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NEW CAR RELEASE: BMW 3 SERIES PLUG-IN HYBRID

01/12/2014

THE NEW BMW 3 SERIES PLUG-IN HYBRID CAR IS COMING SOON BUT IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN THE UK UNTILL THE END OF NEXT YEAR. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BUY FOR A COMPETETIVE PRICE CLOSE TO ITS RIVAL PREMIUM HYBRID CARS. THIS CAR IS A CRUTIAL CAR FOR THE GERMAN MANUFACTURER. THE BMW 3 SERIES IS THE BEST SELLING PREMIUM SALOON CAR IN THE WORLD AND THE COMPANY NEEDS A VERSION WITH LOW CO2 EMMISSIONS SO IT CAN MEET THE EUROPEAN REGULATIONS ACROSS THE MANUFACTURERS RANGE.

BMW HAVE TAKEN A NOVEL ROUTE WITH ITS PLUG-IN HYBRID AND TO SET IT ASIDE FROM THE REST IT HAS A CHARGE TIME OF JUST THREE AND A HALF HOURS FROM A HOUSEHOLD PLUG SOCKET WHICH IS MUCH QUICKER THAN FOR MOST HYBRIDS.

THE 3 SERIES HYBRID IS AN INTRIGUING PROPOSITION, IT HAS A 2 LITRE TURBOCHARGED PETROL ENGINE TEAMED UP WITH AN ELECTRIC MOTOR TO GIVE A COMBINED OUTPUT OF 242bhp. ALL OF THE POWER IS DELIVERED THROUGH BMWs EIGHT-SPEED STEPTRONIC AND AS NORMAL WITH HYBRIDs THERE IS NO MANUAL ALTERNATIVE. THERE ARE THREE MODES WITH THIS CAR, COMFORT, SPORT AND ECO PRO EACH OF THESE DOING WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO DO, SETTING GEARCHANGES AND THE COMBINATION OF ELECTRIC AND PETROL POWER ACCORDINGLY. TECHNICIANS ARE STILL WORKING ON THE CAR AND WILL NO DOUBT MAKE THE DRIVE A SMOOTH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE BEFORE THE CAR GOES ON SALE AS ALWAYS WITH BMW AND EVEN THOUGH THIS CAR IS 165kg HEAVIER THAN THE STANDARD BMW 328i IT BEHAVES IN THE BALANCED AND NEUTRAL WAY THAT A 3 SERIES BMW SHOULD.

THIS CAR WOULD LOOK GREAT WITH A PRIVATE NUMBER PLATE ON AS A PERSONALISED NUMBER PLATE IS ALWAYS A FINISHING TOUCH TO ANY VEHICLE. 

FINALLY THE BMW 3 SERIES HYBRID IS A GREAT LOOKING CAR AND IT RELAYS INFORMATION TO THE DRIVER VIA A SCREEN ON THE DASHBOARD MAKING THE EXPERIENCE OF DRIVING IT EVEN MORE PERSONALISED. 

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