BMW’S greenest car arrives soon
BMW’s most economical car is on its way to Australia, reports NICK DALTON.
THE German luxury maker has confirmed the World Green Car of the Year winner will go on sale in Australia soon.
The BMW 118d, which uses 4.5 litres per 100km, will arrive in the final quarter of this year. Carbon dioxide emissions are 119 grams per km.
A two-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, featuring an aluminium crankcase, turbocharging and common-rail fuel injection, accelerates the 118d to 100 km/h in 9s. The high-tech engine delivers 105 kW of peak power plus 300 Newton-metres of torque.
Auto start stop, which switches off the engine at the lights to save fuel, as well as a gearshift point indicator are just some of the technologies fitted to the 118d.
Intelligent energy management ( Brake Energy Regeneration) serves to efficiently generate electric power for the car’s on-board network.
To provide this effect, the alternator is activated only when the engine is in over-run and when applying the brakes, thus relieving the engine of the usual loads and power uptake.
Other measures include ‘on-demand’ management of the airconditioning compressor as well as electric power steering.
The 118d was voted World Green Car at last year’s New York Auto Show. The jury acknowledged the significant impact and effect of the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy giving the BMW 118d its low consumption and emission ratings.
The jury, made up of 47 motor journalists from 24 countries, awards the title “World Green Car” to vehicles and technologies able to make a particular contribution to the reduction of emissions.
“The BMW 1 Series is the ultimate driving machine in the compact segment and at the same time is a perfect example of the broad-scale introduction of Efficient Dynamics,” said BMW’s general manager of marketing Tom Noble.
Diesel: The BMW 118d uses 4.5 litres of fuel per 100km, making it the company’s most fuel efficient.