BMW confirms Chinese 5-series e-car

Confirmation has been given by BMW themselves regarding the launch of their new plug-in hybrid version of the 5-series at Shanghai motor show event scheduled next month.

Chief of BMW, Norbert Reithofer framed the title of ‘New Energy Vehicle’ while speaking at the annual accounts press conference of the firm.

He mentioned that the car would be built in China and added, “This model will be our e-car from China for China. This car will benefit from the strength and excellent reputation of the BMW brand.”

Launch of the new BMW 1-series in 2011 as well as that of the much delayed Mini Coupé was also confirmed by Reithofer during the talk.

Reithofer further confirmed that the forth coming three cylinder engines from them would have the twin turbo technology incorporated in it.

As further clarification he added, “We are gradually utilizing the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in all petrol and diesel engines within our new BMW EfficientDynamics motor range. 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 standardization of interfaces and processes.”

Source: autocar

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