BMW’S green­est car ar­rives soon

BMW’s most eco­nom­i­cal car is on its way to Aus­tralia, re­ports NICK DAL­TON.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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