For Automotive News, BMW development chief Klaus Froehlich said the new 7 Series has the right tools to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

“When our 740e plug-in hybrid comes to market next year, it will set the benchmark in terms of fuel consumption and electric range. Our goal is 49 grams [of CO2 per kilometer] and circa 40km [of full-electric driving],” BMW development chief Klaus Froehlich said. By comparison, the S-class plug-in hybrid offers CO2 as low as 65g/km and an electric range of 33km.

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Among many new features – wireless charging, iDrive with touchscreen, digital keyfob, air springs, carbon fiber shell – a few are a first in a production car: self-parking and gesture control. BMW says the new 7 Series will be the first production car that can be parked without a person at the wheel while the gesture recognition system allows hand movements to be used to control the navigation screen and its functions.

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Globally, BMW has sold about 370,000 units of the current 7 Series during the car’s lifecycle (2008-2015). 2011 was the year with the highest 7 Series sales – 67,200. Mercedes sold 100,000 units of its S-Class in 2014.

The Munich-based automaker aims to top their best sales year with the new 7 Series which debuts in Europe and the U.S. on October 24.

[Source: AutoNews]