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BMW Announces Its Re-Entry Into Turbo Technology For Gasoline Engines

Geneva - At BMW Group press conference at the 76th Geneva Automobile Salon, Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Burkhard Göschel, BMW AG Director of Development, spoke about BMW engine concepts with maximum potential for further reductions in fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

Over half of the BMW's sold in 2005 were fitted with an in-line 6-cylinder engine. With smoother running and lower vibration than any competitor, this engine concept occupies a very special position in its category. It will also form the basis for development measures which reach far into the future.


Exactly 100 years after the invention of the turbo charger, BMW has now announced its re-entry into turbo technology for large-scale serial production of gasoline engines. The in-line 6-cylinder bi-turbo engine presented in Geneva for the first time has the new innovative direct injection system High Precision Injection, the fully variable camshaft control BIVANOS and highly heat resistant materials from space technology in its turbo chargers.

These engines together with the in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine with Variable Twin Turbo Technology occupy the leading position in worldwide engine construction.

BMW diesel in the US only with sustainable technology.

"If the BMW Group is to enter the American market with a diesel product, it will be with one that offers a truly sustainable solution," said Prof. Dr. Göschel on the further development of diesel technology. So-called SCR technology for the reduction of nitric oxides has a key role to play here. However, Göschel indicated that it would be some time before this technology had reached serial production maturity.

(February 28, 2006)



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