BMW Begins to Take Orders in Japan for 1st Hybrid Cars

By dancurranjr On November 14th, 2009

bmw-5-series-conceptBMW Japan Corp. said Thursday it has begun to take orders for its German parent’s first gasoline-electric hybrid cars with delivery planned to start next summer.

Available for ordering are the BMW Active Hybrid 7 and 7L of the flagship BMW 7 series.

Among other foreign auto dealers in Japan, Mercedes-Benz Japan Co. has already launched a hybrid car in a bid to take advantage of government tax breaks for eco-friendly vehicles.

The BMW hybrids raise fuel efficiency by 15 percent from the level for its BMW 750i by combining a 4.4-liter V-shaped eight-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. They feature an idling-stop system that automatically stops the engine when the car comes to a halt, to help prevent unnecessary fuel consumption.

The Active Hybrid 7 will sell for 12.8 million yen and the Active Hybrid 7L for 14.05 million yen

Leave a Reply