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BMW i8 concept
Production version will push nearly 400 hp and scoot to 60 mph in less than 5 seonds

The first time BMW unveiled the i8 electric sports car concept was in July of last year. The vehicle had a very strange, but futuristic design that screamed concept car. Spy photos have surfaced of the i8 in winter testing wearing camouflage and much of the car appears to be dead on with the concept.
Car reports that the vehicle weighs 3,200 lbs and will be offered exclusively as a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The vehicle is a 2+2 with pop up doors that open the style that seems to be a mix of Lamborghini and DeLorean.
The i8 will use a 170 hp electric motor to drive the front wheels and a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine producing 223 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque to drive the rear wheels. Originally, there was talk of a gasoline-powered counterpart using a V8 or possibly a V10 engine, but that car is no longer part of the program.
The electric i8 plug-in hybrid will be able to travel 20 miles on electric power alone. It also has a projected average fuel economy rating of 104.2 mpg on the European Cycle.

With gasoline and electric motors combined, the car has 393 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque. BMW promises 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 156 mph.
The i8’s battery needs six hours to charge from a normal household outlet and higher voltage charger will be able to charge the batteries and under an hour. The i8 is expected to sell for over €100,000 and BMW expects to sell about 10,000 units per year. 

Source: Car

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By Keeir on 3/26/2012 5:59:07 PM , Rating: 2
BMW accounted for 25% of all European cars sold last year and 68% of all BMW/MINI/Rolls sold last year were sold in Europe while US/Canada/Mexico only accounted for a
combined 16%

What are you smoking?

BMW sells around 1.6 million cars a year. This means, by your own numbers that Europe's car market was less than 5 million?!? For 750 million people?!?

The US market for cars is roughly 15 million a year.

Lets look at some real data

VW Group - 23% market share
BMW Group- 6% market share (~780,000 units)

Looking at US and EU (not Europe, but EU member states) sales, BMW sells around 1 per 1,000 capita each year in the US and 1.56 per 1,000 capita each year in EU member states.

I wonder what the numbers would be if we just compared the sales of the same lineup?

Sadly, the numbers don't really support your sweeping social statements. US buys significantly more cars per capita than EU. US buys more luxury cars per capita than EU. While this is probably a refection of the EU making it most costly to own cars in general, and thus ensuring that even basic car transportation is not purchasable by large segments of the population in return for socialist programs like Healthcare/Education, it really hard to use it as evidence of "flatter" social structure.

By Iaiken on 3/26/2012 6:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
BMW Group- 6% market share (~780,000 units)

Sorry, I was writing from some sales materials that laid out 25% BMW market share in the EU10 + England instead of EU27. Figures they would cherry pick, especially since Germany alone accounts for 26% of the entire EU27 car market.

My mistake.

By Keeir on 3/26/2012 7:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
My mistake.

No offense, but that's can't even be right for Germany itself.

Germany has BMW, VW, Opel, and Mercedes.

Even in Germany VW (not VW group, just VW) has ~23% market share.

BMW has around 10% share in Germany. Which is very high, but consider it includes cars that would base around 15,000 and a wide variety between 15,000-30,000 that just don't exist in the US market.

But if BMW sold a range of models in the 25,000-30,000 dollar range, things might be different here in the US.

What BMW ment I believe is that BMW has 25% of the premium car market.

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