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BMW Presents Innovative Hybrid Concept Named BMW X6

Detroit - In addition to the world debut of its all-new X6 Sports Activity Coupe at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, BMW will also present the North American debut of an innovative hybrid concept like no other in the world -- the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid. The vehicle is the world's first Sports Activity Coupe to feature a unique design of hybrid drive like never seen before, combining Sheer Driving Pleasure with significant enhancement of all-round efficiency.

Through its drive concept alone, the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid allows far greater driving dynamics than a conventional hybrid car and at the same time reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 percent versus a comparable car running on a combustion engine alone.

The innovative drivetrain and the unique concept of the Sports Activity Coupe form an ideal match that is unparalleled anywhere in the world.

BMW ActiveHybrid technology has indeed been developed especially for a particularly dynamic vehicle in this segment and for extensive use far beyond city traffic. In terms of its size, character and driving dynamics, the BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe is simply ideal for bringing out the full potential of BMW ActiveHybrid technology, combining an elegant and dynamically flowing roofline with the features so typical of a BMW X model. Its design clearly epitomizes the full DNA of BMW X, while interpreting the character of these vehicles in a uniquely sporting manner.

Combining the qualities of electric drive and BMW driving dynamics to provide an unprecedented driving experience.

BMW ActiveHybrid combines a combustion engine with two high-performance electric motors, taking advantage of the greater efficiency of hybrid technology over a much larger speed range than with conventional hybrid vehicles. The specific features and characteristics of BMW's electric drive, combined with the proven features of BMW's combustion engine, allows BMW ActiveHybrid to provide a unique driving experience that is unavailable anywhere else.

The benefits and capabilities of the electric drivetrain can be felt instantly, responding precisely and immediately to the driver when setting off. Then, continuing the process of acceleration, the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid offers a perfect symbiosis of required drivetrain performance and appropriate touch-based and acoustic feedback to the driver at a level never seen before in a hybrid vehicle. The result is a driving experience that provides dynamic development of power and performance so typical of a BMW engine interacting with the particularly precise and fast-acting automatic transmission-at all speeds.

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(January 13, 2008)

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