BMW is not about modern and sophisticated cars alone! BMW Group subsidiary
DesignworksUSA has developed the design for a new underground passenger train. Klang
Valley, the metropolitan region around Malaysia`s capital Kuala Lumpur, is home
to around four million people. In order to strengthen the appeal of this fast
growing region and to prepare for the urban transit challenges of the future
Kuala Lumpur will rely on the innovative Metro Inspiro by German train
built by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd a total of 58 trains will be in
service as of 2017 on one of the most frequented lines of the city. The design
for these new trains have been developed by DesignworksUSA, according to a
statement by BMW.
exterior design is a bold statement of dynamism and strength. It symbolises
self confidence, technological leadership, progress and safety,” says Laurenz
Schaffer, President of BMW Group DesignworksUSA. The light concept in the front
of the train bears a strong graphical character. It is a reference to the
facetted architecture of the capital. In the train interior the interplay of
past and future continues: The lively colour concept with varying shades of
blue and traditional symmetrical patterns is a fresh interpretation of the
vitality and cultural diversity of Kuala Lumpur.
contrasts in the door areas help guide passengers and enable an easy entrance
or exit. The train interior features an LED lighting system. The use of
indirect light beneath the seats creates a feeling of spaciousness and safety
and enables easy maintenance of the trains.
metropolis’ identity is notably determined by the quality and visual impression
of its local public transport system. Identity also was a key driver in the
design development of the new Metro Inspiro for Kuala Lumpur: The cityscape is
characterized by a mixture of cultures and religions manifested in a rich
architectural diversity. Tradition and progress are at the heart of the
people’s pride and self confidence and also inspired the design concept for the
new metro. Under the name “Guiding Light” the design of the Metro Inspiro takes
a bow to the rich heritage of Kuala Lumpur and makes a strong statement towards
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