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Old 09-20-2011, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Axed

The BMW X6 is a niche market vehicle, and its sales numbers in North America have reflected its limited appeal. Now one of its variants (perhaps the ultimate niche market version) is getting the axe.

We are talking about the X6 ActiveHybrid. Originally launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, the X6 ActiveHybrid has two electric motors which produce 91-hp and 86-hp. When combined with its gas motor, this vehicle produces 480-hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed governed at 130-mph, it was a great performance machine, but with a fuel-economy rating of just 18-mpg combined, it was too thirsty to attract most hybrid customers. In fact, in AutoGuide's review of the X6 ActiveHybrid, we called it, "both awesome and irrelevant."

Due to slow sales, BMW is axing the production of this model. Will other variants of the X6 follow this route? Only time will tell.

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