Congratulations, you – that’s the first full week of October done and dusted, so give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.

Now that Covid-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted, many of us have now left the work-from-home lifestyle behind. So if you’ve been swamped with work in the office and can’t keep up with the latest news developments any more, there’s no need to worry – here’s a round-up of this week’s biggest stories that you may have missed!

Yes, the BMW M3 is indeed PDRM’s new steed

The biggest story this week happened on Thursday morning, when social media and instant messaging apps were set abuzz by photos of what seemed like a new police-liveried BMW M3 Competition. Confusion soon followed, as BMW Malaysia claimed that the cars are only to be used as movie props, but the body wrap shop’s owner insists that it’s an actual police car, sending the internet into a tailspin.

Fortunately, the whole ordeal was soon cleared up thanks to new photos that were published online, showing the cars alongside actual uniformed cops from the Selangor police’s Escort Guard division (Cawangan Pengawal Pengiring).

Mazda to introduce a wave of SUVs with new naming scheme, six cylinders, and wider bodies

It’s the start of a new era for Mazda, as they’ve just announced a brand-new line-up of (at least) five SUVs that will pave their wave towards full electrification… eventually.

Out of the five that’s already announced, only the CX-50 will be based on another model (rumoured to be the Toyota Corolla Cross). The other four will all be all-new models based on Mazda’s new large product platform, featuring inline-six engines, RWD, and mild-hybrid technology.

The Toyota Corolla is the last car we’d expect to get a “Nürburgring Package”

Toyota Thailand may have just introduced the world’s slowest “Nürburgring edition” model, as they are now offering a “Nürburgring Package” for the Toyota Corolla sedan. Yes, you read that right.

Designed to celebrate Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand’s successes in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race, the package is being offered as a no-cost option to buyers of selected variants, and includes a racecar-inspired body kit, lowering springs, and a new throttle control box – but no actual increase in power output.

The all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is here to prove that MPVs are still cool

Pretty much the entire world is moving towards SUVs, but BMW is still not quite done with traditional, old-school MPVs just yet. Well, traditional to a point. Introducing the all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, with a bold new look that’s shouting “I’m not just for soccer moms”.

Interestingly, the 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first fossil fuel-powered model in BMW’s line-up to feature the marque’s latest iDrive 8 software stack for its infotainment system, one-upping many of its elder and more expensive siblings! BMW clearly isn’t mucking about with this one.

Video: Proton X50 vs Proton X70 drag race on KLIA runway

We can’t end the week without mentioning our latest drag race video now, can we? Joining us on the KLIA runway this time are the two new Proton darlings, the X50 and X70. Some people say the younger one’s always a little better at everything, but others say the elder will have more experience. But which of these brothers is the fastest one in a drag race? Well, watch on to find out!