As expected, the dontblogaboutthis BMW Mystery Car has a new look. Up until now it has been in a randomly thrown-together looking VED+6-series form. The look we’re looking at is the form that this concept car may take at a possible unveiling at the 2010 Paris Motor Show next week (albeit without the camouflage scheme). It’s been rumored that the car could feature multiple electric engines or 3-cyilnder diesel.
Whether or not this hybrid concept car is unveiled at the Paris Motor show, its next showing (either via another video or at the show) seems to be September 30, which coincidentally is the first press day of the Paris Motor Show.
For the 6th year straight, BMW has been named as the auto industry’s Supersector leader (aka the world’s most sustainable “green” automobile manufacturer). This was the conclusion of the SAM Group, published in its latest evaluation for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The BMW Group is the only company in the automotive industry to have been listed in this important group of sustainability indexes every year since it was established in 1999 and named Supersector leader for each of the past six years. This year, the BMW Group is also the only German company to be ranked among the 19 Supersector leaders worldwide.
A mystery BMW has surfaced at dontblogaboutthis.com. No info is provided on it except some teaser videos and photos. It wears the VED (Vision Efficientdynamics Concept), so could it be a VED production version? Judging by the tall skinny wheels our guess is a hybrid/electric/alternative fuel vehicle of some sort.
In a rather strict interpretation of BMWs Concept AciveEs advertising message, the European Advertising Standards Alliance has banned BMW from advertising "Zero Emissions" with respect to its electric cars. Their basis is that this is a false claim by BMW. See the following explanation:
LONDON (AFP) – A second BMW advert has been banned for claims about the low levels of carbon dioxide emissions produced by its cars, Britains advertising watchdog said on Wednesday.
The Advertising Standards Agency said the German luxury car makers newspaper ad claiming that the BMW Concept ActiveE electric car as "100 percent joy, zero percent emissions", … CONTINUED
BMW Insider Scott26 has posted up some very very interesting and tantalizing news on BMWs future engine productions, which are of course very much in the vein of EfficientDynamics. The new engine in question is a 3-Cylinder engine that BMW has developed for use primarily within the next generation 1-Series (possibly 0-Series?), 3-Series and MINI cars and then would obviously filter its way into other cars in the BMW range in the typical fashion.
Whats most important here is the title. The new engine design will be based on a new 500cc per cylinder philosophy that could be used in a modular fashion in a fashion similar to how manufacturers can build many different sized cars based on a shared … CONTINUED
The Internal Revenue Service today certified that the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 qualifies for up to a $900 tax credit under the Alternative Motor Vehicle provision. This serves as yet another endorsement for the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy.
The ActiveHybrid 7 combines an electric motor with BMW’s much-praised 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and new 8-speed automatic transmission to accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds while delivering impressive EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, a near 18 percent improvement over the non-hybrid 750i/Li. The ActiveHybrid 7 features Engine Start/Stop to avoid wasteful engine idling in stop-and-go driving and at traffic lights. The powerful lithium-ion battery enables systems like the radio, Bluetooth phone connection and air-conditioning to … CONTINUED
Its really a shame that the word "hybrid" has such a miserly connotation. Its as though everything stamped with the word has to be either economical, eco-friendly or worse: both! How are giant luxury cars with twin-turbocharged V8s supposed to fit in a category like that?
As far as we can tell, this car must have been swapped at birth with some prototype of a 7 Series with an M badge. This is funny, because the hybrid badge this car wears automatically leads us to expect a BMW 740i
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!
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 from the European School of Management and Technology.
The aim of this joint initiative – which brings together the worlds of politics, science and industry – is to further strengthen the pioneering role of Germany in the area of electromobility. “Germany … CONTINUED