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BMW 1 Series Hybrid: A Needed Alternative to Lexus' CT200h

Over the years we've grown accustomed to BMW setting the pace in every segment and establishing itself as a trailblazer or as an example. However, maybe it's time for a change.
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Lexus' CT200h was the world's first full hybrid luxury hatchback (yes, we know it sounds complicated) and since its release (in december 2011) over 122.000 units have been sold, which is actually an impressive number.

What is even more impressing is the fact that the numbers continue to rise, especially in Japan and the US, which is why BMW might start considering a future development of a new F20 1er.

The new car would have to be a luxurious 5-door hatchback with an impressive fuel consumption due to the Hybrid  Technology used. This new technology might even be the same as the one used on the Lexus.

After all, the German company and the company that owns Lexus (Toyota) have signed an agreement about developing new technologies together, including in this field. That means that for the help Toyota has been receiving from the Bavarian manufacturer regarding future Supra chassis or new engines, the Japanese company might return the favor by providing BMW with the means necessary to create a proper hybrid hatchback.

Whether we'll be seeing such a move in the near future still remains to be seen but, judging by the number of new models coming out of the designer's blocks in Munich, covering up every possible niche, everything is possible.


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