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During a preview this week of the new 5-series Gran Turismo, BMW North America product planning manager Martin Birkmann revealed that the vehicle would include brake energy regeneration when it arrives in the U.S. this fall. BMW has been including its regenerative braking system on numerous models in Europe for two years, but this will be the first North American application. The Gran Turismo is a new body style for the 5-series and it won't include a hybrid version, at least at first. However,

Autospies says that they've gotten their hands on the first picture of "BMW regenerative brake technology in action on a USA model" (a 550i GT). Well, we're interested in the technology, but something about the Celsius temperature gauge and the kilometer label tells us that maybe this is a Eurospec dash. Whatever the case, one nifty feature of the way BMW's system works is that the alternator disengages until the vehicle slows down. This way, efficiency is increased because the freewheeling alte

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