Double victory for BMW at the “Best Cars Award” 2018.

Munich. For BMW, the year 2018 begins with a double
victory at the “Best Cars Award”. Both the BMW 5 Series and the BMW X1
claim class victories in the latest reader’s poll held by the trade
journal “auto, motor und sport”. With first place in the “Upper
Midrange” category, the BMW 5 Series was able to repeat last year’s
success. The Sports Activity Vehicle BMW X1 asserted itself in the
“Compact SUV” class. Moreover, six further current BMW models were
able to gain places on the winners’ rostrum in each of their
respective vehicle classes. The prizes were presented yesterday during
a festive gala at the International Congress Center Stuttgart (ICS).

The “Best Cars Award” is one of the most coveted and
tradition-steeped prizes in the automotive sector. The public survey
held among readers of “auto, motor und sport” took place this year for
the 42nd time. More than 117,000 readers participated in
the latest voting, in which they were able to choose from 378 current
models in eleven vehicle categories.

With 28.8 percent of votes, readers chose the BMW 5 Series as their
favourite in the “Upper Midrange” class, the car thus continuing the
series of successes it achieved last year when in addition to the
“Best Cars Award” from “auto, motor und sport”, it also won the “Auto
Trophy – World’s Best Cars” from “Auto Zeitung” and was voted “Car of
the Year” in the UK. Furthermore, the BMW 5 Series clinched other
renowned accolades, including the “Red Dot Award” and the “iF Gold
Award” for outstanding design, the “Car Connectivity Award” and the
title “Goldener Computer” for its advanced networking technology. The
BMW 5 Series was also awarded the title  “Value Champion 2017”
certifying its above-average value stability.

With its class victory at the “Best Cars Award” 2018, the BMW X1 has
also replicated its earlier successes. In 2016, it was already able to
clinch victory in the reader’s poll held by “auto, motor und sport”.
This time, it gained top place in the category “Compact SUV”, winning
15.9 percent of votes. The compact Sports Activity Vehicle scores not
only with versatility, premium characteristics and brand-typical
dynamics, but also with exceptionally innovative networking technology
that is unmatched in its competitive environment.

BMW’s success in the current “Best Cars Award” is also owed to a
certain extent to the top 3 places won by six further models. It is
the outstanding placements earned by the electrified BMW i automobiles
in the overall ranking of all current models that are also
particularly noticeable. For example, the purely electrically driven
BMW i3 (combined power consumption: 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) achieved 2nd place in the category “Small Car”,
the BMW i8 Coupe with plug-in hybrid drive (combined fuel consumption:
1.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km; combined power
consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km) was awarded third place in the category
“Sports Car”.

Overview of BMW model rankings:

Winner Upper Midrange                    BMW 5 Series
Compact SUVs                      BMW X1
2nd place
Small Cars                          BMW i3
3rd place
Compact Class                   BMW 2 Series Coupe
3rd place Midrange Class                   BMW 4 Series
Gran Coupe
3rd place Sports
Cars                         BMW i8 Coupe
3rd place
Large SUVs                        BMW X3
3rd place
Vans                                                 BMW 2 Series
Active Tourer/BMW 2 Series
Gran Tourer

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific
CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new
passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden
über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch
neuerPersonenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2
emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which
can be obtained from all dealerships, from the Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at
LeitfadenCO2 (GuidelineCO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB))

BMW i3: combined power consumption: 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km

BMW i8: combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 42 g/km; combined power consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km

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