BMW’s Hybrid Future May Include 3 Series

BMW was initially slow to build hybrid cars, but now it is turning just about everything into a hybrid. In a speech to shareholders on Tuesday in Munich, Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the BMW AG board of management, not only confirmed the rumored production version of the 5 Series ActiveHybrid concept, but also said a 3 Series hybrid is likely coming, too.

The gas-electric 5 Series could be on road next year, Mr. Reithofer said, and he added that the company was “anticipating the hybridization” of other models, “such as the BMW 3 Series.” He said that BMW would choose “the most suitable hybrid solution for the respective model.”
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All clear given for market launch of the BMW M3 GTS.

The BMW M GmbH. The BMW M GmbH is a one hundred percent subsidiary of the BMW AG. With products and services in the four business areas BMW M Automobiles, BMW Individual, M Sport Packages and Options as well as BMW Group Driving Experience, it addresses customers with particularly high demands on the performance, exclusivity and individuality of their vehicle. The Munich-based company was founded in 1972 as the BMW Motorsport GmbH. Since then, the letter M has been internationally synonymous with success in motor sports and with the fascination of high-performance sports cars for use in everyday road traffic. Production of BMW M automobiles is integrated into the manufacturing processes of BMW plants. The BMW M GmbH possesses the status of an independently operating automobile manufacturer. In the business year 2009, the BMW M GmbH achieved worldwide sales of more than 15,000 vehicles. The BMW M GmbH currently employs around 500 people in the areas of development, administration and marketing.

The history of BMW M3 motor sport has been enriched by a further fascinating chapter as the BMW M3 GTS celebrates its debut on the racetrack and on the road. In terms of performance and safety, the most powerful version of the high-performance BMW M3 Coupe featuring a 331 kW/450 bhp engine offers the ideal preconditions for use at club sport events, whilst at the same time being officially road-legal. The BMW M3 GTS is produced at the BMW M GmbH manufacturing facility. In addition to a larger and more powerful V8 engine, exclusive tuning of the 7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic and modified suspension technology, the car, which is designed for club sport use, has also been specifically optimised with regard to aerodynamics and lightweight construction.
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Beijing Auto Show: BMW Gran Coupé Concept

BMW introduced a new ‘tweener sedan concept at this week’s auto show in Beijing, a design study that hints at how far the brand thinks it can push its styling without giving up its signature elements. Called the Gran Coupé, it would slot into BMW’s lineup between the 5 Series and 7 Series.

The sleek Gran Coupé retains iconic touches like the double-kidney grille, shark nose, the Hofmeister kink at the rear windows and the sporty coupelike silhouette — but rounds off, cleans up and pushes them to almost exaggerated levels.
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Entry Level. The BMW Baby Racer II Motorsport.

Hairpin bends behind the kitchen, cobblestones in front of dad’s pit lane, traffic-calmed noise protection zones in the living room – with the BMW Baby Racer II Motorsport, budding drivers from one and a half to three years old will master it all with their blue-white-red roadster that is ready for anything.

Its sports steering wheel makes U-turns an easy exercise for little drivers.
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The new BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid

The new concept car offers a particularly good rendition of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan in all its dynamic, efficient and innovative qualities, at the same time representing the ongoing development of the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 with their drivetrain technology already in production.

The drive system featured in the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid consists of a straight-six gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, eight-speed automatic transmission, and electric drive. Integration of BMW ActiveHybrid technology in a sedan already extremely efficient with its “conventional” combustion engine reduces both fuel consumption and emissions once again by more than 10 per cent. At the same time the electric motor offers a boost function, supporting the gasoline engine in generating particularly dynamic drive power for an even more sporting driving experience in the car. Continue reading The new BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid