With its current range of models and engines, BMW has won six mentions in the 2014 “Green Mobility Trophy” awards presented by the German automobile magazine Auto Zeitung.
Based on a reader survey, the awards were won by the Munich automobile manufacturer in six out of a total of seven categories. Three of these class victories were achieved by automobiles of the new BMW i brand, while two others went to the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition and the 4-cylinder gasoline engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology.
BMW’s triumph was rounded off with BMW being voted the “Most environment-friendly brand” of the year.
BMW stated the vote recognizes both consistent development work and the courage to pursue innovative concepts aimed at reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels on an ongoing basis by means of the company’s Efficient Dynamics mindset.
A total of 13,733 Auto Zeitung readers took part in this year’s vote, said the magazine.
The electrically powered 5-seat BMW i3 won in two categories and obtained the highest share of the vote in the entire competition. It was named “Best electric car” with a clear 30 percent share of the vote and it won the “Best lightweight construction car” with a 31.1 percent result.
BMW said these two results show that both BMW eDrive technology and the lightweight construction concept featuring a passenger cell made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and an aluminum chassis are regarded as sound solutions for sustainable mobility.
The plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 also finished first. Having achieved third place in its class last year, this time around the BMW i8 was named “Best hybrid car” with 20.9 percent of the vote – just a few weeks after its market launch.
BMW achieved two other class victories with more conventional drive technology.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition prevailed against 20 competitors to win the title of “Best economical diesel”. The sedan is powered by a 163 horsepower 4-cylinder diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, accelerates in 8.0 seconds from zero to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) and has an average fuel consumption of 4.1 liters per 100 kilometers. The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition won its category with 19.3 percent of the vote, defending its title from last year.
In the “Best downsizing engines” category, 18.7 percent of readers chose BMW’s 2.0-litre engines with TwinPower Turbo Technology; this engine family produces up to 245 horsepower.
Finally, BMW said the diverse range of successful concepts and technologies for sustainable mobility is reflected in the result of the vote for the “Most environment-friendly brand”. BMW clearly led the way with a share of 22.6 percent of the vote, earning the company its sixth title of “Green Mobility Trophy” of the year.