Oct 10, 2011
Less is more, promises BMWBack
© Reuse this
Fans of BMW can this week see one of the future expressions of this philosophy at the Johannesburg Motor Show in the form of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept car, which is the forerunner to the BMW i8 concept racer, shown to the world at last month's 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, which means propulsion is through the combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The German manufacturer says the concept car points the way to the first production vehicles which will be offered by its new alternative drive sub-brand, BMW i.
The i8 will roll off the production line in 2014 at the BMW plant in Leipzig. It promises to go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds, while boasting fuel consumption of less than three litres per 100 km.
As for BMW’s premium small-car brand, Mini, the manufacturer unveiled the Mini Coupé and the Mini Paceman concept at the motor show.
The hunkered-down two-seater Coupé will be offered in South Africa with a choice of three engine variants, with outputs ranging from the 90 kW to an eager-to-thrill 155 kW.
In contrast to the Coupé, the Mini Paceman Concept is very much still only a look-don’t-touch vehicle.
The four-seater car features two large doors and a wide-opening tailgate. It is built on the same platform as the bulked-up Mini Countryman, and features increased ground clearance and raised seating position.
“It combines a sporty, masculine appearance, versatility and coupé looks with the dimensions of the four-door Mini Countryman,” says BMW South Africa.
The result is a Mini muscle car, or a small-car sports activity coupé, and it should eventually find its way – similar to the road travelled by the Coupé from concept to reality – to local showrooms.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Transport & Logistics News
Updated 5 hours ago Volkswagen wants to extract €3-billion ($3.41-billion) in price cuts from its suppliers to help mitigate the costs of an emissions scandal that has rocked the company, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Monday. The business daily, citing company sources, said...
Updated 2 hours 16 minutes ago The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Egypt have signed a loan agreement for $50-million from the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) – a $2-billion special fund provided by China and managed by the bank to cofinance bank operations. This...
Updated 2 hours 47 minutes ago South Africa's National Treasury could "in the extreme" try and block the $106-billion takeover of SABMiller by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, a senior treasury official said on Tuesday. "We subject those applications to subjective criteria – the...
Updated 4 hours ago Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi has denied reports that the ruling ANC has discussed a reversal of South Africa’s digital migration policy. The Business Day reported on Monday that the ANC, at its National General Council (NGC) meeting on the weekend,...