BMW is the Greenest Premium Manufacturer in Germany
The Federal Motor Transport Authority, also known as Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or KBAin Germany, has provided statistics which say that BMW and MINI vehicles registered in Germany during 2008 have a calculated fuel consumption of only 5.9 liters/100 km (US 39.9 mpg). This incredibly good fuel economy translates into a record of 158 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer. To give you and idea of how good this is, you should take into account the fact that the average of all newly registered cars which were manufactured in Germany emitted an average of 165 grams of CO per kilometer.
Keep in mind that Volkswagen and Opel are also German-based manufacturers, and they don't exactly have the same number of V8s and V12s premium car brands have.
"This success is impressive affirmation of our ability for innovation and sustainability,” said Dr. Klaus Draeger, head of development. “With the employed measures as well as a multitude of further technologies about to be launched, the BMW Group is excellently prepared for the challenges of the future.With EfficientDynamics we will comply with the future EU CO2-targets for new cars. The payment of fines is not an option for us.”
Mercedes-Benz and Audi competitors by a pretty significant margin. Achieving an average of 160g of CO2 per km, the Bavarians beat their closest competitor from this point of view by a calculated 7 grams. The BMW EfficientDynamics package was put in over 1.2 million BMW cars since its inception and this apparently had a huge impact on the fleet's fuel economy.
The really cool part about all this "Green BMW theme" is that the fuel economy wasn't achieved at the cost of performance, since the Bavarians also have the highest horsepower per fuel consumption of all its competitors. They sold cars with an average of 181 hp. BMW's closest competitor from this point of view sold cars with an average of 160 hp, while the other only achieved 132 horsepower. No names were given, but we all know the other two are Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
The only strange thing about all this is connected with another Stuttgart-based manufacturer. So, where do you think Porsche comes at, considering they're also a German premium car manufacturer?