German luxury carmaker BMW on Tuesday showcased its concept hybrid sports car that gives fuel efficiency of 26.5 km a litre and lesser CO{-2} emission. Powered by ground-breaking BMW ActiveHybrid technology and cutting-edge drive systems, the four-seater concept sports car that delivers 328 bhp power is capable of achieving a top speed of 250 km/hour with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/hour in just 4.8 seconds.

“BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a road-ready technology showcase vehicle by BMW engineers and designers that illustrates a successful research and development strategy which holds tremendous potential for sustainable growth,” Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel said while unveiling the hybrid car.

The Minister said India still had to learn a lot in hybrid and diesel technology, but a lot of progress has been made on this front. He, however, pointed out that the new diesel technology was no more a pollutant technology and any tax should not be in the form of a penalty on diesel vehicles.

According to BMW India President Andreas Schaaf, “some of the technologies used in the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics are implemented in the current BMW models that enable enhanced performance and lower emissions; others will soon be ready for series production.”

The hybrid car is equipped with specially designed lithium-polymer rechargeable battery housed centrally in a longitudinal chassis element and the battery can be fully charged at a conventional power socket within just two-and-half hours. The use of electrical energy alone permits zero-emissions motoring with a range of some 50 km, while a 24-litre diesel tank extends the total action radius of the vehicle to up to 700 km.

Later speaking to journalists, Mr. Patel said his Ministry had asked the Union Finance Ministry to give two years to the auto industry to comply with the new import duty norms for completely knocked down (CKD) units.

In the budget for 2011-12, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had redefined the meaning of CKD units to encourage local production of automobiles and increased import duty on certain parts from 10 per cent to 30 per cent.

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