BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid

BMW gears up for 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

BMW’s success didn’t happen over night and with Audi and Mercedes breathing down their neck it’s not exactly going to keep happening without any reason.

Hard work is key and hard work is what BMW is going to put into their presence at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid
BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid

Apparently, the Bavarians will be filling up the stand with models that have something rather popular these days on the side; fuel economy.

Hybrid vehicles make up a much larger part of the market in Japan than anywhere else in the world so it’s no surprise to see BMW focus on this sort of drivetrain.

To begin with, they’ll be showcasing the F10 BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid, a fuel sipping version of the company’s glorious 535i.

BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid
BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid

Mating a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline six cylinder engine with an electric motor and providing a few tweaks to the eight speed automatic gearbox for them to work together makes for quite the result.

A total output of 340 horsepower, 40 more than standard are available while efficiency was improved by around 10 percent at the same time.

Just next to this stand, the Bavarians will be showing off another fuel saving solution, something Japan hasn’t been a fan of.

BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid
BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid

They will be unveiling a BluePerformance technology version of the BMW X5 xDrive35d. The fuel economy bonus is important but what really matters about this version of the diesel X is the addition of an AdBlue system to clean out the nasty parts of the emissions.

The 2011 Tokyo Motor Show will also include the BMW X1 xDrive20i but that’s not really that much of a revolution on fuel economy but it is a premiere in Japan.


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