Originally Posted by bimmerjph
I take it the 535ih is the Active Hybrid? If so why are we getting one of those in a manual, but not in a diesel? I would imagine a diesel buyer would be more likely to buy a stick than a hybrid buyer.
Yes, the "h" designation is for hybrid. It remains to be seen if an actual manual transmission is made available. That may simply be a placeholder, in fact the actual car could be a plug-in, instead of a manual transmission.
The way the ActiveHybrids are engineered with the ECU, a manual transmission would seemingly be difficult to integrate.