and emission management of the BMW 1 Series.

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Singapore. BMW continues to be the top premium car brand in Singapore. Based on the LTA-published data on new registration of cars, BMW registered a total of 5,039 units of new vehicles in 2012, which translates to a 1.6% increase from the previous year.


Mr. Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia: “We are very pleased that BMW has continued to be the car brand of choice for Singapore. This is especially in light of the challenging market conditions, including an uncertain economy and a tighter supply of COE quota. In 2012, we have continuously expanded our product portfolio to ensure that our offerings continue to address our customer’s requirements. Meanwhile, we have relentlessly worked on our customer excellence programme on both sales and aftersales to continuously improve our service capabilities and raise our overall customer satisfaction level.”


New models launched in 2012 – including the all-new BMW 3 Series, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, the new flagship BMW 7 Series, the new BMW M5, as well as the newly introduced ActiveHybrid range and M Performance Automobiles – have all been well received by our customers. Locally, the BMW 5 Series continues its position as the best-selling BMW model with more than 1,500 units registered. At the same time, in the high-performance niche, the new BMW M5 has received an overwhelming respond with over 60 units registered last year.


“While BMW continues to reach out to the traditional buyers who favour sedans, coupés and convertibles, our new body concepts such as the BMW X1 with a crossover concept and the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé with a 4-door Sports Coupé concept have proved to be equally popular and have enabled us to reach out to a wider range of customers than before. Impressively, the new BMW M Performance Automobiles range has also been relatively popular with a significant number already sold since its introduction in late November 2012.”


2013: New models


BMW welcomes the year 2013 with the arrival of two exciting new products in the first quarter.


The BMW 316i. The world’s best-selling premium car is now available in the form of the BMW 316i. Classified as COE Category A, the BMW 316i comes with a new-generation four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine featuring the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. It has a maximum output of 136 hp at 4,350 rpm and a peak torque of 220 Nm at 1,350 rpm. The BMW 316i is able to complete the century sprint in 9.2 seconds. Thanks to the Efficient Dynamics technology, the BMW 316i achieves the class-leading fuel economy with an average of 5.9 per 100km and a CO2 emission of 137 grams per kilometre (EU combined test cycle).


The 3-door BMW 118i M Sport. This new variant of BMW 1 Series comes in a sporty 3-door hatchback styling. Powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the car is designed to be extroverted, sporty and self-confident. The dynamic look of this BMW 1 Series will offer even greater balance between sportiness and driving comfort. With a maximum output of 170 hp at 4,800 rpm, and a maximum torque of 250 Nm at between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. The BMW 118i is exceptionally responsive and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 222km/h. It also enjoys exemplary efficiency with a fuel consumption rating of just 5.8 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 134 g/km (EU combined test cycle).


Both the BMW 118i (3-door) and BMW 316i will receive a $10,000 CEVS rebate as a result of their low CO2 emissions since the commencement of the new CEVS ruling in January 2013. In order to enable BMW customers to fully enjoy the rebate, the prices of all relevant BMW models (including the two abovementioned models) have already been adjusted to reflect the rebate accordingly.

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Singapore. BMW Asia today announced the arrival of the much anticipated new BMW 316i in Singapore. Thanks to Efficient Dynamics technology, the new BMW 316i boasts to be the most fuel efficient of its class with 5.9 litres / 100km (combined EU test cycle).


“The arrival of the new BMW 316i will be addressing the need of customers on the lookout for a car in the small-car COE category (Category A), specifically to those in search of a premium mid-sized sedan capable of the sheer driving pleasure that our famed BMW 3 Series is renowned for,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.


Equipped with a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine, the new BMW 316i is powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and 8-speed automatic transmission, thereby offering optimum power for an engine of its class without compromising on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.


“As the world‟s best-selling premium car, the BMW 3 Series has traditionally been a key volume model for BMW. With the improved sporting prowess, elegance, comfort and looks, this sixth generation BMW 3 Series has already taken the world by storm with the existing offering of the BMW 335i, BMW 328i and BMW 320i. With the arrival of the new BMW 316i, we‟re confident that it will be equally well-received,” added Mr Fiorentinos.


