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BMW to sell 20 Individual Editions of ActiveHybrid 7 in Japan

BMW is releasing a very limited edition of the ActiveHybrid 7, which is regarded as the least popular version of the 7 Series range. BMW will only manufacture 20 examples of the so-called ‘Individual Edition’ and will sell them only in Japan at a starting price of JPY13.1 million.

Actually, this limited edition is not really that special, since all the options available on the Individual Edition could also be purchased, albeit separately, for any BMW 7 Series vehicle. The Individual Edition ActiveHybrid 7 units could only be availed in either Mineral White or Citrine Black, although all of them will be fitted with 20-inch alloys.

Moving to the inside, customers have limited options as well. For instance, customers could choose from just two shades -- Caramel or Platinum – for the two full Merino leather interiors. Customers could also choose from just two templates -- walnut satin wood or piano black trims -- for the dash and door panels.

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Official: 2014 Bmw 5-Series Sedan, Touring, Gran Turismo and ActiveHybrid 5

Bmw unveiled this weekend the facelifted 5-Series and as seen before in the leaked photos, the biggest-selling 5-Series ever comes with redesigned front bumpers, new headlights, redesigned tail lights and a new range of alloy wheels.

Also new in the 2014 5-Series are the BMW Luxury Line and BMW Modern Line packages containing exclusive design and equipment features. And an M Sport package tailored to each model variant can also be specified.The most important addition is the arrival of the 518d, a model powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine used also on the 520d. On the 518d, the turbodiesel engine was detuned to deliver 143 hp. The new engine is available on both the new 5-Series sedan and touring.

According to Bmw, the new engine is capable to deliver a fuel consumption of just 4.5 litres per 100 km (62.8 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of just 119 grams per kilometer. Moreover, the 5-Series model range includes the 520d xDrive in both Sedan and Touring guises. The top-of-the-line engine available on the 2014 5-Series is the new V8 with Bmw TwinPower Turbo technology developing 450 hp. Customers who are opting for the new 5-Series Gran Turismo can choose from two petrol power plants and three diesels.

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2013 Bmw ActiveHybrid 7 rated by EPA at 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on highway

BMW is adding an updated 7 Series hybrid for its 2013 lineup, offering fuel economy that’s almost as remarkable as the significantly smaller 3 Series. The ActiveHybrid 7 is replacing the V8 engine with a new hybrid turbocharged inline-six that’s guaranteed to make luxury car customers who also want high fuel economy pleased about its EPA rating of 22-mpg city and 30-mpg highway.

In comparison, the BMW 328i has a turbocharged 4-cylinder and considerably less weight to carry around returns 22/33 mpg. These figures are very impressive, considering the size of the BMW 7-Series sedan.

Notably, the ActiveHybrid 7 has an output of 349 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. Another thing, the company has been boasting about the price of the 2013 ActiveHybrid 7′s price tag. The 2013 ActiveHybrid 7, which is offered just in a long-wheelbase version, has a starting price of $84,895. Its price has been reduced by $17,000 over last year’s model.

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2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is now powered by 3-liter TwinPower Turbo

The latest of BMW’s intelligent hybrid drive systems – the second generation of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 – is getting updated for the 2013 model year. Now with lower fuel consumption and emissions, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is powered by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine, replacing the V8 engine found in the first generation.

Complementing this power plant are a 55hp synchronous electric motor, hybrid-spec 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, a lithium ion high-performance battery and power electronics. With these components, BMW was able to turn the new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 into a vehicle with an excellent balance of performance and efficiency.

The new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 can churn out a combined output of 349 hp and peak torque of 367 lb-ft, enabling it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. Likewise, the second generation is more fuel efficient. In fact, in the European Union test cycle, the new ActiveHybrid 7 returns efficiency gains of 14 percent over the new 740Li.

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BMW has released the U.S specification price list for the 2013 ActiveHybrid 7 model, which has a starting price of $84,895. The luxury hybrid features a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, twin-scroll turbocharged engine and a 40-kW electric motor. 348 hp (260 kW / 354 PS) and 367 lb-ft (497 Nm) of torque.

The hybrid power train could deliver up to 348 hp (260 kW / 354 PS) and 367 lb-ft (497 Nm) of torque, enabling the car to go from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while in electric mode it can only go as quickly as 37 miles (60 km/h). The other model uses the same drivetrain with the company's ActiveHybrid lineup, which includes the 3-Series and 5-Series models. So far, it is similar to its counterparts that are actually smaller. It is powered by the same eight-speed automatic transmission. 

The new model year ushers in a proper full hybrid as it's now able to run only on electric power (up to 2.5 miles), unlike the 2012MY. Unlike the outgoing model, the power unit of the new one will be turned off when the ActiveHybrid 7 is at a full stop, making use of its electric motor to transform the vehicle's kinectic energy into electrical energy in the battery.

