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BMW M2 Competition turned into art by Futura 2000


No stranger to the world of art, BMW is presenting a new collaboration at the second Frieze Los Angeles art fair this week – an M2 Competition painted by renown graffiti artist Futura 2000. While not officially a BMW Art Car per se, this one goes one further as it will spawn two more affiliated vehicles, along with a limited edition model that will be offered to the buying public.

The first show car sports white paint flecks, white lines that appear to resemble lighting bolts, as well as saw blade graphics throughout the exterior. The theme is repeated on the decorative interior trim, while the seats are upholstered in black and white Dakota leather with polar blue perforations and stitching. There’s also Alcantara trim on the door cards and steering wheel, the latter with a grey 12 o’clock marker.

A similar interior will be fitted to the limited edition models, which will also bear unique door sill plates featuring Futura 2000’s signature and the serial number of the 500-unit run. The exterior will get a reduced version of the show car’s paint job, which will appear on the front and rear aprons and side sills. Bear in mind that as the cars will be individually hand painted, the designs may vary from car to car. Finishing off the aesthetic are black 19-inch five Y-spoke alloy wheels.

The rest of the car remains unchanged, so power continues to come from an S55 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged straight-six, producing a heady 410 PS and 550 Nm of torque. All this is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (a six-speed manual is available on the standard M2 Competition), allowing it to get from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds.

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BMW M delivered 135,829 cars in 2019, outselling Mercedes-AMG – new M3 and M4 to debut this year


Recently, the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz released their sales performance figures for the 2019 financial year, which saw the latter edging out its close rival (with sales from its Mercedes-Benz Vans division taken into account) by a certain degree.

However, it was BMW that secured the lead in the performance/high-performance car segment. According to figures released by the carmaker, its BMW M division managed to deliver a total of 135,829 cars in 2019 – a 32.2% increase from 2018 – marginally outselling Mercedes-AMG which only managed to sell 132,136 cars.

“We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to acquire market leadership in the performance/high-performance automobile segment for the first time in the almost 50 years of the company’s history,” said Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH.

The encouraging result is largely backed by what the company calls an “unparalleled model offensive,” with models like the X3 M, X4 M, M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible as well as their respective Competition variants being introduced.

In terms of markets, the United States of America was BMW M’s most important, with 44,442 units sold there. This is followed by Germany (26,110 units) and the United Kingdom (17,688 units). The company also stated that sales of M Sport packages achieved a new record high in the 2019 financial year, with almost a million vehicles being delivered with said package within the course of a year (a 25% jump from the 2018).

Beyond the sales talk, BMW M also included a small snippet in its release that confirms the debut of the new G80 M3 Sedan and G82 M4 Coupe this year, although a more precise data wasn’t provided.

Referring to an earlier report where we spoke to Flasch at last year’s BMW M Festival in South Africa, the new M duo is said to pack a new S58 turbocharged inline-six engine. The mill is said to deliver 480 hp in standard form, or 510 hp in Competition models, and will be available with either a manual or automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will also be a first for both models, with a system that isn’t unlike that found in the F90 M5, where drivers are able to switch between all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive on-the-fly.

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SPIED: Fully electric G20 BMW 3 Series seen testing


BMW is well and truly in the realm of electrified vehicles, with the likes of the i3 and the mid-engined i8; it also currently has the iX3 in development that’s due to debut this year. Its bread and butter model, the 3 Series has included a plug-in hybrid in its ranks, though without a fully electric version – until now.

Here, our spy photographers have spotted a G20 development unit with ‘Electric Test Vehicle’ stickers along its sides. The front end of the electric 3 Series bears the most exterior visual changes, where the kidney grille here is closed off to improve airflow efficiency as the EV powertrain dispenses with the cooling needs of internal combustion engines.

Further downwards, the front bumper is also concealed, though the centre section appears to take after that of the G20 330e, and the outboard sections also hint at similar shapes as applied to those on the plug-in G20. Viewed in profile, the electric mule here appears to be G20 business as usual, though rolling stock on the eventual production car will feature unique items.

