Monday, 13 August 2007
BMW New 1 series - Alternative Report
Yes, we were looking forward to really test drive the newly launched 1 series here in Malaysia and in away, it was my fault. I convinced Dr Long to go try out Sapura as I heard that they were eager and more hungry to grow their BMW business here. Alas, as what you have read earlier I think Sapura bombed this time. To make matters worst they should have come forth and admitted their mis-planning and gave us an opportunity to make up for this blunder. Instead, we were just kept in the dark.
Can't really say how did Auto Bavaria's event went but if it went according to plan, thumbs up!
So ended up, we were only given a simple around the block test drive of the car. I signed up for the 3.00 - 4.00 pm slot and I was there 3 pm sharp. Had to wait till 3.50pm before my turn at the wheel. (BMW Voice, why bother registering us when I noticed it was based upon who came first in the showroom). During the wait, at about 3.30pm they started to serve some drinks and canapes/finger food. Somehow I seemed to be invisible to the waiters as they just kept passing by me without bothering to offer me anything. Not that I was hungry or thirsty but this is definitely not the way to threat your guest, right?
The only thing that left me a little wanting was the 2.0 liter engine. It still felt under powered for me. The price for the 120i - RM 223,800 sans insurance. Frankly speaking this is the biggest disadvantage cause you can get a really HOT hatch like the Golf GTi for RM 23,000 less. Hmm really starts to make the Golf a good "bargain" which I am sure it will out pace, out handle, out mostly everything the 120i can dish out. VW Malaysia, be prepared for more bookings ;-)