BMW i3 announced 2014 World Green Car at NYIAS
At the backdrop of New York International Auto Show, BMW i3 was announced as 2014 World Green Car. The car was part of an initial entry list of 14 new cars, shortlisted to 3. the other finalists were Audi A3 Sportback g-tron and Volkswagen XL1. “To have the BMW i3 named World Green Car of the Year is a great honor,” said Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “From the production process onwards, the BMW i3 is a truly sustainable vehicle, created with the needs of the 21st century city in mind.”
The World Green Car award is presented by Bridgestone Corporation (Japan). Mike Martini, President, Original Equipment, U.S. & Canada Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations said, “”Bridgestone has a longstanding global commitment to environmental sustainability, and it is our privilege to again sponsor the World Green Car award. It is only by working together as One Team, One Planet that we will achieve true sustainability in the auto industry.”
He added, “We are very pleased and honored to sponsor the 2014 World Green Car award. The environment is everyone’s responsibility. And throughout our global family of companies, we take this responsibility very seriously. We believe it is our mission to serve society with superior quality”.
Experts commented that, “Radical in looks, construction, and powertrain, the BMW i3 is one of very few clean-sheet-of-paper cars designed from the ground up for efficiency, with the different needs of the new century’s megacities in mind. From its last-kilometer navigation system to take drivers from car to destination, to the shipped-around-the-world carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell without a B-pillar, the BMW i3 pushes boundaries on many fronts”.
Previous World Green Car winners include Tesla Model S in 2013, Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY in 2012, Chevrolet Volt in 2011, Volkswagen BlueMotion in 2010, Honda FCX Clarity in 2009, BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics in 2008, Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec in 2007 and Honda Civic Hybrid in 2006.