Chosen from an initial entry list of 10 new vehicles from all over the world, The BMW i8 was declared the 2015 World Green Car Award Winner at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and Autoneum. The short list of three finalists included the BMW i8 as well as the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, and the Volkswagen Golf GTE.
The BMW i8 “Should be the Icon for all ‘Green’ Cars”
A truly unique green car, the BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid 2+2 sports car. It is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle from the BMW Group, with groundbreaking sustainability features complementing its premium character, quality, and style. This is a really forward-looking sports car, with all functions integrated into the aluminum Drive module, including drive system technology, high-voltage battery, chassis, and crash and structural functions. The “life module passenger cell,” as BMW defines it, is made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Like the wings of an angel, the doors open heavenward, inviting the driver in for a pleasure ride like no other.
“The BMW i8 gasoline hybrid looks so cool,” said one of the judges panel of experts for the World Green Car Award, “it should be the icon for all ‘Green’ cars..So it inspires Green Passion, which on paper looks like 155 mph on the i8’s three cylinder turbo gasoline engine, four-wheel-drive and four seats. The i8 adds so much enjoyment to a sensible lifestyle that it needs to be recognized as a great Green Car.”
The 2015 World Green Car Award
To qualify for the 2015 World Green Car award, vehicles must be completely new or substantially revised, and in production. They must be already available for sale or lease to the public in quantities of at least 10. They must have been available in at least one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2014 and ending May 31, 2015. Also taken into consideration is the vehicle’s environmental responsibility characteristics, such as fuel consumption, tailpipe emissions, and use of a major advanced power plant technology, aside from engine componentry.
Speaking at the 2015 New York Auto Show press conference, Ulrich Kranz said, “We feel extremely honored, receiving this prestigious World Green Car award for the BMW i8.” Kranz, the director of the BMW i model line continued, “Together with the 2014 World Green Car Award for the BMW i3 it just confirms the rightfulness of our purpose-built strategy when it comes to electric cars. BornElectric instead of conversion is the way to go.”
This is the second year in a row for the BMW Group to win the World Green Car Award, with the BMW i3 winning in 2014. It is the third win for BMW since 2010, when the BMW’s BlueMotion technology took the prize. In total, the BMW Group has won a total of four World Car Awards including the prestigious overall World Car of the Year in 2006 for the BMW 3-Series. This year, the BMW i8 also won AutoGuide’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Green Car of the Year, and took the “Best Production Preview Vehicle” Award in 2013.
The 2015 New York International Auto Show
With one more week to go, you still have time to take in the excitement of the 2015 New York International Auto Show. From Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 12, the largest-ever lineup of new vehicles are on show for this 115-year-old event. Hosting a wide range of prominent industry events, automobile executives and members of the media attend from all over the globe. Legendary investor Warren Buffet kick-started events as the keynote speaker for the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive forum hosted by the Auto Show on March 31. Two days of press conferences and the World Car awards, as well as the Nielsen’s TV Advertising Awards, and the Gala Preview charity event formed an entourage leading into the largest and most-attended auto show in North America.
The New York Auto Show is an exciting combination of new ideas, technological innovation, awesome concept cars, and nearly 1,000 of the latest new cars and trucks. Owned and operated by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, over one million visitors are expected to visit the show this year to see what the automotive industry is cranking out these days.
More Than Just a Beauty Pageant
The World Car Awards (WCA) are more than just a beauty pageant. For this awards program, the panel of judges consists of 75 prominent automotive journalists from around the world. With a focus on excellence and innovation on a global scale, this panel serves as an important resource for ensuring the integrity and credibility of the World Car Awards.
The World Car Awards Steering Committee annually appoints five green experts for assistance with the World Green Car Award. Up to speed on the latest green technologies, these five green experts thoroughly review all of the documentation and specs associated with each World Green Car Award candidate. The 75 World Car Awards panel then votes based on the green experts’ recommendations. This vote actually took place in February, and the ballots were tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG.
For this year’s World Green Car Award, the five green experts were (in alphabetical order): Phil Berg (USA – PopularMechanics.com); Richard Bremner (U.K. – Autocar magazine), Claus-Peter Koeth (Germany – automobil-industrie.de), Yumi Kawabata (Japan-environmental journalist), and John Voelcker (USA – GreenCarReports.com).
Previous World Green Car winners were: the BMW i3 (2014), the Tesla Model S (2013), the Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (2012), the Chevrolet Volt (2011), the Volkswagen BlueMotion (2010), the Honda FCX Clarity (2009), the BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics (2008), the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec (2007), and the Honda Civic Hybrid (2006).
Take another look at this year’s winner of the World Green Car Award, the BMW i8. A plug-in hybrid four-wheel-drive four seater that flies 155 mph on a three cylinder turbo gasoline engine. She’s a beauty! (lol, Take me for a ride, Daddy!)