BMW pulls plug on i8 sports car

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BMW is ending production of the i8 sports car, six years after its introduction.

The i8 was BMW’s first plug-in hybrid. The production version of the i8 was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show and it went on sale in the United States in 2014.

BMW freshened the i8 coupe and introduced a roadster version in 2018.

In the large U.S. market, sales of the car rose 43 per cent to 1,102 last year. After selling just 18 units in Canada in 2018, the automaker sold 264 in 2019.

As BMW closes the chapter on the i8, the automaker is preparing to release several battery-powered models as part of ambitious plans to market 25 electrified models by 2023.

Production of the iNext crossover will begin in the middle of 2021. That will be followed by the start of i4 sedan output toward the end of 2021.

The i4 and iNext have a range of more than 595 kilometres based on the European test cycle.

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