BMW CEO confirms full-hybrid 5-Series for 2011, 3-Series hybrid being considered

BMW Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid:

Speaking to shareholders and employees at the company’s 90th Annual General Meeting, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed that the BMW Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid will go into production in 2011 and that the automaker is also considering offering a hybrid version of the 3-Series sedan.

“As early as next year, the new BMW 5-Series will also be available as a full hybrid,” Reithofer said. “And we are anticipating the hybridization of further models series, such as the BMW 3-Series. We also work with modules in this field, choosing the most suitable hybrid solution for the respective model.”

The Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid is powered by a 300-hp straight-6 gasoline with TwinPower Turbo technology mated to a 40 kW electric-motor and an 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW says that when compared to the 5-Series with the “conventional” combustion engine, the Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid reduces fuel-economy and emissions by more than 10 percent.

“We want to reduce our global fleet”s carbon emissions by at least another 25 percent between 2008 and 2020,” Reithofer said. “Our new models and drive technologies will support these efforts.”

BMW Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid:

– By: Omar Rana