Around to the back, the electric 3 Series wears a unique rear bumper as there is no need for exhaust outlets and its cutouts, while the rest of the G20 sedan’s exterior bodywork appears unchanged. If the proportions appear slightly unusual, that’s because this is likely a long-wheelbase version of the G20 3 Series, which historically means that the use of this particular chassis could turn out to mean a China-specific model.

The stretched body also means there will be additional room for larger battery packs and therefore greater charge capacity, which could then mean the introduction of a longer 3 Series chassis for the rest of the world. The iX3 crossover will be BMW’s first to adopt its fifth-generation eDrive technology, which helps the motor in the iX3 deliver 286 hp and 400 Nm of torque; outputs which are close to the 330e’s 252 hp and 420 Nm.

Should this electric powertrain be used for the EV 3 Series, its outputs will almost match those of its PHEV and pure petrol siblings. Depending on the battery pack’s capacity, the EV 3 Series could feature a range that matches – or at least comes close to – the iX3’s estimated range of over 400 km.

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Mercedes beats Audi, BMW to be top luxe brand, again


While BMW may be the top dog in the US market, Mercedes-Benz remains as the best-selling luxury car brand in the world, beating BMW and Audi for the fourth consecutive year, Automotive News Europe reported. Mercedes-Benz recently announced its global sales grew 1.3% to 2.34 million vehicles, outselling BMW’s tally of 2.17 million cars (up 2%) in 2019, while Audi lagged behind at 1.85 million cars (up 1.8%).

The report stated that demand for upscale vehicles have shown to be more resilient than mainstream, mass-market cars, which has seen sales crimped in some regions due to slower economic growth, as well as fallout from trade disputes.

According to Mercedes-Benz, it posted record sales in Germany, China, and the US, thanks to strong reception for its SUVs and high-end sedans. Demand in China – the world’s largest auto market – rose by a staggering 6.2%, where local customers are buying the Maybach S-Class sedan at a rate of over 700 units a month.

China remains as Mercedes-Benz’s largest market, with sales of 693,443 units (6.2% increase, a new record year) driven largely by its compact car range and SUVs. In fact, every third Mercedes model sold is an SUV. The company maintains market leadership in the luxury segment in Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and South Africa.

As for BMW, it is targeting a slight increase in group sales for 2020, along with “solid sales growth” in China. European sales outlook are expected to be on par with 2019 due to a “deterioration in the economic environment,” although US sales are expected to go up marginally.

BMW sales boss Pieter Nota said in a statement: “Thanks to our large model offensive, we once again succeeded in increasing our sales to a new high in 2019. I am confident that we will continue on our successful course in the current year.” With sales of luxury vehicles and large SUVs picking up, BMW said it will double sales of its higher-end cars between 2018 and 2020, buoyed by the launch of the flagship X7 SUV last year.

Audi’s new sales chief, Hildegard Wortmann, said the automaker’s new product line-up should help it sustain positive sales momentum and win back ground lost to Mercedes-Benz and BMW over the past few years.

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BMW i6 reportedly on the way – planned debut in 2024


BMW has a few electric vehicles set to be launched in the near future, including the iX3 in 2020 as well as the iNEXT and i4 by 2021. It appears the list of debuts won’t stop there, as a new report by Autoblog.it suggests an i6 is on its way as well.

According to the report, the i6 will arrive in 2024 to compete against models like production Audi e-tron GT, Mercedes-Benz EQS and Porsche Taycan. Styling-wise, it will draw inspiration from the 8 Series Gran Coupe, and is said to take the form of a four-door coupe to make it stand out among rivals.

In terms of specifications, the i6 is said to be offered in a number of variants, with the entry-level model packing two electric motors – one for each axle. The one at the front will reportedly offer 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW), while the rear e-motor serves up 340 PS (335 hp or 250 kW) for all-wheel drive and a combined output of 544 PS (536 hp or 400 kW).

There’s also a mention of an M Performance model with both electric motors providing 340 PS (335 hp or 250 kW) each for a system output of 680 PS (671 hp or 500 kW), which makes it a worthy competitor to the Taycan Turbo, but not the Taycan Turbo S. Of course, these details should be taken with a grain of salt, pending official word from BMW.

As for the batteries powering the electric motors, two options are said to be made available, starting with a 90 kWh unit that provides a range of around 560 km following WLTP regulations, along with a larger 120 kWh unit with up to 700 km of range.

