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Between the unfortunate saga of flight MH370 and the grand prix this weekend, Malaysia has been on our radar more than usual lately. And now the Southeast Asian country 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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Every spring, the finest automobiles ever to grace tarmac gather on the shores of Lake Como for the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. It's a chance for the most beautiful classics to compete for awards and for automakers and design studios to show off their concept cars under the soft light of the Italian sun. But while most of the vehicles old and new that show up for the concours are ones we've seen before, BMW takes things a step further.

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BMW Group has made some changes to its design team since August 1, and has shuffled top personnel to different positions at BMW Design, Mini Design and Rolls-Royce.

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The BMW enclave is a suitable mix of high-tech and throwback cool.

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Though its product range these days is restricted to automobiles and motorcycles, BMW is no stranger to aviation. After all, that's how it got its start. But that was a long time ago.

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BMW: Bus, Metro, Walk. That was the tongue-in-cheek acronym we used to refer to public transport back in Montreal where this blogger grew up, but it's San Francisco that's about to have its underground mass transit system overhauled by BMW.

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BMW is the latest manufacturer to acknowledge the growing influence of the Chinese automotive market on the industry as a whole. The company's California-based DesignworksUSA has announced that it will open a new studio in Shanghai in the second half of this year. According to the automaker, the new facility will play a role in contributing to new designs for each of its brands, including BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce, in the future as it collaborates with the other DesignworksUSA studios around the

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Embraer Phenom cockpit by BMW – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above to view the videos after the jump

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BMW DesignworksUSA Falcon 7X business jet interior - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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Bavaria Cruiser 55 by BMW DesignworksUSA – Click above for a high-res image gallery

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BMWDesignworksUSA Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer - Click above to enlarge

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