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New BMW 3 series convertible: World premiere at NAIAS in January

New BMW 3 series convertible: World premiere at NAIAS in January  
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Convertibles, Motor Shows, BMW
on 12/21/2006

Source: BMW

The fourth generation of BMW's 3 Series four-seat convertible will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in January. A new dimension in the world of motoring comes with the introduction of a retractable hardtop for the first time on a BMW.


Made of lightweight steel, the three-piece roof opens in just 22 seconds and folds smoothly into the rear compartment of BMW's newest convertible. The new roof structure ensures a lower level of noise even at high speeds while the ultra-stiff platform provides extreme torsional strength for rigidity and the superb handling inherent to all BMWs.

The new BMW 3 Series Convertible retains all the elegance and unique style that is characteristic of the 3 Series with the top either open or closed. The long and sleek hood, low shoulder line and the broad-shouldered rear end make the new BMW 3 Series Convertible unmistakable from any angle. And with the new retracting hardtop, it offers performance, comfort, safety, and value unique in its segment.

The new 3 Series Convertible will be offered in the U.S. as a 230bhp 328i and as a twin turbo, 300bhp 335i. Both models will be on sale in late March, 2007.

Following their world debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the BMW Hydrogen 7, the world's first hydrogen-drive luxury performance automobile and the new 2007 BMW X5 will also be featured at the North American International Auto Show.

With the BMW Hydrogen 7, the BMW Group is laying down a marker for sustainable mobility. This car will play a pioneering role in driving forward hydrogen technologies. BMW has gained an excellent reputation for significantly reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by using ultra efficient, yet very dynamic gasoline engines. Together with clean, performance diesel engines and the technologically advanced hybrid systems currently under development within the BMW EfficientDynamics project, the BMW Group has a clear strategy for sustainable mobility - with hydrogen as the ultimate goal.

The Hydrogen 7 - which has fulfilled all of the criteria of BMW's rigorous series product development process - will be built in limited numbers and will be driven by selected users in the US and other countries in 2007. The Hydrogen 7 is based on BMW's familiar 7 Series model and is equipped with a 260 bhp twelve-cylinder engine that accelerates from 0-62.1 mph in 9.5 seconds and is capable of running either on hydrogen or on gasoline.

When it arrived nearly seven years ago, BMW's X5 could have simply added another respected premium nameplate to the ranks of sport-utility vehicles. Instead, it redefined the class. BMW's description of that original X5 as a "Sports Activity Vehicle®" represented a new approach to the concept of a traditional SUV - one that linked handling, performance and agility to the conventional attributes of practicality, versatility and off-road ability. The result was some 618,000 X5s were produced in BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina factory. For 2007, BMW expands and refines that definition with an all-new X5, one that includes an even higher level of achievement in each of those original concepts.

The new BMW X5 grows in size and luxury yet further improves upon the driving dynamics that made the first iteration of the X5 such a success. As in previous years, the X5 offers a choice of 6-cylinder or V-8 performance: the X5 3.0si and the 4.8i, both of which offer better performance and excellent efficiency. The flagship 4.8i boasts BMW's all-aluminum Valvetronic V-8, boosted to 4.8 liters and 350 horsepower. The 3.0si features BMW's new 260-horsepower aluminum/magnesium inline-6. Standard equipment on both models is a new 6-speed STEPTRONIC automatic. BMW's outstanding xDrive all-wheel-drive system continues, enhanced via a closer link between the xDrive electronics and the X5's Dynamic Stability Control to provide even quicker, more accurate response. The new X5 will be available with an expanded array of available options - one of which is a third row, seven passenger seating option. The new X5 is currently on sale in the USA.



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