20 000 km reach – a very sad number. This means that my tenure with the ActiveHybrid3 has expired. I will be forced to hand the keys over to BMW, if they can catch me… Keep your eyes peeled for the complete wrap-up test in the 2014 February issue of CAR magazine where a conclusion on the technology is reached.
Historically, the executive grand saloon represented the pinnacle of a brand – consummate luxury, cutting edge technology and outstanding safety. The recipe demands that the occupants (driver and passengers alike) feel special and pampered when transported with flair. Today the trend of the luxury SUV has stolen a bit this limelight but we drove the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 to find out if certain unique grand saloon qualities still remain.
Miles fly when you are having fun and the BMW has already reached its halfway mark in our 20 000 km test (you can read the… Read more →
“Maybe the word Active should be replaced by Evil” is the thought that ran through my mind as the smallest example of BMW’s current hybrid… Read more →
MENTION the word hybrid and images of ultra-fuel-efficient vehicles with wind-cheating aerodynamics spring to mind. Toyota should be lauded for its effort in establishing and… Read more →
“Less fuel, more performance”, this was the opening line at the presentation of BMW’s new eco-friendly 5 Series – the Active Hybrid 5. BMW is well known for its efforts to improve fuel consumption and lower CO2 outputs under the banner of EfficientDynamics. While such endeavours are laudable, there comes a point where a company has to take the next step towards eco-friendly motoring, beyond improving combustion. Aerodynamics and reducing weight is not enough –hybrid technology is the next step.
Along with the 2012 introduction of four new engine options to the local 5 Series range (520i, 528i, 530d, and 535d), BMW South Africa is also set to add an all-new ActiveHybrid model to the 5 lineup.