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New BMW 7 and 3 Series at Paris show

BMW celebrates the world debut of the new 7 Series in Paris.

BMW celebrates the world debut of the new 7 Series in Paris.

Celebrating the world debut of the new 7 Series, the first appearance of the new 3 Series at a motor show, and the latest developments in the Efficient Dynamics automotive strategy, BMW is planning exciting highlights for the Paris Motor Show next month.

Introducing the new BMW 7 Series, BMW now also highlights Efficient Dynamics in the luxury saloon segment. Through the wide range of technologies offered this way, such as brake energy regeneration, on-demand management of ancillary units including the air-conditioning compressor disconnected when not required, intelligent lightweight technology, active aerodynamics and tyres with reduced roll resistance, the new BMW 7 Series is ahead of competitors also in terms of trendsetting technology.

Offering average fuel consumption of 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the EU combined cycle, the new BMW 730d, powered by a newly developed 180 kW/245 hp straight-six, is indeed the most efficient car in its segment.

Contrary to the BMW 7 Series, boasting six-speed automatic transmission as standard, the 3 Series also comes with the BMW Efficient Dynamics gearshift point indicator featured on all models with a six-speed manual gearbox and the auto start stop function on all four-cylinder manual gearbox models.

Reducing average fuel consumption to 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres, and with a CO2 emission rating of 123 grams per kilometre, the 105 kW/143 hp BMW 318d is the absolute leader in its segment in terms of both fuel efficiency and emission management.

Entering the 2009 model year, BMW already offers no fewer than 23 models complying in full with the future Euro 5 emission standard. The new BMW 330d is the first model available with optional Blue Performance technology, already today fulfilling the Euro 6 emission standard not scheduled to take effect until 2014.

This autumn, the 23 current BMW models come with CO2 emissions below 140 grams per kilometre. Sales of cars with BMW Efficient Dynamics already exceed one million units. The new diesel versions in the BMW 1 Series will be presented at the Paris show: the BMW 118d Convertible and the BMW 123d Convertible.

In the upper midrange segment, in turn, the BMW 520d offers average fuel consumption of just 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 136 grams per kilometre, making this by far the most efficient car in its class.

To maintain its leadership, BMW is working hard on the series development of hybrid drive units combining the power and performance so typical of the brand with a significant reduction of fuel consumption clearly measurable under all driving conditions. To achieve this goal, BMW follows a comprehensive hybrid drive philosophy offering the best solution for each individual model.

Two examples will be presented in Paris: the BMW Concept 7 Series Active Hybrid with its eight-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor integrated in the transmission to provide extra drive power and the BMW Concept X6 Active Hybrid combining an eight-cylinder power unit and an electric motor through an innovative two-mode active transmission.

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