Borgward shows plug

Borgward shows plug

Debuting in Geneva, the Borgward BX5 is an all-wheel-drive, near-production prototype with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The Stuttgart car manufacturer Borgward will build cars in Germany again. "Borgward is as aware of its commitment as a German company as it is of its successful history. Therefore, we will make a decision regarding our production site in Germany before the end of this year", said Ulrich Walker, Chairman of the Board of the Borgward Group, on Monday evening, 29. February 2016, on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show. In a hangar of the Geneva airport Borgward presented as a world premiere its new models BX5 and BX6 TS. Currently, he said, the company is intensively examining possible locations, supply chains and processes as part of a feasibility study.

In addition, Walker affirmed that sales in the medium term will rise to more than 500.000 units per year is expected to increase. The market launch in German-speaking countries is scheduled for the end of 2017. "We will be launching plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles in Germany and Europe – at attractive prices", Walker said. The all-electric vehicles are expected to have a range of more than 250 kilometers. At the same time, Borgward is aiming for an IPO in Frankfurt in the near future.

In addition to the Borgward BX5 and BX6 TS, the focus in Geneva will also be on the Borgward BX7, which was presented at the IAA last year. "With our premiere model BX7 we celebrate the market launch in China this spring, Germany and Europe will follow next year. Following the same scenario, our compact SUV BX5 and later the production version of the show car BX6 will be launched in the coming years.", according to Walker.

Borgward BX5 and Project BX6

The Borgward BX5 debuting in Geneva, with a length of 4.48 meters and a wheelbase of 2.68 meters, is an all-wheel-drive, near-production prototype with equipment largely based on high-volume technology and a plug-in hybrid drive system.

The powertrain of the BX5 is largely the same as that of its larger sibling, the BX7, which celebrated its world premiere at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Here, a turbocharged, direct-injection 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 105 kW (143 hp) works in conjunction with the electric motor, which produces 85 kW (115 hp). Electric range is 55 kilometers, according to manufacturer's specifications.

The four-cylinder engine drives the front axle via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. An electric motor with integrated KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) operates at the rear axle and is coupled to the front-wheel drive via the complex system control system. This intelligent all-wheel drive unit is to be equipped with a "virtual cardan shaft" will deliver drive torque to the electric rear axle whenever energy efficiency, driving dynamics or driving safety require it. At the same time, the system uses kinetic energy to charge the batteries (recuperation) when the vehicle is coasting or during braking maneuvers.

The BX5 offers numerous driver assistance systems as part of the so-called Protect concept. These include a collision assistant with active brake intervention, a city brake assistant with pedestrian detection up to 70 km/h, a lane departure warning system or distance control system for a constant safety distance to the vehicle in front up to 200 km/h.

Borgward unveils the show car called Project BX6 TS at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Christiane Brünglinghaus

A total of eight plug-in hybrid operating modes are available to the driver. These are activated either automatically or via the rotary/push dial in the center console. Visualized in the media touchscreen and cockpit display. In addition to the usual plug-in hybrid modes such as recuperation, purely electric driving or boosting, the BX 5 also has an off-road program. Intelligent operating strategies in conjunction with GPS navigation, online services and individual driving styles are designed to further increase energy efficiency.

The market launch with the premiere model Borgward BX7 is scheduled for early summer this year in China. India and other emerging markets will follow, and the brand will then enter Europe next year, also with the BX7 model. Successively the series BX5. BX6 will be launched in the individual markets. Currently, the Borgward administration is working on the development of a sales and service network.

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