As always, next month's Frankfurt Auto Show will be a major event for BMW, and the firm has announced plans to hold multiple world debuts highlighted by the formal reveal of its first plug-in electric sports car, the 2015 BMW i8 (pictured here in concept form). Frankfurt also will mark the global public unveiling of its new 2014 BMW 4 Series that will join the just-previewed 2014 BMW i3 electric vehicle, the new 2014 BMW X5 crossover and the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor on the stand.

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Taking the normal presentation experience one step beyond, BMW plans to give members of the press as well as regular show attendees the chance to take an early ride in a number of its vehicles - including the zero-emission i3 - on a purpose-built test track. This dual-level, figure-eight venue will encircle the automaker's sprawling display area that literally takes up one full exhibition hall and also includes its Rolls-Royce and Mini brands. BMW estimates that during the 12 days the show runs, its fleet of i3 test vehicles will roll up over 5,600 demonstration miles on EV power.

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