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The new BMW 6 Series Convertible. Irish engine line up and pricing confirmed.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The new BMW 6 Series Convertible.

Irish engine line up and pricing confirmed.

Dublin. BMW Ireland today confirmed that the new BMW 6 Series Convertible will be available from launch with two petrol engines: the 650i and 640i. Both promise to offer unmatched dynamics, smoothness and responsiveness from their respective V8 and inline six-cylinder engines through the use of twin and single turbocharger technology.

Set to be launched in Ireland on 26th March, the new BMW 6 Series Convertible will also continue to set the benchmark in its class in terms of design. Inspired by the sportiness of a speed boat, the BMW 6 Series Convertible features a particularly flat waistline, long wheelbase, powerfully contoured roof, a wide and sweeping bonnet and a far set-back passenger compartment. The large, forward-slanted ‘shark-nose’ BMW kidney grille and muscular wheel arches further underline the sporty character of the BMW 6 Series model and add to its presence on the road.

Prices start at €107,690 (RRP) / €108,540 (OTR) for the 640i and at €133,040 (RRP) / 133,890 (OTR) for the 650i.

Generous standard specification

Both models will feature a very high level of standard specification, building upon the already high level of standard equipment of its predecessor. Amongst others the list of equipment includes:

  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Xenon headlights
  • USB audio interface
  • Seat heating, front
  • Bluetooth telephone preparation
  • BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system
  • Flat-panel 10.2” high-resolution control display
  • Ambient lighting
  • Folding and automatically dimming exterior mirrors
  • LED front foglights
  • 18” alloy wheels for the 640i SE model [19” for the 650i SE]


The 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine in the new BMW 650i Convertible is unique in that the brace of turbochargers are positioned in the V-shaped area between the cylinder banks. This design results in more efficient packaging and greater engine efficiency. A maximum 407hp is developed between 5,500 and 6,400rpm, with peak torque of 600Nm available between 1,750 and 4,500rpm.

The new BMW 650i Convertible sprints from zero to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds, with a top speed electronically limited to 250km/h. For a model of such blistering performance and refinement, it is also extraordinarily efficient, with average combined fuel consumption of 10.7 l/100km and CO2 emissions of 249g/km.

The six-cylinder in-line engine in the new BMW 640i Convertible uses single turbocharger technology alongside petrol direct injection with VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control. This enables the 3.0-litre unit to develop a maximum 320hp at 5,800rpm and maximum torque of 450Nm between 1,300 and 4,500rpm. This engine propels the BMW 640i Convertible from zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Perhaps even more remarkable are its efficiency figures. The BMW 640i Convertible achieves 7.9 l/100km on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are only 185g/km, proving that at BMW luxurious sporting performance does not come at the expense of economy. Indeed, this model is fitted as standard with an automatic transmission that features Auto Start-Stop technology and an automatic active air flap control behind the car’s kidney grille for optimum engine performance.

As with all BMWs, both derivatives of the new 6 Series Convertible come with a raft of BMW EfficientDynamics measures to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. In addition to the features highlighted on the 640i Convertible, both models have technology such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering (EPS), the need-based operation of ancillary components and intelligent lightweight construction to ensure maximum efficiency as standard.

An eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox is standard fitment on both models, and its wide range of ratios offer a perfect balance of muscular, sprinting performance, refined high speed cruising and low speed efficiency.

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Statement of MAN SE regarding press speculation on a possible combination between MAN SE and Scania AB

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Statement of MAN SE regarding press speculation on a possible combination between MAN SE and Scania AB

Regarding the ongoing press speculations on a possible combination bet-ween MAN SE and Scania AB, MAN SE comments as follows:

“It is well known, that MAN and Scania are seeking a closer industrial co-operation in order to realize considerable synergy opportunities. Both com-panies are in discussions in this regard.

Both parties are focused on creating value for their shareholders and other stakeholders and are pursuing this with mutually friendly intentions. At the same time, both sides are committed to maintaining the operating busines-ses and the unique brand values of the respective companies. This would be the basis for any possible option pursued by MAN.
At this early stage of the discussions, the outcome is still open and no deci-sions have been taken.”

Ecolution by Scania: A new greener transport concept

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Ecolution by Scania: A new greener transport concept

Today many transport companies are grappling with environmental issues and demands that they should provide “green transport” services. This is why Ecolution by Scania is now being launched. It is a new business concept that helps transport companies reduce carbon dioxide emissions and operating costs.

Scania ecolution

The idea behind Ecolution by Scania is for transport companies to partner with Scania’s experts and put together a transport solution that includes products and services with the smallest possible environmental impact. This is basically a matter of combining existing tried and tested, commercially viable solutions that each help to lower fuel consumption and thereby lower environmental impact.

“Ecolution by Scania makes our extensive green product portfolio visible to customers,” says Martin Lundstedt, Head of Franchise and Factory sales in charge of sales and marketing. He continues: “There is a lot we can do here and now. In close cooperation with our customers, we can help to optimise their operations, reducing both fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions, while boosting life-time profitability.”

Customers who choose the entire offering receive an Ecolution by Scania certificate. The individual elements can also be purchased separately.Customers who choose the entire offering receive an Ecolution by Scania certificate. The individual elements can also be purchased separately.

Unique solution for each customer
Because the needs and circumstances of customers vary, each solution is unique − individually adapted to specific transport tasks. For urban traffic, for example, Ecolution by Scania offers a solution using ethanol trucks, which significantly helps to lower carbon dioxide emission. For forest and construction haulage, the solution involves robust vehicles fuelled with biodiesel.

For most types of long-distance haulage, diesel is still the only realistic alternative. But with the right vehicle specification, services and maintenance, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced while keeping fuel costs down.

Common to all these solutions is the opportunity to add a number of green options, for example:
Driver training courses operated by Scania reduce fuel consumption by an average of 10 percent for customers in long-haulage, even with a skilled driver behind the wheel. The training courses focus on economy driving, which may also lead to a reduction in wear and tear as well as the risk of accidents.

Driver follow-up at agreed intervals helps to ensure sustained savings. After the initial driver training course, Scania staff maintain contact with the drivers and provide personal feedback on their performance. The customer also receives help in monitoring and analysing fuel consumption data.

An extended maintenance programme is designed to keep carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption at their new, lower level.