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2019 year in review and what’s to come in 2020 – tough year for Mercedes-Benz and BMW, but Volvo soars


Having looked at how the national carmakers and Japanese brands fared in 2019, we continue on the year that was with the premium brands. It was a mixed year for players in the segment, with most of the activity coming from the German marques, as expected. The usual duo led the way in with the introductions this year, but it was a bumper year for the four rings as well.

Things were however a whole lot quieter for many players, and although this will change in 2020 for some, it doesn’t look rosy for at least one.

A slew of Audis. Really?

The brand that has always played bridesmaid to the two other Germans made a real go of it this year, introducing no less than 10 models in 2019. Amazing, really, when you consider how quiet it has been in recent years, with only the occasional low-key introduction to signal that it was still around.

The action started in March with the debut of four vehicles, three of which were new. The Q7 received a specification update, but it was the Q2, Q5 and Q8 that made for the news, with their arrival significantly bumping up the Audi SUV count in the country at a go. The second-gen Q3, meanwhile, joined the party late in the year.

Sedans – and fastbacks – were not forgotten in the rare Audi blitz. April saw the introduction of the A3 Sedan, with the C8-generation A6 and D5 A8L entering the showrooms in June before making their working debut in August. Elsewhere, the second-gen F5 A5 Sportback and the C8 A7 Sportback went on preview for a bit before they made they were officially launched.

That’s quite a haul from Ingolstadt. Whether Euromobil continues to play aggressive in 2020 remains to be seen, but Audi fans surely won’t complain if it does. In terms of what’s coming, the facelifted B9 A4 should be one of the highlights next year.

Monthly debuts from BMW

BMW Malaysia started out their campaign in January with two M Performance Editions, which essentially signed out the F30 330e and F15 X5 xDrive40e, and these were each limited to 300 units. Next up, the G20 3 Series, which arrived as a CBU 330i in March, and its debut also saw a full catalogue of M Performance parts being introduced.

The same month saw the debut of the G15 8 Series, and a month later, to show that the G30 5 Series wasn’t forgotten, the company brought the 520i Luxury and 530e M Sport variants into the market. The all-electric i3s was also launched in April, but final pricing was only announced in August.

In May, the G02 X4 M Sport went the CKD route (pricing revealed in June), and the G05 X5 and F39 X2 M35i went on preview, ahead of their official pricing being announced in July. The F87 M2 Competition was next up to bat in June, making its debut in Sepang, and this was followed by the X7 SUV in July.

The month also saw the G29 Z4 sDrive 30i and facelifted G12 7 Series being announced, the latter continuing on with a 740Le xDrive badge designation. In September, another variant was added to the G01 X3 range in the form of an xDrive30i M Sport model, and the G20 3 Series went the CKD route, retaining the 330i variant.

Models to look forward to in 2020 are likely to include the F40 1 Series, the F48 X1 facelift, G06 X6 and Munich’s answer to the CLA, the F44 2 Series Gran Coupe. The G20 3 Series range will also expand with the upcoming 320i, although there’s still no word on when the 330e plug-in hybrid will arrive, or whether it is even coming. Guess we’ll know in 2020.

Lexus rolls on, while Infiniti stalls

It wasn’t until June that Lexus Malaysia got into the swing of things with the refreshed NX 300, in three variant forms (Urban, Premium and F Sport). The facelift has been around since 2018, but the latest update adds on kit such as Lexus Safety System + while lowering prices.

The seventh-generation ES sedan made its debut as an ES 250 model in September, in two trim levels, Premium and Luxury. The same month saw the RX facelift making its way to Malaysia, with the RX 300 going on sale in Premium, Luxury and F Sport guise.

The coming year will see the introduction of the UX, which was first seen here in 2018 when it was previewed at KLIMS. At that point Lexus Malaysia said there were no plans to bring it in, but it looks like that has changed, and the SUV is slated for our market.

No cheer however for its fellow automaker Infiniti. With the brand languishing globally and in the midst of a restructuring (which will see it exit Europe completely and focus on the United States and China), it’s no surprise that the turnout of new models this year locally was zilch. The brand remains in the country, but with the KL showroom having closed (operations have been moved back to Edaran Tan Chong Motor premises), one wonders how long before the carmaker calls it quits in Malaysia.

