BMW CEO confirms 5-Series plug-in hybrid for China

BMW Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid
BMW Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid

Speaking today the company’s Annual Accounts Press Conference 2011, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed that the automaker will show a 5-Series plug-in hybrid at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show in mid-April.

“A highlight at the Shanghai Motor Show in mid-April will be the presentation of our New Energy Vehicle,” Reithofer said. “This model will be our e-car from China for China – a long version of the BMW 5 Series as a plug-in hybrid. This car will benefit from the strength and the excellent reputation of the BMW brand.”

Reithofer also shined some new light on the upcoming BMW i brand saying that the brand, will offer “highly sustainable and efficient e-cars”:

  • The BMW i3 will be our first all-electric vehicle for the world’s urban centers.
  • With its plug-in hybrid, the BMW i8 will combine the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption of a small car.
  • As a first, both cars will have a passenger compartment made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

That’s all nice and clean for mother nature but we also hear that the BMW M5 will debut at the Shanghai show.

– By: Omar Rana