In a wide-ranging press conference that dealt mainly with the automaker's decision to end its costly involvement in Formula One racing at the end of the 2009 season, two high-ranking execs also confirmed that BMW is readying a revolutionary "Vision" concept car for the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Intended to help set the stage for a new era in the company's illustrious history, it will more directly reflect a more extensive and intensive corporate emphasis on increased sustainability and accelerated development of production-oriented designs and technologies. Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said the one-off Vision would be "a CO2 champion to demonstrate a whole new dimension of driving pleasure with regards to efficiency with performance."
In expanding on Reithofer's remarks, management board member Dr. Klaus Draeger noted that "the BMW EfficientDynamics Vision will also prove that sustainability does not apply to the drivetrain alone, but to design and materials as well." Those words open the door for some very interesting possibilities come September, as BMW is already a pacesetter with respect to the use of lightweight materials like aluminum, magnesium, carbon-fiber, plastics and composites in its production models, as well as helping advance various clean-diesel and hybrid/EV technologies. Although no sketches of this "supergreen" sustainable one-off were shown, there's reason to believe it may share at least some exterior styling elements with last-year's striking M1 Hommage concept, seen here. Best of all, there also appears to be a possibility that BMW may produce its new Vision for the future in limited quantities in 2011-12. Stay tuned.