Fifth generation BMW 5 Series pays its final fiver

Published on April 28th, 2010

In with the new and out with old is easier said than done especially when the outgoing is the highly acclaimed BMW 5 Series E60. Nonetheless, the progression of life and more so the imminent launch of the new sixth generation 5 Series has seen BMW Group Malaysia bid adieu to the E60 at its Semi Knocked Down (SKD) assembly facility in Kulim, Kedah.

To date, the company has sold 7,735 units of the E60 locally of which 6,732 were locally assembled in the Kulim plant.

“Today we say goodbye to a car that has been at the core of BMWs success here in Malaysia. The fifth generation BMW 5 Series has been an old friend to many of us, especially to those of us at BMW Group Malaysia as the car has been present here for as long as the company itself,” said Sashi Ambi, Corporate Communications Manager, BMW Group Malaysia.

bmw5_04The E60 was the first 5 Series to be assembled locally since BMW Group Malaysia begun local assembly at the Associated Motor Industries (AMI) plant in Shah Alam. Following the move to Kulim in August of 2008, the E60 was the first batch that ran the production lines.

Over 1 million units of the E60 have been sold worldwide during its tenure from 2005 to 2008 and lead its segment as the best-seller for four years straight.

bmw5_02The BMW SKD Assembly Plant is operated in partnership with Inokom Corporation, a subsidiary of Sime Darby Berhad, at the Inokom factory in Kulim. Although manufactured under the same factory space as other Inokom vehicles, the assembly lines are separate and independent.

“The establishment of BMW 5 Series assembly facilities here in Kedah has seen key technologies being introduced to the Malaysian automotive industry and has led to the creation of over 400 skilled and professional jobs for Malaysians,” said Zainal Osman, Chief Operating Officer of Inokom Corporation Sdn Bhd.

text & pix: Dinesh Appavu


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