Although a tech powerhouse, in some ways the hybrid system in the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 feels like a novelty. It adds power and fuel efficiency, but also adds quirks to everyday driving. Cutting-edge cabin tech features are available in all 7-series models.
BMW adds another hybrid to its lineup, the ActiveHybrid5 based on the 5-series. BMW has essentially added a hybrid system to the 535i with this car, increasing power and fuel economy.
BMW's hybrid 7-series is an odd duck; its hybrid system gives it a huge power boost and better fuel economy than its siblings. But the driving character can be odd due to the idle stop feature of the engine. It works fine at long lights, but is annoying in stop-and-go traffic.
BMW announced specifications and released photos of a new hybrid coming to its lineup, the ActiveHybrid 5. This car joins the ActiveHybrid 7, using BMW's new hybrid system to generate extra power and get better fuel economy.
BMW has been making waves with its i3 and i8, but now it's time for the company's more-traditional cars to get some bigger battery packs. We take a prototype plug-in hybrid X5 SUV for a quick spin.
CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7.
BMW looks like it should have a hit on its hands with the ActiveHybrid3. Fuel economy is estimated in the mid-30s, and it has more horsepower than the 335i model.
If you're buying a $103,000 hybrid, you're probably not too worried about tax incentives, but hey, in this economy every little bit of savings helps, right?
At the 2013 Frankfurt auto show next month, BMW will display an X5 model SUV concept with a plug-in hybrid drive system.
The 2011 BMW 750i Active Hybrid is a big, brawny, largely unjustifiable green machine.