The tristar juggernaut chugs along

As 2019 draws to a close, and unless something dramatic takes place in the sales charts, it looks like Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will still hold on to its best-seller title for another year, edging out BMW once more. However, this year won’t be like 2018, because the overall numbers are down for both – up to November, MAA figures reveal that Mercedes sales are down by 24% and BMW, down by 19.6%, year-on-year.

It hasn’t been for a lack of trying or products, with the introduction of new cards at every opportunity continuing to be very much the game plan. The ball started rolling with the introduction of the W213 E350, equipped with the automaker’s new M264 engine, in March. The E200 Sportstyle and E300 Exclusive, bearing new engines and kit, were also launched at that point. The same month also saw the pre-facelift C253 GLC 300 making its debut.

Next to arrive was the V177 A-Class Sedan in A200 and A250 forms. This was followed by the Mercedes-AMG C63S Sedan and Coupe facelifts, along with the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, which went on sale here in GT 43, GT 53 and GT 63S 4Matic+ forms. Then, the W222 S 560 e PHEV came along in June at the same evebt that gave the all-electric EQC its ASEAN debut.

The AMG A35 Sedan was introduced in September, and October was a busy month for the brand, with the W247 B-Class, C190 Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT C facelifts and X156 GLA 200 Style being introduced to the market. Rounding off the new product list for 2019 was the X253 GLC and C253 GLC Coupe facelifts, which were launched earlier this month. The refreshed SUVs also debuted Mercedes me connect, which will make its way on to upcoming models.

Expect no let-up in the introductions in 2020. Among these will be the second-gen C118 CLA, H247 GLA, X247 GLB, C167 GLE Coupe and the W213 E-Class facelift. The EQC is also slated to arrive in 2020.

MINI adventures continue

The brand’s first product introduction this year was the F60 Cooper S Countryman Pure in April. This was followed by the F57 Cooper S Convertible in July. The latter was a small scale outing, with a run limited to only 20 units.

Nothing like a commemorative edition to evoke nostalgia (and add to sales), and that was certainly the case when the 60 Years Edition popped up in August. The model is a 60-unit limited-edition offering based on the Cooper S 3 Door hatch.

Elsewhere, the F54 Clubman facelift premiered in November, going on sale here in sole Cooper S form. The John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman were also unveiled at the same time. The next year should see the MINI Electric among the new introductions heading to our shores.

Short but Swede

There were only two new Volvos coming our way this year, and both arrived towards the tail-end of it, but despite this the Swedish brand has been gaining traction – up to November, it sold 1,691 cars, 32% up from the 1,279 units it had achieved by the same time last year. Doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider that the German brands will sell less this year than in 2018, it’s a big plus on the brand’s report card.

The much-awaited third-generation S60 finally made its way here in October, going on sale in solitary T8 R-Design guise. While initial units are fully imported (CBU), local assembly is set to start later on, with no changes expected in the specifications when CKD production begins.

The XC90 facelift was the other, the refresh bringing about minor design tweaks, new kit and a bigger battery for the T8 Twin Engine, which increases the pure electric driving range, all accomplished without raising the price from before. The brand also introduced a leather dashboard for the T8 versions of the S90, XC60 and pre-facelift XC90 in August.

No new cats, nothing roving on the ground either

With no new product introductions in the past 12 months, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia continued to sell what it had in 2019, but there should be a fair bit of activity next year. On the Jaguar front, while the I-Pace has been teased on the local website, it surely won’t be the next in.

That honour should go to the E-Pace – the SUV, first seen locally at our PACE 2018 event, was sighted in the country earlier this month, so it shouldn’t be long before it finally makes its long-awaited local debut. It will be joined by the second-gen Range Rover Evoque, which was previewed at PACE 2019, and was spotted this month undergoing vehicle type approval (VTA).

As for the new Land Rover Defender, don’t hold your breath too long waiting for it to show up that fast – any sign of it will likely be well into the second half of the year at the earliest, given that Australia only gets it in June. High right-hand drive demand might also delay timelines.

Taycan get it out fast enough

No shortage of ground activities – and customer engagement – in Sepang this year for Porsche, but in terms of product launches things were rather on the quiet side. The biggest bang was the introduction of the 992-generation 911 in July, the eighth-gen making its local debut in Carrera S and 4S guise.

