BMW i3 Wins 2014 World Green Car of the Year Award

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It’s been a successful start for BMW’s first electric vehicle so far, the i3 claiming coveted prizes in all sorts of categories so far. The last ones to join the range are the 2014 World Car Design and World Green Car awards, both handed over today, at the 2014 New York Auto Show.
For the World Car Design of the Year award, the i3 managed to overpass cars like the Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volkswagen XL1, Citroen C4 Picasso, Mazda3 and Lexus IS, all of them very impressive cars in turn.

For the World Green Car of the Year award, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Volkswagen XL1 and Honda Accord Hybrid fell short of the i3.

The market launch in the US was paramount for the i3’s win in these categories due to the eligibility requirements that demand the cars that enter this competition be on sale on two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2013 and ending May 31, 2014.

Furthermore, the ever rising popularity of the i3, forced BMW to increase the Leipzig production by 43% to 100 units a day, to cope with the demand.

The winner was picked by an international jury panel comprised of 69 top-level automotive journalists from 22 countries around the globe.

“To have the BMW i3 named World Green Car of the Year is a great honor. From the production process onwards, the BMW i3 is a truly sustainable vehicle, created with the needs of the 21st century city in mind,” said Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW.

“On behalf of the BMW design team, we are delighted that the BMW i3 has received the World Car Design of the Year award. Our designers created a car that, through its design and use of sustainable materials, is an expression of the future," he added.
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