TOP GREEN CREDENTIALS: The stylish BMW i8 has won the World Green Car award. Image: Supplied
NEW YORK, US - For the second time in succession a BMW i car has won the World Car Awards in the category World Green Car.
Following the success of the battery-driven BMW i3 in 2014 the just-launched-in-SA BMW i8 was awarded this prestigious accolade at the New York International auto show.
The sports car's combination of ground-breaking plug-in hybrid drive technology and innovative lightweight construction together with its avant-garde design was honoured by the international jury at the World Car Awards. The i8 was also one of the finalists in the category World Luxury Car at the World Car Awards 2015.
Speaking at the ceremony, a member of BMW's board of management responsible for sales and marketing and former boss of BMW SA, Ian Robertson, said: “The BMW i8 represents the future with its unique lightweight construction and unrivalled connectivity.
"To win this award for the second year in a row shows that our BMW i products are truly leading the world.”
The BMW i8 is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle made by BMW. It combines the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption and exhaust emissions figures of a sub-compact vehicle.
It can be driven for 40km (under ideal conditions) under battery power alone, accelerate in the style of a pure-bred sports car and yet its average consumption is that of a sub-compact car.
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Its 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol 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 while driving. The system performance of the BMW i8 is 266kW and it can accelerate in only 4.4sec to 100km/h.
The World Car Awards have existed since 2005 and are among the most important international automotive prizes. The jury comprises 75 journalists from more than 20 countries.
The BMW i8 is the BMW Group's third model to be honoured 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 in 2014.