BMW has said it is prepared to respond to demands for lower CO2 emissions from cars.


Speaking to journalists ahead of the Geneva motor show, CEO Norbert Reithofer said that in addition to new engine developments, BMW is fitting a new management system in all its cars to reduce fuel consumption further, according to Automobilwoche.


BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology, which features automatic stop-start and regenerative braking technology, will be fitted as standard from March on the 1-Series and on all or most other models in the near future.


Reithofer also said that BMW will launch its first diesel car in the US from 2008.


A year later it will start to roll out hybrid technology developed in partnership with DaimlerChrysler . This is a year earlier than previously targeted.


Automobilwoche reports that analysts are expecting BMW to deliver record results this year. A survey of 20 financial analysts by Thomson Financial found that on average they are forecasting BMW to report a pre-tax profit of EUR4.12bn, up from EUR2.2bn a year earlier. BMW has said it is targeting EUR4bn.