The last locally assembled E60 5-Series rolled off BMW Malaysia’s SKD (semi-knocked down) assembly plant in Kedah yesterday, a signal that means the new F10 5-Series that replaces it will most likely be coming very very very soon. It will be here as early as next month in fact.

BMW Malaysia has to date sold 7,735 units of the E60 in Malaysia, of which 6,732 are locally assembled. And that’s not all the E60 rolling around locally – there are thousands more on the road brought in by the grey importers. The F10 will most probably come in first as a CBU model while the plant prepares for local SKD assembly.

The BMW SKD Assembly Plant is operated in partnership with Inokom Corporation, a subsidiary of Sime Darby Berhad at the Inokom factory in Kulim, Kedah. Both BMW and Inokom share factory space but operate on separate and independent assembly lines in the facility. BMW Malaysia itself is a JV between BMW AG and Sime Darby Berhad.