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Old 04-13-2007, 08:51 AM
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BMW to use diesel-hybrids in next 5-series.

http://www.egmcartech.com/2007/04/12...tion-5-series/


German automakers have always promoted diesel powered cars over petrol engines and even when its comes to hybrids, they believe that diesels are up-to-par with fuel-efficiency when compared to petrol-hybrids. So it comes as no surprise when BMW said they will not launch a hybrid unless it is more economical in the real world than a diesel car, a senior company engineer has told Autocar.

Hybrid cars are very good for slow and stop-start driving but not so good at higher speeds. Overall, our diesel vehicles are still more economical, said the BMW source in an interview with Autocar.

One main lead BMWs Chairman Norbert Reithofer pushed at BMW 2007 Annual Account Press Conference was EfficientDynamics, BMWs new term for their green strategy. While hybrid technology in collaboration with DaimlerChrysler is a major element of the EfficientDynamics strategy, it seems BMW has no plans to go hybrid unless diesels are involved.

BMWs said that its first hybrid vehicle is expected to be a variant of the next-generation 5-series followed by the X5 SUV. It said that the first model would be launched in 2010.

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Old 04-13-2007, 09:05 AM
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"So it comes as no surprise when BMW said they will not launch a hybrid unless it is more economical in the real world than a diesel car, a senior company engineer has told Autocar."

And that is because German auto manufacturers are engine builders at heart, the electronics and luxury options are just fluff to them. They'll get the most MPG possible out of a diesel before ever even considering building a car that runs on electricity.
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