BMW has launched the 7th generation of the all new 5 Series in India for a price of Rs 49.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 520d Sport Line, Rs 49.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for 530i Sport Line variant, Rs 53.6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 520d Luxury Line and Rs 61.3 (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 530d M Sport variant. Bookings have already commenced for the all new 5 Series with deliveries to start from July 1, post Goods and Service Tax (GST) comes in to effect.The 2017 BMW 5 Series was first launched in India back in 2007, while the 2017 5 Series was showcased at the North American International Auto Show last year. While the new 5 Series is brought to India with the CKD unit, it is locally assembled at the company’s Chennai plant.All new BMW 5 SeriesWith more than 66,000 cumulative sales in India so far, more than 19,000 units have been of the 5 Series sedans. While BMW India currently has 41 sales outlets, it plans to expand to 50 outlets plus the mobile showroom by which an additional 50 markets will be covered. Moreover, BMW Group has invested around Rs 12.5 billion in India till now, of which Rs 5.2 billion in BMW India and Rs 7.3 billion in financial services. The all new BMW 5 Series comes in Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport package in India.All new BMW 5 SeriesEngine:The all new BMW 5 Series comes with three engine options- a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine, a 3.0-litre diesel engine and a 2.0-litre petrol engine.advertisementThe 520d variant will come with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 187 bhp, the 530d variant will get a 3.0-litre, in-line 6 diesel engine that produces 261 bhp and the 530i will get a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 249 bhp. All engine variants will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with RWD function. All new BMW 5 SeriesDesign:The familiar BMW kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights with the headlight housings now connecting with the kidney grille. The adaptive full LED headlights alter the light graphic and can be specified as an option. With adaptive full LED headlights, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights are hexagonal and extend to meet the kidney grille.All new BMW 5 SeriesDimension:The all-new BMW 5 Series sedan remains the quintessential midsize sport sedan. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 30mm longer than the outgoing model 7.62 mm wider and 15.24mm taller. Its wheelbase measures 2974.34mm, an increase of 5mm.All new BMW 5 SeriesFeatures:The latest version of Gesture control which premiered last year in the all-new BMW 7 Series is now available as an option in the all-new BMW 5 Series. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualized on the standard high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC), the new and improved Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go.Competition:The new generation BMW 5 Series will compete against the likes of new generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB, Jaguar XF, Audi A6 and Volvo S90 in India.All new BMW 5 SeriesALSO READ:2017 BMW 530d first drive reviewALSO READ:2017 BMW 5 Series: Everything you need to know
The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) secured over $14 million on behalf of aggrieved consumers during the 2012/13 financial year, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dolsie Allen, has disclosed.In an interview with JIS News, Mrs. Allen said that the sum was for the settlement of 1,607 of 1,782 complaints received, representing a 90 per cent resolution rate.She noted that the most frequent complaints filed were in the categories of electrical equipment and appliances, accounting for 30 per cent of the total and utilities, representing close to 11 per cent.As it relates to electrical equipment and appliances, the CEO urged persons to be mindful of illegitimate vendors selling substandard products.“One of the problems is that persons buy from vendors that are not really established and there is a challenge in terms of getting redress…so we are encouraging persons that whenever possible, check the appliance before you leave the store or point of purchase to ensure that the item is working and if possible, get somebody to go with you who might be knowledgeable about these items,” Mrs. Allen advised.She added that consumers need to ask relevant questions especially as it relates to the warranty, exchange and return policies of vendors, which are all critical when consumers seek some form of redress.“Once you are purchasing items especially electrical appliances and gadgets or any high value product, you must ensure that you have your warranty document in place. If it is not given to you, ask for it and ensure to get it in writing, whether it is noted on your receipt or a separate document,” Mrs. Allen advised.She noted that if this is not provided, the CAC, through the Consumer Protection Act, can impose a six-month warranty period.According to Mrs. Allen, the purchase of motor vehicles is another category, which continues to be of great concern to the CAC, with over 80 complaints still outstanding for the past financial year.“We are encouraging persons that whenever you are purchasing a motor vehicle, you do all the due diligence and try to get all the information you possibly can, including the model and year of the vehicle,” she stated.The CEO urged consumers to be more responsible in their purchasing decisions, especially on high value investments such as motor vehicles and stressed the need for a certified or experienced mechanic to be present during the time of transaction and/or purchase, to assess the vehicle and identify any existing problems or defects.In terms of outreach and public education initiatives, the CAC was involved in some 314 activities islandwide, directly reaching over 74,000 persons for the period under review.The CAC has pledged its commitment to keep consumers informed about their rights and responsibilities and assist them in obtaining redress when necessary.The CAC is the national agency responsible for consumer advocacy. It was established to promote fair and honest business practices, by investigating alleged violations of consumer protection laws, taking legal action to stop unfair or deceptive practices in the marketplace, and educating consumers and businesses regarding their respective rights and obligations.For further information on consumer-related issues or queries, persons may contact the CAC at 978-4998, or visit their website: www.cac.gov.jm or facebook page, www.facebook.com/cac.gov.jm.Contact: Kadian Brown
Story Highlights Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.He noted that the local domestic production of staples such as yams, bananas, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, Irish potatoes, and tomatoes continues to increase incrementally, while the island is also self-sufficient in the production of chicken meat and pork.The Minister was speaking at the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition held on October 16 at the Greater Portmore High School in St. Catherine.Minister Clarke said through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported.“Part of our solution must be to increase production and productivity of local foods. This cannot be stressed too often. Once we have produced locally, we must also aim to consume fresh local produce, which very often are the fruits, vegetables and staples we need for healthy diets and lifestyles,” he said.Further, in keeping with food security efforts, the Minister noted that Government has approved the Jamaican Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which seeks to ensure the availability of a sufficient quantity of nutritious and appropriate foods, through increased domestic production and a sustainable level of imports.“As Government and policy makers, we also intend further, to enact a Food Security Law to ensure the domestic production of a minimum threshold of a selected basket of foods for which there is production capability and national comparative advantage to meet domestic food, nutrition and health goals,” he stated.“We wholeheartedly subscribe to the expressed view of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that raising nutrition levels include enhanced production, marketing and consumption of local vegetables and staple crops such as locally grown yams, sweet potatoes and cassava,” the Minister added.World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world. In addition, it turns the spotlight on agricultural food production and stimulates national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end. It also promotes the transfer of technologies to developing countries.This year’s theme: ‘Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems’ served to highlight the importance of food systems that can feed all people in a sustainable manner.During the event, exhibitions were mounted by the Ministry; FAO office in Kingston; Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; Jamaica 4-H Clubs; the National Irrigation Commission (NIC); the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the National Food Safety Committee. Through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported. World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world. The Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.