BMW confirm's 5-series hybrid 16 | 03 | 2011

    BMW WILL launch a new plug-in hybrid version of its 5-series at the Shanghai Motor Show next month. The long-wheelbase car, which will be built in China, has been labelled as the company's ‘New Energy Vehicle’ by BMW chief Norbert Reithofer.

    “This model will be our e-car from China for China,” he said at the firm’s annual accounts press conference. “This car will benefit from the strength and excellent reputation of the BMW brand.”

    And in addition to confirming the launch of the new BMW 1-series in 2011, plus the much-delayed Mini Coupé, Reithofer explained BMW will also be fitting its twin-turbo technology to its forthcoming three-cylinder engines.

    “We are gradually utilising the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in all petrol and diesel engines within our new BMW EfficientDynamics motor range,” he continued. “This innovative engine technology package is based on a modular strategy. This holds true for future four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as for our anticipated three-cylinder drive.

    “This modular system will generate significant economies of scale. It will also facilitate the standardisation of interfaces and processes.”

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