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The BMW Concept X5 eDrive

BMW introduces the idea of a plugin hybrid SAV. BMW is using the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) to present the logical next step towards landmark efficiency in the SAV segment. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive combines the brand of driving pleasure for which the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system is renowned and a luxurious ambience within the variable-use interior with a plug-in hybrid drive concept. Its innovative BMW eDrive technology guarantees the hallmark sporting ability of a BMW, while at the same time opening the door to speeds of up to 120 km/h (75 mph), a maximum range of 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone and average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

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Video: BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe

Debuting at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 was the latest BMW collaboration with an Italian design house; the Gran Lusso Coupe by Pininfarina. As Fabio Filippini, Head of Design at Pininfarina and BMW Design bosses Adrain Van Hooydonk and Karib Habib worked together on this project one thing was certain: it was to remain true to what makes a BMW a BMW in terms of design language.

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Video: Karim Habib, Head of BMW Car Design

Habib has been in charge of BMW Design since June 2012. The Lebanon-born Canadian heads a team of designers and developers working to constantly enhance and redevelop the designs of current and future BMW models. A sophisticated designer who grew up in five countries with vastly different cultures, he is committed to the idea of evolving design and is always striving to expand his range of skills.

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A Look Back at the Best of BMW Concept Cars

Auto show season is upon us and BMW wants to prep for what is coming. BMW is giving us a refresher course on it\’s concept cars that span the last 30+ years. It not only serves as a way to look back but also will likely give us some context for what\’s to come. While there are a few missing from the pre-Bangle era, this does also serve to show us just how much more important the concept car has come in the past 15 years.

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