A subway from BMW? Yes, for Kuala Lumpur image

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, will have in the near future a new subway system designed by the German automaker BMW.

Well not exactly but the automaker operates DesignworksUSA – a global design company that operates worldwide. DesignworksUSA  was acquired by BMW in 1995 and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW Group.

German BMW has won a reputation in automobiles and motorcycles, but is no stranger to the aviation market. Now, it has entered the subterranean transportation business, through its network of design studios, DesignworksUSA, which fall under the group’s umbrella. The famous studio has recently designed a new look for San Francisco’s BART trains and now will target the Malaysian capital.

DesignworksUSA has already designed the trains, which are based on the Metro Inspiro system that was engineered by Siemens. The trains will be manufactured in Malaysia by local constructor Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd. The new subway system will feature four-car autonomous trains with handicapped access, LED lighting and contrasting-color doors to ease passengers’ embarking and disembarking.

The 58 trains are expected to be in service by 2017 onKuala Lumpur’s most frequented lines. The studio has used lively colors, such as blue, and traditional symmetrical patterns which represent the city’s cultural diversity. Beneath the seats, the indirect light, gives the feeling of safety and spaciousness and also enables easy train maintenance.

“The exterior design is a bold statement of dynamism and strength. It symbolizes self confidence, technological leadership, progress and safety,” says Laurenz Schaffer, President of BMW Group DesignworksUSA.