Company boss tells shareholders hybrid tech from 5-series will feature in other BMW models

BMW boss Norbert Reithofer expects to launch a 3-series hybrid as part of its drive to reduce emissions across its range.

Reithofer told shareholders today at BMW's AGM in Munich that the BMW 5-series ActiveHybrid concept would make production as early as next year and other BMWs were likely to inherit its technology, including the 3-series.

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"As early as next year, the new BMW 5-series will also be available as a full hybrid," he said. "And we are anticipating the hybridisation of further models series, such as the BMW 3-series."

Reithofer said demand from Japan was one of the main reasons for BMW pursuing hybrid technology.

"Sales of hybrid vehicles [in Japan] have skyrocketed," he said. "If you don't have a hybrid in your portfolio, soon you might not be selling any cars in Japan at all."

BMW wants to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in its CO2 emissions between 2008 and 2020, according to Reithofer.

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18 May 2010

So will it be a petrol-hybrid or, much better for europe - diesel-hybrid?

18 May 2010

I suspect the clue is in "demand from Japan was one of the main reasons for BMW pursuing hybrid technology" which almost certainly means: petrol.

18 May 2010

[quote Autocar]BMW boss Norbert Reithofer expects to launch a 3-series hybrid as part of its drive to reduce emissions across its range.

Reithofer told shareholders today at BMW's AGM in Munich that the BMW 5-series ActiveHybrid concept would make production as early as next year and other BMWs were likely to inherit its technology, including the 3-series.

Geneva motor show: BMW 5-series hybrid revealed

"As earl...Read the full article[/quote] BMW has done more than any manufacturer in creating "green cars". Let's assume that by 2012 every model emits less than 100g per km of carbon emmissions. What would the Great British Government do? I know they change the rules, and bring it down to 50g. The whole thing is a nonsense cars are so clean these days, but as soon as manufacturers meet the targets Transport & Treasury officials will just change the rules. I find that a crying shame.

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