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MINI Countryman in locally-assembled guise

In the spirit of the Completely-Knocked Down (CKD) initiative in the Automotive industry, BMW Malaysia today announced the locally-assembled MINI Countryman. The CKD or locally-assembled Countryman, built at BMW’s Kulim (Kedah) facility, is the first CKD MINI in the entire South East Asia region. The BMW Kulim facility currently does a production run of approximately 12,000 units of BMWs and now MINIs; up till present time.

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Mazda CX-5: International Quality with Localized Pricing

Comparatively, between the CKD Mazda CX-5 and the fully-imported or CBU CX-5; only these items are not included: a sunroof and 11-speaker Bose sound system (the locally-assembled CX-5 gets 6 speakers which is not too shabby). In addition to the omissions, Mazda Malaysia has decided to offer a no-frills version of the CX-5 for the budget-conscious; this version is more reasonable but misses out on Bi-Xenon headlights, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Headlamp washers, GPS, Power seats, Smart Keyless Entry, Front & Rear Parking sensors and leather seats.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accomplishes record time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive yesterday accomplished a Nürburgring Nordschleife record time of 7:56.234. It was the first time an electric-powered Super Sports production variant ran the Nordschleife in under 8 minutes. Two weeks ago, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 had conquered its first ever win at the 24-hour Nurburgring endurance event.

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