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BMW to premiere 7 Series ActiveHybrid at Toronto Auto Show

BMW Group Canada will be premiering their 7-series ActiveHybrid at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto next month. The ActiveHybrid uses the same twin-turbo V8 that will power all 750i models plus an electric motor for some added oomph.

Read the full press release after the jump.

According to BMW's press release the electric motor, which is positioned within the transmission housing, will generate 20hp and 155lb-ft of torque. The gasoline engine in the 750i is rated at 400hp and 450lb-ft. of torque. This ain't gonna be a slow hybrid.

The 7-series ActiveHybrid will also feature regenerative brakes which store the captured energy in a lithiom-ion battery located in the trunk.

BMW tests indicate the 7-series ActiveHybrid reduces fuel consumption and emissions by 15% compared to the non-hybrid models.

15% doesn't sound like much but BMW's promising class-leading fuel efficiency.

BMW also announced the Canadian premiere of the latest Z4 Roadster will also take place in Toronto, about 400kms from the world premiere in Detroit a couple of weeks ago.

BMW Group Canada Announces Premieres for Canadian International Autoshow.

Whitby – BMW Group Canada will premiere the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid and the Z4 Roadster at the Canadian International Autoshow Press Day on February 11, 2009 in Toronto.

Continuing the legacy of BMW performance roadsters, the new BMW Z4 will be available in Canada in spring with two engine models, the Z4 sDrive30i and the Z4 sDrive35i. The new roadsters offer enhanced performance, optimized efficiency and a new level of exterior and interior refinement. The Z4 is debuting with a new feature; it is the first BMW roadster equipped with a retractable hardtop. The two-piece hardtop fully retracts electrohydraulically within 20 seconds, allowing the driver to easily experience both the exhilaration of a convertible and the comfort of a sport coupé.

The BMW Z4 sDrive30i comes equipped with an in-line six-cylinder gasoline engine. With a max torque of 220lb-ft and 225 horsepower, this roadster accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds. While the six-speed manual transmission as standard, the sDrive30i is available with a six-speed automatic transmission with optimized gearshift dynamics.

The BMW Z4 sDrive35i is also driven by an in-line six-cylinder gasoline engine, however also has Twin Turbo and direct fuel injection, allowing a max torque of 300lb-ft and 300 horsepower. The acceleration from 0-100km/h in the sDrive35i is 5.3 seconds. In addition to the standard six speed manual transmission, a seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) is also available as an option, along with an automatic transmission.

The design of the new Z4 takes on the look of a classic roadster using modern, flowing lines. As the only car in its segment offering classic roadster proportions, even with the roof fully closed, the new BMW Z4 is slightly larger outside than its predecessor, at the same time offering more comfort in terms of passenger and loading space. The low seating position near the rear axle, along with rear-wheel drive guarantees the driving experience typical of a BMW Roadster.

The BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid is for the first time showcasing BMW ActiveHybrid technology in a luxury sedan. Following the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy, this new Concept Car combines a significant reduction in fuel consumption and emissions with a standard of driving dynamics never seen before in a hybrid car. The drivetrain technology reduces fuel consumption and emissions by 15% (EU test cycle) versus a similar car running on a combustion engine only.

The BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid is powered by the V8 gasoline engine with Twin Turbo and High Precision Injection based on the power unit of the BMW 750i. Maximum output of the conventional engine in the regular production model is 400 hp, with peak torque of 450 lb-ft. Now this exceptional engine is combined with an electric motor fully integrated in the transmission housing, developing maximum output of 20 hp and peak torque of 155 lb-ft (European specifications). With the mild hybrid concept, the electric motor boosts the dynamic driving potential of the eight-cylinder gasoline engine in a unique manner most appropriate for the character of the BMW 7 Series, giving the car even more dynamic acceleration.

Using Brake Energy Regeneration, the electric motor supplies power to a high-performance lithium-ion battery integrated in the luggage compartment. The electric energy generated is supplied to the power-consuming items on board the car, minimising the direct conversion of fuel into electric energy and maximising the power available for driving dynamics.

The BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid is based on the BMW 7 Series luxury sedan. BMW will introduce the 5th generation of its flagship sedan in March 2009. This vehicle demonstrates how supreme luxury can be harmonized with dynamic performance. The BMW 7 Series will arrive in Canada in 750i and 750Li variants – the Li version with its wheelbase extended by 140 mm.

Both models will be powered by an all-new twin-turbo V-8 engine. The 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V-8 delivers 400 hp and a robust 450 lb-ft. of torque over the even broader range of 1750-4500 rpm. Reflecting BMW Efficient Dynamics principles, fuel efficiency also promises to be class-leading too.

The sleek and sophisticated new exterior profile of the new 7 Series was designed by Canadian designer Karim Habib. A Montreal native, Habib is Team Leader, Advanced Design for BMW in Munich, Germany. Habib can be credited for blending the dynamic presence and elegance in the new vehicle’s redesign.

The new generation MINI Convertible will also be on display at the Canadian International Auto Show. The new convertible, available in the Cooper and Cooper S variations, is sure to be a crowd pleaser as it is debuting with a new body design and new features that invoke the driving excitement associated with the MINI brand.

Launching in the spring of 2009, the MINI Cooper Convertible will emulate the crisp performance and thrifty habits of its MINI Cooper hatchback and Clubman cousins, employing the 1.6-litre four cylinder engine with fully variable valve management and output of 118 hp at 6,000 rpm and 114 ftlb of torque at 4,250 rpm. Capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 9.6 seconds, the MINI Cooper Convertible equipped with manual transmission also achieves a remarkable fuel economy rating of 5.3 L/100km (highway).

Comparatively, The 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible, also debuting next spring, will be powered by the much acclaimed, and now familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, producing 172 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 177 ft-lb of torque from 1,600 through 5,000 rpm. Mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, the new MINI Cooper S Convertible will maintain its high-performance reputation, launching from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, with a minimal appetite for fuel, sipping only 5.7 L/100km (highway).

MINI Convertible drivers typically need no encouragement to stow the soft top and become one with the elements, so the new MINI Convertible is also equipped with a unique and decidedly “MINIesque” innovation - the Always-Open Timer. Positioned to the left of the tachometer, the Always-Open Timer measures how long the driver and passengers have enjoyed their MINI Convertible with the roof down. The Always-Open Timer is activated as soon as the driver starts the engine of the MINI Convertible and the soft top is fully open. An analogue indicator moving on a scale from 0 – 60 then counts the time spent driving in the open air in minutes.

The standard electro hydraulically-operated MINI Convertible roof features a glass rear window with integrated electric defroster and fully retracts in just 15 seconds and can be operated with the vehicle in motion up to a speed of 30 km/h. The top can also be opened remotely via the MINI ignition key. Complementing the full convertible mode, an integrated sliding function opens the front section of the soft top in “sunroof” mode and can be operated at speeds of up to120 km/h.

New to BMW in North America is BMW’s Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance in the form of the BMW 335d and X5 xDrive35d. These vehicles will both feature a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine with Variable Twin Turbo Technology and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) combustion management system with urea injection.

With a maximum output of 265 hp and peak torque of an astonishing 425 lb-ft., the 3.0-litre six with Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance will not only provide sports-car-like acceleration and driveability, but offer up a whole new level of fuel efficiency and emission reduction in both models.

Performance figures for the BMW 335d indicate a potent acceleration capability of 6.2 seconds to achieve 0-100 km/h. The tenacious performance of the BMW 335d is complemented by an unprecedented combined fuel economy rating of 7.1 litres per 100 km, an advantage of 30% over the gasoline-engined variant.

The BMW X5 xDrive35d shows similarly sporting performance with a 0-100 km/h time of 7.2 seconds. This exhilarating diesel Sports Activity Vehicle performance is accompanied by a particularly thrifty combined fuel consumption rating of 9.3 litres per 100, an improvement of some 20%, respectively, over the gasoline-engined X5 xDrive30i.

The Canadian International Autoshow takes place from February 13 to February 22, 2009 in Toronto. For more photos or further product information, please visit Our broadcast quality video footage for broadcast media, as well as selected MP3 audio files, can be downloaded via The NewsMarket at

BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 40 BMW automobile retail centres, 19 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 25 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.

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