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.
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.
BMW's product portfolio has expanded far beyond the sports sedans and cabriolets of old to include all manner of vehicles. But a subway train? You betcha.
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
Embraer Phenom cockpit by BMW – Click above for high-res image gallery
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Bavaria Cruiser 55 by BMW DesignworksUSA – Click above for a high-res image gallery
Much like its Porsche Design counterpart, there isn't really anything BMW DesignWorks won't try to make better, from an espresso machine to a custom interior for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. So it was only a matter of time before they put pen to paper and created a yacht, this particular example being a 60-foot offshore performance sailboat for the Zeydon boatyard of Belgium.
You are looking at the new Klipsch® Palladium P-39F floorstanding speakers -- designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA. The speakers are a collaborative effort between Klipsch and BMW. Klipsch is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, while BMW DesignworksUSA... well, they design things. In addition to spitting out automobiles like the 3 Series sedan and the Z4, they have applied their artistic wizardry to products including espresso machines, wind turbines, and commerci