Urban, young and active? BMW X2 wants you

Updated 11 November 2017

Urban, young and active? BMW X2 wants you

BMW has unveiled its X2 compact SUV model hoping that it will appeal to a young generation of buyers seeking dynamic drives when it is launched in the markets in March. The company describes the X2 as a lifestyle crossover and says it appeals primarily to urban groups of active young and young-at-heart individuals.
The X2 will compete in a booming segment of compact SUVs. In a departure from the usual design of the brand’s identity, the X2 has BMW’s signature kidney grille turned upside down for the first time. The carmaker says that it gives the vehicle a wider, more distinctive and sportier appearance.
Inside, customers can opt for a larger 8.8-inch freestanding navigational control that also has a touchscreen instead of the 6.5-inch screen, as well as a full-color head-up display. BMW will also offer its “Connected Plus” online services, which allows drivers to share their current location and time of arrival with friends, family or their offices.
Among the other highlight features enabling connectivity anytime, anywhere, is the optional WiFi hotspot preparation, which equips the X2 to host a built-in WiFi hotspot with high speeds, and the optional telephony with wireless charging for compatible smartphones. Apple CarPlay, meanwhile, enables easy, wireless in-car use of selected iPhone functions.
The X2 will have its public debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2018.


Beijing ponders support for petrol-electric hybrids

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Updated 13 July 2019

Beijing ponders support for petrol-electric hybrids

  • Hybrid cars sold in China include versions of Toyota’s Corolla, Levin and Camry sedans, and versions of Honda’s Accord and CR-V

BEIJING: China is considering re-classifying petrol-electric hybrid vehicles so they get more favorable treatment than all-petrol or diesel counterparts under clean car rules, making it easier for automakers to meet environment quotas and offer more choice.
Global hybrid leaders Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. would be among the biggest beneficiaries of such change, which could allow them to make more hybrids and less of the more costly all-electric vehicles, experts said, after reviewing the draft policy proposal published on Tuesday by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
China has some of the world’s strictest rules regarding the production of greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles, as it battles unhealthy levels of air pollution in its crowded cities.
In the draft proposal, hybrids would still be considered fossil-fueled but re-classified as “low fuel consumption passenger vehicles.” Significantly, the number of negative points incurred for making hybrids will be less than for traditional vehicles.
The proposed change came as a surprise, some experts and industry officials said, because the government has never given any preferential treatment for hybrid technology. Previously, the government offered subsidies for, for instance, the purchase of all-electric cars.
Hybrid cars sold in China include versions of Toyota’s Corolla, Levin and Camry sedans, and versions of Honda’s Accord and CR-V. Beijing-based spokesmen for both Japanese automakers declined to comment.