BMW provides its customers with superior quality cars and transportation options which combine enjoyment and environment compatibility in a single package. These qualities are widespread in BMW’s new range of EfficientDynamics range which boasts of exceptional environmental qualities. In the latest listing of eco friendly vehicles Germanys ÖKOTREND Institute for Environmental Research has named the BMW 730d BluePerformance and the BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition as efficient eco friendly vehicles in their respective categories.
The organization listed eco friendly vehicles from 12 different categories during this process. Factors like fuel consumptions, emissions, corporate and environmental responsibility as also sustainable production processes were taken under consideration while announcing winners from each category. BMW 730d BluePerformance was adjudged the winner in the luxury class while the BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition was listed in the Compact SUV class.
Apart from these listings the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition came in second in the mid size category while the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition came in at third place in the compact class. In addition to these laurels BMW was also named as the most sustainable automotive manufacturer for the eight consecutive year. 55% points are awarded for vehicular features while 45% of points are given based on factors like production, sourcing of material, environmental responsibility and recycling initiatives taken up by the company.
By introducing groundbreaking fuel consumption and emissions-lowering BMW EfficientDynamics features as standard on all new BMW models, starting in 2007, BMW helped technologies such as Braking Energy Regeneration and the Auto Start-Stop function to break through to a wider market. BMW EfficientDynamics technology is used in all BMW model series, and every year more and more of these innovative, efficiency-enhancing technologies are finding their way into the range.
Supported by the EfficientDynamics strategy, the BMW Group reduced the average fuel consumption and emissions of its vehicles sold in Europe by more than 25 per cent between 1995 and the end of 2008. The company has also announced that it intends to reduce CO2 emissions from its worldwide new-car sales by a further 25 per cent by the year 2020, with the help of a highly diversified range of drive technologies. In addition to ever more advanced internal combustion engines, these also include electrification. The current product range already includes three models featuring BMW ActiveHybrid technology. And for the near future, the BMW Group is also developing the BMW eDrive concept, comprising both all-electric and plug-in hybrid models.
Currently, 20 BMW models have CO2 emissions of less than 120 grams per kilometre. In the new ÖKOTREND rankings, one of these models has been named the most eco-friendly vehicle in the “compact SUV” class. The BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition has average EU fuel consumption of 4.5 litres per 100 km (62.8 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. With its 120 kW/163 hp four-cylinder engine, this compact BMW X model also offers impressively sporty performance.
In the luxury class, first place in the ÖKOTREND rankings went to the BMW 730d BluePerformance. Its 190 kW/258 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine achieves average EU fuel consumption of just 5.6 litres per km (50.4 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 148 g/km. Equipped with the optional BMW BluePerformance package, the 730d also complies with the future EU6 emissions standard, scheduled for introduction in 2014. Including the current ÖKOTREND winner, there are now 30 BMW models that are EU6-compatible as standard or with BMW BluePerformance technology as an option.
BMW rounded up this excellent performance in the latest ÖKOTREND results with second place in the mid-size category for the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition and third place in the compact class for the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition. In both cases, only hybrid models achieved better environmental performance. The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition achieves average EU fuel consumption of 4.1 litres/100 km (68.9 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km, while the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition boasts the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of any model in the current BMW range with figures of 3.8 litres/100 km (74.3 mpg imp) and 99 g/km.
55 per cent of the total possible ÖKOTREND points are awarded for vehicle-specific features, with particular emphasis on efficiency. The remaining 45 per cent of points are awarded for more general factors such as materials sourcing, production, recycling and corporate environmental and social responsibility. In this area too, BMW models achieved excellent scores. The BMW Group first defined sustainability as a core corporate principle several decades ago. Independent third-party assessments regularly corroborate the company’s high standards of environmental and social responsibility. Earlier this year, for example, the BMW Group was named the most sustainable automotive manufacturer in the world in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, for the eighth year running.