The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid (earlier post) was named the World Green Car at the World Car Awards in New York. The other two short-listed finalists in contention for the award were the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf GTE. Its battery-electric sibling, the BMW i3, took the same award in 2014.
The BMW i8 was also one of the finalists in the category World Luxury Car at the World Car Awards.
I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team in Munich. The BMW i8 represents the future with its unique lightweight construction and unrivaled connectivity. To win this award for the second year in a row shows that our BMW i products are truly leading the world.—Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW
The BMW i8 is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle manufactured by the BMW Group. It combines the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption and emission figures of a subcompact vehicle. The BMW i8 can be driven up to 37 kilometers (23 miles) under electric power alone, accelerate in the style of a purebred sports car and yet its average consumption is that of a subcompact car.
The 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine, equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, is combined with an electric motor. The battery can be charged at a conventional power outlet, at a charging station or simply while driving. The system performance of the BMW i8 is 266 kW/362 hp and it accelerates in 4.4 seconds to 100 km/h from a standing start. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 2.1 l/100 km (112 mpg US) with combined CO2 emissions of 49 g/km (based on the ECE test cycle and dependent on the selected tire size).
Since 2005, the World Car Awards have been presented annually at the start of the New York International Auto Show. The jury is composed of 75 journalists from more than 20 countries. Each summer before the award ceremony, the models nominated in each category are announced, from which an Expert Committee or the jurors nominate five vehicles in each category (World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car) or ten vehicles (World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car). From these, the jury selects the three finalists in the run-up to the Geneva Motor Show, before the winners are finally announced in New York.
The BMW i8 is the BMW Group’s third model to be honored with the World Green Car Award at the World Car Awards, following the BMW 118d in 2008, which represented the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, and the BMW i3 the previous year.