28 Mar '11, 2pm

Plug-in hybrid BMW to be unveiled in China

Plug-in hybrid BMW to be unveiled in China

BMW is to launch a plug-in hybrid model in China next month, designed specifically for the Chinese market, it has emerged. The company’s boss Norbert Reithofer said recently that the new “new energy vehicle” model would be based on the 5-Series and unveiled at Auto Shanghai, describing it as “our e-car from China for China.” It is squarely aimed at China’s rapidly-growing luxury market and is set to feature the same long wheel base as its Chinese-only predecessor, the 535Li, which was designed to add more comfort to those wishing to be chauffeur-driven. It also included luxury touches such as sun blinds, a folding table in the rear seat and an entertainment system. No specific details about the drivetrain were provided, although commentators believe that the car’s propulsion system is unlikely to be significantly different from the 5-Series ActiveHybrid, which uses a V6 3....

Full article: http://www.luxuo.com/automobile/plug-in-hybrid-bmw-china....

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