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BMW rules out hybrid models

Hybrid models will not be part of the BMW range for the foreseeable future, the company has revealed.

Instead it will focus on what it calls ‘EfficientDynamics’, a package of technologies and energy management systems designed to improve the effectiveness of its vehicle range.

Speaking about the facelifted 5-Series that went on sale last month, Jim O’Donnell, BMW UK’s managing director, said: "Noticeable design improvements have been combined with EfficientDynamics to provide tangible performance benefits."

He said increases of up to 25% in fuel economy and emissions results would save drivers hundreds if not thousands of pounds a year.

O'Donnell added: "We believe customers prefer the driving experience of an ultra-efficient internal combustion engine rather than a hybrid car, with all the associated weight of the battery and motors."

EfficientDynamics includes Stop & Go which cuts the engine – for example, at traffic lights – to conserve fuel. Brake Energy Regeneration is also included in the plans which saves the energy that’s normally lost when the car is slowed by the driver.

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