China is a very important market among automakers, so you’re going to have to excuse them if they get vehicles built exclusively for their country. Other nations can’t claim to have that importance, but they probably would get it if they were home to arguably the biggest market in the world.

One automaker jumping into the China bandwagon is BMW, which presented plans for a China-only New Energy Vehicle at the company’s annual press conference last week.

Details on the car are still limited, although from what we took during the press conference, the car is expected to be the 2011 BMW 5-Series New Energy Vehicle. Based on the long-wheelbase version of the 5er, the BMW 5-Series NEV is being rumored to carry the company’s new ActiveHybrid 5 technology, which if true, would fit in nicely with China’s policy of having more fuel-efficient cars on the road.

For now, there are no plans of the car being sold in any other country except China so if you were angling to get a piece of this car when it hits production, you’re going to have a tough time scooping one up unless you live there.

What you can do, though, is head over to the Shanghai Motor Show, the place where BMW will be officially introducing the car to the Chinese market.

*Photo is of the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid


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  (427) posted on 05.19.2011

Yeah, actually I have heard before that the long wheel based version was reserved for Chinese market. Well, as expected from this car it would be reliable as ever.

  (383) posted on 05.19.2011

Well, it seems that BMW is also coming up with their own version of hybrid cars.
And it seems that they are making a special version for this car. Well, lets see if this long wheel version will be a hit in the market.

  (401) posted on 05.9.2011

Aside from the fact that Shanghai Motor Show was held in this country(no wonder why its called Shanghai Motor Show), there is a growing sale in this market! As the matter of fact there is a car manufacturer that make model exclusive for the demand in this country.

  (462) posted on 03.24.2011

Well, even if there is no plans yet to sell this one outside China, it will likely that they will do it anyway. This car is likely going to succeed there, so it is just the logical step to go to next.

  (466) posted on 03.23.2011

Well, it seems that this one will indeed succeed, with the aggressive way that they are marketing this one, plus China’s current interest in such vehicles. Hope BMW expands the market to other parts of the world.

  (402) posted on 03.23.2011

Well, since this one is still very much just concept, there will still be changes here. But also do hope that BMW actually does manufacture this one.

  (559) posted on 03.22.2011

Well, considering that China is one of the frontrunners in introducing green living to mainstream life, I am not surprised to that BMW will go to them. Hope this one actually succeeds though.

  (334) posted on 03.22.2011

Wow, China gets its own BMW-made green car, that’s definitely one great way to attract the world’s largest market. Hope they market this one to other countries if it succeeds.

  (531) posted on 03.22.2011

We all know the good benefits of the Hybrid cars, but they come up with higher cost. I will not question about the speed of this car, IMO,if you are going to use the car daily, I think you don’t need more than 50 hp.

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