Two versions of the Macan facelift were also introduced, the base 2.0 litre in June and the Macan S in August. Earlier in the year, Sime Darby Auto Performance revealed a 15-unit, limited-run 718 Cayman SportDesign edition for the Malaysian market.

Models due next year should include the Cayenne Coupe, but all eyes are of course on the new all-electric Taycan. We do know its set to arrive in 2020, but now we know around when – it’s due in around eight months. According to the folks at Porsche Asia Pacific, the first examples for Malaysia are due sometime in August, and we’ll be getting the Turbo and Turbo S first, well ahead of the entry-level 4S.

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2020 BMW X3, X4 M40i & M550i get huge power bump for the US – M550i’s 4.4L V8 makes 523 hp & 750 Nm!


BMW US has quietly released revised versions of the M550i, X3 M40i, and X4 M40i models for 2020, with each receiving sizeable gains in performance thanks to several hardware upgrades.

Let’s start with the G30 M550i. It’s powered by the updated N63 4.4 litre twin-turbo petrol V8 which it shares with the M850i, tuned to produce 523 hp and 750 Nm of torque. That equates to nearly 15% increase compared to the older tune of 456 hp and 650 Nm, and it’s achieved via new intake manifold and ports, higher fuel pressure, a stronger engine block, reinforced pistons, and new ECU, BMW spokesman Oleg Satanovsky told Motor Authority recently.

It still gets xDrive all-wheel drive system, but it’s worth noting that the outgoing M550i with the less powerful engine sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds flat. The new N63 engine however, could potentially shave as much as 0.3 seconds off the century sprint. Just as a comparison, the M850i with xDrive AWD sprints from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

Next, for the SUVs, the X3 M40i and X4 M40i have their outputs raised from 335 hp to 382 hp, or about a 5% increase. Again, this is due to higher boost pressure, revised ECU, and upgraded exhaust components. Because performance matters, both the outgoing SUVs sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.

While they both use the same S58 3.0 litre straight-six engine in many other M Performance 40i-badged cars, models like the 540i, X6, 740i, and 840i don’t receive the same power bump for 2020.

The revisions do come at a cost, but that’s also because of additional equipment. The base price for the M550i has gone up by US$2,200 (RM9.1k), and along with the price hike is the fitment of an active rear differential and heated seats. Prices for the X3 M40i and X4 M40i rose by US$1,250 and US$550 respectively, and both also received minor equipment upgrades.

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SPYSHOTS: G22 BMW 4 Series continues to shed skin


It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for the next BMW 4 Series, but it seems we’re now on the home stretch. Munich has already revealed a concept previewing the coupé earlier this year, and these spyshots show that development is at an advanced stage.

The prototypes that you see here have also shed some of its hard disguise, giving us a clearer look at what the finalised shape will be. And while BMW still appears to be keen on hiding the massive (and rather controversial) full-height double kidney grille already shown on the Concept 4, the big nostrils are still visible underneath, as is the hexagonal mesh with the raised “dashes”.

The rest of the front bumper design is still obscured, but we expect it to follow the look seen on the show car, which incorporates a U-shaped air intake underlining the grille, as well as larger inlets on either side. The headlights, which feature quad projectors and U-shaped LED daytime running lights on these mid-range units, are slightly larger than on the Concept 4, but are still fairly slim in design.

Elsewhere, BMW seems to be adding some distance between the 4 Series and its close relative, the 3 Series, drawing more styling cues from big brother 8 Series. The glasshouse is sleeker and tapers more severely towards the rear of the car, where it has also sprouted a pair of serious hips that give it a more voluptuous appearance. The trademark Hofmeister kink has also been watered down, just like the concept.

Moving to the rear, there are three-dimensional L-shaped tail lights and a large diffuser-like bumper insert on this M Sport model, and it’s encouraging to see that BMW has stuck with real tail pipes. Previous spyshots has already showed the full interior, the dashboard having been lifted wholesale from the G20 3 Series.

The engine lineup should closely mirror that of the G20, with a revised range of three-, four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as perhaps a plug-in hybrid variant and the obligatory M4. The company has already confirmed that the car will be offered with a S58 3.0 litre twin-turbo straight-six with either 480 hp or 510 hp.