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BMW’s all-new ActiveHybrid 3 model has finally been unveiled. It is equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six partnered to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. It is combined with an electric motor to produce 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. This is the same powerplant used on the 335i, which has been named as the international “Engine of the Year” award for two straight years.

On the other hand, the electric motor has a maximum output of 55-hp. It can power the sedan on pure electric power to as high as 45-mph and it can reach distances up to 2.5 miles (when driving at 20-mph on average). Similar to all electric models, it creates a max torque of 155 lb-ft of torque from a standing start.

The electric motor features a lithium-ion high-voltage battery created just for the hybrid 3-Series model, covered in a very strong housing positioned between the wheel arches in the trunk.

Read the entire article 2013 Bmw ActiveHybrid 3 delivers 340 hp and costs $50,195

BMW 3-series hybrid that’s set to be launched next month has a starting price of £40,225 on-the-road. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will be available in SE, Modern, Luxury and M Sport specification. It is powered by the TwinPower 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine and 55bhp electric motor that are also used on the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, with an output of 340bhp and 332lb ft.

It can sprint from zero to 62mph in 5.3sec, which makes it 0.6sec faster than the 5-series. Its CO2 emissions level of 139g/km undercuts the bigger car by 10g/km. BMW asserts that on electric power alone, it can be driven up to 2.4 miles and could return 47.9mpg on the combined cycle. It achieves an 18% benefit-in-kind rate. It’s expected that the four-wheel drive BMW 3-series xDrive will be launched in July.

320i will feature the new chassis configuration and will have a starting price of £27,000 in SE specification. BMW claims that it can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.4sec with a manual gearbox. It also offers 41.5mpg and could get 159g/km. Available as an option is the eight-speed automatic gearbox, which raises fuel economy by 2mpg and 7g/km. It’s likely that BMW will reveal the diesel variants in the upcoming months.

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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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BMW introduces the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, a new series-produced model wherein an electric motor and combustion engine combine their performance to boost efficiency and improve the brand's hallmark driving pleasure. With the launch, the automaker also brings to a higher level the development of intelligent hybrid drive systems. 

Specifically, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 combines an 8-speed automatic gearbox, a BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line 6-cylinder engine and an electric drive system for the first time. The recent generation of BMW ActiveHybrid technology also delivers precisely controlled as well as extremely effective intelligent energy management.

These all provide the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 an outstanding balance of fuel efficiency and performance for the benchmark performance sedan in the luxury executive vehicle class. Its drive system delivers a combined output of 335 hp, enabling the vehicle to be driven on electric power alone to a maximum of 37 mph (60 km/h) for 2.5 miles (4km). Moreover, it accelerates the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds (preliminary).

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On the occasion of the North American International Auto Show, Bmw announced that the new 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will be priced at $61,845 (including the $895 Destination and Handling charge). For those who don’t know, this is the hybrid version of the 5-Series sedan and comes with BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine but also with an electric drive system.

The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission for the first time for a combined output of 335hp. And because we are talking about a hybrid car, the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 can operate in all-electric mode up to a speed of 37 mph (60 km/h), for zero emissions in town. Apparently, the lithium-ion high-voltage battery is capable to offer an all-electric driving range of up to approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) at an average speed of 22 mph (35 km/h).

Combined, the petrol engine and the electric motor can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will hit the U.S. dealerships in late Spring 2012. 

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BMW’s stand at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show was opened and features the hybrid version of the 2012 BMW 3-Series as well as the other models in the 3-Series range, the new M5 and the i EV concepts. The global debut of the 3 Series took place at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show last September but the gas-electric version wasn’t shown then.

BMW will again display the four-cylinder engines in the 3-Series cars for the U.S. at the Detroit Auto Show.

In addition, BMW will present the highest gas mileage that has ever been offered in a 3-Series. It indicates a rating of 36 mpg on the European test cycles.

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BMW said that the hybrid version of the 2012 BMW 3-Series will be displayed at the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show together with the other models in the 3-Series range, the new M5 and the i EV concepts. The 3 Series had actually made its global debut last September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show but it didn’t have the gas-electric version yet. In Detroit, the four-cylinder engines mark their return in 3-Series cars for the U.S.

BMW will also introduce the highest gas mileage ever to be seen in a 3-Series. It offers 36 mpg on the European test cycles.

The car delivers a 40-kw (55-hp) electric motor positioned between the ActiveHybrid 3's 300-hp twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine and the standard eight-speed auto box. In electric-only mode, it could accelerate to 37 mph and it is capable of cruising at 100 mph. The same engine is used but it’s still about 12.5% more efficient than the 335i. The ActiveHybrid 3 will start selling in the global market on Feb. 11.

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BMW AG revealed the 5-series hybrid sedan a.k.a ActiveHybrid 5 at the Tokyo Motor Show as part of an unfolding strategy to improve fuel economy without compromising driving dynamics.It will be the third gasoline-electric hybrid in the BMW lineup when it goes on sale in the United States next spring.

