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Insideline claims that a senior BMW authority in Munich has confirmed that the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid concept car is headed for production! Volume is expected to be between 5,000 and 10,000 units and the powertrain (356hp / 590lb-ft tq) and the less than 3,000 pound weight will be retrained. More details inside.

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For the second year in a row the BMW Group has cut its average CO2 emissions per car by more than any other automotive manufacturer. According to an independent report published by the European Federation for Transport and Environment, the average reduction across the industry was 3.3 per cent, while BMW Group achieved 10.2 per cent.

BMW Groups success in reducing CO2 is thanks to its EfficientDynamics programme which incorporates a wide variety of fuel-saving and emissions-reducing measures across the whole vehicle range … CONTINUED

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So far, ActiveHybrid cars have been interesting reads, but very much out of reach for the average BMW enthusiast. The system has exclusively been fit to the 7 series and X6, two of the most expensive cars in the BMW lineup. Whats worse, the mere addition of Active Hybrid to those cars has shot the price tag up even higher.

Now for the good news, the system is working its way down the lineup, and will arrive under the hood of … CONTINUED

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According to Autocar magazine, BMW has filed a patent for a hybrid car that actually uses a split engine for its powertrain.

What is this exactly?

Ok, a traditional hybrid car basicly has a gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. The electric motor will either add extra power to the gasoline engine, or actually sometimes take over from the gasoline engine and run the car on its own.

But in BMWs split … CONTINUED

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The ActiveHybrid 7 was just spotted in an attractive blue color with black wheels. Reports are that the very first Activehybrid 7-series cars will be delivered to celebrities, ahead of deliveries to public customers in the Spring. We could possibly be looking at one of these first cars to be delivered.

Pics courtesy of Christian Wimmer.

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BMW Spyshot
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Road and Track magazine always put out great first drive write-ups and I was pleasantly surprised that they got their hands onto an ActiveHybrid X6 to do some road testing on this quick into the game. R&T go over the must know info about the car and give a quick thought on their two bits.

The following are some excerpts

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Wallpaper Update: BMW ActiveHybrid 7

12/20/2009 at 8:30 PM
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Just came across a new set of wallpapers and thought i’d share them!

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I sincerely hope this isnt true but Edmunds InsideLine is reporting today that it believes the program is getting some major cuts. Why? BMW is looking to concentrate its engineering resources toward electric and hybrid vehicles. BMWs Hydrogen program has mainly been centered around a highly modified E65 7-Series running on liquid hydrogen fuel.

What is the BMW Hydrogen 7?

BMWs goal in making this car was to produce an alternative fuel vehicle that was not only … CONTINUED

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Is BMW possibly testing a hydrogen hybrid 1-series? If so, it’s good to see that despite BMW’s recent introduction of its gasoline hybrid technology (as seen on the 7-series and X6 ActiveHybrids), the company continues to explore future efficient technologies.

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BMWNA has announced the official pricing for the 2011 ActiveHybrid 7-series for the U.S. Full options and pricing inside.

X6 ActiveHybrid Pricing Announced

11/19/2009 at 5:40 PM
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The hybrid X6 model will be available beginning Dec. 5, 2009 with a base MSRP of $89,725. Full pricing inside.

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The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics hybrid sports car concept was unveiled to the public for the first time at a BMW hosted preview event at the Frankfurt IAA. CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer took part in the uncovering and had some words to say as well…

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The 16th BMW Art Car: BMW H2R

09/05/2009 at 9:28 AM
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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2009.

A new contenporary art exhibit entitled "THE WORLD IS YOURS", running from Sept 5 – January 10 will have in its rank the BMW H2R. However, this is not the standard H2R we have seen speeding around in its sveltte hydrogen powered and GINA inspired shape. Instead, artist Olafur Eliasson has put his own take onto the cars shape.

Eliassons project transforms an object of advanced industrial design into a work of … CONTINUED

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BMW continues on their online media blitz for the BMW EfficientDynamics Vision car with part 2 of their series behind the building of the car. And without a doubt these videos are really good as they give us not only better insights into the car itself, but the general building blocks of what goes into building a concept car. Its really a set of videos I’ve enjoyed watching so far.

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Here are BMW insider details on ways the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept car will impact the design and technology of future BMW production cars.

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Someone spotted the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany. Seems that its being videotaped for something new.

Pics are from Car and Driver

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Here it is! The first official photos, wallpapers, videos and press release of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Car.

Offering a full-hybrid concept, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car is powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel and two electric motors. Overall system output is 262 kW/356 hp, maximum torque 800 Newton-metres/590 lb-ft. All-wheel drive featuring an electric motor on both the front and rear axle.

As a plug-in hybrid, BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is able to cover the entire fuel consumption drive cycle under electric power alone. Taking … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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Ahead of tomorrow’s potential reveal (or further teaser) of the Vision EfficientDynamics Sports Car Concept on BMW’s site, here is the first revealed design sketch!