New BMW X6 Hybrid Breaks Wind. I Mean, Cover
The BMWblog offers us this picture of the Propeller People’s new hybrid BMW X6. I know what you’re thinking. Huh? First, no bonus points for you, Boyo, for missing the key visual ingredient separating the gas – electric X6 from the normal (and I use that word in the post-modern Chris Bangle is my owtowmobeel God sense of the word) gas-powered X6. “The body style is almost identical to the petrol versions,” the Bimmer boys report. “Except the slightly larger M3-style bonnet. The obvious changes appear under the hood, where a two mode hybrid system developed by a consortium formed of BMW, GM, Daimler and Chrysler, will power the X6 ActiveHybrid.” Dudes; if the changes are under the hood, they’re not obvious. (Obviously.) Anyway, who knew the X6 variant got a German-style mashed-up nospacebarneeded moniker all its own? But I did know about the consortium, which, by the way, did not include Daimler and Chrysler at the time. (It was, appropriately enough, DaimlerChrysler.) This corporate cluster-you-know-what was a multi-billion dollar joint effort that should have been used for joints, rather than hybrids, as nothing even remotely salable came from the collaboration. And while we await mpg figures (doh!), here’s some proper German humor… “Once again that great photos were brought to us by Palbay who also shared a funny story with us. Apparently the X6’s driver could have been a BMW executive from outside the U.S since he made several wrong turns getting to the test track and he was wearing a business suit, not a common thing for the BMW regular test engineers.”
Joeaverage on Nov 14, 2008
Don't these vehicles have GPS nav??? Seriously - what is the point of the gas hog hybrids? Wouldn't the hybrid tech be best used in vehicles that are typically sold to people who welcome a savings on gasoline? If I can afford a $50K luxury vehicle who cares how much it costs to drive? Admittedly I am the guy that wants EVs everywhere but luxury hybrids getting only slightly better mileage than their gasoline powered cousins seems like greenwash to me.
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- DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
- Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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- MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.