BMW will show an electric vehicle produced in China for the Chinese market next month.
Norbert Reithofer, CEO of the German premium car maker, told reporters at the group’s annual earnings press conference that the “New energy vehicle” will be a long version of the BMW 5 Series as a plugin hybrid.
BMW will show the car at the Shanghai auto show in late April.
BMW is already testing an electric version of the Mini in Beijing and Shenzen. It showed its Active E test car at the Geneva auto show earlier this month.
Reithofer also reaffirmed his commitment to BMW's connected-car program. He noted that all BMW models are available with the company’s Connected Drive functionality. “We are going to expand our offering considerably,” Reithofer said.
He explained that this means “communication between the car, the passengers and the surroundings and ”“ in a later step ”“ car-to-car communication."
The BMW CEO said technology leadership is key to the company's success going forward. He listed four areas of focus: 1. Sustainable mobility 2. Innovative mobility services 3. The Efficient Dynamics engine range 4. Strategic alliances.
-By Arjen Bongard