BMW at the Mondial de l'Automobile Paris 2006

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on 09/30/2006

Source: BMW Group

Introducing three new models and attractive innovations on the drivetrain, BMW stands out clearly once again at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the Mondial de l'Automobile: Not only the new BMW 3 Series Coupé, the new BMW X3, and the BMW M6 Convertible, but also BMW's new range of straight-six petrol and diesel engines for the 3 Series are making their debut at the most important motor show of the year in Europe. The Mondial de l'Automobile is taking place at the fairgrounds of the capital of France from 30 September - 15 October 2006, and the organisers expect some1.5 million visitors from all over the world. More videos after the jump...

At the Mondial de l'Automobile 2006 the new BMW 3 Series Coupé will be presented to a large audience for the first time. And indeed - this sporting and elegant two-door is an exclusive new entry into the BMW 3 Series, joining its Saloon and Touring counterparts. Apart from its stylish look, the Coupé stands out in particular through its excellent driving dynamics now also available with BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

Visitors from the world of motoring and aficionados of the motor car from all over the world also have the opportunity in Paris to check out the new BMW X3 for the first time. This highly successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) now comes with carefully updated and refined design, a particularly sophisticated interior, as well as new, powerful engines for even greater appeal.

New BMW X3 at Paris Motor Show

Introducing the new version of the BMW X3 as well as a number of xDrive variants of the 3 Series Coupé, the Munich car company has everything it takes to further expand its top position as the world-leading manufacturer of all-wheel-drive vehicles in the premium segment.

The unique M6 Convertible is of course a further attraction at the Mondial de l'Automobile. This open four-seater combines the dynamic performance of a super sports car with the exclusivity of a luxury convertible, the 5.0-litre ten-cylinder power unit developing 373 kW/507 hp for outstanding performance at all times. Recently awarded the title "Engine of the Year" once again, the high-speed power unit accelerates the BMW M6 Convertible from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds.

BMW 3 series Coupe at Paris Motor Show

Not only the V10 power unit, but also BMW's straight-six engines have already gained supreme international merits through their fascinating performance, exemplary refinement and outstanding economy. And now BMW is presenting the new six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines for the 3 Series at the Paris Motor Show, particularly the 3.0-litre six-cylinder with Twin Turbo Technology, High-Precision Injection with direct injection of gasoline fuel, and an all-aluminium crankcase ensuring top performance in the 3.0-litre six-cylinder. Making its world debut in the BMW 335i Coupé, this 225 kW/306 hp power unit will also be available in future in the BMW 3 Series Saloon and the BMW 3 Series Touring.

Yet another highlight at the Mondial de l'Automobile is BMW's new generation of straight-six diesel engines also featured in the 3 Series. An all-aluminium crankcase, turbocharging, and the latest generation of common-rail direct fuel injection make the new diesel an outstanding example of Efficient Dynamics.

The power unit right at the top, obviously, is the new 3.0-litre featuring Variable Twin Turbo (VTT) technology for maximum output of 210 kW/286 hp and peak torque of 580 Newton-metres or 427 lb-ft. This most powerful straight-six diesel in the world comes in the BMW 3 Series Coupé, the BMW 3 Series Saloon, and the BMW 3 Series Touring. BMW's second new straight-six diesel is featured in the BMW 325d. Developing maximum output of 145 kW/197 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm or 295 lb-ft, this power unit also using a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry offers impressive muscle combined with exemplary efficiency: The new BMW 325d Saloon makes do with just 6.4 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres (equal to 44.1 mpg Imp) in the EU test cycle, the new BMW 325d Touring consumes hardly any more fuel at 6.6 litres or 42.8 mpg Imp.

BMW M6 Cabriolet at Paris Motor Show

Searching for efficient dynamics, BMW does not focus on the development of the power unit alone. On the contrary - innovations involving the engine's ancillary units allow further progress reducing fuel consumption and enhancing motoring pleasure at the same time. An impressive example in this context is Intelligent Alternator Control announced by BMW at the 2006 Mondial de l'Automobile, which comprises a system for the regeneration of brake energy. The objective in this case is to generate the electric power required for the car's on-board network exclusively in the overrun mode and under application of the brakes, so that the engine is not required to develop any energy for driving the alternator when pulling the car. In practice, this means that a greater share of the energy contained within the fuel is available for extra driving dynamics and power when accelerating.

Regeneration of brake energy is therefore an additional method for ensuring enhanced fuel efficiency, energy so far wasted through dissipation of heat on the brake discs being converted into electric power and fed to the car's on-board network.

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