• Jan 31st 2010 at 3:24PM
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The new BMW 5 Series sedan goes on sale in the United States this June powered by a choice of inline-six or V8 turbocharged engines with a naturally aspirated six coming later in the summer. Before that happens though, we may well see an Activehybrid 5 concept appear at the Geneva Motor Show in four weeks.

When the Activehybrid 7 was launched last year in Europe, officials said that the new mild hybrid system used in the big sedan would make its way into other BMW platforms. With a fresh 5 that shares its platform and electrical architecture with the 7 about to go on sale, it makes perfect sense for the 5 to be the next application. What we don't know is which engine an Activehybrid 5 would use. Hopefully BMW will opt for one of the six-cylinder engines rather than the twin-turbo V8 used in the 7 hybrid. That should help it get better mileage than the conventional 535i or 528i while possibly matching the performance of the V8 550i.

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      Dan you better do your homework. BMW is the leading premium car maker in regards to low CO2 numbers. I think last year they had the highest reducing of co2 numbers off all car companies in Europe. The efficient dynamics program is not just a PR joke but real savings. Instead of a few low co2 cars, they have it in almost all of the models. That doesn't make the headlines but it i think it is the better approach. By the way i think you rather fall to the lies from the extreme tree huggers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would an automaker photograph its brand new quality luxury car beside disgusting graffiti?
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's also a beach shot if the gritty urban setting offends your delicate sensibilities.

      • 5 Years Ago
      when they actually make a plugin for sale it'll be interesting. green and bmw has so far been incompatible and anything green or pretending to be green from bmw has so far been lies. that includes the mini cooper EVs
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's not "my" standard. it's the truth. obviously global warming and energy efficiency didn't come as a surprise to big auto just last year...
        they are not innocent. if you fool yourself into thinking they are innocent and they are actually doing honest work then you fall for their lies. and they depend on you being that sheepish.
        fuel efficiency has been a fight with the evil car makers for several decades. it's not new.

        it's like the insane right claiming global warming is a theory brought by Al Gore as some kind of money making scheme. when the obvious truth is that man made global warming has been basic scientific fact for several decades and big money has been fighting against it.
        back then it was called the greenhouse effect. Al Gore just made a critical difference and now oceans of evil mindless beasts stream forward from the earth and shriek any lie that pops into their "minds". I reiterate remember what the head of Audi north america said about electric cars. any progress in big auto is because people of sane minds are whipping them into action. nothing good comes from themselves. nothing. it's that black and white.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Give it a rest, Dan.

        Just because BMW doesn't meet your standard of perfection is no reason to dismiss the progress they are making.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are those who speak of CAGW as if they were esconsed in the the folds of religious rapture and ecstasy.

      It is not surpising. Mr. Gore was trained as a southern Baptist televangelist, in the college training that he did almost complete. His fire and brimstone sermons in behalf of his revived Druid religion, bear witness to that fact.

      But an increasingly disproven Scientific hypothesis, turned into religious dogma, is hardly the equivalent of the moral teachings of Judeo-Christian thought. Nor does it follow the precepts of the Scientific method.

      I have never met so many who disdain all religion, scoff at televangelsitic revivals, yet eagerly follow such ancient Druid preaching, blindly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's comical that the new technique of right-wing nutjobs and big oil shills is to portray a scientific consensus endorsed by numerous national academies of science as "a new religion" or "church of global warming" or some such nonsense. The IPCC 4th report summary is a rather sober document expressing the 95% likelihood that human activities are screwing up the climate and that in 50-100 years life will be substantially worse for billions of people and species. Meanwhile the a priori assumptions of many denialists that human activities can't affect the planet, that any theory that leads left-wingers to propose global initiatives or lifestyle changes must be false, that scientists they disagree with are evil, etc. smell more like religious dogma to me.

        "Increasingly disproven": bullshit. Global temperatures continue to be warmer than historical averages - http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt NOTHING is a credible explanation of that but increases in greenhouse gas concentrations. And show me one model of the climate that doesn't predict rises in temperature from increased greenhouse gas levels - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_sensitivity So AGW consists of: basic undeniable physical principle - yes; models based on that undergoing continual refinement - yes; observed temperature rise consistent with models - yes. Religion: where?

        At best all that denialists do is incessantly harp on flaws and errors in the data, some broken weather station, or some internal e-mails. Nothing wrong with that, I'm all for improved scientific understanding. But it does not constitute disproof, and it's laughable to pretend it rises to the level of an alternate theory of the climate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rear-wheel hybrids for the win!!!!!

      I hope they opt for the 3.0 drivetrain. It would be nice to see a 5 series that exceeded 30mpg hwy/city.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's wrong with a 2.5L engine? That would be plenty.

        The whole performance Hybrid is nonsense, hybrids should be about efficiency.
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