As 2016 comes to a close, BMW is able to look back on a successful year with well over 50 national and international awards and distinctions. The awards reflect not just outstanding product quality but also design, technical innovation, intelligent connectivity and sustainability. It is particularly satisfying to note that BMW succeeded in gaining some of the world’s most coveted distinctions, including the “World Car Award” and the title “Best Car” for the BMW 7 Series, as well as the “Golden Steering Wheel” for the BMW i3. What is more, the BMW M2 Coupé as well as the new BMW 5 Series Sedan went straight onto the winner’s podium even though it is a newcomer model.
The new BMW 7 Series was able to continue its outstanding success in 2016 as it grabbed “World Luxury Car” accolade, part of the “World Car Awards”, “Automotive Innovations Award” and “Most Innovative Model 2016”. In its home country, the 7 Series was voted company car of the year (“Company Car”/Dekra), company vehicle of the year (“Handelsblatt”), “Top Performer” (“Autoflotte”) and “Best Car” in the luxury performance segment (“auto motor und sport”). In the “Car Connectivity Award” conferred jointly by “Motorpresse Stuttgart” and the computer magazine “CHIP”, readers voted the 7 Series best-connected car.
After its overall victory and two class victories last year, the BMW i8 engine won the “International Engine of the Year Award” for the second time as well as securing a class victory in the category between 1.4 and 1.8 liters capacity. The “Times of India” named the hybrid sports car “Technology of the Year”, while in Germany the i8 was once again voted all-wheel drive car of the year in the category “All-Wheel Drive Hybrid Cars” by readers of the magazine “Auto Bild Allrad”.
The new BMW M2 Coupé took the awards for “Compact Car Series” and “Sports Car of the Year”, thanks to its able in-line 6-cylinder engine with an output of 272 kW/370 hp and a capacity of 3.0 liters (combined fuel consumption: 8.5-7.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 199–185 g/km). And that is not all: the M2 Coupé was voted “Car of the Year” in Japan as well as gaining three prestigious design distinctions, the “iF Design Award”, the “Good Design Award” and the “Autonis”.
BMW achieved an impressive triple success in the “auto motor und sport” readers’ vote. The 7 Series (“Luxury Performance Segment”), the 5 Series (“Upper Mid-Range”) and the BMW X1 (“Compact SUVs”) were voted “BEST CARS 2016”. One particular notable feat was that, shortly before the launch of the new model generation, the 5 Series finished in first place for the sixth time in succession.
The strengths of BMW vehicles in the area of value retention were reflected in the award of the distinction “Value Master 2016”, conferred by the automobile magazine “Auto Bild” together with the market investigation institute Schwacke. The 2 Series Gran Tourer came out top in the category “Compact Vans” while the X1 won the “Small SUVs” class. Meanwhile the BMW i3 won the ranking for electric vehicles for the second time in succession. Another distinction highlights especially impressively the brand’s commitment to environment-friendly and sustainable technologies: as part of the “Auto Trophy” awards organized by the automobile magazine “Auto Zeitung”, the international editors’ prize “Premium Pioneer Electromobility” went to BMW i.