The former will be the only model offered with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox (all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission should be standard fit on the more powerful Competition). An all-electric i4 will also go on sale in 2021, based on the four-door Gran Coupé.

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BMW i8 Roadster LimeLight Edition makes its debut


This is the BMW i8 Roadster LimeLight Edition, a special one-off created by BMW Italia in partnership with Alcantara S.p.A. that was designed to “exude exclusivity and sustainability.”

The show car isn’t what you would call subtle, as it features a flashy paintjob that is contrasted by black wheels, which themselves are backed by yellow brake calipers. Given this is still an i8 Roadster, there’s still an electric fabric roof that can be lowered in 15 seconds and at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

Moving inside, you’ll find a cabin awash with Alcantara, with the material covering almost every surface the eye can see. This includes the two-tone sports seats, which feature yellow contrast stitching and inlays with laser cut holes that are designed to mimic the BMW roundel.

The latter is also seen on the door cards, and you also get carbon-fibre trim, blue ambient lighting, LimeLight Edition badging and more yellow accents on the steering wheel. BMW says Alcantara is a good fit for the i8 as the company making the material is the first in Italy to be certified carbon neutral by the TÜV SÜD organisation, which matches up nicely with BMW’s ambitions.

As for the mechanical parts of the car, the i8’s plug-in hybrid powertrain remains familiar as a normal i8 Roadster, consisting of a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, an 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, a six-speed auto and an electric motor. This provides a combined output of 374 PS (369 hp), which is good for a century sprint time of 4.6 seconds, a top speed of 250 km/h, and 53 km of EV range.

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ASEAN NCAP – F30 BMW 318i scores four stars in test; five-star rating for AOP, four-star rating for COP


The Asean New Car Assessment Programme (Asean NCAP) has conducted crash tests with the F30-generation BMW 318i, which scored five stars for adult occupant protection (AOP) and four stars for child occupant protection (COP). Points weighting for AOP, COP and safety assistance systems are 50%, 25% and 25% respectively, for which the BMW 318i scored 48.92 points, 18.38 points and 14.58 points respectively.

Asean NCAP stated that it is aware that the F30-generation 318i is not the latest iteration of the BMW 3 Series, which is now the G20-generation model. This previous generation model was still tested, however, as it is still available in the market for purchase as new, and therefore its safety rating is still of interest, adding that the latest G20-generation car also lacks front passenger seat belt reminders.

The 318i was considered to perform well in the adult occupant protection category, however its performance in the child occupant protection and safety assist systems were unexpected, Asean NCAP said. As tested, the F30 BMW 318i featured six airbags and electronic stability control, however Asean NCAP noted that the car lacked seat belt reminders (SBR) for both front and rear occupants.

Data fron the frontal offset impact test demonstrated adequate protection for the driver’s chest and the front passenger’s lower legs, with a ‘good’ rating observed for other regions of the driver’s and passenger’s bodies. For the side impact test, a ‘good’ rating was observed for the occupant’s upper body region. AOP scores comprised of 15.22 for frontal impact, 16.00 for side impact and 4.00 for head protection technology for a total of 35.22 from a possible 36.00 points.

Meanwhile, child occupant protection in the F30 318i fared slightly lower, where it scored 22.74 in the dynamic test, 7.00 in vehicle-based assessment and 6.28 for installation, for a total of 36.02 points from a possible 49.00 points.

The dynamic test assessment was conducted for 18-month-old and three-year-old child occupants; these were restrained with a rearward-facing Britax Baby Safe Plus installed via ISOFIX and supporting leg for the 18-month-old representation, and a forward-facing Britax Duo Plus installed via ISOFIX and top tether for the three-year old representation.

Here, the 18-month-old child dynamic test scored 8.00 in the frontal impact and 4.00 in the side impact for a 12.00 point total, and the three-year-old child dynamic test yielded 6.74 in the frontal impact and 4.00 in the side impact for a 10.74 point total.

Tested for the sedan vehicle category, the F30 BMW 318i scored a total of 81.88 points, making the previous-generation car eligible for a four-star Asean NCAP rating.

ASEAN NCAP F30 BMW 318i crash test, front offset

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