The new generation of petrol engines: dynamic power delivery and outstanding fuel efficiency thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
The 1.6-litre petrol engines available in the BMW 316i uses BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, consisting of a twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS. The forced-induction system uses the twin-scroll principle, with separate ducts both in the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger itself, each serving one pair of two cylinders. Output is also boosted by VALVETRONIC variable valve control, which is fully integrated into the cylinder
head, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust sides. The new petrol engines are also unusually fuel-efficient, thanks mainly to High Precision Injection.


The four-cylinder engine of the new BMW 316i provides significantly improved driving dynamics compared to the predecessor model. It has an output of 136 hp at 4,350 rpm and a maximum torque of 220 Nm at 1,350 rpm. The car takes 9.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standing start, and has a maximum speed of 210 km/h. The new BMW 316i‟s fuel consumption over the combined cycle is 5.9 per 100 kilometres, and its CO2 emissions are 137 grams per kilometre (EU combined test cycle).


Intelligent lightweight design brings further reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The use of lightweight materials play a significant role in reducing the weight of the new BMW 316i and in delivering high passenger cell safety standards, combined with a significant increase in strength. At the same time, these measures also help to ensure superior driving dynamics. Intelligent lightweight design is integrated into all areas of BMW vehicle development work and into all components, from the body and engine to the suspension. Materials used include high and ultra-high tensile steels, a hot-stamped B-pillar, plastics and state-of-the-art composites. There is also increased usage of aluminium components in the engine and suspension systems to further reduce the weight of the relevant assemblies.


Two equipment lines shine the spotlight on the car’s distinct character traits.
High-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality underline the premium ambience of the new BMW 316i. The materials and colour concept of the entry-level variant already clearly accentuates the sporting character of the car but a large selection of colours and upholstery variants also offer scope for various other options. The new BMW 316i can now also be ordered with any of two equipment lines. Customers can therefore adapt the appearance of their car to their own individual preferences – with eye-catching results. The Sport Line and Luxury Line equipment variants emphasise the different sides to the new BMW 316i‟s character in their own individual ways. The exclusive, carefully coordinated equipment features embrace both exterior design elements and the selection of materials and colours for each model. In terms of value, design coherence and expressiveness, the new BMW Lines go far beyond existing packages in the premium class.


The new BMW 3 Series Sedan:
Dynamic capability, efficiency and comfort
The pioneering history of the BMW 3 Series serves as an inspiration for the new sports sedan, whose powerful styling represents a fresh interpretation and conscientious development of traditional BMW design cues. The new BMW face, with flat headlights reaching along as far as the BMW kidney grille, emphasizes the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series. The sixth generation of the 3 Series has grown in size compared to its predecessor, with its wide track (front +37mm, rear + 48mm) particularly prominent, and the car‟s increased length (+93 mm) and augmented wheelbase (+50mm) also accentuate its sporting silhouette. Inside the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, the noticeable increase in space benefits the rear passengers above all. The new BMW 316i presents the car with exclusive, high-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality underlining the premium ambience of the new range.
Drive and chassis technology have always been key areas of expertise for the brand, and agility and driving dynamics remain outstanding attributes of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. Not only does the new car come with larger dimensions than its predecessor, it further comes with enhanced levels of comfort that contribute to greater driving pleasure.


BMW EfficientDynamics
BMW is the first carmaker to offer an eight-speed automatic gearbox in the premium mid-size segment. It links up with the Auto Start-Stop function that comes as standard. Compact and exceptionally efficient, it allows the new BMW 3 Series to match or outperform models fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox in terms of both fuel economy and emissions. The new eight-speed automatic brings together shift comfort, dynamic performance and efficiency of the highest order, making it the perfect partner for the new sedan‟s dynamic potential.


As components of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology line-up, the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, and need-based operation of ancillary components also play their part in reducing fuel consumption. Added to which, the new Driving Experience Control switch not only offers Comfort, Sport and Sport + options, but also ECO PRO mode, which gives all the models in the range the potential to further improve fuel economy. This switch helps to influence the style of driving and enables drivers with maximum fuel economy.


The BMW 316i comes standard with the Eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, Auto Start/Stop function, Driving Experience Control with ECO PRO mode, Xenon lights, Cruise Control with braking function, Comfort Access System with contactless boot lid opening, Electrical seat adjustment with memory for driver.


The new BMW 316i is now available for viewing at Performance Motors‟ showrooms.

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