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BMW Announces End of X6 Active Hybrid Production

To little surprise to anyone, BMW announces they've ended production of the X6 Active Hybrid.

According to BimmerFile, BMW has officially announced that production has ended of their X6 Active Hybrid crossover. What's interesting is that the X6 was the German automaker's first hybrid venture, as the technology for it came as a result of a joint development with Daimler, Chrysler, and General Motors. BMW's original goal for the hybridized X6 was to build a luxury vehicle that was more powerful than the typical hybrid. The result? No one really cared.

The X6 Active Hybrid turned out to be one of the most expensive vehicles in the BMW lineup, starting at just under $90k. So is there any reason to be surprised here? Certainly not amongst those who never liked the X6 in the first place (this author is one of them). But the X6's uselessness wasn't the hybrid version's only problem. It already had dated technology because it used nickel metal hydride batteries instead of lithium-ion, thus only gaining about a 12 percent efficiency improvement. And for the price BMW was charging, anyone who understands basic arithmetic immediately realized that an X6 M was the better deal - and it wasn't much more of gas guzzler.

The Active Hybrid had a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 480hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. It also had two synchronous electric motors that helped make it the most powerful hybrid in the world, as it could go from 0 to 60mph in 5.4 seconds. Because it was a two-mode hybrid, it could run exclusively on electricity from its battery pack for about two miles going at a top speed of 37mph. But still, for $90k, BMW can keep the thing. Better yet, take it out of its misery.

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