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Fifth Gear host Tom Ford managed to drive a stock BMW 320d from the Chunnel exit in France to Munich, Germany and almost the entire way back on just one tank of diesel. This equates to 68.9mpg (imperial gallon) and 57.5mpg (US gallon). BMW diesel power flexing its muscle!

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The BMW Group is taking an active role in the “national platform for electromobility” launched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. The BMW Group will contribute its many years of experience in the area of electromobility to the project, plus the extensive scientific results from field tests currently being carried out with the MINI E. The “basic conditions” working group will be chaired jointly by Dr Klaus Draeger, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for development, and Prof. Lars-Hendrik Röller … CONTINUED

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Remember these spyshots? Looks like the photos were of a FWD hydrogen hybrid 1-series test car afterall, according to autoblog.nl. The 1-series hydrogen hybrid concept is powered by a 120hp 4 cylinder gas engine, hydrogen fuel, cell, electric motor, FWD and RWD!. The car operates on FWD on longer trips and RWD on shorter trips (RWD powered by electric motor). The fuel cell converts hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, which recharges the batteries. The energy generated from braking will … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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The world wide premiere of the F10 5-series ActiveHybrid concept is not until the official BMW Press Conference tomorrow, but we bring you photos today of BMW’s newest hybrid concept. As you can see by the scene, the 5-series hybrid is a main part of a presentation that will be held by Dr. Reithofer, which will stress BMW’s EfficientDynamics concept.

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Here are all the official details, videos and wallpapers related to the newly released Concept ActiveHybrid 5-series. This is still a concept car in name, but expect a production model to follow suit

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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Here are the first official photos of the F10 5-series hybrid which will be making its world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in just a few days! Photos courtesy of Auto Motor und Sport.

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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

Autoshows
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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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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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