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BMW designs new subway for Kuala Lumpur

By Deeq on 04 Apr 2014

Attached Image Between the unfortunate saga of flight MH370 and the recent Grand Prix, Malaysia has been on the radar more than usual lately. And now our neighbour has popped up again, once more related to transportation issues, as Kuala Lumpur is working on a new subway system. Which isn't something we'd normally care about, but this subway just happens to have been designed by BMW.
 
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Or one of its divisions, anyway. While BMW makes all manner of automobiles and motorcycles and even has a background in aviation, its subterranean transportation business is handled by DesignworksUSA, a network of design studios that fall under the BMW Group umbrella. The California studio recently designed a refresh for San Francisco's BART trains, and has now turned its focus on the Malaysian capital.
 
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The trains penned by BMW DesignworksUSA are based on the Metro Inspiro system engineered by Siemens and will be built in Malaysia by domestic constructor Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd. The 58 driverless, four-car trains feature LED lighting, handicapped access and contrasting-color doors for easy embarking and disembarking. Larger wheels make it ride quieter and after their planned 30-year life-cycle, they'll be 95 percent recyclable. But our favorite part (whether it makes it onto the finished product or not) is the signature BMW racing stripes flanking the stainless steel coachwork... you know, because racing.

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bellboy Apr 04 2014 09:26 AM

I had no idea BMW had this business. Very interesting. The subway car itself isn't so great-looking, but it's got some interesting design features.

GongJiaoWei Apr 04 2014 11:10 AM

Not their local companies, Proton or Perodua? So Wondering when we will be able to see this BMW train...

Kratoschumacher Apr 04 2014 11:49 AM

Looks like any other train interior no?

Although I think, Designworks BMW did a good job with the new Business or First (can't quite remember) Class cabin for SQ!

Turboflat4 Apr 04 2014 12:07 PM
So this is an ///MRT? :D

Pity they didn't use the ///M tricolours on the stripe - or is that indeed light blue instead of green?
Kratoschumacher Apr 04 2014 12:11 PM

So this is an ///MRT? :D

Pity they didn't use the ///M tricolours on the stripe - or is that indeed light blue instead of green?

 

Maybe a handful of trains will feature a M Motorsport pack?!

Bonafidestack Apr 04 2014 12:15 PM

BMW can really make money from anything that move! from bicycles to train.

 

DO they have "F-10" fighter plane? haha.

Turboflat4 Apr 04 2014 01:04 PM

Maybe a handful of trains will feature a M Motorsport pack?!


There'll be a big red button inside the cabin, but instead of E-Stop, it'll be a Sport mode and the train will speed up! [laugh]
ManHong Apr 04 2014 01:48 PM

Well, if it's badly maintain by "those" subway company, Bavarian Motor Works will become Banyak Masuk Workshop.

Thaiyotakamli Apr 04 2014 11:04 PM

is it more problems?

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