Bmw to retire the 335d from its lineup in 2012 in favor of the Active Hybrid 3

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 12, 2012

BMW’s hybrid models are not selling well in the U.S. but that hasn’t stopped the automaker from continuing to push the upcoming hybrid 3 series. BMW has already said that the M550d, X5 M50d, or X6 M50d won’t be available in the U.S. It has also decided to remove one of its few diesel options offered in the U.S.

BMW is slowly conditioning the US market toward electric powertrains to prepare for the all electric "i" brand. This is why the 335d was eliminated in favor of a hybrid. BMW doesn’t seem to be mindful of the poor sales of its hybrid models.

It cancelled the X6 hybrid last year. Meanwhile, diesel BMW models are in high demand and its stocks run out quickly. BMW wants consumers to consider the ActiveHybrid 3, which has an N55 six cylinder aside from a 55hp electric motor.

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