09 Feb '12, 9pm

BMW's first proper attempt at a hybrid car is a real bright spark

Gasoline-electric hybrid cars have an unshakably positive image. Just look at the number of Hollywood celebrities that tote a Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid car, as their carriage of choice. Everyone knows what hybrids stand for, but they are still a little thin on the ground here: In 2011, only 3,786 of cars on the road were of the part-electric breed, a mere drop in the 596,947 passenger car ocean. BMW's 5 Series was the best-selling passenger car in 2011, with more than 1,500 units sold. A freakish result, thanks to the current Certificate of Entitlement prices, but not an entirely surprising one given the car's pricing and capability. And there's only one stronghold left for the all-conquering German: Japan. More specifically, buyers who want a hybrid big saloon, which only Lexus could offer with its GS 450h. Until now, that is. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is...

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