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      03-22-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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EUROPEAN BMW 118d ADVANCED DIESEL NAMED 2008 WORLD GREEN CAR AT THE 2008 NY AUTOSHOW

EUROPEAN BMW 118d ADVANCED DIESEL NAMED 2008 WORLD GREEN CAR AT THE 2008 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

Jury of Nearly 50 Distinguished Automotive Journalists Recognize Emissions, Fuel Consumption and Power Plant Technology of BMW's 118d as Best in the World
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - March 20, 2008... The selection committee for the 2008 World Car Awards announced today that the European BMW 118d Advanced Diesel was named the 2008 World Green Car. Tom Purves, President and CEO of BMWNA, accepted the honor on behalf of BMW at the award reception, which was held this morning at the 2008 New York International Auto Show.

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"We are honored to receive the 2008 World Green Car Award for the BMW 118d," said Mr. Purves. "As a company we have been committed to reducing fuel consumption and emissions of our vehicles, while at the same time improving performance. This commitment is the driving force of our Efficient Dynamics platform and the philosophy behind BMW's vehicle designs and development of technologies such as the Advanced Diesel implemented in the 118d. This honor will inspire BMW's continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint." The BMW 118d is a four-door hatchback powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine and is not a model that is available in the U.S.

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A jury of nearly 50 distinguished automotive journalists selected the BMW 118d as top choice from a list of three finalists that also included the Smart ForTwo CDI and Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI. To be eligible for the 2008 World Green Car award, vehicles had to be available in at least one major market during 2007. The vehicle or the green technology could be in production or an experimental prototype with potential near-future application, provided that it was released for individual or press fleet evaluations in quantities of ten or more during 2007. Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine componentry), aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle's environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration.

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Now in its fifth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the most prestigious and credible programs of their type in the world. The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on a global scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs.

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The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe, and North America. There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

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      03-22-2008, 03:10 PM   #2
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now only if they would sell this little car in hte states. Keep up the work BMW!
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nice! looks like BMW is hogging all the awards.. I like it!
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      03-22-2008, 04:00 PM   #4
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non deisel will be here soon...I've seen it IRL and I like it, I'm pushing my brother to buy one instead of a MINI
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wow i like those high res pictures alot
and congratz to bmw for this award.

And yes here in holland the 1-series is a common sight.
At first i thought it was kind a weird but now it has my full respect i like it!
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Personally, I like the looks of it very much, and winning an award like this is a great success for a company most see as a performance-only brand.

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having driven one for few days when my car was in shop, i agree it's a nice car although it still feels a bit cheaper compared my 3. But as alternative to Mini, this is very nice and in real life it looks much nicer then on photos... Still here at least, its a car women drive like 90% of the time.

The one they have in the photos is probably one of the best looking ones, as it is in light color (dark ones look worse) and has nice sport rims.




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Cool pics of the little thing in NY.
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now only if they would sell this little car in hte states. Keep up the work BMW!
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The hatchback is awesome.
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Jury of Nearly 50 Distinguished Automotive Journalists Recognize Emissions, Fuel Consumption and Power Plant Technology of BMW's 118d as Best in the World
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - March 20, 2008... The selection committee for the 2008 World Car Awards announced today that the European BMW 118d Advanced Diesel was named the 2008 World Green Car. Tom Purves, President and CEO of BMWNA, accepted the honor on behalf of BMW at the award reception, which was held this morning at the 2008 New York International Auto Show.

"We are honored to receive the 2008 World Green Car Award for the BMW 118d," said Mr. Purves. "As a company we have been committed to reducing fuel consumption and emissions of our vehicles, while at the same time improving performance. This commitment is the driving force of our Efficient Dynamics platform and the philosophy behind BMW's vehicle designs and development of technologies such as the Advanced Diesel implemented in the 118d. This honor will inspire BMW's continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint." The BMW 118d is a four-door hatchback powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine and is not a model that is available in the U.S.
The good: Congrats to BMW for the 118d!
The ironic: The award is accepted by the chairman of BMWNA.
The ugly: BMWNA refuses to import the 118d.
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I think the first two models to get the diesel will be the 3 and x5 series. Bmw needs to send the 535d over as well after all the 524td was the only diesel ever sold in the u.s *not including the big rv powered by the same motor. The top gear test of the 535d is still one of my favorite episodes.
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Im actually begining to like the four door version of the 1 series
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