If this first month of 2014 is any indication, it should be a good year to come for BMW. They have already walked away with four awards from the automotive magazine “Auto Motor Und Sport” for vehicles in their new lineup and have come a close second with several other models.
BMW’s Award Standings
- BMW i3 – Winner of the “International Paul Pietsch Award”
- BMW i3 – 1st place, Small cars
- BMW 4 series – 1st place, mid-range
- BMW 5 series – 1st place, upper mid-range
- BMW 3 series – 2nd place, mid-range
- BMW 6 series Gran Coupe – 2nd place, luxury performance
- BMW i8 – 2nd place, sports cars
- BMW X5 – 2nd place, off-road vehicles
The i Series
It’s no shock that the i3 received special notice with its sleek lines crafted from carbon fiber reinforced plastic and reasonable range capability. This model is BMW’s first mass produced zero-emissions vehicle. The range extender known as “REx” is unique in the way that it will kick in when the battery reaches a set point but only acts as a generator for the electric engine, giving the vehicle 240-300Km extra distance. With an average base range of 130-160Km and a German price tag of €34,950 (US$46,400) its already getting attention from those looking for an electric city car.
New 4 series
The 4 series coupe was introduced to replace the current 3 series coupe and bears similar features but with a sportier layout. While the interior and signature BMW lines are familiar, the 4 series is wider and flatter than its forerunner giving it more authority on the road when it hugs the turns. The real one to look out for is the M4 model with its twin-turbo 3.0L inline six. This 430hp beast incorporates aluminum and carbon fibre reinforced plastic on the roof, trunk and drive shaft to reduce the weight to no more than 1,500 kg (3,300 lb).
As BMW’s second best selling model next to the 3 series, the 5 series always seems to be one step ahead of the rest of the models in its class. Well over 5 million of these models have been sold by BMW to date because of their balance of luxury, power, and reliability. In 2010, the 5 series ActiveHybrid was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and claimed to reduce the consumption of fuel and emissions by over 10%, further adding to the impressive technology found in the 5 series. The new models use the same weight reduction techniques as the others in the lineup, reducing its weight by 80Kg from today’s 5 series models.