BMW M certified dealer opens in the Philippines

No more need to go to gray market for units
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | May 19, 2011
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Autohaus BMW is country’s first BMW M certified dealership

Local owners of M-badged BMW cars and fans of BMW’s tuning arm now have a reason to celebrate as Autohaus BMW in Libis, Quezon City, officially becomes a BMW M certified dealership.

Though BMW M automobiles are offered by all authorized BMW dealers in the country, a BMW M certified dealer has a specially designed BMW M showroom that has "a dynamic atmosphere where you can discover M automobiles down to the finest detail" as well as trained experts to service M-badged BMW vehicles.

Perhaps what’s more important, though, is that BMW M vehicles are now readily available for new-car buyers.

"People who are looking to buy BMW M vehicles no longer have to wait for their cars to be ordered and shipped from Germany as M certified dealers should ideally have stocks of M vehicles on hand," said Pauline Gonzales of Asian Carmakers Corporation's corporate communications department. ACC is the exclusive distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines.

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On the off chance that Autohaus BMW doesn't have a particular BMW M model finished in a specific trim that a customer wants, the turnaround time from placing an order to it being delivered to the customer would be a month and a half.

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"That’s the ideal time frame. Of course, it all depends on the availability of units as some markets--like the United States--will always be the first to get the units that are in demand," explained Gonzales.

For its initial salvo, the Autohaus BMW M dealership is offering the X5M and the X6M, the first all-wheel-drive models to offer "the supreme performance, dynamic driving features, athletic design, and premium quality of a typical BMW M car."

Both the X5M and the X6M--which were on the cover of Top Gear Philippines' January/February 2011 issue--are powered by BMW's newly developed 4.4-liter M TwinPower turbo V8 that delivers 555hp. The engine is unique in that it's the world's first power unit to be equipped with a common exhaust manifold encompassing both rows of cylinders and featuring "twin scroll twin turbo" technology.

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As for the 1-Series M Coupe that our associate features editor Dinzo Tabamo considers his "new dream car," Gonzales said that it would arrive by the third quarter of this year.

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