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BMW i3 and i8 concept cars, featured in ?Ghost Protocol? unveiled at LA Auto Show

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, November 17, 2011

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The BMW i8 Concept, featured in next month’s “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” is a low-slung, silver and glass sports car with flip-up doors.  

The BMW i8 Concept, featured in next month’s “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” is a low-slung, silver and glass sports car with flip-up doors.  

“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” star Paula Patton unveiled the fully-electric BMW i3 Concept and hybrid-electric BMW i8 Concept at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

The BMW i8 Concept, unveiled for the first time in the U.S., is featured in the movie starring Tom Cruise and Patton. “Ghost Protocol”. Rated PG-13, is scheduled for a Dec. 21 release."

The concept vehicles represent the first purpose-built electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they become available in 2013 and 2014, respectively. 

The BMW i8 Concept is a low-slung, silver and glass sports car with flip-up doors.  The BMW i3 Concept, previously known as the “megacity vehicle,” is more compact for congested city driving and features the same color scheme with large glass doors that open “coach” style, i.e. the rear doors opening in the opposite direction from the front. 

In addition to BMW vehicles being featured throughout “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” – including the futuristic BMW Vision EfficientDynamics and the BMW 6 Series Convertible, which are driven by Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt – BMW vehicles are prominently featured in several scenes.  

BMW is also a major part of the promotional trailers and signage that is being released leading up to the film's premiere and has launched a Mission: Impossible-themed marketing campaign dubbed "Mission to Drive."

The BMW Z3 was featured in the James Bond 007 movie a year before it became available to the public. Greer’s BMW Manufacturing Co. produced the Z3 and its second generation Z4 models.

Owners of the Z3 and Z4 roadsters visited Greer last year as part of its ZFest reunion. The owners will visit Greer for two outings next year during Labor Day weekend when ZFest returns.

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