BMW often goes to great lengths to prove a point – especially when it wants to convince the media that it really does have some of the greenest cars in the luxury segment. The automaker devoted virtually its entire news conference, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, to unveiling various new Efficient Dynamic models large and small.
The term is a sort of catch-all for various clean, high-mileage technologies, from downsized diesels to hydrogen cars. And nearly every possible form of “green” powertrain was on display.
But the star of the stand was clearly the 2010 BMW Vision Concept we analyzed before, a prototype diesel-hybrid designed to show that you don’t have to abandon the performance the German maker is known for in order to get truly spectacular mileage.
The heart of the Vision is a 3-cylinder turbo diesel paired with two separate electric motors, one on each wheel – which effectively gives the Vision all-wheel-drive.