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      09-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #1
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20.09.2012

The new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon has fought off tough competition to once again be crowned Best Executive Car of the Year at the What Car? Green Awards 2012, going on to top the field and be awarded the prestigious accolade of Green Car of the Year.

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon won over the judges with its unconventional statistics, combining outstanding fuel efficiency and emissions with impressive performance. With a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km, the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is still capable of travelling from zero to 62mph in 8.0 seconds. It was this no-compromise blend that ensured the most parsimonious 3 Series model took the top green honour.

Not to be left in its big brothers shadow, the most frugal BMW in the range, the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics 5-door Sports Hatch, was also awarded Small Family Car of the Year. Emitting just 99g/km CO2 means that not only is it exempt from the London Congestion charge and qualifies for free VED but it also only incurs 13 per cent benefit in kind company car tax. All of this, together with its nimble handling and generous equipment levels, ensured that the cleanest BMW was a worthy winner.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor in chief, said: BMWs engineers have worked very hard on their conventional engines and have given them some very unconventional green vital statistics. The choice of the 320d EfficientDynamics automatic Saloon as What Car?s Green Car of the Year was a unanimous one. The 320d lets consumers who want to do their bit for the planet do so without compromise.

BMW named most sustainable car manufacturer for eighth consecutive year by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

BMWs dedication to sustainability has again been recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which has named BMW the most sustainable car company in the world for the eighth consecutive year. Since its inception BMW is the only automotive organisation to have featured every year on the index, which is the leader in obtaining an accurate like-for-like analysis of companies.

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      09-20-2012, 01:40 AM   #2
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Whats that MPG in US gallons? 50?
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Makes sense. The 2L diesel is a more attractive option than any current hybrid i think. Something like a 320d F31 tourer would be just about the perfect all round family car IMO.
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After driving 1.4L tdi jetta I must say diesel rules in mpg with decent power delivery category
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Whats that MPG in US gallons? 50?
67 MPG (US gallons).

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Sedan has an EU rating of:

4.1L per 100km = 57.3 mpg (city)
3.5L per 100km = 67.2 mpg (highway)
5.2L per 100km = 45.2 mpg (combined)
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Whats that MPG in US gallons? 50?
Well i'm not sure what's what

But 68.9 miles per imp gallon is 4.099L/100
Per normal gallon it's 3.4

So it'd be 57.38 per imperial gallon.. LESS for pure highway!!
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Is the reason these are not in the US because of US emission regulations?

or BMW doesn't see a market here? Can't understand why?
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I'd buy this car in a heart beat for a daily driver if it was here in the US
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This is ground control to BMWNA, make the grade and get these motors here ASAP- please!!
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I'd buy this car in a heart beat for a daily driver if it was here in the US
BMW bring this car to the US and I'll put my deposit today at a dealership. Love the ///M but it would be nice to only use it on the weekend and use this for my daily driving.
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Is the reason these are not in the US because of US emission regulations?

or BMW doesn't see a market here? Can't understand why?
The car is sold with the urea option in Europe that would make it legal here. Hopefully this model will make it here next h year
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ok bmw we get it, just put it on sale in the US now please. 320d, 6mt, msport, EBII, thanks!
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The US EPA fuel consumption calc is different to the European calc afaik so it is not as simple as converting from imperial to US gallons.
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Impressive MPG for sure.
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67 MPG (US gallons).

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Sedan has an EU rating of:

4.1L per 100km = 57.3 mpg (city)
3.5L per 100km = 67.2 mpg (highway)
5.2L per 100km = 45.2 mpg (combined)
Now if us Americans can get behind diesel, both the planet and us would be better off.
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The EU mpg numbers would be reduced by an EPA fudge factor of about 30% for the US window sticker, plus adjustments for testing methodology. For purposes of meeting CAFE regulations, there is no such reduction. I think it BMW's would sell enough of these in the US to make it worth it. The main sticking point with diesel in the US is it usually costs more than premium petrol, while in most other places it sells at a discount to regular.
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I've not seen diesel cheaper than petrol in any country for a looooong time. It used to be, like 15 years ago but as soon as diesels became popular, our communist leaders hiked up fuel duty on diesel to make sure they milked the proletariat good and proper
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67 MPG (US gallons).

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Sedan has an EU rating of:

4.1L per 100km = 57.3 mpg (city)
3.5L per 100km = 67.2 mpg (highway)
5.2L per 100km = 45.2 mpg (combined)
Should the combined be in between city/highway? Maybe the 57.3 mpg is the combined?
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I've not seen diesel cheaper than petrol in any country for a looooong time. It used to be, like 15 years ago but as soon as diesels became popular, our communist leaders hiked up fuel duty on diesel to make sure they milked the proletariat good and proper
Lol, the price went up as the refinery charges went up to get rid of the Sulphur. Our diesel is Low sulphur content, and that is what is needed for cars like the BMW 320D.
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The main sticking point with diesel in the US is it usually costs more than premium petrol, while in most other places it sells at a discount to regular.
Where I live in California, diesel prices, generally, run neck and neck with premium gas prices. At times, I've found diesel prices to be holding at regular gas prices (thanks Gasbuddy!!).
What I read was that diesel prices are sensitive to the use of home heating oil. That's because diesel fuel and home heating oil are produced at the same refinery. So, when cold weather patterns hit the northeast, for example, demand for home heating oil goes up, supply of diesel goes down, and diesel prices go up. Somewhat simplified explanation but, conceptually, it makes sense.
When global warming hits big time, expect diesel prices to plunge and lots of happy diesel drivers.
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I've had a few jetta tdi's recently and from what I've read they are finding the USA diesel quality is significantly worse then other countries. One of our company jetta wagons needed the entire fuel system replaced due to bad diesel. They may be reluctant to make a big push in the states until the problem gets fixed.
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