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  • BMW Concept X5 eDrive, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    BMW does very well with its sport utility vehicles in North America, which is why they're made in South Carolina. And with hybrid crossovers and sport utilities coming thick and fast, today saw the official unveiling of the BMW Concept X5 eDrive at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The company had released details of the plug-in hybrid crossover concept three weeks ago, but we've got live photos from the display stand. The production version of this car will join two hybrid models from Range Rover, and the first luxury crossover hybrid, the Lexus RX. (Lexus also showed a concept for its upcoming...

  • Prototype 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid X5 in San Francisco, July 2013 [photo: Alister Oliver]
    Spy Shots: 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid X5 Prototype

    Is BMW planning an ActiveHybrid X5 model for the next-generation X5 crossover, due to launch this fall as a 2014 model? That's what it appears from one reader's sighting of a camouflaged prototype in San Francisco. Yesterday, Alister Oliver wrote: I'm currently at Hawk Hill in San Francisco...

  • A123 lithium-ion cells
    Battery Maker A123 To Supply Cells For Tata Hybrid Buses

    Lithium-ion cell maker A123 Systems announced today that it would supply complete battery packs to Tata Motors, the largest vehicle maker in India, to be used in hybrid systems for commercial vehicles. The lithium-ion battery packs will first be deployed in city transit buses in the latter half of...

  • 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3
    2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3: Is This The Greenest 3-Series Ever?

    BMW today announced the sixth generation of its quintessential 3-Series, the compact sport sedan that is its highest volume seller and the face of BMW globally. Along with the return of four-cylinder engines in 3-Series cars for the U.S., this latest and greenest generation adds a new model: the...

  • BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Concept
    BMW Hybrid 5-Series On Sale in 2011, Hybrid 3-Series To Follow

    BMW's chief executive officer, Norbert Reithofer, has confirmed that the company's ActiveHybrid 5 sedan will go on sale as early as next year. Reithofer told shareholders yesterday at BMW's annual meeting that the car it showed at the Geneva Motor Show in March as the BMW Concept 5-Series...

  • 2011 BMW 5-Series
    BMW ActiveHybrid 5, Its Third, To Launch at Geneva Motor Show

    BMW is expected to unveil its third hybrid model at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show this March. It will be a mild-hybrid version of the all-new 2011 BMW 5-Series sedan line it has just unveiled, which will go on sale in June. The ActiveHybrid 5 will follow in the footsteps of the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid...

  • 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show GM Car Hero

    Only a handful of U.S. auto shows count as important. Detroit, in January, is one; historically, New York in April has been another. But the up-and-comer is the Los Angeles Auto Show, which now occurs in late November or early December and focuses on green cars of all stripes: hybrids, electric cars, clean diesels, even vehicles powered by ethanol, natural gas, and hydrogen. We'll cover all the green-car events from LA for you, starting tomorrow. The show is open to the public from December 4 to 13. 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show Meanwhile, here's our preview of selected cars and events we'll see...

  • 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
    BMW's Other Hybrid: 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Sedan

    For 2010, BMW is releasing two hybrid vehicles that are very different both in style and in their approach to using electric power to assist the gasoline engine. We've already covered the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 "sports activity coupe", which uses the Two-Mode Hybrid system jointly developed by...

  • 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6, Bal Harbour, Florida
    First Drive: 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

    "Our goal was to fundamentally change the view of hybrids," said Peter Tünnermann, project manager for the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6. "We wanted to make a 'non-hybrid' hybrid." In other words, a hybrid that didn't drive like a hybrid. And in that goal, BMW has succeeded admirably. Drivers at the...

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