It is powered by a twin-turbo six-cylinder in-line engine and an electric motor for a combined 340 hp, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The car can drive in electric model up to 37 mph, BMW says.The 55 hp electric motor runs off a lithium-ion battery housed in the trunk.

BMW said the ActiveHybrid 5 will also provide drivers with a boost function to deliver more dynamic acceleration and enable the car to coast with the combustion engine switched off.

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All-new BMW 3 sports sedan will have more efficient and highly dynamic features to show the world. BMW will unleash the world’s first hybrid variant along with its new ActiveHybrid 3 powertrain technology.

The combined electric drive unit and 6-cylinder engine are designed to deliver an unparalleled driving experience, lower emissions and fuel savings. The BMW EfficientDymanics blueprint helped in developing the sporty yet fuel-efficient ActiveHybrid 3 model. In fact, the technical approaches that were used on the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, ActiveHybrid 6 and ActiveHybrid 7 models are the same with BMW’s 4th and latest entry.

The smart combination of electric drive and internal combustion technology contribute to the ActiveHybrid 3’s low fuel consumption and lesser CO2 emission without compromising its performance. Also, the integrated powertrain has saved a significant amount of space on the premium model’s overall body arrangement.

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BMW revealed today the production version of the ActiveHybrid 5 a.k.a. the hybrid version of 5-Series Sedan. As expected, the vehicle is based on the 535i, which means that it is powered by a 3.0-litre petrol engine delivering 225 kW/306 hp and peak torque of 400 Newton metres (295 lb-ft).

The synchronous electric motor of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic gearbox, saving space. According to Bmw, this electric motor delivers 40 kW/55 hp and makes 210 Newton metres (155 lb-ft) of torque available from rest.

This means that the system delivers a combined output of 250 kW/340 hp and it is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds. Regarding the fuel consumption, the Bmw ActiveHybrid 5 has an average fuel consumption of 6.4-7.0 litres per 100 kilometres (44 – 40 mpg imp) and has CO2 emissions of just 149 – 163 grams per kilometer.

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After the ActiveHybrid X6, another hybrid member joined the Bmw family: ActiveHybrid 7! The new vehicle, which will be showcased at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, is based on the BMW 7-Series and sets new standards for performance and efficiency in the premium luxury class.

Under the hood of this beauty we find the upgraded twin-turbo, High Precision Direct Injection, V8 engine with a 3-phase synchronous electric motor capable to deliver 455 hp and maximum torque of 516 lb-ft (preliminary figures).

Power is transmitted via an 8-speed automatic transmission with the electric motor positioned between the engine and the torque converter. The new ActiveHybrid 7 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds while the top speed is limited to 150 mph. Also, the new car shows a fuel economy approximately 15% better than the 750i but the official EPA ratings will be available closer to the US market launch. 

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Under the Alternative Motor Vehicle provision, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has been certified by the Internal Revenue Service to get up to a $900 tax credit. This seriously gives a boost to the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy.

ActiveHybrid 7 features an electric motor with BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and new 8-speed automatic transmission.

This enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0 -- 60 mph in only 4.7 seconds while offering EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

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There are rumors of a new electric sports car, which will be named BMW i100 Coupe ActiveHybrid. It is believed that this model is designed to rival Audi's e-Tron and will be launched in 2013.

Sources say that the car will use a three-cylinder direct injection engine, delivering between 165 to 185 hp, and two electric motors (which give an extra 100 hp). The car gets a limited range in electric, of about 50 kilometers.

Reports of the arrival of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept turning production version in 2014 sprouted at the start of the year.

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The world's most powerful hybrid, BMW's Badged ActiveHybrid X6, will be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. BMW is actually bringing two hybrid models; the other one is the ActiveHybrid 7.

The two models will use V8 petrol engines, but while the X6 features two electric motors, the 7-series has one. The X6's drivetrain, which produces a combined 478bhp and 575lb ft., enables the car to reach 62mph in 5.6sec, just 0.2sec slower than the xDrive50i.

BMW also claims combined fuel consumption of 28.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 231g/km. When run on electric power, the car can only go up to 37mph for 1.6 miles.

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For greater driving pleasure combined with enhanced fuel efficiency and CO2 management, BMW is offering its ActiveHybrid technology. The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 boasts of having improved driving dynamics and a 20% reduction in fuel consumption compared to a vehicle powered by a combustion engine alone.

It has a drive system that consists of a 400 hp twin-turbocharged, High Precision Direct Injection, V8 gasoline engine and two electric synchronous motors delivering 91 hp and 86 hp, respectively. The car has recorded a maximum system output of 480 hp, and peak torque of 575 lb-ft.

The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has precisely controlled interaction of the three power units and this optimizes the overall efficiency of the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 at all speeds.

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