• Jan 24, 2011
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The China's Beijing Youth Daily reports that BMW, along with joint venture partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd., will develop a 5 Series-based electric sedan targeted specifically at the Chinese market. The report claims that a battery-powered 5 Series concept will make its debut in China sometime in 2011, likely at the Shanghai Motor Show in April.

BMW Brilliance Automotive Co., the joint venture between BMW and Brilliance, currently manufacturers both the 3 Series and 5 Series sedans in the Chinese city of Shenyang. In 2010, the BMW Group sold 169,000 vehicles in China, a surge of 87 percent over the sales it tallied in in 2009.

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[Source: Beijing Youth Daily via Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      it makes sense to me. China is a developing country, they might as well develop along the lines of the 21st century and not the 20th century. They SHOULD be building the infrastructure that will lead them away from petroleum use, and since so much of China is a blank slate, it's a perfect chance to move forward not backward.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to see one in the U.S. as a Tesla Model S competitor. If not, I'll stick with the ActiveHybrid with either their new 245 hp inline-4 or their wonderful inline-6.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they get enough juice to weather those 6 hour + traffic jams. Wouldn't want an electric car to be the secondary cause of even more chinese traffic chaos.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah Jeff, I get that obvious point regarding electric motors... but on those days when the charge isn't 100%, or you're using the A/C,... it could be an issue given the limited capacity of current generation batteries.