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BMW announces arrival of new plug-in hybrid vehicles

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The BMW Group is leading the automotive sustainability stakes in New Zealand with the announcement of the imminent arrival of a host of new plug-in hybrid vehicles. Due for release from next month, the new, sustainably focused vehicles will be marketed under the BMW iPerformance banner.

The new fuel-miserly BMW models will include plug-in hybrid versions of the company’s most popular models and will be known as the 225xe Active Tourer, the 330e Sedan, the X5 xDrive40e Sports Activity Vehicle, and the 740e Luxury Sedan.

Confirming the additions to the company’s comprehensive line-up, BMW Group New Zealand managing director, Florian Renndorfer, said the new arrivals would ensure BMW fielded the most comprehensive range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles in the country.

"The BMW Group is known for its advanced, forward-thinking technology, and these new BMW iPerformance vehicles combine our most popular body styles with the latest innovations in sustainable personal transport.

"We have the 225xe which adds an electric power-train to the already versatile Active Tourer; the iconic 3 Series is now available as the 330e; the legendary X5 with eDrive and xDrive technology; and our luxurious flagship 7 Series is now available with the latest in BMW powertrain technology.

"With these four new models available alongside our iconic BMW i3 and BMW i8, the BMW Group is offering the most comprehensive range of plug-in hybrids and EVs in the New Zealand market," Renndorfer said.

The announcement of the new plug-in hybrid vehicles for New Zealand comes hot on the heels of last week’s confirmation that the BMW i3 - the Group’s first ever bespoke pure electric vehicle - will shortly receive an update, boasting improved battery technology for an increased range of up to 300 km and the inclusion of DC rapid charging as standard. Also, for the first time in New Zealand the i3 will be available in both battery-electric and range extender model variants.

The arrival of these vehicles is even more relevant given the current government focus on sustainable mobility. Transport Minister Simon Bridges recently announced a new and wide-ranging package designed to increase the take-up of electric vehicles in New Zealand and remove barriers such as the lack of charging infrastructure and the low level of awareness of alternative fuel vehicles.

"This broad range of new products, along with an increased focus on sustainability in New Zealand is great news for the BMW Group. We are committed to the ongoing development of future powertrain technology and lowering CO2 emissions, and I am very much looking forward to bringing these vehicles to market," Renndorfer said.

BMW Group leads its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), and as such, is the world’s most sustainable automobile manufacturer.

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